REAL ESTATE INVESTMENT,MORTGAGE AND LENDING
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.
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.
MARKET OUTLOOK, REAL ESTATE ADVICE
Curbio | October 07, 2022
Curbio, Inc., the leading fix now, pay when you sell home improvement solution for real estate agents, brokers and their listing clients, today announced recognition from workplace culture site Comparably for its exemplary workplace environment. Curbio was selected out of 70,000 companies in three of this quarter's categories including Happiest Employees, Best Company Compensation and Best Company Perks & Benefits.
Comparably awards are based on anonymous employee feedback submitted to Comparably.com within a 12-month period. Rankings were determined based on a combination of factors that contribute to employee happiness at work, including a positive work environment, satisfaction with total compensation package, satisfaction with perks and benefits, and pride in company.
"It makes me incredibly proud to see Curbio being recognized by Comparably, because these rankings are based entirely on employee feedback. Curbio has always been an employee-first company. Our employees are passionate and excited by their job and Curbio's mission, and we really value and care for our employees, Knowing that our employees are feeling happy at work, and satisfied with their compensation and benefits packages, means everything to Curbio's leadership team."
-Rick Rudman, CEO of Curbio
This is far from the first time that Curbio has been recognized for its exemplary company culture. The company has been certified as a Great Place to Work®, was named a best place to work in Washington, D.C. by Comparably, a Next Gen 100 workplace by RippleMatch and a Top 5000 fastest-growing company in America by Inc. Magazine. Curbio CEO Rick Rudman was named a Best CEO by Comparably, and a Real Estate Newsmaker by RISMedia. Curbio has also been continuously recognized for its success as a tech-powered home improvement solution, receiving nods in HousingWire, Qualified Remodeler and Best in Biz, to name a few.
Curbio was founded in 2017 to transform the multi-billion-dollar home improvement industry and has quickly become the nation's leading pay-at-closing home improvement solution. The company partners exclusively with real estate agents and their clients to get any home ready for the market, allowing it to sell faster and for top dollar. Using technology to power their service, Curbio completes pre-listing home improvement projects of any size quickly and without hassle, from start to finish, with zero payment due until the home sells. Curbio is trusted by thousands of realtors and brokerages nationwide, and has been continuously recognized for its exemplary solution, receiving nods in HousingWire, Qualified Remodeler and Comparably, to name a few.
REAL ESTATE TECHNOLOGY
Hines | September 21, 2022
Hines, the global real estate investment, development, and property manager, announced today the launch of Hines Real Estate Exchange (HREX), a platform designed to serve qualified investors interested in tax-advantaged investment opportunities. The platform intends to make 1031 exchange opportunities available to investors in the form of interests in Delaware Statutory Trusts (DSTs) holding assets sourced from Hines Global Income Trust (HGIT). HGIT will have an option to acquire the properties held by the DSTs.
The HREX platform is intended to provide participants with a solution to aid in the deferment of capital gains and other taxes while providing them with the opportunity to diversify real estate holdings through the ownership of institutional-grade assets.
"Hines Real Estate Exchange is a natural progression for the firm, Given the strong market demand for 1031 exchange products and Hines' vast experience and expertise as sponsor of HGIT, we believe the time is right to launch this initiative."
-Alfonso Munk, CIO of the Americas and president of HGIT
Many exchangers are eager to capitalize on existing pricing environments. A growing number of financial professionals are requesting DSTs to offer their clients tax-advantaged solutions on their platforms, said Mark Earley, CEO of Hines Securities, Inc.
HGIT features a $3.8 billion portfolio of commercial real estate investments that is nearly two- thirds weighted toward the industrial and living sectors. HGIT is diversified by geography and real estate sectors, with a focus on stable assets with strong long-term income potential.
About Hines Global Income Trust
Hines Global Income Trust, Inc. is a public, non-listed real estate investment trust sponsored by Hines. It commenced operations in 2014 and invests in commercial real estate investments located in the United States and internationally.
Hines is a privately owned global real estate investment firm founded in 1957 with a presence in 285 cities in 28 countries. Hines oversees investment assets under management totaling approximately $90.3 billion¹. In addition, Hines provides third-party property-level services to 373 properties totaling 114.2 million square feet. Historically, Hines has developed, redeveloped or acquired approximately 1,530 properties, totaling over 511 million square feet. The firm currently has more than 198 developments underway around the world. With extensive experience in investments across the risk spectrum and all property types, and a foundational commitment to ESG, Hines is one of the largest and most-respected real estate organizations in the world.