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Posted by: In: Uncategorized 08 Feb 2018 0 comments

By Beau Ryan, Senior Vice President & Chief Operating Officer

At Rockspring, we have a culture that embraces employee professional development as well as personal passions. Our team members give it their all everyday inside and outside of work, so when we hear about their personal wins, we celebrate them.

Most recently, Rockspring’s VP Asset Management & Entitlements Michael Ross, also a semi-professional race car driver for the National Auto Sport Association (NASA ), won first place at the 2017 NASA Eastern States Championships in Florida in the Spec Miata Division.

For Michael, it was a tough race that required a lot of hard work and preparation leading up to the competition. The race itself was no easy picnic as Michael was behind most of the race and it took all of his knowledge and skills to keep him competing for first behind highly-skilled racer Selin Rollan. The race ended in dramatic fashion with Michael finally passing Selin followed by a drag race towards the finish line in which Michael’s Miata won by a bumper.

The race was symbolic of the tough experience presented to Houston towards the end of 2017. In a year that gave Houston unprecedented flooding from Hurricane Harvey, it’s taken a lot of hard work to overcome major setbacks. Michael’s story is no different as the race capped off a challenging year that involved his family battling and recovering from severe flooding at his home and neighborhood. Other employees at Rockspring were also severely impacted, and so Michael was no longer just racing for himself, but his team, family and coworkers.

Michael’s win was featured on NASA Speed’s news page. You can also find a post-race video interview of Michael by clicking here.

In this rigorous year, every win counts, big or small, and for Michael, this was one of the most satisfying wins of all.

 

 

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Copyright © 2017. All Rights Reserved.

This is neither an offer to sell nor a solicitation of an offer to buy any security, which can be made only by the confidential private placement memorandum (PPM) and all exhibits, attachments and supplements thereto, and sold only by broker-dealers and registered investment advisors who are licensed to do so. These investment opportunities have not been registered under the Securities Act of 1933 and are being offered pursuant to an exemption there from and from applicable state laws. Please read the PPM carefully before you invest. There is no assurance that the investment objectives of this program will be attained. All information is subject to change. Consult the PPM for investment conditions, risk factors, minimum requirements, fees and expenses and other pertinent information with respect to this investment. Rockspring Capital, LLC makes no representations as to the suitability for any purpose of any investment whatsoever. This presentation is intended solely for accredited investors who have received a PPM. Any unauthorized reproduction of this information is strictly prohibited.

Securities offered by Emerson Equity LLC, Member FINRA/SIPC. Emerson Equity is not affiliated with Rockspring Capital.

Neither past nor related performance guarantees future results.

Posted by: In: Uncategorized 08 Feb 2018 0 comments

By Beau Ryan, Senior Vice President & Chief Operating Officer

At Rockspring, we have a culture that embraces employee professional development as well as personal passions. Our team members give it their all everyday inside and outside of work, so when we hear about their personal wins, we celebrate them.

Most recently, Rockspring’s VP Asset Management & Entitlements Michael Ross, also a semi-professional race car driver for the National Auto Sport Association (NASA ), won first place at the 2017 NASA Eastern States Championships in Florida in the Spec Miata Division.

For Michael, it was a tough race that required a lot of hard work and preparation leading up to the competition. The race itself was no easy picnic as Michael was behind most of the race and it took all of his knowledge and skills to keep him competing for first behind highly-skilled racer Selin Rollan. The race ended in dramatic fashion with Michael finally passing Selin followed by a drag race towards the finish line in which Michael’s Miata won by a bumper.

The race was symbolic of the tough experience presented to Houston towards the end of 2017. In a year that gave Houston unprecedented flooding from Hurricane Harvey, it’s taken a lot of hard work to overcome major setbacks. Michael’s story is no different as the race capped off a challenging year that involved his family battling and recovering from severe flooding at his home and neighborhood. Other employees at Rockspring were also severely impacted, and so Michael was no longer just racing for himself, but his team, family and coworkers.

Michael’s win was featured on NASA Speed’s news page. You can also find a post-race video interview of Michael by clicking here.

