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Zillow Group Closes Acquisition of ShowingTime, the Industry Leader in Home Touring Technology

Zillow Group | October 04, 2021

Zillow Group (NASDAQ: Z and ZG), which is transforming the way people buy, sell, rent and finance homes, today announced the closing of its acquisition of ShowingTime, an online scheduling platform for home showings. Touring is one of the most important steps in the home shopping and selling journey, and ShowingTime's technology has streamlined and improved the touring experience. The company is an industry leader, and Zillow Group will continue to invest in ShowingTime to improve its functionality.

ShowingTime's technology coordinates scheduling behind the scenes so agents can seamlessly book a confirmed home showing online and focus on their clients, simplifying a traditionally complicated and cumbersome process. In the past 12 months, the company has facilitated more than 63 million showings across its network of more than one million agents affiliated with hundreds of Multiple Listing Services (MLSs).  Under the Zillow Group umbrella, Zillow Group will adhere to ShowingTime's existing privacy policy, and it will continue to operate as an individual brand and open platform for its existing and new clients, so the industry can continue to benefit from a simplified tour scheduling experience.

Zillow Group entered into a definitive agreement to acquire ShowingTime in February 2021 for $500 million. The transaction was successfully closed upon meeting customary closing conditions.

About Zillow Group:
Zillow Group, Inc. (NASDAQ: Z and ZG) is reimagining real estate to make it easier to unlock life's next chapter. As the most visited real estate website in the United States, Zillow® and its affiliates offer customers an on-demand experience for selling, buying, renting or financing with transparency and nearly seamless end-to-end service. Zillow Offers® buys and sells homes directly in dozens of markets across the country, allowing sellers control over their timeline. Zillow Home Loans™, our affiliate lender, provides our customers with an easy option to get pre-approved and secure financing for their next home purchase. In September 2020, Zillow launched Zillow Homes, Inc., a licensed brokerage entity, to streamline Zillow Offers transactions. Zillow Group's affiliates and subsidiaries include Zillow®, Zillow Offers®, Zillow Premier Agent®, Zillow Home Loans™, Zillow Closing Services™, Zillow Homes, Inc., Trulia®, Out East®, ShowingTime, Bridge Interactive, dotloop, StreetEasy®, HotPads®. Zillow Home Loans, LLC is an Equal Housing Lender, NMLS #10287

About ShowingTime:
ShowingTime is the industry leader in home touring technology and a proud affiliate of Zillow Group. ShowingTime's technology and services simplify the online tour scheduling process for buyers, sellers and agents across the industry.  ShowingTime products are used in hundreds of MLSs representing more than one million real estate professionals across the U.S. and Canada.

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Sovran operates its stores under the trade name Uncle Bob's Self Storage®, and serves over 250,000 customers in 25 states. Through innovative marketing and product development, the Company has differentiated itself with value-added products and services like Dri-guard, their state-of-the art dehumidification system; Uncle Bob's rental trucks; and a national Customer Care Center featuring a fully integrated sales and reservation system for the Company's rental spaces

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Sovran operates its stores under the trade name Uncle Bob's Self Storage®, and serves over 250,000 customers in 25 states. Through innovative marketing and product development, the Company has differentiated itself with value-added products and services like Dri-guard, their state-of-the art dehumidification system; Uncle Bob's rental trucks; and a national Customer Care Center featuring a fully integrated sales and reservation system for the Company's rental spaces

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Eastdil Secured and Project Destined Launch Commercial Real Estate Bootcamp

