U.K. Luxury Country Home Sales in 2019 Muted by Brexit Uncertainty

Knight Frank | July 08, 2019

According to global property advisor Knight Frank, sentiment is the key driver of activity in prime regional markets in the U.K.. Uncertainty surrounding the UK's political landscape means discretionary buyers and sellers are cautious. Consequently, pricing has been subdued and stock levels are muted.
Prime regional values were virtually unchanged in the three months to the end of June 2019, up by 0.1%. On an annual basis, prices were 2.3% lower. Knight Frank agents noted that despite the uncertainty there remains a market for well-priced stock. Buyers, however, are price sensitive and are increasingly knowledgeable about the market.

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Social media has become an essential tool for businesses and entrepreneurs to compete and succeed in the marketplace. The real estate industry has demonstrated a surge in learning and applying social media resources at a relatively high level. When polled 55% of real estate agents said they were comfortable using social media networks and 26% somewhat comfortable. Only 10% were uncomfortable and 9% didn’t use social media at all.

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Social media has become an essential tool for businesses and entrepreneurs to compete and succeed in the marketplace. The real estate industry has demonstrated a surge in learning and applying social media resources at a relatively high level. When polled 55% of real estate agents said they were comfortable using social media networks and 26% somewhat comfortable. Only 10% were uncomfortable and 9% didn’t use social media at all.

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LightBox Unveils New Developer Portal for API Access and Connected Data

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. About LightBox- 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.

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MRI Software Acquires ApartmentData.com, Houston-Based Provider Of Market Research and Data Solutions for Multifamily Properties

MRI Software | August 08, 2022

MRI Software, a global leader in real estate software, has acquired ApartmentData.com, further expanding its MRI Living™ suite of property management solutions for the multifamily market. ApartmentData.com is a Houston-based provider of market research and data solutions that enable multifamily property owners and managers to increase property values by optimizing pricing and occupancy. Founded in 1986, the company provides comprehensive and accurate information on professionally managed properties with more than 50 units, including pricing, concessions, occupancy, amenities, and policies at the floor plan level. The company serves 12 of the fastest-growing metropolitan statistical areas ("MSAs") in the U.S.: Houston, Dallas/Fort Worth, Austin, San Antonio, Atlanta, Phoenix/Tucson, Nashville, Raleigh/Durham, Charlotte, Orlando, Tampa, and Jacksonville. ApartmentData.com supplements its digital collection techniques with direct calling and client communications, helping ensure the highest levels of data accuracy and detail. ApartmentData.com's flagship solution, Competition RADAR™, leverages proprietary algorithms to identify and alert users to relevant competitive trends, provide pricing recommendations, and calculate property- or portfolio-level impact. "Over the last several years, we've significantly expanded our MRI Living portfolio to provide tools that make our clients' lives easier and help them take better care of their residents, businesses, and themselves, Data is critical to helping us deliver on those objectives. With a 'smart data' solution like Competition RADAR, we can provide clients with actionable data and market insights, so they can navigate the future with confidence and gain a competitive advantage." -John Ensign, MRI's president and executive managing director, North America In addition to deepening MRI's footprint in the southern U.S., the acquisition enhances the company's MRI Living suite, an already extensive portfolio of multifamily solutions that empower property owners and operators with AI-first tools to easily manage every part of the residential lifecycle, from lead to lease to renewal. We're thrilled to join the MRI family, Thanks to this acquisition, both our and MRI's clients will be able to take advantage of new and expanded capabilities, which will help them manage real estate portfolios more effectively and profitably. They won't have to wade through specialty providers who require customers to perform their own analysis. Instead, our clients will enjoy access to the combined resources of two well-established players,says Rudy Mui, chief executive officer of ApartmentData.com. John Severance, founder and chief technology officer of ApartmentData.com, looks forward to what he describes as "the next chapter." He states: By leveraging the resources of MRI, we can more easily address the growing demand for insights at a time when most multifamily organizations need to drive occupancy and maximize revenue. Today, MRI serves more than 82% of companies on the National Multifamily Housing Council's (NMHC) list of top 50 U.S. apartment managers. Additionally, MRI solutions support more than 20 million residential units worldwide. MRI will continue to serve ApartmentData.com clients without interruption. Silvermark Partners served as the exclusive advisor to Apartment Data.com. About MRI Software MRI Software is a leading provider of real estate software solutions that transform the way communities live, work and play. MRI's open and connected, AI-first platform empowers owners, operators and occupiers in commercial and residential property organizations to innovate in rapidly changing markets. MRI has been a trailblazer in the PropTech industry for over five decades, serving more than two million users worldwide. Through innovative solutions and a rich partner ecosystem, MRI gives real estate companies the freedom to realize their vision of building thriving communities and stronger businesses.

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RealFoundations Launches Practice Group to Design World-Class Operating Model Driving Investor Returns

RealFoundations | June 03, 2022

RealFoundations, one of the world's foremost providers of consulting and managed services for the real estate industry, announced the launch of its new Investor Sector Practice Group, which aims to help investors and investment managers elevate their real estate assets and drive improved returns. Investors and investment managers are challenged by insufficient modeling capabilities, unstructured information sharing, limited technology integrations and the inability to report portfolio performance quickly, accurately, and with consistency across various metrics. RealFoundations' Investor Sector Practice Group provides a forum for industry leaders to openly discuss the pain points, technologies, and leading practices that span business functions such as Capital Management, Fund and Portfolio Management and Accounting, Asset Management, and Property Operations, Development, Enterprise Strategy, and Governance. The Practice Group and its Advisory Panel, comprised of passionate real estate professionals with significant experience in the Investment Management sector, focus on designing an industry-leading model that enables investment managers to effectively: Monitor performance across their portfolio from underwriting through disposition, Report portfolio diversification across various metrics, Measure and monitor all leases and leasing activity across their portfolio, Analyze debt exposure by fund, asset, and lender, Respond to internal and external ad-hoc inquiries using readily available applications and data, and Forecast and model portfolio performance based on various scenarios. With over 200 years of combined experience transforming the way investors and investment managers work across North America, Europe, and Asia Pacific, RealFoundations has delivered actionable insights to the top 5 ranked firms, as well as 13 of the top 25 ranked firms, recognized by IPE Real Assets in their top 150 Real Estate Investment Managers list. Our Investor Practice Group partners with real estate firms to implement improved decision-making capabilities which ultimately leads to greater portfolio returns. Our practitioners have years of experience in the real estate investment sector which enables us to quickly evaluate companies' operating platforms and recommend enhancements to streamline efficiency and increase profitability." Brent McFerren, Enterprise Managing Consultant, RealFoundations The Investor Sector Practice Group levers RealFoundations' long-running relationships with organizations such as IREI, NAREIM, NCREIF and PREA, along with its accumulated expertise and foremost knowledge of leading practices and technologies to offer value-add problem-solving strategies to the industry, furthering its mission to make real estate run better. About RealFoundations RealFoundations is the world's foremost professional services firm focused solely on the real estate industry. Through our delivery of Management Consulting and Managed Services, we help companies that develop, own, operate, service or invest in real estate make better, more profitable decisions. We are proud partners to over 450 real estate companies around the globe, providing accelerated solutions that solve some of real estate's most complex challenges. We Make Real Estate Run Better.

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