MORTGAGE AND LENDING, ASSET MANAGEMENT
PRnewswire | June 02, 2023
Planet Home Lending, LLC, a national mortgage lender and servicer, announced the asset acquisition of retail lender Platinum Home Mortgage Corporation, Hoffman Estates, Illinois. Planet will acquire the majority of Platinum's origination staff, including more than 20 branch offices in strategic locations throughout the United States.
"We look to acquire right-sized, financially solid distributed retail companies," said Michael Dubeck, CEO and President of Planet Financial Group, parent of Planet Home Lending. "Platinum is a solid cultural fit. Its talented, highly experienced people share our commitment to delivering exceptional lending experiences supported by deep personal care for borrowers."
Planet expects to continue gaining market share through organic growth and strategic acquisitions. The Platinum acquisition brings to Planet a purchase-focused platform and high-producing branches, expanding the company's footprint in Midwest, Northwest, and West Coast markets.
Planet is now #9 on Inside Mortgage Finance's overall lender leaderboard and #4 among government loan producers.
"The move to Planet brings immediate access to improved pricing, technology, and marketing to Platinum's branches," said Platinum CEO and President Lee M. Gross. Gross will join Planet as Senior Vice President and will continue to lead the Platinum team at Planet.
"Planet's efficient platform gives us the pricing advantage of $26 billion in volume," Gross said. "In addition to agency and GSE home loans, Planet also has niche products tailored to today's tight real estate markets, including self-funded One-Time Close (OTC) construction loans as well as manufactured housing and renovation mortgage loans."
Platinum's former President and CEO Bill Giambrone, along with his brother Michael Giambrone, founded the company in 1993. Bill Giambrone's illustrious 30-year career as an independent mortgage banker includes remarkable contributions to the industry, highlighted by his service as a board member and past president of the Community Home Lenders Association.
About Planet Financial Group, LLC
Planet Financial Group, LLC, Meriden, Connecticut, is a fully integrated family of companies delivering innovative origination, servicing and asset management solutions. Through this synergistic ecosystem of products, services and technologies, Planet Financial Group provides best-in-class experiences for investors pursuing value maximization and borrowers seeking streamlined end-to-end loan lifecycle support. Planet Financial Group is the parent of Planet Home Lending, LLC and Planet Management Group, LLC, which also does business under the name Planet Renovation Capital.
About Planet Home Lending, LLC
Planet Home Lending, LLC, Meriden, Connecticut, (NMLS #17022) is an approved originator and servicer for FHA, VA and USDA, as well as a Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae Seller/Servicer, a full Ginnie Mae Issuer and approved sub-servicer and a Standard & Poor's Global Ratings- and Fitch Ratings-rated special and prime residential servicer. Planet Home Lending, LLC has been assigned a corporate family rating by Moody's Investors Service viewable at www.moodys.com. Its correspondent division offers a full suite of government, agency and niche home loans. Planet Home Lending, LLC is also a special servicer managing diverse investor portfolios. Its customized servicing solutions maximize asset recovery and optimize performance through active management at the portfolio and loan levels. Planet Home Lending, LLC is an Equal Housing Lender. For more information about Planet Home Lending, LLC,
MARKET OUTLOOK, REAL ESTATE INVESTMENT
PRnewswire | April 04, 2023
Tishman Speyer today announced that The Spiral, its recently-completed West Midtown office tower, has won the 2023 CoStar Impact Award for best commercial development in the New York City region.
The CoStar Impact Awards recognize exemplary commercial real estate transactions and projects completed in 2022 with significant influence in neighborhoods across 128 major markets in the United States, Canada and the United Kingdom.
Designed by BIG-Bjarke Ingels Group, The Spiral rises to 1,031 feet and features a cascading series of landscaped terraces and hanging gardens as its signature element. The terraces ascend one per floor in a spiraling motion to create a unique, continuous green pathway that wraps around the façade of the tower, supplying its occupants with readily accessible fresh air and outdoor space.
"Since day one, Tishman Speyer has been focused on making The Spiral the world's most innovative, collaborative and human-centric office environment," said Tishman Speyer Senior Managing Director and Regional Director of New York Chris Shehadeh. "This recognition by CoStar serves as both a validation of our efforts and a testament to the hard work and ingenuity of everyone involved in this project."
The Spiral, which is pursuing LEED Gold certification, prioritizes people first through its biophilic design and intense focus on health, wellness and sustainability. Tishman Speyer's forward-looking approach has helped attract a number of the world's most diverse and innovative companies to The Spiral, including industry leaders Pfizer, Debevoise & Plimpton, HSBC, AllianceBernstein, Baker Tilly, NewYork-Presbyterian, SEB and Turner Construction.
