Newmontis Ramps Up Commercial Real Estate Acquisitions

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Some investors find opportunity in crisis

"We expect that the next few months will be chaos. In chaos, you can typically find opportunity if you look hard enough and stay disciplined." - Trevor Nelson

In the past two weeks, Trevor Nelson, President of Newmontis Real Estate Investment Banking, and Campus + Main, has been very busy. In late 2019, he sold the majority of his 50% stake in a $400,000,000 retail real estate advisory firm that he had co-founded nearly a decade earlier. He had left the day-to-day of that firm a few years prior to focus on campus-adjacent developments and traditional multifamily investing. For the past couple years his firms had been very cautious in their growth, as they feared values were unsustainable. Now, they feel the markets are starting to become attractive again - so they have scaled up their acquisitions.

With his partner, Gus Spoliansky, Newmontis has purchased two apartment properties since the COVID-19 pandemic. Now, they are continuing their acquisitions for the benefit of their investors, many of whom are eager to secure long-term, stable yields in a market otherwise fraught with volatility. "We're achieving 8-10% returns, on phenomenal assets right now, you just have to be disciplined and patient to find the right opportunities" commented Nelson.

Newmontis provides transactional consultation to third-party investors and clients, and to the Campus + Main investment fund, as part of Newmontis's full-service asset-management platform. "Our investment side has been very busy" said Nelson. "We've offered nearly $300,000,000 on about 15 apartments in the past two weeks. We've started to get some exciting traction, as the market adjusts. We expect opportunities to continue to present themselves throughout the coming months." Newmontis has the good fortune of being aligned with some of the most well-capitalized high-net worth individuals in the country and beyond. Their client list includes several domestic and European billionaires, celebrities and international investment funds.

Newmontis continues to move forward with their development pipeline, which had commenced before COVID. "We were fortunate that our existing portfolio going into this was exclusively construction projects, and they are on track to deliver once this pandemic is behind us.” Nelson remains optimistic about the long-term. “What’s happening right now is devastating, and its important that we all do what we can to help the people who need it most. It’s also important to remember our ability as a country and a species to bounce back and the adjust. I have a lot of faith in our well-being long term. In the meantime, we’re expanding our investor contacts and positioning our equity to best capitalize on the market.”

Nelson believes that retail real estate requires a substantial evolution to remain relevant, and that new prop-tech opportunities will evolve out of this crisis. He believes that apartments will emerge as the best risk-adjusted returns for the foreseeable future.

About Newmontis:

Located in the Pacific Palisades, Newmontis Real Estate Investment Banking is a full-service commercial real estate investment advisory and management firm. Primarily servicing high-net-worth investors, family offices and private investment funds, Newmontis offers sponsored investment opportunities, transactional advisory and asset management. Newmontis invests across assets types in a data-driven selection of geographies nationally. Newmontis was awarded “Deal of the Year” by the Los Angeles Business Journal in 2019.

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