REAL ESTATE TECHNOLOGY
Matterport Inc | July 11, 2022
Matterport, Inc. the leading enterprise and real estate digital twin company driving the digital transformation of the built world, today announced the acquisition of VHT, Inc., known as VHT Studios, a U.S.-based real estate marketing company that offers brokerages and agents digital solutions to promote and sell properties. This transaction brings together VHT Studios’ visual media services with the immersive Matterport 3D Digital Twin platform to elevate the buying experience for home buyers while simplifying the process of creating comprehensive marketing packages for brokers and agents. With this acquisition, Matterport aims to increase adoption of digital twin technology and expand further into the real estate industry while adding marketing services for other key markets such as commercial real estate, travel and hospitality, and the retail sector.
Matterport’s acquisition of VHT Studios provides real estate brokerages and their professionals access to an expanded selection of marketing services and expertise they need to effectively market and promote properties. These include high-end photography, drone imagery, floor plans, virtual tours, and other marketing services. When combined with Matterport digital twins and collaboration tools, the newly expanded solution not only helps brokerages and agents save time with an easy-to-order and comprehensive source for their digital marketing needs but also reduces their costs with comprehensive marketing packages along with flexible, optional add-ons. This all-in-one marketing solution provides one of the richest and most compelling digital experiences for property seekers and has been proven to drive increased sales for brokerages and agents.
“We’re thrilled to welcome the VHT Studios team to Matterport along with the talent and industry expertise they bring,” said RJ Pittman, Chief Executive Officer at Matterport. “When we looked at VHT Studios and the work they do, it was a natural fit to unite our efforts to reimagine the fragmented process that was in place for brokers and agents to list properties, and prospective buyers to view them. We are not only excited for how we can transform the customer experience in the real estate industry, but also how we can apply VHT Studios’ expertise to our growing enterprise business as demand for digital twin technology continues to surge.”
“We are excited to welcome VHT Studios, a market leader in real estate digital marketing technologies, to Matterport today. While we make strategic investments to expand our business, we remain committed to conscientiously managing our balance sheet of approximately $600 million in cash and short- and long-term investments as of March 31, 2022. Further, having integrated the Enview acquisition earlier this year, our team is looking forward to what we expect will be another successful integration,” said JD Fay, Chief Financial Officer of Matterport.
“What makes this acquisition unique is how complementary our services are to one another,” said Brian Balduf, CEO of VHT Studios. “In today’s market, buyers need to move quickly on a property and often only have one opportunity, or less, to view it in person. A listing that features high-quality digital content and immersive 3D technology is a transformative experience that empowers buyers to make more confident decisions, faster. Together we believe our services can help move more purchase decisions online by combining rich property information and the ability to virtually inspect, measure, and experience a space from anywhere, anytime, as many times as needed.”
The all-in-one marketing solution that brings together VHT Studios’ and Matterport’s services is expected to be available through Matterport’s Capture Services during the third quarter this year. The acquisition will enable more data to be trained on the machine learning systems acquired through Enview and whose data insights will be incorporated into Matterport’s Cortex Artificial Intelligence engine.
VHT Studios has helped more than 200,000 real estate professionals sell more than $200 billion in properties since the company’s founding in 1998. Seven of the top 10 brokers1 in the United States are customers of VHT Studios, including Baird & Warner, Coldwell Banker, Compass, Corcoran Group, Douglas Elliman, and more.
Terms of the transaction were not disclosed. Canaccord Genuity served as the exclusive financial advisor to VHT Studios.
Matterport, Inc. (Nasdaq: MTTR) is leading the digital transformation of the built world. Our groundbreaking spatial data platform turns buildings into data to make nearly every space more valuable and accessible. Millions of buildings in more than 177 countries have been transformed into immersive Matterport digital twins to improve every part of the building lifecycle from planning, construction, and operations to documentation, appraisal and marketing. Learn more at Matterport.com and visit our Discover page to browse a collection of digital twins captured by our customers.
BROKERAGE,HOME AND DESIGN
HUB International and RESAAS | August 03, 2022
Hub International Limited (HUB), a leading global insurance brokerage and financial services firm, today announced its partnership with RESAAS Services Inc., a technology platform for the real estate industry, for clients of RESAAS agents to access VIU by HUB, a digital brokerage platform for transactional personal insurance created for customers who want a digital-first experience with human interaction and advice.
