Fannie Mae: Home buying sentiment ticks up as affordability grows

Fannie Mae | April 08, 2019

Fannie Mae: Home buying sentiment ticks up as affordability grows
As the housing market continues to shift in favor of homebuyers, data indicates that many Americans believe now is a good time to buy, according to Fannie Mae’s latest Home Purchase Sentiment Index. According to the GSE’s report, sentiment spiked 5.5 points in March to 89.8. Not only does this reverse last month’s slight decline, but it also marks the highest climb since June 2018.

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Raffles City Shenzhen is CapitaLand’s first Raffles City integrated development in South China. Located in Nanshan District, Raffles City Shenzhen comprises a 70,000-sq m mall, a 23-storey Grade A office tower and a 182-unit Ascott-branded serviced residence. It is slated to open in phases from 2017.

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Ben Blakney is promoted to President by Mesirow Institutional Real Estate Direct

prnewswire | November 12, 2020

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Digital and Sustainable: Lendlease and Google Cloud Partner to Digitally Transform the Built World

Google Cloud | September 08, 2021

International real estate group Lendlease and Google Cloud today announced a new global partnership aimed at transforming the construction and operation of buildings and cities around the world. Working together, the two organizations will help usher in safer, more sustainable, and efficient urbanization projects globally by partnering in three key areas: advancing Lendlease's next-generation IT strategy; integrating new artificial intelligence (AI), machine learning (ML), and smart data features into Lendlease's Podium building software platform; and collaborating on joint go-to-market initiatives to drive sustainability projects industry-wide. Advancing Lendlease's next-generation IT strategy Lendlease is well progressed into exiting its eight on-premise data centers across four continents by 2022, with Google Cloud as its only cloud services provider. With Google Cloud as the foundation for its digital transformation strategy, Lendlease will move to the cloud by migrating its mission-critical enterprise workloads, including its data-intense CAD platforms, in-house project excellence platform, Oli, and its Oracle-based eFinance system. Not only will this enable Lendlease to significantly increase operational efficiency, but also it will drive improved decision making through enhanced reporting and analytics capabilities, and a stronger cybersecurity posture across the organization. Co-developing Podium to digitize global supply chains and building lifecycles Lendlease will integrate new AI/ML and smart data analytics capabilities from Google Cloud into Podium, the Lendlease platform that runs autonomous buildings and helps manage energy use, human needs, and resource management goals. Today, Podium relies exclusively on Google Cloud for its data storage, network, and computing needs, and firms use the platform to plan construction projects with accurate parts, pricing and supply. Under the new partnership, the two companies will collaborate on new Podium products and services to give customers the needed intelligence to improve quality and safety, as well as accelerate development pipelines. Partnering on sustainability to benefit the industry at large The strategic partnership will also see the two organizations co-innovating around new cloud-based offerings underpinned by Podium, and working together on new sales and channel opportunities to drive Podium and Google Cloud adoption among existing customers and prospects. Ultimately this will help drive the digital transformation of the global property and real estate development industry, and give firms the advanced tools and capabilities to achieve their sustainability targets. "Remaking buildings is both the greatest need and the greatest opportunity in addressing our future," said Bill Ruh, CEO, Lendlease Digital. "By using Podium to digitize supply chains, firms can plan construction projects with accurate parts, pricing and supply. This means fewer delays to projects, more precise build plans, and a reduction in cost estimate errors. This will also put important information about the lifecycle of building projects into the hands of employees at their work locations, including construction sites and within owned property assets." "By running on the cleanest cloud in the industry, Lendlease will gain increased efficiency, lower its environmental footprint, and be able to offer its clients greater information about the lifecycle of building projects. Working together, we will also spearhead digital transformation across the global property and construction industry, and enable companies to drive towards a healthier, more sustainable future," said Alister Dias, vice president, Google Cloud in Australia and New Zealand. About Lendlease Lendlease is a globally integrated real estate and investment group with core expertise in shaping cities and creating strong and connected communities. Lendlease has been entrusted with many projects of public, cultural and social significance: constructing the Sydney Opera House, creating the National September 11 Memorial & Museum in New York, and restoring and renovating historic buildings such as London's Tate Britain and National Theater. Headquartered in Sydney, Australia, our people are located in four operating regions: Australia, Europe, the Americas and Asia About Google Cloud Google Cloud accelerates organizations' ability to digitally transform their business with the best infrastructure, platform, industry solutions and expertise. We deliver enterprise-grade solutions that leverage Google's cutting-edge technology – all on the cleanest cloud in the industry. Customers in more than 200 countries and territories turn to Google Cloud as their trusted partner to enable growth and solve their most critical business problems.

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Inhabit IQ Adds ResMan to its Suite of Solutions for Property Managers

Inhabit IQ | August 28, 2021

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Inhabit IQ's market-leading ancillary product offerings covering payments, screening, insurance, utility billing, document management, inspections, facility maintenance and learning management are highly complementary with ResMan, and the combination will enable the company to meet the evolving needs and priorities of property management companies. The platforms of both Inhabit IQ and ResMan will remain open to partnerships with other solutions providers, allowing customers the choice of best-in-class providers to manage and optimize performance. "We admire the quality of ResMan's products, team and customer-centric approach. With ResMan's industry-leading technology platform, we will have a full suite of solutions that allow property managers for residential, commercial and vacation rental properties to seamlessly operate their businesses either exclusively with Inhabit IQ and ResMan or in partnership with other providers," said Lisa Stinnett, CEO of Inhabit IQ. 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"We are proud to have supported ResMan's growth and expansion as the company takes this exciting next step in their journey," said Gavin Turner, Managing Partner at Mainsail Partners, ResMan's growth equity partner prior to today's transaction. "Since our investment in 2017, ResMan has experienced strong organic growth as a result of key investments in people, innovation and technology, as well as transformative growth from several add-on acquisitions. We are confident ResMan will continue to accelerate its momentum and provide clients with an even stronger offering as part of Inhabit IQ. We look forward to watching their continued success." ResMan's headquarters will remain in Plano, Texas, and the Company will continue to be led by Paul Bridgewater and its current senior leadership team. Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP served as legal advisor to Inhabit IQ. Harris Williams LLC served as financial advisor to ResMan. 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The company believes that property managers should have the opportunity to choose platforms that best support their business goals and benefit from strategic partnerships across their ecosystem. Inhabit IQ has several private equity partners, including Goldman Sachs Asset Management, Insight Partners, Greater Sum Ventures and PSG, that are committed to helping support the Company's commitment to property management software innovation. About Mainsail Partners Mainsail Partners is a growth equity firm with offices in San Francisco and Austin that invests exclusively in fast-growing, bootstrapped software companies. The firm has raised over $1.3 billion and invested in more than 50 growing companies since 2003. Mainsail prioritizes investments in B2B software companies with compelling business models in growing markets. The firm's approach to driving value creation is anchored in a dedicated Operations Team that is purpose-built to help founders scale their businesses and accelerate growth. These women and men include former software company operators who leverage real-world experience, well-established best practices, and a true partnership ethos to support management teams.

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Raffles City Shenzhen is CapitaLand’s first Raffles City integrated development in South China. Located in Nanshan District, Raffles City Shenzhen comprises a 70,000-sq m mall, a 23-storey Grade A office tower and a 182-unit Ascott-branded serviced residence. It is slated to open in phases from 2017.