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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The pace of new purpose-built rental construction in Metro Vancouver has increased considerably over the past couple of years as developers leveraged several municipal initiatives designed to encourage more of this type of development. The STIR (Short Term Incentives for Rental) and the more recent Rental 100 program have been generally successful in encouraging interest in rental development within the City of Vancouver.

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The pace of new purpose-built rental construction in Metro Vancouver has increased considerably over the past couple of years as developers leveraged several municipal initiatives designed to encourage more of this type of development. The STIR (Short Term Incentives for Rental) and the more recent Rental 100 program have been generally successful in encouraging interest in rental development within the City of Vancouver.

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REAL ESTATE TECHNOLOGY

Built Expands Commercial Real Estate Product Suite for Lenders With Acquisition of Nativ

Built Technologies | August 01, 2022

Built Technologies, a leading software provider for real estate lenders and the construction industry, announced that it has acquired Nativ, a leading deal management platform for commercial real estate (CRE) lenders. The acquisition will enhance Built’s existing product suite for commercial lenders and enable improved underwriting and asset management capabilities across construction, transitional, and stabilized assets. Built Co-Founder and CEO Chase Gilbert said, “After years working with top real estate lenders in the US and Canada, our customers began voicing their desire for us to help them solve new problems beyond just managing their construction loans. Our customers were experiencing difficulties with the underwriting and asset-management of loans as well as with aggregate portfolio management and reporting. When we were introduced to Nativ, the powerful tools to streamline these very processes were an obvious fit. This acquisition will also give Built access to a rich data set for how various real estate assets are performing, allowing us to provide innovative risk intelligence products to our customers over time.” “Built’s construction lending solution offers our real estate clients an enhanced banking experience and aligns with Regions’ goal of innovating through technology. The recently announced collaboration between Built and Nativ is exciting, as the combined platform specializes in both construction and stabilized commercial real estate transaction management and allows lenders to work in their native workflows–all while benefiting from a centralized, audited, and enriched data model in the cloud.” – Tan Phillips, Regions Real Estate Banking CRE lenders often silo information required to make intelligent lending decisions. Managing this information manually is expensive and exposes lenders to unnecessary risk. This approach prevents lenders from making strategic decisions in a timely manner, constraining growth and hurting portfolio profitability. Nativ’s platform solves this by: Providing a centralized, collaborative system of record that synchronizes deal data across each loan stage Enabling lenders to integrate portfolio management while preserving familiar or “native” workflows including spreadsheets, and complementing common loan origination and servicing systems Layering on alerts and monitoring to validate loan covenant compliance Delivering flexible portfolio analytics, reporting and monitoring to manage risks and automate common tasks “Joining forces with Built will fundamentally change how lenders and owners work together, Lenders have long been underserved by a lack of modern, industry-specific tools to speed the process of closing and managing loans. Together, we will change the way lenders and owners transact in the entire ‘built’ world.” Jeff Saul, Co-CEO and Co-Founder, Nativ Saul and co-founder Adam Kerr join Built’s leadership team. The deal brings Built’s headcount to over 430 and expands the company’s presence in New York City. Built now serves over 220 lenders, including some of the largest non-bank lenders such as AllianceBernstein, Prime Finance and Benefit Street Partners. About Built Built is the leading provider of construction and real estate finance technology. By providing a centralized platform for all stakeholders, Built enables increased efficiency, collaboration, transparency, and business agility—with decreased risk—allowing customers to improve the way that the communities around them are built and managed. The Built platform is used by more than 220 leading North American lenders and asset managers, and thousands of developers, home builders and contractors. About Nativ Nativ is a leading enterprise software provider to the Commercial Real Estate investment industry. Nativ has helped clients across the country invest in and manage billions of CRE assets. Products focus on workflow automation and the use of proprietary technology to optimize the underwriting and investment decision process through improved harnessing and utilization of deal data. Clients include funds, REITs, banks and insurance companies across the U.S.

