U.S. Multifamily Lending Spiked 19 Percent in 2018 to Record High $339.2 Billion

Mortgage Bankers Association | September 30, 2019

According to the Mortgage Bankers Association's annual report of the U.S. multifamily lending market, favorable market conditions helped spur a 19 percent increase in multifamily lending in 2018 to a new high in dollar volume. Last year, 2,669 different multifamily lenders provided a record $339.2 billion in new mortgages for apartment buildings with five or more units. Forty-five percent of the active lenders made five or fewer multifamily loans over the course of the year.

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Construction projects over the past few decades have become increasingly complex. As a result disputes2 have grown in direct relation to the size and complexity of projects. One recent study reported that the value of the average dispute in the United States is approximately $34.3 million.3 A slightly older survey of claims and disputes determined that in the 2009 – 2011 timeframe there were 65 international contract arbitrations in which at least US$1 billion was in controversy.4 The amounts in controversy ranged from US$1 billion to US$20 billion.5 The total value of these 65 disputes was US$174.8 billion with the median value being US$2.73 billion

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Construction projects over the past few decades have become increasingly complex. As a result disputes2 have grown in direct relation to the size and complexity of projects. One recent study reported that the value of the average dispute in the United States is approximately $34.3 million.3 A slightly older survey of claims and disputes determined that in the 2009 – 2011 timeframe there were 65 international contract arbitrations in which at least US$1 billion was in controversy.4 The amounts in controversy ranged from US$1 billion to US$20 billion.5 The total value of these 65 disputes was US$174.8 billion with the median value being US$2.73 billion

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Amrock Unveils Technology to Close Mortgages on Mobile Devices, Giving Consumers the Power to Complete a Home Loan from Anywhere

Amrock | September 14, 2022

Amrock, the nation's largest title insurance, property valuations and settlement services provider – and a part of Rocket Companies – today announced the introduction of proprietary technology to electronically close (eClose) mortgage transactions entirely from a mobile device. This new product represents the final step in Rocket Companies' creation of a seamless, end-to-end real estate experience clients can use to go from application to closing on the iPhone or Android phone they use every day. Rocket Companies, through its Rocket Mortgage brand, offers a completely digital home loan experience for consumers, including the ability to apply, receive approval and lock their rate for a mortgage – all from their smart phone. Now, through Amrock's first-of-its-kind technology, clients can close on a mortgage by connecting with the closing agent or notary from a mobile device no matter where they may be in the world – a revolutionary and convenient new feature. This transformational innovation helps consumers complete the historically cumbersome final step in a home loan process from anywhere at any time. "Our company has always been focused on meeting our clients wherever they may be, but we were limited by the industry's standards for closing mortgages. That was the driving force behind Amrock creating this technology, providing the ability to close mortgages for a spouse traveling for work, a military member serving away from home or countless other real-world scenarios, Rocket Mortgage pioneered getting a mortgage online from a smart phone – now, Amrock is providing the final piece of the puzzle for a complete mobile mortgage experience." -Nicole Beattie, CEO of Amrock Henry Winfield, an Amrock client based in Virginia, used the mobile technology earlier this year to close on a refinance while in North Carolina for work. The new feature enabled both he and his wife to video chat with the notary and digitally sign all necessary documents quickly and safely. When my wife and I found out closing virtually from our smartphones was a possibility, we were delighted – it was perfect for our circumstance and we didn't have to delay the closing, The experience was quick, intuitive and secure – and we had access to knowledgeable experts who helped us every step of the way,said Winfield. Amrock's mobile closing capability is part of the Rocket Platform through which clients can search for a home with Rocket Homes, get a home loan from Rocket Mortgage, eClose on their mortgage through Amrock via Remote Online Notarization (RON), In-Person Electronic Notarization (IPEN) or a Hybrid eClosing, and now, can close on their mortgage completely from a smart phone. Clients that prefer to keep some elements of their home loan journey non-electronic can still choose to do so. Our mission at Rocket Companies is to simplify life's most complex moments so our clients can live their dream, and we've delivered yet again on our vision to create a seamless real estate experience by being the first-ever to revolutionize the closing process, In addition to new mobile capabilities, clients can now move from mortgage processing with Rocket Mortgage to closing with Amrock through a single sign-on feature – a seemingly small, yet significant example of how the Rocket Platform removes friction every step of the way for consumers,said Jay Farner, CEO of Rocket Companies. Based on the volume of registered notes on the Mortgage Electronic Registration System (MERS), Amrock is currently responsible for the majority of eClosings throughout the country. Its clients can complete a mobile RON when refinancing a mortgage in nearly 60% of the U.S. – each state where RON eClosings are allowed by law. Amrock plans to roll out mobile RON capabilities for all mortgage transactions, including home purchases, by the end of 2022. About Amrock Amrock is the leading national provider of title insurance, property valuations and settlement services. The company delivers FinTech solutions to streamline the real estate and mortgage experience for lenders, consumers and real estate professionals. Amrock is a preferred provider to top retail mortgage lenders, with a wide range of clients throughout the residential and commercial real estate finance industries. Driven by thousands of professional partners and team members nationwide, Amrock is headquartered in the heart of downtown Detroit, Michigan with regional service centers in California, Pennsylvania and Texas and additional locations in several other states. For more information, please visit Amrock.com. About Rocket Companies Founded in 1985, Rocket Companies is a Detroit-based FinTech platform company consisting of personal finance and consumer technology brands including Rocket Mortgage, Rocket Homes, Amrock, Rocket Auto, Rocket Loans, Rocket Money (formerly known as Truebill), Rocket Solar, Rocket Mortgage Canada (formerly known as Edison Financial), Lendesk, Core Digital Media, Rocket Central and Rock Connections. Rocket Companies' mission is to be the best at creating certainty in life's most complex moments so that its clients can live their dreams. The Company helps clients achieve the dream of home ownership and financial freedom through industry-leading client experiences powered by its simple, fast and trusted digital solutions. Rocket Companies ranked #7 on Fortune's list of the "100 Best Companies to Work For" in 2022 and has placed in the top third of the list for 19 consecutive years.

