Housing target will not be met without modern methods of construction

MMC homes | July 04, 2019

The British Government must embrace modern methods of construction or risk missing it target of building 300,000 new homes in England by the mid 2020s, according to a new report from Parliament. In the report, the Housing, Communities and Local Government Committee warns that there is an over reliance on traditional building methods and using modern methods of construction (MMC) to build homes quicker and cheaper is essential.

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3 Finance Concepts To Know Before a Commercial Real Estate Interview // Unless you're taking a real estate financial modeling interview exam in Excel, commercial real estate interviews are usually centered around personality, goals, and overall fit within the company culture. But in case you are thrown some finance questions during a commercial real estate interview, what should you be prepared for? That's what we'll cover in this video.

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3 Finance Concepts To Know Before a Commercial Real Estate Interview // Unless you're taking a real estate financial modeling interview exam in Excel, commercial real estate interviews are usually centered around personality, goals, and overall fit within the company culture. But in case you are thrown some finance questions during a commercial real estate interview, what should you be prepared for? That's what we'll cover in this video.

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Eastdil Secured and Project Destined Launch Commercial Real Estate Bootcamp

Eastdil Secured | October 06, 2022

Eastdil Secured, L.L.C. (“Eastdil Secured”), the global real estate investment bank, and Project Destined, a leading social impact platform that provides training in financial literacy, entrepreneurship and real estate, have launched their fall commercial real estate bootcamp. The program stems from Eastdil Secured’s existing partnership with Project Destined, and consists of a five-week “bootcamp” training program, where 50 students across the U.S. will learn from more than two dozen Eastdil Secured professionals and mentors about key topics in the commercial real estate industry, including: Eastdil Secured’s History and Its Business Interviewing, Recruiting, and Professional Use of Social Media Year One as an Analyst at Eastdil Secured How to Pitch Yourself and a Deal Professional Networking This bootcamp will provide an unprecedented opportunity for Project Destined students to learn from leaders in commercial real estate investment banking, as well as earn both an ARGUS certification from Altus Group and a Financial Modeling Certification through Project Destined’s partnership with NYU Schack Institute of Real Estate and Columbia Graduate School of Real Estate. In addition to weekly bootcamp sessions, accepted fellows will receive scholarships to participate in Project Destined’s paid virtual internship and bootcamp activities, including visits to Eastdil Secured offices across the U.S. “At Eastdil Secured, creating opportunities across our industry for diverse candidates is a longstanding commitment. Our ongoing partnership with Project Destined has allowed us to deliver on that, while helping to develop the next generation of leaders in commercial real estate, Over the last year, we have watched the transformation of the students we have sponsored through Project Destined, and the training, access and experience this offers participants will serve them for years to come. We look forward to expanding our partnership with Project Destined with this bootcamp program and watching its alumni succeed – no matter where their careers take them.” -Roy March, CEO of Eastdil Secured As part of the bootcamp program, Eastdil Secured professionals and mentors will prepare, engage and guide students one-on-one to help them develop a range of fundamentals including financial, technical, presentation and leadership skills designed to aid their search for internships, certifications and full-time employment in the commercial real estate industry. We are excited to expand our partnership with Eastdil Secured and prepare this incredible group of students for a career in commercial real estate, The real estate industry provides unparalleled opportunities to build a great career while also impacting your community. The network, skills and access that this bootcamp provides will ensure that these students are ready to take on this opportunity,said Cedric Bobo, Co-Founder of Project Destined. Following the successful sponsorship of a New York-based Project Destined team in Summer 2021, Eastdil Secured helped Project Destined serve more students by sponsoring three teams for Spring 2022 in New York, Los Angeles and Atlanta. Eastdil Secured is also delighted to announce that two Project Destined program alumni will join the firm as full-time analysts in 2023, following internship program placements in New York and Santa Monica, California. Since its founding in 2016, Project Destined has worked with more than 3,500 participants in 35 cities across the U.S., Canada, the United Kingdom and Europe. Eastdil Secured’s partnership will support Project Destined and its mission to provide training in financial literacy, entrepreneurship and real estate to students from underserved communities. About Eastdil Secured As the most relevant and trusted advisor in the commercial real estate capital markets, Eastdil Secured creates value for clients through creative, actionable ideas and flawless execution. With an unrivaled combination of capital markets expertise and in-depth understanding of real estate fundamentals, Eastdil Secured delivers best-in-class advice on mergers and acquisitions, sales, joint ventures, debt placement, structured credit and loan sales to investors around the world. Headquartered in New York, Eastdil Secured has a broad global footprint to support clients with offices across the United States in Atlanta, Boston, Charlotte, Chicago, Dallas, Los Angeles, Miami, Orange County, San Francisco, Seattle, Silicon Valley and Washington, D.C., and internationally in Dubai, Dublin, Frankfurt, London, Milan, Paris, Hong Kong and Tokyo. About Project Destined Project Destined is a leading social impact platform that provides training in financial literacy, entrepreneurship, and real estate. Project Destined partners with corporations, schools, and non-profits to deliver training using its proprietary e-learning platform and love courses. Project Destined leverages a work-based learning approach where students work with executives to evaluate live deals in their community and present them in a pitch competition to industry leaders. Scholars emerge with the skills, confidence, experiences, and networks that prepare them to secure a strong first job and become stakeholders in their community.

