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.
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.
MRI Software | August 08, 2022
MRI Software, a global leader in real estate software, has acquired ApartmentData.com, further expanding its MRI Living™ suite of property management solutions for the multifamily market. ApartmentData.com is a Houston-based provider of market research and data solutions that enable multifamily property owners and managers to increase property values by optimizing pricing and occupancy.
Founded in 1986, the company provides comprehensive and accurate information on professionally managed properties with more than 50 units, including pricing, concessions, occupancy, amenities, and policies at the floor plan level. The company serves 12 of the fastest-growing metropolitan statistical areas ("MSAs") in the U.S.: Houston, Dallas/Fort Worth, Austin, San Antonio, Atlanta, Phoenix/Tucson, Nashville, Raleigh/Durham, Charlotte, Orlando, Tampa, and Jacksonville. ApartmentData.com supplements its digital collection techniques with direct calling and client communications, helping ensure the highest levels of data accuracy and detail.
ApartmentData.com's flagship solution, Competition RADAR™, leverages proprietary algorithms to identify and alert users to relevant competitive trends, provide pricing recommendations, and calculate property- or portfolio-level impact.
"Over the last several years, we've significantly expanded our MRI Living portfolio to provide tools that make our clients' lives easier and help them take better care of their residents, businesses, and themselves, Data is critical to helping us deliver on those objectives. With a 'smart data' solution like Competition RADAR, we can provide clients with actionable data and market insights, so they can navigate the future with confidence and gain a competitive advantage."
-John Ensign, MRI's president and executive managing director, North America
In addition to deepening MRI's footprint in the southern U.S., the acquisition enhances the company's MRI Living suite, an already extensive portfolio of multifamily solutions that empower property owners and operators with AI-first tools to easily manage every part of the residential lifecycle, from lead to lease to renewal.
We're thrilled to join the MRI family, Thanks to this acquisition, both our and MRI's clients will be able to take advantage of new and expanded capabilities, which will help them manage real estate portfolios more effectively and profitably. They won't have to wade through specialty providers who require customers to perform their own analysis. Instead, our clients will enjoy access to the combined resources of two well-established players,says Rudy Mui, chief executive officer of ApartmentData.com.
John Severance, founder and chief technology officer of ApartmentData.com, looks forward to what he describes as "the next chapter." He states: By leveraging the resources of MRI, we can more easily address the growing demand for insights at a time when most multifamily organizations need to drive occupancy and maximize revenue.
Today, MRI serves more than 82% of companies on the National Multifamily Housing Council's (NMHC) list of top 50 U.S. apartment managers. Additionally, MRI solutions support more than 20 million residential units worldwide.
MRI will continue to serve ApartmentData.com clients without interruption. Silvermark Partners served as the exclusive advisor to Apartment Data.com.
About MRI Software
MRI Software is a leading provider of real estate software solutions that transform the way communities live, work and play. MRI's open and connected, AI-first platform empowers owners, operators and occupiers in commercial and residential property organizations to innovate in rapidly changing markets. MRI has been a trailblazer in the PropTech industry for over five decades, serving more than two million users worldwide. Through innovative solutions and a rich partner ecosystem, MRI gives real estate companies the freedom to realize their vision of building thriving communities and stronger businesses.
REAL ESTATE INVESTMENT
Cantor Fitzgerald | July 29, 2022
Cantor Fitzgerald Income Trust, Inc. ("CF Income Trust"), a non-traded real estate investment trust and affiliate of Cantor Fitzgerald, L.P., announced today the completion of more than $118 million in real estate-related transactions since the beginning of 2022. As of June 30, 2022, the portfolio exceeds 6.9 million square feet1 with total assets controlled of $1.05 billion.2 Chris Milner, President of CF Income Trust, stated, "We have been active, thus far in 2022, and continue to execute on our high conviction themes of acquiring well-located multifamily properties and net lease assets with strong tenants."
