GFH signs $200m multifamily residential deal in US

GFH Financial Group (GFH), a Bahrain-based Sharia-compliant investment firm, has signed a real estate deal worth $200 million to acquire two multifamily residential sites in prime locations in Las Vegas.

The acquisition was completed in partnership with US-based real estate specialist Carroll, which manages around $5.2 billion of assets.

GFH’s investment strategy in residential assets is based on building a diverse and stable portfolio that targets areas of high demographic growth.

Las Vegas is ranked the top city among the US’ high growth secondary markets.

It has the highest occupancy rates, at 96.5 per cent, the second highest population growth year-on-year, at 2.2pc, and the second highest annual rental growth, at 3.7pc.

The assets consist of two multifamily residential compounds Emerald Springs and The Meadows, located close to Las Vegas suburban areas.

The community sites include 819 garden-style units combined and amenities such as swimming pools, football fields, fitness centres and clubhouses for residents.

Razi Al Murbati, chief executive of GFH Capital KSA, said: “Our recent multifamily residence deal alongside Carroll in the US is testament to our strong relationships across a diverse range of sectors and markets. We worked closely with our partners to see the acquisition come to fruition.”

He added: “This sector has proven its resilience with a more than 90pc rental collection rate during Covid and has continued to witness significant investor interest. Around $140bn was invested in multifamily in 2020, with 0.6pc year-on-year growth in multifamily rents and growth in average sales price of US single-family homes.”

Carroll manages more than 28,000 units in the US following its latest acquisition with GFH.

The firm has developed a portfolio including student housing, single-family residential, and retail communities, and has overseen more than $250m of construction management for both its owned and fee partners.




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