In this rigorous year, every win counts, big or small, and for Michael, this was one of the most satisfying wins of all.

 

Posted by: In: Uncategorized 08 Feb 2018 0 comments

By Jim McAlister, President & Chief Executive Officer

Mike Axelrad joined the Rockspring Capital team in September 2017 and already we have seen elation from investors and friends of the firm. ‘Axe’, as he is affectionately known around the office, is our Managing Director of Capital Markets and also sits on the firm’s investment committee of acquisitions/dispositions.

Mike received his BBA in Accounting from the University of Texas at Tyler and his JD with an emphasis in Taxation from The University of Houston.

If you haven’t had the opportunity to personally meet Mike, see below for details on his background, plans, hobbies and more.

Why were you interested in joining Rockspring?

Jim McAlister and I met around four years ago and we really hit it off. It was through this longstanding relationship that I learned about Rockspring Capital, its unique acquisition strategy and the team behind the business. I knew Rockspring was doing something special so this sparked my interest.

What made you interested in becoming Managing Director?

My institutional background in real estate investment was a driving factor, but my additional experiences from taxation law to corporate acquisitions really solidified my desire for the position. This coupled with Rockspring’s entrepreneurial spirit and unique strategy fired me up from the start.

What’s your primary role?

I’m responsible and dedicated to raising capital associated with Rockspring’s strategic acquisitions of opportunistic real estate and land parcels in high growth areas.

What are your plans for the firm?

I want to take Rockspring Capital to the next level of raising institutional capital and work to maximize return to our investors. Additionally, I plan to enhance the acquisition/disposition process with experience learned in my career.

What do you enjoy most about your job so far?

The team. Jim McAlister has created a culture that is driven by his entrepreneurial spirit which in turn has equipped the Rockspring Capital team to provide an outstanding portfolio of diverse assets. The collaboration throughout the office is unlike anything I have seen and truly assures that no stone is left unturned.

What do you find most challenging about your job?

Finding the balance between pure entrepreneurial spirit and a more institutional approach to investing. To me, this is a great problem to have in terms of growing pains for a business. Rockspring previously invested in large “path of development” properties. Rockspring has adapted to the ever-shifting real estate investment landscape by creating an acquisition strategy that focuses more on strategically located parcels where a risk adjusted development strategy adds value to not only the real estate, but to the investor as well.

Tell us about your career before Rockspring.

After school, I immediately went to work for a few law firms, specifically in tax law and corporate acquisition work. After this, I went to work for Jerry J Moore Investments who at the time was one of the largest shopping center owners in the U.S. Prior to Rockspring, I was SVP of Leasing and Redevelopment at Brixmor Property Group where I oversaw leasing and asset management of the Texas portfolio totaling more than 10 million square feet of retail shopping centers.

What do you like to do on your spare time?

In my spare time I very much enjoy traveling.

For Broker Dealer Use Only
Copyright © 2017. All Rights Reserved.

This is neither an offer to sell nor a solicitation of an offer to buy any security, which can be made only by the confidential private placement memorandum (PPM) and all exhibits, attachments and supplements thereto, and sold only by broker-dealers and registered investment advisors who are licensed to do so. These investment opportunities have not been registered under the Securities Act of 1933 and are being offered pursuant to an exemption there from and from applicable state laws. Please read the PPM carefully before you invest. There is no assurance that the investment objectives of this program will be attained. All information is subject to change. Consult the PPM for investment conditions, risk factors, minimum requirements, fees and expenses and other pertinent information with respect to this investment. Rockspring Capital, LLC makes no representations as to the suitability for any purpose of any investment whatsoever. This presentation is intended solely for accredited investors who have received a PPM. Any unauthorized reproduction of this information is strictly prohibited.

Securities offered by Emerson Equity LLC, Member FINRA/SIPC. Emerson Equity is not affiliated with Rockspring Capital.

Neither past nor related performance guarantees future results.

Posted by: In: Uncategorized 08 Feb 2018 0 comments

By Jim McAlister, President & Chief Executive Officer

Mike Axelrad joined the Rockspring Capital team in September 2017 and already we have seen elation from investors and friends of the firm. ‘Axe’, as he is affectionately known around the office, is our Managing Director of Capital Markets and also sits on the firm’s investment committee of acquisitions/dispositions.

