Global Commercial Investment Dips 2 Percent Annually in 2019

WORLD PROPERTY JOURNAL | February 05, 2020

International property consultant CBRE is reporting this week that global commercial real estate investment volume in Q4 of 2019, including entity-level deals, was nearly level (-0.5%) with Q4 2018, while full-year volume fell by 2% from 2018. Regionally, EMEA had substantial investment activity in Q4 of 2019, up by 19% year-over-year and compensating for subdued activity in the previous three quarters. Americas investment volume fell by 6% year-over-year in Q4, while APAC saw a 27% decrease. Total Americas investment volume fell by 6% year-over-year in Q4, while full-year volume fell by 2% to $569 billion. However, excluding entity-level deals, the U.S. posted its best single-quarter volume in the past decade, increasing 11% year-over-year. Canada and Mexico investment also rebounded nicely in Q4. Softening in the region's total volume stemmed from an 86% reduction in U.S. entity-level transactions.

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CoStar Group | November 15, 2022

CoStar Group, Inc. (NASDAQ: CSGP), a leading provider of online real estate marketplaces, information and analytics in the commercial and residential property markets, has launched LoopNet, the world’s largest commercial property marketplace, in the UK market. The launch marks the creation of the world’s first international commercial real estate online marketplace, allowing tenants, brokers and investors to access properties available for sale and lease across multiple countries on a single platform. Prior to its launch in the UK, LoopNet marketed exclusively US and Canadian commercial properties to an international community of buyers and tenants. The integration of tens of thousands of UK property listings into the marketplace will unlock global access to the UK commercial real estate market, worth an estimated £1.5 trillion, benefitting brokers, investors, would-be occupiers, and owners of commercial real estate. With over 11m monthly unique visitors, LoopNet will provide UK users with unprecedented exposure to potential investors and tenants, significantly broadening the reach of every listing by successfully capturing relevant local and global audiences. Used by 93% of Fortune 100 companies, LoopNet has made significant investment into Google search engine marketing (SEM) as well as other types of marketing, resulting in superior volumes of traffic to the platform and more efficient outcomes for the end-user. Prior to the launch of LoopNet, the UK market was served by Realla, a CoStar Group company and the UK’s leading dedicated commercial property marketplace, which has now been integrated into LoopNet, unlocking access to additional pools of capital, a greater number of listings and a high-quality international audience. Prior to the integration, Realla had an average of 734,000 unique monthly visitors, which will now be significantly boosted by the additional traffic generated by LoopNet, bringing the total expected LoopNet traffic to nearly 12m unique monthly users from the first day of the launch. With 88% of commercial property searches currently being initiated online as market participants aim to save time and money, LoopNet provides sophisticated technology allowing brokers, tenants and investors to conduct viewings online and benefit from up-to-date pricing and information. The transparency enabled by LoopNet benefits all users, enabling them to get first-hand insights into the market and providing a useful benchmarking tool for market participants – an essential feature for those transacting in today’s volatile market environment. “The UK-wide roll-out of LoopNet, our leading commercial real estate marketplace, is an important element of CoStar Group’s on-going strategic international expansion effort. Having built a strong relationship with our UK customer base through CoStar and Realla, we are excited to be able to offer our UK users access to the international market, which will significantly increase their visibility and reach. With overseas interest in UK commercial property on the rise due to the attractive exchange rate, the launch of LoopNet could not have been timed better, allowing thousands of UK market players to reap the benefits of global exposure. LoopNet quickly became the industry leader for commercial marketplaces in the US, and we are optimistic about its prospects in the UK, where it’s the only marketplace to provide access to such a vast global audience, directly benefitting brokers, tenants, owners, and investors.” -CoStar Group Founder and Chief Executive Officer Andy Florance About CoStar Group CoStar Group, Inc. (NASDAQ: CSGP) is a leading provider of online real estate marketplaces, information, and analytics in the commercial and residential property markets. Founded in 1987, CoStar conducts expansive, ongoing research to produce and maintain the largest and most comprehensive database of commercial real estate information. Our suite of online services enables clients to analyze, interpret and gain unmatched insight on commercial property values, market conditions and current availabilities. STR provides premium data benchmarking, analytics, and marketplace insights for the global hospitality industry. 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Oxylabs Unveils Real Estate Scraper

Oxylabs | November 25, 2022

Oxylabs, the leading premium proxy and public web data acquisition solution provider, has launched its Real Estate Scraper API, enabling automated data acquisition from a large variety of real estate websites. The real estate industry has begun using web scraping significantly, enabling companies to extract valuable non-traditional data. For instance, most real estate ads exist online and web scraping is the primary technology allowing the collection of such intelligence, which, once analyzed, allows betting on data-backed decisions. In addition, such features as proximity and dispersion of points of interest have been shown to have strong predictive power for property value. While these data points are extremely valuable, getting a constant and reliable stream is challenging, which has created a rising interest in real estate external data providers. "Within the realm of data and information, scraping provides virtually limitless opportunities to businesses and individuals alike. Our internal research revealed that real estate web scraping has been growing significantly, with our sales teams noticing a sharp rise in client inquiries. Businesses use automated data acquisition to drive revenue and, at the same time, improve the livelihood of consumers through use cases such as creating data aggregators." - Nedas Višniauskas, Commercial Product Owner at Oxylabs Oxylabs stands at the forefront of automated public web data gathering, holding numerous patents for technologies associated with the field. Expansion into real estate data scraping is another step toward reaffirming the company's commitment to innovation in the industry. While Oxylabs has always provided infrastructure for scraping real estate data, it previously necessitated the usage of in-house scrapers. With the newest release, Oxylabs will make real estate data scraping accessible and cost effective to businesses of all sizes. About Oxylabs Established in 2015, Oxylabs is a premium proxy and public web data acquisition solution provider, enabling companies of all sizes to utilize the power of big data. Constant innovation, a large patent portfolio, and a focus on ethics have allowed Oxylabs to become a global leader in the data acquisition industry and forge close ties with dozens of Fortune Global 500 companies. In 2022, Oxylabs was named the fastest-growing public data gathering solutions company in Europe in the Financial Times' FT 1000 list.

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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. 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