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Muriya launches first-of-its-kind 'fanar views' residential project

Muriya | July 18, 2022

Muriya, Oman's most diversified real estate developer, has announced the launch of Fanar Views, a new first-of-its-kind residential project primely located in Hawana Salalah. Just a five-minute walk to the Fanar Hotel & Residences beach, the marina and the destination's world-class amenities, Fanar Views offers luxurious waterfront living and a unique investment opportunity with high potential returns within a lucrative year-round rental market. The project boasts a limited selection of townhouses, twin- and standalone villas, fully serviced and furnished, with private pools overlooking the lagoons. Properties in Fanar Views are available with one-, two- and three bedrooms, offering resort-style living in a developed community. Buyers of all nationalities can also enjoy lifetime family residency, complimentary use of the Fanar Hotel & Residences' swimming pool, beaches, sports facilities, gym, business center and exclusive discounts at the hotel's restaurants. "With the Governorate of Dhofar continuing to gain standing as a sought-after tourist destination and growing real estate market, Fanar Views is a great choice for living as well as a robust investment opportunity. As the first such development in the area, Fanar Views offers an ideal base from which to experience the beauty of the Governorate, complete with access to all of what Hawana Salalah as well as the key offerings that Fanar Hotel & Residences have to offer, As our latest prestigious neighbourhood, Fanar Views is designed with luxury living in mind, and whether for couples, families, or as a lucrative rental with high return on investment potential in Oman's rapidly-expanding subtropical city, the new neighbourhood unlocks the exceptional." Seif Elkhouly, Chief Development Officer, Muriya At the heart of the Governorate of Dhofar sits Hawana Salalah, where resort living becomes a lifestyle. The destination offers plenty of opportunities to live and invest throughout a growing range of freehold properties. Meanwhile, across its 13.6 million sqm Land Area, it offers 1,100 hotel rooms, 7km white sandy beaches, a 170 berth Marina, an Aqua Park, and a variety of bustling restaurants and cafes. Drawing residents and tourists from near and far, Muriya's flagship destination is brimming with life, offering open space, natural surroundings, and a place to be enjoyed for generations to come. Muriya, the developer of Hawana Salalah, is a partnership between the leading government arm for tourism development in Oman, Oman Tourism Development Company (OMRAN), and the internationally acclaimed developer of fully-integrated towns, Orascom Development Holding (ODH). About Muriya Combining global and local expertise, Muriya is a partnership between the internationally acclaimed developer of fully-integrated towns, Orascom Development Holding (ODH) (70%) and the leading government arm for tourism development in Oman, Oman Tourism Development Company (OMRAN) (30%). Established in 2006, Muriya has been leading a solid business performance boasting investments worth over $750 million in developing Oman's most iconic Integrated Tourism Complexes (ITCs), while highlighting the Sultanate's history, heritage and natural beauty in the process. "Building Communities, Enriching Lives" is Muriya's priority across its portfolio of projects that includes, Hawana Salalah, Jebel Sifah and As Sodah Island, located in the Indian Ocean across the southern coast of Dhofar. Muriya's flagship destination Hawana Salalah is located in the tropical city of Salalah in the Governorate of Dhofar southeast of Oman, with an area of 13.6 million sqm and will house a total of seven hotels, of which the 577-room Fanar Hotel & Residences, the 422-room Salalah Rotana Resort, the 82-room Juweira Boutique Hotel and the 19-beachfront hut, Souly Lodge are operational; totalling the available luxury hotel rooms to 1,100. The destination is home to Oman's first aqua park, the Hawana Aqua Park, a 170-berth marina, freehold residences, which are available to own or rent, and retail venues, restaurants and cafes. Jebel Sifah, located 40 minutes from the capital city of Muscat, is spread over 6.2 million sqm and is designed to include five world-class hotels, of which the 68-room Sifawy Boutique Hotel is operational. It also houses freehold residences, which are available to own or rent, an 84-berth marina, and a wide range of dining and leisure facilities, and the 9-hole PGA Harradine signature golf course, Muscat's first course offering spectacular sea and mountain views to golfers.

