The last decade in real estate, and a peek into the next one

TechCrunch | December 12, 2019

As we barrel towards the start of a new decade, it’s amazing to think about the ongoing transformation within real estate. In the U.S., housing’s contribution to our GDP is ~15-18% spread across residential transactions, construction and housing services (i.e. rent, utilities, insurance, etc.) For the average homeowner, their primary residence is the biggest component of their net worth. And for employers, affordable housing programs can increase employee retention, productivity and success on the job. Apple, Google and Facebook have all launched different programs focused on addressing the high cost of living, particularly in the San Francisco Bay Area.

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If you’re looking to serve the LGBT community, it’s important to know what they’re looking for in their community and in their real estate agent.

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AGENT,REAL ESTATE ADVICE

RentSpree Offers Insight on How Real Estate Agents Can Capitalize on the Growing Rental Market

RentSpree | December 21, 2022

RentSpree, the industry's premier end-to-end rental management software provider, is dedicated to changing the mindset around the profitability of rental properties. A 2022 RentSpree + RealTrends Rental Power Rankings study made clear that many agents do not view rentals as worthy of their time and resources. Approximately 50% of the surveyed agents claimed that the commission was "too low" for the time and effort required to lease a rental property, and 43% of surveyed agents claim that a lack of knowledge of the rental market keeps them from working in that space. In short, many real estate agents see working with rentals as a poor return on investment (ROI). RentSpree challenges that perception and highlights how rentals can improve agent profitability year-round, especially in an economic downturn. With new insights into the misconceptions of the rental industry, here are some tips on how agents can stay ahead of the economic forecast: Leverage the Right Resources: With the right tools and industry knowledge, real estate agents can increase their cash flow by assisting tenants and working with landlords and property management companies. Depending on their goals, agents could work with buyers and sellers while the market is hot, and renters during a slower part of the year, highlighting how beneficial the malleability of rentals can be. Consider Current Business Expansion: Many agents forget or don't realize that their current business structure might already be set up to work with rental properties. If an agent already works with real estate investors to buy and sell property, they could also offer their services to fill the property with a tenant when it is move-in ready. This can be an excellent option for adding income to your business by establishing yourself as the go-to agent for buying, selling, and renting out properties in the area. As agents, time and resources are invaluable, regardless of the economic situation. Tap Into the Value of PropTech: Agents can lean into property technology (PropTech) tools to simplify working with rentals. PropTech gives power back to agents to work the field rather than handle time-consuming paperwork on a transaction's front or back end. The right solutions also enable real estate agents to: Set up a listing cart to show properties to tenants through the MLS and lets them quickly help renters fill out online applications Facilitate payment of the tenant screening fee Pass on the paperwork to the landlord as soon as it's completed Allow the tenants to be notified of a landlord's decision within 24 to 48 hours of applying (cutting two to five days out of the typical manual application cycle) Boost agents' hourly earnings and return on investment exponentially. With a fresh perspective on the fluid real estate market heading into 2023, and nearly 50 million rental properties across the United States according to numbers from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and the U.S. Census Bureau, there has never been a better time for agents to consider working with rentals. About RentSpree Los Angeles-based RentSpree is a provider of award-winning rental software that helps seamlessly connect real estate agents, owners, and renters to simplify and automate the entire rental process, from listing to lease. The all-in-one platform is known across all 50 states for its easy and secure interface and suite of rental tools, including tenant screening, rent payments, marketing and renter management. To date, RentSpree has partnered with more than 250 of the most influential MLSs, real estate associations and brokerages to serve over one million users in the U.S. RentSpree is ranked 625th on Inc. 5000's fastest-growing private companies in 2022.