On the top floor of the 66-story tower, Tishman Speyer has created ZO Clubhouse, a premier amenity center and lounge that is available to all customers in the tower. The Clubhouse features an open-air terrace, panoramic views of New York City, a beautifully furnished lounge, food and beverage service, and multiple spaces for meetings, conferences and events. The Spiral also features Studio, Tishman Speyer's flexible workspace solution, with a full suite of furnished, on-demand availability offerings, including coworking spaces, private suites, conference rooms and hot desk space along with high-speed Wi-Fi, conferencing technology and a dedicated staff.
Tishman Speyer is also partnering with award-winning chefs and restaurateurs on three culinary destinations at the base of the 2.8 million square-foot tower. The firm is working with Chef Gabriel Kreuther on a 5,700-square-foot full-service restaurant, as well as an all-day café serving breakfast and lunch, and featuring small plates and specialty wine and cocktails in the evening. Tishman Speyer is also collaborating with Erik Ramirez and Juan Correa, the team behind Llama San and Llama Inn, on a 6,000 square-foot restaurant showcasing Peruvian-Japanese cuisine. The Llama team is also operating the food & beverage program for the ZO. Clubhouse.
Located at the intersection of the High Line and the four-acre Bella Abzug Park, The Spiral encompasses an entire city block stretching from West 34th to West 35th Streets and from 10th Avenue to the park. The six-story base of the building incorporates a grand lobby featuring thought-provoking art by a variety of partners. StudioDrift has created a mesmerizing upside-down landscape consisting of kinetic mechanical flowers that gracefully open and close in synchronized motion. Meanwhile, Sourabh Gupta's Botanicals create the illusion of garden ponds, with lush vegetation growing at the edges.
About Tishman Speyer
Tishman Speyer is a leading owner, developer, operator and investment manager of first-class real estate in 33 key markets across the United States, Europe, Asia and Latin America. Our portfolio spans market rate and affordable residential communities, premier office properties and retail spaces, industrial facilities, and mixed-use campuses. We create state-of-the-art life science centers through our Breakthrough Properties joint venture, and foster innovation through our strategic proptech investments. With global vision, on-the-ground expertise and a personalized approach, we are unparalleled in our ability to foster innovation, quickly adapt to global and local trends and proactively anticipate our customers' evolving needs. By focusing on health and wellness, enlightened placemaking and customer-focused initiatives such as our tenant amenities platform, ZO, and our flexible space and co-working brand, Studio, we tend not just to our physical buildings, but to the people who inhabit them on a daily basis. Since our inception in 1978, Tishman Speyer has acquired, developed, and operated 531 properties, totaling 221 million square feet, with a combined value of approximately $130 billion (U.S.). Our current portfolio includes such iconic assets as Rockefeller Center in New York City, The Springs in Shanghai, TaunusTurm in Frankfurt and the Mission Rock neighborhood currently being realized in San Francisco.
REAL ESTATE TECHNOLOGY, REAL ESTATE INVESTMENT
PRnewswire | May 22, 2023
NexPoint, a multibillion-dollar alternative investment platform, today announced the acquisition of two life sciences industrial properties located in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, from Frontida Biopharm, LLC, a company in the Adare Pharma Solutions group, which is a global technology-driven contract development and manufacturing organization focused on oral dosage forms for the pharmaceutical industry. The properties were indirectly acquired by NexPoint Life Sciences II DST, a Delaware statutory trust seeking to raise $42 million in equity from accredited investors via a private placement offering. NexPoint Life Sciences II DST aims to raise capital from investors looking for exposure to the growing life sciences real estate sector.
The real estate transaction builds on NexPoint's commitment to grow its presence within the life sciences industry and to provide best-in-class facilities for innovative companies in the research, development, and manufacturing of pharmaceuticals, biotechnology-based food and medicines, medical devices, biomedical technologies, nutraceuticals, and cosmeceuticals.
The real estate acquisition includes nearly 18 acres of land across the two separate properties and more than 250,000 square feet of interior space where Frontida Biopharm, LLC will remain the tenant. The first property comprises R&D, production, and warehouse facilities capable of producing three billion tablets and capsules annually. The second property features distribution facilities and packaging capacity for four billion tablets and capsules annually and allows for potential expansion on its 12-acre campus.
"As the life sciences industry continues to evolve, we see increasing demand for quality properties to support companies across all stages of innovation," said Matt McGraner, NexPoint Real Estate Advisors' Chief Investment Officer. "We are committed to expanding our footprint in this critical sector with modern facilities that help life sciences companies do their best work."
NexPoint is a multibillion-dollar alternative investment firm comprised of a group of investment advisers and sponsors, a broker-dealer, and a suite of related investment vehicles. NexPoint provides differentiated access to alternatives through a range of investment solutions, including public and private real estate investment trusts, tax-advantaged real estate vehicles, merger arbitrage and event driven strategies, other private real estate investments, closed-end funds, interval funds, and a business development company. NexPoint is based in Dallas, Texas and is part of a network of affiliates with expertise across the asset management and financial services spaces.