Mortgage market still subdued with latest figures showing a mixed lending scenario

propertywire | June 27, 2019

Gross mortgage lending across the residential market in the UK in May 2019 reached £21.9 billion, up just 0.4% year on year, according to the latest industry figures to be published. However, the number of mortgages for home purchase approved by the main high street banks in May 2019 was 9.1% higher than in the same month in 2018, and reached its highest level since June 2016. The figures from UK Finance also show that remortgage approvals were 3.7% lower and approvals for other secured borrowing were 5.9% higher than the same month a year earlier Overall, monthly mortgage approval levels were marginally less than forecast but have remained at some of the highest levels in over two years, the industry body said. Lenders believe that the figures are positive. ‘The latest mortgage approval numbers, whilst a smidgeon below forecast, have remained at a very healthy level indeed. In fact, along with the previous month, they represent some of the highest numbers since March 2017,’ said Alastair McKee, managing director of One 77 Mortgages.

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Redfin | March 24, 2022

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With about one in five Redfin.com visitors interested in rentals, we have an opportunity to generate as many rental inquiries from Redfin.com as from all other RentPath sites. As a result, we expect to attract more property managers to promote their listings on Redfin.com, and for Redfin.com traffic growth to accelerate.” Glenn Kelman, Redfin CEO Powerful, immersive search to discover the perfect place to rent Prospective renters can see updated listings every day, search with tailored filters, including budget, location and pet policy, and connect with property managers. Photos, floor plans and 3D tours let users experience a new rental home before ever setting foot inside. Renters can use the contact feature to connect with property managers to schedule a tour, ask a question or request an application. Because Redfin is a leading site to find homes for sale, people deciding between buying and renting can use Redfin for their entire home search. With one click, users can switch between homes for sale and homes for rent on the map. With another click, users can mark their favorite homes and see all of them in one place, whether they're for sale or for rent. “Most people who are considering renting a new home in the next six months say they are also considering buying,” said Christian Taubman, Redfin's Chief Growth Officer. "Redfin gives everyone the tools to win the place that's best for them, whether that's a place to lease or buy.” Broad exposure for property managers “The launch of rental search on Redfin is an immediate benefit for the existing property owners and managers who rely on the RentPath network to connect with serious tenants, fill occupancies, and manage properties,” said Jon Ziglar, CEO of RentPath. “Whether you are managing multiple apartment communities or are an individual landlord, RentPath has the consumer reach and marketing tools to make the process of finding and signing new tenants simple and efficient. Adding the reach of Redfin's popular consumer website and app to the RentPath network, in addition to RentPath’s deep knowledge of the rentals business, we can offer the best solutions in the industry to simplify the rental search experience for renters while driving occupancies and operational efficiency for property managers and owners.” Property owners and managers who list their properties via RentPath will now reach the tens of millions of consumers who visit Redfin every month, in addition to the other sites in RentPath’s network: Rent.com, Rentals.com, and Apartment Guide. Requests from renters flow directly to property managers with details on whether the customer wants to tour, submit an application or ask a question about the property. With a single platform for property managers, RentPath makes it easy to see and manage contacts coming from across all sites in the RentPath network without having to learn new tools or work across multiple systems. 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Houston-Based Marble Capital Enters Into Partnership Agreement with Navigator Global Investments

Marble Capital | April 11, 2022

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Dynamic City Capital Acquires a Florida AC Hotel by Marriott

Dynamic City | February 25, 2022

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JLL Income Property Trust | December 15, 2021

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