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.
REAL ESTATE INVESTMENT
Kimco Realty | November 14, 2022
Kimco Realty® (NYSE: KIM), North America’s largest publicly traded owner and operator of open-air, grocery-anchored shopping centers, and a growing portfolio of mixed-use assets, today announced it acquired a private, multi-generationally-owned portfolio of eight Long Island, NY shopping centers for $375.8 million. The acquisition was funded by the issuance of a combination of cash and redeemable units and the assumption of $88.8 million of 4.1% mortgage debt with a remaining term of approximately six years. As of September 30, 2022, the company had $123.5 million in cash and cash equivalents on its balance sheet and subsequently received approximately $301.1 million of proceeds from the sale of 11.5 million shares of its Albertsons common shares.
These eight high-quality centers are located in one of the most desirable markets in the United States and within a drive time of approximately 15 minutes from Kimco’s corporate headquarters in Jericho, NY. The ultra-infill markets of Long Island are high barrier to entry and offer a highly captive consumer base boasting some of the best demographic profiles in the country. The portfolio, which boasts a three-mile estimated population and average household income of 95,000 and $187,000, respectively, is 94.4% leased with significant mark-to-market and merchandising enhancement opportunities. The portfolio, which includes The Gardens at Great Neck, Woodbury Common, The Market Place, Stop & Shop Shopping Center, Southgate Shopping Center, Green Cove Plaza and Syosset Corners in Nassau County, and Sequams Shopping Center in Suffolk County, features five grocery anchored centers and a strong collection of necessity-based tenants and retailers offering everyday goods and services. Tenants include TJMaxx, GoHealth Urgent Care, Rite Aid, Starbucks, Dunkin’ Donuts, and Chipotle.
“This acquisition was a rare chance to expand our presence in one of Kimco’s most highly desired markets, with a portfolio of irreplaceable real estate located in one of the most heavily trafficked, densely populated, suburbs that offers high barriers to entry and affluent communities, The strength of our balance sheet, ample liquidity and ability to provide a tax efficient transaction for the seller put us in a prime position to be opportunistic when this multi-generational portfolio emerged. The acquisition also brings us closer to our target of 85% of the company’s annual base rent coming from grocery anchored centers.”
-Conor Flynn, Kimco’s Chief Executive Officer
At the end of September 2022, Kimco Realty owned 28 centers totaling 3.0 million square feet with an average occupancy rate of 97.8% in the dominant Long Island market. The addition of this eight-property portfolio, which comprises 540,000 square feet of retail space, will further Kimco’s position as one of Long Island’s largest owners of grocery-anchored shopping centers with 36 assets totaling over 3.5 million square feet.
About Kimco Realty®
Kimco Realty® (NYSE:KIM) is a real estate investment trust (REIT) headquartered in Jericho, N.Y. that is North America’s largest publicly traded owner and operator of open-air, grocery-anchored shopping centers, including mixed-use assets. The company’s portfolio is primarily concentrated in the first-ring suburbs of the top major metropolitan markets, including those in high-barrier-to-entry coastal markets and rapidly expanding Sun Belt cities, with a tenant mix focused on essential, necessity-based goods and services that drive multiple shopping trips per week. Kimco Realty is also committed to leadership in environmental, social and governance (ESG) issues and is a recognized industry leader in these areas. Publicly traded on the NYSE since 1991, and included in the S&P 500 Index, the company has specialized in shopping center ownership, management, acquisitions, and value enhancing redevelopment activities for more than 60 years. As of September 30, 2022, the company owned interests in 526 U.S. shopping centers and mixed-use assets comprising 91 million square feet of gross leasable space.
REAL ESTATE TECHNOLOGY
RI Marketplace and SharpLaunch | November 16, 2022
RI Marketplace ("Marketplace"), the leading online auction platform for commercial real estate (CRE) transactions, today announced their partnership with SharpLaunch, a powerful CRE marketing software designed to accelerate time-to-market and meet the needs of building owners, asset managers, investment sales teams, and brokers alike. Through this new partnership, SharpLaunch clients' listings can now be viewed on Marketplace's Listings page. This partnership will allow Sharplaunch's brokers to take advantage of a new, curated, and fast-growing network of highly vetted investors and for Marketplace's buyers to gain access to more opportunities.
SharpLaunch customers can now easily opt-in to have their sales listings displayed on Marketplace's Listing page and automatically updated in real time as listing statuses are modified, all with the click of a button. The process is managed through an API integration that enables brokers to benefit from a wider distribution of their listings without having to manually input and update data from one site to another. SharpLaunch's ability to help streamline marketing operations for busy commercial real estate clients like CBRE and Cushman & Wakefield allows them to quickly and easily publish their listings so they can get back to driving revenue and making an impact at their organization.
Not only does this partnership create a greater likelihood for buyers and sellers to transact, but it also illustrates how Marketplace and SharpLaunch continue to take the lead as CRE innovators by encouraging industry cooperation and collaboration with the ultimate goal of creating a more streamlined, efficient experience for commercial real estate professionals across the value chain.
"By creating these partnerships and utilizing the best of both technologies, we are meeting the demands of our users – SharpLaunch clients gain more visibility for their property listings and Marketplace investors get to see more opportunities to buy, In collaborating with top tier CRE entrepreneurs and thought-leaders like SharpLaunch, we are creating a win win win for us, our clients and the industry as whole. We are consciously trying to move the CRE space forward by creating a culture of openness with technology partners - and having fun while we do it."
-James Shevlin President and Chief Operating Officer at CWCapital, an affiliate company of RI Marketplace
Marketplace has built a network of over 100,000 qualified investors nationwide with a proven track record of buying assets and who regularly visit Marketplace's website in search of their next deal, Making sure our listings could integrate with such a powerful platform was an easy choice, and an important one for the customers who rely on us to help them find the right buyers,said Bob Samii, Founder and CEO of SharpLaunch.
About RI Marketplace
RI Marketplace is the leading auction platform for commercial real estate transactions, bringing buyers, sellers and brokers together to efficiently list, market and close deals. The platform allows local, national and global investors the opportunity to quickly review and bid on assets throughout the country. Marketplace is managed by a dedicated team of commercial asset experts with more than $11 billion in online real estate sales. Since its inception in May 2017, the platform has completed more than $3.4 billion in transactions.
About CWCapital Asset Management LLC
CWCapital is a highly rated special servicer, investment management, and analytics firm with over $220 billion UPB of name servicing rights. CWCapital provides value maximization services and solutions for clients throughout the entire investment life cycle. The company is comprised of experienced real estate specialists managing one of the largest Special Servicing platforms. CWCapital offers deep market experience in acquisition services, underwriting, due diligence, investment management, dispositions, CMBS research, bond analytics – all powered by RealINSIGHT, a state-of-the-art asset management software.
SharpLaunch is a powerful commercial real estate marketing software that accelerates lease and sales volume for busy CRE teams. As experts in commercial real estate marketing, SharpLaunch provides a suite of easy-to-use tools to streamline marketing operations, accelerate time-to-market, and amplify the digital presence of commercial properties.