REAL ESTATE INVESTMENT
Pixiu Real Estate | May 26, 2022
Pixiu Real Estate, Woodbine Development Corporation and a collective of Austin-based investors have acquired the capital city’s first and most iconic hotel, The Driskill, from Hyatt Hotels & Resorts.
Woodbine Development Corporation is the Dallas-based real estate investment firm behind many notable hotel properties in Texas and beyond. Pixiu Real Estate is part of Pixiu Investments, an investment firm owned by Eddie Margain, co-founder of several ventures, including local MLS club Austin FC. Among the investor group is Bryan Sheffield, founder of Parsley Energy and fellow investor in Austin FC.
As a destination, The Driskill Hotel has been a shining star for Austinites and Texas-bound travelers since it opened its doors in 1886. As new owners and stewards of this historic property, we’re excited to work with Hyatt, Pixiu and the local investor group, who have a common goal of enhancing this hotel and ensuring its legacy for years to come.”
Dupree Scovell, managing partner and chief investment officer at Woodbine
The Driskill anchors the Sixth Street Entertainment District in downtown Austin. The new ownership group is looking to maintain and elevate the appeal of the 189-room luxury hotel while also helping to stabilize and revitalize the surrounding neighborhood. The group has expressed initial plans to invest a substantial amount of capital, which is intended to help spur momentum for revitalization along Sixth Street.
“We are thrilled about this important acquisition because of what it represents for Austin and for Pixiu Real Estate,” said Eddie Margain. “As an Austinite, I know and appreciate the historical significance of this more than 130-year-old property. And, as our community continues to grow, I believe we need to preserve and revitalize landmarks like The Driskill that have contributed to the making of Austin’s distinct character and spirit.”
Margain added: “We made calls to good friends who have the same interest of preserving Austin and a desire to work on a legacy project, and an amazing group came together. Partnering with Woodbine Development has been an incredible experience; they are world-class hotel operators, and they know the hotel industry like none other.”
Dallas-based Woodbine brings nearly 50 years of hospitality development and asset management experience to the hotel’s ownership group. The company’s portfolio of work includes Austin’s Hotel Magdalena and Hyatt Regency Lost Pines Resort & Spa; San Antonio’s Hotel Emma and Hyatt Regency Hill Country Resort & Spa; Hyatt Regency Dallas and Reunion Tower and Hilton Dallas/Park Cities; and many other properties throughout Texas and the United States. Woodbine specializes in developing select- and full-service destinations in urban, suburban and inspiring out-of-the-way settings as well as office/mixed-use projects – always creating places people want to be.
Just a few blocks from the Texas capitol, The Driskill opened its doors in 1886, quickly becoming known as the Grande Dame of Austin. A confluence of opulence and luxury, the hotel has been the destination of choice for an array of guests over the years – for overnights, special events, SXSW sessions, election-night watch parties, political drink-sipping and deal-making, weddings and engagements (future president Lyndon B. Johnson proposed to Lady Bird during their first date, which took place at the hotel) and much more.
While no longer owners of the hotel, Hyatt Hotels & Resorts will continue daily management of the property.
About Woodbine Development Corporation
Woodbine Development Corporation is a full-service real estate company with nearly 50 years of development, investment, acquisition and asset management experience. With offices in Dallas and Phoenix, Woodbine specializes in hotels, resorts and mixed-use developments throughout the United States. The company’s hospitality portfolio features major brands, independent hotels, full-service destinations and select-service stays alike. Since 1973, Woodbine has been involved in more than $7 billion in commercial real estate projects, including the development, ownership, asset management, repositioning or renovation of over 17,000 hotel rooms.
About Pixiu Real Estate
Pixiu Real Estate was founded in 2010 and is comprised of an expanding portfolio of real estate properties around Austin and Texas. Among the iconic properties of which Pixiu has ownership are the Littlefield and Scarbrough buildings adjacent to The Driskill. The firm also has ownership in several other buildings downtown. Pixiu Real Estate’s parent company, Pixiu Investments, is a prominent investment firm based in Austin, Texas with investments across multiple industries including real estate, technology, hospitality, energy, and professional sports.
