Equity release funds 46 first time home buyers a week

Canada Life Home Finance | March 18, 2019

Home owners in Britain taking out equity release on their property helped 46 first time buyers a week onto the housing ladder in 2018, new research shows.An analysis by Canada Life Home Finance estimates that 2.9% of the 82,791 equity release customers in 2018 used the money to help first time buyers secure a home, up from 2.6% in 2017. But home improvements remained the most popular reason to take out equity release with 48% of customers doing so and using the money to undertake work on their property or garden.

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We are convinced that the long-term rental space is the next industry to be disrupted by blockchain technology, and our entire team believes that blockchain and smart contracts will play a crucial part in this upcoming disruption. Redberry's goal is to enable both landlords and tenants to enjoy a fully decentralized rental experience that includes open and transparent application processes, crowdsourced rental deposit networks, instant rent payments, and internationally valid tenant and landlord scores. In addition, we envision the platform eliminating the need for agents or brokers, thereby helping landlords and tenants save millions of dollars in the long run.


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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 INVESTMENT

HILCO REAL ESTATE ANNOUNCES ITS CONTINUED EXPANSION OF RECEIVERSHIP SERVICES

Hilco Real Estate | August 30, 2022

Hilco Real Estate LLC (HRE), a division of Hilco Global, celebrates the expansion of its receivership services to benefit lenders and loan servicers of commercial real estate. This specialized platform complements our asset management and disposition services to provide a full suite of offerings for our clients. The receivership expertise of senior members of the HRE team has led to the recovery of hundreds of millions of dollars for lenders with troubled real estate loans or REO. Our team has worked with national, regional and community banks, CMBS Special Servicers, private equity funds and opportunistic bridge lenders. Notable receivership engagements include: the disposition of 27 vacant national restaurants on behalf of a regional bank; leasing and disposition oversight for a 45,000 SF shadow-anchored retail center; and overseeing the property management and leasing activity on a portfolio of five industrial/flex properties to stabilize the properties for sale. "We're thrilled to continue our focused growth in essential services such as receivership as we strive to be a one-stop solution providing ease and expertise to best support our valued clients." -Neil Aaronson, CEO of Hilco Real Estate Mitch Vanneman, vice president of business development and HRE's lead in its receivership practice, states, HRE clients have access to another valuable tool for gaining control and monetizing troubled loans or assets with the inclusion of receivership services in its platform. Having a third party (receiver), whose sole focus is managing commercial real estate assets, to oversee and control the operations of the property, helps to ensure a speedier monetization and value maximization of a real estate asset. Receivership services can be utilized by both commercial real estate lenders and, in the case of partnership disputes when a neutral third party is needed, to protect an asset from a decrease in value or when value creation is needed. About Hilco Real Estate Hilco Real Estate (HRE), a Hilco Global company, is headquartered in Northbrook, Illinois (USA). HRE is a national provider of strategic real estate disposition and repositioning services. Acting as an agent or principal, HRE uses its experience to advise and execute strategies to assist clients in deriving the maximum value from their real estate assets. By leveraging multi-faceted sales strategies & techniques, aggressive repositioning and restructuring experience, a vast and motivated network of buyers and sellers, and substantial access to capital, HRE exceeds expectations even in the most complex transactions.

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REAL ESTATE TECHNOLOGY

Curbio Expands into the Jersey Shore with Fix Now, Pay Later Home Improvement Solution

Curbio | July 07, 2022

Curbio, Inc., the leading fix now, pay-at-closing home improvement solution for real estate agents and their clients, today announced that it has expanded its services into the Jersey Shore area of New Jersey. This expansion includes Tom's River, Atlantic City, Cape May, and the surrounding areas. Curbio is a groundbreaking PropTech solution that has set out to transform the way that real estate agents, brokerages, and their clients get listings ready for market. Curbio's expertise in pre-listing home improvements, combined with its proprietary technology, enable the company to complete pre-listing updates of any size efficiently and reliably, so that realtors and their clients can sell their home for more without the hassle of traditional home improvement. Curbio takes care of all sourcing, project management and communication, and acts as the licensed, insured general contractor on all projects. The company does not have any project minimums or maximums, making their pay-at-closing solution ideal for listings of any size. From basic listing preparations to whole home makeovers, Curbio helps any listing become market-ready quickly and reliably. "We couldn't be more excited to be bringing Curbio to the Jersey Shore. Buyers in the Jersey Shore want move-in-ready homes, and Curbio is here to help with that. We are the only completely turnkey pre-listing home improvement solution that allows real estate agents and their clients to update their listings and sell for more, without taking on the stress of traditional home improvement. Plus, homeowners don't pay any cash until the home sells, with zero interest, fees, or premiums," said Olivia Mariani, VP of Marketing at Curbio. This is the seventh new-market expansion for Curbio this year, following their launches in Nashville, Tenn., Richmond, Va., Wilmington, Del., Charlotte, N.C., Virginia Beach, Va., and Raleigh, N.C. The company now serves 31 markets across the United States. About Curbio Curbio was founded in 2017 to transform the multi-billion-dollar home improvement industry and has quickly become the nation's leading pay-at-closing home improvement solution. The company partners exclusively with real estate agents and their clients to get any home ready for the market, allowing it to sell faster and for top dollar. Using technology to power their service, Curbio completes pre-listing home improvement projects of any size quickly and without hassle, from start to finish, with zero payment due until the home sells. Curbio is trusted by thousands of realtors and brokerages nationwide, and has been continuously recognized for its exemplary solution, receiving nods in HousingWire, Qualified Remodeler and Comparably, to name a few.

