Property Prices Jump 20 Percent in U.S. Communities Named Opportunity Zones

Zillow | April 03, 2019

According to new research from Zillow, real estate investors appear to be flocking to Opportunity Zones in the U.S., where they can receive a discount on capital gains taxes for investing within certain areas. The Opportunity Zones program - created with the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017 - is intended to revitalize low-income or high-poverty areas by spurring investments in them. From the tens of thousands of eligible census tracts, 8,700 areas across all 50 states were ultimately selected by state governors and certified by the Treasury Department.

Spotlight

With the year drawing to a close, we turn our attention to the outlook and identify nine major occupier and investment trends that we expect to influence market conditions and investment performance in 2017 and beyond.

Spotlight

With the year drawing to a close, we turn our attention to the outlook and identify nine major occupier and investment trends that we expect to influence market conditions and investment performance in 2017 and beyond.

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REAL ESTATE INVESTMENT

Switch Automation Launches Freemium Portfolio Benchmarking to Equip Portfolio Owners to Meet ESG and Net-Zero Goals

Switch | October 13, 2022

Switch Automation, a global technology company for digitizing and decarbonizing buildings, has announced the launch of a freemium energy benchmarking solution for global building portfolios. This move in the industry aims to democratize access to building performance data and accelerate decarbonization of the built environment during a time when building owners and operators are under increased regulatory and shareholder pressure to meet ESG and net-zero goals within tight time frames. Switch Automation’s Portfolio Benchmarking Basics is an interactive portfolio management tool that lets users view energy data to identify underperforming buildings to target energy efficiency improvements. Users can bring in up to 20 utility bills to build a reserve of historical energy data and quickly identify opportunities and threats to target energy reductions and meet ESG and corporate net-zero goals. "The industry is well-aware of the magnitude of impact decarbonizing buildings has, but there are two major challenges – cost and change. Doing things the way they've always been done means some landlords have decided to pay penalties rather than address energy improvements. That means, today there is a higher cost than ever of doing nothing, We understand this hesitation is rooted in low energy costs compared to the upfront costs for overcoming change. That's what we aim to address by opening up access to Switch's energy benchmarking. We can help the building owners and operators meet sustainability goals while also future-proofing their operations and saving them money." - Deb Noller, CEO and Co-Founder of Switch Automation In response to the passing of the U.S. Inflation Reduction Act, Australia's federally mandated NABERS ratings, the introduction of NABERS into the UK, the EU Taxonomy, and various other geographical decarbonization commitments, building owners and operators are increasingly investing in energy efficiency and digital portfolio management to more proactively address building performance. What’s Included in Portfolio Benchmarking Basic: Comprehensive data analysis Benchmarking and sustainability dashboards Infinite utility uploads and calculations "Next step” visualizations Since launching the world’s first cloud-hosted operation platform in 2012, Switch's technology has been deployed across asset portfolios in the United States, Canada, Australia, Singapore, Hong Kong, and South Korea, helping buildings optimize energy efficiency and services and improving occupant comfort and brand equity while reducing operating expenses. Switch drives improvement in Net Operating Income (NOI) while lowering building emissions. Switch has set an ambitious goal to save over 1 million tons of carbon from their clients’ buildings. Switch Automation is launching freemium Portfolio Benchmarking Basics platform at CREtech New York 2022, which brings together the world’s leading community of professionals devoted to technological innovation in the real estate sector. About Switch Switch Automation is a global technology company that helps property owners and facility managers reduce operating costs, improve energy efficiency and deliver exceptional occupant satisfaction. Our comprehensive smart building platform integrates with traditional building systems as well as Internet of Things (IoT) technologies to analyze, automate and control assets in real-time. We serve enterprise customers and partners in a variety of industries including financial services, retail, grocery, commercial real estate and more.

