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Morgan/Olayan Partnership Snares 14,000-Unit MF Portfolio

A partnership of Morgan Properties and Olayan America has acquired a portfolio of 48 apartment communities and 14,414 units in 11 states for $1.75 billion. The Morgan/Olayan joint venture purchased the North Star Portfolio from STAR Real Estate Ventures, a JV between El-Ad National Properties, LLC and Yellowstone Portfolio Trust.

The North Star acquisition is reportedly the largest multifamily transaction this year. Jonathan Morgan, president of King of Prussia, PA-based Morgan Properties JV, said the transaction establishes Morgan Properties as “the second-largest multifamily owner in the country and the nation’s largest private owner.” 

Further, he said it was “a testament to our conviction in the fundamentals of class B multifamily.”

With the North Star deal, the Morgan/Olayan partnership entered five new states: Florida, Texas, Georgia, Louisiana and Michigan. Other properties in the portfolio are located in North Carolina, South Carolina, Illinois, Indiana, Ohio and Maryland.

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