Real Estate Agents Can Host Virtual Open Houses Today with Townify

prnewswire | September 23, 2020

Despite the COVID-19 pandemic slowing down much of the country, real estate has arguably never been hotter. That's why it's never been more important for the real estate industry to embrace technology than it is right now. And now, the real estate industry can meet this new normal head-on thanks to a dynamic new offering from real estate tech pioneer Zigzy. Townify, which is launching today out of beta testing, enables real estate agents to host virtual open houses, a necessity in an age of social distancing.

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There is a fundamental shift going on in Australian listed real estate. For years retail property has been the rightful leader in the listed market providing strong returns for investors. It has become the bedrock of passive investing in listed real estate via off-the-shelf index funds. The proliferation of online shopping has heralded a structural shift in the marketplace.

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There is a fundamental shift going on in Australian listed real estate. For years retail property has been the rightful leader in the listed market providing strong returns for investors. It has become the bedrock of passive investing in listed real estate via off-the-shelf index funds. The proliferation of online shopping has heralded a structural shift in the marketplace.

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StepStone Real Estate to Make a Significant Investment in Anchor Health Properties

Anchor Health Propertiesc | September 27, 2022

StepStone Real Estate, the real estate arm of private markets investment firm StepStone Group Inc., has made a significant strategic equity investment in Anchor Health Properties (Anchor), a best-in-class owner, manager, and developer of healthcare real estate across the United States. The investment was made through a separate account managed by SRE on behalf of a large international pension fund client. As of June 30, 2022, SRE oversaw US$168 billion in global real estate capital allocations for its limited partners and clients. Anchor intends to utilize the investment to fund future platform growth, as well as to enhance its balance sheet and credit reserves. Anchor Health Properties continues to be the majority owner and managing member of the operating platform. "The commitment of one of the world's largest institutional investors to partner with the Anchor platform will help us manage and accelerate future growth in the coming years, We are confident that Anchor and SRE share a similar cultural fit, long-term ownership mentality, appropriate risk-adjusted decision making, and a vision to facilitate best-in-class healthcare services through our healthcare facilities across the United States. We are excited for this next chapter of Anchor's growth as we continue to 'pursue better healthcare through real estate solutions' across our three major service lines." -Ben Ochs, Anchor's Chief Executive Officer James Schmid, the firm's Chief Investment Officer, noted, In early 2022, Anchor evaluated the potential to enhance the firm's corporate balance sheet and prepare for the next stage of platform growth. We had the opportunity to meet with a wide range of equity and debt capital investors across the globe and evaluate the potential to partner with strategic growth capital as we continue to expand our development, management, and investment reach and capabilities. We anticipate there will be increased investment and development opportunities in the coming months and years, and we are well positioned to take advantage to drive outsized returns for investors as those opportunities arise. Further, we are excited to benefit from SRE's insights into global capital flows and dynamic approaches to business execution. John Waters, SRE Partner and Head of Investments added, We got to know Anchor while we were evaluating best-in-class partners with which to make a strategic investment in the US healthcare real estate sector. We believe that our recapitalization of Anchor will help them to achieve their growth objectives and significantly enhance their operating platform going forward. Ted Flagg, Senior Managing Director for JLL Securities, facilitated a targeted investor process to help Anchor evaluate equity and debt options for a platform investment over the course of 2022. Mr. Flagg added, JLL Securities is pleased to have represented Anchor to find the right investor for long-term platform growth. After considering a meaningful number of different and attractive proposals from domestic and international investors, JLL worked with Anchor to determine the best strategic fit with a partner who shared a similar approach to investing, including a long-term investment mindset and a continued commitment to providing exceptional services for healthcare real estate. Anchor Health Properties was advised on legal elements by Goodwin & Proctor LLP during the transaction process. SRE was advised by Latham & Watkins LLP. Jones Lang LaSalle Securities provided financial advisory services to Anchor Health Properties for the transaction. About Anchor Health Properties Anchor Health Properties is a national, full-service healthcare real estate development, management, and investment firm serving investors and health systems. Leveraging our collective experience and resources, our nimble, and thoughtful team of professionals develop and deliver tailored, client-specific solutions to respond to today's healthcare challenges – thinking outside the "medical office box." With more than $1.5B of completed development projects, nearly 9M square feet under management, and nearly $3B invested in stabilized healthcare facilities, Anchor continues to create a better healthcare experience for patients and a competitive edge for our clients. Anchor maintains multiple offices nationwide and features more than 100 professionals in its ranks. Healthcare today calls not only for new and more efficient ways of delivering healthcare services, but also a different kind of healthcare real estate company.

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Fairstead announces acquisition of historic aurora apartments in san antonio

