REAL ESTATE TECHNOLOGY
Embrey | May 18, 2022
Embrey, a diversified real estate investment company based in San Antonio, Texas, has acquired the Arboretum Oaks apartment community. Located in Austin, Texas, the 252-unit property built in 1984, marks the first acquisition, and 25th asset that Embrey has either developed, owned, or operated in the greater Austin area. Embrey's nationally recognized, award-winning Embrey Management Services will take over property management duties at the community.
Located less than 15 minutes northwest of downtown Austin and five minutes west of The Domain, Arboretum Oaks offers numerous competitive advantages in terms of its accessibility, community amenities and walkable proximity to retail. Through the purchase of Arboretum Oaks, Embrey will be leveraging the explosive, pent-up demand for rental properties in a market that has added more than 80,000 jobs since 2016. Despite continued in-migration, low housing supply, and strong job creation, Austin's Arboretum area has seen only one apartment community developed since 2000.
This is a beautiful community with great access to the Arboretum, The Domain, downtown Austin, and a number of highly sought-after employers such as Apple, Amazon, and Facebook, to name just a few. We plan to fully renovate the property to bring it up to current market standards and renter expectations. Combining the property's prime location and remarkable bones with the red-hot rental demand of Northwest Austin makes this a terrific investment for our company."
Alex Sampson, Vice President of Acquisitions at Embrey
Fueled by the nation's leading job and population growth, the Austin area has one of the hottest apartment markets in the country. Asking rents are now up roughly 25 percent since the start of the pandemic, well ahead of the national average. Most recently, as of the first quarter of 2022, occupancy in Austin increased three percent to 96.4 percent according to Witten Advisors.
"This acquisition signifies another step in expanding Embrey's acquisition platform and capital base," says Sampson. "As a vertically integrated, diversified real estate investment company, we continue to seek acquisition opportunities like this to create value for our capital partners."
Embrey partnered with Black Salmon Capital on this acquisition with debt being funded by an affiliate of Heitman LLC, a global real estate investment management firm. Embrey and its partners were assisted in this transaction by Walker & Dunlop investment sales brokers Matt Pohl and Spencer Roy, as well as debt brokers Patrick Short and Tom Toland.
San Antonio-based Embrey is a diversified real estate investment company that owns, develops, builds, acquires and manages multifamily and commercial assets in targeted markets across the United States. Since 1974, Embrey has developed more than 44,000 apartments and over 6 million square feet of commercial property. Embrey is a leading developer in the multifamily sector, with more than 6,000 units under construction or in development.
MARKET OUTLOOK,REAL ESTATE INVESTMENT
New Western | August 16, 2022
New Western, the largest national private source of fix-and-flip residential investment properties, announced today the opening of its fifth Florida office, located in Fort Myers. Over the next five years, New Western intends to help revitalize $641 million worth of homes in the city and increase housing inventory by purchasing value-added properties and then selling them to investors who will improve them.
"We're very pleased to continue our expansion into Florida with the opening of our Fort Myers office, The residential real estate market in Fort Myers has been growing expeditiously as of late, and our team is looking forward to bringing affordable housing back to the market. The success we've experienced in our other Florida locations is a testament to the value we bring to local real estate investors through our marketplace and expertise."
-Kurt Carlton, co-founder and president of New Western
With nearly 580,000 aged properties in the Fort Myers metropolitan area alone, including 61% built before 2002, the area offers significant potential inventory for investors looking to rehabilitate and resell homes. At the same time, Fort Myers is in need of more affordable housing options: The average Fort Myers home sales price has increased by 30% year-over-year to $410,000. New Western, however, acquires properties for less than $250,000 on average, and investors who rehab properties purchased through New Western sell them for up to 31% less than the cost of a newly built home.
I'm looking forward to becoming a part of the Fort Myers community and helping provide much-needed housing inventory to local investors, There is ample opportunity in this market for us to make a difference. Our marketplace and team is in an ideal position to assist in facilitating more affordable housing solutions in Fort Myers,said Milton Bernal, general manager of New Western's Fort Myers office.
Fort Myers is the 49th office opening for the real estate marketplace offering exclusive opportunities to investors looking to rehab houses. Since 2008, New Western has bought and sold more than $12 billion worth of residential real estate by leveraging data and local market insight to stock its marketplace with exclusive investment properties. On average, New Western buys a property every 13 minutes, and sells a property within 90 minutes of purchase.
About New Western
New Western makes real estate investing more accessible for more people. Operating in most major cities, our marketplace connects more than 100,000 local investors looking to rehab houses with sellers. As the largest private source of investment properties in the nation, we buy a home every 13 minutes. New Western delivers new opportunity for all—a fresh start for sellers, exclusive inventory for investors, and affordable housing for buyers.
Cherre and Fortimize | August 12, 2022
Cherre, the industry’s leading real estate data management and analytics platform, and Fortimize, a Salesforce partner since 2012, have entered into a strategic alliance to help real estate firms make faster and more accurate decisions within Salesforce.
The alliance combines an industry-leading real estate data management platform with an industry-first consulting approach on the world’s #1 CRM and customer engagement ecosystem, to increase deals in the pipeline and improve the accuracy of underwriting for acquisitions and dispositions. Together – and along with the expertise and advisement of Jonathan Fishman of Bizydev – the new partnership brings multiple decades of experience in the real estate and proptech sectors, to bring new and innovative solutions to the market.
“Real estate investors and operators are demanding more data-driven insights for decision making. The Cherre and Fortimize alliance provides the real estate industry with expertise and a turnkey solution for users to get the data they want into a tool of their choice,”
- Grant Wood, Cherre Vice President of Strategic Solutions
Fawn Perazzo, Fortimize Real Estate Practice Lead added, This partnership amplifies the power of Salesforce for real estate companies. By connecting a mutual customer’s disparate real estate data, Cherre’s platform enables us to seamlessly integrate property data into Salesforce, creating a single source of truth around a team's deal pipeline. Firms can customize the Salesforce platform to meet their team’s needs, which many pointed solutions lack. In this highly competitive landscape, this means dealmakers are better enabled to focus on building relationships and closing deals, instead of wasting time swiveling between disparate systems.
With the launch of this partnership, Cherre and Fortimize will arm real estate organizations and teams with key data points to help reduce space downtime, maximize rental terms and improve revenue forecasting for leasing use cases, all from within their CRM.
Cherre is the leader in real estate data and insight. We connect decision makers to accurate property and market information, and help them make faster, smarter decisions. By providing a unique “single source of truth,” Cherre empowers customers to evaluate opportunities and trends faster and more accurately, while saving millions of dollars in manual data collection and analytics costs. Cherre launched in 2016 and is located in New York City.
Fortimize, a financial services and real estate consulting firm, partners with clients to design, build, automate and enhance digital experiences for their customers and employees leveraging the Salesforce platform and other leading technologies. Fortimize has been a Salesforce partner since 2012.
Bizydev is a business development firm based in New York City that specializes in working with technology, product and service companies across industries such as PropTech, business intelligence, analytics, and other verticals to help accelerate growth. Bizydev creates value for the groups it works with by generating unique opportunities around customers, partners, and capital.