Indiana suspends real estate licenses of founders of Inc. 5000 firm Prime Real Estate

Lifstyl Real Estate | September 29, 2019

The state of Indiana suspended the real estate licenses of Joshua Lybolt and Magdalena Lybolt, who co-founded Prime Real Estate in Crown Point, which was recently recognized by Inc. Magazine as one of the fastest-growing privately owned businesses in the country for three years in a row. The Lybolts rebranded the company as Lifstyl Real Estate last year and relocated to Colorado, though the company continued to maintain offices in Crown Point, Schererville and Valparaiso.

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Urban populations are growing faster than ever and there’s no sign of them slowing down in the future. Urbanization – or the shift in populations from rural to urban areas – is no longer an emerging trend; it’s now the new normal. With a finite amount of land and space available in cities and the rising cost of city living, developers and city planners need to be innovative in the way they consider space in urban areas.

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Fathom Realty Launches intelliAgent 2.0

Fathom Realty | January 27, 2022

Fathom Realty LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Fathom Holdings Inc. (Nasdaq: FTHM), a national, technology-driven, end-to-end real estate services platform integrating residential brokerage, mortgage, title, insurance, and SaaS offerings for brokerages and agents, today introduced intelliAgent 2.0, the Company's next-generation proprietary, all-in-one technology platform designed to simplify all aspects of brokerage operations and agent transaction management. Accessible anytime, anywhere and on any device, intelliAgent 2.0. features an enhanced CRM system that intuitively allows agents to better serve existing and prospective clients, as well as a host of new marketing resources for building and customizing personalized websites, sending video messages and launching multiplatform marketing campaigns. With the rollout of intelliAgent 2.0, we are excited to bring our agents powerful new tools to compete effectively in today's market. Our wholly owned and fully integrated technology platform offers levels of customization unmatched by our peers, with advanced tools that were previously too expensive or out of reach for most agents, We believe that our platform will attract more agents who are looking for the industry's best and most advanced technology, while also wanting to reduce their fees in order to invest more capital into their marketing to further grow their sales." Josh Harley, Fathom Holdings' founder and CEO. The new intelliAgent 2.0 platform also allows agents to create customized hyperlocal property market reports and neighborhood information through Fathom's technology platform LiveBy Local™, which can be shared with agents' clients and downloaded for display packets and open houses, as well as used to capture sales leads through dedicated, digital links. Available free for all Fathom Realty agents, intelliAgent 2.0 will go live on February 9, 2022. Other key features include: New and improved dashboard for easy navigation and management of daily business activities, active transactions, commissions earned, marketing campaigns, among other platform functionalities. Fully updated CRM system that can easily import new contacts, allow users to schedule tasks, send emails, SMS and video messages. Ability to create, manage and track customized marketing campaigns using social media, email, text and video messaging. Robust marketing resource center that features hundreds of digital marketing designs, outdoor signage and branded materials for all promotion and property management needs. Lead generation and capture tools linked to personalized websites, social media and other platforms. Direct access to Fathom Academy, the Company's new enterprise-wide learning management system. We are thrilled to be able to deliver this powerful new platform to our Fathom agents, The entire intelliAgent team has worked tirelessly to make this product the end-to-end solution that agents need to accelerate the growth of their business. The integration of websites, CRM, marketing, transaction and document management is truly special and takes the intelliAgent product to a new level." Grady Ligon, CIO at intelliAgent. With the rollout of intelliAgent 2.0, we now have everything we need in place to better serve our own agents, as well as begin to take the next steps necessary to license our platform to large teams and small- to medium-sized brokerages, while still giving a technological advantage to those agents who join Fathom Realty directly, It is our desire to help other companies thrive, and not just survive. There are nearly 1.6 million REALTORS® and 86,000 brokerages in the United States, and we fully recognize that not all of them can or will join Fathom. With our technology platform, we believe we can significantly accelerate the growth of our total base of agents by white labeling our platform, in addition to our current recruiting and acquisition strategy." Josh Harley About Fathom Realty LLC Fathom Realty, a wholly owned subsidiary of Fathom Holdings Inc., is a national, cloud-based, real estate brokerage powered by intelliAgent, a proprietary technology platform that simplifies agent transaction management. The Company currently operates in 34 states and the District of Columbia with more than 7,500 agents, who earn higher incomes through Fathom's transaction fee compensation model, plus the ability to offer their clients a host of related services, from title insurance to arranging mortgages, and in some states, homeowner's insurance. Fathom agents also earn stock grants from the Company's publicly traded parent. Fathom Realty is the ninth largest independent firm in the country as ranked by the 2020 Real Trends 500 Ranking Report.

