Commercial, Multifamily Mortgage Originations Spike 12 Percent in U.S.

Mortgage Bankers Association | May 15, 2019

According to the Mortgage Bankers Association's Quarterly Survey of Commercial and Multifamily Mortgage Bankers Originations, commercial and multifamily mortgage loan originations rose 12 percent in the first quarter compared to the same period last year. In line with seasonality trends, originations the first three months of the year were 34 percent lower than the fourth quarter of 2018.

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The Real Estate industry is full of all types of professionals with their own special way of doing things. Some of the older players prefer to lean on local print media to attract buyers while the younger bucks can often rely entirely on online media.

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REAL ESTATE INVESTMENT

TPG Real Estate and Taurus Announce ESG-Centric Joint Venture for Development Within Avian Pointe

TPG Real Estate | July 08, 2022

TPG Real Estate Partners (“TREP”), the dedicated real estate equity investment platform of global alternative asset management firm TPG, and Taurus Investment Holdings, LLC (“Taurus”), a global private equity real estate firm, today announced a partnership for the development of a sustainable, 276-unit, garden style apartment complex within the Avian Pointe master planned community. Located in the rapidly expanding Orlando metropolitan area, the project broke ground in May 2022. Upon completion, the community will be surrounded by dedicated conservation areas and include six residential buildings outfitted with an array of amenities, including a fitness center, outdoor pool, individual workspaces, fire pits and grilling patios. The partnership will work with EcoSmart Solution, a green energy services provider affiliated with Taurus, to incorporate innovative energy infrastructure into the development. Specifically, EcoSmart Solution will design and deliver geothermal heating and cooling technology, solar energy infrastructure and a comprehensive suite of low-carbon and energy efficiency resources to enhance the project. “TREP is excited to be investing in a sustainable multifamily development that we believe should generate superior resident and investor demand while aligning with our focus on ESG,” said Tripp Johnson, Partner at TPG Real Estate. “We look forward to expanding this partnership with Taurus and EcoSmart Solution to build apartments that meet our collective investment objectives while leading the way in developing a more sustainable future.” “EcoSmart Solution has already shown it’s a viable green energy service provider through its existing developments, but validation from an established firm like TPG further shows that there’s a need for its innovative geothermal infrastructure and impressive suite of advanced sustainable technology, Taurus has a longstanding commitment to creating environmentally conscious properties and TPG is a firm that shares our core values. We are excited to partner with them and take the first step in what will be a best-in-class, sustainable and healthy Central Florida community.” Peter A. Merrigan, CEO of Taurus Utilizing EcoSmart Solution’s GeoGrid™, a community-wide utility, similar to water, sewer and electric lines, the geothermal exchange system will power the initial multifamily development. The system is uniquely designed to take advantage of local ground conditions and will tap into the Floridan Aquifer to exchange heat with the subsurface body of water that continuously moves underground across the state of Florida. The program at Avian Pointe will also include energy efficient technology such as geothermal heat pumps, Solar PV systems, EV charging and advanced energy monitoring tools, resulting in an energy resilient and sustainable community. “As investors, developers and homebuilders prioritize ESG-centric business initiatives, EcoSmart Solution offers an impactful solution for sustainable developments, which has become an urgent priority across the real estate sector,” said John Towle, CEO of EcoSmart Solution. “We’re tremendously appreciative of the opportunity to work with TPG to showcase our energy efficient technology that allows developers to meet increasingly aggressive energy efficiency standards.” About TPG Real Estate Partners TPG Real Estate Partners ("TREP") is the dedicated real estate equity investment platform of global alternative asset firm TPG. Today, TREP has $10.5 billion of assets under management. Since its inception in 2009, TREP has built a differentiated investment portfolio comprised primarily of real estate-rich platforms and portfolios located in the United States and Europe. TPG was founded in 1992 and now has approximately $120 billion of assets under management with investment and operational teams in 12 offices around the world. About Taurus Investment Holdings, LLC Established in 1976, Taurus is a global real estate private equity firm with over 45 years of experience as a general partner, investor, and operator. By empowering and combining the strength of in-house experts in the fields of multifamily, office, logistics, mixed-use, and renewable energy, the firm has created targeted, scalable investments into value-add, core-plus, and development opportunities. Taurus is focused on using innovative energy efficient technologies to make the extensive infrastructure investments required to decarbonize residential and commercial buildings through its EcoSmart Solution and RENU Communities affiliates. Throughout North America and Europe, Taurus is consistently recognized as one of the premier owners of both directly managed and joint venture commercial real estate. To date, Taurus has purchased and developed more than 69 million square feet of residential, office, industrial, retail and other commercial real estate assets throughout the world with a total acquisition value of over $10 billion. About EcoSmart Solution EcoSmart Solution, an affiliate of global real estate investment firm Taurus Investment Holdings (TIH) and a green energy services provider (Green ESP), is designing and delivering innovative geothermal infrastructure combined with a comprehensive suite of distributed energy resources; enabling developers and builders of large-scale new construction neighborhoods to create energy efficient communities and homes, providing new homeowners and tenants an affordable, comfortable, and sustainable living.