REAL ESTATE TECHNOLOGY
Redfin | March 24, 2022
Redfin launched nationwide rental search, letting consumers search for both rental and for-sale home listings on Redfin for the first time. Built on the same map-based search technology used by tens of millions to find homes for sale, the addition of rentals makes Redfin a destination for everyone in the U.S. looking for a place to live. Redfin’s rental search is powered by rental listings from RentPath, a leading marketing technology and services platform for the rental industry that operates Rent.com and other popular rental sites, which Redfin acquired in April 2021. This significantly expands the reach of the RentPath network, letting RentPath’s property-management customers market their rental listings to Redfin.com’s 47 million monthly visitors.
Adding rental listings to Redfin.com will increase our authority as a real estate destination, not only drawing more visitors to rental listings, but also to our existing for-sale listings. With about one in five Redfin.com visitors interested in rentals, we have an opportunity to generate as many rental inquiries from Redfin.com as from all other RentPath sites. As a result, we expect to attract more property managers to promote their listings on Redfin.com, and for Redfin.com traffic growth to accelerate.”
Glenn Kelman, Redfin CEO
Powerful, immersive search to discover the perfect place to rent
Prospective renters can see updated listings every day, search with tailored filters, including budget, location and pet policy, and connect with property managers. Photos, floor plans and 3D tours let users experience a new rental home before ever setting foot inside. Renters can use the contact feature to connect with property managers to schedule a tour, ask a question or request an application.
Because Redfin is a leading site to find homes for sale, people deciding between buying and renting can use Redfin for their entire home search. With one click, users can switch between homes for sale and homes for rent on the map. With another click, users can mark their favorite homes and see all of them in one place, whether they're for sale or for rent.
“Most people who are considering renting a new home in the next six months say they are also considering buying,” said Christian Taubman, Redfin's Chief Growth Officer. "Redfin gives everyone the tools to win the place that's best for them, whether that's a place to lease or buy.”
Broad exposure for property managers
“The launch of rental search on Redfin is an immediate benefit for the existing property owners and managers who rely on the RentPath network to connect with serious tenants, fill occupancies, and manage properties,” said Jon Ziglar, CEO of RentPath. “Whether you are managing multiple apartment communities or are an individual landlord, RentPath has the consumer reach and marketing tools to make the process of finding and signing new tenants simple and efficient. Adding the reach of Redfin's popular consumer website and app to the RentPath network, in addition to RentPath’s deep knowledge of the rentals business, we can offer the best solutions in the industry to simplify the rental search experience for renters while driving occupancies and operational efficiency for property managers and owners.”
Property owners and managers who list their properties via RentPath will now reach the tens of millions of consumers who visit Redfin every month, in addition to the other sites in RentPath’s network: Rent.com, Rentals.com, and Apartment Guide.
Requests from renters flow directly to property managers with details on whether the customer wants to tour, submit an application or ask a question about the property. With a single platform for property managers, RentPath makes it easy to see and manage contacts coming from across all sites in the RentPath network without having to learn new tools or work across multiple systems. In addition to reaching serious renters online, RentPath also provides a full-suite of online tools to help property managers communicate with residents and market their properties through targeted digital advertising, social media and online reputation management.
Redfin is a technology-powered real estate company. We help people find a place to live with brokerage, instant home-buying (iBuying), rentals, lending, title insurance, and renovations services. We sell homes for more money and charge half the fee. We also run the country's #1 real-estate brokerage site. Our home-buying customers see homes first with on-demand tours, and our lending and title services help them close quickly. Customers selling a home can take an instant cash offer from Redfin or have our renovations crew fix up their home to sell for top dollar. Our rentals business empowers millions nationwide to find apartments and houses for rent. Since launching in 2006, we've saved customers more than $1 billion in commissions. We serve more than 100 markets across the U.S. and Canada and employ over 6,000 people.
RentPath is the only marketing and automation platform that engages prospective residents through the entire renter journey, maximizing leads and occupancies with unparalleled ROI. Through its broad network of rental listing sites including rent.com, ApartmentGuide.com, Rentals.com, and Redfin.com, RentPath connects property owners and managers with over 10 million high-intent, in-market renters per month. In addition, the RentPath platform powers a full suite of best-in-class digital marketing solutions across search advertising, social media, email marketing, web chat, resident communication, reputation management and more. RentPath’s holistic solutions simplify the rental search experience for renters while driving occupancies and efficiencies for property managers and owners. RentPath is a Redfin Company.
