REAL ESTATE TECHNOLOGY
FAIRSTEAD | July 26, 2022
Fairstead, a purpose-driven, vertically integrated real estate company committed to sustainable development and the creation and preservation of high-quality housing, today announced the acquisition of the historic Aurora Apartments (Aurora) tower in the Tobin Hill neighborhood of San Antonio. Located at 509 Howard Street, the 11-story building comprises 105 apartments that are home to low-income senior residents. Fairstead will invest $15 million to rehabilitate Aurora Apartments while preserving Aurora's affordability and historic character long-term.
The renovations will modernize the interior homes of the 92-year-old property and preserve its historic façade as well as original mosaic tile flooring and walls, historical interior doors, and hardware. Renovations will upgrade the infrastructure of the building including a new emergency generator, electrical panels and main switchgear, installing a sprinkler system, two new elevators, and new roofing. The apartments will also be upgraded with new Energy Star appliances, kitchens and bathrooms, and HVAC units. Construction is expected to begin this summer.
"Fairstead is proud to be stewards of historic properties across the country, and we are bringing our approach to preserving both history and affordability to the Aurora Apartments, By expanding our footprint in Texas, we can ensure that its critical affordable housing stock is not only protected but improved and modernized. Our plan to overhaul the homes at Aurora will ensure our senior residents can age in place with dignity – something we are committed to doing nationwide."
Allan Izzo, Director, Development at Fairstead
Fairstead is financing the rehabilitation in partnership with the Las Varas Public Facility Corporation, a nonprofit managed by the San Antonio Housing Authority, the Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs, Capital One, N.A., and Boston Financial.
"About half of the residents receiving housing assistance from SAHA are elderly on a fixed income," said Tim Alcott, the San Antonio Housing Authority Chief Legal and Real Estate Officer. "We celebrate partnerships that help maintain affordable housing options for the families we serve and provide a place of security."
"Boston Financial is proud to have partnered with Fairstead on the preservation of Aurora Apartments in San Antonio, Texas. Our investment has helped Fairstead to modernize 105 units of housing for the residents of this historic community, especially seniors, and preserved much-needed affordable homes for the region," said Stephen Napolitano, Senior Vice President, Boston Financial. "We believe in Fairstead's commitment to building vibrant communities across the US, and our work together reinforces our own vision to create a future where everyone has a home, one investment at a time."
"This renovation will help bring transformative change to Aurora Apartments with fully renovated unit interiors and common areas, as well as accessibility and energy efficiency improvements" said Evan Williams, senior vice president of Agency Finance at Capital One. "By leveraging our relationships with Fairstead and Freddie Mac, as well as the rest of the development team, Capital One was able to arrange an index lock, which mitigated the risk of interest volatility and ensured the project benefited from a 2.92% treasury rate."
Fairstead is partnering with the non-profit Rainbow Housing Assistance to provide much-needed social services to residents through the company's commitment to Community Impact.
"Rainbow is grateful for the opportunity to partner with Fairstead at Aurora Apartments. We are excited to bring valuable programs and services to the residents of the community and promote social and economic advancements while ensuring tenant stabilization," said Flynann Janisse, President and Executive Director of Rainbow Housing Assistance Corporation. "Rainbow will offer a variety of programs targeting financial literacy, credit enhancements, education, ESL, career development and immediate employment. We will establish tailored programing to meet the unique needs of each individual and family that calls Aurora Apartments home. We look forward to lifting lives in partnership with Fairstead."
Built in 1930 as a luxury hotel in the Neo-Gothic architectural style, Aurora is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Known for its hand-carved fireplaces and grand common spaces, the vintage 11-story apartment building will remain a pet-friendly place to call home. Half of the building's units are reserved for residents making up to 50 percent of the Area Median Income (AMI) and the other half are for households making up to 60 percent AMI.
This news follows Fairstead's recent acquisition of the 160-unit affordable housing complex Gateway Apartments at Lake Jackson in the Greater Houston metropolitan area. Fairstead is renovating and expanding Gateway's amenity offerings, including a fitness room and playground, and is transforming the property's outdoor recreation spaces to create a more connected community for residents.
Fairstead is a purpose-driven vertically integrated real estate developer specializing in creating sustainable, high-quality housing. The firm's national footprint includes more than $6 billion in assets and identified pipeline. With offices in New York, Maryland, and South Carolina, Fairstead's team manages 90+ communities across the country and runs its comprehensive real estate platform, which includes acquisitions and development, venture capital investments in prop tech, design and construction, energy and sustainability, property management, marketing, and leasing. The firm also administers one of the industry's most proactive community impact programs to provide on-site support services to residents.
