Real Estate Technology, Mortgage and Lending
Globenewswire | July 05, 2023
8Twelve Financial Technologies Inc. (“8Twelve” or the “Company”) is delighted to announce a strategic partnership with Lotly, a trailblazer in shared equity programs. This collaboration aims to empower potential home buyers, making homeownership more accessible through Lotly's innovative shared equity program.
8Twelve's state-of-the-art INFIN8 platform, which employs real-time analytics, AI, and workflow automation, will be instrumental in this partnership. It will help identify the best possible mortgage from Canada’s largest marketplace of bank, alternative, and private mortgage products, thereby reducing the financial barriers to homeownership.
"Lotly's commitment to making homeownership more accessible aligns perfectly with our mission at 8Twelve," said Gary Fooks, the CEO of 8Twelve. "Our technology, combined with Lotly's shared equity program, will provide a unique solution to the financial challenges of home buying. This partnership ensures that we can help more people realize their dream of homeownership."
Lotly is renowned for its innovative approach to home buying, offering a portion of the home's purchase price in exchange for a share of the home's future value. This reduces the upfront costs for home buyers, making homeownership more accessible. And with Lotly, home buyers always retain the majority of their property’s appreciation, clearing the path to meaningful wealth generation through homeownership.
"With the current economic climate and the challenges of the housing market, potential homeowners need to be aware of all their financing options," said Martyna Gatkiewicz, the CEO of Lotly. "This partnership underscores the strength of our shared equity program and 8Twelve's technology in enabling us to deliver the best financing solutions to our clients."
8Twelve is experiencing growing interest and user success with its offerings as home buyers seek innovative ways to assist with their home purchase. 8Twelve's secure, smart technology is capable of providing swift turnarounds and exceptional service levels to home buyers as it strives to offer a solution for every borrower situation.
Lotly is a pioneer in shared equity programs, offering a unique solution to the financial challenges of home buying. The company's innovative program reduces the upfront costs for home buyers, making homeownership more accessible. Lotly’s investment funds are crowdfunded from real estate investors of all levels. Meaning, home buyers and investors tap into the market together, a first of its kind win-win solution in Canada. For more information, visit www.lotly.com.
About 8Twelve Financial Technologies
8Twelve is revolutionizing the home financing experience by providing consumers with one convenient platform to solve all their mortgage needs. No longer do borrowers need to search for a mortgage through multiple providers such as banks, mortgage brokers, and private lenders. Now, they can access Canada's largest selection of mortgages in one convenient marketplace. 8Twelve’s proprietary cloud platform INFIN8 utilizes real-time analytics, AI, and workflow automation to identify the best possible financing solution in the Canadian market (from over 65 lenders and over 7000 mortgage products).
Real Estate Technology
Globenewswire | August 14, 2023
Tango, a leading provider of cloud-based real estate and facilities management software, today announced it has acquired WatchWire, an industry leader in data and analytics that helps companies reduce emissions and energy expenses while simplifying sustainability and carbon reporting. The transaction further extends Tango’s position as a global leader in the real estate and facilities management space, enabling companies to meet their energy management and sustainability goals. WatchWire’s leadership team will join Tango to continue developing and progressing these key capabilities. Financial terms of the private transaction were not disclosed.
“Faced with a rapidly changing macro and regulatory environment, active sustainability and energy management has become essential to long-term organizational success,” said Pranav Tyagi, President and Chief Executive Officer of Tango. “Tango has a longstanding reputation for solving the complex, location-based compliance and reporting needs of our customers, as well as helping companies effectively manage and control occupancy costs. With the addition of WatchWire, we will provide customers information that arms them to understand their environmental impact and deliver on energy and sustainability management initiatives.”
Founded in 2000 and based in New York City, WatchWire provides the deepest and most comprehensive integrated energy management and sustainability platform in the industry, enabling companies to automate the collection and validation of sustainability and energy related data. Its solutions then operationalize the data for reporting, compliance and identifying additional opportunities to meet environmental, energy and climate targets. The combined business will serve over 500 customers in more than 140 countries from its primary offices in Dallas and New York.
A strong relationship between owners and the users of real estate is critical to ensuring accurate, active tracking and reporting on energy and sustainability. Tango brings considerable experience to the establishment and management of that relationship through its work in transaction management, lease management and facilities maintenance, and will help bridge the communication gap between owners and operators to address their joint energy and sustainability management requirements and deliver on decarbonization objectives.
“We are excited to be joining the preeminent real estate and facilities management solution in the industry,” said Andy Anderson, CEO of WatchWire. “Combining the vast amount of validated energy data available in the WatchWire platform with Tango’s real estate and facilities management capabilities will enable companies to support the accurate tracking and reporting that customers require, and operationalize insights about how to lower costs and improve sustainability. WatchWire customers will also benefit from the end-to-end real estate and facilities solution that Tango offers.”