HUB launched VIU by HUB in June 2022 and is quickly gaining interest and adoption by partners like RESAAS, which reflects a growing number of relationships in the real estate industry, financial services, and auto dealer sector.
"VIU by HUB is a game changer, and our exclusive partnership with RESAAS and its network of 500,000 real estate agents is the type of relationship we had in mind when we first launched our innovative digital-first brokerage platform, VIU by HUB allows RESAAS agents across the U.S. to tap into the expertise and insurance relationships HUB has cultivated and offer their clients a streamlined digital experience to purchasing insurance -- adding value to RESAAS's already stellar real estate services."
-Bryan Davis, EVP, Head of VIU
With the ever-changing consumer landscape demanding choice, VIU by HUB meets customers where they are and gives them the freedom to secure insurance how they want.
Tom Rossiter, CEO of RESAAS added, RESAAS continues to expand our offering beyond the real estate transaction to deliver value for our real estate professionals before, during and after a home purchase. When reviewing the insurance landscape, VIU by HUB's personalized approach offers the right experience for the 500,000 RESAAS agents and their clients. RESAAS is proud to partner with VIU by HUB as our exclusive insurance partner within the global RESAAS platform.
Under the terms of the agreement, HUB has joined RESAAS's Ancillary Services division that enables RESAAS agents to generate additional, non-transactional recurring revenue by introducing their clients to select, nationwide and best-in-class partnerships endorsed by RESAAS. HUB and RESAAS will share in the commissions generated by sales from this partnership.
About Hub International
Headquartered in Chicago, Illinois, Hub International Limited is a leading full-service global insurance broker and financial services firm providing risk management, insurance, employee benefits, retirement and wealth management products and services. With more than 14,000 employees in offices located throughout North America, HUB's vast network of specialists brings clarity to a changing world with tailored solutions and unrelenting advocacy, so clients are ready for tomorrow. For more information, please visit www.hubinternational.com.
About RESAAS Services Inc.
Headquartered in Vancouver, Canada, RESAAS (TSX-V: RSS,OTCQB: RSASF) is an award-winning global technology platform for the real estate industry. With over 500,000 real estate agents utilizing RESAAS in 160 countries, RESAAS enables real-time industry communication, delivers new business opportunities and captures unique real estate data. Some of real estate's biggest brands leverage RESAAS to provide business intelligence to real estate brokerages, franchises and associations. For more information, please visit https://www.resaas.com.
REAL ESTATE INVESTMENT
JRW Realty | May 27, 2022
JRW Realty, a nationwide commercial real estate brokerage dedicated to finding and delivering net-leased properties, has facilitated the acquisition of six Walmart Neighborhood Markets in Louisiana on behalf of its client for a total price of $84 million.
The six stores account for approximately 43,000 square feet each and are located in the southern or coastal Louisiana towns of Meraux, Houma, Prairieville, New Iberia, Opelousas, and Thibodaux. All purchases have single-tenant net leases in place, with individual prices ranging from $11.8 million to just under $16.5 million. The total square footage of the six stores is 257,427.
JRW Realty's Jennifer Rodriguez Ventura facilitated the deal on behalf of an institutional buyer with a demand for specific net-leased properties. JLL's Alex Sharrin represented the seller in the transaction.
Jennifer worked diligently to bring this transaction to fruition. We always seek the right kinds of properties for our clients' private real estate investment firms. As they have solid backing and resources, they are actively engaging in deals of this size and higher."
Melinda Marston,JRW Realty's president of single-tenant net lease
Walmart Neighborhood Markets were designed in 1998 as a smaller-footprint option for communities in need of a pharmacy, affordable groceries, and merchandise. Each location employs up to 95 associates.
"Our clients have specific criteria for purchasing real estate," Marston said. "One such criteria is net-leased properties tenanted by creditworthy clients. These Walmart Neighborhood Markets fit that description as well as anything could, and we are delighted to have been able to bring this deal to our clients and to help them complete a successful closing."
About JRW Realty
JRW Realty is a commercial real estate brokerage firm that has closed on more than 900 properties valued at more than $3.6 billion on behalf of its clients. JRW Realty's team places special focus on due diligence, reviewing over 100 properties each week and only choosing to source for clients the best 3-4% according to their rigorous acquisition criteria.