REAL ESTATE TECHNOLOGY,REAL ESTATE INVESTMENT
CoStar Group | December 05, 2022
CoStar Group (NASDAQ: CSGP) – a leading provider of online real estate marketplaces, information, and analytics in the commercial and residential property markets – today announced the next steps in its integration of Homes.com and Homesnap.
This month CoStar Group relaunched Homes.com at the annual National Association of Realtors (NAR) conference held in Orlando. The new Homes.com is a more agent friendly real estate portal alternative. Home buyers can uniquely select an agent from a comprehensive directory of hundreds of thousands of agents based upon those agents’ experience and neighborhood expertise. The majority of home buyers work with an agent, and the new Homes.com uniquely empowers home buyers and their agents to collaborate throughout the home buying process on Homes.com for free. The Homes.com sales team conducted demonstrations of the new Homes.com for approximately 2,000 agents at the NAR conference. In anonymous surveys, those agents rated the new Homes.com a 9.6 on a scale of 1 to 10. Given the overwhelmingly positive response to the new Homes.com, the company believes that the new Homes.com product strategy is a home run.
Today, CoStar Group took steps to combine and streamline the operations and functionality of Homes.com and Homesnap. David Mele, who led Homes.com for 7 years prior to its acquisition by CoStar Group in 2021, has been named President of the combined Homes.com and Homesnap organization. The company believes that the combined entity is now better positioned to efficiently achieve its goal of becoming the leading residential real estate portal.
Over the course of the next 12 months, CoStar Group expects to increase the net number of employees building Homes.com by 700 after today’s reorganization and headcount reduction of approximately 100 duplicative roles.
“CoStar Group is working to integrate the best of Homes.com with the best of Homesnap and Citysnap, We appreciate the hard work, dedication, and contributions from the entire Homes and Homesnap teams that have helped to grow our residential business. While this integration will unfortunately impact some of our employees, their work has been integral to creating a product that better serves the industry and our customers.”
-Andy Florance, Founder and Chief Executive Officer of CoStar Group
About CoStar Group, Inc.
CoStar Group, Inc. (NASDAQ: CSGP) a leading provider of online real estate marketplaces, information, and analytics in the commercial and residential property markets. Founded in 1987, CoStar conducts expansive, ongoing research to produce and maintain the largest and most comprehensive database of commercial real estate information. Our suite of online services enables clients to analyze, interpret and gain unmatched insight on commercial property values, market conditions and current availabilities. STR provides premium data benchmarking, analytics, and marketplace insights for the global hospitality industry. Ten-X provides a leading platform for conducting commercial real estate online auctions and negotiated bids. LoopNet is the most heavily trafficked commercial real estate marketplace online. Apartments.com, ApartmentFinder.com, ForRent.com, ApartmentHomeLiving.com, Westside Rentals, AFTER55.com, CorporateHousing.com, ForRentUniversity.com and Apartamentos.com form the premier online apartment resource for renters seeking great apartment homes and provide property managers and owners a proven platform for marketing their properties. Homesnap is an industry-leading online and mobile software platform that provides user-friendly applications to optimize residential real estate agent workflow and reinforce the agent-client relationship. Homes.com offers real estate professionals advertising and marketing services for residential properties. BureauxLocaux is one of the largest specialized property portals for buying and leasing commercial real estate in France. CoStar Group’s websites attract tens of millions of unique monthly visitors. Headquartered in Washington, DC, CoStar Group maintains offices throughout the U.S., Europe, Canada, and Asia.
REAL ESTATE INVESTMENT
CIP Real Estate LLC | November 17, 2022
CIP Real Estate has acquired Kennesaw Mountain Business Park, an industrial property in the north Atlanta metro area, for $22.6 million. The 10-acre parcel features two buildings totaling 144,130 square feet.
The business park comprises 18 shallow bay industrial units ranging in size from 3,920 to 18,000 square feet, and the majority of the suites are between 6,000 and 12,000 square feet. The project is currently over 96% occupied.
Due to strong demand and limited supply of small and mid-bay industrial units in the upscale Marietta area, a suburb of Atlanta, CIP expects significant rental increases in the next five years, which will be supported by upgrades to the facility, including improvements to the parking lot and landscaping, along with painting and HVAC upgrades.
“We’re seeing unprecedented industrial demand in the Atlanta metro area, driving low inventory and supporting higher rental rates, Kennesaw Mountain Business Park is a strategic addition to our Atlanta metro portfolio, in a highly desirable location with premier accessibility and demographics.”
-Eric Smyth, CEO of CIP
The Kennesaw project is the newest acquisition in CIP’s growing Atlanta metro portfolio. Just 17 miles away, in Alpharetta, is Mansell Commons, a 223,000-square-foot industrial and flex project. CIP invested nearly $750,000 in capital improvements on Mansell Commons this year. To the east, additional CIP assets include Gwinnett Commons, Brook Hollow Center, Pleasantdale Industrial Park and Perimeter Place Business Park.
CIP’s purchase of Kennesaw Mountain Business Park was funded with $14.69 million in takeback financing from the seller.
About CIP Real Estate LLC
CIP Real Estate LLC is a full-service real estate investment company focused on the acquisition, repositioning, re-branding, and management of industrial assets throughout West Coast, Southeast, and Texas markets. Founded in 1995 and based in Irvine, CA, the company owns and manages approximately 9.5 million square feet of quality properties, with offices in Ontario (CA), Riverside (CA), Hayward (CA), Las Vegas, Charlotte, Atlanta and Dallas.
AGENT,REAL ESTATE ADVICE
RentSpree | December 14, 2022
RentSpree, the industry's premier end-to-end rental management software provider, partnered with CALIFORNIA ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS®' OnlineEd, LLC real estate school, to offer rental agent certification courses.
RentSpree will offer online courses focused on the rental market for those real estate agents seeking continuing education opportunities. RentSpree-led courses will be available on the site before the end of the year and will include:
Tenant Screening 101
Leasing Agent Strategies for Converting Renters To Buyers
Identifying Red Flags in Rental Applications
Agents will receive an official course completion certificate upon finishing the session.
"Agents are required to maintain their industry knowledge, latest standards, codes of conduct and best practices, RentSpree's mission is to help agents do their jobs. Supporting them in their continuing education feels like a natural extension to what we are already focused on doing."
-RentSpree Chief Executive Officer Michael Lucarelli
OnlineEd, LLC is an online school offering training in real estate, mortgage, insurance, and construction contracting. Headquartered in Portland, Oregon, OnlineEd has been offering online courses nationwide since 1998, partnering with reputable companies, schools, and associations nationwide.
Now that OnlineEd is part of the C.A.R. family, OnlineEd, REBS, and C.A.R. are in a position to join with key partners to support the success of REALTORS® and other students nationwide who seek online education in topics most relevant in today's market, Partnering with RentSpree provides an opportunity to offer courses on leasing agent tools and strategies that are needed in today's real estate environment,stated REBS Board Chairman, Jared Martin.
Los Angeles-based RentSpree is a provider of award-winning rental software that helps seamlessly connect real estate agents, owners, and renters to simplify and automate the entire rental process, from listing to lease. The all-in-one platform is known across all 50 states for its easy and secure interface and suite of rental tools, including tenant screening, rent payments, marketing and renter management. To date, RentSpree has partnered with more than 250 of the most influential MLSs, real estate associations and brokerages to serve over one million users in the U.S. RentSpree is ranked 625th on Inc. 5000's fastest-growing private companies in 2022.