Own Up and Realtor.com | September 01, 2022
Own Up, a digital mortgage shopping service, today announced a commercial relationship with Realtor.com, a real estate marketplace operated by News Corp’s subsidiary, Move, Inc. Own Up and Realtor.com are mission-aligned companies, both aiming to improve the home buying process for Americans looking to close on their dream homes.
Alongside this new collaboration, Own Up closed a $25M round of funding, led by Brand Foundry Ventures. Realtor.com is among the investors participating in the funding round, which also saw return participation from past investors, Link Ventures and Listen Ventures. The injection of capital will allow Own Up to continue to build out its innovative technology platform, expand its novel shopping experience and product offerings, and invest in the Company’s people and culture.
Own Up and Realtor.com’s relationship will give users direct access to Own Up’s mortgage shopping service, including personalized loan offers from its exclusive lender marketplace and real-time advice from the industry’s only mortgage shopping concierge. The integration with Realtor.com will allow homebuyers to gather detailed information about their home financing options as they search listings and find real estate agents.
The housing market has been increasingly challenging for buyers over the past 12 months, with low inventory, rising prices, higher mortgage interest rates, and high-stakes bidding wars. That has caused heightened stress and anxiety for hopeful buyers, an issue Own Up and Realtor.com hope to work together to address.
“From day one, our singular goal was to be a champion for the consumer and bring greater transparency to the home buying process. As the mortgage industry continues to see changes at a rapid clip, it’s crucial that consumers are armed with the right information to make the best financial decisions, Realtor.com plays an essential role in the home search process for so many Americans and now we’ll be able to provide mortgage education and tools to comparison shop, boosting buyer confidence as they move through the process.”
-Patrick Boyaggi, CEO and co-founder of Own Up
Own Up’s team brings deep mortgage expertise to the Realtor.com online experience, This relationship is a natural fit; together we’re able to expand upon our shared goal of helping Americans find and close on their dream homes,said Realtor.com CFO Bryan Charap.
The housing market is at an inflection point, marked by a lack of inventory and a historic rise in interest rates, and Own Up is uniquely positioned to help consumers navigate one of the most tumultuous components, This next phase of growth will further cement Own Up’s position as the mortgage shopping experts, ensuring no borrower overpays on their mortgage. At this time of inflation and a pending recession, cost-savings has never been more important,said Brian Spaly, General Partner at Brand Foundry Ventures.
About Own Up
Founded in 2016, Own Up is changing the way Americans shop for and secure mortgages, injecting transparency into an opaque process and empowering consumers to make smart financial decisions with the help of intelligent technology and real human advisors.
Realtor.com® is an open real estate marketplace built for everyone. Realtor.com® pioneered the world of digital real estate more than 25 years ago. Today, through its website and mobile apps, Realtor.com® is a trusted guide for consumers, empowering more people to find their way home by breaking down barriers, helping them make the right connections, and creating confidence through expert insights and guidance. For professionals, Realtor.com® is a trusted partner for business growth, offering consumer connections and branding solutions that help them succeed in today’s on-demand world. Realtor.com® is operated by News Corp subsidiary Move, Inc.
REAL ESTATE TECHNOLOGY,REAL ESTATE INVESTMENT
Chime Technologies | September 29, 2022
Chime Technologies, an award-winning real estate technology innovator, today announced it has acquired Rentancy, a provider of innovative property management software and services. With a shared mission to streamline and automate the time consuming, manual tasks typically associated with the real estate process and an unwavering commitment to innovative technology development, Chime and Rentancy will deliver a more comprehensive platform to address the entire real estate process from end to end.
Designed to improve property rent collection, accounting, and cash flow management for both residential and commercial properties, Rentancy’s unique software and services help real estate professionals stay focused on delivering stellar client service and growing their business. Rentancy’s flexible business model has proven to help boost profits, unleash cash flow, and simplify operations for customers across the UK. The addition of Rentancy to the robust Chime platform will enhance and streamline back-office capabilities and tenant sourcing operations to support the entire real estate lifecycle. Through this integration, Chime is well poised to deliver the technology solutions agents need to be successful in property management, a global market projected to grow to nearly $20 billion in 2022.
