Economic Momentum, Monetary Policy Sustain Commercial Real Estate Pricing in U.S.

CBRE | August 23, 2019

According to global property advisor CBRE, an advantageous balance of moderate growth, low inflation, and falling long-term interest rates in the U.S. kept capitalization rates for commercial real estate assets broadly stable in the first half of 2019.

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Venterra Realty Acquires Keystone Apartment Community in Killeen

Venterra Realty | July 27, 2022

Venterra Realty recently acquired the Keystone Apartments, a community located in Killeen, Texas. The 212-unit multi-family community offers modern one- and two-bedroom garden-style residences that range from 479 – 916 square feet in six unique floor plans. The apartments feature open concept layouts, private outdoor space, bay windows, vinyl wood flooring, eat-in kitchens, and outdoor storage closets. Located in the Killeen-Temple market along Interstate-35, the area is strategically located between Austin and Dallas/Fort Worth and is within 180 of all 4 large Texas markets (Houston, Dallas/Fort Worth, San Antonio and Austin). Just minutes to I-14 the property is easily accessible to the area's major employer in Killeen, Fort Hood, a United States Army base that employs 37,000 active-duty military personnel and civilians. Venterra will complete a unit upgrade program and implement its resident-focused programs such as the Live it. Love it. Guarantee.TM, the 48-Hour Maintenance Guarantee, and SMARTLEASING. "We have seen excellent growth in the Killeen area, and are excited to expand our Texas portfolio with the addition of Keystone, Venterra has become known as a company that is committed to providing a market-class living experience, and we look forward to identifying opportunities to further enhance the standard of living at Keystone by implementing Venterra's customer-focused management platform," added Venterra Chairman, Andrew Stewart. John Foresi, CEO of Venterra Realty About Venterra: Founded in 2001, Venterra Realty owns and manages over 70 communities and more than 20,000 apartment units across 16 US cities that provide housing to over 38,000 people and 12,000 pets. The organization has completed approximately $8.0 billion in real estate transactions and currently manages a portfolio of multi-family real estate assets valued at approximately $4.0 billion. Venterra is committed to improving the lives of its residents by delivering industry-leading customer experience.

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Qualia Launches API for Companies to Scale Digital Title Capabilities

QUALIA | August 25, 2022

Qualia, the leading digital real estate closing platform, today announced the release of the Qualia API. The Qualia API provides real estate businesses and PropTech companies seeking to start, optimize, or scale their title agency operations the ability to automatically connect internal software tools, integrate with their commercial partners, and analyze their comprehensive performance data. With the Qualia API, businesses can automatically place and track title orders, as well as access comprehensive order, accounting, and contact data on their files in order to build custom notifications and executive-level performance dashboards. API customers can use these capabilities to design custom client experiences as well as track performance, productivity, revenue, and pipeline across clients and settlement agency branches. These insights can then be used to identify areas for improvement operationally, visualize business trends over time when used with their BI tools, and ensure CRM and accounting systems all stay in sync. “Our mission at Qualia is to create a simple and secure journey to home ownership, As part of that, we continue to develop technology that helps businesses engineer full end-to-end purchase and refinance experiences. The API makes it easy for businesses to expand without an expensive and timely investment in custom built technology.” -Nate Baker, CEO at Qualia The Qualia API comes along at a time when the pace of change in consumer expectations for end-to-end purchase experiences has accelerated. Companies with large-scale operations have historically struggled to keep up with these changes and efficiently connect their multiple workflow and business intelligence tools to deliver a unified real estate transaction experience. Amid these changing expectations, the real estate and mortgage market continue to tighten. After years of growth, the industry faces a market downturn which is predicted to persist well into 2023. The Mortgage Bankers Association forecasts mortgage origination levels in 2023 are expected to be half of what they were in 2021. During this shift, companies in the real estate and mortgage industry are simultaneously facing heavy pressure to cut costs by operating more efficiently while also investing in modern client experiences in order to remain competitive. Qualia’s cloud-based platform is uniquely positioned to meet the various needs of real estate business amid shifting macro environments. A flexible set of pull and push API capabilities and a secure authorization framework enable title agents to connect internal systems for a more streamlined title and escrow operations infrastructure. For businesses without internal title operations, the API also enables direct, digital access to a national network of technology-enabled independent title agents. We think about Qualia as an extension of the Redfin ecosystem and that’s not possible without the Qualia API, With the Qualia API, we don’t have to spend tens of millions of dollars in R&D to build out ways to streamline our title & escrow experience. The Qualia platform makes it possible for us to package, market, and let our customers have a cohesive experience that would not otherwise be possible as a set of discrete services,shared Mary Pappas, Principal Product Manager at Redfin. ABOUT QUALIA Qualia is the leading comprehensive digital closing platform used by title, escrow, real estate and mortgage lending professionals to transform home buying and selling into simple, secure, enjoyable experiences for millions of homeowners each year. The Qualia platform provides a secure operating system of record for the real estate settlement ecosystem through a suite of workflow, accounting, reporting, and communications products as well as its expansive product and service integrations. Qualia is headquartered in San Francisco, CA and has offices in Austin, TX, and Superior, CO.

