REAL ESTATE TECHNOLOGY
Equity Trust Company | August 26, 2022
Onbe, a leading corporate disbursements fintech company, and Equity Trust Company, a technology-enabled financial services company that empowers individual investors to diversify investment portfolios using alternative assets, announced their recent partnership to modernize how investors pay real estate expenses within their self-directed individual retirement account (IRA).
Expense Pass, managed by Onbe on behalf of Equity Trust, eliminates the need for traditional checks and ACH, and delivers a modern, agile disbursement program via virtual and physical cards, reducing the time to deliver funds for Equity Trust real estate investors. The Expense Pass virtual and physical cards offer property owners fast access to funds to improve their real estate properties or to pay property bills, including condo fees or utilities. Additionally, they can be linked to investors' mobile wallets and are accepted at retail stores across the country.
"We are excited to offer payment disbursement choices to our self-directed IRA investors that make managing their real estate investments easier, We're partnering with Onbe to ensure our real estate investors have access to the funds they need to pay real estate bills or to improve their properties – delivering these payments seamlessly and quickly."
-Rachel Cain, senior manager, client experience and product at Equity Trust
The Expense Pass can be used to pay a variety of expenses including HOA fees, utility bills, property taxes, property insurance, property repairs and renovations, or for property-related purchases at retailers. Real estate investors can request funds that will then be disbursed via virtual or physical cards, which can be linked to Apple Pay, Samsung Pay, Venmo, or PayPal and used to pay third parties like contractors. The cards can also be used anywhere a debit card is accepted, making the funds easily accessible.
Equity Trust's ground-breaking Expense Pass program is transforming how real estate investors access their funds to improve their properties and manage expenses, We're partnering with Equity Trust to deliver a seamless payment experience to their real estate property investors. The Expense Pass program cuts down the time it takes to access funds from up to a week to a day or two, giving real estate investors faster access to their funds,said Tracy Monson, chief product officer at Onbe.
Equity Trust and Onbe completed a successful pilot program and are offering the program to investors that hold real estate in an Equity Trust IRA. Equity Trust real estate investors can register through the myEQUITY online account management system and gain quicker access to their funds with a more convenient payment method.
About Equity Trust Company
Equity Trust Company is a financial services company that enables individual investors and financial professionals to diversify investment portfolios using alternative asset classes such as real estate, tax liens, private equity, cryptocurrency, and precious metals. Equity Trust Company evolved from a predecessor brokerage firm founded in 1974, to a directed custodian today with over 45 years of experience and more than $34 billion in assets.
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Anywhere Real Estate Inc. | September 13, 2022
Anywhere Real Estate Inc., a global leader in residential real estate services (formerly known as Realogy Holdings Corp.), recently announced its inclusion on the 2022 Best Workplaces in Real Estate™ list presented by Great Place to Work®.
"We're honored to once again be recognized for our investment in workplace culture, making Anywhere an environment that is collaborative, inclusive, and ripe with opportunities for growth, We owe this recognition to our employees, who share the common goal of empowering everyone's next move and consistently strive for excellence on behalf of our affiliated agents, franchise owners, and each other."
-Tanya Reu-Narvaez, Chief People Officer, Anywhere
The Best Workplaces in Real Estate award is in its first year and is based on analysis of survey responses from over 23,000 employees from Great Place to Work-Certified™ companies in the real estate industry. Anywhere has been a certified Great Place to Work four years in a row based entirely on employee feedback.
Great Place to Work, the global authority on workplace culture, selected the list using rigorous analytics and confidential employee feedback. Companies were only considered if they had been a Great Place to Work-Certified™ organization. Great Place to Work is the only company culture award in America that selects winners based on how fairly employees are treated. Companies are assessed on how well they are creating a great employee experience that cuts across race, gender, age, disability status, or any aspect of who employees are or what their role is.
These companies have adapted to the challenges of an ever-changing workplace by their commitment to inclusive, high-trust cultures where employees are treated as human beings first and foremost, Congratulations to the Best Workplaces in Real Estate,says Michael C. Bush, CEO of Great Place to Work.
As one of the largest full service residential real estate services companies in the U.S., Anywhere is dedicated to creating a culture of diversity, equity, and inclusion, and is a vocal advocate for equal opportunity and fair housing. In June, the company officially completed its corporate rebrand from Realogy to Anywhere, signifying a strategic emphasis on building a more frictionless and digitized home buying and selling experience for any consumer, anywhere. The transformation also represents the company's mission to further move its culture and talent strategy into the future – empowering employees' growth anywhere in their career journey.
About Anywhere Real Estate Inc.