Recent acquisitions include:
Eisai Inc. North American Headquarters – Nutley, New Jersey – Class-A Office
On April 22, 2022, CF Income Trust, through a joint venture with a subsidiary of Cantor Fitzgerald Investors, LLC, indirectly acquired 10% of the interests in a Delaware Statutory Trust that purchased a 15-story, 332,000 square foot Class-A office tower located in Nutley, New Jersey. The property is leased to Eisai Inc. and serves as the North American headquarters for Eisai Co., Ltd. ("Eisai"), a Japan-based global pharmaceutical company.
The property was most recently renovated in 2021 and is designed to nurture the company's hybrid flexible working model, which allows for collaboration and interaction among colleagues. Additional features include a 405-seat auditorium, private outdoor garden, and amenity area. "The property is located within the master planned ON3 life sciences campus, an area that will ultimately include 1.4 million square feet of office/R&D/medical space, multifamily residential, retail amenities, a full-service hotel, and significant green space," said Roger Shreero, Managing Director, Cantor Fitzgerald. "This newly renovated, high-quality asset is a great addition to the portfolio and is a centerpiece within the growing life sciences landscapes of the Nutley and Clifton townships."
Landings of Conroe, Conroe, Texas – Multifamily
CF Income Trust, through a joint venture with an affiliate of CAF Management, LLC, acquired a 200-unit multifamily property located in Conroe, Texas.
Built in 2005, the property features one-, two-, and three-bedroom apartment home floor plans with amenities including a clubhouse, 24-hour fitness center, swimming pool, picnic and grilling area, sport court, dog park, and gated access.
"The area has seen significant growth in recent years due to corporate expansions by ExxonMobil, HPE, HP Inc., and ABS in neighboring The Woodlands and Springwoods Village," said Matt Keefer, Managing Director, Cantor Fitzgerald. "Housing demand continues to rise and the property is in a position to benefit from that demand."
Mars Petcare - Columbus, Ohio - Cold Storage Warehouse
CF Income Trust, Inc., through a wholly owned subsidiary of its operating partnership, acquired a 465,256 square foot cross-dock dry/cold storage facility in Columbus, Ohio. The property is 100% leased to Mars Petcare, U.S. Inc., the domestic segment of Mars' global pet care business. Located adjacent to Mars Petcare's primary production facility, the property features 168,245 square feet of freezer space, LED lighting, 30' clear heights, 27 dock doors, two drive-in doors, 212 car spaces, and 100 trailer spaces on a 21.6-acre site.
"We are pleased with the performance and growth of CF Income Trust, We remain focused on adding well-located properties with predictable income streams to our defensively positioned portfolio. Our ability to be selective in today's market is key to our success."
Jay Frank, President, Cantor Fitzgerald Asset Management
About Cantor Fitzgerald Income Trust, Inc.
Cantor Fitzgerald Income Trust, Inc. is a publicly registered, non-traded, monthly-valued perpetual NAV real estate investment trust (REIT) that owns and manages a diversified portfolio of institutional quality, income-producing commercial real estate including apartments, industrial, office, and necessity retail properties located in the United States
About Cantor Fitzgerald, L.P.
Cantor Fitzgerald, with over 12,000 employees, is a leading global financial services group at the forefront of financial and technological innovation and has been a proven and resilient leader for over 77 years. Cantor Fitzgerald & Co. is a preeminent investment bank serving more than 5,000 institutional clients around the world, recognized for its strengths in fixed income and equity capital markets, investment banking, SPAC underwriting and PIPE placements, prime brokerage, and commercial real estate, and for its global distribution platform. Cantor Fitzgerald & Co. is one of the 24 primary dealers authorized to transact business with the Federal Reserve Bank of New York. Cantor Fitzgerald is a leading SPAC sponsor, having completed multiple initial public offerings and announced multiple business combinations through its CF Acquisition platform.