First time buyer mortgage market leads home lending data

UK Finance | April 23, 2019

Lending to first time buyers increased in February with official figures showing that completions increased year on year for a fifth month in a row. There were 24,880 new first time buyer mortgages completed, up 4.1% compared to February 2018, according to the data from trade body UK Finance. The data also shows that there were 23,660 home mover mortgages completed, up just 0.1% year on year and there were 18,200 new remortgages, a year on year rise of 10%.

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HomeServices of America Acquires Ownership Stake in Title Resources Group

Title Resources Group | May 04, 2022

Title Resources Group, one of the nation's leading title insurance underwriters, announced that HomeServices of America is acquiring a minority stake in TRG. Financial terms were not disclosed. HomeServices, an affiliate of Berkshire Hathaway, is the nation's largest residential real estate company, based on closed transactions. HomeServices is joining TRG's other major shareholders, Centerbridge Partners, L.P. and Realogy Holdings Corp., in participating in the JV. The expanded roster of joint venture partners will be instrumental in accelerating TRG's mission and growth as the title underwriter built for the real estate industry. HomeServices of America is a long-time, valued customer of TRG, and we're thrilled to welcome them as a significant shareholder to our joint venture. We look forward to working with their team to expand our collaboration in the months and years ahead, further accelerating our growth." Scott McCall, president and CEO, Title Resources Group "Our strengthened partnership with Title Resources Group further enhances the ability of HomeServices' sales associates to provide clients with a one-stop shopping approach to delivering the American dream of homeownership," said Gino Blefari, CEO, HomeServices. "We're excited to be a part of this joint venture with Scott McCall and his team, as well as our other partners at Centerbridge and Realogy." "We are pleased to partner with HomeServices of America on this compelling JV," said Kevin Mahony, managing director at Centerbridge. "The investment in TRG by its long-time customer validates the bright prospects for the business, and we are excited about the strategic benefits of expanding the relationship. HomeServices' perspective and track record of success will be invaluable as we shape and execute TRG's growth and value creation plan together." "The continued investment in TRG's future is a powerful endorsement of Realogy's strategy to unleash the underwriter's growth potential and reinforces our confidence in the exciting opportunity of this business," said Ryan Schneider, CEO and President, Realogy. About Title Resources Group (TRG) Title Resources Group – the underwriter built for the real estate industry – is one of the nation's largest title insurance underwriters, according to the American Land Title Association's 2021 market share data. A joint venture with Centerbridge Partners, L.P. and Realogy Holdings Corp., TRG serves title insurance agents in 37 states and the District of Columbia. With $163 million in liquid assets at year-end 2021, its financial strength and stability are rated A' (Unsurpassed) by Demotech, Inc., and B++ (Good) by AM Best Rating Services, and since its inception, the company has consistently operated profitably without a net operating loss in any fiscal year. With a mission to provide knowledgeable and responsive underwriting solutions, TRG is dedicated to growing lifelong relationships and maintaining quality through integrity and financial stability. About HomeServices of America HomeServices of America, Inc., through its operating companies, is the nation's largest residential real estate company based on closed transactions and is a premier provider of homeownership services, including brokerage, mortgage, franchising, settlement, property and casualty insurance, relocation services and more. HomeServices of America is the owner of the Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices and Real Living Real Estate residential real estate franchise networks. HomeServices is owned by Berkshire Hathaway Energy, a consolidated subsidiary of Berkshire Hathaway Inc.

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REAL ESTATE TECHNOLOGY

Paraiso Real Estate Introduces Tokenized Vacation Rental Portfolio

Paraiso Real Estate | April 27, 2022

Paraiso Real Estate, a real estate rental and sales agency has launched its own token for its upcoming vacation rental portfolio. Founded by blockchain and real estate entrepreneur, Eric Klein, Paraiso Real Estate will allow exclusive access to its LATAM rental units for the firm's token holders and investors. The firm says it plans to remove centralised platforms such as Airbnb to provide a more private, upscale and exclusive experience. More details can be found in the firm's discord. Paraiso Real Estate operates much like a traditional vacation rental company. It offers private rentals with hotel amenities in some of the world's most beautiful destinations – starting with Medellin. What separates the firm from its competitors is the branded membership experience that users will receive including access to a variety of luxury rentals, spa services, massages, business amenities, networking opportunities, and more. "We're mobilizing the hotel industry" Eric Klein says. "Whether it's a villa, condo or penthouse, guests can expect consistent hospitality across the platform. Our vision is to provide elevated rentals with units around the world and guests have access to these properties through our token." Paraiso Real Estate launched on Unicrypt last week with their pre-sale selling out in under 20 minutes. The token went public on PancakeSwap on April 20th. The firm is anticipating a sharper rise once listed on CoinGecko, CoinMarketCap and other leading exchanges and indexes. To date, Paraiso already has over 700 members between their discord and telegram groups. We've done zero marketing. That goes to show that people are ready for a product like this. It's the way of the future. We expect to have over 60 properties by the end of 2022 and a membership base of over 1,000 token holders." Maria Caudia says, Director of Operations

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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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REAL ESTATE INVESTMENT

SFL Sells the Le Vaisseau Property (Issy-les-Moulineaux) to Institut Catholique de Lille

SFL | May 31, 2022

SFL, leader in the prime segment of the Parisian commercial real estate market, announces that it has sold the Le Vaisseau building, located on Ile Saint-Germain in Issy-les-Moulineaux, to the Institut Catholique de Lille, which plans to relocate its Faculty of Law there, also situated in Issy-les-Moulineaux since 2013. The property has been sold for €27 million excluding transfer costs. Spanning approximately 6,300 sq.m, the property boasts outstanding architecture with a unique façade and opening roof. It was designed by Jean Nouvel for advertising agency CLM BBDO and was completed in 1992. We are delighted to sell this building to the Institut Catholique de Lille, and to contribute to the transformation of office property as new uses offering opportunities for value creation emerge. This ambitious project would not have been possible without the high quality collaboration with teams at both Institut Catholique de Lille and Ateliers Jean Nouvel.” Aude Grant, Deputy Managing Director, Asset Management & Investments at SFL SFL was advised in the transaction, initially handled by BNP Real Estate, by Anne-Hélène Garnier (Oudot & Associés). Institut Catholique de Lille was advised by Grégory Jacobsoone (Fontaine Roussel & Associés). About SFL Leader in the prime segment of the Parisian commercial real estate market, Société Foncière Lyonnaise stands out for the quality of its property portfolio, which is valued at €8.1 billion and is focused on the Central Business District of Paris (#cloud.paris, Edouard VII, Washington Plaza, etc.), and for the quality of its client portfolio, which is composed of prestigious companies in the consulting, media, digital, luxury, finance and insurance sectors. As France’s oldest property company, SFL demonstrates year after year an unwavering commitment to its strategy focused on creating a high value in use for users and, ultimately, substantial appraisal values for its properties.

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