REAL ESTATE INVESTMENT
RealPage | October 03, 2022
RealPage, a leading global provider of software and data analytics to the real estate industry, announced today that it has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire Knock® CRM (Knock), a provider of leading customer relationship management (CRM) and front office technology in the multifamily industry. This strategic acquisition combines Knock’s suite of products with RealPage’s deep expertise in AI, yield management and smart property management solutions.
Together, RealPage and Knock will create a next-generation operating platform to maximize net operating income (NOI) for the multifamily sector’s multi-trillion dollar asset class. The transaction is subject to customary closing conditions and is expected to close in the coming days. Financial terms were not disclosed.
“Acquiring Knock accelerates our strategy to deliver a next-generation front office platform that supports centralized leasing, Today's market conditions are driving property owners and operators to rethink operations to drive efficiency. Together with Knock, RealPage will meet our customers' needs with a connected platform that enables an AI-driven virtual operating model.”
- Dana Jones, CEO of RealPage
Founded in 2014, Knock has scaled its core CRM product to serve millions of apartment units across North America with the leading integrated suite of front office technology, providing multifamily owners and operators the capabilities they need to acquire and retain residents more profitably. Knock’s API-first platform integrates easily into any property management system (PMS) and will maintain this flexibility as it becomes part of RealPage’s open, PMS-agnostic front office platform.
RealPage and Knock share an identical vision for a truly connected and intelligent front office. Together we will realize this vision faster, and the combination will enable us to go even further on our commitment to delivering both the technology and customer service our customers need to offer a best-in-class prospect-to-resident experience, said Demetri Themelis, CEO and co-founder of Knock.
This is as much about the team as it is the technology, There’s a reason Knock has such a tremendous reputation in multifamily. We’re excited to begin working together as one team to drive greater value and the best possible experience for our customers,added Jones.
RealPage provides a technology platform that enables real estate owners and managers to change how people experience and use rental space. Clients use the platform to gain transparency into asset performance, leverage data insights and monetize space to create incremental yields. Founded in 1998, and headquartered in Richardson, Texas, RealPage is backed by private equity investment firm Thoma Bravo. RealPage currently serves over 22 million units worldwide from offices in North America, South America, Europe, and Asia.
Knock offers an integrated suite of front office technology that provides multifamily owners and operators with the capabilities they need to more profitably acquire and retain high-value, long-term residents. Knock CRM empowers leasing teams with tools to accelerate successful leasing and renewal outcomes, provides marketers the data to optimize spend, and ensures executives have the business intelligence and insights needed to outperform their competitors. Founded in 2014, and headquartered in Seattle, Washington, Knock proudly serves millions of units operated by the fastest-growing management organizations in multifamily. It is regularly named as one of the fastest growing companies in America as well as one of the Best Places to Work in Seattle.
REAL ESTATE TECHNOLOGY, REAL ESTATE INVESTMENT
CHERRE and DEALPATH | September 28, 2022
Cherre, the leading data integration and insights platform, today announced a brand new data partnership with Dealpath, the industry’s most trusted, purpose-built real estate platform, empowering hundreds of today’s leading institutions such as Blackstone, AEW, Oxford Properties, Nuveen, Principal Real Estate, and Bridge Investment Group to invest digitally in the built world. This news comes on the heels of Dealpath’s momentous $43M Series C round led by Morgan Stanley Expansion Capital with participation from key existing investors including Blackstone, 8VC, JLL, Nasdaq Ventures, and GreenSoil PropTech Ventures.
"Understanding granular details associated with investment pipeline and portfolio analytics is critical for institutional investors to deliver optimal, risk-adjusted returns, Integrating Dealpath’s unmatched investment pipeline as well as portfolio management data into Cherre enables mutual customers to maximize the information edge and glean critical data driven insights."
-L.D. Salmanson, CEO & Co-Founder, Cherre
Through this collaboration, top CRE investment management firms leveraging Dealpath will be able to pull their pipeline and deals data into Cherre’s market-leading platform. This will enable deeper visibility and insights that drive core investment strategies, underwriting and performance. As the integration continues to evolve, shared customers will be able to access property, market, and other important contextual data about assets in the acquisition pipeline.
Cherre's award-winning platform seamlessly connects disparate real estate data, enabling its customers to automate workflows, in addition to building out predictive analytics. With Cherre, customers can evaluate opportunities and trends faster as well as more accurately, while saving millions of dollars within the manual data collection and analytics costs.
Dealpath couldn’t be more excited to partner with Cherre to enable the industry to best leverage data that powers more informed and accurate investment and underwriting decisions, Our team designed Dealpath as an open platform that easily interacts and integrates with other key market-leading digital tools in today’s modern real estate tech stack. Cherre was a given. Our customers will be able to connect real-time deal pipeline and portfolio data with critical public, private & data to gain deeper insight,said Mike Sroka, CEO and Co-Founder, Dealpath.
From pipeline through portfolio management, Dealpath serves as the investment command center, the single source of truth that provides vetted, real-time deal information, together with associated files and tasks, fueling data-driven analysis as well as decisions to achieve optimal, risk-adjusted returns. To date, Dealpath has supported more than $10T in transactions globally. Safeguarded with an institutional-level security in compliance with SOC 2 Type 2 Dealpath enables investment managers to operate at scale with speed and precision by providing easy access to data and effective internal and external collaboration across teams, partners, and vendors. With off-the-shelf efficiency and ease-of-use it enables cross-functional teams to engage seamlessly with centralized data that updates in real-time from anywhere, flexible in configurability to meet your preferences.
