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Private Multi-Disciplinary Real Estate Company

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WHO WE ARE

Building Tomorrow, Brick by Brick, Byte by Byte

Acumen Cos. isn't just a company, it's a visionary force shaping the future of the built environment. Headquartered in Washington DC, we're one of the region's fastest-growing asset management and real estate development companies, a two-time honoree in the prestigious Washington Business Journal's Top 50 Fastest-Growing Companies list.

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OUR GOAL & FOCUS

Our focus? Vibrant, engaging communities. We craft mixed-use multifamily and hotel projects tailored to the aspirations of millennials and Gen Z. Backed by the trust and capital of a $2.8 billion Multifamily office fund, we deploy resources with strategic precision.

But our ambition extends beyond brick and mortar. Acumen Cos. has shifted its core focus towards three booming sectors: data centers, student housing, and logistics. We act as catalysts, investing through fund-to-fund, LP capital, mezzanine financing, and even taking on GP roles in specific asset classes.

Student housing holds particular significance for the family offices we partner with. They recognize the sector's potential for exceptional returns and consistent cash flow, with rent growth in recent years ranging from 7.5% to 13%. While institutional investors often chase "pedestrian" properties near top universities, family offices see opportunity in locations within a 2-4 mile radius, offering students affordable options with attractive amenities.

Acumen Cos. capitalizes on this shift. We seek opportunities in Tier 1 Minus, Tier 2, and even Tier 3 markets, unlocking the potential of smaller-sized schools often overlooked by large investors. Our expertise lies in identifying high-growth potential and nurturing it, brick by brick, byte by byte.

​Join us in building a vibrant tomorrow. Together, we can weave the fabric of thriving communities and empower the next generation to reach their full potential.

Price is what you pay. Value is what you get.

~ WARREN BUFFETT

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THE OPPORTUNITY

A general curtailment in banks’ construction lending appetite, the underlying sentiment that the real estate market is at its peak, and regulatory lending limits for particular loan products have left capable, experienced developers in the small to middle market CRE space at an extreme disadvantage.

NEED TO CLOSE QUICKLY

A general curtailment in banks’ construction lending appetite, the underlying sentiment that the real estate market is at its peak, and regulatory lending limits for particular loan products have left capable, experienced developers in the small to middle market CRE space at an extreme disadvantage.

UNCERTAINTY IN CLOSING A LOAN

Even after waiting for banks to perform their dated, timely underwriting and approval process, the uncertainty of close still remains. Term sheets and verbal approvals return to the borrower largely modified or altogether declined.

ADDITIONAL FUNDS NEEDED TO FILL EQUITY GAP

Increasing regulatory mandates handed down to local banks have had an adverse effect on their borrowers ability to remain active in the market. The time and profit dilution it takes for them to raise the 15-20% additional equity required by banks is not conducive to the growth of these small to mid-size companies.

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DEVELOPER'S DILEMMA

DEBT

COMMERCIAL BANKS

  • Heavily regulated

  • Complex process for obtaining loan

  • Community banks are reaching their concentration limits

  • Compensating deposit relationship required

PRIVATE LENDERS

  • Lack sophistication and infrastructure

  • Limited resources

HARD MONEY LENDERS

  • Charge high interest rates

  • Business model is “Lend-to-Own”

EQUITY

JOINT-VENTURE EQUITY

  • Raising investor capital is complicated and time-consuming
    High cost of capital
    Dilutes ownership and control

RESOURCES AVAILABLE

OUR SOLUTION

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SPEED

ACUMEN’s streamlined approval platform relies on the responsibility of the production team to source, underwrite, and administer all pre-closing requirements. Where this 1-to-1 “white glove” service reduces the time spent sourcing deals by our team, it makes up for it in the relationships we establish through the ease and certainty of closing we provide our customers.

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EXPERTISE

Comprised of existing developers and lenders under one platform, our team has over 30 years of commercial experience in the Greater Washington D.C. area. ACUMEN’s strategic advantage lies in its intimate knowledge of the area and long standing relationships with influential colleagues in the industry.

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OWNERSHIP

No need to dilute ownership and control of your project by bringing additional investors to the table. We provide the remaining capital stack necessary.

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FLEXIBILITY

Our management team understands the importance of being flexible with our clients as well as being able to pivot with the market to ensure the best outcome possible.

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PRICE

Lower coupon payments and money out of your pocket up front. We sacrifice pricing on the front end for a preferred return at the back end, only funding projects and sponsors we truly believe in.

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FACTS ABOUT US

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MILLION EQUITY FOR STUDENT HOUSING

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INVESTMENTS IN 21 MARKETS

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2.8

BILLION INVESTABLE  ASSETS

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AWARDS AND RECOGNITIONS

OUR PRODUCTS

WE PROVIDE FAST, FLEXIBLE LOANS WITH CERTAINTY AND EASE.

Acquisition

$5.0 - 40M

9 - 12 %

Up to 90%

Up to 75%

6 - 36 Months

2.5%

Yes

Bridge

$5.0 - 40M

9 - 12 %

Up to 90%

Up to 75%

6 - 36 Months

2.5%

Yes

Mezzanine

$5M - 40M

18- 22 %

Up to 90%

Up to 75%

12 - 36 Months

2.5%

Yes

* Exact rates and fees determined on a case by case basis through risk based analysis of each project in its entirety.

At ACUMEN, we know successful real estate investment is reliant on local knowledge and leveraging synergistic relationships in order to impact the community around you
Business opportunities are like buses, there's always another one coming.

~ RICHARD BRANSON

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Contact Details

(202)-536-2660

325 7th St NW Suite 400 Washington, DC 20004

312 Arizona Ave Santa Monica, California 90401

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ACUMEN is is one of the region’s fastest-growing real estate development companies, highly ranked by Washington Business Journal’s fastest-growing company list two years in a row. ACUMEN creates vibrant and engaging communities through mixed-used multifamily and hotel projects tailored to millennials and Gen Z.

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(202)-536-2660

325 7th St NW Suite 400 Washington, DC 20004

312 Arizona Ave Santa Monica, California 90401

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