Global Luxury Home Price Growth Rate Slows to 10-Year Low

Knight Frank | May 17, 2019

According to international real estate consultant Knight Frank's latest Prime Global Cities Index, which tracks the movement in luxury residential prices across 45 cities globally, registered its lowest rate of annual growth since the final quarter of 2009, when the world was in the grip of the financial crisis.
What's changed? Although still rising, the rate of wealth creation globally slowed in 2018. The last six months saw political and economic headwinds intensify. In the first quarter of 2019, the threat of a global trade war loomed, uncertainty surrounding Brexit peaked and the IMF projected that 70% of the world's economies would see a slowdown in growth in 2019.

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Savills Kicks off Operations in Montreal with High-performing Industrial Team

Savills | January 20, 2023

On January 19, 2023, New York-based real estate company Savills informed that it is increasing its footprint in the North American market by launching a new office in Montreal. Antoine Dumas will take on the role of Associate at the company. Brandon Allen, Erik Charton, Paul Fischlin, and Stéphane Robillard will take on the roles of Executive Vice President at the company, while Robin Blanchard will take on the role of Vice President. Meanwhile, George Manousos will take on the role of Vice President and Agency Executive Officer. The group's main areas of expertise will be industrial leasing, investment sales, and capital markets. Vice Chairman Rick Schuham stated, "Savills has strategically opened locations in key markets throughout Canada, and Montreal was a natural next step for our first location in the province of Quebec." He further added, "We have recruited the market's most seasoned industrial brokerage group to establish our location in Montreal. Bringing together this group of top-producing real estate advisors strengthens our ability to deliver market-ready solutions and services in North America and allows us to expand our geographical coverage into Southeast Canada.” (Source – Cision PR Newswire) Savills benefits from the combined expertise of a workforce that, on average, has been in the sector for twenty years. The team represented clients across the industrial spectrum in 2022, including cold storage, warehousing, ports, airports, global infrastructure, distribution and logistics, flex space, land sales, and research and development. The team brokered over $800 million in real estate transactions across Canada. It provides a diverse selection of real estate services, such as tenant representation, landlord and vendor representation, built-to-suit advice, and investment sales. Gregg Healy, Head of Savills Industrial Services, stated, "The industrial sector in Montreal has remained resilient post-pandemic, with strong investment sales and leasing velocity." "Montreal has a rich mix of industries, including life sciences, financial services, manufacturing, transportation, technology, and healthcare, that have continued to invest heavily in establishing operations in the market. We look forward to tapping into the new team's expertise to drive growth for industrial services throughout Canada," he concluded. (Source – Cision PR Newswire) About Savills Savills supports businesses in discovering employee success solutions. Its integrated teams of brokers and consultants are real estate experts. The company's tenant advocacy, capital markets, project management, labor and incentives strategy, workplace design, and occupant experience have improved local and global workplaces for 160 years. The company is owned by Savills plc, which has over 35,000 specialists and 700 offices globally.

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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. 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Conning to Acquire Pearlmark, a Specialized Commercial Real Estate Investment Firm

Conning and PEARLMARK | November 11, 2022

Conning, a leading global investment management firm, and Pearlmark Real Estate, L.L.C. (“Pearlmark”), a specialist investment manager of commercial real estate debt and equity strategies, today announced the signing of a definitive agreement for Conning & Company to acquire a majority stake in Pearlmark. Pearlmark will continue to operate autonomously with its investment team led by Stephen Quazzo and Doug Lyons. “Partnering with Pearlmark is the latest example of our strategy to add best-in-class capabilities to meet the evolving needs of our clients, Pearlmark has extensive real estate knowledge and significant experience successfully working with insurance companies and other institutional clients to help them achieve their real estate investment objectives.” -Woody Bradford, Chief Executive Officer and Chair of the Board of Conning We are excited to collaborate with Conning while continuing to work with our industry partners and clients in providing real estate capital solutions, Conning’s investment and client-oriented culture is a perfect fit for our business, and they are the ideal strategic partner to help us strengthen and grow our platform,said Stephen Quazzo, Chief Executive Officer and Co-Founder of Pearlmark. Founded in 1996, Pearlmark is focused on U.S. mid-cap real estate investments in both equity and debt. This holistic perspective enhances Pearlmark’s approach to sourcing, underwriting, and managing its investments, which drives value for investors. Pearlmark is headquartered in Chicago with additional offices in Denver, Nashville, and New York City. The transaction is expected to close by early 2023, subject to customary approvals and closing conditions. Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP served as a legal advisor to Conning. CenterCap Group, LLC served as financial advisor and Drane & Freyer Limited served as legal advisor to Pearlmark. ABOUT CONNING Conning is a leading investment management firm with more than $180 billion in global assets under management as of September 30, 2022. With a long history of serving the insurance industry, Conning supports institutional investors, including insurers and pension plans, with investment solutions, risk modeling software, and industry research. Founded in 1912, Conning has investment centers in Asia, Europe and North America. As of September 30, 2022, represents the combined global assets under management for the affiliated firms under Conning Holdings Limited (CHL) and Cathay Securities Investment Trust Co., Ltd. (SITE). SITE is a separate entity under Cathay Financial Holdings Co., Ltd which is the ultimate controlling parent of all Conning entities. The CHL CEO sits on the Board of SITE and helps oversee the business. ABOUT PEARLMARK Pearlmark is a Chicago-based investment firm that targets domestic core, value-add, and opportunistic real estate opportunities via commingled funds, separate accounts, and joint venture structures. Since 1996, Pearlmark has sponsored more than a dozen real estate equity and debt investment programs and completed 565 real estate equity and debt transactions on behalf of investors, representing $5.3 billion in equity capital commitments and over $13.8 billion in gross investment value. Pearlmark is dedicated to creating value for its investors and offers a range of investment opportunities nationwide across various property types (office, industrial, multifamily).

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