U.S. Mortgage Rates Continue to Climb in April

Freddie Mac | April 26, 2019

According to Freddie Mac's latest Primary Mortgage Market Survey, fixed mortgage rates in the U.S. posted a fourth consecutive week of increases. Sam Khater, Freddie Mac's chief economist, says, "Despite the recent rise in mortgage rates, both existing and new home sales continue to show strength - indicating the lagged effect of lower rates on housing demand. This, along with improved affordability, should push housing activity higher in the coming months."

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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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EY announces alliance with Planon to help businesses optimize real estate, digital workplace and lease accounting programs

EY | July 21, 2022

The EY organization today announces an alliance with Planon, a market leading smart sustainable building management solution provider, and EY Advisory Netherlands LLP (EY Netherlands), to help businesses optimize their real estate and workplace strategies in achieving growth, long-term value and sustainability. The alliance has been activated in the Netherlands and the US with additional global expansion planned over time. As corporate offices play an enormous role in reaching a net-zero future, real estate managers are under increasing pressure to be transparent about the energy and sustainability performance of their building portfolios and to identify areas for improvement. The EY-Planon Alliance brings clients options for a seamless experience to fulfil their real estate and digital workplace needs with a focus on innovative technology and efficacy in implementation. This alliance supports client efforts to navigate the increasingly complex digital workplace, smart building and workplace experience arena with actionable and meaningful insights from the EY organization, combined with Planon's integrated workplace management solution (IWMS) and internet of things (IoT) platform. As leaders in the real estate consulting and technology marketplace, EY teams bring deep knowledge of real estate, workplace and facilities, and extensive experience in lease accounting and software implementation across a global footprint. Through the alliance offerings, clients will also be supported to meet compliance with lease accounting standards and create greater efficiency in portfolio management and process quality, which measurably helps reduce costs and contributes to the organization's overall performance. Bernd Kramer, EY Global Planon Alliance Leader, says: "The EY-Planon Alliance brings together the digital tools, systems and implementation experience of EY teams and Planon to support organizations seeking a comprehensive solution depot to reshape their real estate and facilities digitally. The alliance helps reduce the complexity arising from independent siloed systems through unified integrated platforms, helping organizations make better decisions, and act quickly and sustainably to develop a future-ready workplace." "Planon is thrilled to collaborate with the EY organization to leverage their experience in real estate and business consulting, their in-depth knowledge of the IWMS landscape and their thought leadership to help our clients achieve a healthy, efficient and sustainable workplace. As global leaders in our respective fields, the EY organization and Planon make a powerful team that will continue to help drive adoption of leading technologies for real estate and facility management, and add value for clients." Pierre Guelen, Founder and CEO of Planon About EY EY exists to build a better working world, helping to create long-term value for clients, people and society and build trust in the capital markets. Enabled by data and technology, diverse EY teams in over 150 countries provide trust through assurance and help clients grow, transform and operate. Working across assurance, consulting, law, strategy, tax and transactions, EY teams ask better questions to find new answers for the complex issues facing our world today. EY refers to the global organization, and may refer to one or more, of the member firms of Ernst & Young Global Limited, each of which is a separate legal entity. Ernst & Young Global Limited, a UK company limited by guarantee, does not provide services to clients. Information about how EY collects and uses personal data and a description of the rights individuals have under data protection legislation are available via ey.com/privacy. EY member firms do not practice law where prohibited by local laws. About Planon Planon is the leading global provider of Smart Sustainable Building Management software that connects buildings, people and processes. By eliminating data silos and aligning solutions into one shared information platform, Planon provides all building stakeholders with actionable and meaningful insights. Independent market research and consulting firms have consistently rated Planon as a global leader in the market. Planon has implemented its comprehensive solutions for more than 2,500 clients, supported by offices and partners around the world.

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HINES ANNOUNCES LAUNCH OF TAX-ADVANTAGED PLATFORM

Hines | September 21, 2022

Hines, the global real estate investment, development, and property manager, announced today the launch of Hines Real Estate Exchange (HREX), a platform designed to serve qualified investors interested in tax-advantaged investment opportunities. The platform intends to make 1031 exchange opportunities available to investors in the form of interests in Delaware Statutory Trusts (DSTs) holding assets sourced from Hines Global Income Trust (HGIT). HGIT will have an option to acquire the properties held by the DSTs. The HREX platform is intended to provide participants with a solution to aid in the deferment of capital gains and other taxes while providing them with the opportunity to diversify real estate holdings through the ownership of institutional-grade assets. "Hines Real Estate Exchange is a natural progression for the firm, Given the strong market demand for 1031 exchange products and Hines' vast experience and expertise as sponsor of HGIT, we believe the time is right to launch this initiative." -Alfonso Munk, CIO of the Americas and president of HGIT Many exchangers are eager to capitalize on existing pricing environments. A growing number of financial professionals are requesting DSTs to offer their clients tax-advantaged solutions on their platforms, said Mark Earley, CEO of Hines Securities, Inc. HGIT features a $3.8 billion portfolio of commercial real estate investments that is nearly two- thirds weighted toward the industrial and living sectors. HGIT is diversified by geography and real estate sectors, with a focus on stable assets with strong long-term income potential. About Hines Global Income Trust Hines Global Income Trust, Inc. is a public, non-listed real estate investment trust sponsored by Hines. It commenced operations in 2014 and invests in commercial real estate investments located in the United States and internationally. About Hines Hines is a privately owned global real estate investment firm founded in 1957 with a presence in 285 cities in 28 countries. Hines oversees investment assets under management totaling approximately $90.3 billion¹. In addition, Hines provides third-party property-level services to 373 properties totaling 114.2 million square feet. Historically, Hines has developed, redeveloped or acquired approximately 1,530 properties, totaling over 511 million square feet. The firm currently has more than 198 developments underway around the world. With extensive experience in investments across the risk spectrum and all property types, and a foundational commitment to ESG, Hines is one of the largest and most-respected real estate organizations in the world.

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