REAL ESTATE TECHNOLOGY
RealFoundations | June 03, 2022
RealFoundations, one of the world's foremost providers of consulting and managed services for the real estate industry, announced the launch of its new Investor Sector Practice Group, which aims to help investors and investment managers elevate their real estate assets and drive improved returns.
Investors and investment managers are challenged by insufficient modeling capabilities, unstructured information sharing, limited technology integrations and the inability to report portfolio performance quickly, accurately, and with consistency across various metrics. RealFoundations' Investor Sector Practice Group provides a forum for industry leaders to openly discuss the pain points, technologies, and leading practices that span business functions such as Capital Management, Fund and Portfolio Management and Accounting, Asset Management, and Property Operations, Development, Enterprise Strategy, and Governance.
The Practice Group and its Advisory Panel, comprised of passionate real estate professionals with significant experience in the Investment Management sector, focus on designing an industry-leading model that enables investment managers to effectively:
Monitor performance across their portfolio from underwriting through disposition,
Report portfolio diversification across various metrics,
Measure and monitor all leases and leasing activity across their portfolio,
Analyze debt exposure by fund, asset, and lender,
Respond to internal and external ad-hoc inquiries using readily available applications and data, and
Forecast and model portfolio performance based on various scenarios.
With over 200 years of combined experience transforming the way investors and investment managers work across North America, Europe, and Asia Pacific, RealFoundations has delivered actionable insights to the top 5 ranked firms, as well as 13 of the top 25 ranked firms, recognized by IPE Real Assets in their top 150 Real Estate Investment Managers list.
Our Investor Practice Group partners with real estate firms to implement improved decision-making capabilities which ultimately leads to greater portfolio returns. Our practitioners have years of experience in the real estate investment sector which enables us to quickly evaluate companies' operating platforms and recommend enhancements to streamline efficiency and increase profitability."
Brent McFerren, Enterprise Managing Consultant, RealFoundations
The Investor Sector Practice Group levers RealFoundations' long-running relationships with organizations such as IREI, NAREIM, NCREIF and PREA, along with its accumulated expertise and foremost knowledge of leading practices and technologies to offer value-add problem-solving strategies to the industry, furthering its mission to make real estate run better.
RealFoundations is the world's foremost professional services firm focused solely on the real estate industry. Through our delivery of Management Consulting and Managed Services, we help companies that develop, own, operate, service or invest in real estate make better, more profitable decisions. We are proud partners to over 450 real estate companies around the globe, providing accelerated solutions that solve some of real estate's most complex challenges. We Make Real Estate Run Better.
REAL ESTATE INVESTMENT
Bandwidth Inc. | September 14, 2021
Bandwidth Inc., a leading global enterprise communications platform and cloud-native carrier, announced it is powering some of the most innovative digital disruptors in the red-hot U.S. housing market.
As the nationwide surge in the real estate market continues, buyers and sellers are increasingly adopting new digital tools to more quickly and conveniently get to the closing table. Bandwidth is the messaging and communications platform of choice for several innovative property technology, or PropTech, companies that are eliminating friction and improving the customer experience in the key steps of a real estate transaction, such as choosing a real estate agent, finding or renting a property, and showing or viewing a home.
"Buying or selling a home is the largest transaction most people make in their lifetime. That's why messaging and voice communications are mission-critical throughout the key steps of the process," said John Bell, Bandwidth's Chief Product Officer. "The Bandwidth platform enables PropTech SaaS companies to scale communications using our APIs without needing extensive knowledge of telecom industry regulations and requirements. By partnering with Bandwidth, SaaS companies can focus on what's most important—the customer experience."
Here are three examples of how Bandwidth customers are improving the real-estate experience:
Clever Real Estate is a platform that guides home buyers and sellers through the process of interviewing and choosing a real estate agent. Finding an agent through Clever is a free service that delivers reduced listing fees for sellers and cash back for buyers. Bandwidth provides voice and messaging services to enable Clever's services for consumers across a network of top real estate agents in the U.S.
Rently provides self-touring and smart access technology for single-family and multi-family homes nationwide. Each year, more than 20 million renters move to find their new rental property--and Rently's self-touring technology automates the renter check-in process so renters can instantly tour a vacant property, safely and securely, without an agent present. Bandwidth provides voice and messaging services to help Rently power more than 3,500 operators in the U.S. and 15 million renter self-tours to-date.
