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Apartment sale prompts Atlanta-based ARA's Dallas office to expand to Oklahoma City

The $77 million sale price of the Lincoln at Central Park in Oklahoma City came to $109,000 per individual apartment unit, the highest since 2008 and the most for a single-property transaction.
by Richard Mize Published: May 1, 2012

Gardner Tanenbaum Group's offering of the Lincoln at Central Park apartment complex generated considerable interest from would-be buyers.

The sale of the property, its $77 million price and the promise of more high-dollar transactions persuaded Apartment Realty Advisors, an Atlanta-based firm with an office in Dallas, to expand to Oklahoma City.

The transaction was handled by ARA principal Brian O'Boyle and brokers Bart Wickard and Brandon Lamb. Lamb is now leading ARA's new office in Oklahoma City.

The offering generated significant interest “despite the challenges of the transaction size and complexity of assuming an agency (Freddie Mac) loan for one phase and adding a new loan for another,” Wickard said. “Investor types ranged from REITs (real estate investment trusts) to private equity to local investors.”

At $109,000 per individual apartment, the Lincoln at Central Park fetched a “great price,” said Mike Buhl, owner of apartment brokerage Commercial Realty Resources Co. in Norman.

“The location where he built it was a little bit questionable. He clearly has overcome that by the operation of it. That ultimately is obvious when you sell it for that kind of price. I don't know what he built them for, but it was a lot less than that,” he said.

Buhl said he would have guessed the property would sell for $85,000 to $90,000 per unit.

The Lincoln at Central Park would have brought an even shinier price on either coast, as much as $20,000 more per unit, said William T. Forrest, principal and first vice president of CB Richard Ellis-Oklahoma. That's one reason Oklahoma City property is so attractive to investment firms with cash to put with 4-percent credit to get good returns for their investors, Forrest said.

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by Richard Mize
Real Estate Editor
Real estate editor Richard Mize has edited The Oklahoman's weekly residential real estate section and covered housing, commercial real estate, construction, development, finance and related business since 1999. From 1989 to 1999, he worked...
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