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Data-Driven Home Platform Kukun Expands Partnership With Digital Personal Finance Company SoFi

Kukun, the leading company in property data and predictive analytics for home renovations, announced today that SoFi would integrate the new Kukun Digital Cost Estimator into the SoFi app through Relay, SoFi's financial management tool. This expansion builds on SoFi and Kukun's existing partnership, which began in 2018 when SoFi started offering Kukun and SoFi's Home Improvement Cost Calculator products to its clients. In addition, Kukun offers Relay users property data, photos, and property values using Automated Valuation Models (AVM) for individuals interested in learning more about specific home investments.

Relay will enable users to monitor the value of the owned real estate and handle different financial aspects related to the home by integrating Kukun's Property Tracking feature. Relay aspires to be the one-stop shop for SoFi members seeking a comprehensive understanding of their money. Real estate is often the most important financial investment, making it a crucial asset to monitor and manage.

Kukun's most recent Cost Estimator is now available on Relay, allowing consumers better manage their remodeling budgets for the greatest possible outcome, increasing the investment value of their homes.

Kukun will supply SoFi with Automated Valuation Models (AVM) and images and improve its existing digital estimator under the contract terms. The enhanced tool will include new rooms such as a home gym and an office and a real-time assessment of the return on investment (ROI) of any remodeling project.


About Kukun

Kukun is the leading provider of property data and predictive analytics, allowing homeowners to buy better, remodel smarter, and manage their homes more easily. Kukun's products assist customers, realtors, and real estate investors make smart financial decisions that create wealth. The company offers solutions that show which areas are likely to see the most price growth, profit from home improvements, estimate the cost of any renovation quickly and contain all of the information a house buyer or homeowner needs to optimize their home experience. Kukun's data and analytics solutions are also used by large companies in the investment, real estate, construction, and banking sectors. For example, Kukun is the only real estate renovation engine utilized on the websites of several of America's largest banks.

About SoFi

SoFi assists people in achieving financial independence so that they can pursue their objectives.  Our products for borrowing, saving, spending, investing and protecting provide our more than one million members with quick access to tools to help them manage their money. In addition, SoFi membership includes the essentials for going ahead, such as career advisors and access to a thriving community of like-minded, ambitious individuals. SoFi Stadium, home of the Los Angeles Chargers and Rams, also has SoFi as a naming rights partner.

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Cohen & Steers Launches Real Assets Compass to Help Financial Advisors Build Better Portfolios with Real Estate

PR Newswire | January 11, 2024

Cohen & Steers, Inc. announced today the launch of the Real Assets Compass, an interactive tool focused on real estate allocations designed to help financial advisors and institutional investors improve portfolio risk-return profiles. Using the firm's Capital Market Assumptions for the next 10 years and 30 years of historical data, the Real Assets Compass ("the Compass") compares historical and expected returns and volatility of traditional portfolios of only stocks and bonds with those of a more diversified portfolio of stocks, bonds and listed and private real estate. Cohen & Steers believes that many investors are under-allocated to real estate despite the well-documented benefits of the asset class, including its strong performance and potential to enhance risk-adjusted returns. These investors include those across a range of profiles, from self-directed investors to those investing with financial advisors or family offices. Cohen & Steers' analysis, utilized in the Real Assets Compass, suggests that adding real estate to an investor's portfolio of stocks and bonds can improve its total return and risk-reward profile. The Compass can help advisors demonstrate the impacts of adding real estate to a portfolio and address client questions about allocating to real estate. The potential benefits of a real estate allocation apply to an array of investor styles, ranging from those more conservative seeking income or lower risk to those seeking growth or higher returns. Joe Harvey, Chief Executive Officer & President, said: "The Real Assets Compass is the latest example of Cohen & Steers' commitment to innovation and providing advisors with the tools necessary to build better portfolios and educate clients around the benefits of private and listed real estate allocations." The Cohen & Steers Real Assets Compass will enable financial advisors to: Build customized investment profiles based on general risk tolerance, investment objective and portfolio size View a portfolio allocation with both listed and private real estate based on that profile Adjust the total real estate allocation and the mix between listed and private real estate Forecast the impact of an allocation to real estate on the risk/return profile of a portfolio through a clear comparison to a traditional stock/bond portfolio View resulting 10-year expected portfolio growth in dollars and quantitative performance and risk metrics, as well as the past-30-year return profile Download easy-to-understand reports to review with clients Jon Cheigh, Chief Investment Officer, said: "We believe real estate should be a strategic, long-term allocation for most investors. Yet too few investors recognize that allocations to real estate can deliver strong absolute and relative returns at lower risk. As a result, we created our Real Estate Advisory Services, which aim to help institutional clients allocate to listed and private real estate based on where we are in the market cycle. These capabilities, along with the Real Assets Compass, will play an instrumental role in Cohen & Steers' work to close the education gap that exists in investors' understanding of the power of real estate allocations." The launch of the Real Assets Compass follows the appointments of Rich Hill as Head of Real Estate Strategy and Research in September 2022 and Jeff Palma as Head of Multi-Asset Solutions in November 2021, to grow Cohen & Steers' portfolio allocation and research capabilities. The Compass tool can be used by institutional investors in conjunction with the portfolio allocation and real estate strategy insights produced by the firm. About Cohen & Steers. Cohen & Steers is a leading global investment manager specializing in real assets and alternative income, including real estate, preferred securities, infrastructure, resource equities, commodities, as well as multi-strategy solutions. Founded in 1986, the firm is headquartered in New York City, with offices in London, Dublin, Hong Kong, Tokyo and Singapore.

