Mortgage Tech Rundown: HomeLight, Asurity, and Homebot

HomeLight | September 13, 2019

HomeLight has partnered with residential sale-leaseback company EasyKnock to bring American homeowners more options when leveraging their home equity. The company explained in a press release that its agent matching technology will now be available to EasyKnock homeowners. Additionally, through the partnership, EasyKnock will offer HomeLight’s customers access to its Sell and Stay program, as well as its MoveAbility program.

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U.S. commercial property and farmland are real assets that offer diversification for stock-bond portfolios. But their diversifying power is driven by different forces making them diversifiers for each other as well. Property is largely driven by domestic forces while farmland is influenced by global markets largely denominated in dollars.

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U.S. commercial property and farmland are real assets that offer diversification for stock-bond portfolios. But their diversifying power is driven by different forces making them diversifiers for each other as well. Property is largely driven by domestic forces while farmland is influenced by global markets largely denominated in dollars.

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REAL ESTATE TECHNOLOGY

Measurabl Acquires WegoWise, Unlocks Utility Data Access and Expands ESG Tech to Residential Real Estate

WegoWise and Measurabl | September 02, 2022

Measurabl, the world’s most widely adopted ESG technology platform for real estate, today announced its acquisition of WegoWise, a software platform for utility data automation and residential real estate from AppFolio, Inc., a leading provider of cloud business management solutions for the real estate industry. As a result of the acquisition, Measurabl will consolidate a mature, scaled utility automation backbone and residential real estate software application into its overall ESG platform, eliminating barriers to accessing utility data while authentically serving the rapidly emerging ESG needs of single- and multi-family real estate. The acquisition is Measurabl’s second this year, following the April acquisition of Hatch Data. Until now, most utility data acquisition required a mixture of third-party technologies and service providers. WegoWise radically alters this dynamic with its proprietary utility automation infrastructure, which unlocks unique business and product innovation opportunities for Measurabl’s customers and partners while also further extending Measurabl’s leading position in ESG services to all asset classes from commercial to residential. “Our product vision is to deliver ESG solutions for every real estate stakeholder from owners to lenders, occupiers to residents from meter to market, This is another major step in delivering on our expansive vision of removing barriers to sustainability data and making it accessible across the entire real estate industry.” -Matt Ellis, CEO and Founder of Measurabl Over the last several years, WegoWise has been vital in not only determining the multiplication of energy and water savings we have been able to achieve over our portfolio of communities, but in easily communicating that savings to our clients and residents, Now that WegoWise is part of Measurabl, we’re excited to have access to a more expansive, market-leading ESG toolkit that can help us bolster our ESG program even further,said Elizabeth Merzigian, Sustainability Manager at Peabody Properties, Inc. WegoWise enjoys particular success in multifamily real estate and affordable housing, for which it developed nuanced product capabilities to automate utility data collection, benchmark assets and residential units, and support U.S. regulatory reporting. WegoWise’s customer base of over 650 customers is entirely additive to Measurabl’s already globally leading solution adopted across over 13 billion square feet of commercial real estate in 90 countries. About WegoWise WegoWise is utility data management and analytics software for real estate. The company was founded in 2010 in Boston. It quickly found success in the multifamily segment, for which it developed nuanced product capabilities to automate utility data collection, perform benchmarking and support local U.S. regulatory compliance reporting including the Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae green loan programs. About Measurabl Measurabl is the world’s most widely adopted ESG (environmental, social, governance) technology solution for real estate. Customers use Measurabl to measure, manage, report and act on ESG data on more than 13 billion square feet of commercial real estate across 90 countries valued in excess of $2 trillion. Measurabl empowers customers to optimize ESG performance, assess exposure to physical climate risk, drive decarbonization and secure sustainable finance opportunities.

