Our Hometown – Walnut Creek, CA

About

We're committed to consistently providing our partners and clients with superior risk-adjusted return on investment, and to providing quality and value to those who live and work in the real property investments we operate.

Meet Hall Equities Group

Hall Equities Group is a private, full-service real estate investment, development, and property management company representing the interests of select private investors and company-sponsored group investment entities. We organize and manage investment opportunities on behalf of our partners, their families, our shareholders and our key employees.

With over fifty years’ experience in the real estate industry, we have demonstrated proficiency across multiple property types including industrial, multi-family housing, retail shopping centers, branded and boutique hotels, office buildings, self-storage, subdivisions, and master planned communities.

In 2015, we completed our largest investment to date, acquiring twenty-nine hotels and the corporate assets of Duluth, Minnesota based hotelier, ZMC Hotels. The combined portfolio of Hall Equities Group and ZMC Hotels covers 165 properties in sixteen states.

Asset Allocation by Market Value

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Key Differentiators

Many of today’s real estate investment and development companies are characterized as being strategic and focused, specializing in a specific product type. We have a different approach – we do not subscribe to the notion of specialization. Our passion comes from pushing the boundaries of our personal growth curve by diving into new and different market opportunities.

MILESTONES

Explore the important milestones that have contributed to the success of
Hall Equities Group.
1962

1962

Hall Equities Group was founded as Dynamic Agents Inc. by Merle Hall and Phil LaMarche in Lafayette, CA and enters the residential real estate brokerage business. Within a few years, the company is the largest residential home broker in the region and Merle Hall buys out Phil LaMarche.

1976

1976

Dynamic Agents exits the residential real estate brokerage business to focus on investment brokerage and property management for private investors. The company name changes to Merle D. Hall Company.

1986

1986

Mark Hall joins his father at Merle D. Hall Company after a five year period with Los Angeles based Tishman West, the Western US division of New York based Tishman Management Corporation. From 1986 to 1992, Mark is instrumental in obtaining numerous asset management contracts on behalf of private investors and completing many acquisitions of shopping centers, office buildings, industrial complexes, and apartment buildings.

1989

1989

Merle D. Hall Company completes development of its first retail shopping center, Palm Court in Walnut Creek, CA. The company acted as overall project manager, arranged equity financing, and orchestrated all construction management and lease up.

1992

1992

Mark Hall acquires 50% of the stock of Merle D. Hall Company and assumes executive leadership of the organization. Mark negotiates a transformational investment for two of the company's largest clients, exchanging 14 small rental homes and used car lots for a 30,000 square foot Safeway store and a 65,000 square foot office building on a long-term lease with Kaiser Permanente in downtown Walnut Creek, CA.

1994

1994

Mark Hall and long time partner, Richard Clancy, make an opportunistic purchase of the newly developed Tower Court luxury condominiums in Walnut Creek, CA. Over the years, many further investments have been financed from this acquisition including a Dow Chemical Research facility in Walnut Creek, CA; the Children's Hospital complex in Walnut Creek, CA; Britton Place in Lacey, WA; Laguna Village in Sacramento, CA; and part of the ZMC Hotels acquisition in Duluth, MN.  

1995

1995

Mark Hall leads a partnership that purchases 30 acres (including 150,000 square feet of office and laboratory buildings) in Shadelands Business Park in Walnut Creek, CA. The partnership conducts a major remodel of the asset and converts it to a state-of-the-art life sciences laboratory complex under a design-build contract with the University of California and the US Department of Energy. This investment results in the development of the company's first self-storage facility, medical building and surgery center, and life sciences buildings.

1999

1999

Mark Hall completes acquisition of 100% of stock in the operating company and changes its name to Hall Equities Group.

2005

2005

Hall Equities Group enters the hospitality industry with the construction and management of two hotels in Turlock, CA including a Holiday Inn Express and a Marriott Fairfield Inn and Suites. These two hotels are part of a 159 acre site which Hall Equities Group owned and developed into a 1.14 million square foot regional retail complex. From 1995 to 2005, Hall Equities Group completes the development of more than 1.6 million square feet of projects.

2008

2008

The financial crisis hits hard, but Hall Equities Group liquidates several key, high quality assets, including its entire Southern California office portfolio, at the peak of the market in 2006 to 2007. With significant liquidity and zero development debt, Hall Equities Group makes several strategic and successful acquisitions in the downturn and constructs five new projects between 2008 and 2013.

2015

2015

Hall Equities Group acquires a Minnesota-based hotel management company and all 29 of its hotels in a single transaction. The acquisition expands the company's hotel portfolio to include 34 boutique and branded hotels, totaling approximately 4,000 rooms in 12 states.