Freddie Mac: Mortgage rates continue to rise, but remain below 2018 levels

Freddie Mac | April 18, 2019

Mortgage rates rose for the third consecutive week without regaining the level they were at before a late March plunge, but rates are still well below where they were a year ago. The average U.S. rate for a 30-year fixed mortgage is 4.17% this week, according to the latest Freddie Mac Primary Mortgage Market Survey. That’s up 5 basis points from last week’s 4.12%. On March 28, Freddie Mac announced mortgage rates had plunged by the most in over a decade.

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Brookfield Residential Colorado (Brookfield) has begun a new homebuilding division in a community called Midtown that is approximately 4 miles north of downtown Denver.1 Brookfield plans to have its standard production homes, which are based on the model homes, achieve a Home Energy Rating System Index of 45 to 55 and to be ENERGY STAR® Version 3 certified. This performance is notably higher than currently offered by many production builders in the area.

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Brookfield Residential Colorado (Brookfield) has begun a new homebuilding division in a community called Midtown that is approximately 4 miles north of downtown Denver.1 Brookfield plans to have its standard production homes, which are based on the model homes, achieve a Home Energy Rating System Index of 45 to 55 and to be ENERGY STAR® Version 3 certified. This performance is notably higher than currently offered by many production builders in the area.

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LAWS AND ETHICS, REAL ESTATE ADVICE

Great Place to Work® Names Kimco Realty® One of the 2022 Best Workplaces in Real Estate™

Kimco Realty | September 09, 2022

Great Place to Work® has honored Kimco Realty® as one of the 2022 Best Workplaces in Real Estate™. This is Kimco’s first time being named to this prestigious list, making its inaugural appearance at number 16 in the ranking. Earning a spot means that Kimco is one of the best real estate companies to work for in the country. The Best Workplaces in Real Estate award is based on survey responses from over 23,000 employees from Great Place to Work-Certified™ companies in the real estate industry. According to the Great Place to Work® 2021 Global Employee Engagement Study, 94% of Kimco’s employees said that the company is a great place to work, as compared to 57% for a typical US company. “Kimco’s culture is truly unique. We are a team that values diversity, collaboration, and innovation all of which are a hallmark of our company’s success, I’d like to thank our talented and dedicated associates who have helped us achieve a leadership position in our industry and make Kimco such a special place to work day in and day out.” -Kimco CEO Conor Flynn The Best Workplaces in Real Estate is highly competitive. Great Place to Work, a global authority on workplace culture, selected the list using data analytics and confidential employee feedback. Companies were only considered if they had been a Great Place to Work-Certified™ organization, a designation that Kimco has received for the last four consecutive years. Great Place to Work is the only company culture award in America that selects winners based on how fairly employees are treated. Companies are assessed on the quality of the employee experience they create, with a focus on ensuring that the experience is great for employees of any race, gender, age, disability status, or role within the organization. These companies have adapted to the challenges of an ever-changing workplace by their commitment to inclusive, high-trust cultures where employees are treated as human beings first and foremost, Congratulations to the Best Workplaces in Real Estate,says Michael C. Bush, CEO of Great Place to Work. About Kimco Realty® Kimco Realty® is a real estate investment trust (REIT) headquartered in Jericho, N.Y. that is North America’s largest publicly traded owner and operator of open-air, grocery-anchored shopping centers, including mixed-use assets. The company’s portfolio is primarily concentrated in the first-ring suburbs of the top major metropolitan markets, including those in high-barrier-to-entry coastal markets and rapidly expanding Sun Belt cities, with a tenant mix focused on essential, necessity-based goods and services that drive multiple shopping trips per week. Kimco Realty is also committed to leadership in environmental, social and governance (ESG) issues and is a recognized industry leader in these areas. Publicly traded on the NYSE since 1991, and included in the S&P 500 Index, the company has specialized in shopping center ownership, management, acquisitions, and value enhancing redevelopment activities for more than 60 years. As of June 30, 2022, the company owned interests in 533 U.S. shopping centers and mixed-use assets comprising 92 million square feet of gross leasable space. About the Best Workplaces in Real Estate™ Great Place to Work selected the Best Workplaces in Real Estate by gathering and analyzing confidential survey responses from over 23,000 employees from Great Place to Work-Certified™ companies in the real estate industry. Company rankings are derived from 60 employee experience questions within the Great Place to Work® Trust Index™ survey. Great Place to Work determines its lists using its proprietary For All™ methodology to evaluate and certify thousands of organizations in America’s largest ongoing annual workforce study, based on over 1 million survey responses and data from companies representing more than 6.1 million employees, this year alone. About Great Place to Work® Great Place to Work® is the global authority on workplace culture. Since 1992, they have surveyed more than 100 million employees worldwide and used those deep insights to define what makes a great workplace: trust. Their employee survey platform empowers leaders with the feedback, real-time reporting and insights they need to make data-driven people decisions. Everything they do is driven by the mission to build a better world by helping every organization become a great place to work For All™.

