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PHOENIX (Feb 17, 2016)

NexMetro Communities Signs New Investment Deal with iStar
Southwest Developer to Launch Nine New Developments in 2016

Phoenix-based homebuilder NexMetro Communities, America's innovator and builder of next-generation leased-home neighborhoods in the Sunbelt, announced today that it has closed on two financing deals with iStar Inc. (NYSE: STAR) for the development of Avilla-branded rental communities in the Phoenix area. The newly formed relationship could lead to iStar's investment in as many as nine Avilla communities over the next twelve to eighteen months. NexMetro's developments are located in prime suburban communities within the Phoenix, Dallas-Fort Worth and Denver areas. The gated properties feature detached single-story homes with private backyards, ten-foot ceilings, high-end finishes, and open-concept designs.

"Our companies have a shared vision of Avilla Homes as an innovative response to a sizable, growing and underserved consumer demand in the leased-home marketplace," said Ken Abrahams, CEO of NexMetro Communities. "We are excited about our relationship with iStar and look forward to working together to offer a convenient, upscale, leased-housing option to consumers in many markets across the country."

NexMetro Communities is planning to start construction on up to nine new Avilla communities in 2016. Construction on the first two iStar-financed developments began in late 2015 and will continue throughout the year, with the first homes available to lease beginning in early 2017. Construction of Avilla projects in metropolitan Denver will start in late 2016 with homes available to rent in late 2017. Renters may choose from one-, two- or three-bedroom floor plans. Avilla Homes' rental rates are comparable to other upscale rental communities but offer a unique alternative to both traditional apartment products and single-family home rentals.

"The NexMetro team brings a proven track record and an innovative approach to these developments," said Steve Wylder, vice president of iStar. "We think the product is uniquely positioned to meet the demands of a growing demographic seeking the privacy and feel of a single-family home with the convenience and flexibility of an apartment community. We're excited to have formed this relationship."

About iStar

iStar (NYSE: STAR) finances, invests in and develops real estate and real estate-related projects as part of its fully integrated investment platform. Building on more than two decades of experience and in excess of $35 billion of transactions, iStar brings uncommon capabilities and new ways of thinking to commercial real estate and adapts its investment strategy to changing market conditions. The company is structured as a real estate investment trust ("REIT"), with a diversified portfolio focused on larger assets located in major metropolitan markets. Additional information on iStar is available at iStar.com

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About Avilla Homes

A truly unique alternative to the typical rental experience, Avilla Homes neighborhoods feature single level, detached homes for lease in a gated enclave. The one, two and three-bedroom floor plans feature private entrances, outdoor patios and backyards, along with high-end finishes such as 10' ceilings, granite/quartz countertops, stainless steel appliances and more. The pet friendly communities offer the perks of neighborhood living with optional garages, resort-style pool, beautifully landscaped recreation areas, and even an electric car charging station - all maintained by a professional management company, without mortgage payments or HOA fees.

About NexMetro

NexMetro Communities is an innovative development company focused on building luxury leased home neighborhoods that serve lifestyle conscious consumers seeking a new home experience without the burdens of a mortgage. In partnership with its affiliated companies, NexMetro has developed Avilla Homes neighborhoods since 2010 in key Sunbelt locations. Combining elements of residential single-family living with rental terms and management, NexMetro provides a growing market niche of consumers a leased home experience like no other.

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