REAL ESTATE TECHNOLOGY, REAL ESTATE INVESTMENT
Globenewswire | May 17, 2023
HqO, the world’s leading workplace experience platform, today announced a strategic partnership with Savills, North America’s largest tenant-focused advisory firm. The partnership will enable Savills to provide its clients the ability to demonstrate the value of real estate through unique, actionable insights into connecting with and empowering employees, increasing flexibility in the workplace, and reimagining how the modern workplace enhances productivity and community.
HqO and Savills – both renowned for their steadfast commitment to advocating for occupiers across the globe, as well as for their cutting-edge technology, market data, and workplace insights – formed the alliance in an effort to best advise corporates navigating a real estate ecosystem that is currently experiencing a generational disruption.
“Savills modern and differentiated approach to translating data and market intelligence into actionable insights for occupiers across the globe, coupled with HqO’s position as a proven leader in the tenant experience space, makes this strategic alliance mutually beneficial for both parties,” said Sarah Dreyer, Executive Vice President, Information, Technology and Digital Strategy at Savills.
Due to the firms’ respective areas of expertise, the partnership will allow Savills and HqO to empirically demonstrate which layouts, amenities, and workplace programs drive employee engagement and maximize the ROI of every dollar spent on office space.
The partnership will provide granular visibility into how employees experience and interact with their workplace. In turn, corporate leaders will be able to evaluate and optimize their office performance to reimagine a modern workplace that enhances productivity, promotes community, and energizes employees.
“The last three years have radically transformed how people connect with each other and the places they work. Being able to activate those trends from users to physical real estate properties is mission-critical today,” said Chase Garbarino, Co-Founder and CEO at HqO. “Savills shares the same vision as HqO, and the overall belief that the future of the workplace will be driven by their experiences. This partnership represents the significant shift in overall mindset towards customer-centricity for the first time in the larger commercial real estate industry.”
About Savills Inc.
Savills helps organizations find the right solutions that ensure employee success. Sharply skilled and fiercely dedicated, the firm’s integrated teams of consultants and brokers are experts in better real estate. With services in tenant representation, workforce and incentives strategy, workplace strategy and occupant experience, project management, and capital markets, Savills has elevated the potential of workplaces around the corner, and around the world, for 160 years and counting. For more information, please visit Savills.us.
HqO, ranked No. 75 on the Inc. 5000 list, is transforming how people connect with each other and the places they work. The HqO Workplace Experience Platform makes it easy for companies and commercial property teams to create modern workplaces through world-class amenities and services that allow people to thrive and produce the best results. Active in over 250 million square feet in 25 countries, 57% of the Fortune 100 rely on HqO to enhance their workplace experiences, improve employee satisfaction, and drive operational excellence.
REAL ESTATE INVESTMENT, MORTGAGE AND LENDING
PRnewswire | April 11, 2023
Indecomm, a provider of mortgage technology and services, announced today that Newfi, a technology-driven multi-channel lender, has adopted Indecomm's GeniusWorksTM. GeniusWorks combines Indecomm's proprietary automation solutions with expert mortgage talent to streamline the three most cumbersome and costly middle-office functions of the mortgage origination process: setup, processing, and underwriting.
By adopting GeniusWorks, Newfi takes its vision to reshape the home buying experience to the next level. Since GeniusWorks streamlines all workflow, processes, decisions, and tasks within the middle-office of the origination process, Newfi associates will have more time to focus on high-value customer engagement initiatives.
"Cutting-edge technology and services like GeniusWorks enable us to focus on what matters most: cultivating relationships with our home-buying customers, reducing unnecessary process burden on our staff, and driving an optimized, efficient, and cost-effective mortgage operation," said Steve Abreu, CEO at Newfi.
The GeniusWorks solution uses Indecomm's Genius suite of automation products to automate an estimated 70% of middle-office tasks and processes, reducing manual touchpoints on the part of Newfi associate, and accelerating the underwriting decision. Wherever manual intervention is needed, Indecomm's experienced staff of processors and underwriters seamlessly pick up from where automation left off.
