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Laser-focused on Creating "Happy Communities" with Nate Kline of OneWall Communities

Nate Kline is the Principal Founder and Chief Investment Officer of OneWall Communities, where he drives investment strategy and acquisition.

“I was that unusual senior in high school who loved AP Economics and into reading finance books. So at the young age of 17, I already knew that I wanted to be an investment banker. So I double-majored in Finance and Economics at Penn State and then interned at GE Capital. At the same time, I was also a student intern at Meryll Lynch’s Merger and Acquisition department, which was exactly what I wanted to do. So I took the full-time offer and spent a couple of years there before joining Fortress to do private equity.

After the financial crisis of 2008, we established OneWall Communities. We wanted to be a firm that focuses on at least one or a couple of verticals with the longest runway for growth, could be managed with durable business models, and had unbreakable trends such as demographics. Two of those were senior and student housing, so we worked on one-off developments in both sectors. In doing that, we saw a clear supply-demand imbalance in workforce housing. Affordability constraints translate into a more extended period of people living in apartments before buying a house. But there haven't been enough developments to supply that additional demand.

We gave our investors access to institutional quality multi-family real estate deals with better returns. We also make sure we're looking at dozens of deals until we invest in the right ones. In addition, we are laser-focused on making our apartment complexes ”happy communities” and presenting ourselves as a unified entity. Finally, we're constantly striving to utilize better technology and processes to stay ahead.”

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Nate Kline, Founder and Chief Investment Officer

Founded in 2010 and based in Stamford, CT, OneWall Communities® is a vertically-integrated real estate owner, operator and investment firm focused on transit- and lifestyle-oriented, workforce apartment housing in the Northeast. The company owns and manages approximately 4,000 units in New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and Maryland. OneWall combines a strategic market approach, an entrepreneurial attitude, and a commitment to creating great communities to optimize value for both its investors and residents.

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