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BUYING/SELLING

Own Up and Realtor.com® Join Forces to Streamline the Home Buying Process

Own Up and Realtor.com | September 01, 2022

Own Up, a digital mortgage shopping service, today announced a commercial relationship with Realtor.com, a real estate marketplace operated by News Corp’s subsidiary, Move, Inc. Own Up and Realtor.com are mission-aligned companies, both aiming to improve the home buying process for Americans looking to close on their dream homes. Alongside this new collaboration, Own Up closed a $25M round of funding, led by Brand Foundry Ventures. Realtor.com is among the investors participating in the funding round, which also saw return participation from past investors, Link Ventures and Listen Ventures. The injection of capital will allow Own Up to continue to build out its innovative technology platform, expand its novel shopping experience and product offerings, and invest in the Company’s people and culture. Own Up and Realtor.com’s relationship will give users direct access to Own Up’s mortgage shopping service, including personalized loan offers from its exclusive lender marketplace and real-time advice from the industry’s only mortgage shopping concierge. The integration with Realtor.com will allow homebuyers to gather detailed information about their home financing options as they search listings and find real estate agents. The housing market has been increasingly challenging for buyers over the past 12 months, with low inventory, rising prices, higher mortgage interest rates, and high-stakes bidding wars. That has caused heightened stress and anxiety for hopeful buyers, an issue Own Up and Realtor.com hope to work together to address. “From day one, our singular goal was to be a champion for the consumer and bring greater transparency to the home buying process. As the mortgage industry continues to see changes at a rapid clip, it’s crucial that consumers are armed with the right information to make the best financial decisions, Realtor.com plays an essential role in the home search process for so many Americans and now we’ll be able to provide mortgage education and tools to comparison shop, boosting buyer confidence as they move through the process.” -Patrick Boyaggi, CEO and co-founder of Own Up Own Up’s team brings deep mortgage expertise to the Realtor.com online experience, This relationship is a natural fit; together we’re able to expand upon our shared goal of helping Americans find and close on their dream homes,said Realtor.com CFO Bryan Charap. The housing market is at an inflection point, marked by a lack of inventory and a historic rise in interest rates, and Own Up is uniquely positioned to help consumers navigate one of the most tumultuous components, This next phase of growth will further cement Own Up’s position as the mortgage shopping experts, ensuring no borrower overpays on their mortgage. At this time of inflation and a pending recession, cost-savings has never been more important,said Brian Spaly, General Partner at Brand Foundry Ventures. About Own Up Founded in 2016, Own Up is changing the way Americans shop for and secure mortgages, injecting transparency into an opaque process and empowering consumers to make smart financial decisions with the help of intelligent technology and real human advisors. About Realtor.com® Realtor.com® is an open real estate marketplace built for everyone. Realtor.com® pioneered the world of digital real estate more than 25 years ago. Today, through its website and mobile apps, Realtor.com® is a trusted guide for consumers, empowering more people to find their way home by breaking down barriers, helping them make the right connections, and creating confidence through expert insights and guidance. For professionals, Realtor.com® is a trusted partner for business growth, offering consumer connections and branding solutions that help them succeed in today’s on-demand world. Realtor.com® is operated by News Corp subsidiary Move, Inc.

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REAL ESTATE INVESTMENT

Kimco Realty® Expands Presence in New York Market with Acquisition of Long Island Open-Air Grocery Anchored Portfolio

Kimco Realty | November 14, 2022

Kimco Realty® (NYSE: KIM), North America’s largest publicly traded owner and operator of open-air, grocery-anchored shopping centers, and a growing portfolio of mixed-use assets, today announced it acquired a private, multi-generationally-owned portfolio of eight Long Island, NY shopping centers for $375.8 million. The acquisition was funded by the issuance of a combination of cash and redeemable units and the assumption of $88.8 million of 4.1% mortgage debt with a remaining term of approximately six years. As of September 30, 2022, the company had $123.5 million in cash and cash equivalents on its balance sheet and subsequently received approximately $301.1 million of proceeds from the sale of 11.5 million shares of its Albertsons common shares. These eight high-quality centers are located in one of the most desirable markets in the United States and within a drive time of approximately 15 minutes from Kimco’s corporate headquarters in Jericho, NY. The ultra-infill markets of Long Island are high barrier to entry and offer a highly captive consumer base boasting some of the best demographic profiles in the country. The portfolio, which boasts a three-mile estimated population and average household income of 95,000 and $187,000, respectively, is 94.4% leased with significant mark-to-market and merchandising enhancement opportunities. The portfolio, which includes The Gardens at Great Neck, Woodbury Common, The Market Place, Stop & Shop Shopping Center, Southgate Shopping Center, Green Cove Plaza and Syosset Corners in Nassau County, and Sequams Shopping Center in Suffolk County, features five grocery anchored centers and a strong collection of necessity-based tenants and retailers offering everyday goods and services. Tenants include TJMaxx, GoHealth Urgent Care, Rite Aid, Starbucks, Dunkin’ Donuts, and Chipotle. “This acquisition was a rare chance to expand our presence in one of Kimco’s most highly desired markets, with a portfolio of irreplaceable real estate located in one of the most heavily trafficked, densely populated, suburbs that offers high barriers to entry and affluent communities, The strength of our balance sheet, ample liquidity and ability to provide a tax efficient transaction for the seller put us in a prime position to be opportunistic when this multi-generational portfolio emerged. The acquisition also brings us closer to our target of 85% of the company’s annual base rent coming from grocery anchored centers.” -Conor Flynn, Kimco’s Chief Executive Officer At the end of September 2022, Kimco Realty owned 28 centers totaling 3.0 million square feet with an average occupancy rate of 97.8% in the dominant Long Island market. The addition of this eight-property portfolio, which comprises 540,000 square feet of retail space, will further Kimco’s position as one of Long Island’s largest owners of grocery-anchored shopping centers with 36 assets totaling over 3.5 million square feet. About Kimco Realty® Kimco Realty® (NYSE:KIM) is a real estate investment trust (REIT) headquartered in Jericho, N.Y. that is North America’s largest publicly traded owner and operator of open-air, grocery-anchored shopping centers, including mixed-use assets. The company’s portfolio is primarily concentrated in the first-ring suburbs of the top major metropolitan markets, including those in high-barrier-to-entry coastal markets and rapidly expanding Sun Belt cities, with a tenant mix focused on essential, necessity-based goods and services that drive multiple shopping trips per week. Kimco Realty is also committed to leadership in environmental, social and governance (ESG) issues and is a recognized industry leader in these areas. Publicly traded on the NYSE since 1991, and included in the S&P 500 Index, the company has specialized in shopping center ownership, management, acquisitions, and value enhancing redevelopment activities for more than 60 years. As of September 30, 2022, the company owned interests in 526 U.S. shopping centers and mixed-use assets comprising 91 million square feet of gross leasable space.

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