ShowingTime, recently acquired by Zillow, coordinates schedules behind the scenes so agents can seamlessly book a confirmed home showing online, streamlining a complicated process. In 2020, the company facilitated more than 50 million showings industry-wide. Bandwidth provides voice and messaging services to ShowingTime to enable sellers' and buyers' agents to schedule and confirm home tours online and also get 24/7/365 live help from appointment specialists.
About Bandwidth Inc.
Bandwidth is a global communications software company that helps enterprises connect people around the world with cloud-ready voice, messaging and emergency services. Companies like Cisco, Google, Microsoft, RingCentral, Uber and Zoom use Bandwidth's APIs to easily embed communications into software and applications. Bandwidth has more than 20 years in the technology space and is the first and only Communications Platform-as-a-Service (CPaaS) provider offering a robust selection of APIs built around our own global network. Our award-winning support teams help businesses around the world solve complex communications challenges every day.
REAL ESTATE INVESTMENT
Evernest | July 01, 2022
Evernest, a national, full-service real estate and property management firm, announced a merger with three divisions of Virginia-based Dodson Property Management. The merger will bring Dodson's divisions overseeing single-family property management, small multi-family buildings, and association management into the Evernest portfolio.
The merger includes Dodson's entire single-family portfolio of 2,450 units; 1,100 units under its Portfolio Management division of smaller multi-family buildings; and all Association Management operations, encompassing 170 associations and 15,000 units. The names of the divisions will change to Evernest.
The merger is Evernest's largest to date, and adds roughly 3,550 single-family homes and small multi-family units to Evernest's portfolio. The deal boosts Evernest's overall portfolio to more than 11,000 single-family homes and apartments under management nationwide and positions Evernest as one of the largest single-family and small multi-family real estate and property management firms in America. Additionally, the deal moves Evernest into the management of homeowners and condominium associations in Virginia and Florida.
This merger is really the culmination of two companies that have a similar culture, a similar tech platform, and similar teams that have built legacies in large-scale, single-family property management. A combined company will add value to Dodson and Evernest clients through shared resources, shared values, and shared systems."
Matthew Whitaker, Evernest Founder and CEO
The merger with Dodson places Evernest's property management and brokerage services into four new single-family markets: Richmond, Fredericksburg, and Williamsburg, Va., as well as Northern Virginia. Dodson has association management operations in Richmond, Northern Virginia, Williamsburg, and Sarasota, Fla. These markets add to the 18 national regions already served by Evernest's elite team of property managers and real estate brokers. Like Dodson, Evernest has focused in recent years on acquiring and merging operations to grow and better support owners and residents. The Dodson merger comes on the heels of 21 previous deals, either mergers or outright acquisitions, made by Evernest. Dodson is one of five deals Evernest has made in the second quarter of 2022 alone.
"We have a vision for our own company's growth, and felt scale was necessary to build the best leadership team in the industry and to provide our residents and clients with all of the resources possible to ensure that they have a quality experience," said Duke Dodson, President and CEO of Dodson Companies. "We're extremely close with Matthew and the team at Evernest and have worked together over the years to build our businesses from the ground up, share best practices, and help one another grow, so we felt very comfortable in taking this big step to come together as one."
Dodson's existing leadership, operations, and property/association management teams will remain in place in the markets the company serves. Both property owners and residents will experience a seamless transition, maintain the same team members they know, and see continually improving processes and systems. Publicly, Dodson signage will change to Evernest. Dodson's Commercial, Development and short-term rental divisions remain independent and are not included in the Evernest merger.
Adds Whitaker: "As we expand into Virginia, and join forces with the Dodson team, we're excited to help residents, owners, and investors achieve their real estate goals and show them what a great property and association management company can be."
Based in Birmingham, Ala., Evernest operates in 25 real estate markets across the country. It is one of the nation's largest single-family and small multi-family investment broker and property management provider. The firm manages more than 11,000 homes for over 4,100 owners, brokers more than 1,000 investment deals annually, and has made the Inc5000 list five of the last six years.
About the Dodson Companies
Dodson was founded in 2007 as a property management and real estate company dedicated to the needs of investor owners and tenants. Today, Dodson operates a commercial property management and brokerage division, Dodson Commercial; a real estate development group, Dodson Development; and a short-term rental management division.