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EB5 Capital Achieves $100+ Million Repayment Milestone

Washington, DC – Today EB5 Capital announced it has surpassed $100 million in repayments to its EB-5 investors. The United States Citizenship and Immigration Services’ (USCIS) EB-5 Program permits foreign nationals and their immediate family to apply for US residency through an investment in a job-creating real estate project. Repayments to investors represent the successful investing and return of capital to clients.

 “Since our work began in 2008, we’ve proven our ability to invest our clients’ money in sound, job-creating commercial real estate projects that fully meet the requirements set out by USCIS,” said Brian Ostar, EB5 Capital’s President. “Throughout this year, asset management has been our top-priority, and completing the full EB-5 cycle across a dozen projects is extremely rewarding to us, the clients we’ve repaid, and clients in earlier stages of their immigration process.”

EB5 Capital has increased the frequency of its communication with developer-partners and investors. Despite the changes brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic, the firm remains focused on operating efficiencies and the pursuit of sound EB-5 investment opportunities for those considering moving to the US through an EB-5 investment.

“The pandemic has caused quite a bit of uncertainty for our firm and clients this year,” said Juline Kaleyias, EB5 Capital’s Director of Business Development. “Though, our team is still very much committed, working harder and more efficiently than ever. We are delighted to deliver this good news.”

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About EB5 Capital

EB5 Capital is a leader in the EB-5 immigrant investor industry, raising over $750 million in foreign capital from investors in more than 65 countries for investment in job-creating real estate projects across the United States. EB5 Capital owns and operates five USCIS-authorized Regional Centers that serve 14 states and the District of Columbia. With a portfolio of 28 projects, EB5 Capital maintains a 100% project approval rate from the USCIS. For more information, visit http://www.eb5capital.com.

Investor Spotlight: Linda Ciklik

Since 2008, EB5 Capital’s team has had the privilege to frequently interact with a diverse and accomplished set of investors from 65 countries who have all decided to make the United States their new home. Every so often, through our Investor Spotlight series, we enjoy taking the opportunity to feature some of our past clients and share their immigration experience with you. Each of these investors has graciously allowed us to share their story.

Linda (third from the left) with her daughters and granddaughters. 

At the beginning of the year, before the COVID-19 outbreak unraveled in the Western Hemisphere, our CEO and Founder, Angel Brunner, and our Investor Relations Manager for Latin America, Andrea Devis Focke, spent a few days meeting with investors in Mexico City. One of the visits was with Mrs. Linda Ciklik, the mother of one of our investors.

Mrs. Linda Ciklik is a committed philanthropist who cares deeply about helping vulnerable women and promoting educational opportunities for children in difficult situations. During the time shared, Linda and Angel made a meaningful connection. She provided Angel and Andrea a tour around WIZO, a non-profit organization she has been deeply involved with for over 40 years. Linda vividly explained their mission, described her dedicated involvement, and how a network of over 350 active female volunteers across Mexico focus on improving the lives of their society’s most vulnerable women and children.

Founded in London in 1920 and in Mexico in 1940, WIZO is a non-profit organization that has chapters in over 50 countries and consultative statuses at the United Nations Children’s Emergency Fund (UNICEF) and the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC). WIZO members create programs to support shelters for battered women and girls in distress, as well as childcare centers, schools, and services for the elderly.

Linda (bottom right) with WIZO Mexico Leadership.

Touched by Linda’s philanthropic work, Angel asked how EB5 Capital could support its mission. In recognition of the 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment and women’s constitutional right to vote in the United States, EB5 Capital is making a donation to WIZO. Our support will help Linda’s effort in raising over $50,000 to purchase much-needed medical equipment that will go to a children’s hospital.

“Connecting and learning about our investors, like we did with Linda in Mexico, is what motivates us to keep going,” said Angel. “My team and I believe in being global citizens that look for ways to create meaningful connections, bridge stronger ties with the United States, and give back to our investors’ home societies.”

Linda shared some of her experiences with us: 

Can you please share with us how WIZO became involved with the National Institute of Pediatrics (the children’s hospital), and its effort to fundraise for medical equipment? 

WIZO is constantly looking for possibilities to help women and children in vulnerable situations. In our years of dedication to this mission, we have furnished 56 low-income schools in Mexico. Due to the pandemic and for obvious reasons, schools are closed, so our relief efforts had to go elsewhere. We had the opportunity to meet the president of the board of trustees of the National Institute of Pediatrics, who told us about the enormous needs of this center. We saw this as an extraordinary opportunity to continue supporting and that is why we decided to contribute to the INP since this hospital cares for children whose families do not have health insurance or any type of help.

How has your 40+ year involvement in WIZO shaped you? Can you share with us some of the most impactful programs that you were involved in and feel proud of?

My involvement with WIZO started with a group called Shalom, which means Peace or Well-Being. For the last 18 years, I have dedicated myself with a group of colleagues to provide self-esteem classes to heads of families who are part of the community of parents of the 50 low-income schools that WIZO has furnished in Mexico. I feel immensely proud to belong to the Jewish community in Mexico and to be part of a great international organization that focuses on providing opportunities to develop and grow as a woman. Being surrounded by women of all ages with the same purpose of helping has played a particularly important role in my life.

