A real estate investment and brokerage company that focuses on opportunities in Silicon Valley.
Our Founder Brenton Wickam has over 25 years of experience, completing over $1.5 billion in real estate transactions. He has a large network of agents, developers, contractors, and tenants that when leveraged create tremendous value for his investors and brokerage clients. His experience and unique skill set provide the needed expertise and experience to provide clients and investors with incredible results.
"Having bought and sold many buildings for myself, I know what my clients are dealing with and how to position them the best in a real estate transaction" Brenton Wickam
We focus on infill Bay Area real estate where we can use our expertise to create value. Our mission is to acquire and reposition commercial properties to provide superior returns while mitigating risk for our investor partners.
Investment Strategies Include:
Find real estate with below-market rents and reposition tenants and leases.
Purchase real estate below-market using an All Cash quick close strategy.
Purchase vacant buildings and lease to tenants.
Capital Improvements to upgrade the building to attract new tenants.
Value add through the entitlement process.
Acquisitions of real estate in the path of Growth or zoning changes.
Opportunity Zones provide incredible tax incentives and when mixed with the right real estate deal offer the opportunity for incredible returns.
By investing capital gains into and Opportunity Zone Fund, the tax on the gain is deferred until 2026, and the gain itself is reduced by 15% (if the investment is held at least 7 years). Further, if the investment is held for 10 years or more, upon sale of the investment the cost basis is adjusted to the FMV, eliminating any tax on the gain of the investment in the fund. Please contact us to obtain a comparative model showing the benefits of investing $100k of capital gains in such a structure, versus reinvesting the after-tax gains at a similar rate of return
In 2018, an individual investor sells 1,000 shares of Facebook stock that they purchased in 2013 for $250,000. The sale at $175 per share results in a $1 million capital gain. Instead of paying the $238,000 (assuming 20% rate and 3.8% net invest income tax) in federal capital gains tax on this sale, the investor rolls their $1 million gain into a Qualified Opportunity Fund that invests the capital in newly issued preferred stock shares of various operating businesses located in Opportunity Zones with a plan to liquidate the fund in 2028.
The assumed value of this investment in 2028 is $2 million. The benefits received by this investor include:
Investing $1 million instead of the $762,000 that would be remaining if the capital was not re-invested into an Opportunity Fund.
Paying $202,300 in taxes in 2026 instead of paying $238,000 in 2018.
Owing no additional tax on the $1 million in capital gains on the Opportunity Fund investment realized in 2028
Brenton M. Wickam
Brenton Wickam, the founder of Urban Rock Properties, has spent over 25 years as a top commercial real estate agent in San Mateo County completing over $1.5 billion in real estate transactions. He started his career in 1994 with a boutique commercial firm and joined Cornish & Carey Newmark Knight Frank in 2000. He was the number one sales agent four times in the peninsula office and finished in the top 5 producers every year he was with the firm. In 2011 he joined Coldwell Banker Commercial and finished in the top 10 nationally earning the prestigious Platinum Award. In 2015 he won the Deal of the Year award for representing FedEx in the largest industrial lease transaction ever completed in San Mateo County.
Over his career, Brenton has successfully bought and sold over $100 million in real estate and has developed an extensive network of contacts and relationships. He lives in Burlingame with his two daughters, enjoys playing golf and spending time in the mountains in his spare time.
Over his career, Brenton Wickam has leased and sold over $1.5 billion in commercial property and bought and sold over $100 million dollars in properties. Enclosed are just a few of his past deals completed in brokerage and as a principle.
Owner retired and wanted to sell his warehouse factory. We purchased the building with 24 Hour Fitness as the tenant and got the entitlement and approvals from Redwood City. We then tore down the original building and built a new gym on the site and sold the property to a 1031 exchange buyer.
A San Francisco family owned a retail building in San Francisco and their tenant Flax lease was expiring. The highest and best use for the site was residential but the owners did not want to sell the building. We came up with the creative idea for a 99-year lease and worked with Presidio Development Partners to structure a development deal to build a high-end apartment building.
We purchased this building with a quick close and worked with the two largest tenants in the building to vacate their leases as they were expiring. We then sold the building to an owner user buyer.
414,000 square feet. SF Business Times deal of the year 2015. Worked with FedEx for a multiple years to find a long term facility for FedEx Ground.
The seller had 15 offers and we were chosen as the buyer of the property. Worked to get the smoke shop who is was in bankruptcy and the hat store to vacate the building. Negotiated long term lease with David’s Tea and remodeled the building.
Large R&D building in Foster City that was positioned well next to Gilead for future appreciation. The building was vacant and we developed a reposition lease strategy.
Purchased the property, and when the tenant's lease expired we received an offer from a dry cleaner to purchase the building for their own use.
Purchased the building from the owner of the business and repositioned the building for a new owner user buyer.
Purchased the building with the intent to lease it to a technology company but received an offer from a church to sell the building. Successfully worked with the church and the City of Burlingame to get the use approved by the City.
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