REAL ESTATE TECHNOLOGY, REAL ESTATE INVESTMENT
WPM Real Estate Management | January 27, 2023
WPM Real Estate Management, one of the leading property management firms in the Mid-Atlantic region, has today announced several internal promotions as part of its long-term objective for growth and success.
WPM's Maintenance and Construction Services Division named Michael 'Mike' Mangum Director of Operations. Mike joined WPM 14 years ago as a service technician and was elevated to Maintenance Operations Advisor in 2021 after 10 years as Service Manager in the Multifamily Real Estate Division. He's vital to WPM's operations, training, and success. His new post is part of a strategic reorganization inside the division that will allow the company to extend its service offerings and boost cross-company collaboration on maintenance and services, increasing client value.
Meanwhile, Rita Dore has now been promoted to Senior Commercial Manager for WPM's Commercial Real Estate Division. She managed community associations for the Association Real Estate Division. Rita has worked in WPM's Association, HR, Commercial, and Services divisions for 17 years. She has excellent client contacts and extensive knowledge of WPM's procedures, technologies, and operations. Her leadership at WPM's Commercial Real Estate Division will help it flourish.
CEO James Dahlgren, Jr. expressed, "We're excited to have Mike and Rita stepping into these leadership positions to help us grow these two divisions." "Both of these individuals bring extensive knowledge and experience to their roles and will be instrumental to WPM's continued growth and expansion," James added.
(Source – Cision PR Web)
Besides, Herman Martin is now the Multifamily Maintenance Operations Advisor, replacing Mike Magnum. He joined WPM in 2021 after 30 years in the profession. Herman's knowledge of the division's service demands and track record ensure continuity. This role will report to Mangum and assist with Multifamily Real Estate Division maintenance needs as part of the planned restructuring.
In this context, CEO James Dahlgren, Jr. remarked, "Herman is well respected by Associates and clients alike." "I am confident he will continue to deliver on WPM's commitment to service excellence in this new role," he concluded.
(Source – Cision PR Web)
About WPM Real Estate Management
WPM Real Estate Management manages nearly 25,000 properties and over 40,000 people in Maryland, Pennsylvania, Delaware, and Virginia. Its services include multifamily real estate management, association real estate management, commercial real estate management, along with maintenance and construction. The company brings an experienced owner's viewpoint and a proactive approach to property management to ensure that its actions and decisions add value for people living, working, and investing in its properties. Being a premier real estate management firm in the region, the company has earned the title of Accredited Management Organization®.
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.
REAL ESTATE INVESTMENT, MORTGAGE AND LENDING
New American Funding | March 06, 2023
New American Funding, an independent mortgage lender, recently announced its partnership with Patch, the hyper-local news platform, to become its exclusive mortgage provider. Through this partnership, NAF will be featured prominently in Patch's weekly newsletters in more than 1200 communities worldwide and on the real estate and mortgage hub on each of Patch's community websites.
Patch offers unique news and information for over 1200 communities throughout the nation at present. By the end of the year, Patch plans to grow in a big way. With Patch, NAF is also a nationwide provider company, creating it as a natural partnership. By collaborating with NAF, Patch can offer its readers access to reliable mortgage services through a reputable provider. As Patch's growth continues, this partnership with NAF is poised to help both companies reach a wider audience and meet their business goals.
CEO and Co-Founder of New American Funding, Rick Arvielo, said, "As the way families find companies to work with evolves, so do the ways we can reach them," He also said, "This partnership will put our company in front of millions of people, giving us a great opportunity to educate them about the various loan options we offer and show them how we can help them achieve their dreams of homeownership."
(Source – Cision PR Newswire)
About New American Funding
Founded in 2003 as an independently-owned and operated mortgage lender, New American Funding has 165 branch offices nationwide and a servicing portfolio of over 243,770 loans worth about $64.3 billion. J.D. Power in Customer Satisfaction in 2022 ranked New American Funding as #1 among Mortgage Servicers. Furthermore, in 2022, the company ranked 18th on Fortune's list of the 100 Best Companies to Work For®. The company provides its Loan Officers with cutting-edge tools to help them streamline the mortgage process and offers advanced career training. Based in Tustin (California), it is committed to providing impartial mortgage education to the broader public.