SkySlope | September 29, 2021
SkySlope, the leader in real estate transaction and brokerage software, has launched its premier forms product, SkySlope Forms, as a subscriber benefit to Oregon Real Estate Forms (OREF) 18,000 customers.
SkySlope's suite of products enables real estate professionals to centralize their work while remaining compliant. As the transaction management platform that serves half of the top 20 largest brokerages in the nation, SkySlope is known for its 24/7 award-winning technical support and customized onboarding and training from a knowledgeable customer success team both of which are now available to OREF subscribers as part of their member benefit.
SkySlope Forms uses state-of-the-art technology to create a seamless user experience by giving agents a streamlined and efficient way to execute OREF standard forms. OREF subscribers do not need to be current SkySlope users to access SkySlope Forms. They are now able to simply create an account, provide their credentials, and access the complete OREF library to create files, prepare forms, and send for signature. Agents who currently use SkySlope's transaction management platform will also experience a frictionless transition between their forms and SkySlopes transaction management tools.
SkySlope Forms for OREF subscribers includes:
Data synced from the MLS to OREF Standard Forms
Quick-entry fields for easy form preparation
Auto-updated data across all forms and templates
Free and unlimited signatures with SkySlope DigiSign
Seamless integration with SkySlope transactions for brokerages that use SkySlope transaction management
Unlike other forms products on the market, SkySlope Forms is user-friendly and requires less repetitive data-entry. We are excited to work with OREF and provide this solution to our agents in Oregon.
- Buck Avey, VP of Product at SkySlope
We are excited to offer SkySlope Forms to OREF customers. SkySlope provides a valuable resource for OREF customers to get the most out of their form libraries and elevate the transaction process across the state. The SkySlope customer service continually exceeds our expectations and assures us OREF customers are receiving the best care and attention.
- Nicole Richman, OREF CEO.
SkySlope Forms is currently available in select states in the U.S. and Canada and will continue launching in additional regions throughout 2021.
Established in 2011, SkySlope is a comprehensive transaction management platform for brokers, agents, auditors, and transaction coordinators to manage real estate transactions from anywhere at any time. In 2020, over 256,000 users across 8,000 offices used SkySlope to manage 2.25M transactions. SkySlope provides digital transaction management and services to help agents and brokers be more efficient and compliant. From automation to integrations, SkySlope's vision is to keep agents and brokers connected to the customer forever.
Oregon Real Estate Forms, LLC (OREF) prepares and licenses high-quality real estate transaction and advisory forms created by legal and industry professionals. OREF is owned by the Eugene Association of Realtors® and the Portland Metropolitan Association of Realtors®. The company is professionally managed by a staff of six in concert with a Board of Managers and a Forms Committee who are Realtors® appointed by each Association owner.
REAL ESTATE INVESTMENT
Realogy Holdings Corp. | November 18, 2021
Sotheby's, the world's premier destination for fine art and luxury goods, and Realogy Holdings Corp. (NYSE: RLGY), the largest full-service residential real estate services company in the United States, today announced the acquisition of Concierge Auctions, the leading global luxury real estate auction marketplace. Under the terms of the agreement, Sotheby's and Realogy will take a joint 80% ownership stake in Concierge Auctions, while company co-founders Chad Roffers and Laura Brady will remain President and Chief Executive Officer, respectively. Concierge Auctions will operate independently, continuing to partner with real estate agents affiliated with many of the industry's leading brokerages to host luxury online auctions for clients. A newly formed Board of Managers will be made up of Sotheby's and Realogy executives and chaired by Philip White, CEO and President of Sotheby's International Realty, a Realogy brand. Financial terms were not disclosed.
Luxury online auctions is a growing sector of the real estate industry, particularly at the high-end, where a more limited buyer pool exists and properties can be harder to value and sell. Concierge Auctions, founded in 2008, creates predictability and liquidity for sellers in an accelerated timeframe and is designed to work with real estate agents as trusted advisors, not disintermediate them. In fact, co-founders Roffers and Brady have both successfully served as licensed real estate agents, and the company has never auctioned a property without working in partnership with a local real estate broker. With an extensive network of independent luxury agents and high-net-worth clients, Concierge Auctions' technology platform serves as an additional tool for agents to market and sell unique, one-of-a-kind luxury properties around the world.
In 2020, Concierge Auctions reported processing more than $3.4 billion in competitive bids with an average home sell price of $3.5 million. And, just this year, the company broke its fourth world record for highest price of a single-family home ever sold at auction with the sale of Villa Firenze, one of the most expensive residential properties in the world, listed for sale at $165 million. Prior world records have included the sale of Villa Passalacqua in Lake Como, Italy (listed for €100 million); Playa Vista Isle in Hillsboro Beach, Florida (listed for $159 million); and Walnut Place in Dallas, Texas (listed for $48.9 million).
With Realogy's more than 300,000 globally affiliated real estate agents across six brands, including Sotheby's International Realty®, Corcoran®, and Coldwell Banker®, Concierge Auctions will benefit from increased distribution, lead generation, and industry-leading data scale, along with enhanced marketing visibility from the brands and affiliated agents. Sotheby's will provide Concierge Auctions with deep luxury auction expertise, including innovation in online and live auctions, and access to an unmatched global network of fine art and luxury goods collectors.
"Realogy is the market leader in luxury real estate, an area in which we continue to strategically invest to drive future growth. As demand for luxury real estate auctions increases, we believe Realogy and Sotheby's can jointly bring powerful data and network scale to Concierge Auctions, a valuable tool for real estate agents helping clients expertly navigate the global high-end property market. Laura and Chad have expanded how agents and clients can sell and buy a home, and I look forward to what we can now achieve, together."