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REAL ESTATE INVESTMENT

Capital Square Launches Private Equity Group to Focus on Build-for-Rent and Other Non-Traditional Real Estate Investments

Capital Square | September 20, 2022

Capital Square, one of the nation's leading sponsors of tax-advantaged real estate investments and an active developer of multifamily communities, announced today the launch of its Private Equity Group, a new corporate division that will focus on single-family build-for-rent homes and other non-traditional real estate investment opportunities. Industry veterans, Jon Trott and Dave Platter, have joined Capital Square as managing directors to lead the new division. "Build-for-rent homes are an increasingly popular choice among renters in the Southeast through Texas, where Capital Square actively invests in multifamily housing, Exceptionally strong demand has made build-for-rent a compelling investment strategy in response to a shortage of quality housing. With in-house development, capital markets, asset management and acquisitions, the build-for-rent space is a natural evolution for Capital Square and is another way to provide innovative and compelling options to a growing number of investors and financial advisors nationwide." -Whitson Huffman, co-chief executive officer of Capital Square Build-for-rent homes, comprised of communities of single-family homes built for renting, have become an increasingly popular investment option among institutions and individual investors. Demand for this rental option is growing exponentially among residents who seek a single-family lifestyle, the financial and leasing flexibility of a rental with the amenities and convenience of a professionally managed property. The U.S. has chronically underbuilt housing since the Great Financial Crisis and needs an additional 4.3 million housing units by 2035 to meet the demand for rental housing, according to the National Multifamily Housing Council. Demand for build-for-rent homes continues to increase with professionally managed communities offering one of the best solutions for the shortage of quality, affordable housing. Institutional ownership and build-for-rent's share of overall U.S. housing stock remains less than 5%, paving the way for long-term, sustained growth for the asset class. We are thrilled to have Jon Trott and Dave Platter launch the Private Equity Group at Capital Square and focus on build-for-rent homes and non-traditional real estate investments, Build-for-rent is the hottest segment of multifamily investing and plays into the demographic trend where younger residents along with aging baby boomers want to live in a single-family home with the freedom and flexibility of a rental. We believe build-for-rent housing will become one of the most popular strategies in Capital Square's growing investment portfolio,said Louis Rogers, founder and co-chief executive officer. Prior to joining Capital Square, Trott and Platter led the private equity team of The Amherst Group's build-for-rent division, where they were responsible for capital raising, acquisition sourcing and overall management of the division. Amherst is one of the nation's largest investors and operators of single-family rental homes, with $16 billion in assets under management in over 30 markets. Previously, Trott was an investment professional with Spear Street Capital, a San Francisco-based real estate private equity firm. He began his career with JPMorgan Chase & Co., one of the globe's leading financial services firms, where he reported to the chief executive officer of asset management and was involved in the execution of key mergers and acquisitions transactions, as well as strategic initiatives. He earned a bachelor's degree from Tufts University and a Master of Business Administration from Harvard Business School. Prior to his tenure with The Amherst Group, Platter was the co-founder of Southern Creek Capital, a boutique investment manager in the single-family rental and multifamily spaces. He previously worked at the JBG Companies (now JBG SMITH Properties; NYSE: JBGS), where he was responsible for the development of more than $500 million of multifamily and mixed-use properties. His career began in the asset management division of JPMorgan Chase & Co. Platter received a bachelor's degree from The University of Virginia and a Master of Business Administration from Duke University's Fuqua School of Business. About Capital Square Capital Square is a national real estate firm specializing in tax-advantaged real estate investments, including Delaware statutory trusts for Section 1031 exchanges, qualified opportunity zone funds for tax deferral and exclusion and a real estate investment trust (REIT). In recent years the company has become an active developer of mixed-use multifamily properties in the southeastern US, with eight current projects totaling approximately 2,000 apartment units with a total development cost in excess of $600 million. Since 2012, Capital Square has completed more than $6 billion in transaction volume. Capital Square's related entities provide a range of services, including due diligence, acquisition, loan sourcing, property/asset management, and disposition, for a growing number of high-net-worth investors, private equity firms, family offices and institutional investors. Since 2017, Capital Square has been recognized by Inc. 5000 as one of the fastest growing companies in the nation for six consecutive years. In 2017, 2018 and 2020, the company was also ranked on Richmond BizSense's list of fastest growing companies. Additionally, Capital Square was listed by Virginia Business on their "Best Places to Work in Virginia" report in 2019 and their "Fantastic 50" reports in 2019 and 2020.

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We are convinced that the long-term rental space is the next industry to be disrupted by blockchain technology, and our entire team believes that blockchain and smart contracts will play a crucial part in this upcoming disruption. Redberry's goal is to enable both landlords and tenants to enjoy a fully decentralized rental experience that includes open and transparent application processes, crowdsourced rental deposit networks, instant rent payments, and internationally valid tenant and landlord scores. In addition, we envision the platform eliminating the need for agents or brokers, thereby helping landlords and tenants save millions of dollars in the long run.

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