‘Real estate as a service’ now one of the hottest trends in North America: experts

PwC | November 28, 2019

One of the hottest trends in North American real estate is “real estate as a service” (REaaS), a Vancouver audience was told at the Urban Land Institute’s November 26 launch of its 2020 Emerging Trends in Real Estate report, compiled by PwC. Integral to this trend is putting tenant, customer and resident experience at the heart of real estate design. This means commercial and residential real estate has evolved to offer customers and residents more than the space alone, adding on layers of experience and amenities that go beyond the physical floorplan.

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According to recent research conducted by Knight Frank’s UAE team, KPI’s in Dubai’s hospitality sector have been trending downwards since 2014 we summarise the factors behind this performance? F&B-based initiatives such as ‘Pop-up’ restaurants or leasing outlets to third parties have not only shown to provide increased profitability, but also more predictable revenue streams for operators. We expand on how this model can be most effective, and how operators can select an optimal tenant.

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According to recent research conducted by Knight Frank’s UAE team, KPI’s in Dubai’s hospitality sector have been trending downwards since 2014 we summarise the factors behind this performance? F&B-based initiatives such as ‘Pop-up’ restaurants or leasing outlets to third parties have not only shown to provide increased profitability, but also more predictable revenue streams for operators. We expand on how this model can be most effective, and how operators can select an optimal tenant.

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REAL ESTATE INVESTMENT,MORTGAGE AND LENDING

AppraisalWorks Partners with Mortgage Cadence to Modernize the Appraisal Process

AppraisalWorks | December 01, 2022

AppraisalWorks, a leading provider of real estate appraisal management technology, today announced a partnership with Mortgage Cadence that will allow lenders to consolidate multiple appraisal vendor and order management systems onto the AppraisalWorks platform – for centralized management and automation of the complete appraisal management function. Mortgage Cadence is a comprehensive, customizable platform that is uniquely positioned to provide a complete, end-to-end loan lifecycle experience. The integration with AppraisalWorks will enable lenders to quickly select the best-fit property valuation model directly within the Mortgage Cadence platform. Lenders benefit from real-time communication, on-demand access to appraisal information, customizable workflows, greater efficiency and complete transparency throughout the appraisal process. “Adding the AppraisalWorks solution to the Mortgage Cadence suite of partner integrations will further help lenders accelerate their appraisal modernization efforts and improve their ability to deliver faster, more accurate appraisals, This partnership furthers Mortgage Cadence’s commitment to provide access to service providers of choice for lenders on the Mortgage Cadence platform.” -Jim Rosen, Executive Vice President of Services at Mortgage Cadence AppraisalWorks is on a mission to modernize appraisal management. Our partnership and integration with Mortgage Cadence strengthens our commitment to delivering the visibility and control lenders need to achieve exceptional customer service, By consolidating appraisal vendor and order management on AppraisalWorks, lenders gain greater efficiency, control and agility,said Ben Wiant, Vice President of AppraisalWorks. About AppraisalWorks AppraisalWorks® is a cloud-based appraisal management technology platform that enables banks, credit unions, loan servicers and mortgage lenders to order, manage, maintain, and analyze real estate appraisals and collateral valuations. Through its Community and Enterprise versions, AppraisalWorks improves process efficiency, ensures regulatory compliance, and facilitates collaboration among lenders, borrowers, processors, appraisers, and the quality control team – significantly improving loan turnaround time, reducing cost per loan, and enhancing the borrower experience. AppraisalWorks is patented under U.S. Patent 10,635,999. About Mortgage Cadence Mortgage Cadence delivers the industry’s most complete, modern, cloud-based digital lending platform designed to provide an exceptional user experience throughout the entire mortgage lending life cycle, across all channels and products. With a leading borrower point-of-sale through closing collaboration tools, the end-to-end platform is both complete and configurable offering an open-architecture designed to meet the needs of today’s lenders. The platform enables lenders to work more efficiently, leveraging automation and workflow tools that deliver an excellent borrower, sales and operational user experience.

