Digital mortgages are making the home buying process faster

Nationwide | April 09, 2019

It has officially become easier for millions of people in England and Wales to remortgage one year after the introduction of the first digital mortgage in the countries. As well as making it easier to remortgage, the Land Registry has announced that it is also looking to the future through its Digital Street research project and has successfully used a blockchain prototype to show how buying a home can be made simpler and quicker. ‘People are doing an ever-increasing amount online, from shopping to banking, e-learning to gaming. Now they can remortgage their home online as it’s quicker, more convenient, and fits their busy lives,’ said Lord Henley, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State at the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy.

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National Real Estate Firm Evernest Acquires Kansas City Property Management Business

Evernest | April 29, 2022

Evernest, a national, full-service real estate and property management firm, announced that they have acquired the property management portion of Kansas City-based Hunter Properties. The acquisition represents Evernest's foray into the Kansas City market, complimenting the 16 other real estate markets already served by the firm. The combination of Hunter Properties' local property management footprint in Kansas City, along with our full-service real estate offerings, will ensure an ideal experience for their current clients and allow us to build something special in the Kansas City market. Owners, residents, and investors will continue to receive the high-quality care they have come to expect, but now with Evernest's touch." Matthew Whitaker, Evernest Founder and CEO "Evernest's commitment to client care is one of the primary reasons for this deal," said Hunter Properties owner, Robin Hunter. "I have confidence in their ability to serve my valued clients and, as I'm retaining the real estate side of my business, I'm now able to focus primarily on buying and selling homes for my clients." Hunter Properties is the 18th organization purchased by Evernest. "Our goal is to find best-in-class property management providers who are ready to exit the industry. We take the legacy they've built and infuse it with our distinctive culture, including a national brand, in-house brokerage services, and in-house underwriting." In other words, this acquisition also opens the door for real estate investors looking to break into Kansas City. "As Evernest moves into KC, we're excited to help residents, owners, and investors achieve their real estate goals, whatever those may be," said Whitaker. AboutEvernest Evernest is based in Birmingham, Alabama, and operates in 17 real estate markets across the country. It is one of the nation's largest single-family and small multi-family investment brokers and property management providers. The firm manages more than 6,500 homes for over 3,000 owners, brokers more than 700 investment deals annually, and has made the Inc5000 list five of the last six years.

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New Western Enters Chicago Market with Eye on Revitalizing $543M Affordable Homes

New Western | May 24, 2022

New Western, the largest national private source of distressed residential investment properties, announced the opening of its first office in Illinois. This most recent geographic expansion to the Windy City is New Western's 43rd office location and its 19th state. Realtor.com lists Chicago as one of the Top Housing Markets Positioned for Growth in 2022. Chicago is the third-largest city in America and is a rapidly growing market. This is a big milestone and important market in our nationwide expansion with our latest office opening in the Prairie State. Providing affordable housing, especially in large markets like Chicago, is vital. When we help bring distressed properties back to the market, it's up to 31% less expensive than a new construction home. We pride ourselves on being specialists in providing exclusive inventory for real estate investors to evaluate and purchase in a matter of days and believe our presence in Chicago will positively impact the community." Kurt Carlton, co-founder and president of New Western New Western brings market insight and an exclusive marketplace with distressed investment property inventory to help real estate investors acquire fixer-upper properties. The company's agents are helping to address the affordable housing crisis by revitalizing distressed homes across the U.S., with nearly three million aged properties in the Chicago area alone, and 87.7% of them built before 2001. Richard Randall is the general manager (GM) and managing broker leading the new Chicago office, located at 1 Westbrook Corporate Center, Suite 300, in Westchester. As GM, Randall is responsible for recruiting, hiring, training and leading his team to revitalize $543 million in residential properties in the Chicago market over the next five years. "There is a disconnection in Chicago between what investors need and the properties that are available. Our business model works incredibly well in this environment," said Randall. "Investors are hungry for properties that are ideal for fixing and flipping, and our agents are the conduit that uncovers these gems." Randall began his career with New Western in 2015 in its Fort Worth office as a sales agent and quickly moved his way up, becoming an acquisition agent, then sales manager. In 2019 the company asked him to open its new Kansas City office and serve as its GM and managing broker. New Western is the largest private source of investment properties in the nation. Since 2008, New Western has bought and sold nearly $12 billion in residential real estate. About New Western New Western makes real estate investing more accessible for more people. Operating in most major cities, our marketplace connects more than 100,000 local investors looking to rehab houses with sellers. As the largest private source of investment properties in the nation, we buy a home every 13 minutes. New Western delivers a new opportunity for all—a fresh start for sellers, exclusive inventory for investors, and affordable housing for buyers.

