REAL ESTATE INVESTMENT,MORTGAGE AND LENDING
MeridianLink | November 08, 2022
MeridianLink, Inc.® (NYSE: MLNK) today announced it has completed the acquisition of OpenClose™, a leading fintech provider of residential mortgage software solutions for banks, credit unions, and independent mortgage lenders. The acquisition will enable customers to deliver seamless digital lending experiences to consumers, while reducing costs and time to close. The deal will also support the continued market expansion of MeridianLink’s full system capabilities serving depository organizations.
MeridianLink is committed to ongoing innovation and will continue its investment in both the OpenClose (LenderAssist™) and MeridianLink® Mortgage (formerly known as LendingQB®) LOS solutions, giving customers more choices for award-winning digital lending offerings. The OpenClose and MeridianLink Mortgage workflow-driven solutions offer market-leading digital loan origination systems (LOS), point-of-sale (POS), product and pricing engine (PPE), and business intelligence (BI) functions, with easy access from any browser or mobile device.
“We are thrilled to welcome the OpenClose team to MeridianLink. Combining the strengths of our organizations is great for the industry as we further enable our customers to deliver fast, frictionless mortgage lending experiences, from application through closing, This acquisition ensures that all customers can be confident that they have a comprehensive, premier mortgage solution in whichever offering they choose and that we will continue to invest in both offerings as we evolve the products to incorporate the best capabilities of each.”
-Nicolaas Vlok, CEO of MeridianLink
As part of the integration, MeridianLink Mortgage customers will be able to access the OpenClose point-of-sale (POS) system, Consumer Assist™, providing a superior experience for borrowers. In addition, OpenClose LenderAssist customers will be able to leverage the MeridianLink PriceMyLoan product and pricing engine (PPE), offering richer pricing options and features like parallel mortgage insurance pricing, an integrated fee engine, and loan comparison reports.
Founded in 1999, OpenClose pioneered a SaaS-based lending automation software platform for the mortgage industry. Today, the company's comprehensive loan origination software helps customers cut the cost to manufacture loans while reducing processing and underwriting cycle times. For these reasons and more, OpenClose has experienced strong year-over-year growth as financial institutions invest in mortgage technology.
Since our founding, customers have validated our company’s capabilities by choosing our SaaS solutions time and time again. Now, after record growth over the last several years, we’re excited to reach more customers faster while still providing the best-in-class technology, team, and customer service to which our customers have become accustomed, I am confident that our innovative, talented, and dedicated team along with our industry-leading technology will thrive even further as part of MeridianLink,said JP Kelly, president of OpenClose.
MeridianLink® (NYSE: MLNK) is a leading provider of cloud-based software solutions for financial institutions, including banks, credit unions, mortgage lenders, specialty lending providers, and consumer reporting agencies. Headquartered in Costa Mesa, California, MeridianLink provides services to more than 1,900 customers, including a majority of the financial institutions on Forbes’ 2021 lists of America’s Best Credit Unions and Banks.
REAL ESTATE INVESTMENT
Anchor Health Propertiesc | September 27, 2022
StepStone Real Estate, the real estate arm of private markets investment firm StepStone Group Inc., has made a significant strategic equity investment in Anchor Health Properties (Anchor), a best-in-class owner, manager, and developer of healthcare real estate across the United States. The investment was made through a separate account managed by SRE on behalf of a large international pension fund client. As of June 30, 2022, SRE oversaw US$168 billion in global real estate capital allocations for its limited partners and clients. Anchor intends to utilize the investment to fund future platform growth, as well as to enhance its balance sheet and credit reserves. Anchor Health Properties continues to be the majority owner and managing member of the operating platform.
"The commitment of one of the world's largest institutional investors to partner with the Anchor platform will help us manage and accelerate future growth in the coming years, We are confident that Anchor and SRE share a similar cultural fit, long-term ownership mentality, appropriate risk-adjusted decision making, and a vision to facilitate best-in-class healthcare services through our healthcare facilities across the United States. We are excited for this next chapter of Anchor's growth as we continue to 'pursue better healthcare through real estate solutions' across our three major service lines."
-Ben Ochs, Anchor's Chief Executive Officer
James Schmid, the firm's Chief Investment Officer, noted, In early 2022, Anchor evaluated the potential to enhance the firm's corporate balance sheet and prepare for the next stage of platform growth. We had the opportunity to meet with a wide range of equity and debt capital investors across the globe and evaluate the potential to partner with strategic growth capital as we continue to expand our development, management, and investment reach and capabilities. We anticipate there will be increased investment and development opportunities in the coming months and years, and we are well positioned to take advantage to drive outsized returns for investors as those opportunities arise. Further, we are excited to benefit from SRE's insights into global capital flows and dynamic approaches to business execution.
