REAL ESTATE TECHNOLOGY, REAL ESTATE INVESTMENT
Businesswire | April 27, 2023
Columbia Threadneedle Investments today announced the expansion of its exchange-traded fund (ETF) suite with the launch of the Columbia Research Enhanced Real Estate ETF (NYSE Arca: CRED). Designed for investors seeking a thoughtfully constructed and accessible way to gain exposure to the real estate sector, the strategy incorporates the firm’s research intensity and proprietary insights in real estate in a cost-effective vehicle.
“Real estate has long played an important role in portfolio diversification, and there are many ways to access the asset class across the liquidity spectrum,” said Marc Zeitoun, Head of Strategic Beta. “With the launch of CRED, we are offering investors and allocators a differentiated, research-driven way to improve their benchmark exposures to real estate.”
CRED, which tracks a custom, proprietary index, is designed to outperform the FTSE Nareit All Equity REITs Index through research-driven security selection and modified market cap weighting that emphasizes income and geographic opportunity. This weighting approach directly addresses financial advisor preferences towards real estate investing expressed in a recent Columbia Threadneedle Investments survey, which found that income diversification and generation were among the top three reasons why financial advisors allocate to real estate. In terms of advisor due diligence, the survey also found that 9-in-10 of financial advisors consider underlying geographic exposure when investing in Real Estate Investment Trust (REIT) strategies.
Managed by Christopher Lo and Henry Hom, portfolio managers in Columbia Threadneedle’s Managed and Indexed Portfolio Solutions team, CRED is designed to serve as a core allocation to the U.S. real estate sector in an investment portfolio. The ETF will track the firm’s proprietary Beta Advantage® Lionstone Research Enhanced REIT Index, which typically consists of 70-90 REITs weighted across eight sectors, including Specialized, Industrial, Diversified, Hotel & Resort, Residential, Retail, Office, and Health Care REITs. This custom index represents the first collaboration on a strategic beta solution between Columbia Threadneedle Investments and its institutional real estate investment subsidiary, Lionstone Investments.
“Columbia Threadneedle has significant global real estate investment capabilities that span the entire capital structure, and we are committed to offering this expertise in a variety of solutions, from strategic beta to direct real estate investment, to suit specific client needs,” added Zeitoun.
About Columbia Threadneedle Investments
Columbia Threadneedle Investments is a leading global asset manager that provides a broad range of investment strategies and solutions for individual, institutional and corporate clients around the world. With more than 2,500 people, including over 650 investment professionals based in North America, Europe and Asia, we manage $608 billion of assets across developed and emerging market equities, fixed income, asset allocation solutions and alternatives.
Columbia Threadneedle Investments is the global asset management group of Ameriprise Financial, Inc. (NYSE: AMP).
Columbia Threadneedle Investments (Columbia Threadneedle) is the global brand name of the Columbia and Threadneedle group of companies.
About Lionstone Investments
Lionstone Investments is a data-analytics driven real estate investment firm that conceptualizes, analyzes, and executes national investment strategies using proprietary algorithms and advanced analytics to strategically pinpoint the locations where innovation, economic vitality, and productivity intersect to create sustainable and vibrant communities. Generating smart insight via sophisticated analytic tools, Lionstone is able to identify the highest concentrations of growth and productivity in the U.S. economy. This unique approach finds durable growth and resilient income in a rapidly evolving world. Lionstone Investments is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Columbia Management Investment Advisers, LLC.
REAL ESTATE TECHNOLOGY, REAL ESTATE INVESTMENT
PRnewswire | May 05, 2023
Lone Wolf Technologies ("Lone Wolf"), the leading provider of residential real estate technology in North America, is thrilled to announce an expanded partnership with MLS PIN, one of the largest multiple listing services in the U.S., to connect Lone Wolf's leading digital advertising platform, Boost, with MLS PIN's in-house MLS system, Pinergy.
With this partnership, MLS PIN will integrate Boost into Pinergy's Listings Manager and Tools page. This will allow MLS PIN's more than 45,000 customers to create and launch digital ads to market their listings and agent profiles immediately through Boost, with their listing data channeling directly from Pinergy into the advertising solution for faster and easier ad creation.