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CIP Real Estate Acquires Industrial Complex in North Atlanta Metro

CIP Real Estate LLC | November 17, 2022

CIP Real Estate has acquired Kennesaw Mountain Business Park, an industrial property in the north Atlanta metro area, for $22.6 million. The 10-acre parcel features two buildings totaling 144,130 square feet. The business park comprises 18 shallow bay industrial units ranging in size from 3,920 to 18,000 square feet, and the majority of the suites are between 6,000 and 12,000 square feet. The project is currently over 96% occupied. Due to strong demand and limited supply of small and mid-bay industrial units in the upscale Marietta area, a suburb of Atlanta, CIP expects significant rental increases in the next five years, which will be supported by upgrades to the facility, including improvements to the parking lot and landscaping, along with painting and HVAC upgrades. “We’re seeing unprecedented industrial demand in the Atlanta metro area, driving low inventory and supporting higher rental rates, Kennesaw Mountain Business Park is a strategic addition to our Atlanta metro portfolio, in a highly desirable location with premier accessibility and demographics.” -Eric Smyth, CEO of CIP The Kennesaw project is the newest acquisition in CIP’s growing Atlanta metro portfolio. Just 17 miles away, in Alpharetta, is Mansell Commons, a 223,000-square-foot industrial and flex project. CIP invested nearly $750,000 in capital improvements on Mansell Commons this year. To the east, additional CIP assets include Gwinnett Commons, Brook Hollow Center, Pleasantdale Industrial Park and Perimeter Place Business Park. CIP’s purchase of Kennesaw Mountain Business Park was funded with $14.69 million in takeback financing from the seller. About CIP Real Estate LLC CIP Real Estate LLC is a full-service real estate investment company focused on the acquisition, repositioning, re-branding, and management of industrial assets throughout West Coast, Southeast, and Texas markets. Founded in 1995 and based in Irvine, CA, the company owns and manages approximately 9.5 million square feet of quality properties, with offices in Ontario (CA), Riverside (CA), Hayward (CA), Las Vegas, Charlotte, Atlanta and Dallas.

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REAL ESTATE TECHNOLOGY,REAL ESTATE INVESTMENT

View Launches Partner Marketplace to Accelerate Digital Transformation of Real Estate