- Ryan Schneider, Realogy Chief Executive Officer and President.
"Since 2004, Realogy has had a very successful relationship with Sotheby's as the operator and steward of the Sotheby's International Realty brand, Just as the power of Sotheby's and Realogy has fueled the tremendous growth of Sotheby's International Realty, we are excited for what this new partnership can bring to Concierge Auctions as Laura and Chad grow their lead in the luxury real estate auctions sector while keeping the agent at the center."
- Philip White, Sotheby's International Realty CEO and President and newly appointed Chairman of Concierge Auctions.
About Realogy Holdings Corp.
Realogy (NYSE: RLGY) is moving the real estate industry to what's next. As the leading and most integrated provider of U.S. residential real estate services encompassing franchise, brokerage, relocation, and title and settlement businesses as well as a mortgage joint venture, Realogy supported approximately 1.4 million home transactions in 2020. The company's diverse brand portfolio includes some of the most recognized names in real estate: Better Homes and Gardens® Real Estate, CENTURY 21®, Coldwell Banker®, Coldwell Banker Commercial®, Corcoran®, ERA®, and Sotheby's International Realty®. Using innovative technology, data and marketing products, high-quality lead generation programs, and best-in-class learning and support services, Realogy fuels the productivity of its approximately 191,700 independent sales agents in the U.S. and more than 135,000 independent sales agents in 117 other countries and territories, helping them build stronger businesses and best serve today's consumers. Recognized for ten consecutive years as one of the World's Most Ethical Companies, Realogy has also been designated a Great Place to Work four years in a row, named one of LinkedIn's 2021 Top Companies in the U.S., and honored on the Forbes list of World's Best Employers 2021.
Established in 1744, Sotheby's is the world's premier destination for art and luxury. Sotheby's promotes access, connoisseurship and preservation of fine art and rare objects through auctions and buy-now channels including private sales, e-commerce and retail. Our trusted global marketplace is supported by an industry-leading technology platform and a network of specialists spanning 40 countries and 50 categories, which include Contemporary Art, Modern and Impressionist Art, Old Masters, Chinese Works of Art, Jewelry, Watches, Wine and Spirits, and Interiors, among many others.
REAL ESTATE TECHNOLOGY
businesswire | December 14, 2020
Blackstone (NYSE: BX) today declared that Blackstone Property Partners Life Sciences ("BPPLS") will obtain a best‐in‐class, 2.3 million square foot arrangement of lab places of business from a Brookfield Asset Management land reserve for $3.45 billion. BPPLS is Blackstone Real Estate's long haul, ceaseless capital, core+ return life sciences procedure that claims BioMed Realty, Blackstone's life science land portfolio organization. The exchange is relied upon to shut in the main quarter of 2021 subject to standard shutting conditions.
Around 90% of the portfolio being procured is gathered in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Following the consummation of the exchange, Blackstone will turn into the biggest life science office proprietor in Cambridge, and BioMed Realty, which will have an undertaking estimation of roughly $20 billion, will have 66% of its foundation packed in the Boston/Cambridge market. Cambridge is one of the quickest developing lab office submarkets in the nation because of its nearness world-driving scholastic establishments and the biggest bunch of drug organizations in the U.S. The Cambridge portfolio is situated in East Cambridge, straightforwardly adjoining the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and is rented to blue-chip occupants.
“This transaction illustrates Blackstone’s continued conviction in the life sciences space both broadly, and within real estate, investing in best-in-class assets located adjacent to top-tier research and education institutions,” said Nadeem Meghji, Head of Real Estate Americas. “We look forward to continuing to grow the platform with the help of BioMed Realty, our world-class life science office platform, with the goal of delivering value to our long-term investors.”
This procurement follows various other critical Blackstone interests in treatments and advancements in the existence sciences space past the company's interests in land. The firm dispatched Blackstone Life Sciences in 2018 to put straightforwardly in promising meds and innovations. In July, Blackstone raised the biggest life sciences private asset to date, and the firm has additionally made significant interests in Cryoport, a main supplier of temperature-controlled coordinations answers for the existence sciences industry, and Precision Medicine Group, a main cutting edge supplier of medication improvement and commercialization administrations.
Deutsche Bank Securities Inc., Morgan Stanley and Co. LLC and Wells Fargo Securities LLC are filling in as monetary counsels to Blackstone, and Simpson Thacher and Bartlett LLP is filling in as lawful guide. Eastdil Secured is filling in as lead monetary guide to Brookfield, and Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher and Flom LLP is filling in as lawful counsel. Citigroup Global Markets Inc. likewise offered monetary warning types of assistance to Brookfield regarding the exchange.
About Blackstone Real Estate
Blackstone is a global leader in real estate investing. Blackstone’s real estate business was founded in 1991 and has $174 billion of investor capital under management. Blackstone is one of the largest property owners in the world, owning and operating assets across every major geography and sector, including logistics, multifamily and single family housing, office, hospitality and retail. Our opportunistic funds seek to acquire undermanaged, well-located assets across the world. Blackstone’s Core+ strategy invests in substantially stabilized real estate globally through regional open-ended funds focused on high-quality assets and Blackstone Real Estate Income Trust, Inc. (BREIT), a non-listed REIT that invests in U.S. income-generating assets. Blackstone Real Estate also operates one of the leading global real estate debt businesses, providing comprehensive financing solutions across the capital structure and risk spectrum, including management of Blackstone Mortgage Trust