The Norman Transcript


January 13, 2013

Multi-family market strong in 2012



University Falls sale recorded in December

County records indicate several local apartment sales, Buhl reports. One notable sale in Norman is University Falls Apartments, 505 – 509 E. Boyd, purchased by Brian and Beck Wood of Canyon Lake, Calif. in December 2012 for $1,375,000. Former owner, Brent Swift, said he believes the new owners will continue the same rental business the apartments have had in the past.

University Falls had another potential buyer December 2011. The Elsey Brothers, developers out of Manhattan, Kan., wanted to tear down the 32 unit dwelling built in 1943 and erect a high density structure in its place.

Protests from area neighbors stalled those plans and sent the Elseys further west in the University of Oklahoma campus area. A lack of city zoning to allow higher density projects such as the one proposed by the Elseys promped a months-long community dialogue and city investigation to identify appropriate areas for high density multifamily dwellings and to create zoning districts to allow the future construction of such projects.

Sales in Moore during 2012 include Springs of Moore, 800 NW 12th which sold for $2,529,000. Built in 1973, Springs has 104 units equating to a sale price of $24,317 per unit.

Buhl reports that the Reserve on Stinson, a 612 bed community, sold for $112,488 per unit and the Cottages of Norman, a 644 bed community, sold for $193,103 per unit.

“The purchase price for Cottages of Norman at 1601 E. Imhoff Road was estimated to be $33,600,000 by applying an 80 percent loan-to-value on the $26,880,000 mortgage that was recorded of public record. Documentary Stamps for this transaction were not a reliable source to confirm this sale,” Buhl said.

Buhl operates CCR Multifamily Investment Services located at 611 24th Avenue SW, Suite 100 in Norman. He has 27 years of apartment brokerage and marketing service experience.


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