MARKET OUTLOOK,REAL ESTATE TECHNOLOGY
ZestyAI | January 13, 2023
ZestyAI, a pioneer in AI-powered solutions for climate and property risk assessments, announced a partnership on January 12, 2023, with a renowned software, data, and analytics company Black Knight, Inc.
The market leader will offer its mortgage, real estate, and capital markets clients access to ZestyAI's property risk analytics platform, Z-PROPERTYTM, in order to deliver fast property-condition reports and risk insights.
ZestyAI's Z-PROPERTY technology extracts insights from aerial and satellite photos for over 150 million residential and commercial properties using computer vision and machine learning. ZestyAI maintains a digital twin of every property in North America that is continuously updated as changes in property condition, upkeep, and renovations affect each property's fluctuating worth and risk.
Black Knight clients benefit significantly from Z-PROPERTY data when assessing property conditions. ZestyAI's technology examines features from each particular property, such as roof condition, to provide property-specific insights that will provide Black Knight's clients with an easy and cost-effective solution to improve their evaluation of property worth and risk throughout the mortgage life cycle.
Julian Grey, Executive Vice President, Mortgage & Capital Markets Product Management at Black Knight Data & Analytics, said, "We're always looking to deliver even more powerful data and insights for our customers, and ZestyAI's property analytics platform immediately stood out." She added, "Investors and creditors will now have instant access to detailed property condition data much earlier in the origination cycle. Offering ZestyAI's roof condition assessment and other insights is a huge win for our customers."
(Source - PR Newswire)
In line with this, Attila Toth, Founder and CEO of ZestyAI, said, "Black Knight is the leading provider of rich data and analytics for the mortgage and real estate industries where real-time data and decisions are the new normal." "We're proud to provide Black Knight's clients with our unique property insights to further improve speed and accuracy during every step of the home acquisition and financing process," he concluded.
(Source - PR Newswire)
ZestyAI provides insurers and real estate firms with comprehensive intelligence on every property in North America. The company employs artificial intelligence, including computer vision, to deliver a continually updated database of 200 billion property insights, which account for every aspect that can affect a property's value and associated hazards, including the possible impact of natural disasters.
REAL ESTATE TECHNOLOGY,REAL ESTATE INVESTMENT
SmartRent | January 03, 2023
SVN | SFR Capital Management (SVN | SFR), a privately held commercial real estate investment company that specializes in single-family build-for-rent (BFR) housing, recently announced a partnership with SmartRent, a provider of real estate technology solutions. SVN | SFR's rental communities are made to improve residents' quality of life, safety, and retention while lowering costs and making operations more efficient.
SVN | SFR Capital Management says that smart home technology has become an essential part of today's dedicated rental communities, and most renters are willing to pay more for houses with smart technology already built in. SmartRent's daily operational process solutions will help SVN | SFR and single-family rental renters by automating tenant technology and protecting assets.
As the BFR housing market alternative remains a popular commercial real estate (CRE) investment, SVN | SFR plans to buy and combine about 35,000 new construction BFR homes over the next 5–7 years, depending on the economy and tenant demand. The company will do this by raising an initial $12 billion in equity and debt capital, which it will use to build a large-scale institutional rental home portfolio and sell when it is stable.
SmartRent said today's operators and tenants want the modernization, optimization, and convenience that technology brings. The firm is thrilled to join SVN | SFR to usher in the age of smart solutions for their properties. With the help of SmartRent's hardware, software, and monitoring solutions, SVN | SFR's teams will be able to improve operational and financial efficiency as well as resident satisfaction across communities.
SmartRent's array of products and services encourages integrated modern living. Supported devices include locks that don't need keys, doorbells that ring, switches, dimmers, plugs, lightbulbs, thermostats, voice assistants, leak, motion, and door sensors. In addition, prospective residents/tenants can take self-guided tours and add ring devices for enhanced protection.
SmartRent, Inc., founded in 2017, is a recognized enterprise property technology company built by and for real estate operators. All the company's products, including smart house-building hardware and SaaS solutions that run in the cloud, make it easy to see and control real estate assets. SightPlan, its subsidiary, specializes in workflow management solutions that automate the property lifecycle. The powerful, end-to-end enterprise platform from SmartRent and SightPlan boosts efficiencies and delivers cost savings and extra income streams, along with elevating user experiences.
AGENT, MORTGAGE AND LENDING
Knock | January 25, 2023
Knock, an innovative fintech company, announced on January 24, 2023, that agents and consumers would no longer have to choose between working with their local or national lenders.
The company informed that any lender or agent can now add a no-interest equity advance loan from Knock to almost any conventional or jumbo mortgage to increase the benefits of Knock Home SwapTM. In addition, homeowners can win their desired property and move on their timeline by matching Knock Home Swap Equity Advance with a purchase mortgage.
Knock Co-Founder and CEO Sean Black stated, "Since 2015, our mission has been to empower people to move freely, and we have continued to raise the bar when it comes to making the process of buying and selling homes simple, certain and cost-effective."
"Many companies offer home loans, but no one else offers the Home Swap. By partnering with lenders, we are making it easier for consumers to get the benefits of leveraging the equity in their current house to buy their dream home without any of the hassles that typically come with buying and selling, including the ability to avoid moving twice and living through repairs and showings," he added.
(Source – Cision PR Newswire)
Before putting their current house on the market, a homeowner can use Knock Home Swap Equity Advance to make a firm offer, negotiate, and close quickly on the home they want.
Knock Home Swap Equity Advance loan can also be used to make up to a 30% down payment, buy down the mortgage rate, cover closing expenses, cover up to $35,000 in home preparation costs to sell the old house for top cash, and pay up to six months of mortgage payments on the previous house. Besides, Knock's Home Prep & Marketability Allowance gives access to its approved contractor network and pays all bills out of homeowners' equity.
Knock was started in 2015 by founding team members of Trulia.com. Since then, it has raised more than $600 million in debt and equity from top investors. National Association of Realtors® is a strategic investor in Knock through its investment arm, Second Century Ventures. This means that Knock's homeownership solutions can be sold to its clients by its 1.5 million members. The company currently operates 72 markets across the country but wishes to expand to 100 by 2023.