REAL ESTATE TECHNOLOGY, REAL ESTATE INVESTMENT
Newswire | May 29, 2023
Canada's leading real estate companies Dream Unlimited Corp., Kilmer Group and Tricon Residential Inc. (together, DKT Partnership) have officially launched Maple House, the first phase of Canary Landing – one of the largest and most significant rental communities in Canada. Altogether, the 12-acre community is comprised of 2,300 rental units – of which 30 per cent will be dedicated as affordable housing and 25 per cent will be barrier-free – creating a model for inclusive, true mixed-income communities across the city.
Canary Landing is located in Toronto's award-winning Canary District community, a pedestrian scale urban village adjacent to the Distillery District in the Downtown East. Canary Landing includes eight mixed-use buildings spanning four city blocks along Cherry Street. In addition to significant market and affordable rental housing, Canary Landing will also include 30,000 square feet of retail and a future 5,000 square foot community space. Canary Landing represents an innovative public-private partnership between the DKT Partnership, the Province of Ontario, the City of Toronto, the Government of Canada, and the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC), all working collaboratively to create affordable housing solutions at scale.
"We are grateful for the collaboration with our municipal, provincial, and federal partners as we work towards our shared vision for Canary Landing, which will target ambitious LEED Gold sustainability outcomes, and provide long-term market rental and affordable housing. Maple House is the start of fulfilling our promise to create beautiful, sustainable, and affordable housing, and we look forward to seeing residents thrive in this vibrant new community very soon," says Andrew Joyner, Managing Director at Tricon Residential on behalf of the DKT Partnership.
Bringing much-needed affordable housing to the city, the development team is delivering 126 rental homes that will be filled in partnership with seven non-profit agencies from across the city, including: WoodGreen Community Services, Artscape, COSTI, Wigwamen, Performing Arts Lodge, March of Dimes and Interval House. These affordable rental homes will be offered at 40 to 80 per cent below the average market rent. An additional 105 affordable rental homes will be available to the public through a soon-to-be-released open market call. All 231 of the affordable homes have been financially supported by the City of Toronto's Open Door Program.
"We have all watched as Toronto's affordable housing crisis has grown during the past several years," says Anne Babcock, CEO of WoodGreen Community Services. "WoodGreen Community Services is thrilled to be working with other not-for-profit agencies and the DKT Partnership to deliver real and permanent housing solutions to a diverse range of Toronto residents. The Canary Landing initiative is a testament to what we can all do by working together for the common good."
Maple House sets the stage with community-centric amenities and design
Central to the vision for Canary Landing's Maple House is a desire to create beautiful architecture that is inclusive and accessible to all. The acclaimed architecture and design team, which includes Danish firm COBE, along with Canadian firms architectsAlliance and CCxA (Claude Cormier x Associés), focused on creating a design-forward and environmentally responsible community that respects the local heritage. Maple House has already garnered several accolades, including the Canadian Architect Award of Excellence and the 2021 BILD Award for Best New Community.
"Maple House is very special to us. It is not just a city-building project – more importantly, it is a community building project. We have focused a design that is highly contextual, connecting to the fine grain scale of the Distillery District, the prominent scale of Canary District, and at the same time, referencing the industrial heritage of Toronto's waterfront. It results in buildings that both fit in and stand out, and a project that celebrates architectural inclusion and fosters and embraces social diversity and cohesion in this magnificent context," says Dan Stubbergaard, Founder and Owner of Cobe.
"We are incredibly proud to be delivering this truly mixed-income community that is the first of its kind in Canada and a model for city-building," says Joyner. "This type of housing will strengthen our city's social fabric and meet the diverse needs of all Torontonians."
About Dream Unlimited Corp.
Dream Unlimited Corp. is a leading developer of exceptional office and residential assets in Toronto, owns stabilized income generating assets in both Canada and the U.S., and has an established and successful asset management business, inclusive of $24 billion of assets under management across four Toronto Stock Exchange ("TSX") listed trusts, our private asset management business and numerous partnerships. We also develop land and residential assets in Western Canada. Dream expects to generate more recurring income in the future as its urban development properties are completed and held for the long term. Dream has a proven track record for being innovative and for our ability to source, structure and execute on compelling investment opportunities. For more information please visit: www.dream.ca.
