REAL ESTATE TECHNOLOGY,REAL ESTATE INVESTMENT
CoStar Group | December 05, 2022
CoStar Group (NASDAQ: CSGP) – a leading provider of online real estate marketplaces, information, and analytics in the commercial and residential property markets – today announced the next steps in its integration of Homes.com and Homesnap.
This month CoStar Group relaunched Homes.com at the annual National Association of Realtors (NAR) conference held in Orlando. The new Homes.com is a more agent friendly real estate portal alternative. Home buyers can uniquely select an agent from a comprehensive directory of hundreds of thousands of agents based upon those agents’ experience and neighborhood expertise. The majority of home buyers work with an agent, and the new Homes.com uniquely empowers home buyers and their agents to collaborate throughout the home buying process on Homes.com for free. The Homes.com sales team conducted demonstrations of the new Homes.com for approximately 2,000 agents at the NAR conference. In anonymous surveys, those agents rated the new Homes.com a 9.6 on a scale of 1 to 10. Given the overwhelmingly positive response to the new Homes.com, the company believes that the new Homes.com product strategy is a home run.
Today, CoStar Group took steps to combine and streamline the operations and functionality of Homes.com and Homesnap. David Mele, who led Homes.com for 7 years prior to its acquisition by CoStar Group in 2021, has been named President of the combined Homes.com and Homesnap organization. The company believes that the combined entity is now better positioned to efficiently achieve its goal of becoming the leading residential real estate portal.
Over the course of the next 12 months, CoStar Group expects to increase the net number of employees building Homes.com by 700 after today’s reorganization and headcount reduction of approximately 100 duplicative roles.
“CoStar Group is working to integrate the best of Homes.com with the best of Homesnap and Citysnap, We appreciate the hard work, dedication, and contributions from the entire Homes and Homesnap teams that have helped to grow our residential business. While this integration will unfortunately impact some of our employees, their work has been integral to creating a product that better serves the industry and our customers.”
-Andy Florance, Founder and Chief Executive Officer of CoStar Group
About CoStar Group, Inc.
CoStar Group, Inc. (NASDAQ: CSGP) a leading provider of online real estate marketplaces, information, and analytics in the commercial and residential property markets. Founded in 1987, CoStar conducts expansive, ongoing research to produce and maintain the largest and most comprehensive database of commercial real estate information. Our suite of online services enables clients to analyze, interpret and gain unmatched insight on commercial property values, market conditions and current availabilities. STR provides premium data benchmarking, analytics, and marketplace insights for the global hospitality industry. Ten-X provides a leading platform for conducting commercial real estate online auctions and negotiated bids. LoopNet is the most heavily trafficked commercial real estate marketplace online. Apartments.com, ApartmentFinder.com, ForRent.com, ApartmentHomeLiving.com, Westside Rentals, AFTER55.com, CorporateHousing.com, ForRentUniversity.com and Apartamentos.com form the premier online apartment resource for renters seeking great apartment homes and provide property managers and owners a proven platform for marketing their properties. Homesnap is an industry-leading online and mobile software platform that provides user-friendly applications to optimize residential real estate agent workflow and reinforce the agent-client relationship. Homes.com offers real estate professionals advertising and marketing services for residential properties. BureauxLocaux is one of the largest specialized property portals for buying and leasing commercial real estate in France. CoStar Group’s websites attract tens of millions of unique monthly visitors. Headquartered in Washington, DC, CoStar Group maintains offices throughout the U.S., Europe, Canada, and Asia.
HOME AND DESIGN,REAL ESTATE INVESTMENT
Wood Partners | December 02, 2022
Wood Partners, a leading national multifamily real estate developer, today announced the groundbreaking of its latest luxury residential community, Alta Firewheel, located in Garland, Texas. Currently under construction, Alta Firewheel is set to open in December 2023 with pre-leasing to begin in September 2023.
Alta Firewheel is the second Wood Partners project in the Garland submarket, following Alta Spring Creek that opened and sold in 2021. Located near the President George Bush Tollway, the community will offer an easy commute to major employment centers and high-density retail. Residents of Alta Firewheel will enjoy direct access to a myriad of dining, shopping, and entertainment options located at Firewheel Town Center, boasting more than one million square feet of retail space within walking distance of the community. Other major attractions include Lake Ray Hubbard, Firewheel Golf Park, Breckinridge Park and One Eleven Ranch Park.
