iBuyer startup Perch lands $220 million capital investment

FirstMark Capital | April 03, 2019

Perch, an online platform for home buying and selling, announced this week that it raised $220 million in funding to fuel its plans for continued expansion. The funding round includes $200 million in debt that was led by FirstMark Capital with help from Accomplice and Juxtapose, plus $20 million in equity. The company which launched early last year in San Antonio and has since expanded to Dallas-Fort Worth is part of a rising category of companies called iBuyers, which seek to simplify the home buying and selling process by creating a completely digital transaction that puts consumers in control.

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Post Properties, Inc. (NYSE:PPS) and Post HOPE Foundation, Inc., announced today their partnership with Junior Achievement (JA) of Georgia to provide a dynamic learning experience that will enhance metro Atlanta students’ financial literacy and build skills for personal and professional success.

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Post Properties, Inc. (NYSE:PPS) and Post HOPE Foundation, Inc., announced today their partnership with Junior Achievement (JA) of Georgia to provide a dynamic learning experience that will enhance metro Atlanta students’ financial literacy and build skills for personal and professional success.

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HappyCo | November 03, 2022

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CoStar Group | November 15, 2022

CoStar Group, Inc. (NASDAQ: CSGP), a leading provider of online real estate marketplaces, information and analytics in the commercial and residential property markets, has launched LoopNet, the world’s largest commercial property marketplace, in the UK market. The launch marks the creation of the world’s first international commercial real estate online marketplace, allowing tenants, brokers and investors to access properties available for sale and lease across multiple countries on a single platform. Prior to its launch in the UK, LoopNet marketed exclusively US and Canadian commercial properties to an international community of buyers and tenants. The integration of tens of thousands of UK property listings into the marketplace will unlock global access to the UK commercial real estate market, worth an estimated £1.5 trillion, benefitting brokers, investors, would-be occupiers, and owners of commercial real estate. With over 11m monthly unique visitors, LoopNet will provide UK users with unprecedented exposure to potential investors and tenants, significantly broadening the reach of every listing by successfully capturing relevant local and global audiences. Used by 93% of Fortune 100 companies, LoopNet has made significant investment into Google search engine marketing (SEM) as well as other types of marketing, resulting in superior volumes of traffic to the platform and more efficient outcomes for the end-user. Prior to the launch of LoopNet, the UK market was served by Realla, a CoStar Group company and the UK’s leading dedicated commercial property marketplace, which has now been integrated into LoopNet, unlocking access to additional pools of capital, a greater number of listings and a high-quality international audience. 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Hallmark Home Mortgage | November 07, 2022

Hallmark Home Mortgage, a Fort Wayne, Indiana-based independent residential mortgage lender, has completed the acquisition of a well-established team of mortgage bankers. The move will expand its residential lending services to include Colorado, Georgia, Kansas, Louisiana, Missouri, South Carolina and Texas; representing a strategic milestone for the organization. "I am pleased to welcome this talented team of more than 60 mortgage professionals, Hallmark is now positioned to become one of the nation's top 100 residential mortgage lenders. This increased productivity will create new employment opportunities at the corporate headquarters in Fort Wayne." -Deborah Sturges Chief Executive Officer and Founder at Hallmark Home Mortgage This is a tremendous opportunity, The team brings a strong lending and scalable presence in their current markets and shares the same passion as Hallmark for delivering a superior customer experience,noted Hallmark Home Mortgage Executive Vice President/Division Manager Mark Etchison. Marc Wadman will continue to direct the newly acquired team as Senior Vice President/Regional Manager. Hallmark is known for its continued strong leadership and team support within the mortgage industry, It became evident after discussions with the Hallmark executive leadership team that this was the ideal fit for our associates and clients,Wadman added. With rising inflation and mortgage rates climbing, workforce capacity has had to be adjusted for many mortgage lenders. Hallmark, however, continues to successfully execute against its strategic growth plan by focusing on its Realtors®, referral partners and past clients. About Hallmark Home Mortgage Fort Wayne, Indiana-based Hallmark Home Mortgage was founded in 2007 by Deborah Sturges. Driven by her strong passion for providing home finance solutions backed by a tradition of service, the company continues to impact the communities and the employees it serves. Whether a first-time home buyer or experienced homeowner, Hallmark offers the perfect combination of digital technology and human touch to ensure that every customer experience is tailored to fit their individual needs.

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