Linda, you have three daughters who are already mothers. One already lives in the United States and another is in the process through one of our EB-5 projects. As a woman who has focused on creating opportunities and helping others, what are some of the values ​​that you would like your daughters to uphold and share with the next generation?

I have raised my daughters with very strong values. I have always wanted them to be independent women and to always put themselves in the other’s shoes and be willing to help. I am so proud of them! They are professional women with big hearts. I hope they convey to my granddaughters the great value of helping others.

We thank Linda for sharing her story and teaching us about the important work WIZO is doing around the world. If you are interested in contributing to WIZO’s Mexico chapter to help purchase medical equipment for children in Mexico, you can donate or we can make a direct connection to the organization for you. 

Press Release

EB5 Capital’s 1900 Half Street Project Begins Leasing in Washington, DC

Washington, DC – EB5 Capital joins Douglas Development Corporation and PTM Partners in celebrating the launch of leasing at 1900 Half Street, one of the first multifamily developments in Washington, DC’s Buzzard Point neighborhood. The property consists of 453 luxury apartment units, with 17,000 square feet of commercial retail space.

1900 Half Street is located directly on the riverfront, which provides rare panoramic views of the Potomac and Anacostia Rivers. The project sits two blocks away from the newly built $300 million Audi Field, home to the DC United Major League Soccer team, and is also within a half-mile of Nationals Park, home of Major League Baseball’s Washington Nationals.

EB5 Capital funded $44.5 million from investors representing 16 different countries. “More than one-third of our EB-5 raise came from India,” said Anubhuti Dhand, EB5 Capital’s Investor Relations Manager. “Our Indian investors felt confident and secure with a multifamily apartment project located in this fast-developing neighborhood.”

1900 Half Street is a few blocks away from Dock79, another multifamily project financed by EB5 Capital in 2014. Dock79 is located in Capitol Riverfront, the next neighborhood over from Buzzard Point. Both properties are expected to benefit from new housing demand created by Amazon’s forthcoming HQ2, which is expected to bring an estimated 25,000 jobs to Arlington, Virginia, and is less than a 10-minute drive from both properties. The multifamily project also sits inside of a designated Opportunity Zone.

“Washington, DC is known as a stable safe-haven for real estate investments”, said Jon Mullen, Senior Vice President of Investments. “This particular submarket is completely transforming at a rapid pace and we are excited to be working with one of the most experienced developers in the nation’s capital.”

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About EB5 Capital

EB5 Capital is a leader in the EB-5 immigrant investor industry, raising over $750 million in foreign capital from investors in more than 65 countries for investment in job-creating real estate projects across the United States. EB5 Capital owns and operates five USCIS-authorized Regional Centers that serve 14 states and the District of Columbia. With a portfolio of 28 projects, EB5 Capital maintains a 100% project approval rate from the USCIS. For more information, visit http://www.eb5capital.com.

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EB5 Capital Celebrates the Opening of LA-Agoura Hills Marriott Hotels in Agoura Hills, California

Washington, DC – EB5 Capital joins Huntington Hotel Group (HHG) in celebrating the grand opening of the LA-Agoura Hills Marriott Hotels in Agoura Hills, CA. The property is a 225-room, dual-branded Marriott hotel complex, approximately 30 miles from the City of Los Angeles. The development features a 129-room Courtyard by Marriott and a 96-room TownePlace Suites by Marriott, with separate indoor lounges for each hotel brand, a courtyard bistro, and approximately 7,000 square feet of meeting space.

“Many of our investors are fond of the Golden State and we are delighted about the opening of another Marriott hotel project with HHG in California,’’ said Brian Ostar, EB5 Capital’s President. “We have experienced continuous success in our five partnerships with HHG and the opening of LA-Agoura Hills Marriott Hotels is a rewarding milestone for us and our investors.’’

EB5 Capital funded $20.5 million in the project as a preferred equity investment, creating over 550 EB-5 qualifying jobs for its 41 investors. The hotel includes an outdoor swimming pool with patio, fire pits, and barbecue areas. The project is located off the 101 Freeway just minutes from Calabasas and Conejo Valley corporate offices, and the beaches and vineyards of Malibu. It is the ideal hub for business trips or family vacations.

‘’We are excited to see this project become a driving force in drawing visitors to Agoura Hills as the state reopens,’’ said Jon Mullen, Senior Vice President of Investments. “We are looking forward to welcoming our investors for site tours whenever they are in the area.” 

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About EB5 Capital

EB5 Capital is a leader in the EB-5 immigrant investor industry, raising over $750 million in foreign capital from investors in more than 65 countries for investment in job-creating real estate projects across the United States. EB5 Capital owns and operates five USCIS-authorized Regional Centers that serve 14 states and the District of Columbia. With a portfolio of 28 projects, EB5 Capital maintains a 100% project approval rate from the USCIS. For more information, visit http://www.eb5capital.com.