"We are pleased to continue expanding our presence in the North Texas area with the groundbreaking of Alta Firewheel, Alta Firewheel will serve as the perfect community for young professionals looking to put down roots in the neighborhood and explore all that Garland has to offer. We aim to provide a comfortable and convenient home for our residents while also making a positive impact on the City of Garland."
-Ryan Miller, Managing Director for Wood Partners
Once complete, Alta Firewheel will offer 250 luxury apartment homes comprised of one-, two- and three-bedroom floor plans with many homes offering views of the natural landscape that runs adjacent to Rowlett Creek. Each home will be outfitted with top-of-the-line luxury interior finishes including granite countertops, stainless steel appliance packages, wood-style flooring and upgraded fixtures and pendant lighting. Additional luxury finishes include 42-inch cabinets with soft close drawers, programmable thermostats, private yards and in-unit washer and dryers.
Alta Firewheel will also provide its residents with best-in-class community amenities, including a resort style pool with tanning ledges, outdoor firepits, grilling areas, outdoor lawn spaces and an on-site dog park with a pet wash station. Inside the clubhouse, residents will be able to take advantage of a state-of-the-art fitness facility with advanced equipment and yoga capabilities, as well as ample lounge spaces for social gatherings and coworking.
In addition to the premiere retail and dining options located within minutes of the community, Alta Firewheel's prime location will also place residents in proximity to the city's two major employment hubs - City Line and the Telecom Corridor. Top employers in the area include State Farm Insurance, Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Texas, Genpact, GEICO, and Cisco Systems.
About Wood Partners
Wood Partners is a national leader in the development, construction, and management of multifamily communities across the United States. The company has been involved in the acquisition and development of nearly 90,000 conventional multifamily homes with a combined capitalization of $17.3 billion. The company currently owns more than 70 properties across the United States representing over 20,000 homes. Headquartered in Atlanta, Wood Partners has offices in 22 major markets across 15 states nationwide. The company also operates Wood Residential, an award-winning, full-service property management group that proudly operates both properties developed by Wood Partners and communities owned by third parties. For three years running, Wood Residential has ranked No. 1 nationally for online reputation in the J Turner ORA™ Power Rankings (Division III).
MARKET OUTLOOK,REAL ESTATE INVESTMENT
MLG Capital | January 11, 2023
MLG Capital, a frontrunner in diverse private real estate investments, recently announced that its acquisitions in 2022 topped $1.2 billion, setting another company record.
Notably, the company's first year with $1 billion in asset acquisitions was 2021. It also continued to achieve success over the past year by acquiring 1.8 million square feet of commercial space in over 7,100 multifamily apartment units and 14 states.
MLG announced its sixth diversified fund in May 2022, aiming to raise $400 million in equity. The company's latest product, MLG Legacy Fund, also witnessed significant growth. With only two years since its establishment, the fund has already amassed over $700,000,000 in property holdings.
MLG's achievements also led to national and regional recognition in 2022. For two years in a row, Inc. 5000 named it as one of the fastest-growing private companies in the United States.
Additionally, GlobeSt. Real Estate Forum has named the company a Multifamily Influencer while Milwaukee Business Journal has named it one of Milwaukee's 'Best Places to Work'. Individual employees also earned distinctions, including Rising Star by Multi-Housing, News Woman of Influence by GlobeSt. Real Estate Forum, and so on.
Senior Vice President of MLG Capital, David Binder, said, "MLG has invested in over $5.6 billion of transactions, which is the total of sold assets and the estimated current value of current investments as of Q3 2022. This figure represents approximately 39.5 million square feet of assets, inclusive of more than 33,900 multifamily apartment units across the country, further strengthening our diverse portfolio and positioning us as a leader in the industry." He also said, "Paramount to our growth and successes this past year is the strong support and trust from our valued investor and deal partners across the country. As we look ahead to 2023, we will continue to focus on finding smart real estate deals across the country by working with best-in-class deal partners, with a dedication to transparency, absolute integrity and making a difference while making a living."
About MLG Capital
MLG Capital is a private equity investment firm and direct real estate operator. Its primary goal is to increase the value of its clients' holdings. Investors around the United States trust the company because of its solid reputation and track record of positive returns, built up over 35 years of business. The current department portfolio includes more than 33,900 apartment units. Investing with MLG Capital, the investors relish tax efficiency, prioritized returns and geographic, asset type and real estate manager diversifications.