REAL ESTATE TECHNOLOGY,AGENT
SkySlope | January 10, 2023
Oregon Real Estate Forms, LLC (OREF) has recently added the SkySlope disclosure solution, Breeze, to its benefits program.
Breeze is a simple, guided digital workflow that helps agents and sellers easily complete disclosure forms.
OREF, based in Eugene (Oregon), develops and licenses real estate transaction and advisory forms for real estate professionals in Oregon. Almost a year ago, the organization turned to SkySlope to overhaul the experience of digital forms for the agents.
"Since its launch, OREF's partnership with SkySlope has been incredibly successful," says OREF CEO Melissa Peterson. She added, "SkySlope's ease of use, award-winning customer service, and time-saving functionality has helped to reinvent the form-filling process for our members. As we looked to 2023, we were interested to see how we could grow our partnership with SkySlope to optimize our member experience and provide additional value."
(Source: PR Newswire)
SkySlope Breeze, a digital disclosure solution that converts seller disclosures into a guided digital questionnaire, is being incorporated by OREF into their member benefits package to broaden its offerings.
"Breeze provides a guided workflow that helps sellers complete complicated disclosure forms with ease," says Peterson. "It's a win for sellers - and that's ultimately a win for agents."
(Source: PR Newswire)
Breeze transforms fill-in-the-blank disclosure forms like Oregon's SPDS into user-friendly procedures. This simplifies the time-consuming, legal jargon-heavy disclosure procedure. On the back end, sellers' responses populate form fields, resulting in complete disclosure forms. Breeze's convenience increases with in-app messaging that allows sellers to integrate comments or questions for agents in the workflow.
SkySlope, a California-based prop-tech company, is trusted and innovative. Over 650,000 U.S. and Canadian real estate agents and 15 prominent U.S. brokerages use its digital transaction management platform. The startup wants to produce the best autonomous transaction platform. SkySlope lets brokers, agents, auditors, and transaction coordinators handle deals from contract to close. Its product package lets real estate professionals spend less time in front of a screen and more time helping customers.
REAL ESTATE TECHNOLOGY,REAL ESTATE INVESTMENT
SmartRent | January 03, 2023
SVN | SFR Capital Management (SVN | SFR), a privately held commercial real estate investment company that specializes in single-family build-for-rent (BFR) housing, recently announced a partnership with SmartRent, a provider of real estate technology solutions. SVN | SFR's rental communities are made to improve residents' quality of life, safety, and retention while lowering costs and making operations more efficient.
SVN | SFR Capital Management says that smart home technology has become an essential part of today's dedicated rental communities, and most renters are willing to pay more for houses with smart technology already built in. SmartRent's daily operational process solutions will help SVN | SFR and single-family rental renters by automating tenant technology and protecting assets.
As the BFR housing market alternative remains a popular commercial real estate (CRE) investment, SVN | SFR plans to buy and combine about 35,000 new construction BFR homes over the next 5–7 years, depending on the economy and tenant demand. The company will do this by raising an initial $12 billion in equity and debt capital, which it will use to build a large-scale institutional rental home portfolio and sell when it is stable.
SmartRent said today's operators and tenants want the modernization, optimization, and convenience that technology brings. The firm is thrilled to join SVN | SFR to usher in the age of smart solutions for their properties. With the help of SmartRent's hardware, software, and monitoring solutions, SVN | SFR's teams will be able to improve operational and financial efficiency as well as resident satisfaction across communities.
SmartRent's array of products and services encourages integrated modern living. Supported devices include locks that don't need keys, doorbells that ring, switches, dimmers, plugs, lightbulbs, thermostats, voice assistants, leak, motion, and door sensors. In addition, prospective residents/tenants can take self-guided tours and add ring devices for enhanced protection.
SmartRent, Inc., founded in 2017, is a recognized enterprise property technology company built by and for real estate operators. All the company's products, including smart house-building hardware and SaaS solutions that run in the cloud, make it easy to see and control real estate assets. SightPlan, its subsidiary, specializes in workflow management solutions that automate the property lifecycle. The powerful, end-to-end enterprise platform from SmartRent and SightPlan boosts efficiencies and delivers cost savings and extra income streams, along with elevating user experiences.
MARKET OUTLOOK,REAL ESTATE INVESTMENT
Origin Investments and Kovitz | January 09, 2023
Focus Financial Partners Inc., a leading partnership of independent, fiduciary wealth management firms, recently announced that it entered into a definitive agreement enabling Origin Holding Company, LLC, a Chicago, IL-based private real estate fund manager, to join forces with Focus partner firm Kovitz Investment Group Partners, LLC.
The firm will continue to provide its real estate funds under the Origin brand while retaining its leadership and investment team. The deal is anticipated to conclude in the first quarter of 2023, subject to the fulfillment of customary closing conditions.
Origin is a prominent manager of private real estate funds specializing in multifamily residential assets. The company manages multifamily property funds to provide investors with tax-efficient income, capital appreciation, and portfolio diversification. Its funds have more than 3,000 individual investors, many of whom were referred by other high-net-worth organizations. Its performance places them in the top decile of 2022's best private real estate fund managers, according to Preqin, an alternative investing data provider.
This strategic transaction will significantly expand the footprint and scale of Kovitz's private real estate fund solutions for clients, building on the company's long history of real estate investing success. Through this agreement, Kovitz will make its operational capabilities and wealth management know-how available to Origin and its investors.
Meanwhile, Berkshire Global Advisors served as Origin's primary financial advisor in this transaction.
David Scherer, Co-CEO of Origin, concluded, "In evaluating strategic partners, our objectives were to preserve and promote the continuity of our well-established brand while also gaining access to additional resources to help us better serve our funds' investors and grow our business."
About Origin Investments
Origin Investments provides best-in-class real estate solutions to HNWIs, family offices, and RIAs. It manages multifamily real estate developments in fast-growing U.S. markets. Since 2007, the company has accomplished $2.5 billion in real estate transactions, while its principals have invested $60 million. Alternative investment data source Preqin says that the company's performance is in the top 10% of the world's best private real estate fund managers.
Kovitz Investment Group Partners, LLC (Kovitz) is an SEC-registered investment adviser that serves individual and institutional customers. It connects HNWIs, institutions, and financial professionals to asset management and advising methods. It offers long-term investing options backed by rigorous research. The organization approaches financial planning and wealth management as active activities, helping clients make the right decisions.