REAL ESTATE TECHNOLOGY,REAL ESTATE INVESTMENT
Berkadia and Esusu | September 08, 2022
Berkadia announced today that it signed an agreement with Esusu, the leading financial technology company leveraging rental data for credit building. This partnership unlocks greater equity for renters, improves property performance for multifamily owners and operators and reduces lender risk.
With a mission to dismantle barriers to housing for working families, Esusu reports on-time rent payments to the three major credit bureaus, Equifax, Transunion, and Experian, to establish and boost credit scores for residents. The collaboration, which launched in the Spring of 2021, has expanded to over 34,000 units, establishing over 5,300 credit scores for residents to date.
“We could not be happier to have a multi-year agreement with Esusu, which allows Berkadia to extend a powerful property performance enhancing solution to our clients, This will help owners and operators reach their own ESG goals at an exceptional value and support Esusu’s critical and innovative objective–helping renters build and improve their credit.”
-Bryce Nyberg, Director of Berkadia Digital
Partnering to Provide Value and Solutions
Seeing the value Esusu could bring to the entire residential ecosystem, a partnership was formed when Esusu joined Berkadia’s inaugural BeEngaged program in February 2020. The partnership has proven to be mutually beneficial and has helped Berkadia develop a competitive advantage as an attractive funding source to owners and operators who value Esusu as both an economic and social solution.
Through Berkadia’s introduction, Esusu services over 285 properties across more than 10 management companies including Burbank Housing, Comunidad, Eagle Property Capital, Morgan Properties, Odin Properties and more.
As a workforce housing provider operating primarily in the inner city, Odin Properties has long been focused on supporting quality of life for our residents, In Esusu, we found a solution and a team that helped further that goal by allowing residents unprecedented access to the financial system, while improving property performance. It has been encouraging to see Esusu grow as their message rightfully resonates with so many different housing stakeholders,said Phil Balderston, Founder & CEO of Odin Properties LLC.
Supporting an Equitable Housing Market
Throughout the partnership, there has been growing industry awareness around the criticality of equity in multifamily housing. This was further emphasized when Esusu announced a collaboration with Freddie Mac.
Through their joint initiative in support of increasing equitability in the housing market, Freddie Mac provides closing cost credits to multifamily borrowers who agree to use Esusu to report on-time rental payments. Esusu also provides discounted pricing for these and other Freddie Mac borrowers who agree to report on-time rental payments through the platform.
Our credit building initiative has helped build or establish credit scores for tens of thousands of multifamily renters nationwide, It is an essential component of our effort to build a more equitable multifamily housing system,said Corey Aber, Vice President of Mission, Policy and Strategy for Freddie Mac Multifamily.
Utilizing Real-Time Data for Returns
Esusu not only improves the quality of life for residents but also helps properties maximize net operating income (NOI). By adding Esusu to Berkadia’s expansive network, borrowers can see scalable social impact results–credit score increases, new established scores, eviction prevention–as well as economic returns through improved rent collections, reduced delinquencies and renter turnover, and thereby healthier cash flows.
We are grateful for our long-standing collaboration with Berkadia, The firm took an early bet on Esusu through their BeEngaged program which has paved the way for Esusu’s proliferation throughout the marketplace. Berkadia has shared our vision from day one and their foresight has led to adoption by other lenders and sponsors throughout the industry. Together, we will continue to create a world-class experience for their sponsors while taking tangible steps towards dismantling barriers to housing and bridging the racial wealth gap,said Samir Goel and Wemimo Abbey, Co-Founders and Co-CEOs of Esusu.
Launched in 2019, the BeEngaged program advises and accelerates startups that are redefining the commercial real estate industry by providing them with resources, strategic counsel, and a collaborative network to test and grow innovative concepts. Since then, the organization has accelerated more than a dozen CRE tech startups, including Esusu.
BeEngaged features three stages to foster innovation and collaboration across the commercial real estate industry: BeEngaged Network®, Verified Status, and the BeEngaged Lab®. The BeEngaged Network® develops an ecosystem of founders, industry professionals, and capital providers dedicated to redefining the commercial real estate space. Companies participating in the BeEngaged Network® that have proven potential for long-term growth and industry transformation can be invited to seek Verified Status (VP). This stage provides company founders with focused mentorship for validating strategic alignment to participants of the BeEngaged ecosystem through experiments and pilots. Successful VP companies are invited to join BeEngaged Lab®, which is a catalyst for founders and Berkadia to collaborate on long-term initiatives.
Berkadia, a joint venture of Berkshire Hathaway and Jefferies Financial Group, is a leader in the commercial real estate industry, offering a robust suite of services to our multifamily and commercial property clients. Through our integrated mortgage banking, investment sales and servicing platform, Berkadia delivers comprehensive real estate solutions for the entire life cycle of our clients’ assets.
Esusu is the leading financial technology platform that leverages data solutions to empower residents and improve property performance. Esusu's rent reporting platform captures rental payment data and reports it to credit bureaus to boost credit scores. This allows renters to build and establish their credit scores while helping property owners mitigate against initiating evictions, powered by differentiated data and insights. Founded in 2018, Esusu reaches over 2.5 million rental units across all 50 states in the U.S.
REAL ESTATE INVESTMENT
REZI | September 26, 2022
REZI, the pioneer of Occupancy-as-a-Service, has launched in Austin with a partnership with the city's leading developer, Rastegar Property Company. Rastegar is a technology-enabled private real estate investment firm focused on value-add and development in all asset classes throughout Austin and the Southwest US. The partnership between REZI and Rastegar was announced today by Sean Mitchell, Co-Founder and CEO of REZI.
This deal contracts over 200 apartments across 9 buildings with floor plans ranging from studios to 3-bedrooms in West Lake Hills, Mueller, Hyde Park, Highland Heights, Clarksville, South Austin. All units will be onboarded to REZI's innovative AI-powered leasing platform, where REZI will take ownership over all marketing and leasing providing Rastegar with a turnkey guaranteed leasing solution delivering higher asset NOIs across their portfolio.
"We are thrilled to be partnering with the "King of Austin Real Estate" not only because Austin is a key market for us, but Rastegar and REZI share the mission of using technology and innovation to make finding and acquiring housing fair, transparent, and accessible for everyone,"
- Mitchell,Co-Founder and CEO of REZI
We were immediately impressed with REZI and what they have provided the previous markets in which they've launched, In just a few years, they have become a highly reputable brand with nationwide outreach and a service that aligns perfectly with our needs and philosophy,said Ari Rastegar, Founder & CEO of Rastegar Property Company.
The announcement of this partnership coincides with REZI's launch of their Texas Headquarters at 1920 Mckinney Ave in Uptown, Dallas.
Founded in 2016, REZI leverages state-of-the-art leasing and financial technology to improve and optimize renters' leasing experience and improve property owners' leasing performance. REZI is a privately held company based in New York City.
About Rastegar Property Company
Rastegar Property Company is a technology-enabled private real estate investment firm focused on value-add and development in all asset classes throughout Austin and the southwest United States. Rastegar and its affiliates have co-invested in or directly own and operate over 13.8 million square feet of real estate across projects in 13 states and 35 cities. The firm specializes in acquiring complex or undervalued assets with opportunities to create value through repositioning, redevelopment, and/or improved operational efficiencies.
HOME AND DESIGN
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.