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MeridianLink® Announces Acquisition of OpenClose™

MeridianLink | November 08, 2022

MeridianLink, Inc.® (NYSE: MLNK) today announced it has completed the acquisition of OpenClose™, a leading fintech provider of residential mortgage software solutions for banks, credit unions, and independent mortgage lenders. The acquisition will enable customers to deliver seamless digital lending experiences to consumers, while reducing costs and time to close. The deal will also support the continued market expansion of MeridianLink’s full system capabilities serving depository organizations. MeridianLink is committed to ongoing innovation and will continue its investment in both the OpenClose (LenderAssist™) and MeridianLink® Mortgage (formerly known as LendingQB®) LOS solutions, giving customers more choices for award-winning digital lending offerings. The OpenClose and MeridianLink Mortgage workflow-driven solutions offer market-leading digital loan origination systems (LOS), point-of-sale (POS), product and pricing engine (PPE), and business intelligence (BI) functions, with easy access from any browser or mobile device. “We are thrilled to welcome the OpenClose team to MeridianLink. Combining the strengths of our organizations is great for the industry as we further enable our customers to deliver fast, frictionless mortgage lending experiences, from application through closing, This acquisition ensures that all customers can be confident that they have a comprehensive, premier mortgage solution in whichever offering they choose and that we will continue to invest in both offerings as we evolve the products to incorporate the best capabilities of each.” -Nicolaas Vlok, CEO of MeridianLink As part of the integration, MeridianLink Mortgage customers will be able to access the OpenClose point-of-sale (POS) system, Consumer Assist™, providing a superior experience for borrowers. In addition, OpenClose LenderAssist customers will be able to leverage the MeridianLink PriceMyLoan product and pricing engine (PPE), offering richer pricing options and features like parallel mortgage insurance pricing, an integrated fee engine, and loan comparison reports. Founded in 1999, OpenClose pioneered a SaaS-based lending automation software platform for the mortgage industry. Today, the company's comprehensive loan origination software helps customers cut the cost to manufacture loans while reducing processing and underwriting cycle times. For these reasons and more, OpenClose has experienced strong year-over-year growth as financial institutions invest in mortgage technology. Since our founding, customers have validated our company’s capabilities by choosing our SaaS solutions time and time again. Now, after record growth over the last several years, we’re excited to reach more customers faster while still providing the best-in-class technology, team, and customer service to which our customers have become accustomed, I am confident that our innovative, talented, and dedicated team along with our industry-leading technology will thrive even further as part of MeridianLink,said JP Kelly, president of OpenClose. About MeridianLink MeridianLink® (NYSE: MLNK) is a leading provider of cloud-based software solutions for financial institutions, including banks, credit unions, mortgage lenders, specialty lending providers, and consumer reporting agencies. Headquartered in Costa Mesa, California, MeridianLink provides services to more than 1,900 customers, including a majority of the financial institutions on Forbes’ 2021 lists of America’s Best Credit Unions and Banks.

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REAL ESTATE ADVICE

Stewart Valuation Intelligence, LLC is Verified to Support Freddie Mac’s Property Data Report with VALIDITY Pro

Stewart | September 22, 2022

Stewart Information Services Corporation today announced that Stewart Valuation Intelligence, LLC (SVI) has been verified to support Freddie Mac’s new Property Data Report (PDR) with VALIDITY Pro and its national panel of highly trained real estate brokers and agents. VALIDITY is the company’s family of inspection applications, optimized for mobile phones or tablets. With VALIDITY Pro, an SVI broker or agent conducts a full property inspection to collect Freddie Mac’s required data for the PDR. “Being an Appraisal Management Company (AMC) with the technology and dedicated broker network needed to complete the reports for our clients is a huge advantage, Our customers don’t have to rely on unknown third-party providers. All our PDRs are produced with our network partners using our Freddie Mac verified VALIDITY Pro application.” -Aaron Fowler, President of Stewart Valuation Intelligence, LLC Starting in July, Freddie Mac transitioned from offering automated collateral evaluation (ACE) appraisal waivers to offering ACE+ PDR for cash-out refinance and certain “no cash-out” refinance Mortgages. This change will allow Sellers and Borrowers to continue to benefit from loans originated without a traditional field appraisal while mitigating risks. In accordance with Freddie Mac’s requirements, VALIDITY collects all needed information and data including digital floor plans with dimensions and calculations, comprehensive sets of subject property photographs, property characteristics represented in the property data set, and adverse property conditions that require repairs, alterations, or an inspection by a trained professional, added Fowler. About Stewart Stewart is a global real estate services company, offering products and services through our direct operations, network of Stewart Trusted Providers™ and family of companies. From residential and commercial title insurance and closing and settlement services to specialized offerings for the mortgage industry, we offer the comprehensive service, deep expertise and solutions our customers need for any real estate transaction. At Stewart, we are dedicated to becoming the premier title services company and we are committed to doing so by partnering with our customers to create mutual success.

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