REAL ESTATE TECHNOLOGY, REAL ESTATE INVESTMENT
Tribe Property Technologies | March 10, 2023
On March 09, 2023, Tribe Property Technologies Inc. announced a deployment of VendorPM nationwide to support Canada's Tribe-managed communities. Property managers at Tribe-managed communities will benefit from a streamlined request for proposal (RFQ) process because of the Tribe's partnership with VendorPM, allowing them to connect easily with more than 30,000 service providers.
A proprietary platform integration was also launched by Tribe recently that streamlines the mandatory Tarion new home warranty process that is specific to the Province of Ontario. The new partnership, available for real estate developers through the Company's Tribe Home Pro digital solutions, brings the ability and automation for developers to track issues from any stage of development, from a single dashboard to generate custom reports, and simply review all in-unit warranty issues and their resolution status. It further results in faster and more efficient turnarounds for homeowners.
The Tribe Home Pro solution enables real estate developers to track pre-delivery inspection deficiencies, digitize building data and owners' manuals, and facilitate the handover of a completed community to owners and condo boards.
About Tribe Property Technologies
Founded in 2012, Tribe Property Technologies is a tech-savvy property management firm that supports residents, councils, real estate developers and vendors to complete pre-constructed occupancies. As a rapidly expanding company, its integrated service-technology delivery model serves a broader range of stakeholders than traditional service providers. It seeks to acquire highly accretive businesses in the fragmented North American property management industry and transform them by streamlining and digitizing their operations.
MARKET OUTLOOK, REAL ESTATE TECHNOLOGY
Businesswire | April 27, 2023
Turner Impact Capital, one of the nation’s largest real estate investment firms dedicated to social impact, has expanded its efforts to address the country’s urgent housing affordability crisis with the acquisition of its first multifamily housing community in the Minneapolis metropolitan area.
Acquisition of the 207-unit Urbana Court Apartments in Brooklyn Park, Minn., closed today as one of the final investments of Turner Multifamily Impact Fund II. The purchase enables Turner Impact to bring its innovative market-driven housing solution for low- and moderate-income families to a fast-growing Minneapolis community with convenient access to job opportunities, healthcare, and schools.
The Turner Multifamily Impact Funds have acquired, preserved, and enriched approximately $2 billion of critically-needed housing for working individuals and families located in densely populated, ethnically diverse metropolitan areas throughout the U.S. These investments represent nearly 13,000 units of workforce housing nationwide, serving residents earning up to 80% of area median income while generating strong risk-adjusted financial returns for its institutional investors. Residents include community-serving professionals such as teachers, police officers, healthcare workers and others who often earn too much to qualify for subsidized housing but struggle to afford higher-cost housing located near job centers.
“As rents rise and recession concerns mount, we must ensure that working families have access to stable, affordable, and high-quality housing in major metropolitan areas,” Turner Impact CEO Bobby Turner said. “We continue to expand our housing initiatives, and Urbana Court presents an opportunity to bring our successful model to one of the most dynamic markets in the Midwest.”
Urbana Court is a newly built apartment complex with a large community center, 24-hour fitness center, pool, pickleball courts, playground, and underground heated parking. The units feature a wide range of appliances and full-size washers and dryers, and as part of Turner Impact’s sustainability initiatives, the Fund has identified ways to reduce energy and water use.
Minneapolis has the largest metropolitan economy in the region after Chicago, where Turner Impact also has significant housing investments. Brooklyn Park is located just north of the city, near the largest health-technology cluster in the country, known as medical alley, and major employers such as Medtronic, Target, and Amazon, as well as easy access to jobs in downtown Minneapolis and St. Paul.
Turner Impact’s holistic approach to workforce housing also entails enriching residents’ quality of life with demand-driven essential on-site services in education, health, safety, and other areas that help build a sense of community. These include after-school tutoring programs, exercise and nutrition classes, community watch programs, and more.
“We are excited to expand our impact to greater Minneapolis and are actively pursuing additional investments in the market,” said Gee Kim, President of Turner Impact’s Multifamily Housing Initiatives. “We welcome and look forward to opportunities to contribute in a meaningful way to the housing solution in this key part of the country.”
Housing initiatives are a core component of Turner Impact Capital’s holistic approach to social impact investing. Since 2016, Turner Impact has raised more than $650 million in equity for its first two housing funds – Turner Multifamily Impact Funds I and II – and has recently launched a third fund, Turner Multifamily Impact Fund III. The new Fund is the firm’s largest to date, targeting between $750 million and $1 billion in total commitments. The Fund has already received strong interest from both U.S. and international investors and will build on the work of its predecessor funds to preserve and enrich workforce housing through the acquisition of existing affordable rental housing at scale.
Turner Multifamily Impact Fund III will also pursue the development of new affordable housing through public-private partnerships, as well as opportunistic investments in and recapitalization of workforce housing projects resulting from market dislocations.
Turner Impact has recently accelerated its expansion by hiring Gary Rodney, a national housing leader, as Managing Director for Housing Initiatives. Rodney joined Turner Impact from Tishman Speyer, where he launched the firm’s first affordable housing platform, and earlier served as Chairman of CREA, a national syndicator of low-income housing tax credits, as well as President of the New York City Housing Development Corporation.