This news comes on the heels of several new Chime products unveiled this year including the Enterprise Platform, Active Recruiting, and Social Studio, to support the unique needs of Chime’s nearly 40,000 active users. The acquisition provides opportunity for geographic expansion across EMEA and underscores a commitment to delivering an end-to-end real estate business platform, purpose-built to help strategic real estate professionals succeed in an increasingly competitive market.
"Our mission is to provide the best technology tools and collaboration platform to help EVERY real estate professional globally thrive and prosper in today's highly competitive, technology-enhanced world, With Rentancy, we are at the beginning of a long-term product and business development journey expanding into European markets and global property management SaaS space."
-Joe Chen, CEO, Chime
The natural synergy between Rentancy and Chime was clear from the start and we are delighted to be part of the team, By combining our property management software and services with Chime’s award-winning sales acceleration platform, we can offer a complete real estate business solution that streamlines operations and empowers our clients to focus on building their business,said Kurt Lyall, Founder & CEO Rentancy.
About Chime Technologies
Chime is an award-winning real estate technology innovator headquartered in Phoenix, Arizona. Our AI-powered platform empowers real estate professionals, teams, and brokerages with the tools they need to automate lead generation operations, drive conversions, and grow their business.
MORTGAGE AND LENDING
SimpleNexus | September 30, 2022
SimpleNexus, an nCino company and developer of the leading U.S. homeownership platform for loan officers, borrowers, real estate agents and settlement agents, announced today that EMM Loans has chosen SimpleNexus’ Nexus Engagement™ and Nexus Origination™ to power an electronic mortgage experience, attract and retain top talent and garner more business for its retail, wholesale, correspondent and consumer direct lending channels.
Founded in 2004, EMM Loans is a New Jersey-based lender offering private, direct and affordable mortgage loans. With 91 loan officers licensed in 38 states, EMM Loans provides best-in-class customer service using innovative technology. EMM Loans selected SimpleNexus to streamline its homebuyer experience, attract new business and drive referrals from real estate professionals.
EMM Loans will leverage SimpleNexus as a recruiting and retention tool, using its mobile lead engagement tool, Nexus Engagement, and its from anywhere point-of-sale (POS) platform, Nexus Origination, to support collaboration with real estate agents and deliver a better borrower experience. SimpleNexus integrates with EMM Loans’ core technology stack, including its loan origination system (LOS), market analytics and product pricing engine (PPE) and customer relationship management (CRM) platform.
“At EMM Loans, we support our expert team by giving them the innovative tools they need to attract more business and build lasting relationships, SimpleNexus creates some of the strongest digital homebuying tools for mortgage lenders. Adopting its technology will allow our loan originators and real estate partners to provide a streamlined homebuying journey that converts more borrowers and wins customers for life.”
-EMM Loans Senior Vice President Brad Miller
SimpleNexus is thrilled to partner with EMM Loans, a mortgage lender that cares about the experience of its team members and the communities it serves, We look forward to the opportunity to support the exemplary service and award-winning company culture that EMM Loans is known for,said SimpleNexus CEO Ben Miller.
SimpleNexus, an nCino company, is an award-winning developer of mobile-first technology for the modern mortgage lender. U.S. lenders depend on our namesake homeownership platform to unite the people, systems and stages of the mortgage process into a seamless, end-to-end solution that spans engagement, origination, closing and business intelligence. By helping lenders manage their teams and stay connected with borrowers and real estate professionals, we deliver a measurable return on investment in the form of reduced turn times, increased loan application submissions and more referral business. A four-time Inc. 5000 company, SimpleNexus has been recognized as one of the world’s Best Workplaces for Innovators.