View | November 21, 2022

View, Inc. (Nasdaq: VIEW), a leader in smart building technologies, today announced the launch of the View Partner Marketplace, an app store now available to the customers of the company’s recently launched Smart Building Cloud, the industry’s first, complete cloud-native platform for smart buildings. The View Partner Marketplace enables View customers to deploy popular real estate applications, sensors, and software platforms with a single click, making it easier than ever for real estate owners and operators to quickly and securely digitize their real estate portfolios. The Smart Building Cloud provides real estate technology teams with all the software components required to connect, manage, and optimize a portfolio of smart buildings with strong cybersecurity protection and maximum flexibility. With the launch of the View Partner Marketplace, View is adding turnkey integrations with platforms and applications that make buildings healthier, more sustainable, more efficient, and easier to operate. The Marketplace now supports 15 applications and sensors with new partners being added monthly. A few recently added partners include: Mapped, a fully automated independent data layer platform that fast tracks the data integration and onboarding process down to a few hours, eliminating the need for manual integrations with vendor applications, and further accelerating project rollouts across portfolio; Nantum OS by Prescriptive Data, a building operating system that enables building owners to manage energy consumption and carbon emissions; Butlr Technologies, an anonymous people counting platform that includes best-in-class occupancy sensors addressing use cases served by View’s Building Performance and Workplace Experience applications; and Awair, an air quality monitoring platform with RESET accredited air quality sensors and long-range mesh network technology that helps enterprises cost-effectively measure indoor air quality. Kevin Cho, Co-founder and CEO of Awair, said: Partnering with View will help us further our mission to improve the health and wellness of workplaces. With our sensors as a preferred option for View’s Smart Building Cloud, we can decrease time to value for customers looking to measure and optimize indoor air quality. “We are delighted to be chosen by View to be integrated into Smart Building Cloud to enable their customers to drive operational and environmental use cases informed by occupancy and utilization data.” -Honghao Deng, Founder and CEO of Butlr Sonu Panda, CEO of Prescriptive Data, said: Partnering with View will help building owners accelerate towards ESG targets of improving energy efficiency and sustainability within their real estate portfolios. With Nantum OS running on View’s platform, customers will benefit from fast data processing at the edge and excellent cybersecurity. Shaun Cooley, Founder CEO, Mapped, said: We’re thrilled to partner with View and make building data more accessible, actionable, and secure. Mapped is committed to enabling property owners to own their data in a clean consistent format across their portfolio; this partnership will ensure customers deploying our solution also benefit from strong out-of-the-box cybersecurity protection and simplified network and data infrastructure. The View Smart Building Cloud can be deployed in both new and existing buildings, and in conjunction with or independently of View Smart Windows, View’s flagship product that uses artificial intelligence to optimize access to natural light and outdoor views while keeping occupants comfortable. Every View Smart Window installation comes with an extensible OT network, which supports a wide variety of smart building devices and applications and serves as the foundation for a complete smart building technology stack. About View View delivers optimal human experiences in buildings. We started by revolutionizing something that hadn’t changed for centuries the simple window and in so doing, built the only complete, modular, cloud-native platform to deliver on the promise of smart buildings. View Smart Glass and the Smart Building Cloud transform buildings into responsive environments that continuously adjust to meet human needs for natural light, connection to nature, fresh air, and comfortable temperatures while improving energy efficiency and increasing profits for building owners and their tenants. Today, View’s products deployed across offices, apartments, life science facilities, schools, hospitals, airports, and hotels. About Mapped Mapped is the Independent Data layer for commercial real estate. By automating the discovery, extraction, and normalization of data from building systems, sensors, devices, and vendor APIs, Mapped simplifies the integration process down to a single, standardized API. Mapped breaks enterprise data silos to empower building owners, operators, and service providers to unlock the value of their data and drive transformative business outcomes. About Prescriptive Data’s Nantum OS Nantum OS is an artificial intelligence and machine learning climate technology designed for commercial real estate operators and sustainability managers. Nantum OS allows real estate managers to visualize building HVAC systems, metering systems, people counting systems, IoT devices (air quality, lighting, shade, smart glass), distributed energy systems (battery storage, fuel cells, on-site generation equipment, solar), and third-party datasets in real time. Nantum OS uses real-time AI/ML algorithms to reduce building energy demand, suppress carbon emissions, and shrink utility costs. Each building on Nantum OS uses the least amount of energy and carbon emissions while delivering the maximum amount of health and comfort to occupied spaces. About Butlr Spun out of the MIT Media Lab in 2019 with offices in Silicon Valley and Boston, Butlr was founded by Forbes 30 Under 30 entrepreneurs Honghao Deng and Jiani Zeng with a mission to make the built environment people-aware. Butlr's People Sensing Platform anonymously infers human presence and activity via its thermal, wireless sensors to deliver rich spatial insights at a fraction of the cost and time of legacy alternatives. Since launch of its platform in late 2021, the company is already working with dozens of the largest occupiers, landlords and service providers in North America, Europe and Asia, in addition to partners in senior living and retail. About Awair Awair’s mission is to empower people worldwide to breathe safely wherever they spend time indoors. The company provides cutting edge technology that is easy to use and understand, as well as an intuitive software platform with actionable insights for IAQ improvement, enabling users to mitigate their indoor air for health and safety, be it at home, school, the workplace, or any other indoor space. The company is headquartered in San Francisco, CA and has a second office in Seoul, South Korea.

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