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HOME AND DESIGN

HomeStars Launches Home Renovation Flexible Refinancing in Partnership with Perch To Help Canadian Homeowners Bring Their Dream Home to Life

HomeStars | May 19, 2022

HomeStars, Canada’s largest network of verified home service professionals, is proud to announce a new partnership with Perch, a technology platform offering homebuyers and homeowners the financial insights they need to build wealth through real estate. This first-of-its-kind partnership will help homeowners find flexible refinancing solutions to fund their renovation and home improvement needs. Through the new partnership, HomeStars offers a refinancing option to Canadian homeowners looking to make home renovations, repairs, or improvements. Homeowners can now receive cash based on the equity in their homes and use these funds for home improvement projects. We couldn’t be more excited to partner with Perch and offer Canadian homeowners flexible refinancing options to fund their home renovations. It’s been a difficult year for Canadians, with the volatile housing market and economic pressures making purchasing newer homes less accessible and forcing many Canadians to stay in their homes longer. This partnership will allow homeowners to increase the value of their homes and make the much-needed improvements to their homes. This is a great opportunity to provide Canadians with an alternative to financing to give them continued comfort in their homes and live in a space they’re proud of.” Shir Magen, CEO of HomeStars The 2021 HomeStars Reno Report reported that 20 percent of Canadians needed financial assistance to execute home renovations, and many put off home improvements due to the daunting costs associated. With the current market volatility, its expected more Canadians will be financially stretched. HomeStars met this growing financial need by partnering with Perch to empower Canadians to execute their home renovations without the upfront investment. Whether it’s Canadians choosing to age in place, convert their home to one that can be multi-generational, or reinvest in their current property due to the current housing market, through this new partnership, homeowners will be able to get quality work done through vetted professionals with a lower financial impact on their monthly budget. Homeowners can access the Perch refinancing calculator on https://homestars.com to help understand their borrowing power while starting a HomeStars service request. After entering your current property value and mortgage information, homeowners will have the ability to view the results and either begin the pre-approval process or chat with a Perch advisor. Once your loan is finalized and you are matched with a verified pro, you can leverage the funds towards your dream home project with a reputable pro. “Perch’s analytics help Canadians get pre-approved for their mortgages and give them insights to understand exactly how much they can afford,” says Alex Leduc, Founder & CEO of Perch. “We saw a connection to the HomeStars online home services platform, and we’re very excited to be working with them. Together, we can help homeowners reach their goals faster.” By leveraging Canada’s largest network of verified home service professionals, HomeStars allows Canadians to choose qualified professionals in their area and have a clear line of sight into home service professionals' ratings and quality of work. Canadian homeowners are well equipped to hire right the first time with a proprietary star score, verified background and finance checks, and manually verified reviews. About HomeStars HomeStars is Canada's largest network of verified and community-reviewed home service professionals. HomeStars empowers Canadian homeowners to hire right the first time for home renovations or repairs by connecting project-ready homeowners with the best pros in their neighborhood. In 2021, 8 million homeowners visited HomeStars looking for a pro for their next home improvement project. HomeStars was created in 2006 to relieve Canadian homeowners’ anxiety and put their minds at ease knowing they’ve hired a vetted, highly rated home service professional. With three distinct trust metrics, HomeStars gives Canadians the confidence of hiring right the first time, can vet pros recommended to homeowners, and allows for searching and requesting for specific home service professionals. HomeStars is based in Toronto, Ontario, and is an operating business of Angi.

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REAL ESTATE INVESTMENT

Cantor Fitzgerald Income Trust, Inc. Closes $118 Million Dollars in Real Estate Related Acquisitions