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RealINSIGHT Launches New Loan Servicing and Asset Advisory Modules to Provide One Stop Shop for CRE Loans

PR Newswire | January 09, 2024

RealINSIGHT, a leading Software-as-a-Service provider for commercial real estate (CRE) lenders, investors and servicers, today announced the launch of both its RealINSIGHT Servicing Module and Asset Advisory services via its new subsidiary, RealINSIGHT Advisors LLC. The RealINSIGHT Servicing Module provides for automated collections and disbursements, a portal for seamless collaboration between lenders and borrowers, and granular detail on the accruals process for better loan management and tracking. The module is modernizing the relationship between lenders and borrowers providing unprecedented automation and transparency in the loan servicing process. The Asset Advisory offering will allow RealINSIGHT clients to make smarter decisions faster through a holistic approach that aligns with the unique characteristics of the loan lifecycle, ensuring that investors and lenders are well-informed and well-supported throughout the life of the loan. By leveraging the experience and guidance of experienced asset management professionals and thorough analysis of each property's potential, market conditions and risks, stakeholders can better make informed lending and investment decisions. RealINSIGHT Advisors will be offering a wide variety of services to support servicing, monitoring, borrower requests/consents, problem resolution and detailed reporting. Advisors will utilize the loan servicing module to guide clients through the highly detailed loan management and tracking technology, ensuring unlimited visibility into the loan data provided on the platform. "We have created a platform that is technology forward and made for the modern age, and we are excited to be launching our asset advisory service and loan servicing module. Our cutting-edge technology is designed to let RealINSIGHT customers make the most of their commercial real estate investments, increasing the potential for success and profitability in a dynamic market environment," said Dave Iannarone, CEO of RealINSIGHT and RealINSIGHT Advisors. "By integrating RealINSIGHT's state of the art technology and RealINSIGHT Advisors' asset management expertise, we are taking another tremendous step toward providing the best possible service at any part of the loan lifecycle." Available to all RealINSIGHT customers, the business-process-as-a-service will amplify existing asset management with customized recommendations, analysis and unprecedented automation. The service was first offered to RealINSIGHT customers in October. About RealINSIGHT RealINSIGHT, a software solution built by commercial real estate debt industry experts, is the only choice that commercial real estate lenders, investors, and servicers value and trust. Implemented by some of the most active lenders and largest financial service firms in the world – including its affiliate company CWCapital – RealINSIGHT provides CRE professionals with a modern cloud-based platform designed to streamline workflows and effectively deliver full lifecycle support, from loan origination, securitization and underwriting to surveillance, asset management and dispositions. RealINSIGHT is headquartered in Washington, D.C., with offices in Dallas, Texas and New York. About RealINSIGHT Advisors LLC RealINSIGHT Advisors is a commercial real estate debt asset management firm. It is a wholly owned subsidiary of RealINSIGHT specializing in delivering service via the RealINSIGHT SaaS offering.

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Pennington Partners & Co. Announces Launch of Real Estate Investment Vertical

