REAL ESTATE INVESTMENT,REAL ESTATE ADVICE
United Real Estate | August 09, 2022
United® Real Estate (United) announced today its partnership and the newest member of its national network, United Real Estate | Fortune, based in Great Neck, New York. The move ushers United into New York State and the New York City area for the first time and expands its service footprint to one of the most exciting, diverse and competitive real estate markets in the world.
United Real Estate is a five-time Inc. 5000 fastest-growing U.S. company and currently the 7th largest independent real estate operation in America. The alliance equips United Real Estate | Fortune agents with advanced proprietary technologies, marketing programs and a breadth of resources provided by United's national organization. Some resources United Real Estate | Fortune is rolling out include:
100% commission, flat-free transaction compensation
Automated listings marketing and personal marketing programs
Lead-generating agent websites
National referral network
Agent productivity platform – Bullseye™
Revolutionary marketing & communications platform
24/7 on-demand and live agent training
United Real Estate | Fortune's talented team provides expert representation for residential, commercial, multi-family, land and rental properties. They service Long Island and all five NYC boroughs. The office is also fully equipped to serve both English- and Mandarin-speaking clientele.
The new partnership provides United | Fortune agents exciting new ways to serve buyers, sellers, investors and business owners while expanding their marketing firepower and local and national reach.
Our agents and their clients are at the heart of how we make decisions and evolve our business in this fast-paced and competitive New York real estate market, With United under our wings, our agents are going to serve buyers and sellers with the utmost integrity and professionalism, while utilizing exciting new resources. Clients will benefit from exceptional service and sales results. It was an obvious choice for us to choose to partner with United,stated CEO/Broker of United Fortune, Susanna Shao.
"We are very pleased to welcome Susanna and her team to United Real Estate and open a new market for us in the process. Their professionalism and their passionate, positive energy for growth are amazing. They are a great addition to our national network. The services, support and tools we are bringing their agents will be a great complement to United Fortune's deep skillsets, contacts and expertise in the NYC area – a true catalyst for growth."
-President of United Real Estate, Rick Haase
About United Real Estate
United Real Estate (United) – a division of United Real Estate Group – was founded with the purpose of offering solutions to real estate brokers and agents in the rapidly changing real estate brokerage industry. United provides the latest training, marketing and technology tools to agents and brokers under a flat-fee, transaction-based agent commission model. By leveraging the company's proprietary cloud-based Bullseye™ Agent & Broker Productivity Platform, United delivers a more profitable outcome for agents and brokers. United Real Estate operates in 32 states with 140 offices and more than 17,500 agents. The company produced over $21.5 billion in sales volume in 2021.
About United Real Estate | Fortune
Formerly MEHome Realty, CEO/Broker Susanna Shao founded the company in 2018 with the goal of providing buyers, sellers, investors and business owners a service-oriented, one-stop shopping experience, focusing on integrity and professional representation of clients. The full-service, multi-cultural office based in Great Neck, NY serves Long Island and all five NYC boroughs. They assist both English- and Mandarin-speaking clientele.
REAL ESTATE TECHNOLOGY
LightBox | July 13, 2022
LightBox, a leading information and technology platform for commercial real estate and location-based intelligence, announced the launch of the LightBox Data Platform. The platform serves as the most complete, connected data solution in the market bringing together third-party, public and customer data with LightBox proprietary content in a consistent data model for straightforward onboarding and integration. Clients can now use the newly launched Developer Portal to discover and connect to the full breadth and depth of LightBox data using a unified API and the LightBox ID, a permanent identifier that creates powerful connections to LightBox’s information model and allows users to easily identify relationships across LightBox’s property graph.
LightBox’s expanding suite of APIs, data solutions and professional service offerings provide companies the flexibility to determine what solutions scale best to enable businesses and industries to make strategically sound decisions in broadband modeling, site selection, property research, portfolio management, risk analysis and more.
LightBox SmartFabric™ will serve as the foundational dataset for the platform. SmartFabric brings together geospatial and non-geospatial datasets in a proprietary connected model. It provides customers with the insights and relationships across LightBox’s core parcel, building footprints, addressing, property characteristics, transactions, and other datasets for a complete view of a property.