Lev | February 09, 2022
Lev has launched Lev Lending, the world's first end-to-end digital lending platform for commercial real estate (CRE), to transform the industry's notoriously complex lending process into a surprisingly beautiful digital experience.
Lev Lending is the new direct lending arm of Lev, the CRE financing platform that originated nearly $1 billion in loans via its marketplace in 2021. Lev brings speed and transparency to CRE financing by streamlining the application process with automation and deal management tools for borrowers and brokers, along with powerful financing and closing technologies. Borrowers are automatically matched with the right lender through an intuitive interface.
Lev Lending utilizes Lev's proprietary AI tech and deep industry expertise to rewire the entire CRE financing process from quote to close. The platform will initially specialize in permanent, non-recourse loans on single-tenant net lease (NNN) properties. In its soft launch period, Lev Lending closed multiple million-dollar loans on retail properties such as Dollar General and KFC in as little as 30 days–or as much as 3x faster than traditional lenders.
Over the last decade, most industries have been simplified by technology. Finally, these changes are coming to CRE lending, We're building a platform that not only makes life easier for current investors to get financing, but also simplifies the experience for the lender. It's a win-win for all industry players."
Yaakov Zar, founder and CEO of Lev.
Lev's technology infrastructure allows the company to scale its business nationally and support all asset types. By automating manual tasks, it has changed the way originators, executors and brokers provide support to their clients. As a result of this differentiated experience, the company grew 10x in 2021–its second year in business.
Our goal is to become the nexus of all CRE transactions. Today's commercial borrowers are demanding fast, digital experiences that mirror consumer processes. They want a Rocket Mortgage for their commercial properties. Whether you're a borrower using our marketplace for the best deal, or you're a natural fit for NNN via Lev Lending, we're here with a fast, beautifully-engineered lending experience."
Lev is the commercial real estate financing platform offering fast, transparent access to capital from the world's leading financial institutions. Having closed $1 billion in CRE mortgages in 2021, Lev has grown 10x year-over-year thanks to its proprietary approach to CRE financing, including the industry's only API. Founded in 2019, Lev has raised $40 million from StepStone Group, First American Title, NFX, Canaan Partners, JLL Spark, Animo Ventures and Ludlow Ventures, among others.
REAL ESTATE INVESTMENT
ExchangeRight | April 20, 2022
ExchangeRight, one of the nation's leaders in diversified real estate investments and strategies, has fully subscribed its $124 million Net-Leased Portfolio 50 offering, containing 30 net-leased properties covering 676,976 square feet across 17 states. The portfolio of single-tenant properties was structured to generate consistent investor distributions starting at an annualized rate of 6.12 percent.
ExchangeRight has fully subscribed a $124 million 30-property net-leased portfolio focused on essential businesses.
The fully occupied portfolio, offered at $124,160,000, includes properties tenanted by CVS Pharmacy, Dollar General, Dollar Tree, Family Dollar, First Midwest Bank, Fresenius Medical Care, Octapharma Plasma, Publix, Sherwin-Williams, Walgreens and WellMed. The offering launched with 10-year, fixed-rate, interest-only financing at 3.26 percent.
We are grateful for those investors, advisors and representatives who have placed their trust in us to steward the wealth they have invested in Net-Leased Portfolio 50. We are intent on constructing diversified net-leased portfolios for DST investors designed to produce stable income through economic cycles, preserve investor wealth, defer investors' taxes and provide a strategic exit."
Warren Thomas, a managing partner in ExchangeRight
ExchangeRight and its affiliates' vertically integrated platform features over $4.8 billion in assets under management, diversified across over 1,050 properties, over 19 million square feet and throughout 44 states. More than 6,600 investors have trusted ExchangeRight to manage their capital. All of the company's current and past offerings have met or exceeded targeted cash flow distributions to investors since the company's founding. The past performance of ExchangeRight and its previous offerings does not guarantee future results.
ExchangeRight pursues its passion to empower people to be secure, free and generous by providing REIT, fund and 1031 DST portfolios that target secure capital, stable income and strategic exits. The company strategically syndicates net-leased portfolios of assets backed primarily by investment-grade corporations that successfully operate in the necessity-based retail and healthcare industries, as well as diversified value-add portfolios of inline and outparcel retail spaces shadow-anchored by strong-performing grocery tenants.