About Kilmer Group
Kilmer Group is the privately-held Toronto based investment holding company of Canadian business leader and philanthropist, Larry Tanenbaum O.C. Kilmer operates in three verticals, 1) real estate and infrastructure, 2) sports, entertainment and media and 3) private equity. Kilmer's operations employ over 22,000 people with a long-term, multi-generational horizon and vision. Kilmer brings an entrepreneurial and solutions driven approach to project delivery.
Kilmer has more than 40 years experience in the construction and development industry in Canada and continues to maintain a focus on the infrastructure sector. Kilmer has extensive expertise in large-scale redevelopment and a focus on unique public private partnerships, mid-rise urban infill projects, and master planned communities. Kilmer is proud to have had a hand in the development of over 12,000 homes.
About Tricon Residential Inc.
Tricon Residential Inc. (NYSE: TCN, TSX: TCN) is an owner and operator of a growing portfolio of more than 36,000 single-family rental homes in the U.S. Sun Belt and multi-family apartments in Canada. Our commitment to enriching the lives of our employees, residents and local communities underpins Tricon's culture and business philosophy.
Tricon was the first-mover to enter Toronto's purpose-built rental apartment sector with scale in 2016, and is today the market leader and most active developer in the marketplace. We partner with celebrated architects to create inviting living spaces and inspired amenities, empower our employees to deliver an exceptional service experience with the support of an innovative technology enabled platform, and build resident community through programming and events to foster meaningful connections. At Tricon, we have reimagined rental living.
REAL ESTATE TECHNOLOGY, MORTGAGE AND LENDING
Businesswire | May 09, 2023
Newrez LLC (“Newrez”), a national mortgage lending and servicing organization, announced today that it will offer Freddie Mac BorrowSmart AccessSM, a mortgage program designed to assist first-time homebuyers by helping subsidize their closing costs and unlocking the dream of homeownership.
"We're thrilled to work with Freddie Mac to bring BorrowSmart Access to market," said Baron Silverstein, President of Newrez. "Our mission is to expand access to mortgage credit and advance economic opportunities for minorities and low- to moderate- income communities. With BorrowSmart Access, we're delivering on that mission by providing ways to reduce cost in the homebuying process.”
BorrowSmart Access is also available through our major lending branch Caliber Home Loans, part of the Newrez Family of Companies.
Freddie Mac BorrowSmart Access
First-time home buyers will receive $3,000+ in closing cost assistance if they meet the following qualifications:
3% minimum down payment (credit may cover part or all of this)
Complete one-on-one homeownership counseling
Borrower qualifying income must be less than or equal to 140% of the median income in the area
Best of all, borrowers can utilize additional sources of funds from gifts, family, and other approved down payment assistance programs to gain even more purchasing power.
BorrowSmart Access is available in ten metropolitan statistical areas across the United States, including:
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Alpharetta, Georgia
El Paso, Texas
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, Texas
Miami-Fort Lauderdale-Pompano Beach, Florida
Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington, Pennsylvania-New Jersey-Delaware-Maryland
St. Louis, Missouri-Illinois
“At Newrez, we are committed to being the premier provider of affordable home financing solutions to help all borrowers achieve the dream of homeownership,” said Cristian Correa, SVP of National Diversity Lending at Newrez. “Joining forces with Freddie Mac on the BorrowSmart Access pilot is a testament to our mutual commitment to expanding access to credit and supporting underserved communities. We look forward to making a positive impact on the lives of many families across the country."
BorrowSmart Access is now available in the ten MSAs listed above. For more information on the product and how to apply, please contact a Loan Consultant or visit https://www.caliberhomeloans.com/borrowsmartaccess. In addition to BorrowSmart Access, Newrez and Caliber offer a wide variety of affordable loan programs available in today’s market helping our customers make smart moves through the lifetime of their mortgage loans.
