England, London in particular, sees house price slowdown, official figures show

National Statistics | July 18, 2019

Average, house prices increased by 0.1% month on month in May and by 1.2% year on year, which makes the average property in the UK valued at £229,431, the latest official figures show. A breakdown of the figures published by the Office for National Statistics (ONS) shows that prices increased by 0.1% month on month and by 1% on an annual basis to £245,817, but the market was weaker in England, particularly London.

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Using data taken from our Existing-Home Sales, Pending Home Sales, the REALTORS® Confidence Index and Foot Traffic Index, this infographic looks at what the housing market was doing in March and provides insight into the months ahead.


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RADCO Acquires Skyhouse Midtown High-Rise Multifamily Building in Atlanta for $131 Million

RADCO | February 21, 2022

The RADCO Companies (RADCO), one of the nation's leading opportunistic real estate developers, announced the acquisition of Skyhouse Midtown, a 320-unit, 23-story luxury high-rise multifamily building prominently located in the heart of Midtown Atlanta, for $131 million. The deal marks the first high-rise multifamily building RADCO has acquired in its current investment cycle and complements the firm's existing portfolio of multifamily and commercial real estate. The property has been renamed "The M by Radius." Radius is RADCO's highest brand and joins nearby Radius West Midtown to bolster the company's in-town presence. RADCO previously owned the 53-story Four Seasons hotel, office, and residential tower just blocks away from The M by Radius. Built in 2013, the newly branded The M by Radius was one of the first buildings constructed in Atlanta coming out of the Great Recession. The property offers a prime location at the corner of West Peachtree and 12th Street, the new epicenter of the city with offices, retail, and entertainment nearby. The ground floor includes 8,658 square feet of retail space. The M by Radius is the closest high-rise to the I-75/85 connector in Midtown and one of the most visible buildings in the Atlanta skyline, offering exceptional signage or art opportunities on its half-domed roof. The property features frontage on Spring Street, 12th Street, and the bustling West Peachtree Street. The building consists of studio, one-, two-, and three-bedroom apartments and luxury "amenities in the sky" including a rooftop pool and lounge, fitness center, and grills all with 360-degree views overlooking Atlanta's skyline. The unit interiors at The M by Radius have modern, open floorplans with ample room for value-add expansion. RADCO is pleased to announce we have acquired Skyhouse Midtown, our first high-rise, late vintage property acquisition in this cycle, As residents and capital migrated to the suburbs during the pandemic, the cost of buying suburban apartment assets also substantially increased. There's been a recent shift back to the urban core making in-town residential an attractive investment once again. The M by Radius offered everything we were looking for in an urban multifamily asset and as always, we intend to invest in this incredible building and significantly improve the resident experience. RADCO intends to seek out additional urban residential investments throughout the Southeast." Norman Radow, CEO of the RADCO Companies. The M by Radius sits directly across from 1105 West Peachtree, a fully-leased, newly constructed office building that is the planned new regional headquarters for Google, part of its recently announced expansion in the Atlanta market. In addition, the property is across the street from the culinary-themed Epicurean Hotel, Northside Hospital's in-town campus, SCAD, Georgia Tech, and other business and cultural attractions. Skyhouse was first created by the visionary developer Jim Borders and his Novare Group. The deal represents the 100th transaction for RADCO during the current real estate cycle. The Northmarq team led by Jason Nettles and Megan Thompson brokered the transaction. The RADCO Companies RADCO was founded in 1994 with the mission of "Building Better Living." Based in Atlanta, RADCO is a national real estate company that specializes in the acquisition and redevelopment of value-add multifamily and hospitality investments across the Southeast and Central US. Over the past 10 years, the firm has acquired and invested in approximately 30,000 units in 15 markets and completed more than 90 deals totaling $3.1 billion.

