Southern, Midwest Housing Markets in U.S. Best Poised for Tech Growth

WORLD PROPERTY JOURNAL | January 10, 2020

Based on new Zillow research, U.S. housing markets in the Midwest and South are most ripe for tech growth, with Oklahoma City, Kansas City and Jacksonville leading the way. Silicon Valley and Seattle might seem like the obvious places for tech start-ups to set up shop and large companies to site new offices. But a confluence of factors such as rampant home-price growth and a seeming saturation of companies competing for the same limited pool of tech talent have led some companies to look toward other options. Using a variety of data sources - including from Zillow, LinkedIn, Ookla and the U.S. Census - we zeroed in on five dimensions that determine a market's potential for tech growth:

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The real estate (RE) industry seems to be on an accelerating disruption curve highlighted by rapid changes in tenant dynamics, customer demographic shifts, and ever-increasing needs for better and faster data access to allow improved service and amenities. A case in point: the ongoing development of the 18-million-square-feet Hudson Yards megaproject in New York City. This $25 billion mixed-use redevelopment on Manhattan’s West Side integrates technology with real estate development.

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The real estate (RE) industry seems to be on an accelerating disruption curve highlighted by rapid changes in tenant dynamics, customer demographic shifts, and ever-increasing needs for better and faster data access to allow improved service and amenities. A case in point: the ongoing development of the 18-million-square-feet Hudson Yards megaproject in New York City. This $25 billion mixed-use redevelopment on Manhattan’s West Side integrates technology with real estate development.

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World’s First and Largest Commercial Property Online Marketplace Launches in the UK

CoStar Group | November 15, 2022

CoStar Group, Inc. (NASDAQ: CSGP), a leading provider of online real estate marketplaces, information and analytics in the commercial and residential property markets, has launched LoopNet, the world’s largest commercial property marketplace, in the UK market. The launch marks the creation of the world’s first international commercial real estate online marketplace, allowing tenants, brokers and investors to access properties available for sale and lease across multiple countries on a single platform. Prior to its launch in the UK, LoopNet marketed exclusively US and Canadian commercial properties to an international community of buyers and tenants. The integration of tens of thousands of UK property listings into the marketplace will unlock global access to the UK commercial real estate market, worth an estimated £1.5 trillion, benefitting brokers, investors, would-be occupiers, and owners of commercial real estate. With over 11m monthly unique visitors, LoopNet will provide UK users with unprecedented exposure to potential investors and tenants, significantly broadening the reach of every listing by successfully capturing relevant local and global audiences. Used by 93% of Fortune 100 companies, LoopNet has made significant investment into Google search engine marketing (SEM) as well as other types of marketing, resulting in superior volumes of traffic to the platform and more efficient outcomes for the end-user. Prior to the launch of LoopNet, the UK market was served by Realla, a CoStar Group company and the UK’s leading dedicated commercial property marketplace, which has now been integrated into LoopNet, unlocking access to additional pools of capital, a greater number of listings and a high-quality international audience. Prior to the integration, Realla had an average of 734,000 unique monthly visitors, which will now be significantly boosted by the additional traffic generated by LoopNet, bringing the total expected LoopNet traffic to nearly 12m unique monthly users from the first day of the launch. With 88% of commercial property searches currently being initiated online as market participants aim to save time and money, LoopNet provides sophisticated technology allowing brokers, tenants and investors to conduct viewings online and benefit from up-to-date pricing and information. The transparency enabled by LoopNet benefits all users, enabling them to get first-hand insights into the market and providing a useful benchmarking tool for market participants – an essential feature for those transacting in today’s volatile market environment. “The UK-wide roll-out of LoopNet, our leading commercial real estate marketplace, is an important element of CoStar Group’s on-going strategic international expansion effort. Having built a strong relationship with our UK customer base through CoStar and Realla, we are excited to be able to offer our UK users access to the international market, which will significantly increase their visibility and reach. With overseas interest in UK commercial property on the rise due to the attractive exchange rate, the launch of LoopNet could not have been timed better, allowing thousands of UK market players to reap the benefits of global exposure. LoopNet quickly became the industry leader for commercial marketplaces in the US, and we are optimistic about its prospects in the UK, where it’s the only marketplace to provide access to such a vast global audience, directly benefitting brokers, tenants, owners, and investors.” -CoStar Group Founder and Chief Executive Officer Andy Florance About CoStar Group CoStar Group, Inc. (NASDAQ: CSGP) is a leading provider of online real estate marketplaces, information, and analytics in the commercial and residential property markets. Founded in 1987, CoStar conducts expansive, ongoing research to produce and maintain the largest and most comprehensive database of commercial real estate information. Our suite of online services enables clients to analyze, interpret and gain unmatched insight on commercial property values, market conditions and current availabilities. STR provides premium data benchmarking, analytics, and marketplace insights for the global hospitality industry. Ten-X provides a leading platform for conducting commercial real estate online auctions and negotiated bids. LoopNet is the most heavily trafficked commercial real estate marketplace online. Apartments.com, ApartmentFinder.com, ForRent.com, ApartmentHomeLiving.com, Westside Rentals, AFTER55.com, CorporateHousing.com, ForRentUniversity.com and Apartamentos.com form the premier online apartment resource for renters seeking great apartment homes and provide property managers and owners a proven platform for marketing their properties. Homesnap is an industry-leading online and mobile software platform that provides user-friendly applications to optimize residential real estate agent workflow and reinforce the agent-client relationship. Homes.com offers real estate professionals advertising and marketing services for residential properties. Realla is the UK’s most comprehensive commercial property digital marketplace. 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Kimco Realty® Expands Presence in New York Market with Acquisition of Long Island Open-Air Grocery Anchored Portfolio