"We are thrilled to partner with such an innovative, forward-thinking lender as Newfi," said Indecomm CEO, Rajan Nair. "Newfi is in tune with the GeniusWorks approach which delivers tangible CX gains as a result of downstream digitization, operational optimization, decision transparency, and cost control."
Indecomm launched GeniusWorks as a way for lender clients to achieve efficient, high-quality loan manufacturing while reducing the burden of vendor management and oversight. For more information about GeniusWorks, visit https://indecomm.com/genius-works
Founded more than 25 years ago, Indecomm blends intelligent automation with deep mortgage banking expertise to deliver groundbreaking mortgage innovations to the mortgage banking industry. Indecomm takes an automation-first approach, partnering with lenders, servicers, mortgage insurers, and title companies to create efficiencies at every phase of the mortgage lifecycle. Specifically, Indecomm leverage robotics process automation (RPA), supervised automation, and machine learning to tackle the industry's most complex operational challenges.
About Newfi Lending
Newfi is a multi-channel lender that is setting the standard for efficiency, transparency, and service in the mortgage marketplace. Founded by industry veterans, Newfi is committed to innovation in lending products for both consumers and mortgage brokers under the Newfi Lending brand.
REAL ESTATE TECHNOLOGY, REAL ESTATE INVESTMENT
PRnewswire | May 25, 2023
Roc Capital Holdings LLC ("Roc360"), a vertically integrated platform for residential real estate investors and a leading originator of business-purpose loans nationwide, today announced it has purchased the origination assets of Civic Financial Services ("CIVIC"), a subsidiary of Pacific Western Bank ("PacWest Bancorp"; Nasdaq: PACW).
Under the terms of the transaction, CIVIC, one of the leading institutional private lenders in the United States specializing in originating residential business-purpose loans, sold its origination assets to Roc360. Excluded from the sale are previously originated, loans and loan servicing operations. Roc360 will use the storied and trusted brand name CIVIC, which will join Roc360's growing portfolio of leading real estate brands, including Roc Capital, Finance of America Commercial¹, ElmSure, Wimba Title, and Tamarisk Appraisals.
CIVIC was founded in 2014 to serve investors who did not fit within the traditional real estate lending criteria. Since its inception, CIVIC has funded in excess of $9.4 billion through its borrower-direct, broker, and correspondent channels.
The CIVIC asset acquisition materially strengthens Roc360's existing national origination footprint, specifically in CIVIC's home state of California, the largest market for business-purpose loans to real estate investors. In 2022, Roc360 affiliates and CIVIC collectively funded in excess of $7.6 billion in business-purpose loans.
"In the face of market difficulties, we continue to expand and develop more products and services for real estate investors. We believe that America's housing stock is severely undersupplied, with more than 50% of homes in deferred maintenance, lacking the modern-day energy efficiencies that our clients install with each loan they take from us. We will continue to prudently expand and invest for long-term solutions to these structural problems," said Arvind Raghunathan, Ph.D., Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Roc360 family of companies.
Piper Sandler and Company served as financial advisor to PacWest Bancorp in the transaction.
Roc360 is a leading financial services platform for residential real estate investors, providing vertically integrated solutions, including lending, servicing, insurance, and valuation. Founded in 2014 by Arvind Raghunathan, Maksim Stavinsky and Eric Abramovich, Roc360 employs over 300 people and has funded nearly $25 billion in loans throughout the United States through its lending affiliates. The company is headquartered in New York City with offices on three continents.
About PacWest Bancorp
PacWest Bancorp ("PacWest") is a bank holding company headquartered in Los Angeles, California, with an executive office in Denver, Colorado, with one wholly-owned banking subsidiary, Pacific Western Bank (the "Bank"). Pacific Western Bank is a relationship-based community bank focused on providing business banking and treasury management services to small, middle-market, and venture-backed businesses. The Bank offers a broad range of loan and lease and deposit products and services through full-service branches throughout California and in Durham, North Carolina and Denver, Colorado, and loan production offices around the country. For more information about PacWest Bancorp or Pacific Western Bank, visit www.pacwest.com.