REAL ESTATE TECHNOLOGY
WegoWise and Measurabl | September 02, 2022
Measurabl, the world’s most widely adopted ESG technology platform for real estate, today announced its acquisition of WegoWise, a software platform for utility data automation and residential real estate from AppFolio, Inc., a leading provider of cloud business management solutions for the real estate industry. As a result of the acquisition, Measurabl will consolidate a mature, scaled utility automation backbone and residential real estate software application into its overall ESG platform, eliminating barriers to accessing utility data while authentically serving the rapidly emerging ESG needs of single- and multi-family real estate. The acquisition is Measurabl’s second this year, following the April acquisition of Hatch Data.
Until now, most utility data acquisition required a mixture of third-party technologies and service providers. WegoWise radically alters this dynamic with its proprietary utility automation infrastructure, which unlocks unique business and product innovation opportunities for Measurabl’s customers and partners while also further extending Measurabl’s leading position in ESG services to all asset classes from commercial to residential.
“Our product vision is to deliver ESG solutions for every real estate stakeholder from owners to lenders, occupiers to residents from meter to market, This is another major step in delivering on our expansive vision of removing barriers to sustainability data and making it accessible across the entire real estate industry.”
-Matt Ellis, CEO and Founder of Measurabl
Over the last several years, WegoWise has been vital in not only determining the multiplication of energy and water savings we have been able to achieve over our portfolio of communities, but in easily communicating that savings to our clients and residents, Now that WegoWise is part of Measurabl, we’re excited to have access to a more expansive, market-leading ESG toolkit that can help us bolster our ESG program even further,said Elizabeth Merzigian, Sustainability Manager at Peabody Properties, Inc.
WegoWise enjoys particular success in multifamily real estate and affordable housing, for which it developed nuanced product capabilities to automate utility data collection, benchmark assets and residential units, and support U.S. regulatory reporting. WegoWise’s customer base of over 650 customers is entirely additive to Measurabl’s already globally leading solution adopted across over 13 billion square feet of commercial real estate in 90 countries.
WegoWise is utility data management and analytics software for real estate. The company was founded in 2010 in Boston. It quickly found success in the multifamily segment, for which it developed nuanced product capabilities to automate utility data collection, perform benchmarking and support local U.S. regulatory compliance reporting including the Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae green loan programs.
Measurabl is the world’s most widely adopted ESG (environmental, social, governance) technology solution for real estate. Customers use Measurabl to measure, manage, report and act on ESG data on more than 13 billion square feet of commercial real estate across 90 countries valued in excess of $2 trillion. Measurabl empowers customers to optimize ESG performance, assess exposure to physical climate risk, drive decarbonization and secure sustainable finance opportunities.
REAL ESTATE TECHNOLOGY
HelloSign and RESAAS | August 20, 2022
RESAAS Services Inc., a technology platform for the real estate industry, has partnered with HelloSign, a Dropbox company, bringing electronically-signed referral agreements to the real estate industry.
RESAAS is already used by one in four REALTORS® in the United States for facilitating brokerage-agnostic referrals between Real Estate Agents. To facilitate a secure and transparent method to electronically sign a referral agreement, RESAAS has successfully integrated HelloSign technology into the RESAAS platform.
"HelloSign is excited to partner with an industry platform with the vast reach RESAAS has across real estate, Our ability to provide global scale that organizations like RESAAS require sets us apart. HelloSign's technology makes integrations efficient, which enabled RESAAS to incorporate electronic signatures into its existing technology platform in just two weeks."
-Kelash Kumar, Vice President of Product at Dropbox
Since implementing HelloSign, RESAAS has seen over 80% of new referrals use electronically signed referral agreements.
RESAAS has brought trust to the real estate industry, The addition of electronically signed agreements to the existing RESAAS referral network is what the industry has been calling for. The RESAAS referral solution has already won multiple industry awards, enabling REALTORS® to trade referral business globally. Now, thanks to electronically signed referral agreements, RESAAS Agents can set out agreed terms of referrals and ensure they collect a fee for any referral they share through RESAAS,said Tom Rossiter, CEO of RESAAS.
HelloSign, a Dropbox company, simplifies work for millions of individuals. Customers all over the world trust the HelloSign platform – which includes eSignature, digital workflow and electronic fax solutions with HelloSign, HelloWorks and HelloFax – to automate and manage their most important business transactions.
About RESAAS Services Inc.
RESAAS is an award-winning global technology platform for the real estate industry. With over 500,000 real estate agents utilizing RESAAS in 160 countries, RESAAS enables real-time industry communication, delivers new business opportunities and captures unique real estate data. Some of real estate's biggest brands leverage RESAAS to provide business intelligence to real estate brokerages, franchises and associations.