REAL ESTATE TECHNOLOGY, REAL ESTATE INVESTMENT
Side | January 30, 2023
Robust Real Estate, a client-centric residential sales and leasing firm, recently announced its partnership with Side, a real estate technology company. The collaboration will ensure that the relationship-driven firm of Robust Real Estate is powered by the industry's most advanced platform.
Corey Nelson founded Robust Real Estate to assist Southern California homebuyers and sellers achieve their real estate objectives. With a total transaction volume of approximately $300 million, Nelson and his team earned a spot on the Los Angeles magazine Real Estate All-Stars list for 2023 and the RealTrends list of America's top real estate professionals in 2022. In addition, the team has 100 five-star Zillow ratings and many satisfied clients who support its referral-based business.
Partnering with Side will ensure that Robust Real Estate remains at the forefront of the evolving real estate market and continues to provide its clients with premium services. Side supports Robust Real Estate with a one-of-a-kind brokerage platform consisting of proprietary technology, branding and marketing services, transaction management, public relations, lead generation, vendor management, legal support, and infrastructure solutions. In addition, Robust Real Estate will join an exclusive group of Side partners, gaining access to an expansive network.
Corey Nelson, Founder of Robust Real Estate, shared, "I've dreamed of opening my own brokerage since obtaining my broker license in 2015, but I was hesitant to move forward because of the overhead, complexity, and liability." He adds, "Side solves many of my concerns by providing my team and me with access to state-of-the-art marketing, technology, administrative, and legal services, so we can spend more time delivering best-in-class service to our clients."
(Source – PRWeb)
Headquartered in San Francisco (California) and founded in 2017, Side is a real estate brokerage platform empowering agents, teams, and independent brokers to establish and expand their boutique brands. The company works in the background to provide its partners with time-saving technology and superior support so brokers can work without worrying about the time, cost, or risk of operating a brokerage. Its proprietary technology platform and support solutions enable agent partners to increase productivity and expand their businesses. As a result, Side has helped launch more than 500 real estate companies across the country.
Avalara | February 24, 2023
On February 23, 2023, Avalara, a software development company dedicated to the real estate sector, announced the launch of its new digital business solution, Avalara Property Tax, for real and personal property tax management, enhancing tax compliance with cloud-based automation.
This solution would assist accounting and businesses professional in managing their complete property tax portfolio and compliance activities. In addition, it supports their activities like preparation of business personal property renditions, procession and handling of tax bills, assessments, and appeals.
There is a necessity for a more flexible and customizable solution for businesses, especially with in-house property tax compliance. Its solution helps the huge workloads with the SaaS facility of a secured central hub for property tax compliance operations over real and personal property. It facilitates the tax data like tax bills and assessments in the mail platform from various jurisdictions. It scans documents in a single secured platform with accuracy and automation to the selected account. In addition, it offers due date tracking, a feature created to avoid late payment penalties as it is difficult to assimilate due dates, discount opportunities, terms, and conditions separately.
EVP and GM of Indirect Tax, Avalara, Jayme Fishman, said, “Today, property tax is one of the most challenging business compliance activities. This challenge is due to the complexity of preparing personal property returns and the downstream implications of assessments and tax bills for real and personal property. Further complications arise from many jurisdictions having different due dates and terms, varying state depreciation schedules, and getting data out of client systems to feed into the process.” He added, “Our new property tax software solution follows our core mission of making taxes less taxing by offering businesses and accountants a more effective way to manage their property tax compliance and reduce errors while saving valuable time and money.”
(Source – Business Wire)
Headquartered in Seattle, Washington, Avalara, a cloud-based tax compliance solutions provider for businesses, offers sales tax automation and compliance services, tax return filing services, e-commerce integrations and exemption certificate management. Founded in 2004, it gives robust cloud-based solutions for tax compliance automation with efficiency and accuracy in real-time scenarios across the United States and worldwide. It delivers services for over 30,000 customers, and about 1,400 signed partner integrations for EPR, accounts, e-commerce, POS, CRM systems, and recurring bills of business applications. In addition, it supports tax transactions like sales, usability, excise, communication, lodging, VAT, GST, and indirect taxes.
REAL ESTATE TECHNOLOGY,REAL ESTATE INVESTMENT
Lessen | January 17, 2023
Lessen, the leading tech-enabled outsourced property services platform, recently announced the strategic acquisition of facilities maintenance technology leader SMS Assist.
By combining the complementary strengths of both organizations, Lessen will continue to address real estate's pain points, offering its clients a scalable, tech-enabled enterprise solution for residential and commercial services. As a result, the companies will serve around 250,000 residential and commercial properties nationwide, enabling approximately 2.5 million repair and maintenance orders annually, in addition to expanding their property services.
The transaction is completed with stock and cash, with Lessen raising roughly $500 million in combined new debt and equity. SMS Assist stockholders exchanged a portion of SMS stock for Lessen stock, resulting in a combined company valuation of over $2 billion. Debt and equity investors, including Värde Partners, Monroe Capital, and Koch Real Estate Investments, assisted with this transaction. Invitation Homes and American Homes 4 Rent are among the clients who invested in the deal with Lessen.
Following the conclusion of the transaction, Lessen's Jay McKee will continue to serve as Chairman of the Board of Directors and CEO of the newly-merged company. He states, "Lessen recognized early on the opportunity to provide an enterprise-level solution that solved the real estate industry's long-tenured property services pain points." He added, "This deal demonstrates the increasing demand within the underpenetrated, $330 billion addressable North American property services market for a unified, extensible delivery platform that provides transparency, efficiency and data-driven insights for the entire real estate ecosystem including investors, owners, managers and service providers.
(Source – Business Wire)
The new, unified technology platform will allow various service providers—from painters, contractors, and plumbers to electricians and more—to work as one on a national scale, which was previously impossible. The quality of this work will be supervised and inspected by Lessen's in-house project managers. This integrated solution will assist owners in overcoming skilled labor shortages while lessening administrative burden, enhancing project efficiency, and providing real-time project updates.
Lessen is the only end-to-end tech-enabled solution for outsourced real estate property services that delivers consistency, quality, and speed at scale, focusing on single-family and multifamily rental renovations, turns, and maintenance. Through automation and real-time analytics, the firm's technology suite is disrupting and modernizing a project management space that is still reliant on traditional organizational and communication models. The company's professional field project managers provide on-the-ground service, utilizing a network of verified service professionals in over 40 markets across the country, all powered by its proprietary technology platform.