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REAL ESTATE TECHNOLOGY,REAL ESTATE INVESTMENT

JLL's strategic technology services enable future of work and sustainability

JLL | November 22, 2022

JLL Technologies (JLLT), the technology division of JLL, today announced the launch of the Strategic Technology Program, which provides assessment, strategic planning, goal setting and performance measurement services for real estate technologies. The launch of the program is in response to increasing demand for technology solutions to help commercial real estate (CRE) managers adhere to sustainable business objectives. These services are particularly relevant now as businesses implement long-term hybrid work models and ambitious sustainability targets stemming from the pandemic. According to JLL research, 44% of large and mid-size organizations rely on external partners and service firms to accelerate their real estate technology implementation. Among JLL's enterprise clients, demand for technology management services has increased by over 50% year-over-year. As demand has increased, JLL has invested in its technology services. The Strategic Technology Program helps real estate leaders better manage and operate their real estate technology for optimal outcomes. Real estate leaders can use the program's technology assessment, management and measurement offerings to align their technology portfolio to their building systems and data, sustainability, and facility management objectives. The offering helps companies in the following areas: Building – Tools that tune buildings and workspaces to drive for optimal performance, inform sustainability objectives, and enable real estate services teams to interact with building and enterprise systems. Workplace – Enterprise technology solutions that help maximize employee efficiency and enhance their workday experience. Sustainability – Platforms that measure and improve energy use, water use and waste to help companies reach their net zero carbon goals. Data & Analytics – Governance, integration, reporting and modeling that leverage data and analytics platforms to achieve financial, operational and experiential breakthroughs that power insight-driven real estate decision. "More and more, organizations are coming to us to help them demystify the ever-expanding and increasingly complex real estate technology landscape, and ultimately use that technology to help them navigate the changing world of the workplace, Hybrid work requires technology to be successful. This offering is a great example of how we combine expertise across technology and technology services to enable our customers to select, deploy and adopt technology and accelerate their return on investment." -Sharad Rastogi, president, JLLT JLLT houses decades of talent from all corners of CRE – developers, technologists, brokers and more. Together with other business lines in JLL, it delivers a comprehensive portfolio of purpose-built software platforms, apps, hardware and technology services. It also offers innovations from venture-backed companies. JLLT's objective is to meet and exceed the industry's demands for transactional, operational, experiential and data-driven excellence. JLLT is our strategic real estate technology partner, They are an extension of our internal team and a trusted delivery and thought partner. They help us drive innovation, transformation, and adoption through an actionable and measurable technology roadmap and tightly aligned business outcomes, both of which are supported by efficiently utilized people resources and technology resources,said Kathy Jones, Associate Vice President for Facilities Engineering and Planning, Rice University. JLLT is recognized as a leading Workplace Systems Integrator by Verdantix Research and has helped thousands of clients deploy and manage technology in more than 130 countries globally, representing over 250,000 properties and more than 14 billion square feet of space. About JLL JLL (NYSE: JLL) is a leading professional services firm that specializes in real estate and investment management. JLL shapes the future of real estate for a better world by using the most advanced technology to create rewarding opportunities, amazing spaces and sustainable real estate solutions for our clients, our people and our communities. JLL is a Fortune 500 company with annual revenue of $19.4 billion, operations in over 80 countries and a global workforce of more than 102,000 as of September 30, 2022. JLL is the brand name, and a registered trademark, of Jones Lang LaSalle Incorporated.

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REAL ESTATE TECHNOLOGY

Blueground to Acquire Brazilian PropTech Startup Tabas, Accelerating Its Global Expansion in South and Central America