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GP Strategies Decreases Real Estate Expenses as they Make a Permanent Shift to Increased Remote Work

prnewswire | October 14, 2020

Global workforce transformation solutions provider GP Strategies Corporation reported today it has entered into an amendment to the lease for its headquarters facility in Columbia, Maryland that, effective January 1, 2021, will reduce its space by approximately 22,000 square feet and reduce its rental expense for this office by approximately $750,000 per year. This amendment is part of a global reevaluation of real estate needs, which has resulted in strategic decisions on lease consolidations and office closures over the past year. These actions are expected to result in approximately $2.0M of annual savings in facility expenses for the Company in 2021 compared to 2020.

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Starwood Increases Offer to Acquire Monmouth Real Estate Investment Corp. to Net Consideration of $19.20 Per Share in Cash

Starwood Real Estate Income Trust, Inc | August 19, 2021

Starwood Real Estate Income Trust, Inc., an affiliate of Starwood Capital Group, a leading global private investment firm focused on real estate and energy investments, today submitted an enhanced all-cash, fully financed, fully actionable proposal to acquire Monmouth Real Estate Investment Corporation for $19.93 per Monmouth share reduced by the termination fee owed to Equity Commonwealth ("EQC") of $72 million or $0.73 per share. Starwood’s enhanced proposal would provide net consideration of $19.20 per share to Monmouth shareholders after payment of the EQC termination fee, which was increased by $10 million by the Monmouth Board on August 16, 2021. Starwood’s proposal offers Monmouth shareholders a premium to EQC’s revised offer with 100% cash-certain value (versus EQC’s offer, where approximately 35% of the aggregate consideration would be paid out in cash1), and does not subject Monmouth shareholders to the uncertain and unsubstantiated future value creation from the EQC transaction, which is already worth less to shareholders given the decline in EQC shares since its revised proposal was announced. Ethan Bing, Managing Director of Starwood, said, "Our increased all-cash offer is superior to EQC’s revised proposal given the higher certain value that is not exposed to market risk or dependent upon unproven execution. The EQC offer requires Monmouth shareholders to forego the certainty of our higher cash offer in exchange for speculative value creation from a merged entity with no synergies and no obvious competitive advantages in the highly competitive industrial sector where EQC has not actively participated.” Bing added, “The Monmouth Board, whose initial process was led by a strategic alternatives committee that ISS rightly criticized as ‘not fully independent,’ appears committed to the interests of Monmouth insiders rather than its fiduciary duty to maximize value for all Monmouth shareholders. The Monmouth Board’s decision to increase the termination fee for EQC, without having engaged in a single conversation with a committed all-cash bidder already at a significant premium to EQC, is yet another disappointing breach of faith to its shareholders – a clear effort to protect EQC from competing bidders willing to offer superior and more certain value to Monmouth shareholders. In contrast, Starwood has not raised its termination fee in connection with its revised offer.” Bing concluded, “We stand ready to sign the already-negotiated merger agreement with Monmouth. We urge the Monmouth Board to act in the best interest of all its shareholders by immediately declaring our increased offer superior, foregoing any future actions which would deprive shareholders from realizing maximum value, and proceeding quickly to finalize our proposed transaction for the benefit all Monmouth shareholders.” About Starwood Capital Group Starwood Capital Group is a private investment firm with a core focus on global real estate, energy infrastructure and oil & gas. The Firm and its affiliates maintain 16 offices in seven countries around the world, and currently have approximately 4,000 employees. Since its inception in 1991, Starwood Capital Group has raised over $60 billion of capital, and currently has approximately $90 billion of assets under management. Through a series of comingled opportunity funds and Starwood Real Estate Income Trust, Inc. a non-listed REIT, the Firm has invested in virtually every category of real estate on a global basis, opportunistically shifting asset classes, geographies and positions in the capital stack as it perceives risk/reward dynamics to be evolving. Starwood Capital also manages Starwood Property Trust, the largest commercial mortgage real estate investment trust in the United States, which has successfully deployed over $69 billion of capital since inception and manages a portfolio of over $18 billion across debt and equity investments. Over the past 29 years, Starwood Capital Group and its affiliates have successfully executed an investment strategy that involves building enterprises in both the private and public markets

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