REAL ESTATE INVESTMENT,MORTGAGE AND LENDING
Hallmark Home Mortgage | November 07, 2022
Hallmark Home Mortgage, a Fort Wayne, Indiana-based independent residential mortgage lender, has completed the acquisition of a well-established team of mortgage bankers. The move will expand its residential lending services to include Colorado, Georgia, Kansas, Louisiana, Missouri, South Carolina and Texas; representing a strategic milestone for the organization.
"I am pleased to welcome this talented team of more than 60 mortgage professionals, Hallmark is now positioned to become one of the nation's top 100 residential mortgage lenders. This increased productivity will create new employment opportunities at the corporate headquarters in Fort Wayne."
-Deborah Sturges Chief Executive Officer and Founder at Hallmark Home Mortgage
This is a tremendous opportunity, The team brings a strong lending and scalable presence in their current markets and shares the same passion as Hallmark for delivering a superior customer experience,noted Hallmark Home Mortgage Executive Vice President/Division Manager Mark Etchison.
Marc Wadman will continue to direct the newly acquired team as Senior Vice President/Regional Manager. Hallmark is known for its continued strong leadership and team support within the mortgage industry, It became evident after discussions with the Hallmark executive leadership team that this was the ideal fit for our associates and clients,Wadman added.
With rising inflation and mortgage rates climbing, workforce capacity has had to be adjusted for many mortgage lenders. Hallmark, however, continues to successfully execute against its strategic growth plan by focusing on its Realtors®, referral partners and past clients.
About Hallmark Home Mortgage
Fort Wayne, Indiana-based Hallmark Home Mortgage was founded in 2007 by Deborah Sturges. Driven by her strong passion for providing home finance solutions backed by a tradition of service, the company continues to impact the communities and the employees it serves. Whether a first-time home buyer or experienced homeowner, Hallmark offers the perfect combination of digital technology and human touch to ensure that every customer experience is tailored to fit their individual needs.
MARKET OUTLOOK,REAL ESTATE INVESTMENT
Cherre | November 10, 2022
Cherre, the leading data integration and insights platform, today announced a new partnership with Clear Capital, a national real estate valuation technology company. The partnership will allow Cherre customers to leverage Clear Capital’s expansive property analytics alongside other internal systems and application data, enabling customers to conduct more accurate modeling and better risk assessments, and identify investment opportunities more efficiently and at a lower cost.
As market demand for property investment continues, the need for timely, accurate, ready-to-use property information has become even more pronounced. By partnering, mutual customers will have seamless access to Clear Capital's complete set of property information and analytics, including insights from a wide range of residential properties and 93% of all listings in the U.S., updated daily. Additionally, Clear Capital opens the door to insights on properties that are often unattainable, thus removing the barrier to transaction information in non-disclosure states.
Erlind Dine, head of data partnerships at Cherre, said Clear Capital’s hard-to-source property insights will help provide additional value to Cherre customers. By combining Clear Capital’s comprehensive property analytics with data sources within Cherre, we’re able to make the most up to date, extensive datasets available to our customers.
“Both Clear Capital and Cherre are devoted to granting our customers the highest-quality analytics, By providing seamless integration between various platforms, customers are guaranteed accurate and robust underwriting tools that drive smarter, data-driven decisions for acquisitions and property management."
-James Marshall, director of real estate analytics products at Clear Capital
Clear Capital's data engineering and machine learning capabilities lead the valuation space, with unique approaches to sourcing, aggregating, and analyzing U.S. residential real estate to provide insight on property value with accompanying contextual data.
Cherre specializes in the ingestion, standardization, resolution, integration, and delivery of real estate data from internal, third party, and public data sources. Cherre’s growing Connections Marketplace allows customers to seamlessly connect new data sets, providing a holistic portfolio view contextualized and benchmarked against market-wide intelligence.
Cherre is the leader in real estate data and insight. They connect decision makers to accurate property and market information, and help them make faster, smarter decisions. By providing a unique “single source of truth,” Cherre empowers customers to evaluate opportunities and trends faster and more accurately, while saving millions of dollars in manual data collection and analytics costs. Cherre launched in 2016 and is headquartered in New York City.
About Clear Capital
Clear Capital is a national real estate valuation technology company with a simple purpose: to build confidence in real estate decisions to strengthen communities and improve lives. Our goal is to provide customers with a complete understanding of every U.S. property through our field valuation services and analytics tools, and improve their workflows with our platform technologies. Our commitment to excellence – wherever it leads, whatever it takes® – is embodied by our team members across four brands (Clear Capital, Clario, CubiCasa, and REO Network) and has remained steadfast in this pursuit since our first order in 2001.
REAL ESTATE TECHNOLOGY,REAL ESTATE INVESTMENT
Kimco Realty | December 19, 2022
Kimco Realty® (NYSE: KIM) (the “Company”) today announced that it intends to complete a holding company reorganization (the “Reorganization”), which would restructure the Company as an Umbrella Partnership Real Estate Investment Trust, or UPREIT. As part of the Reorganization, a new holding company (“New Kimco”) will become the publicly traded parent company by way of an intercompany merger (the “Merger”), assuming the existing name of “Kimco Realty Corporation,” while the current corporation (“Old Kimco”) will convert to a limited liability company called “Kimco Realty OP LLC” (“Kimco OP”) controlled by the publicly traded parent company (the “Conversion”).
“We are very excited to announce our reorganization into an UPREIT, which we believe will enhance our ability to compete in the acquisition of real estate assets by enabling us to offer tax-deferred opportunity to sellers, We believe this reorganization will have no material impact on our existing shareholders, debt security holders, lenders or other constituencies, and will represent an enhanced platform for Kimco’s continued growth.”
-Conor Flynn, Kimco’s Chief Executive Officer
The Reorganization is intended to align the Company’s corporate structure with other publicly traded U.S. real estate investment trusts and provide a platform for the Company to more efficiently acquire properties in a tax-deferred manner. The UPREIT structure will allow owners of appreciated property to contribute such property to an LLC structured as an “operating partnership” in exchange for membership interests therein. Subject to applicable tax requirements, this type of contribution may be done on a tax-deferred basis for the contributors. Following the Conversion, Kimco OP will function as the operating partnership in the UPREIT structure. Membership interests in Kimco OP will generally entitle their holders to receive the same distributions as holders of New Kimco common stock, and the holders of such interests will generally be entitled to exchange the membership interests for cash or common stock, at New Kimco’s option.
The Reorganization is not anticipated to have any material impact on the Company’s financial position and is not expected to result in any material changes to the Company’s combined financial statements, outstanding debt securities, material debt facilities, or business operations. All shares of common and preferred stock of Kimco will automatically be converted into identical shares of the new parent holding company as part of the Reorganization, and the Reorganization will not impact the payment of the dividends declared by the Company’s board of directors and payable to stockholders of record in accordance with previously announced dividend payment dates in respect of the Company’s common shares and the Class L preferred stock and Class M preferred stock.
The Reorganization does not require shareholder approval under Maryland law and the Merger is expected to qualify as a tax-free reorganization under Section 368(a) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, as amended, meaning that Kimco’s shareholders are not expected to recognize a gain or loss for federal income tax purposes as a result of the Merger.
The Merger is expected to be effective as of January 1, 2023, and the Conversion is expected to be effective promptly thereafter. When the Reorganization is complete, the holding company will be named “Kimco Realty Corporation,” just as Kimco is today, and its shares of common stock, Class L depositary shares and Class M depositary shares are expected to continue to trade on the NYSE under the symbols “KIM,” “KIMprL” and “KIMprM”, respectively.
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.