Eastdil Secured | October 06, 2022

Eastdil Secured, L.L.C. (“Eastdil Secured”), the global real estate investment bank, and Project Destined, a leading social impact platform that provides training in financial literacy, entrepreneurship and real estate, have launched their fall commercial real estate bootcamp. The program stems from Eastdil Secured’s existing partnership with Project Destined, and consists of a five-week “bootcamp” training program, where 50 students across the U.S. will learn from more than two dozen Eastdil Secured professionals and mentors about key topics in the commercial real estate industry, including: Eastdil Secured’s History and Its Business Interviewing, Recruiting, and Professional Use of Social Media Year One as an Analyst at Eastdil Secured How to Pitch Yourself and a Deal Professional Networking This bootcamp will provide an unprecedented opportunity for Project Destined students to learn from leaders in commercial real estate investment banking, as well as earn both an ARGUS certification from Altus Group and a Financial Modeling Certification through Project Destined’s partnership with NYU Schack Institute of Real Estate and Columbia Graduate School of Real Estate. In addition to weekly bootcamp sessions, accepted fellows will receive scholarships to participate in Project Destined’s paid virtual internship and bootcamp activities, including visits to Eastdil Secured offices across the U.S. “At Eastdil Secured, creating opportunities across our industry for diverse candidates is a longstanding commitment. Our ongoing partnership with Project Destined has allowed us to deliver on that, while helping to develop the next generation of leaders in commercial real estate, Over the last year, we have watched the transformation of the students we have sponsored through Project Destined, and the training, access and experience this offers participants will serve them for years to come. We look forward to expanding our partnership with Project Destined with this bootcamp program and watching its alumni succeed – no matter where their careers take them.” -Roy March, CEO of Eastdil Secured As part of the bootcamp program, Eastdil Secured professionals and mentors will prepare, engage and guide students one-on-one to help them develop a range of fundamentals including financial, technical, presentation and leadership skills designed to aid their search for internships, certifications and full-time employment in the commercial real estate industry. We are excited to expand our partnership with Eastdil Secured and prepare this incredible group of students for a career in commercial real estate, The real estate industry provides unparalleled opportunities to build a great career while also impacting your community. The network, skills and access that this bootcamp provides will ensure that these students are ready to take on this opportunity,said Cedric Bobo, Co-Founder of Project Destined. Following the successful sponsorship of a New York-based Project Destined team in Summer 2021, Eastdil Secured helped Project Destined serve more students by sponsoring three teams for Spring 2022 in New York, Los Angeles and Atlanta. Eastdil Secured is also delighted to announce that two Project Destined program alumni will join the firm as full-time analysts in 2023, following internship program placements in New York and Santa Monica, California. Since its founding in 2016, Project Destined has worked with more than 3,500 participants in 35 cities across the U.S., Canada, the United Kingdom and Europe. Eastdil Secured’s partnership will support Project Destined and its mission to provide training in financial literacy, entrepreneurship and real estate to students from underserved communities. About Eastdil Secured As the most relevant and trusted advisor in the commercial real estate capital markets, Eastdil Secured creates value for clients through creative, actionable ideas and flawless execution. With an unrivaled combination of capital markets expertise and in-depth understanding of real estate fundamentals, Eastdil Secured delivers best-in-class advice on mergers and acquisitions, sales, joint ventures, debt placement, structured credit and loan sales to investors around the world. Headquartered in New York, Eastdil Secured has a broad global footprint to support clients with offices across the United States in Atlanta, Boston, Charlotte, Chicago, Dallas, Los Angeles, Miami, Orange County, San Francisco, Seattle, Silicon Valley and Washington, D.C., and internationally in Dubai, Dublin, Frankfurt, London, Milan, Paris, Hong Kong and Tokyo. About Project Destined Project Destined is a leading social impact platform that provides training in financial literacy, entrepreneurship, and real estate. Project Destined partners with corporations, schools, and non-profits to deliver training using its proprietary e-learning platform and love courses. Project Destined leverages a work-based learning approach where students work with executives to evaluate live deals in their community and present them in a pitch competition to industry leaders. Scholars emerge with the skills, confidence, experiences, and networks that prepare them to secure a strong first job and become stakeholders in their community.

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Tishman Speyer and Mitsui Fudosan America Establish Joint Venture to Develop and Reposition Logistics Properties in Leading U.S. Industrial Markets

