Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices | October 28, 2022
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices, a global residential real estate brokerage franchise network is pleased to announce its further expansion in the state of California, with the addition of Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Lifestyle Properties.
Located in Orange County California, the office is owned and operated by Adrian Hernandez. Hernandez has been in the real estate arena servicing clients nationwide and has reached over $200 million in sales volume. With a dynamic team of 15 agents, he brings an extensive amount of familiarity to the Southern California market. The company will service Orange County and the surrounding areas.
“Part of the reason living in Orange County is popular for homebuyers is that it is right between Los Angeles and San Diego. House hunters that have hybrid work in San Diego may want to narrow their search to Dana Point, as this sun-kissed community by the ocean is just under an hour away, We look forward to providing clients with a seamless home buying or home selling experience under the iconic Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices name.”
By joining the network, Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Lifestyle Properties agents gain access to Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices’ active referral and relocation networks, and its “FOREVER Cloud” technology suite, a powerful source for lead generation, marketing support, social media, video production/distribution and more.
The brand also provides an exclusive Luxury Collection marketing program for premier listings. Its Prestige Magazine showcases network members’ premium listings with a strong lineup of feature stories covering topics that appeal to high-end real estate clients.
The pandemic created an overheated real estate market in the past two years, Adrian and his team have proven their resilience and dedication as successful industry professionals and we are thrilled to welcome them to the brand,said Christy Budnick, CEO, Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices.
The company will be celebrating its grand opening with a cocktail event on December 7th. In attendance include the brand’s chairman, Gino Blefari, the Chamber of Commerce, and local industry colleagues.
Gino Blefari, chairman of Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices, welcomed Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Lifestyle Properties to the network. Adrian, together with his talented agents and staff, has built an exceptional brokerage and demonstrated a longstanding commitment to providing exceptional service to their buyers and sellers, We are committed to their continued growth and success, and we are proud to welcome them to the Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices global network,said Blefari.
About Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Lifestyle Properties
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Lifestyle Properties is a member of the Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices global residential real estate brokerage franchise network, assisting clients in Orange County California and surrounding areas. With its extensive market knowledge in commercial and residential transactions, it assists its clients in every step to guarantee a smooth and simple transition.
About Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices is a global residential real estate network with more than 50,000 real estate professionals and nearly 1,500 offices across 11 countries including, the U.S., Canada, Mexico, Europe, the Middle East, The Bahamas, and India. In 2021, the Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices global network represented more than $179.9 billion (USD) in real estate sales volume. The network, among the few organizations entrusted to use the world-renowned Berkshire Hathaway name, brings to the real estate market a definitive mark of trust, integrity, stability, and longevity.
REAL ESTATE INVESTMENT
Conning and PEARLMARK | November 11, 2022
Conning, a leading global investment management firm, and Pearlmark Real Estate, L.L.C. (“Pearlmark”), a specialist investment manager of commercial real estate debt and equity strategies, today announced the signing of a definitive agreement for Conning & Company to acquire a majority stake in Pearlmark. Pearlmark will continue to operate autonomously with its investment team led by Stephen Quazzo and Doug Lyons.
“Partnering with Pearlmark is the latest example of our strategy to add best-in-class capabilities to meet the evolving needs of our clients, Pearlmark has extensive real estate knowledge and significant experience successfully working with insurance companies and other institutional clients to help them achieve their real estate investment objectives.”
-Woody Bradford, Chief Executive Officer and Chair of the Board of Conning
We are excited to collaborate with Conning while continuing to work with our industry partners and clients in providing real estate capital solutions, Conning’s investment and client-oriented culture is a perfect fit for our business, and they are the ideal strategic partner to help us strengthen and grow our platform,said Stephen Quazzo, Chief Executive Officer and Co-Founder of Pearlmark.
Founded in 1996, Pearlmark is focused on U.S. mid-cap real estate investments in both equity and debt. This holistic perspective enhances Pearlmark’s approach to sourcing, underwriting, and managing its investments, which drives value for investors. Pearlmark is headquartered in Chicago with additional offices in Denver, Nashville, and New York City.
The transaction is expected to close by early 2023, subject to customary approvals and closing conditions. Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP served as a legal advisor to Conning. CenterCap Group, LLC served as financial advisor and Drane & Freyer Limited served as legal advisor to Pearlmark.
