REAL ESTATE TECHNOLOGY
CapStone Holdings Inc. | March 11, 2022
CapStone Holdings Inc, a self-funded family office business incubator and investment group – announced its continued strategic partnership in real estate with Blaq Projects, an innovative property development, construction, and investment company in Australia. Through the collaboration, CapStone set up an ongoing real estate funding platform with a second US$25 million. Blaq Projects will use these funds towards medium-density property development opportunities in the metropolitan areas of Sydney and Illawarra in New South Wales, Australia's highest populated state.
The Australian partnership further diversifies CapStone Holdings' investment portfolio internationally. CapStone first supported Blaq Projects' US$90 million Dé Mira Commercial Tower, 21-story mixed-use development including 88 residential units and 124,000 square feet of commercial space in Wollongong's medical precinct. CapStone and Blaq Projects will also bring new low-rise mixed-use residential apartments to the Subiaco/Perth area. Construction is expected to begin this summer. All developments are built with state-of-the-art innovative technology and a significant focus on sustainability and environmental protection.
New South Wales is a beautiful destination poised for substantial economic growth. When we started looking for the right international partner, and Blaq Projects was very receptive towards our investment goals. Most importantly, their approach to the construction and quality of the development is important to our investment philosophy. Blaq Projects meets that standard."
Keith J. Stone, Founder and Chairman of CapStone Holdings Inc
"CapStone Holdings' partnership has been instrumental in Blaq Projects' and Wollongong's real estate growth," said Jared Beneru, Managing Director at Blaq Projects. "Having the backing of a financial powerhouse like CapStone Holdings through COVID times enabled us to build over a $1 billion (AUD) real estate pipeline. Together, our vision and goals align to deliver new projects that continue to set the benchmark for the Wollongong CBD."
CapStone Holdings continues to build a robust real estate investment portfolio and offers a unique diversified investment platform. In addition to its recent ventures in Australia, one of its additional significant real estate developments includes the fast-growing City Foundry STL located in St. Louis, Missouri, United States.
About CapStone Holdings, Inc.
CapStone Holdings, Inc. is a family office-structured holding company that keeps a balanced portfolio through investment strategies that maximize innovation and return with minimal risk. CapStone Holdings and its founders have invested across a wide range of industries for over 33 years and engage in focused philanthropic efforts.
About Blaq Projects
Blaq Projects is an innovative property development, construction, and investment company. Throughout the years of experience, Blaq has obtained industry excellence, a culture built on quality and a mindset of providing cost effective building and design solutions.
REAL ESTATE TECHNOLOGY
Green Courte Partners, LLC | March 10, 2022
Green Courte Partners, LLC, a private equity real estate investment firm focused on building industry-leading companies within niche real estate sectors, announced that it has hired C.R. Russell as Managing Director of Development. In this role, Mr. Russell will oversee all development and construction activities for Green Courte's investments in Windward Communities, True Connection Communities, and The Parking Spot, Green Courte's land-lease community, senior housing, and near-airport parking companies, respectively. Mr. Russell is replacing John Lyons, who retired in February after being with Green Courte and The Parking Spot since 2010.
Prior to joining Green Courte, Mr. Russell was a Senior Vice President of Development and Construction at A.J. Capital Partners, a vertically integrated developer with $3.6 billion in real estate investments across 45 markets. In that role, Mr. Russell oversaw the planning and development efforts of $1.2 billion of high-profile hospitality and mixed-use developments comprising nearly 2.6 million square feet of space. Earlier in his career, Mr. Russell held several management roles at Vail Resorts Development Company on behalf of Vail Resorts, Inc., the largest owner and operator of mountain resort properties. At Vail, Mr. Russell was responsible for the company's mountain development team as well as expansion efforts across its entire portfolio of properties.
Mr. Russell holds a Bachelor of Arts in Environmental Policy from Rollins College and a Master of Business Administration from Northwestern University's J.L. Kellogg Graduate School of Management.
We are thrilled to welcome C.R. to our team, and we look forward to leveraging his diverse skillset and expertise to further expand and improve Green Courte's development efforts across our three active platforms."
David B. Lentz, Green Courte's Chief Executive Officer
About Green Courte Partners, LLC
Green Courte Partners, LLC is a Chicago-based private equity real estate investment firm focused on building industry-leading companies within niche real estate sectors, including active adult/independent senior living properties, land-lease communities, and near-airport parking facilities. The firm combines focused investment strategies with a disciplined approach to transaction execution, operations, and asset management. Green Courte's goal is to invest in high-quality real estate assets that will generate attractive risk-adjusted returns over a long-term holding period.
REAL ESTATE TECHNOLOGY
Yardi Breeze | April 04, 2022
Following a very successful inaugural event in 2021, Yardi is hosting the REfresh user conference on April 6-7, 2022. This virtual event is free to Yardi Breeze and Yardi Breeze Premier clients in the U.S. and Canada.
With over 6,000 companies now on Breeze or Breeze Premier, thousands of users are once again expected to attend the event featuring more than 85 on-demand classes, spotlight sessions and an exclusive keynote presentation by Nikki Greenberg, an influential real estate futurist and thought leader.
The goal is to empower property owners, managers and investors with the information and tools they need to succeed. (And maybe have a little fun while they are it.) Attendees can learn more about their Breeze or Breeze Premier software and see how they can expand their platform with other key Yardi products designed to help them better market their properties, find quality residents and tenants, protect their assets and improve their operations through innovation and automation.
Clients are automatically preregistered for REfresh. They only need to log in to their Breeze or Breeze Premier system on April 6-7 and click on the conference link to learn and connect. Attendees can engage with peers and Yardi experts via live chat. Plus, anyone who signs in will find multiple ways to win prizes!
Yardi develops and supports industry-leading investment and property management software for all types and sizes of real estate companies. Established in 1984, Yardi is based in Santa Barbara, Calif., and serves clients worldwide.
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.