PR Newswire | January 04, 2024

Pennington Partners & Co., a multi-family investment office that specializes in working with entrepreneurs, CEOs / founders, and their families, has announced the launch of Pennington Real Estate Partners (PREP). The new vertical will make direct investments in residential and commercial real estate across the United States, providing new and existing Pennington clients with proprietary real estate investment expertise. The new offering will focus on tax-advantaged investing including Opportunity Zones, structured equity, and senior secured lending given emerging opportunities in the existing marketplace. The launch represents an expansion of the Pennington team with the addition of Taylor Coe and Alex Rongione. Both come from distinguished careers in institutional real estate investment management, most recently at Walker & Dunlop Investment Partners, and will join the firm as Managing Directors and members of the PREP Investment Committee. As leaders of Pennington Real Estate Partners, Coe and Rongione will each be responsible for designing investment strategies, sourcing opportunities, executing business plans, and realizing investments. Additional information and bios can be found below. "Pennington Real Estate Partners opens the door to many new opportunities for our clients," noted Brian Gaister, co-founder and CEO of Pennington Partners. "We have expanded our in-house real estate investment expertise that will allow us to capitalize on investment opportunities throughout the United States. We are incredibly honored to have Taylor and Alex join us to lead this new endeavor. Both bring significant experience that will be essential in uncovering and navigating new investments." The launch of Pennington Real Estate Partners comes on the heels of notable growth and expansion for Pennington Partners. The firm closes out the year with more than 100% growth in assets under management, the launch of a new offering in private equity, and has been recognized in numerous industry accolades. "We're thrilled to be joining forces with a top-tier firm like Pennington, where we can add commercial real estate and associated structured finance to the array of opportunities available to our advisory families," added Coe and Rongione. About Taylor Coe and Alex Rongione Taylor Coe joins Pennington Real Estate Partners as a Managing Director and member of the PREP Investment Committee. Prior to joining Pennington, Taylor was on the equity investment team at Walker & Dunlop Investment Partners ("WDIP"), a middle-market real estate investment platform with over $6.1 billion of assets under management as of his time of departure. At WDIP, Taylor was responsible for closing investments with a total capitalization in excess of $1.3 billion. Taylor is also the founder of Sunshine Peak Partners, a boutique investment management firm, and is a graduate of the University of Colorado. Alex Rongione joins Pennington Real Estate Partners as a Managing Director and member of the PREP Investment Committee. Prior to joining Pennington, Alex was also on the equity investment team at Walker & Dunlop. He contributed to all aspects of the investment process including but not limited to capital raising, strategy, origination, and execution. At WDIP Alex was responsible for closing investments with a total capitalization in excess of $1.7 billion. Alex is a CFA charter holder, a NAIOP Developing Leader, and a graduate of the University of Pittsburgh. About Pennington Partners & Co. Originally founded to serve the needs of the two founding families who have built and sold companies in various industries, Pennington Partners & Co.'s mission is to elevate the lives of highly successful entrepreneurial founders and their families. We provide a breadth of investment, wealth planning, and personal financial administration solutions that were created by and for founders, CEOs, wealth creators, and multi-generational families. We partner with successful families and their advisors by providing objective advice, strategy, sophisticated investment solutions, and family office services to generate meaningfully higher efficiency while maintaining the intimacy of a single-family office. In short, our vision is to transform the landscape of financial advice for families of complex wealth, in order to deliver better outcomes.

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SmartRent Launches Alloy SmartHome Hub+

Business Wire | January 25, 2024

SmartRent, Inc., the leading provider of smart home and property operations solutions for the rental housing industry, today announced the launch of Alloy SmartHome Hub+, the Company’s first thermostat with an integrated smart hub device developed under its Alloy SmartHome hardware brand. This innovative product, one of few on the market that integrates a thermostat with a smart hub device, operates on Z-Wave protocol and has less hardware to install and maintain. In addition to the built-in thermostat technology, Alloy SmartHome Hub+ establishes a single interface to control connected smart home devices, enabling users to turn off multiple lights in a home at once, remotely lock and unlock doors, receive alerts and automatically notify maintenance when a sensor detects a leak. “Alloy SmartHome Hub+, a device years in the making, is our latest solution that paves the way for the next generation of smarter living and working in rental housing,” said SmartRent CEO Lucas Haldeman. “Designed with our customers’ needs in mind, and inclusive of the feedback they’ve shared about the desire for less hardware, Alloy SmartHome Hub+ delivers sophistication and convenience, all while driving rent growth. Feedback from our beta pilot has been positive, and customer interest indicates eager demand to deploy this solution at scale. We are proud to bring Alloy SmartHome Hub+ to the market at large and to continue eliminating obstacles and easing implementation in the industry.” This high-value yet economical device builds upon existing SmartRent technologies by consolidating the hub hardware within a smart thermostat, which streamlines procurement, expedites installation and IoT setup. Alloy SmartHome Hub+ can be configured and paired with most HVAC systems and is compatible with smart locks, smart lights, leak sensors and other Z-Wave devices. About SmartRent Founded in 2017, SmartRent, Inc. is a leading provider of smart home and smart property solutions for the multifamily industry. The company’s unmatched platform, comprised of smart hardware and cloud-based SaaS solutions, gives operators seamless visibility and control over real estate assets, empowering them to simplify operations, automate workflows, benefit from additional revenue opportunities and deliver exceptional site team and resident experiences. SmartRent serves 15 of the top 20 multifamily owners and operators, and its solutions enable millions of users to live smarter every day.

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