FAIRSTEAD | July 26, 2022

Fairstead, a purpose-driven, vertically integrated real estate company committed to sustainable development and the creation and preservation of high-quality housing, today announced the acquisition of the historic Aurora Apartments (Aurora) tower in the Tobin Hill neighborhood of San Antonio. Located at 509 Howard Street, the 11-story building comprises 105 apartments that are home to low-income senior residents. Fairstead will invest $15 million to rehabilitate Aurora Apartments while preserving Aurora's affordability and historic character long-term. The renovations will modernize the interior homes of the 92-year-old property and preserve its historic façade as well as original mosaic tile flooring and walls, historical interior doors, and hardware. Renovations will upgrade the infrastructure of the building including a new emergency generator, electrical panels and main switchgear, installing a sprinkler system, two new elevators, and new roofing. The apartments will also be upgraded with new Energy Star appliances, kitchens and bathrooms, and HVAC units. Construction is expected to begin this summer. "Fairstead is proud to be stewards of historic properties across the country, and we are bringing our approach to preserving both history and affordability to the Aurora Apartments, By expanding our footprint in Texas, we can ensure that its critical affordable housing stock is not only protected but improved and modernized. Our plan to overhaul the homes at Aurora will ensure our senior residents can age in place with dignity – something we are committed to doing nationwide." Allan Izzo, Director, Development at Fairstead Fairstead is financing the rehabilitation in partnership with the Las Varas Public Facility Corporation, a nonprofit managed by the San Antonio Housing Authority, the Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs, Capital One, N.A., and Boston Financial. "About half of the residents receiving housing assistance from SAHA are elderly on a fixed income," said Tim Alcott, the San Antonio Housing Authority Chief Legal and Real Estate Officer. "We celebrate partnerships that help maintain affordable housing options for the families we serve and provide a place of security." "Boston Financial is proud to have partnered with Fairstead on the preservation of Aurora Apartments in San Antonio, Texas. Our investment has helped Fairstead to modernize 105 units of housing for the residents of this historic community, especially seniors, and preserved much-needed affordable homes for the region," said Stephen Napolitano, Senior Vice President, Boston Financial. "We believe in Fairstead's commitment to building vibrant communities across the US, and our work together reinforces our own vision to create a future where everyone has a home, one investment at a time." "This renovation will help bring transformative change to Aurora Apartments with fully renovated unit interiors and common areas, as well as accessibility and energy efficiency improvements" said Evan Williams, senior vice president of Agency Finance at Capital One. "By leveraging our relationships with Fairstead and Freddie Mac, as well as the rest of the development team, Capital One was able to arrange an index lock, which mitigated the risk of interest volatility and ensured the project benefited from a 2.92% treasury rate." Fairstead is partnering with the non-profit Rainbow Housing Assistance to provide much-needed social services to residents through the company's commitment to Community Impact. "Rainbow is grateful for the opportunity to partner with Fairstead at Aurora Apartments. We are excited to bring valuable programs and services to the residents of the community and promote social and economic advancements while ensuring tenant stabilization," said Flynann Janisse, President and Executive Director of Rainbow Housing Assistance Corporation. "Rainbow will offer a variety of programs targeting financial literacy, credit enhancements, education, ESL, career development and immediate employment. We will establish tailored programing to meet the unique needs of each individual and family that calls Aurora Apartments home. We look forward to lifting lives in partnership with Fairstead." Built in 1930 as a luxury hotel in the Neo-Gothic architectural style, Aurora is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Known for its hand-carved fireplaces and grand common spaces, the vintage 11-story apartment building will remain a pet-friendly place to call home. Half of the building's units are reserved for residents making up to 50 percent of the Area Median Income (AMI) and the other half are for households making up to 60 percent AMI. This news follows Fairstead's recent acquisition of the 160-unit affordable housing complex Gateway Apartments at Lake Jackson in the Greater Houston metropolitan area. Fairstead is renovating and expanding Gateway's amenity offerings, including a fitness room and playground, and is transforming the property's outdoor recreation spaces to create a more connected community for residents. About Fairstead Fairstead is a purpose-driven vertically integrated real estate developer specializing in creating sustainable, high-quality housing. The firm's national footprint includes more than $6 billion in assets and identified pipeline. With offices in New York, Maryland, and South Carolina, Fairstead's team manages 90+ communities across the country and runs its comprehensive real estate platform, which includes acquisitions and development, venture capital investments in prop tech, design and construction, energy and sustainability, property management, marketing, and leasing. The firm also administers one of the industry's most proactive community impact programs to provide on-site support services to residents.

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Cherre and Fortimize Announce Strategic Alliance

Cherre and Fortimize | August 12, 2022

Cherre, the industry’s leading real estate data management and analytics platform, and Fortimize, a Salesforce partner since 2012, have entered into a strategic alliance to help real estate firms make faster and more accurate decisions within Salesforce. The alliance combines an industry-leading real estate data management platform with an industry-first consulting approach on the world’s #1 CRM and customer engagement ecosystem, to increase deals in the pipeline and improve the accuracy of underwriting for acquisitions and dispositions. Together – and along with the expertise and advisement of Jonathan Fishman of Bizydev – the new partnership brings multiple decades of experience in the real estate and proptech sectors, to bring new and innovative solutions to the market. “Real estate investors and operators are demanding more data-driven insights for decision making. The Cherre and Fortimize alliance provides the real estate industry with expertise and a turnkey solution for users to get the data they want into a tool of their choice,” - Grant Wood, Cherre Vice President of Strategic Solutions Fawn Perazzo, Fortimize Real Estate Practice Lead added, This partnership amplifies the power of Salesforce for real estate companies. By connecting a mutual customer’s disparate real estate data, Cherre’s platform enables us to seamlessly integrate property data into Salesforce, creating a single source of truth around a team's deal pipeline. Firms can customize the Salesforce platform to meet their team’s needs, which many pointed solutions lack. In this highly competitive landscape, this means dealmakers are better enabled to focus on building relationships and closing deals, instead of wasting time swiveling between disparate systems. With the launch of this partnership, Cherre and Fortimize will arm real estate organizations and teams with key data points to help reduce space downtime, maximize rental terms and improve revenue forecasting for leasing use cases, all from within their CRM. About Cherre Cherre is the leader in real estate data and insight. We 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 located in New York City. About Fortimize Fortimize, a financial services and real estate consulting firm, partners with clients to design, build, automate and enhance digital experiences for their customers and employees leveraging the Salesforce platform and other leading technologies. Fortimize has been a Salesforce partner since 2012. About Bizydev Bizydev is a business development firm based in New York City that specializes in working with technology, product and service companies across industries such as PropTech, business intelligence, analytics, and other verticals to help accelerate growth. Bizydev creates value for the groups it works with by generating unique opportunities around customers, partners, and capital.

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