It is great to see two leading CRE vendors come together to deliver cohesive digital platforms to the commercial real estate industry. We need more partnerships like this between top solution providers to continue to advance the conversation and innovation in our industry, a global consulting firm to the alternative investments industry that has worked closely with both Dealpath and Cherre on data integrations,said Naseem Wenzel, Executive Director and Head of Real Assets North America at Lionpoint Group LLC
Cherre provides investors, insurers, real estate advisors, and other large enterprises with a platform to collect, resolve, and augment real estate data from hundreds of thousands of public, private, and internal sources. By providing a unique "single source of truth," Cherre empowers customers to evaluate opportunities and trends faster and more accurately, while saving millions of dollars in manual data collection and analytics costs. Cherre launched in 2016 and is located in New York City.
Dealpath is real estate’s most trusted cloud-based investment management platform, providing real-time access to vetted, secure and up-to-date investment data to empower collaboration, strategic and predictive decisions. Investment as well as development firms leverage Dealpath as their command center for smart pipeline tracking, powerful deal analytics and collaborative workflows, driving maximum performance from pipeline through portfolio management. Founded in 2014, Dealpath’s supported over $10 trillion in transactions with leading institutions across the globe.
REAL ESTATE TECHNOLOGY
Blueground and Tabas | November 18, 2022
Blueground, a PropTech scaleup offering a turnkey, flexible housing solution for renters globally, announces today it entered into agreement to acquire Brazilian PropTech startup, Tabas. Marking the first acquisition in Blueground’s nearly 10-year history, the company will soon acquire Tabas after leading Tabas’ $14 million Series A funding round earlier this year. Tabas is the largest operator of designer-quality furnished apartments for 30 days or more in São Paulo, Rio de Janeiro, and Brazilia. The acquisition, which is expected to close in early Q1 2023, enables Blueground to enter the Latin American market, and fuel the increased demand for furnished, flexible rentals in the region. Together Blueground and Tabas will launch Mexico City in early 2023.
During the period between now and close, the two companies will continue to operate independently and will gradually integrate over the next year. The combined organization will have a presence in 29 cities across 16 countries, employing over 1,000 people. Based on current financial projections, the joint entity is projected to generate ~650M in 2023.
Blueground is the largest turnkey property rental company in the 30+ day sector. It has a network of 9,500 move-in-ready, expertly-designed homes enabling people to flexibly live wherever they choose. The company was co-founded by CEO Alex Chatzieleftheriou in 2013, who, after many years as a business consultant, had experienced first-hand the pain points of living out of hotels for work for months at a time. He aspired to create a seamless way for people to freely move between neighborhoods, cities, and countries around the world.
Blueground currently works with over 4,700 landlords globally, guaranteeing them rental income while providing expert property management and maintenance services at scale. The acquisition of Tabas will allow Blueground to grow its network faster, supporting its goals of 40,000 apartments across 50 cities by 2025, and add more location options for its client base.
“We’ve had our sights set on Latin America for quite some time, as we see huge market potential for furnished and flexible rentals, Since our first investment in Tabas last year, we’ve developed immense respect for the Tabas team and what they’ve built in Brazil. With our best-in-class technology and our expertise in scaling the business, we'll continue to expand and offer the option for a flexible lifestyle in more markets globally.”
-Alex Chatzieleftheriou, CEO and Co-founder, Blueground
Founded in May 2020, Tabas was born out of the founders’ frustration with the lack of flexible, fully furnished rentals for mid- to long-term stays. Tabas now has over 1,000 apartments in three cities in Brazil - São Paulo, Rio de Janeiro, and Brazilia, raising over $20 million in funding prior to the acquisition. As the first project post-acquisition, Tabas will offer its knowledge and understanding of the market to support the launch of Blueground in Mexico City in early 2023, marking Blueground’s 30th city, and 11th in the last 12 months.
Tabas and Blueground’s visions are fully aligned and together we can create even more value for our guests, our landlords and the Tabas team, This acquisition is yet another success story for Brazilian proptech companies. We're proud of the work we’ve done to get us this far; now it’s time to take it to the next level and continue bringing the turn-key, flexible rental living concept across Latin America,said Leonardo Morgatto, Co-founder and CEO, Tabas.
The pandemic gave rise to new work environments, enabling people to explore the world and forgo traditional long-term leases for flexible rentals. To keep up with the growing demand, Blueground has doubled its supply of apartments in the last year.
The acquisition is subject to standard closing conditions, including regulatory approvals.
Blueground is a global PropTech company that operates a curated network of thousands of quality, turnkey homes in sought-after neighborhoods around the globe, making them available for stays of a month or longer. Blueground’s tech-enabled platform provides a fully digitized experience; from viewing and booking available apartments within minutes to managing the entire stay through the Blueground Guest App. Blueground is headquartered in New York City, with a portfolio of thousands of apartments in 26 cities worldwide including in New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Boston, Chicago, Washington D.C., Denver, Seattle, Austin, Miami, Dubai, Istanbul, Paris, London, Vienna, Zurich, Berlin, Madrid, Barcelona, Lisbon, Basel, Luxembourg, Copenhagen, Hong Kong, Singapore, and Athens. Blueground plans to expand to 50 cities by 2025.
Tabas is a Brazilian real estate technology startup providing beautifully-designed fully-furnished apartments for flexible stay. Founded in early 2020, it already has more than 1,000 apartments in its portfolio, in the cities of São Paulo, Rio de Janeiro and Brasília, all located in upscale neighborhoods, equipped and decorated with sophistication. With unprecedented flexibility for the Brazilian market regarding rental contracts, the company works with terms starting from 30 days of rent, guaranteeing the property maintenance to the owners and uncomplicated and well assisted reservations to the tenants.