Real Estate Investing Expands with The Rise of New Technology and 5G

Pacer ETFs | October 15, 2019

The United States technology and industrial real estate sectors continue to evolve in preparation for the rapid expansion of new technologies like e-commerce, the Internet of Things, streaming, and 5G. The rise of artificial intelligence, autonomous vehicles, online streaming and e-commerce services stand to fundamentally change how businesses interface and communicate with consumers. Before this takes place, however, Sean O’Hara, president of Pacer ETFs Distributors, says the “backbone of tech” must expand.

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Savills Studley is the leading commercial real estate services firm specializing in tenant representation. Founded in 1954, the firm pioneered the conflict-free business model of representing only tenants in their commercial real estate transactions.

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Savills Studley is the leading commercial real estate services firm specializing in tenant representation. Founded in 1954, the firm pioneered the conflict-free business model of representing only tenants in their commercial real estate transactions.

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Curbio Recognized for Exemplary Workplace Environment with Three Comparably Awards

Curbio | October 07, 2022

Curbio, Inc., the leading fix now, pay when you sell home improvement solution for real estate agents, brokers and their listing clients, today announced recognition from workplace culture site Comparably for its exemplary workplace environment. Curbio was selected out of 70,000 companies in three of this quarter's categories including Happiest Employees, Best Company Compensation and Best Company Perks & Benefits. Comparably awards are based on anonymous employee feedback submitted to Comparably.com within a 12-month period. Rankings were determined based on a combination of factors that contribute to employee happiness at work, including a positive work environment, satisfaction with total compensation package, satisfaction with perks and benefits, and pride in company. "It makes me incredibly proud to see Curbio being recognized by Comparably, because these rankings are based entirely on employee feedback. Curbio has always been an employee-first company. Our employees are passionate and excited by their job and Curbio's mission, and we really value and care for our employees, Knowing that our employees are feeling happy at work, and satisfied with their compensation and benefits packages, means everything to Curbio's leadership team." -Rick Rudman, CEO of Curbio This is far from the first time that Curbio has been recognized for its exemplary company culture. The company has been certified as a Great Place to Work®, was named a best place to work in Washington, D.C. by Comparably, a Next Gen 100 workplace by RippleMatch and a Top 5000 fastest-growing company in America by Inc. Magazine. Curbio CEO Rick Rudman was named a Best CEO by Comparably, and a Real Estate Newsmaker by RISMedia. Curbio has also been continuously recognized for its success as a tech-powered home improvement solution, receiving nods in HousingWire, Qualified Remodeler and Best in Biz, to name a few. About Curbio Curbio was founded in 2017 to transform the multi-billion-dollar home improvement industry and has quickly become the nation's leading pay-at-closing home improvement solution. The company partners exclusively with real estate agents and their clients to get any home ready for the market, allowing it to sell faster and for top dollar. Using technology to power their service, Curbio completes pre-listing home improvement projects of any size quickly and without hassle, from start to finish, with zero payment due until the home sells. Curbio is trusted by thousands of realtors and brokerages nationwide, and has been continuously recognized for its exemplary solution, receiving nods in HousingWire, Qualified Remodeler and Comparably, to name a few.

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Redfin Launches Down Payment Assistance Feature to Help Make Homeownership More Attainable