John Waters, SRE Partner and Head of Investments added, We got to know Anchor while we were evaluating best-in-class partners with which to make a strategic investment in the US healthcare real estate sector. We believe that our recapitalization of Anchor will help them to achieve their growth objectives and significantly enhance their operating platform going forward.
Ted Flagg, Senior Managing Director for JLL Securities, facilitated a targeted investor process to help Anchor evaluate equity and debt options for a platform investment over the course of 2022. Mr. Flagg added, JLL Securities is pleased to have represented Anchor to find the right investor for long-term platform growth. After considering a meaningful number of different and attractive proposals from domestic and international investors, JLL worked with Anchor to determine the best strategic fit with a partner who shared a similar approach to investing, including a long-term investment mindset and a continued commitment to providing exceptional services for healthcare real estate.
Anchor Health Properties was advised on legal elements by Goodwin & Proctor LLP during the transaction process. SRE was advised by Latham & Watkins LLP. Jones Lang LaSalle Securities provided financial advisory services to Anchor Health Properties for the transaction.
About Anchor Health Properties
Anchor Health Properties is a national, full-service healthcare real estate development, management, and investment firm serving investors and health systems. Leveraging our collective experience and resources, our nimble, and thoughtful team of professionals develop and deliver tailored, client-specific solutions to respond to today's healthcare challenges – thinking outside the "medical office box." With more than $1.5B of completed development projects, nearly 9M square feet under management, and nearly $3B invested in stabilized healthcare facilities, Anchor continues to create a better healthcare experience for patients and a competitive edge for our clients. Anchor maintains multiple offices nationwide and features more than 100 professionals in its ranks. Healthcare today calls not only for new and more efficient ways of delivering healthcare services, but also a different kind of healthcare real estate company.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices | October 28, 2022
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices, a global residential real estate brokerage franchise network is pleased to announce its further expansion in the state of California, with the addition of Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Lifestyle Properties.
Located in Orange County California, the office is owned and operated by Adrian Hernandez. Hernandez has been in the real estate arena servicing clients nationwide and has reached over $200 million in sales volume. With a dynamic team of 15 agents, he brings an extensive amount of familiarity to the Southern California market. The company will service Orange County and the surrounding areas.
“Part of the reason living in Orange County is popular for homebuyers is that it is right between Los Angeles and San Diego. House hunters that have hybrid work in San Diego may want to narrow their search to Dana Point, as this sun-kissed community by the ocean is just under an hour away, We look forward to providing clients with a seamless home buying or home selling experience under the iconic Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices name.”
By joining the network, Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Lifestyle Properties agents gain access to Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices’ active referral and relocation networks, and its “FOREVER Cloud” technology suite, a powerful source for lead generation, marketing support, social media, video production/distribution and more.
The brand also provides an exclusive Luxury Collection marketing program for premier listings. Its Prestige Magazine showcases network members’ premium listings with a strong lineup of feature stories covering topics that appeal to high-end real estate clients.
The pandemic created an overheated real estate market in the past two years, Adrian and his team have proven their resilience and dedication as successful industry professionals and we are thrilled to welcome them to the brand,said Christy Budnick, CEO, Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices.
The company will be celebrating its grand opening with a cocktail event on December 7th. In attendance include the brand’s chairman, Gino Blefari, the Chamber of Commerce, and local industry colleagues.
Gino Blefari, chairman of Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices, welcomed Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Lifestyle Properties to the network. Adrian, together with his talented agents and staff, has built an exceptional brokerage and demonstrated a longstanding commitment to providing exceptional service to their buyers and sellers, We are committed to their continued growth and success, and we are proud to welcome them to the Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices global network,said Blefari.
About Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Lifestyle Properties
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Lifestyle Properties is a member of the Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices global residential real estate brokerage franchise network, assisting clients in Orange County California and surrounding areas. With its extensive market knowledge in commercial and residential transactions, it assists its clients in every step to guarantee a smooth and simple transition.
About Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices is a global residential real estate network with more than 50,000 real estate professionals and nearly 1,500 offices across 11 countries including, the U.S., Canada, Mexico, Europe, the Middle East, The Bahamas, and India. In 2021, the Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices global network represented more than $179.9 billion (USD) in real estate sales volume. The network, among the few organizations entrusted to use the world-renowned Berkshire Hathaway name, brings to the real estate market a definitive mark of trust, integrity, stability, and longevity.