Cantor Fitzgerald | July 29, 2022

Cantor Fitzgerald Income Trust, Inc. ("CF Income Trust"), a non-traded real estate investment trust and affiliate of Cantor Fitzgerald, L.P., announced today the completion of more than $118 million in real estate-related transactions since the beginning of 2022. As of June 30, 2022, the portfolio exceeds 6.9 million square feet1 with total assets controlled of $1.05 billion.2 Chris Milner, President of CF Income Trust, stated, "We have been active, thus far in 2022, and continue to execute on our high conviction themes of acquiring well-located multifamily properties and net lease assets with strong tenants." Recent acquisitions include: Eisai Inc. North American Headquarters – Nutley, New Jersey – Class-A Office On April 22, 2022, CF Income Trust, through a joint venture with a subsidiary of Cantor Fitzgerald Investors, LLC, indirectly acquired 10% of the interests in a Delaware Statutory Trust that purchased a 15-story, 332,000 square foot Class-A office tower located in Nutley, New Jersey. The property is leased to Eisai Inc. and serves as the North American headquarters for Eisai Co., Ltd. ("Eisai"), a Japan-based global pharmaceutical company. The property was most recently renovated in 2021 and is designed to nurture the company's hybrid flexible working model, which allows for collaboration and interaction among colleagues. Additional features include a 405-seat auditorium, private outdoor garden, and amenity area. "The property is located within the master planned ON3 life sciences campus, an area that will ultimately include 1.4 million square feet of office/R&D/medical space, multifamily residential, retail amenities, a full-service hotel, and significant green space," said Roger Shreero, Managing Director, Cantor Fitzgerald. "This newly renovated, high-quality asset is a great addition to the portfolio and is a centerpiece within the growing life sciences landscapes of the Nutley and Clifton townships." Landings of Conroe, Conroe, Texas – Multifamily CF Income Trust, through a joint venture with an affiliate of CAF Management, LLC, acquired a 200-unit multifamily property located in Conroe, Texas. Built in 2005, the property features one-, two-, and three-bedroom apartment home floor plans with amenities including a clubhouse, 24-hour fitness center, swimming pool, picnic and grilling area, sport court, dog park, and gated access. "The area has seen significant growth in recent years due to corporate expansions by ExxonMobil, HPE, HP Inc., and ABS in neighboring The Woodlands and Springwoods Village," said Matt Keefer, Managing Director, Cantor Fitzgerald. "Housing demand continues to rise and the property is in a position to benefit from that demand." Mars Petcare - Columbus, Ohio - Cold Storage Warehouse CF Income Trust, Inc., through a wholly owned subsidiary of its operating partnership, acquired a 465,256 square foot cross-dock dry/cold storage facility in Columbus, Ohio. The property is 100% leased to Mars Petcare, U.S. Inc., the domestic segment of Mars' global pet care business. Located adjacent to Mars Petcare's primary production facility, the property features 168,245 square feet of freezer space, LED lighting, 30' clear heights, 27 dock doors, two drive-in doors, 212 car spaces, and 100 trailer spaces on a 21.6-acre site. "We are pleased with the performance and growth of CF Income Trust, We remain focused on adding well-located properties with predictable income streams to our defensively positioned portfolio. Our ability to be selective in today's market is key to our success." Jay Frank, President, Cantor Fitzgerald Asset Management About Cantor Fitzgerald Income Trust, Inc. Cantor Fitzgerald Income Trust, Inc. is a publicly registered, non-traded, monthly-valued perpetual NAV real estate investment trust (REIT) that owns and manages a diversified portfolio of institutional quality, income-producing commercial real estate including apartments, industrial, office, and necessity retail properties located in the United States About Cantor Fitzgerald, L.P. Cantor Fitzgerald, with over 12,000 employees, is a leading global financial services group at the forefront of financial and technological innovation and has been a proven and resilient leader for over 77 years. Cantor Fitzgerald & Co. is a preeminent investment bank serving more than 5,000 institutional clients around the world, recognized for its strengths in fixed income and equity capital markets, investment banking, SPAC underwriting and PIPE placements, prime brokerage, and commercial real estate, and for its global distribution platform. Cantor Fitzgerald & Co. is one of the 24 primary dealers authorized to transact business with the Federal Reserve Bank of New York. Cantor Fitzgerald is a leading SPAC sponsor, having completed multiple initial public offerings and announced multiple business combinations through its CF Acquisition platform.

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