Redfin | October 10, 2022

Redfin, the technology-powered real estate brokerage, today added down payment assistance information to home listings on its website. Potential homebuyers can now use Redfin to discover down payment assistance programs they may qualify for in order to help make homeownership more affordable. The feature is powered by a partnership with Down Payment Resource, a company helping the housing industry connect homebuyers with more than 2,200 homebuyer assistance programs nationwide. Each eligible for-sale listing page on Redfin in the U.S. now displays the number of down payment assistance programs available in that area. Interested homebuyers can input basic information and immediately receive a tailored list of programs they may qualify for, the amount of assistance potentially available to them, and links to the program pages for more information. “Nearly half of Americans who have never owned a home say that saving money for a down payment is a barrier to homeownership, and many young people in particular feel like they’ll never be able to own a home, Down payment assistance programs can make homeownership more attainable, but information about them is often fragmented and hard to understand. We saw a big opportunity in partnering with Down Payment Resource to raise awareness about these programs to help more people become homeowners.” -Christian Taubman, Redfin’s chief growth officer This information is especially valuable as the national median home price has soared roughly 40% since the pandemic, making saving for a down payment more challenging. Recent Redfin research found that the typical U.S. homebuyer who took out a mortgage in July made a $62,500 down payment, nearly double the median down payment in July 2019, before the pandemic started. Our research shows that one in three declined mortgage applications are denied for reasons that could be addressed with homebuyer assistance, which underscores the critical need to increase awareness about these life-changing programs, Partnering with Redfin is a great way to get information about financial support into more consumers’ hands. With thousands of assistance programs available across the country, many Americans may be able to afford homeownership sooner than they realized,said Rob Chrane, CEO and founder of Down Payment Resource. This launch is part of Redfin’s broader mission to remove barriers to homeownership and make finding a home clear and achievable. Other efforts include: Ongoing donations to nonprofit community partners through Redfin Rise, the company’s philanthropic initiative. This year, Redfin Rise donations have provided housing counseling sessions for 660 families through Clarifi, supported the development of 12 permanently affordable homes through Homestead Community Land Trust, provided $135,000 in closing grants to 45 homebuyers through NHS Chicago, and helped build 226 homes in El Salvador and Mexico with New Story. Maintaining free homebuyer resources, including first-time homebuyer guides in both English and Spanish and homebuying classes taught by expert Redfin agents. Publishing extensive housing market research about affordability and equality issues. About Redfin Redfin is a technology-powered real estate company. We help people find a place to live with brokerage, instant home-buying (iBuying), rentals, lending, title insurance, and renovations services. We sell homes for more money and charge half the fee. We also run the country's #1 real-estate brokerage site. Our home-buying customers see homes first with on-demand tours, and our lending and title services help them close quickly. Customers selling a home can take an instant cash offer from Redfin or have our renovations crew fix up their home to sell for top dollar. Our rentals business empowers millions nationwide to find apartments and houses for rent. Since launching in 2006, we've saved customers more than $1 billion in commissions. We serve more than 100 markets across the U.S. and Canada and employ over 6,000 people. About Down Payment Resource Down Payment Resource (DPR) helps its business partners connect homebuyers to the down payment help they need through its award-winning technology. The company tracks funding status, eligibility rules, benefits, and more for over 2,000 down payment assistance and affordable lending programs. DPR was recognized by Inman News as "Most Innovative New Technology" and the HousingWire Tech100™. DPR licenses its products to Multiple Listing Services, REALTOR® Associations, real estate search sites, lenders, and housing counselors across the country. DPR's subscription based service, Down Payment Connect, helps agents and loan officers match buyers to available programs.

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HINES ANNOUNCES LAUNCH OF TAX-ADVANTAGED PLATFORM

Hines | September 21, 2022

Hines, the global real estate investment, development, and property manager, announced today the launch of Hines Real Estate Exchange (HREX), a platform designed to serve qualified investors interested in tax-advantaged investment opportunities. The platform intends to make 1031 exchange opportunities available to investors in the form of interests in Delaware Statutory Trusts (DSTs) holding assets sourced from Hines Global Income Trust (HGIT). HGIT will have an option to acquire the properties held by the DSTs. The HREX platform is intended to provide participants with a solution to aid in the deferment of capital gains and other taxes while providing them with the opportunity to diversify real estate holdings through the ownership of institutional-grade assets. "Hines Real Estate Exchange is a natural progression for the firm, Given the strong market demand for 1031 exchange products and Hines' vast experience and expertise as sponsor of HGIT, we believe the time is right to launch this initiative." -Alfonso Munk, CIO of the Americas and president of HGIT Many exchangers are eager to capitalize on existing pricing environments. A growing number of financial professionals are requesting DSTs to offer their clients tax-advantaged solutions on their platforms, said Mark Earley, CEO of Hines Securities, Inc. HGIT features a $3.8 billion portfolio of commercial real estate investments that is nearly two- thirds weighted toward the industrial and living sectors. HGIT is diversified by geography and real estate sectors, with a focus on stable assets with strong long-term income potential. About Hines Global Income Trust Hines Global Income Trust, Inc. is a public, non-listed real estate investment trust sponsored by Hines. It commenced operations in 2014 and invests in commercial real estate investments located in the United States and internationally. About Hines Hines is a privately owned global real estate investment firm founded in 1957 with a presence in 285 cities in 28 countries. Hines oversees investment assets under management totaling approximately $90.3 billion¹. In addition, Hines provides third-party property-level services to 373 properties totaling 114.2 million square feet. Historically, Hines has developed, redeveloped or acquired approximately 1,530 properties, totaling over 511 million square feet. The firm currently has more than 198 developments underway around the world. With extensive experience in investments across the risk spectrum and all property types, and a foundational commitment to ESG, Hines is one of the largest and most-respected real estate organizations in the world.

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