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Walker & Dunlop Structures $302 Million in Financing for 10-Property Apartment Portfolio in Connecticut

Walker & Dunlop, Inc. | March 08, 2022

Walker & Dunlop, Inc. announced that it structured $302,241,000 in Freddie Mac financing for a portfolio of ten multifamily properties in central Connecticut. The portfolio comprises 2,286 units in total, over 75% of which qualify as mission-driven, affordable housing under Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) guidelines. Taylor Williams, Managing Director in Walker & Dunlop's Capital Markets group, structured the financing on behalf of Beachwold Residential, a repeat client and family-owned real estate company headquartered in New York City. The team provided support to the client throughout the entire deal process, working to ensure the latest rental rate increases were captured in the appraisal and underwriting processes. The new loan effectively provided the borrower with an attractive fixed rate and additional proceeds. Taylor Williams and his team are experts. They provided clear and prescient guidance throughout the process, and their reaction time to any queries we had was exceptional. They are truly professionals when it comes to dealing with this type of transaction." Gideon Friedman, CEO of Beachwold Residential "It was an honor to be chosen for this transaction by Gideon Friedman and the Beachwold team," Mr. Williams added. "We were able to effectively execute the deal with an excellent rate, thanks to our skilled team and solid partnership with Freddie Mac." The ten-property portfolio is comprised of a diverse and unique set of communities with construction dates ranging from 1926 to 2008. The oldest property, 278 Main, was originally a schoolhouse, which was converted to apartments. Another distinctive property is Lofts at the Mills, a former mill that was recently converted to loft apartments. Most of the properties within the portfolio are situated in irreplaceable infill locations throughout Connecticut. Walker & Dunlop was the top provider of capital to the U.S. multifamily market in 2020, and in 2021 the firm originated $49 billion in debt financing volume, including lending over $42 billion for multifamily properties. About Walker & Dunlop Walker & Dunlop is the largest provider of capital to the multifamily industry in the United States and the fourth largest lender on all commercial real estate including industrial, office, retail, and hospitality. Walker & Dunlop enables 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 make 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.

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EVERNEST ACQUIRES TULSA PROPERTY MANAGEMENT

EVERNEST | December 22, 2021

Evernest, a full-service real estate and property management company, headquartered in Birmingham, Alabama, that specializes in the brokerage and management of single-family homes and small multifamily properties, announced today that they have acquired the property management assets of Tulsa Property Management, based in Tulsa, Oklahoma. We could not be more excited than to be in Oklahoma – particularly in the amazing community of Tulsa. We've wanted to be here ever since we began our expansion into new markets. The founder of Tulsa Property Management, Luke Westerfield, built a great company and we will, by virtue of this acquisition, be managing some of the best homes in the Tulsa metro area. We plan to use the acquisition as a platform to offer investment opportunities in Tulsa to current clients and future clients with a desire to invest in a solid market." Evernest Founder and CEO, Matthew Whitaker Evernest has grown from a small Birmingham-based property manager into a full-service real estate company and one of the nation's largest single-family and small multifamily investment property management service providers. They currently have offices in Atlanta, Birmingham, Boulder, Chattanooga, Colorado Springs, Columbus (OH), Denver, Detroit, Fort Collins, Jackson (MS), Little Rock, Memphis, Murfreesboro, Nashville, Toledo, and now, Tulsa. Evernest manages about 6,000 homes with its almost 150 team members and has been on the Inc5000 list 5 out of the last 6 years. Evernest was a great fit for my clients. They are obviously doing something right with the amount of growth they've had over the last 5 years. For me, it provides an opportunity to focus on the large multifamily and development side of the real estate business." Westerfield We've acquired 16 companies over the past several years and will continue to focus our efforts on growth through acquisitions in thriving markets like Tulsa. We're most successful when we acquire a great company like Tulsa Property Management and infuse it with our distinctive culture and what we call our 'Three Uniques' - 1. Our national brand with local team. 2. Being an investor's real estate partner, and 3. Running all application underwriting in-house." Whitaker

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Houwzer Names Jonathan Zabusky Executive Chairman of Board of Directors to Help Drive Next Stage of Company’s Growth