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REAL ESTATE TECHNOLOGY

Pacaso Launches Second Home Specialist Certification Program

Pacaso | November 01, 2022

Pacaso, the leading technology-enabled real estate marketplace that helps people buy and co-own a luxury second home, today launches its Pacaso Second Home Specialist Certification program that enables agents to grow their business, expand their knowledge of co-ownership and unlock exclusive benefits. The Pacaso Second Home Specialist Certification program is an easy five-step process that includes learning co-ownership best practices via the Pacaso Agent Playbook, garnering resources and tips for sharing co-ownership with agents' networks and experiencing a live virtual tour of a Pacaso home during an overview webinar, as well as submitting a referral. In addition to a 3% referral commission and Pacaso equity on each closed referral and additional 1% commission on resales for life, agents who complete the program will receive a Pacaso Second Home Specialist badge, free enrollment in Pacaso Access for agents ($1,000 value), and more exclusive opportunities to expand their business. Since the company's October 2020 launch, Pacaso has paid agents more than $21 million in total gross commission income (GCI). "By taking a short time to complete our new Second Home Specialist Certification program, agents will have the knowledge they need to discuss co-ownership, as well as create further trust with their clients on home ownership options, The process is so easy to complete and sets agents' business up for growth in 2023, I cannot wait to be at the next industry conference and see agents sporting their Pacaso Second Home Specialist badge." -Vice President of Industry Relations Marnie Blanco The debut of the Pacaso Second Home Specialist Certification comes on the heels of the Pacaso Agent Referral Dashboard launch, which enables agents to seamlessly refer potential second home buyers, track the status of their referrals and commission, and get transparent updates on the referral every step of the way. With the uncertainty of the market, successful agents are already creating business plans for next year. The best plans always include continued education and exploring new ways to grow their business – making this certification a 'must have' for agents. The buyers that purchase high-end second homes typically have friends that also buy high-end second homes. If you don't tell your clients about co-ownership and Pacaso, someone else will, said Jeff Kennedy, vice president of Leading Real Estate Companies of the World. Pacaso partners closely with all interested real estate agents and brokerages to help clients buy and sell a second home. Agents earn a 3% referral commission on the share price and Pacaso equity in the form of 500 restricted stock units (RSUs), when helping clients co-own a luxury second home in destinations regardless of where they're based or licensed. Pacaso manages the entire process to make it simple for agents from scheduling tours to answering questions, or managing inspections and escrow. The real estate industry is embracing co-ownership as Real Estate Standards Organization and its members defined co-ownership as a property type in 2021. Engel & Vӧlkers, RE/MAX, and Better Homes and Gardens® Real Estate introduced Pacaso and co-ownership to the already full-service luxury brokerages and networks, and Leading Real Estate Companies of the World® selected Pacaso for its Solutions Group program. About Pacaso Pacaso® is a technology-enabled marketplace that modernizes real estate co-ownership to make owning a second home possible and enjoyable for more people. Pacaso curates luxury listings with premium amenities and high-end contemporary interior design, offers ⅛ to ½ ownership with integrated financing, and, after purchase, professionally manages the home and supports seamless resale. Co-founded by Austin Allison and Spencer Rascoff in 2020, Pacaso operates in top second home destinations around the world. Pacaso has been certified as a Great Place to Work and is recognized as one of Glassdoor's 2022 Best Places to Work.

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MARKET OUTLOOK, REAL ESTATE TECHNOLOGY

BXP Earns Top ESG Rating in 2022 GRESB Assessment

BXP | October 18, 2022

BXP (NYSE: BXP), the largest publicly traded developer, owner, and manager of premier workplaces in the United States, today announced that it has earned a top ESG rating in the 2022 GRESB® assessment. BXP earned an eleventh consecutive “Green Star” recognition and the highest GRESB 5-star Rating, as well as an “A” disclosure score. BXP also achieved the highest scores in several categories, including Data Monitoring & Review, Targets, Policies, Reporting, and Leadership. “Real estate companies, as stewards of the built environment, play an essential role in addressing the climate crisis, I am proud of this recognition and of BXP’s leadership in strategic climate action. BXP’s focus on sustainability is an important component of our premier workplace strategy and is valued by our clients, partners, employees, and communities.” -Owen Thomas, CEO of BXP BXP actively works to promote its growth and operations in a sustainable and responsible manner and is a recognized leader in green building. BXP has certified 29.4 million square feet of its current in-service portfolio at the highest LEED certification levels of Gold and Platinum. BXP has publicly announced sustainability goals and has implemented energy conservation projects and other measures in actively managed properties that have reduced greenhouse gas emissions intensity by 80% and site energy use intensity by 41% since 2008. BXP has aligned its emissions reduction targets with climate science and became the first North American office REIT to establish an emissions reduction target ambition in line with a 1.5°C trajectory, the most ambitious designation available at the time of submission under the Science Based Targets initiative. BXP remains on track to achieve carbon-neutral operations by 2025. BXP’s commitment to ESG performance management and transparency is key to our ESG program, Our focus on measurable impacts guides our decision making and investments, creating a more resilient, purposeful company,said Ben Myers, Vice President of Sustainability, BXP. The GRESB Real Estate Assessment is the investor-driven global ESG benchmark and reporting framework for real estate. The Assessment is shaped by what investors and the industry consider to be material issues in the sustainability performance of real estate investments. The methodology is consistent across different regions, investment vehicles, and property types, and aligns with international reporting frameworks. The data is self-reported by Assessment participants and subjected to a multi-layer validation process after which it is scored and benchmarked. The result is high-quality data that investors and participants can use in their investment, engagement, and decision-making processes. About BXP ESG BXP’s commitment to ESG leadership has been recognized by numerous industry groups and rankings, including BXP’s inclusion as #4 on the 2021 Forbes Green Growth 50 list and #3 on Barron’s 10 Most Sustainable U.S. REITs list. BXP was named to Newsweek’s America’s Most Responsible Companies 2022 list, ranking first in its industry with an increased ranking of 31st overall out of the 499 companies included on list. In 2022, BXP was again named an ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year – Sustained Excellence Award Winner and a Best in Building Health winner by the Center for Active Design. BXP was recently recognized as an inaugural Platinum level Green Lease Leader by the Institute for Market Transformation and the U.S. Department of Energy. About BXP BXP (NYSE: BXP) is the largest publicly traded developer, owner, and manager of premier workplaces in the United States, concentrated in six markets - Boston, Los Angeles, New York, San Francisco, Seattle, and Washington, DC. BXP is a fully integrated real estate company, organized as a real estate investment trust (REIT), with more than 50 years of experience developing, owning, managing, and acquiring exceptional properties in dynamic gateway markets. As of June 30, 2022, including properties owned by unconsolidated joint ventures, BXP’s portfolio totaled 53.7 million square feet and 193 properties, including 12 properties under construction/redevelopment.

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