“Since our initial investment in Tango, we have been focused on adding a sustainability and energy reporting capability, as these offerings will help Tango extend its leadership position in the real estate management software market,” said Jon Nuger, a Managing Director at Berkshire Partners, which made a growth investment in Tango in 2021. “We are excited to partner with Pranav and the management team as they harness Tango’s and WatchWire’s combined capabilities to empower organizations to improve energy efficiency, enhance sustainability and reduce cost.”
Harris Williams acted as exclusive financial advisor to Tango and Berkshire Partners on the acquisition of WatchWire. GrowthPoint Technology Partners, a San Francisco-based technology investment bank, acted as exclusive financial advisor to WatchWire.
With hundreds of customers across more than 140 countries, Tango is the leader in Store Lifecycle Management and Integrated Workplace Management System software, delivering a single solution spanning real estate, design & construction, lease administration & accounting, facilities, desk booking, visitor and space management.
WatchWire is a sustainability and energy management software-as-a-service provider. Across the globe, WatchWire helps commercial and corporate real estate portfolios, Fortune 500 industrial/manufacturing and big-box retail companies and government, healthcare, and educational facilities reduce emissions and expenses while simplifying sustainability and carbon reporting.
About Berkshire Partners
Berkshire Partners is a 100% employee-owned, multi-sector specialist investor in private and public equity. The firm’s private equity team invests in well-positioned, growing companies across technology & communications, consumer, healthcare, and services & industrials. Since inception, Berkshire Partners has made more than 150 private equity investments and has a strong history of collaborating with management teams to grow the companies in which it invests. The firm's public equity group, Stockbridge, founded in 2007, manages a concentrated portfolio seeking attractive long-term investments. The firm’s Stockbridge and Private Equity teams frequently collaborate and leverage their collective industry expertise across sectors.
Agent, Real Estate Investment
Businesswire | August 03, 2023
SmartRent, Inc. (“SmartRent” or the “Company”), the leading provider of smart home and property operations solutions for the rental housing industry, has expanded its product line to include the innovative Smart Package Room® system — a true smart package management solution — that transforms package visibility, reduces labor demands, optimizes storage space and enhances resident satisfaction.
Smart Package Room® complements SmartRent’s smart home line, expands the Company’s product offerings and solves a long-standing pain point for rental housing operators. Using patented, proprietary advanced package tracking technologies, the comprehensive Smart Package Room® solution guides couriers through the package log-in process and automatically directs residents to their packages, relieving the package burden from on-site associates.
“Smart Package Room is the logical next addition to SmartRent’s ecosystem of smart home and operations solutions, and is enhanced by existing SmartRent products like Alloy Access and Work Management,” said SmartRent CEO Lucas Haldeman. “The rental housing industry has long been searching for a response to the increasing package volume and scale arriving at properties on a daily basis. Smart Package Room solves for many of the package issues facing the industry while modernizing the renter experience. With this offering, we continue to drive meaningful change for the industry.”
SmartRent has entered into a preferred reseller partnership with Position Imaging, the creator of Smart Package Room®, to bring this new package management innovation to the rental housing industry at scale. “We chose SmartRent to partner with because of their vision for how smart technology can transform the rental housing industry,” said Position Imaging CEO Ned Hill. “Our Smart Package Room solution fits perfectly with their focus and product line and we are thrilled to have them as a reseller and partner.”
As part of this partnership, Position Imaging’s Senior Vice President Sales, Matt Haynes, and two members of his sales team at Position Imaging are joining SmartRent to lead Smart Package Room® sales. A seasoned sales veteran, Haynes brings more than two decades of multifamily experience to the team. Prior to his role at Position Imaging, he served as vice president of sales at Parcel Pending and, earlier in his career, was vice president of sales for Rentlytics.
Founded in 2017, SmartRent, Inc. is a leading provider of smart home and smart property solutions for the multifamily industry. The company’s unmatched platform, comprised of smart hardware and cloud-based SaaS solutions, gives operators seamless visibility and control over real estate assets, empowering them to simplify operations, automate workflows, benefit from additional revenue opportunities and deliver exceptional site team and resident experiences. SmartRent serves 15 of the top 20 multifamily owners and operators, and its solutions enable millions of users to live smarter every day.
About Position Imaging
Founded in 2006, Position Imaging is a tracking technology pioneer, having developed some of the world’s most advanced innovations focused on improving package and product fulfillment throughout the first and last mile delivery chain. The company created the Smart Package Room® system to take the friction out of package management for multi-family residences and corporate campuses and today it is recognized as the most efficient, intuitive self-service package fulfillment platform in the world.