Mike received his BBA in Accounting from the University of Texas at Tyler and his JD with an emphasis in Taxation from The University of Houston.

If you haven’t had the opportunity to personally meet Mike, see below for details on his background, plans, hobbies and more.

Why were you interested in joining Rockspring?

Jim McAlister and I met around four years ago and we really hit it off. It was through this longstanding relationship that I learned about Rockspring Capital, its unique acquisition strategy and the team behind the business. I knew Rockspring was doing something special so this sparked my interest.

What made you interested in becoming Managing Director?

My institutional background in real estate investment was a driving factor, but my additional experiences from taxation law to corporate acquisitions really solidified my desire for the position. This coupled with Rockspring’s entrepreneurial spirit and unique strategy fired me up from the start.

What’s your primary role?

I’m responsible and dedicated to raising capital associated with Rockspring’s strategic acquisitions of opportunistic real estate and land parcels in high growth areas.

What are your plans for the firm?

I want to take Rockspring Capital to the next level of raising institutional capital and work to maximize return to our investors. Additionally, I plan to enhance the acquisition/disposition process with experience learned in my career.

What do you enjoy most about your job so far?

The team. Jim McAlister has created a culture that is driven by his entrepreneurial spirit which in turn has equipped the Rockspring Capital team to provide an outstanding portfolio of diverse assets. The collaboration throughout the office is unlike anything I have seen and truly assures that no stone is left unturned.

What do you find most challenging about your job?

Finding the balance between pure entrepreneurial spirit and a more institutional approach to investing. To me, this is a great problem to have in terms of growing pains for a business. Rockspring previously invested in large “path of development” properties. Rockspring has adapted to the ever-shifting real estate investment landscape by creating an acquisition strategy that focuses more on strategically located parcels where a risk adjusted development strategy adds value to not only the real estate, but to the investor as well.

Tell us about your career before Rockspring.

After school, I immediately went to work for a few law firms, specifically in tax law and corporate acquisition work. After this, I went to work for Jerry J Moore Investments who at the time was one of the largest shopping center owners in the U.S. Prior to Rockspring, I was SVP of Leasing and Redevelopment at Brixmor Property Group where I oversaw leasing and asset management of the Texas portfolio totaling more than 10 million square feet of retail shopping centers.

What do you like to do on your spare time?

In my spare time I very much enjoy traveling.

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By Michael Ross, Vice President, Asset Management & Entitlements

Early winter is the time that vineyards ship their wine to their loyal customers. As some of my favorite offerings roll in, I can’t help but think of the parallel between wine making and real estate investing as both take land, time and nurturing. A testament to this delicate process, I would like to share the story of Rockspring’s Leander offering.

One of the fastest growing communities in the US, Leander has been a target of Rockspring Capital for many years. Rockspring made its first acquisition in this booming Austin MSA submarket in the summer of the 2014. However the real work began much earlier. Rockspring’s sales team started investigating the potential of the community in 2009, watching the burgeoning growth caused by the construction of the 183-A toll road and the commuter rail system that parallels the corridor.

Overhead image of the Crystal Falls property in Leander, Texas

Unlike many speculative real estate investors, Rockspring waits until an area matures and has actual, repeatable transactions taking place before investing in an emerging market.  This allows Rockspring to narrow down the pricing of a property and reduce the risk of time.

For our Leander properties, the fruit has ripened and the harvest has begun. Rockspring closed four transactions for over $7,722,000 in the last 12 months and we are working hard to sell the remaining assets in the next 12 to 18 months. The value-add processes of entitlement and infrastructure improvement have allowed Rockspring to maximize the value of the investor assets while increasing its liquidity. In the year to come, we’re looking forward to the next harvest and what its potential brings to our investors.

 

 

For Broker Dealer Use Only
Copyright © 2017. All Rights Reserved.

