Amazon invests in smart apartment platform SmartRent

Amazon | October 02, 2019

SmartRent, a smart home automation platform for property managers and renters, already boasts some of the biggest names in multifamily real estate among its backers. And now, the company has an even bigger name in its corner: Amazon. SmartRent announced this week that it received a strategic investment from the Amazon Alexa Fund, an Amazon venture capital arm that invests in companies that use voice and other technology, as well as new contributions to the science behind those technologies.

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London’s West End is the world’s most expensive office market for the third consecutive year, retaining its title ahead of runner-up Hong Kong, according to research published today in Cushman & Wakefield’s annual Office Space Across the World global ranking.

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London’s West End is the world’s most expensive office market for the third consecutive year, retaining its title ahead of runner-up Hong Kong, according to research published today in Cushman & Wakefield’s annual Office Space Across the World global ranking.

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SkySlope and Updater expand partnership to bring top moving app to millions of buyers and sellers

SkySlope | June 23, 2022

We're thrilled to announce an expansion of our partnership with SkySlope, an innovator in real estate transaction management. SkySlope serves over 450,000 real estate professionals and now offers Updater as part of their transaction management software to further enhance client relationships before, during, and after each real estate transaction. New features will be released this month, including: All SkySlope broker and agent customers will automatically receive access to the Updater Pro platform at no cost. All homebuyers and sellers in the SkySlope system will receive unlimited access to Updater, helping them move into and manage their new homes. Property information and specific transaction details will sync automatically between SkySlope and Updater, providing each buyer and seller with a personalized and tailored move plan. Broker and agent branding will be featured within the Updater experience before, during, and after the transaction and across communication channels – in-app, web, and email. With more real estate transactions completed in a digital environment, it's critical to remember that the transaction shouldn't end at the closing table – the move is often the most stressful part. We're thrilled to deepen our relationship with SkySlope and jointly deliver on the promise of a frictionless and modern moving experience for all homeowners." David Greenberg, Founder and CEO of Updater While homeowners enjoy a simplified and automated moving experience using Updater's industry-leading technology, SkySlope's customers will build lasting client relationships thanks to Updater's co-branding and configuration capabilities. Once branding and preferences are configured, brokerages and agents remain front and center in the Updater experience as their clients organize and complete moving tasks. "We build solutions to empower REALTORS® and are invested in their ongoing success," said Buck Avey, VP of Product at SkySlope. "Our collaboration with Updater is just one of the many ways we place the agent at the center of providing best-in-class experiences for their clients." SkySlope manages nearly 3M transactions each year. The homebuyers and sellers associated with Skyslope-managed transactions will receive integrated access to Updater's technology, helping them seamlessly organize and complete tasks including: Set up internet and television services Compare and book both full-service and on-demand moving services Set up utility services, including electricity, gas, and water Set up smart home technology Forward mail Update addresses And much more "Updater is integrated with our transaction management system (SkySlope), so that there's no work needed by our sales executives," said Brenda Tushaus, CEO at RE/MAX Results, ranked as the 15th largest brokerage firm in the US by closed transaction sides in 2021. "Other than getting set up and adding branding, it just runs automatically – that's a huge time saver." About SkySlope Established in 2011, SkySlope is the customer experience platform managing real estate transactions from contract to close. Serving over 450,000 real estate professionals across the U.S. and Canada, SkySlope manages nearly 3 million transactions annually. SkySlope is on a mission to build solutions that reshape the real estate industry by creating the most powerful autonomous transaction platform.

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REAL ESTATE TECHNOLOGY

Lower.com Creates MortgagePass to Help Customers and Real Estate Agents Win

Lower | June 15, 2022

Amidst a growing number of cash offer products, Lower.com, the multi-channel fintech aimed at creating wealth through homeownership, is launching MortgagePass to help customers get their dream home with that it refers to as the ultimate cash offer, while continuing to work with their preferred real estate professional. We recognize the immense value real estate agents bring to this transaction. All too often, customers are forced to unhook from their agents or pay an additional fee to retain their agents in order to offer cash on a home. We want our customers to benefit from the expertise of their local agents while also gaining the competitive advantage of offering cash, as nearly a third of purchases are cash offers." Dan Snyder,co-founder and CEO Through the program, customers will be pre-approved for a mortgage through Lower.com. Then, they can shop for a home and place an offer that is backed by cash. They will continue to finance as normal, and if it gets delayed, Lower.com will purchase the house in cash. Once financing is complete, Lower.com will sell the home to the buyer for the original purchase price. Customers who use MortgagePass™ also have access to a simple application and tech platform, low fees, and the ability to choose their own loan term, in addition to their own agent. They'll also get access to extended rate locks and if rates drop, they'll be lowered for free. "Giving customers a smooth experience with more certainty is our top priority. We want them to feel at ease during the process and focus on finding the right house, not on financing," said Snyder. "We also want them to know that if the market changes, they'll still get the best deal and won't miss out on lower rates." MortgagePass™ is launching in Columbus with plans to quickly expand throughout 2022. About Lower Lower's multi-channel fintech platform helps consumers build wealth through homeownership, no matter where they are in their life's journey. Our products for mortgage, banking, insurance, and real estate provide customers with an intuitive ecosystem to simplify their homeownership goals, whether it's their first home or their last. Lower is a national and local best place to work, and the naming rights partner of Lower.com Field, home of the Columbus Crew.