“The LightBox Data Platform builds on our strong data management capabilities and demonstrates the openness and connectivity we need to develop as an industry, The demand for data remains unabated, clients continue to look for a competitive edge through data, and we are innovating to meet the demand. Our new APIs coupled with LightBox’s identifier and geocoder provides customers with the connected data solution that they are looking for.”
-Eric Frank, Chief Executive Officer at LightBox.
The real estate industry’s desire to access and append more data has been growing at an exponential rate. Data management is a difficult process in the era of big data and a one size approach does not fit all, said Adam Cardarelli, Vice President of Product Management at LightBox. Users need the technological components to access and manage data according to their own specifications. The LightBox Data Platform will consistently deliver a diverse body of APIs and data in a usable fashion. It will meet the needs of everybody in the industry—buyers, sellers, lenders, appraisers, environmental professionals, and more—who can scale it according to need.
LightBox’s APIs are now available through the LightBox Developer Portal allowing users to explore the catalog, discover new solutions, access sample code, and connect with other LightBox users in forums to gain input and insight about their business challenges. Developers will be able to discover LightBox APIs and LightBox data, with enough documentation and samples to put the system to immediate use however they require. The portal features over 75 endpoints with more being continuously added.
LightBox is a leading real estate information and technology platform. Through operational excellence and a passion for innovation, LightBox facilitates transparency, efficiency, insight, and prediction for real estate investment and location analytics. LightBox customers include commercial and government agencies requiring definitive real estate data and powerful workflow solutions, including brokers, developers, investors, lenders, insurers, technology providers, environmental consultants, and valuation professionals. LightBox is backed by Silver Lake and Battery Ventures.
REAL ESTATE INVESTMENT
NexPoint | May 20, 2022
NexPoint Advisors, L.P., a multibillion-dollar alternative investment platform, announced the formation of a new NexPoint advised real estate investment trust (REIT). NexPoint is partnering with HomeSource Operations, LLC to acquire, build, and operate single-family rental homes in the REIT. The new NexPoint advised REIT will target both existing SFR homes and new construction build-to-rent homes in high-growth markets.
In acquiring existing SFR homes, the new NexPoint advised REIT will focus on homes built no earlier than 2000. Through strategic developer and builder relationships, the REIT will also target new construction BTR homes. The REIT will focus primarily on high-growth secondary and tertiary markets throughout the Sunbelt and Southeastern portions of the United States.
For NexPoint, the parent of the adviser to one of the largest owners of SFR homes in the U.S., this new initiative will help NexPoint further expand its exposure to SFR. NexPoint expanded into the SFR market in 2018 and, through an affiliate, is the adviser of a REIT that now owns and operates more than 22,000 homes. This new initiative also presents NexPoint with unique opportunities to leverage its broad range of capital markets capabilities to help bring creative financing solutions to acquisitions of SFR and BTR homes.
Currently, the new REIT has an existing portfolio of more than 1,000 homes, which NexPoint expects to grow to several thousand homes by year end.
NexPoint views the SFR sector as a core part of our platform and we are pleased to announce a partnership with a quality operator like HomeSource that will allow us to broaden our exposure to this critical sector and expand our SFR platform into new segments."
Matthew McGraner, Chief Investment Officer for NexPoint
Randy Hagedorn, Chief Executive Officer of HomeSource said, "We are grateful to have a partner in NexPoint that understands the need to be entrepreneurial and flexible as we acquire SFR and BTR Homes in the REIT. We look forward to our partnership and using our collective experience and expertise to grow the REIT's portfolio."
NexPoint is a multibillion-dollar alternative investment platform comprised of a group of investment advisers and sponsors, a broker-dealer, and a suite of related investment vehicles. The firm provides differentiated access to real estate and other alternatives through public and private REITs, 1031 exchanges and other tax-advantaged real estate vehicles, closed-end funds, interval funds, and a business development company (BDC). Investment solutions draw on NexPoint's core capabilities in real estate, capital markets, and credit. Within real estate, NexPoint has expertise across multiple property types, including multifamily, single-family rental, self-storage, hospitality, industrial, office/retail, timber, and life sciences. NexPoint is based in Dallas, Texas and is part of an integrated network of investment management and financial services businesses.