This is neither an offer to sell nor a solicitation of an offer to buy any security, which can be made only by the confidential private placement memorandum (PPM) and all exhibits, attachments and supplements thereto, and sold only by broker-dealers and registered investment advisors who are licensed to do so. These investment opportunities have not been registered under the Securities Act of 1933 and are being offered pursuant to an exemption there from and from applicable state laws. Please read the PPM carefully before you invest. There is no assurance that the investment objectives of this program will be attained. All information is subject to change. Consult the PPM for investment conditions, risk factors, minimum requirements, fees and expenses and other pertinent information with respect to this investment. Rockspring Capital, LLC makes no representations as to the suitability for any purpose of any investment whatsoever. This presentation is intended solely for accredited investors who have received a PPM. Any unauthorized reproduction of this information is strictly prohibited.

Securities offered by Emerson Equity LLC, Member FINRA/SIPC. Emerson Equity is not affiliated with Rockspring Capital.

Neither past nor related performance guarantees future results.

Posted by: In: Uncategorized 08 Feb 2018 0 comments

By Michael Ross, Vice President, Asset Management & Entitlements

Early winter is the time that vineyards ship their wine to their loyal customers. As some of my favorite offerings roll in, I can’t help but think of the parallel between wine making and real estate investing as both take land, time and nurturing. A testament to this delicate process, I would like to share the story of Rockspring’s Leander offering.

One of the fastest growing communities in the US, Leander has been a target of Rockspring Capital for many years. Rockspring made its first acquisition in this booming Austin MSA submarket in the summer of the 2014. However the real work began much earlier. Rockspring’s sales team started investigating the potential of the community in 2009, watching the burgeoning growth caused by the construction of the 183-A toll road and the commuter rail system that parallels the corridor.

Overhead image of the Crystal Falls property in Leander, Texas

Unlike many speculative real estate investors, Rockspring waits until an area matures and has actual, repeatable transactions taking place before investing in an emerging market.  This allows Rockspring to narrow down the pricing of a property and reduce the risk of time.

For our Leander properties, the fruit has ripened and the harvest has begun. Rockspring closed four transactions for over $7,722,000 in the last 12 months and we are working hard to sell the remaining assets in the next 12 to 18 months. The value-add processes of entitlement and infrastructure improvement have allowed Rockspring to maximize the value of the investor assets while increasing its liquidity. In the year to come, we’re looking forward to the next harvest and what its potential brings to our investors.

 

Posted by: In: Rockspring News 17 Jan 2018 0 comments

Energy downturn and hurricanes have not slowed the Texas economy, according to CEO and President of Rockspring Capital, Jim McAlister IV. Through all of it, Rockspring continues to find and capitalize on investment opportunities throughout the state and the Houston Chronicle recently caught up with McAlister to discuss momentum moving into 2018.

To read the full Houston Chronicle interview, click here.

 

Posted by: In: Industry Insights 17 Jan 2018 0 comments

According to a Houston Chronicle article and the end-of-year figures from the Houston Association of Realtors, 79,117 single-family homes representing $23 billion were sold in 2017. This beats 2016’s previous year’s sales record by 3.5 percent. A major attribution to the record year includes investors swooping in to buy and flip flooded homes as well as people beginning to look in alternate sub-markets throughout the Houston area. Does Texas’s resilience know no bounds?

To read the full Houston Chronicle story, click here.

Posted by: In: Industry Insights 11 Jan 2018 0 comments

The Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas forecasts that due to rebounding energy and manufacturing sectors, Texas could be in for an influx of jobs in the hundreds of thousands in 2018. The Houston Chronicle reported that based on this forecast and in Houston in particular, the city could see a gain of 75,000 jobs if crude oil stays around $60 a barrel.

To read the full Houston Chronicle story, click here.

Posted by: In: Rockspring News 19 Dec 2017 0 comments

Rockspring Capital’s sale of a 1,619-acre parcel was recognized as a finalist in the Houston Business Journal’s 2017 Deals of the Year for Residential Real Estate. The firm assembled the property before the recession and patiently waited for the best deal, which ended up being one of the largest in the Houston area since the oil slump. Rockspring is honored to be recognized as one of the foremost experts in real estate investment strategy and looks forward to a strong 2018.

To view the Houston Business Journal article, click here.