Houwzer | April 19, 2022

Houwzer, a next generation real estate brokerage and homeownership platform powered by proprietary technology and an all-W2 labor model, announces that advisor, entrepreneur, and investor, Jonathan Zabusky, will join the company’s board as Executive Chairman. Zabusky, most recently the President and Board Director at GrubHub Inc., will act as a co-pilot to Houwzer’s CEO, Mike Maher, helping drive the next stage of growth at the company, which pulled in $118M in equity and debt as part of a Series B funding round earlier this year. With the new funds, Houwzer is introducing three new products, Cash Advantage, Convenience Offers, and Buy Before You Sell, to help clients remain competitive in the most challenging housing market in history. Zabusky will work alongside Maher to help refine corporate strategy, which is timely given the current state of the housing market. As a seasoned CEO and operator, Zabusky will provide mentorship to Maher as a strategic thought partner as he navigates the company through market volatility and unprecedented change. He will also ensure maximum collaboration and vision alignment between the other Directors and the management team transforming the Board into a strategic weapon for the business. I am incredibly excited to join Houwzer's Board as Executive Chairman and to have the opportunity to work alongside Mike and his outstanding team. I’m energized by our mission to elevate the home buying and selling experience to become more fair, transparent, and seamless. Houwzer's robust suite of integrated tools, products and technology, coupled with a deeply engaged and aligned team of expert agents, facilitates a more enjoyable and productive real estate journey for its clients." Zabusky Zabusky led Seamless, as its CEO, through tremendous growth before merging it with GrubHub. After the merger, Zabusky led corporate strategy and development, product, marketing, and corporate and restaurant sales as GrubHub’s President. During his tenure, he successfully integrated multiple strategic acquisitions and played a pivotal role in the company’s initial public offering. Zabusky is Founder and Managing Partner of Bounce Ventures LLC and also serves as an advisor and board director to a portfolio of venture and private equity-backed companies in the U.S. and Israel. “Jonathan brings a wealth of strategic growth experience to the team,” says Houwzer CEO and Founder, Mike Maher. “As we continue building on our momentum, he will play a critical role in fine-tuning our approach and ensuring we continue to prioritize resources to accelerate growth and market share. I couldn’t be more excited to work alongside an entrepreneur as successful and thoughtful as Jonathan.” Houwzer also announced the recent hiring of Andrew Daley as Chief Marketing Officer. Daley brings two decades of high-growth experience in highly competitive environments, helping companies differentiate their brands across a range of industries like mobility, real estate, and travel. Most recently, he led marketing for Hana, a CBRE company that redefined the flexible office space experience. Daley has also served as Global Head of Marketing for Zipcar and in key marketing functions for Starwood Hotels, Reebok, and several online travel and startup brands. “The real estate industry is ripe for disruption and the incumbent model is broken. Houwzer is realigning the incentives more fairly between the broker, the agent, and the client so that everyone wins. The end result is a better, faster, smarter way to buy, sell, finance, and insure homes,” says Daley. Houwzer has eliminated the percentage-based commission pricing for listings and rebuilt the brokerage model around the customer, creating a one-stop shop for real estate, mortgage, title, and insurance that simplifies the chaotic and expensive process of buying and selling homes. Its $5,000 flat-fee listing model empowers sellers to maximize their profit – saving an average of $15,000 in commissions, while still providing a full-service experience via technology and expert, salaried agents. Houwzer has helped clients buy and sell more than 4,000 homes with a cumulative sales volume of nearly $2 billion, saving home sellers $35 million in brokerage commissions. Houwzer is the only real estate company operating on an all-W2 compensation model across all of its salaried agents and mortgage advisors. It’s also the industry’s first B Corporation real estate brokerage and will soon be announcing its newly appointed Board of its impact model, the RiseUp Fund. Recently, the company entered into a partnership to become the Official Real Estate Partner of the 76ers. About Houwzer Houwzer is a next-generation real estate brokerage and home services company built around the customer. Its full-service, salaried agents and loan officers help homeowners save when they sell and trust when they buy. Houwzer’s proprietary technology is an end-to-end platform that streamlines the entire transaction from beginning to end with an integrated one-stop shopping experience. The company employs unique salaried agents as dedicated seller or buyer agent specialists who receive salary instead of commissions, allowing them to focus on service, not just sales. Houwzer has maintained an industry-leading Net Promoter Score of 84 and an average rating of 4.9 out of 5 stars from over thousands of client reviews online. Since launching in 2015, Houwzer has saved home sellers along the East Coast over $35 million and helped clients buy or sell thousands of homes worth almost $2 billion.

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Using data taken from our Existing-Home Sales, Pending Home Sales, the REALTORS® Confidence Index and Foot Traffic Index, this infographic looks at what the housing market was doing in March and provides insight into the months ahead.

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