CBRE Acquires Telecommunications Firm New England Fiber, Inc.

Boston Real Estate Times | January 07, 2020

CBRE Group, Inc. announced the acquisition of New England Fiber, Inc. (NEF), a leading telecommunications and network infrastructure advisory services firm. NEF specializes in helping occupiers optimize network deployment, providing solutions spanning network design, procurement and installation management. Founded in 2004 in Newton, MA, NEF serves large and midsized enterprises in multiple industries and vertical markets. NEF helps occupiers implement the most efficient, resilient and cost-effective network environments. These are increasingly important factors in making real estate decisions for data centers and other technology-heavy sites as well as other traditional enterprise occupiers given the growing reliance on connectivity in the workplace. New technologies, such as 5G, will increase the focus of many occupiers on network capabilities when making real estate decisions,” said Whitley Collins, Global President, Advisory & Transaction Services | Occupier, CBRE. “NEF will give us the technical expertise to advise clients on network capabilities and ensure that we deliver exceptional outcomes for them across the globe.

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BROKERAGE,MORTGAGE AND LENDING

Real Estate Tech Brokerage Radius Launches In-House Mortgage Brokerage in California

Radius | August 04, 2022

Radius, the tech-enabled brokerage, today announced it has launched a mortgage brokerage in California. The mortgage launch comes on the heels of the company's $14 million Series A fundraise and recent expansion to Texas, Florida and Washington. Radius is a full service, modern brokerage that provides real estate professionals and their teams with the support and tools needed to grow their business — with a simplified and modest flat fee commission structure. The brokerage empowers entrepreneurial real estate professionals with integrated technology, mentorship, recruiting, financial services and marketing resources to build and amplify their own brand. With the addition of a mortgage brokerage, Radius agents and their clients in California will have access to a more seamless and transparent lending experience. With access to real-time status updates and critical documents in their client dashboards, Radius agents will be able to provide quality information about the lending process to their clients — while being supported by a dedicated team. Radius' mortgage arm will be led by Director of Mortgage Michael Bardales, a 20-year veteran of California lending and Senior Lending Manager Grace Davis, a 17-year real estate veteran and top lending officer in the state. "We're building Radius Mortgage from the ground up to be a premier lender in California, For far too long, the lending process has been frustrating and burdensome for agents and their clients alike. By keeping cost structures low and bringing transparency to the entire lending process, we hope to help real estate professionals deliver a better client experience and grow their businesses." - Sam Kasle, Radius' Chief Revenue Officer Dedicated to developing the whole agent, Radius helped real estate professionals and their teams close more than $400 million in sales in the first quarter of 2022, while the referral network has generated $25 billion in referral commissions in the last three years. The company has doubled revenue in the last five months, and seen 300 percent revenue growth year-over-year. Radius now operates in California, Colorado, Georgia, Oregon, Texas, Florida, and Washington. Building on its real estate social network of more than 85,000 agents nationwide, Radius plans to further expand across the U.S. by the end of the year. About Radius Radius is the premier tech-driven brokerage firm for real estate professionals eager to grow their brands and profits. From networking opportunities, branding/marketing resources, to white-glove services for buyers and sellers, Radius is poised to help real estate professionals grow their businesses while saving them time and money. Founded in 2015, Radius is backed by the founders of Trulia, Zillow and Roofstock.

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REAL ESTATE TECHNOLOGY

In Just 8 Months, YourHomeHub Powered by MooveGuru Has Already Sold Out 26 States and 28 Regional Territories. And It's Just Getting Started

