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, REAL ESTATE ADVICE
Jamestown | October 12, 2022
Jamestown, a global real estate investment and management firm with a 39-year track record and over $13 billion in assets under management as of June 30, 2022, and Simon®, a real estate investment trust engaged in the ownership of premier shopping, dining, entertainment, and mixed-use destinations, today announced a strategic partnership, currently anticipated to close prior to the end of 2022, subject to regulatory approvals and other customary closing conditions.
Upon closing, Simon will acquire a 50 percent interest in Jamestown from founding partners Christoph and Ute Kahl, who will continue to be Jamestown shareholders. Jamestown will operate independently and continue to be led by CEO Matt Bronfman and President Michael Phillips, who will retain their existing ownership. Christoph will transition from day-to-day involvement as the company's Chairman to a member of the new Jamestown Board of Directors.
The partnership will unlock new value creation opportunities and create a platform for future growth in the investment management sector. With Simon, Jamestown will gain a partner with a deep platform of resources and operational tools that will enhance the firm's ability to scale and grow. With Jamestown, Simon will gain an opportunity to capitalize on the growing asset and investment management businesses with an experienced fund manager and mixed-use operator and developer, utilizing the Jamestown platform to accelerate Simon's future densification projects.
"At Jamestown, our goal is to be the best mixed-use investor globally, focusing on creating innovation hubs and community centers, The partnership with Simon will help us achieve that goal and position us for our next chapter as we scale our differentiated products in an increasingly global world."
-Michael Phillips, President of Jamestown
We have been impressed with Jamestown's combination of sector expertise, dedication to driving creative placemaking, and reputation in the fund management business, Their strong leadership team and track record align with our focus on investing in best-in-class partners. Jamestown is well-positioned for future growth, and we are excited about the continued expansion of Simon's investment platform, said David Simon, Chairman, CEO, and President of Simon.
For nearly four decades, Jamestown has strategically managed its portfolio, employing technology, innovation, and design-focused placemaking to create value for investors, This partnership will position Jamestown's long-standing management team to continue the firm's success story,said Matt Bronfman, CEO of Jamestown.
Jamestown is a global, design-focused real estate investment and management firm with a 39-year track record and mission to create places that inspire. Since its founding in 1983, Jamestown has executed transactions totaling $40 billion. As of June 30, 2022, Jamestown has assets under management of $13.1 billion and a portfolio spanning key markets throughout the U.S., Latin America, and Europe. Current and previous projects include One Times Square and Chelsea Market in New York, Industry City in Brooklyn, Ponce City Market in Atlanta, Ghirardelli Square in San Francisco, the Innovation and Design Buildings in Boston and Lisbon, and Groot Handelsgebouw in Rotterdam.
Simon® is a real estate investment trust engaged in the ownership of premier shopping, dining, entertainment and mixed-use destinations and an S&P 100 company (Simon Property Group, NYSE: SPG). Our properties across North America, Europe and Asia provide community gathering places for millions of people every day and generate billions in annual sales.
REAL ESTATE TECHNOLOGY, REAL ESTATE ADVICE
Keller Williams | September 16, 2022
Keller Williams (KW), the world’s largest real estate franchise by agent count, has launched the KW Real Estate Planner community for agents to train and mastermind on providing clients with wealth management services.
“As the housing market continues to shift, we’re leaning heavily into the value of business communities to enable our real estate entrepreneurs the opportunity to thrive, As part of a community, our agents are gaining a greater sense of connection, empowerment and impact while staying focused on business growth.”
-Sajag Patel, chief operating officer, KW
KW Real Estate Planner (REP) is a community based around certification, training and networking opportunities for agents to grow and mastermind skills on wealth management for their clients.
An emerging community, KW REP is led by Dan Ihara, who serves as its’ director. Ihara is also the founder of the Honolulu, Hawaii-based The Ihara Team.
KW Real Estate Planner is a new community designed to help our Keller Williams agents help their clients build wealth and transfer wealth, Agents can elevate their game from being a very good, seasoned real estate agent to a real estate planner that the wealthy will look at for advice,said Ihara.
Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI), a community for business growth using diversity and inclusion best practices, has also launched monthly masterminds.
The new DEI masterminds are conducted with leaders from KW’s Social Equity Task Force and KW agent-led affinity groups, such as the Hispanic Leaders of Real Estate, KW Black Real Estate Network, KW CHISPA, KW Pan-Asian Group, KW Rainbow Network, KW Signs, and the Lady Leaders of Real Estate.
KW New Homes, a community for business growth opportunities in new construction and land development, has launched new modular training. The training is focused on the best practices of supporting buyers with new construction buys, earning additional builder business and solidifying land developer partnerships.
KW agents who join a KW community have access to specialized training, technology, coaching, mastermind events and referral opportunities.
About Keller Williams
Austin, Texas-based Keller Williams (KW), the world’s largest real estate franchise by agent count, has more than 1,100 offices and 200,000 associates. The franchise is also No. 1 in units and sales volume in the United States. Since 1983, the company has cultivated an agent-centric, technology-driven and education-based culture that rewards agents as stakeholders.