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HOME AND DESIGN

Veteran real estate executive jeff wochner named landsea homes' central florida division president

Landsea Homes | July 12, 2022

Landsea Homes Corporation ("Landsea Homes" or the "Company"), a publicly traded residential homebuilder, announced today that longtime and seasoned real estate executive Jeff Wochner has been named the new Central Florida Division President for the company. In his role, Wochner will oversee all homebuilding operations in Florida. "Jeff is well-equipped to lead Landsea Homes' Florida division into the future. His deep knowledge of the Florida housing market, strong relationships in the region, and passion for excellence will serve the company and our homebuyers well, He offers insightful perspective that will make him an integral part of our expansion and success in one of the strongest housing markets in the country. We look forward to having him on board." Mike Forsum, President and Chief Operating Officer, Landsea Homes A veteran real estate executive with seventeen years of industry experience, Wochner most recently served as the Florida Division President for Beazer Homes, another national homebuilder, before joining Landsea Homes. Prior to that, he served as Regional Director of Financial Planning and Analysis at Beazer Homes. Wochner began his career at Shea Homes as a Senior Financial Analyst for the Arizona division. "It is an honor to join the Landsea Homes team as the new Central Florida Division President," said Wochner. "The company has made their strong and growing presence in the Florida market well known over the last year, and I look forward to helping the team continue on that path of great success." Landsea Homes recently closed on 103 new homesites in Kissimmee, Florida in the Storey Creek master planned community. The company entered the Florida market in 2021 and has steadily grown its market share over the last year. Landsea Homes accelerated its Florida homebuilding operations further by acquiring Hanover Family Builders earlier this year, positioning Landsea Homes as the seventh-largest homebuilder in Central Florida. Landsea Homes was recently named the 2022 winner of the prestigious Builder of the Year award, presented by BUILDER magazine. Through consecutive strategic moves, the Newport Beach-based home builder saw a historical year of transformation, which landed Landsea Homes the 47th spot on the coveted Builder 100 list, along with the Builder of the Year honors. About Landsea Homes Corporation Landsea Homes Corporation is a publicly traded residential homebuilder based in Newport Beach, CA., that designs and builds best-in-class homes and sustainable master-planned communities in some of the nation's most desirable markets. The company has developed homes and communities in New York, Boston, New Jersey, Arizona, Florida, Texas and throughout California in Silicon Valley, Los Angeles, and Orange County. Landsea Homes was named the 2022 winner of the prestigious Builder of the Year award, presented by BUILDER magazine, in recognition of a historical year of transformation. An award-winning homebuilder that builds suburban, single-family detached and attached homes, mid-and high-rise properties, and master-planned communities, Landsea Homes is known for creating inspired places that reflect modern living and provide homebuyers the opportunity to "Live in Your Element." Our homes allow people to live where they want to live, how they want to live – in a home created especially for them. Driven by a pioneering commitment to sustainability, Landsea Homes' High Performance Homes are responsibly designed to take advantage of the latest innovations with home automation technology supported by Apple®. Homes include features that make life easier and provide energy savings that allow for more comfortable living at a lower cost through sustainability features that contribute to healthier living for both homeowners and the planet. Led by a veteran team of industry professionals who boast years of worldwide experience and deep local expertise, Landsea Homes is committed to positively enhancing the lives of our homebuyers, employees and stakeholders by creating an unparalleled lifestyle experience that is unmatched.

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BUYING/SELLING

SkySlope and Updater expand partnership to bring top moving app to millions of buyers and sellers

SkySlope | June 23, 2022

We're thrilled to announce an expansion of our partnership with SkySlope, an innovator in real estate transaction management. SkySlope serves over 450,000 real estate professionals and now offers Updater as part of their transaction management software to further enhance client relationships before, during, and after each real estate transaction. New features will be released this month, including: All SkySlope broker and agent customers will automatically receive access to the Updater Pro platform at no cost. All homebuyers and sellers in the SkySlope system will receive unlimited access to Updater, helping them move into and manage their new homes. Property information and specific transaction details will sync automatically between SkySlope and Updater, providing each buyer and seller with a personalized and tailored move plan. Broker and agent branding will be featured within the Updater experience before, during, and after the transaction and across communication channels – in-app, web, and email. With more real estate transactions completed in a digital environment, it's critical to remember that the transaction shouldn't end at the closing table – the move is often the most stressful part. We're thrilled to deepen our relationship with SkySlope and jointly deliver on the promise of a frictionless and modern moving experience for all homeowners." David Greenberg, Founder and CEO of Updater While homeowners enjoy a simplified and automated moving experience using Updater's industry-leading technology, SkySlope's customers will build lasting client relationships thanks to Updater's co-branding and configuration capabilities. Once branding and preferences are configured, brokerages and agents remain front and center in the Updater experience as their clients organize and complete moving tasks. "We build solutions to empower REALTORS® and are invested in their ongoing success," said Buck Avey, VP of Product at SkySlope. "Our collaboration with Updater is just one of the many ways we place the agent at the center of providing best-in-class experiences for their clients." SkySlope manages nearly 3M transactions each year. The homebuyers and sellers associated with Skyslope-managed transactions will receive integrated access to Updater's technology, helping them seamlessly organize and complete tasks including: Set up internet and television services Compare and book both full-service and on-demand moving services Set up utility services, including electricity, gas, and water Set up smart home technology Forward mail Update addresses And much more "Updater is integrated with our transaction management system (SkySlope), so that there's no work needed by our sales executives," said Brenda Tushaus, CEO at RE/MAX Results, ranked as the 15th largest brokerage firm in the US by closed transaction sides in 2021. "Other than getting set up and adding branding, it just runs automatically – that's a huge time saver." About SkySlope Established in 2011, SkySlope is the customer experience platform managing real estate transactions from contract to close. Serving over 450,000 real estate professionals across the U.S. and Canada, SkySlope manages nearly 3 million transactions annually. SkySlope is on a mission to build solutions that reshape the real estate industry by creating the most powerful autonomous transaction platform.

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