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REAL ESTATE INVESTMENT

Invesco Real Estate Income Trust Inc. and Skylight Real Estate Partners Acquire Multifamily Property in West Essex, NJ Submarket

Invesco Real Estate Income Trust Inc. | May 24, 2022

Invesco Real Estate Income Trust Inc., an institutionally managed, public non-listed REIT, announced it acquired a majority interest in Everly Roseland, a 384,648 square foot, 360-unit garden-style multifamily community across 30 two-story buildings, following a partial sale to an affiliate. The property is located at 28 Nob Hill Road in Roseland, New Jersey and it is 95% leased. This acquisition is part of a joint venture with Skylight Real Estate Partners, a regional, privately-held real estate investment firm with a focus on multifamily investment and development. With the future of work changing traditional office commutes, we continue to see strong demand for affordable, low-density multifamily properties proximate to the urban core. Additionally, Roseland is a desirable community with fairly high barriers to new development and it aligns with our investment strategy for multifamily." R. Scott Dennis, President and Chief Executive Officer for INREIT Built in 1980, Everly Roseland is one of the largest multifamily assets in West Essex County submarket. An affiliate of Skylight owned the property in a joint venture since 2017. Through the recapitalization of the asset, Invesco and Skylight will continue executing on the unit renovation program, including upgrades to the common areas and exteriors. Skylight will also serve as the property manager for Everly Roseland. "Everly Roseland is a well-performing property with a multitude of value creation strategies to unlock," said Andrew Miller, Founding Partner at Skylight Real Estate Partners. "We started unit renovations and the construction of an amenities center, which has helped to modernize the building. We share the same vision as our partners at Invesco in continuing to transform Everly Roseland back to its premier status." This investment expands INREIT's multifamily portfolio into the Northeastern United States. The transaction also establishes a relationship with new partner, Skylight. This transaction was advised by JLL Capital Markets debt advisory team and financed by U.S. Bank. The JLL Capital Markets debt advisory team was led by Michael Klein, Matthew Pizzolato, John Rose and Gerard Quinn. About INREIT Invesco Real Estate Income Trust Inc. (INREIT) is an institutionally managed, public non-listed monthly NAV REIT investing in a diversified portfolio of high quality, income producing properties located throughout the United States. Its thematic approach to investing focuses on where people consume, live, innovate and connect. INREIT seeks to invest in properties with resilient income and appreciation potential. INREIT expects to diversify its portfolio over time, including on a global basis. INREIT is managed by Invesco Advisers, Inc., a subsidiary of Invesco Ltd. and the registered investment adviser for Invesco Real Estate, the real estate investment center of Invesco Ltd. About Invesco Real Estate Invesco Real Estate is a global leader in the real estate investment management business with $91.8 billion in real estate assets under management, 582 employees and 21 regional offices across the U.S., Europe and Asia Pacific (as of December 31, 2021). Invesco Real Estate has been actively investing in core, value-add and opportunistic real estate strategies since 1983. Invesco Real Estate is the real estate investment center of Invesco Ltd., an independent investment management firm dedicated to delivering an investment experience that helps people get more out of life. About Skylight Real Estate Partners Skylight Real Estate Partners is a privately held real estate investment firm with deep experience acquiring, developing and managing residential and commercial assets in New York, New Jersey, Washington D.C., Central and South Florida. The team's management platform is focused on three complementary investment strategies: value-add, development and distressed opportunities. Since 1998, the founding partners have collectively invested $5.5 billion of equity in assets totaling over $16 billion of gross asset value. This experience comprises over 9,000 residential units and 20 million square feet of office and retail assets. Skylight offers its investors, tenants and partners extensive market knowledge, long-standing relationships and institutional thinking fueled by a motivated and deeply experienced leadership team with a proven record of consistent success. About JLL JLL is a leading professional services firm that specializes in real estate and investment management. JLL shapes the future of real estate for a better world by using the most advanced technology to create rewarding opportunities, amazing spaces and sustainable real estate solutions for our clients, our people and our communities. JLL is a Fortune 500 company with annual revenue of $16.6 billion, operations in over 80 countries and a global workforce of more than 95,000 as of September 30, 2021. JLL is the brand name, and a registered trademark, of Jones Lang LaSalle Incorporated.

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