Top 5 Emerging U.S. Tech Hubs for Programmers to Buy a Home Revealed

Redfin | October 14, 2019

According to new research from Redfin and LinkedIn, Charlotte, North Carolina and Buffalo, New York are among the best metro areas for software engineers to buy a home. Both metros saw 4.1 percent year-over-year job growth in June for people in the field, and the typical software engineer would only need to spend 18.9 percent and 13.3 percent of their annual income, respectively, on housing. In comparison, the typical software engineer in San Francisco would need to spend 42.8 percent of their annual salary to afford a median-priced home.

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Whether you've just moved in your home or are doing a little maintenance on your current home, it's always good to do a safety assessment to see how your home could be more secure.

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Whether you've just moved in your home or are doing a little maintenance on your current home, it's always good to do a safety assessment to see how your home could be more secure.

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BUYING/SELLING

SkySlope and Updater expand partnership to bring top moving app to millions of buyers and sellers

SkySlope | June 23, 2022

We're thrilled to announce an expansion of our partnership with SkySlope, an innovator in real estate transaction management. SkySlope serves over 450,000 real estate professionals and now offers Updater as part of their transaction management software to further enhance client relationships before, during, and after each real estate transaction. New features will be released this month, including: All SkySlope broker and agent customers will automatically receive access to the Updater Pro platform at no cost. All homebuyers and sellers in the SkySlope system will receive unlimited access to Updater, helping them move into and manage their new homes. Property information and specific transaction details will sync automatically between SkySlope and Updater, providing each buyer and seller with a personalized and tailored move plan. Broker and agent branding will be featured within the Updater experience before, during, and after the transaction and across communication channels – in-app, web, and email. With more real estate transactions completed in a digital environment, it's critical to remember that the transaction shouldn't end at the closing table – the move is often the most stressful part. We're thrilled to deepen our relationship with SkySlope and jointly deliver on the promise of a frictionless and modern moving experience for all homeowners." David Greenberg, Founder and CEO of Updater While homeowners enjoy a simplified and automated moving experience using Updater's industry-leading technology, SkySlope's customers will build lasting client relationships thanks to Updater's co-branding and configuration capabilities. Once branding and preferences are configured, brokerages and agents remain front and center in the Updater experience as their clients organize and complete moving tasks. "We build solutions to empower REALTORS® and are invested in their ongoing success," said Buck Avey, VP of Product at SkySlope. "Our collaboration with Updater is just one of the many ways we place the agent at the center of providing best-in-class experiences for their clients." SkySlope manages nearly 3M transactions each year. The homebuyers and sellers associated with Skyslope-managed transactions will receive integrated access to Updater's technology, helping them seamlessly organize and complete tasks including: Set up internet and television services Compare and book both full-service and on-demand moving services Set up utility services, including electricity, gas, and water Set up smart home technology Forward mail Update addresses And much more "Updater is integrated with our transaction management system (SkySlope), so that there's no work needed by our sales executives," said Brenda Tushaus, CEO at RE/MAX Results, ranked as the 15th largest brokerage firm in the US by closed transaction sides in 2021. "Other than getting set up and adding branding, it just runs automatically – that's a huge time saver." About SkySlope Established in 2011, SkySlope is the customer experience platform managing real estate transactions from contract to close. Serving over 450,000 real estate professionals across the U.S. and Canada, SkySlope manages nearly 3 million transactions annually. SkySlope is on a mission to build solutions that reshape the real estate industry by creating the most powerful autonomous transaction platform.

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INVESTMENTS

Harbor Group International Acquires Workforce Housing Portfolio in North Carolina's Research Triangle