"We're honored to partner with MLS PIN and make advertising easier than ever for their customers," said Jimmy Kelly, CEO, Lone Wolf. "In our current market climate, digital advertising takes on bigger importance for real estate professionals. By making real estate's most effective and user-friendly advertising platform available in the same place where their agents upload their listings, MLS PIN is meeting the moment for their customers and truly putting them in a position to succeed, setting a sterling example for all real estate organizations across North America."
Boost is Lone Wolf's intelligent and user-friendly digital advertising platform, proven to increase both exposure and click-through rates to bring in quality real estate leads. The platform, trusted by some of the largest brokerages and franchises in the U.S., broadcasts ads on top sites like Facebook, Google, and Nextdoor, and allows agents to reach a targeted audience with automated campaigns. With Boost, agents can also:
Create effective ad campaigns and branded lead-generation pages
Track performance of all their ads in one place, including audience insights
Increase exposure of member's Cloud CMA "What's My Home Worth" landing pages.
"We're excited to expand our partnership with Lone Wolf and make Boost, like Cloud CMA, available in Pinergy," said Erminio Grasso, CEO of MLS PIN. "There are a lot of advertising solutions flooding the market right now, but Boost is top among them as an intuitive and effective solution made to help real estate professionals grow their business and see real results. We're confident this partnership will provide our customers with yet another competitive edge in the marketplace."
About Lone Wolf Technologies
Lone Wolf Technologies is the North American leader in residential real estate software, serving over 1.5 million real estate professionals across Canada, the U.S., and Latin America. With cloud solutions for agents, brokers, franchises, MLSs and associations alike, the company provides the entire real estate industry with the tools they need to amaze clients, build their business, and improve profits—from transactions to back office, insights, and more, all in one place. Lone Wolf's head offices are located in Cambridge, ON, and Dallas, TX.
About MLS PIN
As the largest multiple listing service in New England, MLS Property Information Network (MLS PIN) connects over 45,000 real estate professionals and millions of consumers throughout the six New England states and New York. MLS PIN's flagship application, Pinergy, is designed and developed in-house, regularly implementing new features based on customer input. Real estate professionals gain access to more than 16,500 current on-market properties and 4.1 million off-market properties. MLS PIN provides in-person training, webinars, customer care seven days a week, and a growing list of third-party offerings. The Realtor/Broker-owned shareholder corporation is centrally located in Shrewsbury, MA. Discover more at mlspin.com.
MARKET OUTLOOK, REAL ESTATE TECHNOLOGY
PRnewswire | April 26, 2023
Plunk, the first real-time analytics platform for residential real estate, announces its new partnership with SentriLock, a leading provider of electronic lockbox solutions for the real estate industry. The partnership provides REALTORS® with AI-powered home valuation and market insights at a critical time when both REALTORS® and their clients work to navigate rapid and unpredictable market shifts.
By incorporating Plunk's market data and analytics, REALTORS® will have access to real-time information on real estate trends, property values, and other key market indicators—saving hours of preparation prior to each showing while always having the ability to provide clients with the most accurate and timely information about buying and selling property.
"With SentriLock, we reach the nearly half million REALTORS® they serve across North America," said David Bluhm, President and Co-Founder of Plunk. "Plunk empowers REALTORS® to better serve their clients with real-time insights that allow their clients to make more fully informed, confident decisions. By making Plunk's market insights available through SentriLock's mobile app, we're delivering a powerful combination of two fundamental agent tools."
"Our partnership with Plunk brings valuable and live market information to our customers," said SentriLock CEO, Scott Fisher. "The integration of Plunk's market data and analytics with our electronic lockbox solutions will provide REALTORS® with the tools they need to better serve their clients and stay competitive and essential in the transaction. As we continue to expand our business into new markets, we want to continually reward our REALTORS® who choose us as their provider by increasing their access to useful business tools within our system."
SentriLock is the leading provider of electronic lockbox solutions for the real estate industry. The company's products and services are designed to help REALTORS® securely access and manage properties, while providing valuable data and analytics to help them make informed decisions.
Plunk is the first AI-powered and real-time home analytics platform leveraging next-generation applications of Artificial Intelligence, machine learning and image analysis to revolutionize the way homeowners, real estate professionals, and investors value and invest in residential real estate.