Blueground and Tabas | November 18, 2022

Blueground, a PropTech scaleup offering a turnkey, flexible housing solution for renters globally, announces today it entered into agreement to acquire Brazilian PropTech startup, Tabas. Marking the first acquisition in Blueground’s nearly 10-year history, the company will soon acquire Tabas after leading Tabas’ $14 million Series A funding round earlier this year. Tabas is the largest operator of designer-quality furnished apartments for 30 days or more in São Paulo, Rio de Janeiro, and Brazilia. The acquisition, which is expected to close in early Q1 2023, enables Blueground to enter the Latin American market, and fuel the increased demand for furnished, flexible rentals in the region. Together Blueground and Tabas will launch Mexico City in early 2023. During the period between now and close, the two companies will continue to operate independently and will gradually integrate over the next year. The combined organization will have a presence in 29 cities across 16 countries, employing over 1,000 people. Based on current financial projections, the joint entity is projected to generate ~650M in 2023. Blueground is the largest turnkey property rental company in the 30+ day sector. It has a network of 9,500 move-in-ready, expertly-designed homes enabling people to flexibly live wherever they choose. The company was co-founded by CEO Alex Chatzieleftheriou in 2013, who, after many years as a business consultant, had experienced first-hand the pain points of living out of hotels for work for months at a time. He aspired to create a seamless way for people to freely move between neighborhoods, cities, and countries around the world. Blueground currently works with over 4,700 landlords globally, guaranteeing them rental income while providing expert property management and maintenance services at scale. The acquisition of Tabas will allow Blueground to grow its network faster, supporting its goals of 40,000 apartments across 50 cities by 2025, and add more location options for its client base. “We’ve had our sights set on Latin America for quite some time, as we see huge market potential for furnished and flexible rentals, Since our first investment in Tabas last year, we’ve developed immense respect for the Tabas team and what they’ve built in Brazil. With our best-in-class technology and our expertise in scaling the business, we'll continue to expand and offer the option for a flexible lifestyle in more markets globally.” -Alex Chatzieleftheriou, CEO and Co-founder, Blueground Founded in May 2020, Tabas was born out of the founders’ frustration with the lack of flexible, fully furnished rentals for mid- to long-term stays. Tabas now has over 1,000 apartments in three cities in Brazil - São Paulo, Rio de Janeiro, and Brazilia, raising over $20 million in funding prior to the acquisition. As the first project post-acquisition, Tabas will offer its knowledge and understanding of the market to support the launch of Blueground in Mexico City in early 2023, marking Blueground’s 30th city, and 11th in the last 12 months. Tabas and Blueground’s visions are fully aligned and together we can create even more value for our guests, our landlords and the Tabas team, This acquisition is yet another success story for Brazilian proptech companies. We're proud of the work we’ve done to get us this far; now it’s time to take it to the next level and continue bringing the turn-key, flexible rental living concept across Latin America,said Leonardo Morgatto, Co-founder and CEO, Tabas. The pandemic gave rise to new work environments, enabling people to explore the world and forgo traditional long-term leases for flexible rentals. To keep up with the growing demand, Blueground has doubled its supply of apartments in the last year. The acquisition is subject to standard closing conditions, including regulatory approvals. About Blueground Blueground is a global PropTech company that operates a curated network of thousands of quality, turnkey homes in sought-after neighborhoods around the globe, making them available for stays of a month or longer. Blueground’s tech-enabled platform provides a fully digitized experience; from viewing and booking available apartments within minutes to managing the entire stay through the Blueground Guest App. Blueground is headquartered in New York City, with a portfolio of thousands of apartments in 26 cities worldwide including in New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Boston, Chicago, Washington D.C., Denver, Seattle, Austin, Miami, Dubai, Istanbul, Paris, London, Vienna, Zurich, Berlin, Madrid, Barcelona, Lisbon, Basel, Luxembourg, Copenhagen, Hong Kong, Singapore, and Athens. Blueground plans to expand to 50 cities by 2025. About Tabas Tabas is a Brazilian real estate technology startup providing beautifully-designed fully-furnished apartments for flexible stay. Founded in early 2020, it already has more than 1,000 apartments in its portfolio, in the cities of São Paulo, Rio de Janeiro and Brasília, all located in upscale neighborhoods, equipped and decorated with sophistication. With unprecedented flexibility for the Brazilian market regarding rental contracts, the company works with terms starting from 30 days of rent, guaranteeing the property maintenance to the owners and uncomplicated and well assisted reservations to the tenants.

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