Harbor Group | January 28, 2022

Affiliates of Harbor Group International, LLC ("HGI"), a privately owned international real estate investment and management firm, today announced the acquisition of an 8-asset portfolio of workforce housing communities in North Carolina's Research Triangle for $475 million. The Newmark team of Jason Kon, Henry Stimler and Bill Weber represented the seller, Dasmen Residential LLC, and facilitated the debt for the acquisition. Located throughout the Research Triangle, an area known for its research universities and STEM companies, the portfolio comprises 2,356 units and features four communities in Durham, three communities in Raleigh and one community in Charlotte. HGI plans to invest approximately $21.9 million across the properties to renovate 25% of the interior units. Harbor Group Management Company, the property management arm of HGI, will assume management of the entire portfolio. The Research Triangle is an important target market for HGI as we seek to acquire well-located communities in high-growth markets, As the area's high-paying STEM jobs continue to attract new residents, we see opportunity to leverage our expertise in owning and operating similar communities in the region to generate rent growth amid increasing demand for housing." Richard Litton, HGI. We are proud that we were able to bring these two great firms together to do this unique and large off-market transaction. Dasmen entrusted the Newmark team to execute this deal in a very quiet and select manner, culminating in a great outcome for both parties." Kon. The Raleigh-Durham properties within the portfolio have direct access to Research Triangle Park, placing residents in proximity to over 22.5 million square feet of office and lab space and more than 275 businesses. Since 2020, more than 9,000 jobs have been created in the Research Triangle area, driven by the expansion of technology and life science companies, with major employers including Bayer Crop Science, Cisco, Biogen and IBM. Apple's first East Coast campus is currently under development in Research Triangle Park, and is projected to bring an additional 3,000 jobs to the area. HGI is an active investor in the southeastern U.S. markets. With the addition of the Research Triangle portfolio, the firm currently owns and manages nearly 5,000 apartment units in North Carolina. About Harbor Group International Harbor Group International, LLC, and its affiliates control an investment portfolio of $18 billion including 4.9 million square feet of commercial space throughout the United States and the United Kingdom and 60,000 apartment units in the United States. In addition to its corporate headquarters in Norfolk, Virginia, HGI maintains offices in New York, Baltimore, Los Angeles, and Tel Aviv. About Dasmen Residential LLC Dasmen Residential LLC is a privately held real estate investment and management firm that owns and operates multi-family properties in major cities throughout the United States. We make opportunistic investments in growth markets and employ a range of strategies to create value and sustain long term asset appreciation. About Newmark Newmark Group, Inc. (Nasdaq: NMRK), together with its subsidiaries ("Newmark"), is a world leader in commercial real estate, seamlessly powering every phase of the property life cycle. Newmark's comprehensive suite of services and products is uniquely tailored to each client, from owners to occupiers, investors to founders, and startups to blue-chip companies. Combining the platform's global reach with market intelligence in both established and emerging property markets, Newmark provides superior service to clients across the industry spectrum. Newmark generated revenues in excess of $2.5 billion for the trailing twelve months ending September 30, 2021. Newmark's company-owned offices, together with its business partners, operate from over 160 offices with approximately 6,200 professionals around the world.

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REAL ESTATE INVESTMENT

Staley Point Capital Acquires City of Industry Industrial Property for $22 Million

Staley Point Capital | January 15, 2022

Staley Point Capital ("Staley Point"), a value-add investor focused on infill industrial properties, today announced the off-market acquisition of 18689 Arenth Ave, a 97,000 square-foot industrial asset in the City of Industry, California, for $22 million or $227 per square foot. The transaction represents the firm's first investment in the San Gabriel Valley market. The institutional quality, 86% leased asset is 24-foot clear with eight dock high positions and a functional concrete truck court. The City of Industry benefits from its central location at the intersection of Los Angeles, Orange, San Bernardino and Riverside Counties. This asset has direct access to Highway 60 which connects the affluent West LA consumer markets, two nearby intermodal yards and the distribution centers in the Inland Empire. We are excited to close our first acquisition in the San Gabriel Valley which is one of the most supply constrained markets in the Country, The San Gabriel Valley is critical to the movement of products and materials from Asia, Mexico and the Pacific Coast to the eastern United States. The City of Industry is a sought-after logistics corridor with ideal local infrastructure and the ability for businesses to operate 24-hours a day." Eric Staley, Managing Director of Staley Point. The acquisition was completed via a joint venture between Staley Point Capital and Bain Capital Real Estate. The vehicle has been an active acquiror of infill industrial properties on the West Coast since launching in September 2020. Most recently, Staley Point closed on 2425 Saybrook Ave., a 42,000 square-foot industrial property in Commerce, CA for $12.95 million and 12450 Foothill Blvd., a 103,000 square-foot industrial asset in Sylmar, CA for $24 million. Winston & Strawn served as legal counsel to Staley Point Capital for the transaction. JLL represented both the buyer and seller and JLL Capital Markets will arrange the loan financing. About Staley Point Capital Staley Point Capital is a Los Angeles-based real estate investment firm. The firm was founded in 2019 by Kevin Staley and focuses on the acquisition of value-add and opportunistic real estate investments primarily in the industrial sector. Notable Southern California investments have included The Citadel in the City of Commerce, Magellan Gateway in El Monte and a self-storage portfolio, Magellan Storage.

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