Conning is a leading investment management firm with more than $180 billion in global assets under management as of September 30, 2022. With a long history of serving the insurance industry, Conning supports institutional investors, including insurers and pension plans, with investment solutions, risk modeling software, and industry research. Founded in 1912, Conning has investment centers in Asia, Europe and North America. As of September 30, 2022, represents the combined global assets under management for the affiliated firms under Conning Holdings Limited (CHL) and Cathay Securities Investment Trust Co., Ltd. (SITE). SITE is a separate entity under Cathay Financial Holdings Co., Ltd which is the ultimate controlling parent of all Conning entities. The CHL CEO sits on the Board of SITE and helps oversee the business.
Pearlmark is a Chicago-based investment firm that targets domestic core, value-add, and opportunistic real estate opportunities via commingled funds, separate accounts, and joint venture structures. Since 1996, Pearlmark has sponsored more than a dozen real estate equity and debt investment programs and completed 565 real estate equity and debt transactions on behalf of investors, representing $5.3 billion in equity capital commitments and over $13.8 billion in gross investment value. Pearlmark is dedicated to creating value for its investors and offers a range of investment opportunities nationwide across various property types (office, industrial, multifamily).
REAL ESTATE INVESTMENT
HappyCo | November 03, 2022
HappyCo, the leading residential operations platform for real-time rental property data collection and utilization, is acquiring Toronto-based Yuhu, a comprehensive rental lifecycle management platform. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.
Yuhu's operations platform is utilized by top property owners and operators such as Boardwalk, CAPREIT, and BentallGreenOak and services over 500,000 prospects and residents across Canada and Europe.
"We've known the Yuhu team for quite some time and both companies share a similar culture and common vision to improve the multifamily industry, The merger of our firms broadens our collective impact on the overall resident lifecycle, and will allow us to capture more actionable data, create opportunities to enhance resident experiences, and streamline property operations to ease the daily workload of onsite teams."
-HappyCo CEO, Jindou Lee
Yuhu's cloud-based software for property owners and managers will be integrated into HappyCo's 'Happy Property Suites' and 'Happy Force' products to offer a complete operations solution for customers and residents. The Yuhu acquisition provides HappyCo with a resident-facing solution that significantly enhances its existing products and offers HappyCo customers a cohesive product that delivers an end-to-end view of the property lifecycle.
As part of the acquisition, Yuhu's current employees will join the HappyCo team, including Hugh Kolias, CEO of Yuhu, who will join as EVP. Existing Yuhu customers will benefit from an expanded solutions platform, accelerated product investment, and broader support while enjoying continuity of service.
We are thrilled to join forces with Jindou and the HappyCo team to achieve our shared vision to enhance the quality of life for multifamily residents and operators, By bringing our teams and products together, we're able to provide our mutual client-partners with an even better all-around experience,said Kolias.
Founded in 2011, HappyCo is the leading source of condition assessments and workflow tools for the multifamily market. Designed to automate, simplify, and protect data collected during residential rental property inspections, the platform has in-unit data on more than 3.5 million multifamily and single-family rental homes – notably one out of every eight professionally managed units in the U.S. The company provides vital underwriting information to lenders, investors, and asset managers, and empowers property managers with real-time operational tools and reporting. In 2021, HappyCo data were relied upon in about 26 percent of all U.S. sales transactions of multifamily units. HappyCo also serves property managers, offering a complete suite of apps to simplify processes, drive better performance and generate comprehensive views of assets within a portfolio.
HappyCo is a real estate software company that develops mobile and cloud solutions to enable real-time operations data for property managers, asset managers, lenders, and investors. Its software suite includes market-leading condition assessment and workflow tools with in-unit data on over 3.5 million rental homes. Founded in 2011 in Adelaide, Australia, the company is privately held with a remote workforce throughout the US, Canada, and Australia.
About Yu hu
Yuhu Inc. is a cloud-based multifamily operations platform that manages the entire rental lifecycle from lead to renewal. Yuhu's product suite provides onsite teams with a single, comprehensive solution and access to consolidated data insights. Founded in 2015, Yuhu supports over half a million residents, onsite staff, and prospects for its client-partners including Avenue Living, BentallGreenOak, Boardwalk, CAPREIT, Concert, Hollyburn, Campus Living Centers, Westdale, and other leaders in the Canadian multifamily industry.