REAL ESTATE TECHNOLOGY
Anurag Khadkikar | July 29, 2021
Lev, the leading online commercial real estate finance transaction platform, announced a $30 million Series A investment led by Greenspring, with participation from First American Financial. In addition, existing investors such as NFX, Canaan Partners, JLL Spark, Animo Ventures, and Ludlow Ventures participated in the round. The amount raised is one of the largest in the commercial real estate (CRE) financing space to date, and it will help Lev's mission of assisting CRE investors in obtaining the best financing for their properties by combining the collective knowledge of Lev's expert team with hundreds of millions of data points.
The funds raised will be utilized mainly to expand Lev's team, both at their New York City headquarters, Miami R&D center, and Los Angeles outpost, as well as via remote positions. In addition, continued investments in product development and service expansion will be made. Lev closed about $100 million in loans in its first year of operations in 2020 and is expected to close more than $1 billion in 2021.
Lev is a full-stack transaction platform for the commercial real estate investment lifecycle, from analysis, financing, and closing through monitoring, servicing, and, when the time comes, disposition. Lev products are developed in-house by a team of experts that combine their knowledge of capital markets with cutting-edge technology, processing a huge amount of loan data through custom machine-learning software to manage even the most complicated transactions.
Lev products are developed in-house by a team of experts that combine their knowledge of capital markets with cutting-edge technology, processing a huge amount of loan data through custom machine-learning software to manage even the most complicated transactions.
Lev assists commercial real estate owners and investors in obtaining the best financing possible for their properties. Lev's capital markets experts use machine learning technologies to analyze your portfolio better, find the appropriate lender for each transaction, and close deals fast while keeping clients informed at all times. Lev, founded in 2019 and based in New York City's SoHo area, transacts across all asset types throughout the country.
REAL ESTATE INVESTMENT
Lloyds Auctioneers & Valuers Pty Ltd | October 11, 2021
The innovative online auction house is proving to be a disruptor in yet another market, with the combination of properties starting at just $1, a gazump-free guarantee and accepting all forms of payment including cryptocurrency, Lloyds is challenging the traditional real estate model.
Throughout COVID lockdowns this veteran auction house has used high quality audio/visual walkthroughs of each property along with millions of items sold, to morph itself over the last 5 years into a digital disruptor of over a dozen different verticals including art, classic cars, diamonds, NFT's and earthmoving machinery.
The Lloyds Auctions platform operates with a combination of live on-site bidding, online bidding, phone bidding and absentee bidding that all simultaneously combine to create the same live auction experience, and for bidders unable to attend physically Lloyds live streams a multi-camera simulcast production worldwide.
The use of cryptocurrency as a payment method is becoming more commonly used for purchases as confidence surrounding cryptocurrency gets stronger. This opens up our platform to a whole new audience who otherwise might not have been interested in purchasing property, This is an online auction first and we are extremely excited to offer this new technology to our ever growing worldwide clientele base expanding our company into a new division in a way that no other auction house has done before.
- Lee Hames, Chief Operating Officer for Lloyds Auctioneers and Valuers.
The first online property auctions were launched 3 days ago with millions of dollars of bids already received it looks like bidders are more than comfortable with this new online real estate model.
REAL ESTATE INVESTMENT
Standard Real Estate Investments | September 21, 2021
Standard Real Estate Investments, LP , a minority-owned real estate private equity firm focused on providing joint venture equity to developers, has formed a strategic investment program with Belay Investment Group, LLC (Belay).
We are proud to be aligned with Belay. They are a thoughtful, experienced team that shares our vision for how commercial investment actions can affect positive social change. Only two percent of professionally managed real estate is managed by minorities or women. This needs to change. Standard is just one part of a broader mobilization across the industry working to make it happen.
- Jerome Nichols, President of Standard
The investment program will leverage Standard's expertise in development to invest joint venture equity in ground-up projects nationwide, across asset types with emerging regional and local experts that have unique access to deal flow.
As part of its investment program with Belay, Standard recently closed on an investment in a 244-unit multifamily development project located at 75 West 18th Street in Downtown Indianapolis, IN. The 2.1-acre site is located within walking distance of the expanding Indiana University Health Methodist Hospital. The Developer is Arrow Street Development, an Indianapolis-based, emerging, minority-owned development company led by industry veteran, Rodney Byrnes.
Belay is an investment manager focused on the deployment of institutional capital through strategic partnerships with emerging managers and market sector specialists across a variety of value-add strategies and property types. The firm's strong fiduciary culture and track record are matched only by its commitment to manifesting social and environmental progress through the investments it makes. Current ESG strategies include investments in adaptive re-use of former big box retail space, workforce housing featuring on-site social programming initiatives designed to educate and empower its lower-to-middle class tenant base, and a multifamily debt portfolio curated with an eye towards bolstering the supply of attainable housing, while narrowing the affordability gap in Southern California.
Belay's collaborative culture is a great fit with our long-term plans and will be an asset to our platform. In the end, we will measure our success based on the performance of our investments and the impact we have in helping to increase diversity and inclusion in commercial real estate.
- Robert Jue, Chief Executive Officer of Standard.
About Standard Real Estate Investments
Founded by Robert Jue and Jerome Nichols, Standard Real Estate Investments (Standard) is a minority-owned and controlled real estate private equity firm that manages capital on behalf of institutions and allocates joint venture equity to developers. The firm operates nationally across property sectors and risk profiles with an initial focus on the development of market rate attainable housing while also accelerating positive socio-environmental impact. The leadership team at Standard has invested in assets valued at $7 billion in total.
About Belay Investment Group
Belay Investment Group, LLC is a majority woman-owned Los Angeles-based investment management firm that pursues debt and equity investment opportunities, primarily middle-market infill properties in urban/suburban transit hub markets, on behalf of its institutional investors. Belay implements its investment strategies through long-term relationships with high caliber, local operating partners and sector specialists. The firm has earned a reputation in the industry for supporting the growth and development of operators and emerging managers (including MWBE firms), beyond providing investment capital.