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Berkadia Signs Multiyear Agreement With Esusu

Berkadia and Esusu | September 08, 2022

Berkadia announced today that it signed an agreement with Esusu, the leading financial technology company leveraging rental data for credit building. This partnership unlocks greater equity for renters, improves property performance for multifamily owners and operators and reduces lender risk. With a mission to dismantle barriers to housing for working families, Esusu reports on-time rent payments to the three major credit bureaus, Equifax, Transunion, and Experian, to establish and boost credit scores for residents. The collaboration, which launched in the Spring of 2021, has expanded to over 34,000 units, establishing over 5,300 credit scores for residents to date. “We could not be happier to have a multi-year agreement with Esusu, which allows Berkadia to extend a powerful property performance enhancing solution to our clients, This will help owners and operators reach their own ESG goals at an exceptional value and support Esusu’s critical and innovative objective–helping renters build and improve their credit.” -Bryce Nyberg, Director of Berkadia Digital Partnering to Provide Value and Solutions Seeing the value Esusu could bring to the entire residential ecosystem, a partnership was formed when Esusu joined Berkadia’s inaugural BeEngaged program in February 2020. The partnership has proven to be mutually beneficial and has helped Berkadia develop a competitive advantage as an attractive funding source to owners and operators who value Esusu as both an economic and social solution. Through Berkadia’s introduction, Esusu services over 285 properties across more than 10 management companies including Burbank Housing, Comunidad, Eagle Property Capital, Morgan Properties, Odin Properties and more. As a workforce housing provider operating primarily in the inner city, Odin Properties has long been focused on supporting quality of life for our residents, In Esusu, we found a solution and a team that helped further that goal by allowing residents unprecedented access to the financial system, while improving property performance. It has been encouraging to see Esusu grow as their message rightfully resonates with so many different housing stakeholders,said Phil Balderston, Founder & CEO of Odin Properties LLC. Supporting an Equitable Housing Market Throughout the partnership, there has been growing industry awareness around the criticality of equity in multifamily housing. This was further emphasized when Esusu announced a collaboration with Freddie Mac. Through their joint initiative in support of increasing equitability in the housing market, Freddie Mac provides closing cost credits to multifamily borrowers who agree to use Esusu to report on-time rental payments. Esusu also provides discounted pricing for these and other Freddie Mac borrowers who agree to report on-time rental payments through the platform. Our credit building initiative has helped build or establish credit scores for tens of thousands of multifamily renters nationwide, It is an essential component of our effort to build a more equitable multifamily housing system,said Corey Aber, Vice President of Mission, Policy and Strategy for Freddie Mac Multifamily. Utilizing Real-Time Data for Returns Esusu not only improves the quality of life for residents but also helps properties maximize net operating income (NOI). By adding Esusu to Berkadia’s expansive network, borrowers can see scalable social impact results–credit score increases, new established scores, eviction prevention–as well as economic returns through improved rent collections, reduced delinquencies and renter turnover, and thereby healthier cash flows. We are grateful for our long-standing collaboration with Berkadia, The firm took an early bet on Esusu through their BeEngaged program which has paved the way for Esusu’s proliferation throughout the marketplace. Berkadia has shared our vision from day one and their foresight has led to adoption by other lenders and sponsors throughout the industry. Together, we will continue to create a world-class experience for their sponsors while taking tangible steps towards dismantling barriers to housing and bridging the racial wealth gap,said Samir Goel and Wemimo Abbey, Co-Founders and Co-CEOs of Esusu. About BeEngaged Launched in 2019, the BeEngaged program advises and accelerates startups that are redefining the commercial real estate industry by providing them with resources, strategic counsel, and a collaborative network to test and grow innovative concepts. Since then, the organization has accelerated more than a dozen CRE tech startups, including Esusu. BeEngaged features three stages to foster innovation and collaboration across the commercial real estate industry: BeEngaged Network®, Verified Status, and the BeEngaged Lab®. The BeEngaged Network® develops an ecosystem of founders, industry professionals, and capital providers dedicated to redefining the commercial real estate space. Companies participating in the BeEngaged Network® that have proven potential for long-term growth and industry transformation can be invited to seek Verified Status (VP). This stage provides company founders with focused mentorship for validating strategic alignment to participants of the BeEngaged ecosystem through experiments and pilots. Successful VP companies are invited to join BeEngaged Lab®, which is a catalyst for founders and Berkadia to collaborate on long-term initiatives. About Berkadia® Berkadia, a joint venture of Berkshire Hathaway and Jefferies Financial Group, is a leader in the commercial real estate industry, offering a robust suite of services to our multifamily and commercial property clients. Through our integrated mortgage banking, investment sales and servicing platform, Berkadia delivers comprehensive real estate solutions for the entire life cycle of our clients’ assets. About Esusu Esusu is the leading financial technology platform that leverages data solutions to empower residents and improve property performance. Esusu's rent reporting platform captures rental payment data and reports it to credit bureaus to boost credit scores. This allows renters to build and establish their credit scores while helping property owners mitigate against initiating evictions, powered by differentiated data and insights. Founded in 2018, Esusu reaches over 2.5 million rental units across all 50 states in the U.S.

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