Newrez is a leading mortgage company that combines mortgage origination and servicing to provide a customer-first journey and helps our customers make smart moves throughout the lifetime of their mortgage loans. Differentiated by its origination platform, the Company provides customers with unparalleled lending options to purchase and refinance. Its servicing business services loans on behalf of Newrez customers and includes third-party servicing brand, Shellpoint Mortgage Servicing. Founded in 2008, Newrez is headquartered in Fort Washington, Pennsylvania and is a member of the Rithm Capital Family of Companies. Caliber Home Loans, part of the Newrez Family of Companies, is also a proven leader in the U.S. mortgage market with a diversified, customer-centric, purchase-focused platform with headquarters in Coppell, Texas.
BROKERAGE, REAL ESTATE INVESTMENT
Businesswire | April 17, 2023
Built Technologies, one of the fastest growing construction and real estate software providers in the U.S., has announced a strategic investment from Citi through its SPRINT program.
Citi SPRINT (“Spread Products Investment Technologies”), the strategic investing arm of Citi’s Global Spread Products division (“GSP”), is part of Citi Institutional Strategic Investments (“ISI”). Citi SPRINT focuses on incubating innovative fintech companies that provide strategic relevance and next-generation solutions to the financial markets.
Built plans to use the investment to accelerate its growth in commercial real estate (“CRE”) asset management and enable further operational and technological enhancements. Through the utilization of Built’s platform, Citi will have the opportunity to introduce digitization solutions to other lenders, developers, and borrowers in the ecosystem.
“The investment from Citi SPRINT opens a new market opportunity for Built to gain traction with one of the largest U.S. financial institutions in the real estate industry,” said Chase Gilbert, CEO and Co-founder of Built. “Citi SPRINT's investment is a testament to Built's vision and the value Built delivers to its customers. The investment presents a unique opportunity, and one that will further accelerate our market reach.”
“GSP consistently seeks to drive value and enhance our client experience through innovative digitalization efforts with industry-leading software providers,” said Mickey Bhatia, Head of Global Spread Products at Citi. “Our investment in Built Technologies extends this commitment by helping to further modernize our Financing and Securitization franchise. With this partnership, we seek to cultivate higher standards of service for our clients and the broader market.”
Citi Community Capital, another business in GSP, provides a suite of financial products to help affordable housing developers construct, rehabilitate, refinance, and acquire multifamily affordable housing across the country. It has been recognized as the number one affordable housing lender in the United States, according to Affordable Housing Finance magazine's annual ranking, for twelve consecutive years.
“Citi Community Capital is pleased to work with Built on enhancing Citi’s existing technology to better manage commercial real estate draws, expedite loan management reporting, and improve borrower experience,” said Jeremy Johnson, Co-Head of Citi Community Capital.
“Built has achieved strong growth due to its ability to help lenders achieve efficiencies, expedite revenue generation, and serve their customers more effectively,” said Katya Chupryna, Director, SPRINT. “By investing in Built and bringing their innovative solutions to Citi, we empower Citi Community Capital and other CRE lending businesses to grow faster and serve clients better,” she added.
Built Technologies’ innovative software platform streamlines the construction loan administration process by simplifying the management of funds and documentation, allowing lenders to administer their construction loans more efficiently. The company’s technology enables faster funding decisions and draws, while providing real-time transparency and visibility into the status of construction projects through Built’s CRE data model. More than 250 banks and private capital providers use Built’s cloud-based solution to create a centralized system of record and accelerate the flow of capital from lenders to borrowers, contractors, and vendors.
About Built Technologies
Built is the leading provider of construction and real estate finance technology. By providing a centralized platform for all stakeholders, Built enables increased efficiency, collaboration, transparency, and business agility—with decreased risk—allowing customers to improve the way that the communities around them are built and managed. The Built platform is used by more than 250 leading North American lenders and asset managers, and thousands of developers, home builders and contractors. To learn more, visit https://getbuilt.com/demo-request/.
Citi is a preeminent banking partner for institutions with cross-border needs, a global leader in wealth management and a valued personal bank in its home market of the United States. Citi does business in nearly 160 countries and jurisdictions, providing corporations, governments, investors, institutions and individuals with a broad range of financial products and services.