About Turner Impact Capital
Turner Impact Capital is the nation's largest private equity real estate firm exclusively dedicated to social impact. Based in Santa Monica, California, the firm focuses on creating sustainable solutions for many of today's most daunting societal problems by developing and investing in community-enriching infrastructure in densely populated, underserved communities. The firm seeks to generate superior risk-adjusted financial returns by investing in markets with large supply/demand mismatches of core community infrastructure (i.e., workforce housing, public schools, and community-serving healthcare facilities) and a lack of institutional capital. Turner Impact Capital seeks profits with a purpose. Learn more at www.turnerimpact.com or @turnerimpact on Twitter.
REAL ESTATE TECHNOLOGY, MORTGAGE AND LENDING
Businesswire | May 12, 2023
VTS, the commercial real estate industry’s only technology platform that unifies owners, operators, brokers, and tenants to capitalize on opportunities revealed in every square foot of their properties, today announced that it has launched a revolutionary new tenant experience technology offering, VTS Activate, which builds upon the proptech leader’s existing history in the TenEx space. VTS Activate goes beyond the strengths of both VTS Rise and Lane to deliver owners and operators with the unparalleled technology and insights – not just within a building, but across an entire portfolio, creating the ultimate experience for tenants and delivering value like never before.
VTS entered the tenant experience space in March of 2021 with the acquisition of Rise Buildings, and continued its significant investment in the space with the acquisition of Lane in October of 2021. By bringing the best of both softwares together and executing on VTS’ ultimate vision, the team has engineered a transformative technology for its customers to solve today’s unique challenges, including low tenant demand, evolving tenant expectations, and the persistence of hybrid work policies.
VTS Activate is a new solution that enables CRE owners and operators to create a fully integrated office experience. Built with critical technology to retain tenants while differentiating their assets and portfolio, with data and connectivity powered by the VTS Platform. VTS Activate provides tenants with a seamless on-site experience, and the capability to manage their day-to-day needs and activity within a building on one centralized app. VTS Activate is also the only TenEx solution to provide ‘one-app, access anywhere’ functionality – opening a landlord’s entire portfolio to tenants by providing them the capability to choose where they want to work, giving the workers of today the flexibility they demand and delivering a higher level of value. VTS Activate allows owners to turn their portfolio into an interconnected branded ecosystem – they can now deliver their tenants with offerings and experiences across the many places they choose to work.
“Given the challenges of today’s commercial real estate market, retention is of the utmost importance for landlords, and they need to be armed with a solution that activates every tenant, space, and team within a building – deepening relationships with occupants and their talent, while gaining insights that help teams understand their tenants, how they’re using space, and the value they get from it,” said Nick Romito, CEO of VTS. “The launch of VTS Activate brings this all together in one app for owners and operators, and is the result of our considerable investment and commitment to providing the industry with the ultimate tenant experience solution – one that puts the tenant at the forefront.”
With native operations features and sophisticated tools to deliver the right communications, content, and experiences to the right audience, VTS Activate delivers a seamless and personal end-to-end experience at scale, driving engagement and increasing sentiment. Through insights that measure sentiment health and activity, landlords can best anticipate tenant needs, navigate renewals, and expand relationships.
“Emerging on the other side of the pandemic, the notion of where we work has significantly expanded, and a ‘workplace’ is no longer solely a tenant suite – it's a home office, flex space, breakout rooms, and more. VTS Activate provides landlords with the digital infrastructure to accommodate the mobility of today’s tenants, as they look to their landlords and building operators to connect spaces in a way like never before,” said Gijo Mathew, Chief Product Officer of VTS. “Additionally, owners continue to struggle with uncertainty about tenants, their likelihood to renew, and how they’re using space. The data and insights that VTS Activate yields allow for a greater level of clarity on tenant behavior to dictate improved operations, the health of tenant relationships, and ultimately, the best portfolio strategy.”
Beyond insights, access control, and operations management, VTS Activate is a direct, branded channel between the landlord, building manager, tenant companies, and their talent, so the right message can be delivered to the right audience. VTS Activate delivers sophisticated marketing capabilities that allow community managers to create highly configurable, branded programming across their spaces and tenant network. With the tools to create and deliver compelling experiences and offerings – from events and perks, to flex and retail offerings, and more to keep tenants engaged and coming into the office.
“At Tishman Speyer, we are constantly considering what’s next for the industry and appreciate that VTS seeks to do the same,” said Joe Doran, Chief Financial Officer at Tishman Speyer. "We are committed to building community and connection, and products like VTS Activate are all about bringing people together – bridging the physical experience to a digital platform.”
VTS is the commercial real estate industry’s only technology company that unifies owners, operators, brokers, and tenants in a single platform to capitalize on opportunities revealed in every square foot of their properties. In 2013, VTS revolutionized the commercial real estate industry’s leasing operations with what is now VTS Lease. Today, the VTS Platform is the largest first-party data source in the industry, transforming how strategic decisions are made and executed by CRE professionals across the globe.
With the VTS Platform, consisting of VTS Lease, VTS Market, VTS Activate, and VTS Data, every business stakeholder in commercial real estate is given real-time market information and workflow tools to do their job with unparalleled speed and intelligence. VTS is the global leader, with more than 60% of Class A office space in the U.S., and 12 billion square feet of office, retail, and industrial space is managed through our platform worldwide. VTS’ user base includes over 45,000 CRE professionals and industry-leading customers such as Blackstone, Brookfield Properties, LaSalle Investment Management, Hines, BXP, Oxford Properties, JLL, and CBRE. To learn more about VTS, and to see our open roles, visit www.vts.com.