YourHomeHub | June 01, 2022

In October 2021, a likely source emerged with the first ever property tech franchise—MooveGuru. Through its automated data capture and delivery platforms, MooveGuru has been perfecting the consumer experience during the moving process. In January, the robust platform announced extended support for consumers with services throughout the homeownership lifecycle with a franchise model aimed at real estate service providers in brokerage, title and mortgage. Franchises have been selling faster than homes in red-hot housing markets. To date, MooveGuru has sold 28 regional proptech franchise territories, selling out 26 states in the process. No doubt, our experience and trust in the real estate community and a focused approach in identifying them as a target franchise audience has played a role in the rapid success of initial franchise sales. While a lot of franchises take the approach that anyone can be their own boss, with our organization we've emphasized the value of additional revenue streams for real estate professionals and it's paying off. We've created a buzz the real estate community can't get enough of. It's why we've sold more than half of the states in the U.S. in less than a year." Scott Oakley, CEO of MooveGuru The MooveGuru franchise enables franchisees to deliver a home ownership portal called YourHomeHub that allows homeowners to gain access to preferred local services at a discount. The success comes from being local. YourHomeHub, is the first consumer portal that is "Everything Home," meaning it allows homeowners to manage both the financial details and physical elements of their home. Consumers can monitor extensive information about their home and local market conditions, store important documents, generate accurate estimates for home repairs and find a local contractor for over 1,000 different home service categories. Each YourHomeHub is sponsored by local real estate brands, driving top of mind marketing and revenue from consumer purchases. The platform, provided by real estate professionals, gives a powerful homeowner resource to their customers. "We have expanded our franchise coverage area to 26 states in eight months—this is unprecedented in the franchise industry," said Kathleen Kuhn, President of MooveGuru, who brings more than three decades in the home services franchise industry to the organization. "While there are still opportunities in some major markets, the window is closing for those looking to be regional territory owners." Opportunities are still available for ownership in key markets such as Nevada, New Jersey and Illinois. Franchise owners' trend towards real estate brokerages who have experience with operating affiliate companies, followed by mortgage and title companies. Mortgage brokers typically partner with their top real estate agents for co-branding and split the opportunity fifty-fifty for RESPA compliance. Title companies are offering the service on all their title closings. The franchise pays 10-20 percent of net subscription to franchise owners. The more subscriptions to YourHomeHub and the more leads generated for service pros, the more the franchise owner makes. Recent regional owners include owners in real estate brands such as RE/MAX, Keller Williams, EXP, ERA and also include owners in mortgage and title. About MooveGuru MooveGuru Inc. is based in Roswell, GA. In 2016 the company launched a free mover engagement program to real estate agents and brokers with the idea of connecting home buyers and sellers to convenience and savings on moving services. Using just-in-time delivery through artificial intelligence algorithms, MooveGuru Inc. ensures consumers receive agent-branded savings and convenience from national and local retailers and utility connections as they step through the relocation process. Today, more than 2,000 brokerages, 316,000 agents, and millions of homeowners are connected to the MooveGuru and YourHomeHub platforms.

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REAL ESTATE TECHNOLOGY

Walker & Dunlop Arranges $162.4 Million in Financing from Northwind Group for SHVO's Mandarin Oriental Residences, Fifth Avenue

Walker & Dunlop, Inc. | June 15, 2022

Walker & Dunlop, Inc. announced that it arranged $162,400,000 in construction financing for Mandarin Oriental Residences, Fifth Avenue, New York City's first turn-key branded residences available for sale. Located directly on Fifth Avenue at the intersection of East 54th Street in the heart of Manhattan's Plaza District, the property will be managed and operated by Mandarin Oriental, providing owners with access to luxury, five-star hotel services, without the hotel guests. Manhattan-based Northwind Group provided the whole loan solution through its discretionary debt fund. Northwind Group has originated in the last year $840 million of loans secured by 76 properties in NYC, Houston, Miami, and Chicago. Aaron Appel, Keith Kurland, Jonathan Schwartz, Adam Schwartz, Sean Bastian and Michael Ianno, led Walker & Dunlop's team in arranging the financing. The team served as exclusive advisor to their client, SHVO, the culture-defining real estate development and investment firm headquartered in New York City. Proceeds from the loan allowed SHVO to refinance the existing debt and capitalize for remaining construction costs to complete the conversion of the former Gucci NYC headquarters. This transaction highlights the current demand – among both lenders and consumers – for uniquely-branded, turn-key condominium product located in one of Manhattan's most iconic neighborhoods. This financing will reinforce the project's swift completion, with closings anticipated later this year for this world-class, luxury product that is unavailable to buyers in today's market" Aaron Appel, Senior Managing Director and Co-Head of New York Capital Markets for Walker & Dunlop Ran Eliasaf, Founder and Managing Partner of Northwind Group said "We were able to curate a flexible financing solution for this once in a lifetime asset, that will assist our Borrower to achieve its goals, and complete the transformation of this property into one of Manhattan's most beautiful residential buildings. This financing fits well in our strategy and marks another step in our growth as a company. Northwind intends to deploy this year close to $1 billion in debt transactions in NYC and other major gateway cities." SHVO has developed a forward-thinking best-in-class offering with residents having access to hotel-inspired living, encompassing the legendary service of Mandarin Oriental with the added security and privacy of a residential-only building. The Mandarin Oriental Residences feature 69 fully-furnished and accessorized homes ranging from junior suites to two-bedroom residences appointed with Molteni kitchens and fitted closets, Miele appliances, chevron oak floors, Juliet balconies, custom upholstery, and comprehensive wall coverings as well as Frette sheets, Georg Jensen silver, and custom champagne fixtures by Dornbracht gilded in 22 karat galvanized gold. In addition to white-glove Mandarin Oriental service, the suite of unparalleled amenities includes a state-of-the-art fitness center with steam, sauna, and treatment rooms; a private rooftop pool, with a lounge and bar, featuring views of Central Park; and a private restaurant by Michelin-Starred chef Daniel Boulud – Boulud Privé. About Northwind Group Northwind Group is a real estate private equity firm with offices in Manhattan and Cleveland that has transacted on $3.0+ billion worth of debt and equity investments covering a portfolio of over 100 properties and nearly 6M square feet. Northwind currently manages three discretionary debt funds providing acquisition, bridge, condo-inventory, construction, predevelopment and land loans secured by real estate and healthcare properties. About Walker & Dunlop Walker & Dunlop is one of the largest providers of capital to the commercial real estate industry, enabling real estate owners and operators to bring their visions of communities — where Americans live, work, shop and play — to life. The power of our people, premier brand, and industry-leading technology makes us more insightful and valuable to our clients, providing an unmatched experience every step of the way. With over 1,000 employees across every major U.S. market, Walker & Dunlop has consistently been named one of Fortune's Great Places to Work® and is committed to making the commercial real estate industry more inclusive and diverse while creating meaningful social, environmental, and economic change in our communities. Walker & Dunlop is the third largest provider of capital to the U.S. multifamily market, originating $49 billion in transactions in 2021. With one of the strongest networks in the industry, the firm's 2021 brokered loan originations totaled $30 billion, a 170% increase over 2020.