Kimco Realty | November 14, 2022

Kimco Realty® (NYSE: KIM), North America’s largest publicly traded owner and operator of open-air, grocery-anchored shopping centers, and a growing portfolio of mixed-use assets, today announced it acquired a private, multi-generationally-owned portfolio of eight Long Island, NY shopping centers for $375.8 million. The acquisition was funded by the issuance of a combination of cash and redeemable units and the assumption of $88.8 million of 4.1% mortgage debt with a remaining term of approximately six years. As of September 30, 2022, the company had $123.5 million in cash and cash equivalents on its balance sheet and subsequently received approximately $301.1 million of proceeds from the sale of 11.5 million shares of its Albertsons common shares. These eight high-quality centers are located in one of the most desirable markets in the United States and within a drive time of approximately 15 minutes from Kimco’s corporate headquarters in Jericho, NY. The ultra-infill markets of Long Island are high barrier to entry and offer a highly captive consumer base boasting some of the best demographic profiles in the country. The portfolio, which boasts a three-mile estimated population and average household income of 95,000 and $187,000, respectively, is 94.4% leased with significant mark-to-market and merchandising enhancement opportunities. The portfolio, which includes The Gardens at Great Neck, Woodbury Common, The Market Place, Stop & Shop Shopping Center, Southgate Shopping Center, Green Cove Plaza and Syosset Corners in Nassau County, and Sequams Shopping Center in Suffolk County, features five grocery anchored centers and a strong collection of necessity-based tenants and retailers offering everyday goods and services. Tenants include TJMaxx, GoHealth Urgent Care, Rite Aid, Starbucks, Dunkin’ Donuts, and Chipotle. “This acquisition was a rare chance to expand our presence in one of Kimco’s most highly desired markets, with a portfolio of irreplaceable real estate located in one of the most heavily trafficked, densely populated, suburbs that offers high barriers to entry and affluent communities, The strength of our balance sheet, ample liquidity and ability to provide a tax efficient transaction for the seller put us in a prime position to be opportunistic when this multi-generational portfolio emerged. The acquisition also brings us closer to our target of 85% of the company’s annual base rent coming from grocery anchored centers.” -Conor Flynn, Kimco’s Chief Executive Officer At the end of September 2022, Kimco Realty owned 28 centers totaling 3.0 million square feet with an average occupancy rate of 97.8% in the dominant Long Island market. The addition of this eight-property portfolio, which comprises 540,000 square feet of retail space, will further Kimco’s position as one of Long Island’s largest owners of grocery-anchored shopping centers with 36 assets totaling over 3.5 million square feet. About Kimco Realty® Kimco Realty® (NYSE:KIM) is a real estate investment trust (REIT) headquartered in Jericho, N.Y. that is North America’s largest publicly traded owner and operator of open-air, grocery-anchored shopping centers, including mixed-use assets. The company’s portfolio is primarily concentrated in the first-ring suburbs of the top major metropolitan markets, including those in high-barrier-to-entry coastal markets and rapidly expanding Sun Belt cities, with a tenant mix focused on essential, necessity-based goods and services that drive multiple shopping trips per week. Kimco Realty is also committed to leadership in environmental, social and governance (ESG) issues and is a recognized industry leader in these areas. Publicly traded on the NYSE since 1991, and included in the S&P 500 Index, the company has specialized in shopping center ownership, management, acquisitions, and value enhancing redevelopment activities for more than 60 years. As of September 30, 2022, the company owned interests in 526 U.S. shopping centers and mixed-use assets comprising 91 million square feet of gross leasable space.