Anywhere Real Estate Inc. is moving the real estate industry to what's next. As the leading and most integrated provider of U.S. residential real estate services encompassing franchise, brokerage, relocation, and title and settlement businesses as well as a mortgage joint venture, the Company supported approximately 1.5 million home transactions in 2021. The Company's diverse brand portfolio includes some of the most recognized names in real estate: Better Homes and Gardens® Real Estate, CENTURY 21®, Coldwell Banker®, Coldwell Banker Commercial®, Corcoran®, ERA®, and Sotheby's International Realty®. Using innovative technology, data and marketing products, high-quality lead generation programs, and best-in-class learning and support services, the Company fuels the productivity of its approximately 197,600 independent sales agents in the U.S. and approximately 140,600 independent sales agents in 119 other countries and territories, helping them build stronger businesses and best serve today's consumers. Recognized for eleven consecutive years as one of the World's Most Ethical Companies, the Company has also been designated a Great Place to Work four years in a row, named one of LinkedIn's 2021 Top Companies in the U.S., and honored on the Forbes list of World's Best Employers 2021.
About the Best Workplaces in Real Estate™
Great Place to Work selected the Best Workplaces in Real Estate by gathering and analyzing confidential survey responses from over 23,000 employees from Great Place to Work-Certified™ companies in the real estate industry. Company rankings are derived from 60 employee experience questions within the Great Place to Work® Trust Index™ survey. Great Place to Work determines its lists using its proprietary For All™ methodology to evaluate and certify thousands of organizations in America's largest ongoing annual workforce study, based on over 1 million survey responses and data from companies representing more than 6.1 million employees, this year alone.
About Great Place to Work®
Great Place to Work® is the global authority on workplace culture. Since 1992, they have surveyed more than 100 million employees worldwide and used those deep insights to define what makes a great workplace: trust. Their employee survey platform empowers leaders with the feedback, real-time reporting and insights they need to make data-driven people decisions. Everything they do is driven by the mission to build a better world by helping every organization become a great place to work For All™.
REAL ESTATE TECHNOLOGY
Ready Capital | July 14, 2022
Ready Capital Corporation (NYSE: RC) ("Ready Capital" or the "Company") today announced Starz Real Estate (Starz), a pan-European commercial real estate lending platform has formed a new joint venture with Ready Capital Corporation (NYSE: RC), a commercial mortgage REIT headquartered in New York, to originate circa €300m of new commercial real estate loans over the next two years.
The new joint venture will focus on deploying commercial real estate bridge and term loans between €10m and €40m in size across the UK, Benelux, Dach Region, Italy and Portugal with up to 75% LTV across sectors including office, residential, mixed use, student housing, logistics, self-storage, and selective retail and hotel opportunities. The joint venture can also offer construction lending in the above mentioned continental European locations.
The deal reflects further institutional confidence in Starz, following backing from a Middle East Sovereign Wealth Fund at the end of last year to originate €900m of loans with the latest transaction in that fund comprising a €68.5m senior facility to Union Street Investments for a multi-office investment platform in the Netherlands.
"This partnership with Ready Capital will significantly expand our capability to service the increasing demand for agile, mid-market capital across the UK and Europe, bolstering our existing lending strategy."
David Arzi, CEO of Starz
"We are working in a challenging yet exciting landscape in the wake of the pandemic, with new opportunities as assets change hands or need repurposing to suit new demands. We are pleased to have an institutional investor of this calibre backing us, with our streamlined underwriting processes ensuring we can take capital to market in an efficient and decisive manner."
"This new JV partnership with Starz follows through on our commitment to expand Ready Capital's commercial real estate lending business internationally," said Thomas Capasse, CEO of Ready Capital. "With a history of sourcing high quality loans from strong sponsors, the team at Starz has an investment philosophy that aligns well with the credit foundation of Ready Capital's lending strategies, plus they share our hands-on approach to loan servicing and asset management." Ready Capital is externally managed by Waterfall Asset Management, LLC.
Launched in July 2018, Starz is a commercial real estate lender focused on middle-market loans throughout Europe. With a balance sheet built for the long haul, Starz is a flexible and reliable source of capital for real estate investors. Starz provides collaborative lending solutions coupled with streamlined underwriting processes that ensures seamless service. https://starzrealestate.com/
About Ready Capital
Ready Capital Corporation (NYSE: RC) is a multi-strategy real estate finance company that originates, acquires, finances and services small to medium balance commercial loans. Ready Capital specializes in loans backed by commercial real estate, including multifamily agency, stabilized and bridge financing, as well as government guaranteed business loans. Ready Capital and its affiliates also provide alternative lending, construction lending, and low-income housing finance as well as residential mortgages. Headquartered in New York, Ready Capital employs more than 600 lending professionals nationwide. The company is externally managed by Waterfall Asset Management, LLC.