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REAL ESTATE TECHNOLOGY,REAL ESTATE INVESTMENT

Tishman Speyer and Mitsui Fudosan America Establish Joint Venture to Develop and Reposition Logistics Properties in Leading U.S. Industrial Markets

Tishman Speyer and Mitsui Fudosan America | November 09, 2022

Tishman Speyer and Mitsui Fudosan America (MFA) today announced the formation of a new programmatic joint venture dedicated to the acquisition, development, redevelopment and operation of industrial properties in leading U.S. cities. The newly-created Tishman Speyer-Mitsui Fudosan America Logistics Venture will be seeded by an initial $500 million commitment from an affiliate of MFA along with co-investment capital from Tishman Speyer. The funds will be used to pursue ground-up development projects and the major repositioning or redevelopment of existing value-add industrial acquisitions. The joint venture will prioritize ESG investments that adhere to the standards and specifications set forth by market leading environmental certifications such as LEED and GRESB. The partnership will focus primarily on major urban centers with dynamic workforces, growing populations and high barriers to entry such as Los Angeles, the New York Metro region, the Puget Sound region, San Francisco Bay Area, Austin, San Diego, Washington D.C., Boston and Chicago. Tishman Speyer will execute its industrial strategy through its long-established in-house teams within its target markets. Tishman Speyer will invest in a wide range of industrial assets that facilitate the movement and delivery of goods and services in those high barrier locations, including distribution, warehousing, research and development, small bay, transload and outdoor storage. "The evolving needs of today's consumer have generated strong demand for well-located, functional industrial properties. This is especially true in the most supply-constrained urban centers. Through this new joint venture, we intend to create and operate facilities that bring companies closer to their customers, We are also excited to grow and diversify our strategic partnership with Mitsui Fudosan America - already a co-investor in a number of Tishman Speyer's life sciences, residential and office developments." -Tishman Speyer CEO Rob Speyer Said Sean McSweeney, Senior Vice President, Acquisitions, at Mitsui Fudosan America, This is an exciting area for the growth and expansion of our portfolio. Our partnership with Tishman Speyer has already proven its success in finding opportunity and delivering value to a wide range of urban communities throughout the U.S. This initiative extends from the decade long commitment by Mitsui Fudosan Co., Ltd., to acquiring, developing and managing industrial facilities. In Asia, under the Mitsui Fudosan Logistics Park flagship brand, there are 53 projects being developed and managed. Tishman Speyer launched its industrial platform in December 2021 with the acquisition of two distribution centers in Pittsburgh and Colorado Springs. In 2022, the firm tapped industry veteran Andy Burke to serve as Managing Director and Head of Industrial. Burke previously held leadership roles at AMB Property Corporation (now Prologis) and most recently at Terreno Realty Corporation, where he was part of the management team that established its platform and took the company public in 2010. Mitsui Fudosan America's commitment to this new joint venture will accelerate our industrial platform's expansion from core and core-plus assets to include value-add, development and redevelopment opportunities, said Tishman Speyer Senior Managing Director Paul Galiano, who serves as Co-Head of U.S. Acquisitions and Global Capital Markets. Added Burke, The servicing requirements that come with an ever-expanding omnichannel experience are constantly creating dynamic demands on the supply chain. By positioning our investments in high density locations in the path of consumption, we will unlock significant value for our customers and our investment partners. About Tishman Speyer Tishman Speyer is a leading owner, developer, operator and investment manager of first-class real estate in 32 key markets across the United States, Europe, Asia and Latin America. We develop, build and manage premier office, residential and retail spaces for industry-leading tenants, as well as state-of-the-art life science centers through our Breakthrough Properties venture. 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 512 properties, totaling 217 million square feet, with a combined value of over $126 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. About Mitsui Fudosan America Mitsui Fudosan America, Inc. (MFA) is the U.S. subsidiary of Japan's largest real estate company, Mitsui Fudosan Co., Ltd., a publicly-traded company with approximately $65 billion of assets. MFA is responsible for Mitsui Fudosan's real estate investment and development activities in North America, and is headquartered in New York, with branch offices in Washington D.C., San Francisco, Los Angeles and Honolulu. MFA has been active in the United States since the 1970s, and currently owns assets in the New York, Washington D.C., Boston, Dallas, Atlanta, Denver, Seattle, San Francisco, Los Angeles, San Diego and Honolulu metropolitan areas. MFA's U.S. portfolio includes 8.6 million square feet of office space, 2.7 million square feet of office space under development, 2,000 residential apartments, 5,300 additional rental units under development, as well as 741 hotel rooms. Additionally, MFA has recently developed several condominium projects in the New York and Washington D.C. markets.

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MARKET OUTLOOK,REAL ESTATE TECHNOLOGY

ZestyAI Enters into a Significant Agreement with Black Knight

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) About ZestyAI 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.

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