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REAL ESTATE ADVICE

Douglas Elliman Expands into Basalt, Colorado

Douglas Elliman Realty | July 27, 2022

Douglas Elliman Realty, one of the largest independent residential real estate brokerages in the United States, announced today that it has expanded its footprint in Colorado. With the opening of a new office in Basalt — its fourth office in the state — the company is well positioned to bring its market expertise and unparalleled service to the Mid-Valley communities of Basalt, Carbondale and Glenwood Springs, near Aspen where Douglas Elliman consistently sets record-breaking sales. Located at 310 Market Street, the 800-square-foot office will provide space for both agents and staff members. With more than 330 active listings, the Mid-Valley is poised to exceed the $943 million in total sales volume generated in 2021. *Statistics provided by Land Title Guarantee and Aspen Glenwood MLS. "Like the increasing numbers of homebuyers and investors drawn to the region, we see tremendous opportunity in Colorado's Mid-Valley, With the current inventory and growing demand for new developments, we expect to substantially increase our market share." Scott Durkin, CEO, Douglas Elliman Realty As a result of remarkable sales activity in nearby Aspen over the past two years, numerous Aspen sellers have taken their financial gains and migrated to the Mid-Valley. And with two luxury country clubs—The Roaring Fork Club in Basalt and Aspen Glen in Carbondale—the region has become a draw for out-of-state buyers, including from Texas. "Our strong sales in Aspen propelled Douglas Elliman to the number two position in overall market share," said Stephen Kotler, CEO of Douglas Elliman Realty's Western Region. "Our new presence in Basalt combined with our ability to leverage our national and international referral network positions us to replicate that success in the Mid-Valley." "With the increased demand for new inventory, numerous development projects are currently under construction or scheduled to break ground over the next 12 months," said Edmund Foran, Executive Manager of Sales and Managing Broker, Aspen and Snowmass Village, for Douglas Elliman Realty. "Having a visible presence in the Mid-Valley will enhance our ability to secure new listings." Some of Elliman's current listings in the Mid-Valley communities include 5616 County Rd 100 in Carbondale listed by Amy Doherty and Julia Herman for $9.8 million, 227 Sage Rim Circle in Basalt listed by Mary Kate Farrell for $9.925 million, 1270 County Road 240 in Glenwood Springs, a 1123 acre ranch on the Colorado River listed by Michael Latousek for $38.647 million and 2561 Frying Pan Road in Basalt, featuring 137 acres and half a mile of frontage of Gold Medal fly fishing on the Frying Pan River for $15.95 million also listed by Michael Latousek. About Douglas Elliman Inc. Douglas Elliman Inc. (NYSE: DOUG, "Douglas Elliman") owns Douglas Elliman Realty, LLC, which is one of the largest residential brokerage companies in the United States with operations in New York City, Long Island, Westchester, Connecticut, New Jersey, the Hamptons, Massachusetts, Florida, California, Colorado, Texas and Nevada. In addition, Douglas Elliman sources, uses and invests in early-stage, disruptive property technology ("PropTech") solutions and companies and provides other real estate services, including development marketing, property management and settlement and escrow services in select markets.

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