Tishman Speyer and Mitsui Fudosan America | November 09, 2022

Tishman Speyer and Mitsui Fudosan America (MFA) today announced the formation of a new programmatic joint venture dedicated to the acquisition, development, redevelopment and operation of industrial properties in leading U.S. cities. The newly-created Tishman Speyer-Mitsui Fudosan America Logistics Venture will be seeded by an initial $500 million commitment from an affiliate of MFA along with co-investment capital from Tishman Speyer. The funds will be used to pursue ground-up development projects and the major repositioning or redevelopment of existing value-add industrial acquisitions. The joint venture will prioritize ESG investments that adhere to the standards and specifications set forth by market leading environmental certifications such as LEED and GRESB. The partnership will focus primarily on major urban centers with dynamic workforces, growing populations and high barriers to entry such as Los Angeles, the New York Metro region, the Puget Sound region, San Francisco Bay Area, Austin, San Diego, Washington D.C., Boston and Chicago. Tishman Speyer will execute its industrial strategy through its long-established in-house teams within its target markets. Tishman Speyer will invest in a wide range of industrial assets that facilitate the movement and delivery of goods and services in those high barrier locations, including distribution, warehousing, research and development, small bay, transload and outdoor storage. "The evolving needs of today's consumer have generated strong demand for well-located, functional industrial properties. This is especially true in the most supply-constrained urban centers. Through this new joint venture, we intend to create and operate facilities that bring companies closer to their customers, We are also excited to grow and diversify our strategic partnership with Mitsui Fudosan America - already a co-investor in a number of Tishman Speyer's life sciences, residential and office developments." -Tishman Speyer CEO Rob Speyer Said Sean McSweeney, Senior Vice President, Acquisitions, at Mitsui Fudosan America, This is an exciting area for the growth and expansion of our portfolio. Our partnership with Tishman Speyer has already proven its success in finding opportunity and delivering value to a wide range of urban communities throughout the U.S. This initiative extends from the decade long commitment by Mitsui Fudosan Co., Ltd., to acquiring, developing and managing industrial facilities. In Asia, under the Mitsui Fudosan Logistics Park flagship brand, there are 53 projects being developed and managed. Tishman Speyer launched its industrial platform in December 2021 with the acquisition of two distribution centers in Pittsburgh and Colorado Springs. In 2022, the firm tapped industry veteran Andy Burke to serve as Managing Director and Head of Industrial. Burke previously held leadership roles at AMB Property Corporation (now Prologis) and most recently at Terreno Realty Corporation, where he was part of the management team that established its platform and took the company public in 2010. Mitsui Fudosan America's commitment to this new joint venture will accelerate our industrial platform's expansion from core and core-plus assets to include value-add, development and redevelopment opportunities, said Tishman Speyer Senior Managing Director Paul Galiano, who serves as Co-Head of U.S. Acquisitions and Global Capital Markets. Added Burke, The servicing requirements that come with an ever-expanding omnichannel experience are constantly creating dynamic demands on the supply chain. By positioning our investments in high density locations in the path of consumption, we will unlock significant value for our customers and our investment partners. About Tishman Speyer Tishman Speyer is a leading owner, developer, operator and investment manager of first-class real estate in 32 key markets across the United States, Europe, Asia and Latin America. We develop, build and manage premier office, residential and retail spaces for industry-leading tenants, as well as state-of-the-art life science centers through our Breakthrough Properties venture. With global vision, on-the-ground expertise and a personalized approach, we are unparalleled in our ability to foster innovation, quickly adapt to global and local trends and proactively anticipate our customers' evolving needs. By focusing on health and wellness, enlightened placemaking and customer-focused initiatives such as our tenant amenities platform, ZO., and our flexible space and co-working brand, Studio, we tend not just to our physical buildings, but to the people who inhabit them on a daily basis. Since our inception in 1978, Tishman Speyer has acquired, developed, and operated 512 properties, totaling 217 million square feet, with a combined value of over $126 billion (U.S.). Our current portfolio includes such iconic assets as Rockefeller Center in New York City, The Springs in Shanghai, TaunusTurm in Frankfurt and the Mission Rock neighborhood currently being realized in San Francisco. About Mitsui Fudosan America Mitsui Fudosan America, Inc. (MFA) is the U.S. subsidiary of Japan's largest real estate company, Mitsui Fudosan Co., Ltd., a publicly-traded company with approximately $65 billion of assets. 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Keller Williams Launches Real Estate Planner Community

Keller Williams | September 16, 2022

Keller Williams (KW), the world’s largest real estate franchise by agent count, has launched the KW Real Estate Planner community for agents to train and mastermind on providing clients with wealth management services. “As the housing market continues to shift, we’re leaning heavily into the value of business communities to enable our real estate entrepreneurs the opportunity to thrive, As part of a community, our agents are gaining a greater sense of connection, empowerment and impact while staying focused on business growth.” -Sajag Patel, chief operating officer, KW KW Real Estate Planner (REP) is a community based around certification, training and networking opportunities for agents to grow and mastermind skills on wealth management for their clients. An emerging community, KW REP is led by Dan Ihara, who serves as its’ director. Ihara is also the founder of the Honolulu, Hawaii-based The Ihara Team. KW Real Estate Planner is a new community designed to help our Keller Williams agents help their clients build wealth and transfer wealth, Agents can elevate their game from being a very good, seasoned real estate agent to a real estate planner that the wealthy will look at for advice,said Ihara. Training Momentum Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI), a community for business growth using diversity and inclusion best practices, has also launched monthly masterminds. The new DEI masterminds are conducted with leaders from KW’s Social Equity Task Force and KW agent-led affinity groups, such as the Hispanic Leaders of Real Estate, KW Black Real Estate Network, KW CHISPA, KW Pan-Asian Group, KW Rainbow Network, KW Signs, and the Lady Leaders of Real Estate. KW New Homes, a community for business growth opportunities in new construction and land development, has launched new modular training. The training is focused on the best practices of supporting buyers with new construction buys, earning additional builder business and solidifying land developer partnerships. KW agents who join a KW community have access to specialized training, technology, coaching, mastermind events and referral opportunities. About Keller Williams Austin, Texas-based Keller Williams (KW), the world’s largest real estate franchise by agent count, has more than 1,100 offices and 200,000 associates. The franchise is also No. 1 in units and sales volume in the United States. Since 1983, the company has cultivated an agent-centric, technology-driven and education-based culture that rewards agents as stakeholders.

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