REAL ESTATE INVESTMENT
Arturo and Vexcel | September 12, 2022
Arturo, the proptech company that delivers intelligent analytics from individual property to portfolio, announced today that it signed Vexcel Imaging, the leader in aerial imagery data, large-format aerial cameras and photogrammetry software, to be a lead imagery provider for its solutions. As part of the agreement, Vexcel will provide Arturo with true ortho imagery, oblique imagery and digital surface models (DSMs). In addition, 'Gray Sky' imagery or imagery taken after a catastrophic event occurs will be available for use.
High-fidelity property insights derived from imagery are an increasingly critical asset for property insurers who are challenged to assess and identify vulnerable property characteristics during the underwriting and quoting process, so they clearly understand their resting risk. Arturo’s partnership with Vexcel offers the unparalleled imaging capabilities modern insurance carriers seek in today’s rapidly evolving property market. It will also allow insurers to create risk and property damage mitigation strategies with their policyholders as well as faster, more accurate responses to claims after a catastrophe.
“This is a hard market for insurance. Carriers are caught between gauging their risk correctly up front and contending with the reality of increasingly volatile catastrophic weather events. Property insurers are tasked more than ever to have a thorough understanding of a property’s risk while also keeping costs down, so if an event does occur they can both keep regions insurable and their customer response rapid and efficient, We spent a lot of time collaborating with Vexcel to both ensure a partnership that was beneficial to our mutual customers and provide us greater flexibility in working with our insurance clients across the policy lifecycle. We recognized that not all imagery is created equal nor all machine learning analytics which is why coupling Arturo’s AI property intelligence solutions with Vexcel’s imagery will allow insurers to stay a step ahead of natural catastrophes, so they can accurately underwrite future policies and manage future claims with ease.”
-Greg Oslan, chief executive officer for Arturo
After much testing and rigorous analysis, we are pleased that Arturo has standardized on our best-in-class imagery to unlock better property insights for insurers, Our focus at Vexcel is to provide consistent, accurate and high-resolution imagery to customers who need a scalable solution in multiple countries. Using its AI and ML, Arturo analyzed properties in a variety of locations and found the results they needed to understand property risk and intelligence,said Rob Agee, chief operating officer at Vexcel Imaging.
Vexcel and Arturo’s collaboration will initially provide imagery for the United States and Australian markets.
Arturo combines AI and machine learning models with property images to help businesses decide with intelligence from the property to portfolio level. Across the insurance, lending, securities and real estate markets, Arturo empowers customers with on-demand, accurate property characteristics and predictive analysis to tackle the biggest property challenges with efficiency, accuracy and confidence.
For 30 years, Vexcel’s award-winning technology has led the photogrammetry and remote sensing industry. Using its professional-grade UltraCam sensors and a dedicated fleet of aircraft, Vexcel operates the world’s largest aerial imagery and geospatial data program. Vexcel collects imagery in 25+ countries including rural and urban areas in the contiguous United States. It provides a wide variety of high-resolution products from Oblique to True Ortho, DSM to Multispectral and Property Attributes. Its cloud-based aerial data improves workflows across a variety of industries.
REAL ESTATE ADVICE
Stewart | September 22, 2022
Stewart Information Services Corporation today announced that Stewart Valuation Intelligence, LLC (SVI) has been verified to support Freddie Mac’s new Property Data Report (PDR) with VALIDITY Pro and its national panel of highly trained real estate brokers and agents.
VALIDITY is the company’s family of inspection applications, optimized for mobile phones or tablets. With VALIDITY Pro, an SVI broker or agent conducts a full property inspection to collect Freddie Mac’s required data for the PDR.
“Being an Appraisal Management Company (AMC) with the technology and dedicated broker network needed to complete the reports for our clients is a huge advantage, Our customers don’t have to rely on unknown third-party providers. All our PDRs are produced with our network partners using our Freddie Mac verified VALIDITY Pro application.”
-Aaron Fowler, President of Stewart Valuation Intelligence, LLC
Starting in July, Freddie Mac transitioned from offering automated collateral evaluation (ACE) appraisal waivers to offering ACE+ PDR for cash-out refinance and certain “no cash-out” refinance Mortgages. This change will allow Sellers and Borrowers to continue to benefit from loans originated without a traditional field appraisal while mitigating risks.
In accordance with Freddie Mac’s requirements, VALIDITY collects all needed information and data including digital floor plans with dimensions and calculations, comprehensive sets of subject property photographs, property characteristics represented in the property data set, and adverse property conditions that require repairs, alterations, or an inspection by a trained professional, added Fowler.
Stewart is a global real estate services company, offering products and services through our direct operations, network of Stewart Trusted Providers™ and family of companies. From residential and commercial title insurance and closing and settlement services to specialized offerings for the mortgage industry, we offer the comprehensive service, deep expertise and solutions our customers need for any real estate transaction. At Stewart, we are dedicated to becoming the premier title services company and we are committed to doing so by partnering with our customers to create mutual success.
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.