First American: Mortgage rates champion growth in potential existing home sales

First American | May 20, 2019

First American: Mortgage rates champion growth in potential existing home sales
In April, potential existing-home sales increased 0.1% from the previous month, narrowing the market’s improvement gap, according to First American’s Potential Home Sales Model. “The housing market continued to underperform its potential in April 2019, but the performance gap shrank compared with March,” First American Chief Economist Mark Fleming said. “Actual existing-home sales remain 1.3% below the market’s potential, but the performance gap narrowed from 2% last month, according to our Potential Home Sales Model.”

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Bascom Group Extends Buying Spree Into 2022 With 140 Unit California Multifamily Acquisition

Bascom Group | January 18, 2022

The Bascom Group, LLC ("Bascom") has acquired a two-property, 140-unit multifamily portfolio located in the Northridge neighborhood of the City of Los Angeles. The properties, NMS Northridge and NMS Superior, boast large floorplans consisting of mostly two- and three-bedrooms with each unit receiving a private 2-car garage or two spaces of structured parking. The properties are centrally-located within the San Fernando Valley and sit adjacent to California State University – Northridge ("CSUN"). CSUN has an enrollment of 38,000 students and provides significant resident demand. Bascom purchased the 140-unit property for $52,500,000, or $375,000 per unit. Brightspire Capital (fka Colony Capital) provided the debt financing for the acquisition and was arranged by Mark Strauss and Rob Quarton of Walker Dunlop Capital Markets. Apartment Management Consultants (AMC) will provide property management services. NMS Northridge and NMS Superior represent compelling acquisitions in a high-barrier-to-entry market. Market occupancies have been exceptionally high over the last decade and only a limited amount of new supply is currently under construction. Despite the pandemic-related challenges for many universities and the communities serving them over the past two years, we believe the Northridge submarket will see strong fundamental growth over the next several years driven by limited new housing supply and continued population growth." Bascom Sr. Principal, Chad Sanderson. The properties are located adjacent to California State University – Northridge, a 38,000-student university within California State University system. Although the properties' residents are not all students or university affiliates, the properties' proximity to the university provides consistent demand from a highly educated resident base of students, faculty, and other university affiliates and non-affiliates. Bascom's Senior Vice President of Operations. The properties are just a short walk across the street from the CSUN student recreation center, which will be an incredible complement to our planned amenity upgrades on the properties. Other property upgrades will include unit interior renovations and a rebrand to appeal to a younger, tech-savvy resident base." Julie Schoenbachler. The Bascom Group has been one of the most active apartment buyers in Southern California since its inception in 1996, partnering with institutional and private capital. To date, Bascom has acquired 95 multifamily properties and 15,808 units in Southern California, with 39 of those properties and 5,952 units located in Los Angeles County. Over the past year, Bascom has completed over $1.85 billion in multifamily transactions. About Bascom: Bascom is a private equity firm specializing in value-added multifamily, commercial, and non-performing loans and real estate related investments and operating companies. Bascom sources value-added and distressed properties including many through foreclosure, bankruptcy, or short sales and repositions them by adding extensive capital improvements, improving revenue, and reducing expenses by realizing operational efficiencies through implementation of institutional-quality property management. Bascom, founded by principals Jerry Fink, David Kim, and Derek Chen, is one of the most active and seasoned buyers and operators of apartment communities in the U.S. Since 1996, Bascom has completed over $20.5 billion in multifamily value-added transactions encompassing 349 multifamily properties and over 90,000 units. Bascom has ranked among the top 50 multifamily owners in the U.S. Bascom's subsidiaries and joint ventures include the Bascom Value Added Apartment Investors, Shubin Nadal Associates, Spirit Bascom Ventures, REDA Bascom Ventures, Bascom Northwest Ventures, Bascom Arizona Ventures, Harbor Associates, Village Partners Ventures, and Realm Group. Bascom's subsidiaries also include Premier Workspaces, one of the largest privately held executive suite, coworking and shared workspace companies in the U.S.

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Kontakt.io Integrates with IBM TRIRIGA to Transform Real Estate Management with Near Real-Time, AI-Driven Space Occupancy

IBM TRIRIGA | September 28, 2021

Kontakt.io, a global leader in Bluetooth™ powered IoT solutions, announced an integration with IBM's AI-powered workplace management systems to deliver near real-time occupancy solutions that help address the challenges of today's workspaces, driving better realty planning, improved employee experience and enabling resilient, flexible workplaces. The integration of Kontakt.io- with IBM TRIRIGA is expected to deliver AI-powered utilization insights across portfolios, near-real time occupancy monitoring and space management tools supporting existing IoT infrastructure already used in many offices, for example Cisco's Catalyst and Meraki access points. Facility operators face mounting pressures to increase realty utilization and cut costs in a world of uncertainty and new workplace flexibility are creating the need for new technologies in the workspace - a need this collaboration between IBM TRIRIGA and Kontakt.io plans to address. New requirements around workplace health and building carbon footprint reduction are just some of the challenges indoor IoT solutions are here to help solve. - Mr. Rom Eizenberg, CRO at Kontakt.io IBM TRIRIGA Building Insights delivers AI-powered utilization insights by leveraging IoT data and TRIRIGA Space Management plans. Enterprises can collect and connect data from multiple IoT technologies including Kontakt.io's Bluetooth® Low Energy (BLE) room sensor and smart employee cards. Kontakt.io's nine-in-one Portal Beam room sensor for example, allows for LIVE space occupancy monitoring, at chair, desk, room and floor level, while at the same time supporting mobile phone indoor navigation, and monitoring of light, air quality, temperature, humidity, carbon monoxide and other environmental data. Kontakt.io also anonymizes data and uses thermal sensing for occupancy monitoring - without capturing or storing employee images to help address privacy. Through this collaboration, IBM expects to be able to expand on current plug-and-play indoor IoT solutions available to TRIRIGA customers, advancing the vision of Smart Buildings and the connected versatile work environment. Adding near real-time, room-level location occupancy and environment monitoring capabilities is a demand that frequently comes from the field. About IBM TRIRIGA IBM TRIRIGA® is an intelligent real estate and facilities management solution. Through the smart application of data, IoT and AI, TRIRIGA can help customers unlock key information and insights, and gain greater visibility into space and facility utilization, occupant experience, capital projects, and lease administration and accounting. With TRIRIGA, customers can get the most out of their real estate investments regardless of size, scale and configuration. About Kontakt.io Kontakt.io Inc. is the global leader in Bluetooth™ powered IoT solutions supporting more than a thousand partners and over 22,000 end-users with products and solutions that connect people, locations and things. Their cloud services and managed IoT device solutions help enterprises eliminate inefficiencies, improve productivity and increase workplace safety. Kontakt.io delivers solution components and complete, turn-key, cloud-managed solutions that enable customers to quantify buildings and better understand how people, things, workspaces and the environment interact. From healthcare to smart buildings, they manage millions of BLE IoT devices deployed in buildings across the globe.

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Zillow | May 18, 2020

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