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HappyCo Acquires Canadian Rental Lifecycle Management Firm Yuhu

HappyCo | November 03, 2022

HappyCo, the leading residential operations platform for real-time rental property data collection and utilization, is acquiring Toronto-based Yuhu, a comprehensive rental lifecycle management platform. Terms of the deal were not disclosed. Yuhu's operations platform is utilized by top property owners and operators such as Boardwalk, CAPREIT, and BentallGreenOak and services over 500,000 prospects and residents across Canada and Europe. "We've known the Yuhu team for quite some time and both companies share a similar culture and common vision to improve the multifamily industry, The merger of our firms broadens our collective impact on the overall resident lifecycle, and will allow us to capture more actionable data, create opportunities to enhance resident experiences, and streamline property operations to ease the daily workload of onsite teams." -HappyCo CEO, Jindou Lee Yuhu's cloud-based software for property owners and managers will be integrated into HappyCo's 'Happy Property Suites' and 'Happy Force' products to offer a complete operations solution for customers and residents. The Yuhu acquisition provides HappyCo with a resident-facing solution that significantly enhances its existing products and offers HappyCo customers a cohesive product that delivers an end-to-end view of the property lifecycle. As part of the acquisition, Yuhu's current employees will join the HappyCo team, including Hugh Kolias, CEO of Yuhu, who will join as EVP. Existing Yuhu customers will benefit from an expanded solutions platform, accelerated product investment, and broader support while enjoying continuity of service. We are thrilled to join forces with Jindou and the HappyCo team to achieve our shared vision to enhance the quality of life for multifamily residents and operators, By bringing our teams and products together, we're able to provide our mutual client-partners with an even better all-around experience,said Kolias. Founded in 2011, HappyCo is the leading source of condition assessments and workflow tools for the multifamily market. Designed to automate, simplify, and protect data collected during residential rental property inspections, the platform has in-unit data on more than 3.5 million multifamily and single-family rental homes – notably one out of every eight professionally managed units in the U.S. The company provides vital underwriting information to lenders, investors, and asset managers, and empowers property managers with real-time operational tools and reporting. In 2021, HappyCo data were relied upon in about 26 percent of all U.S. sales transactions of multifamily units.  HappyCo also serves property managers, offering a complete suite of apps to simplify processes, drive better performance and generate comprehensive views of assets within a portfolio. About HappyCo HappyCo is a real estate software company that develops mobile and cloud solutions to enable real-time operations data for property managers, asset managers, lenders, and investors. Its software suite includes market-leading condition assessment and workflow tools with in-unit data on over 3.5 million rental homes. Founded in 2011 in Adelaide, Australia, the company is privately held with a remote workforce throughout the US, Canada, and Australia. About Yu hu Yuhu Inc. is a cloud-based multifamily operations platform that manages the entire rental lifecycle from lead to renewal. Yuhu's product suite provides onsite teams with a single, comprehensive solution and access to consolidated data insights. Founded in 2015, Yuhu supports over half a million residents, onsite staff, and prospects for its client-partners including Avenue Living, BentallGreenOak, Boardwalk, CAPREIT, Concert, Hollyburn, Campus Living Centers, Westdale, and other leaders in the Canadian multifamily industry.

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