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EY announces alliance with Planon to help businesses optimize real estate, digital workplace and lease accounting programs

EY | July 21, 2022

The EY organization today announces an alliance with Planon, a market leading smart sustainable building management solution provider, and EY Advisory Netherlands LLP (EY Netherlands), to help businesses optimize their real estate and workplace strategies in achieving growth, long-term value and sustainability. The alliance has been activated in the Netherlands and the US with additional global expansion planned over time. As corporate offices play an enormous role in reaching a net-zero future, real estate managers are under increasing pressure to be transparent about the energy and sustainability performance of their building portfolios and to identify areas for improvement. The EY-Planon Alliance brings clients options for a seamless experience to fulfil their real estate and digital workplace needs with a focus on innovative technology and efficacy in implementation. This alliance supports client efforts to navigate the increasingly complex digital workplace, smart building and workplace experience arena with actionable and meaningful insights from the EY organization, combined with Planon's integrated workplace management solution (IWMS) and internet of things (IoT) platform. As leaders in the real estate consulting and technology marketplace, EY teams bring deep knowledge of real estate, workplace and facilities, and extensive experience in lease accounting and software implementation across a global footprint. Through the alliance offerings, clients will also be supported to meet compliance with lease accounting standards and create greater efficiency in portfolio management and process quality, which measurably helps reduce costs and contributes to the organization's overall performance. Bernd Kramer, EY Global Planon Alliance Leader, says: "The EY-Planon Alliance brings together the digital tools, systems and implementation experience of EY teams and Planon to support organizations seeking a comprehensive solution depot to reshape their real estate and facilities digitally. The alliance helps reduce the complexity arising from independent siloed systems through unified integrated platforms, helping organizations make better decisions, and act quickly and sustainably to develop a future-ready workplace." "Planon is thrilled to collaborate with the EY organization to leverage their experience in real estate and business consulting, their in-depth knowledge of the IWMS landscape and their thought leadership to help our clients achieve a healthy, efficient and sustainable workplace. As global leaders in our respective fields, the EY organization and Planon make a powerful team that will continue to help drive adoption of leading technologies for real estate and facility management, and add value for clients." Pierre Guelen, Founder and CEO of Planon About EY EY exists to build a better working world, helping to create long-term value for clients, people and society and build trust in the capital markets. Enabled by data and technology, diverse EY teams in over 150 countries provide trust through assurance and help clients grow, transform and operate. Working across assurance, consulting, law, strategy, tax and transactions, EY teams ask better questions to find new answers for the complex issues facing our world today. EY refers to the global organization, and may refer to one or more, of the member firms of Ernst & Young Global Limited, each of which is a separate legal entity. Ernst & Young Global Limited, a UK company limited by guarantee, does not provide services to clients. Information about how EY collects and uses personal data and a description of the rights individuals have under data protection legislation are available via ey.com/privacy. EY member firms do not practice law where prohibited by local laws. About Planon Planon is the leading global provider of Smart Sustainable Building Management software that connects buildings, people and processes. By eliminating data silos and aligning solutions into one shared information platform, Planon provides all building stakeholders with actionable and meaningful insights. Independent market research and consulting firms have consistently rated Planon as a global leader in the market. Planon has implemented its comprehensive solutions for more than 2,500 clients, supported by offices and partners around the world.

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