REAL ESTATE INVESTMENT
Accel Real Estate Commission Advance | July 22, 2022
Real estate agents and brokers anywhere in the United States can now access financing on their pending real estate commissions through Accel Real Estate Commission Advance ("Accel"). Accel was created by Balanced Bridge Funding to help service real estate professionals around the country. "As a company familiar with assisting entities and individuals with guaranteed income but facing payment delays, being able to provide real estate commission advances is a natural step for us to help real estate agents and brokers who are interested in financing" says Joseph Genovesi.
Traditionally springtime is when the real estate industry starts to pick up. Schools are coming to a close and families begin to scout locations to move their families. Families or individuals with houses look to sell their properties for similar reasons. Real estate professionals have to be ready for the wave of interested buyers and sellers during the spring season and prepare for them.
Currently, the real estate market is on fire throughout the country. Low interest rates, the negative effect of Covid on the supply chain for developers and home builders, all cash offers have fueled the market raising the prices on the current stock of homes. A hot real estate market means the competition is fierce among real estate agents and brokers. They are competing for listings in their markets and they may need to have the financial backing or have access to financing to try and dominate their area. Some news outlets published stories about the constant activity of the Delaware real estate market in 2021. Last month, the Philadelphia Inquirer published a story about the lack of supply in the housing market and how that has affected housing sales. The Federal Reserve indicated they will raise interest rates which may help cool the real estate market.
According to the recent Pennsylvania Association of Realtors (PAR) report, general housing sales have decreased but the median home price has increased. In addition, the past few reports showed sales of houses priced between $250,000 to $2 million and more have increased from the previous year. The Delaware Association of Realtors (DAR) report for February 2022 showed similar statistics. The number of units sold dropped by 66%, but the average and median priced homes increased by 12% and 13%, respectively. Listings have increased and the average amount of time a home is on the market also increased. Inventory dropped over 10%.
Accel's real estate commission advance allows agents and brokers to access a portion of their pending fees. They can use these funds to increase spending on marketing their properties; get more listings, hire more agents; expand their offices for the spring and summer selling season. They can also use it for a variety of personal or professional purposes. Accel is also creating an exclusive membership program for qualified real estate agents and brokers.
This program will allow them to provide member agents and brokers with the unique opportunity to quickly and conveniently increase their cash flow and grow their real estate businesses. Members will enjoy exclusive benefits for funding including:
Priority processing of applications
45 Day Grace Period
10% Fee on advances 31+ days or more
Paid referrals for new colleagues that work with Accel Real Estate Commission Advance
No broker signature required to fund advances
REAL ESTATE TECHNOLOGY
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
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.
REAL ESTATE INVESTMENT
Clever Real Estate and Total Expert | August 29, 2022
Clever Real Estate, known for its service of matching home buyers and sellers with top real estate agents at a lower commission, announced it is teaming up with Total Expert, the only CRM and customer engagement platform purpose-built for modern financial institutions, to provide a seamless communication process between Clever's concierge team and its customers' loan officers.
Clever provides home buyers and sellers with a white-glove service that matches them with vetted local real estate agents from major brokerages nationwide, negotiates better commission rates on their behalf, and guides them through the entire process.
The integration with Total Expert will enhance these services by allowing lenders to receive updates in real-time about their borrowers, maintain fluid communication between agents and lenders, and help consumers reach their homeownership goals.
"Now more than ever, consumers are looking for a trusted advisor to help them navigate current market conditions and reach their financial goals, We're excited to partner with Clever and strengthen customer relationships with timely, relevant communications."
-Josh Lehr, Senior Director of Partnerships and Industry Technology at Total Expert
Total Expert will provide loan officers with a 360-degree view of their customers and empower them to stay closely connected throughout the home-buying process. By leveraging data-driven insights and intelligent automation, lenders will be equipped to provide a more personalized and efficient experience to their borrowers.
We are thrilled this new integration will ensure that Clever customers will enjoy an even more streamlined process and eliminate some of the stress of communicating with multiple parties that typically comes with real estate transactions, said Tony Chahal, SVP of Partnerships at Clever.
These targeted customer journeys are only one step in Clever's ongoing mission to ensure that people can buy and sell real estate more easily and affordably. The news of the collaboration follows Clever's recent executive hires, as the startup company continues to see major growth and success despite headwinds in the real estate market.
About Clever Real Estate
Clever Real Estate was founded in 2017 with the sole mission of making buying and selling real estate easier and more affordable for everyone. Clever's primary service matches sellers and buyers with vetted local real estate agents, providing a lower rate for the client and leads for the agent simultaneously. To date, Clever's agent network includes 12,000 agents across all 50 states.
About Total Expert
Total Expert delivers purpose-built CRM and data-driven customer engagement solutions for more than 175 modern financial institutions. The Total Experience Platform unifies data, marketing, sales, and compliance solutions to provide a cohesive experience across the customer lifecycle. Total Expert turns customer insights into actions to increase loyalty and drive growth for banks, lenders, credit unions, and other financial services firms.