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Broadmark Realty Capital Expands and Further Strengthens Board of Directors

Broadmark Realty Capital | April 26, 2022

Broadmark Realty Capital Inc., an internally managed secured real estate finance company, announced that it is strengthening its Board of Directors with the addition of a new independent director, Pinkie D. Mayfield, effective today. Ms. Mayfield’s addition increases the size of the Board of Directors to eight members, including six independent directors. We are very pleased to expand and further strengthen our Board of Directors. We welcome Pinkie and look forward to benefitting from her extensive experience in public relations, corporate affairs and investor relations. Pinkie will complement our already strong group of directors as we look to expand our business, execute our strategy to provide capital solutions for our customers, and maintain our commitment to our communities and the Company's stakeholders.” Dan Hirsch, Chairman of Broadmark’s Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee Ms. Mayfield has been Chief Communications Officer and Vice President of Corporate Affairs at Graham Holdings Company (formerly The Washington Post Company), a diversified conglomerate whose principal operations include education and media. In her current role since 2018, Ms. Mayfield is responsible for corporate affairs, public relations, communications and strategic initiatives. Since joining Graham Holdings in 1998, she has held a number of executive leadership positions. Prior to joining Graham Holdings, Ms. Mayfield was a Vice President and Trust Officer at NationsBank (now Bank of America) in the Investment Services Division. A director of Founders Bank, a Washington D.C.-based community bank, she has chaired the audit committee since joining the board in 2020. Ms. Mayfield also serves as treasurer of the board of directors of the District of Columbia College Access Program and a trustee of the Philip L. Graham Fund. Ms. Mayfield graduated magna cum laude with a BA in business administration from Trinity Washington University and earned an MBA from the University of Maryland University College. About Broadmark Realty Capital Broadmark Realty Capital Inc. is a specialty real estate finance company, providing financing solutions generally in the $2 to $50 million range across the entire debt capital stack for commercial and residential real estate opportunities throughout the United States. Broadmark is particularly well equipped to address complex financing requirements that require rapid response, investing across a variety of market conditions and economic cycles.

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Titan Development Announces First Speculative Industrial Building at Westpointe40 Business Park in Albuquerque

Titan Development | March 26, 2022

Titan Development is moving forward with its first speculative building at Westpointe40, a business park located at I-40 and 98th Street in Albuquerque. Building 1 is a Class A, institutional-grade facility with 150,574 square feet of space targeted for completion in the second quarter of 2023. Westpointe40 will be ideally located within a one-minute drive of Interstate 40, a major thoroughfare for warehousing and distribution users, and Titan will target these users in addition to light manufacturing companies. Many major cities – including Phoenix, Denver, Las Vegas and Oklahoma City – are within an eight-hour drive of Albuquerque, making the city and Westpointe40 an important hub for commerce. The park is also in close proximity to Interstate 25, Albuquerque International Airport and within close driving distance to most of the city's labor force. Building 1 at Westpointe40 has been designed to accommodate a wide variety of warehousing, distribution, light manufacturing and services users, with a rear-load configuration, 32' clear height, dock-high and grade-level doors and ample trailer parking. The building is designed for users between 40,000 and 150,000 square feet. Wilger Enterprises is the general contractor for the project, GBA is the architect, Tierra West is the civil engineer, and Consensus Planning serves as an entitlement consultant. NAI SunVista's Riley McKee, Alex Pulliam, Jim Wible and Jim Hakeem are currently marketing the property for lease. This building is part of Westpointe40, a master plan business park containing 100 acres of shovel-ready sites. Titan's efforts at Westpointe40 follow its strong successes over the last several years in the Texas markets of Austin and San Antonio where demand is surging. Titan has received strong support and interest from the Albuquerque Regional Economic Alliance (AREA) in exploring options and opportunities to create new jobs for the community. We believe – and our data shows – that Albuquerque is ready for speculative industrial development, and we're already seeing strong interest in the Westpointe40 project from prospective tenants and buyers. Paired with the city's booming residential market and its renewed focus on recruiting non-local businesses and growing local businesses, we anticipate that our industrial park will attract new jobs and employment opportunities for both current residents and newcomers to our great state." Brian Patterson, PE and Senior Vice President at Titan "Titan and our local land partners are excited to bring industrial development to Albuquerque, especially along the critical I-40 corridor," said Sal Perdomo, Director of Acquisitions and Development. "Several major companies already have distribution centers in this area, and as national demand for ecommerce continues to grow – and as private developers as well as the city and state continue to recruit and retain economic base employers – we expect that Westpointe40 will serve as a key southwestern hub for other manufacturers and logistics warehouses looking to expand or relocate their operations." About Titan Development Titan Development is a leading Southwest full-service development and real estate investment firm. Titan has developed 13 million square feet of real estate totaling more than $2.5 billion in project cost since the firm was formed in 1999. Titan Development has a wealth of real estate development experience in many asset classes including private equity fund investment and management, and has offices in Austin, TX, and Albuquerque, NM. Titan Development's first private equity fund Titan Development Real Estate Fund I (TDREF I) raised $112 million and invested in a variety of real estate asset classes. Titan Development Real Estate Fund II (TDREF II) raised $95 million and commenced in November of 2020. TDREF II focuses on industrial and multifamily development in secondary and tertiary markets. TDREF II has identified all fund projects, has committed 80% of the total fund equity to eleven projects and has identified the remaining projects which will commence construction in early 2022.

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This video will show you what will happen to US Real Estate this year. When real estate investors get this confident, money manager James Stack gets nervous. U.S. home prices are surging to new records. Homebuilder stocks last year outperformed all other groups. And bears? They’re now an endangered species

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