Mortgage Rates in U.S. Begin Uptick in Mid March

WORLD PROPERTY JOURNAL | March 13, 2020

According to Freddie Mac's latest Primary Mortgage Market Survey, the 30-year fixed-rate mortgage averaged 3.36 percent in early March 2020. As refinance applications continue to surge and lenders work to manage capacity, the 30-year fixed-rate mortgage ticked up from last week's all-time low, said Sam Khater, Freddie Mac's Chief Economist. "Mortgage rates remain at extraordinary levels and many homeowners are smartly weighing their options to refinance, potentially saving themselves money.

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Lev Lending Launches to Vertically Integrate Commercial Real Estate Financing

Lev | February 09, 2022

Lev has launched Lev Lending, the world's first end-to-end digital lending platform for commercial real estate (CRE), to transform the industry's notoriously complex lending process into a surprisingly beautiful digital experience. Lev Lending is the new direct lending arm of Lev, the CRE financing platform that originated nearly $1 billion in loans via its marketplace in 2021. Lev brings speed and transparency to CRE financing by streamlining the application process with automation and deal management tools for borrowers and brokers, along with powerful financing and closing technologies. Borrowers are automatically matched with the right lender through an intuitive interface. Lev Lending utilizes Lev's proprietary AI tech and deep industry expertise to rewire the entire CRE financing process from quote to close. The platform will initially specialize in permanent, non-recourse loans on single-tenant net lease (NNN) properties. In its soft launch period, Lev Lending closed multiple million-dollar loans on retail properties such as Dollar General and KFC in as little as 30 days–or as much as 3x faster than traditional lenders. Over the last decade, most industries have been simplified by technology. Finally, these changes are coming to CRE lending, We're building a platform that not only makes life easier for current investors to get financing, but also simplifies the experience for the lender. It's a win-win for all industry players." Yaakov Zar, founder and CEO of Lev. Lev's technology infrastructure allows the company to scale its business nationally and support all asset types. By automating manual tasks, it has changed the way originators, executors and brokers provide support to their clients. As a result of this differentiated experience, the company grew 10x in 2021–its second year in business. Our goal is to become the nexus of all CRE transactions. Today's commercial borrowers are demanding fast, digital experiences that mirror consumer processes. They want a Rocket Mortgage for their commercial properties. Whether you're a borrower using our marketplace for the best deal, or you're a natural fit for NNN via Lev Lending, we're here with a fast, beautifully-engineered lending experience." Zar. About Lev Lev is the commercial real estate financing platform offering fast, transparent access to capital from the world's leading financial institutions. Having closed $1 billion in CRE mortgages in 2021, Lev has grown 10x year-over-year thanks to its proprietary approach to CRE financing, including the industry's only API. Founded in 2019, Lev has raised $40 million from StepStone Group, First American Title, NFX, Canaan Partners, JLL Spark, Animo Ventures and Ludlow Ventures, among others.

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REAL ESTATE TECHNOLOGY

Honely.com Signs Licensing Agreement for Its Property and Area Forecast APIs with Forescite, Inc.

Honely, LLC | March 29, 2022

Honely, a Boca Raton-based prop tech firm that uses proprietary AI/ML techniques to forecast the values of over 100 million properties, is pleased to announce that they have entered into a strategic relationship with Forescite, a leading New York City-based FinTech company revolutionizing the journey to a secure financial future with their AI/ML-powered mobile app, Investall. Forescite will now have the capability to help calculate a user's net worth and equip them with statistics pertinent to the real estate market through a major licensing deal with a big data player in the Prop Tech space. Forescite will be licensing Honely's Property and Metro Level Forecast APIs which will allow them to give a true assessment of their users' financial position. This major partnership will be the first of many to come. We understand how impactful our statistics can be especially on a robust real time wealth management platform such as the Investall APP. The use case of our statistics can vary over a broad spectrum of industries, however the first one the public will be able to interact with is on Forescite's Budgeting and wealth management platform." Maxwell Schwarz, President of Honely FORESCITE EXECUTIVE Bala Shagrithaya, Investall CEO commented, "After an exhaustive search of data from industry leaders such as Zillow, we're thrilled to have found a partner in Honely, that far exceeds the complexity and reliability of data available on any property, which is important when trusting an algorithm that our users can rely on." About Honely Honely is a data and analytics company which uses high-level AI and data science techniques to deliver unique statistics such as home-value forecasts up to 36 months into the future, migration trends, neighborhood growth forecasts, and more. On Honely.com, every insight is delivered in real time and can be downloaded in customizable reports. The site also has interactive features that allow users to make important calculations and estimates, serving as a fully comprehensive tool for RE investors. About Forescite Forescite Inc enables "smarter Investing powered by AI," a New York City-based FinTech company that is revolutionizing the journey to a secure financial future with its AI/ML-powered Investall mobile apps. Like a GPS for finances, Forescite allows retail investors to leverage the predictive data and analytics used by the banks and hedge funds to make more effective investment decisions. The company's investing platform offers users the most powerful risk analysis tool on the market with the technology to manage their money like a pro.

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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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Whitecrest Real Estate Celebrates the Completion and Official Grand Opening of Brand-New Luxury Condominium Development, The Heritage

The Menkiti Group | May 21, 2022

MG Residential, an arm of Brookland's The Menkiti Group, was joined by Whitecrest Real Estate, to celebrate the launch of The Heritage, a newly developed collection of modern condominiums starting in the mid $300's. The new development offers 1–2-bedroom units that range from 570 – 1050 square feet. The completion of this project marks a major milestone in the new development and momentum in Ward 5. "The project was started late 2018 and took over 3 years to complete. Even through the chaos of COVID-19, we trooped through as we believed in the project," said the company's Director of Design, Maryam Kazmi. "We chose this project as we believed in the neighborhood and wanted to add value to this area and offer new modern living. This is an emerging neighborhood and we wanted to be part of its story." The Heritage lies in the heart of Woodridge, a residential neighborhood located just north of the National Arboretum. The dynamic team of Whitecrest Real Estate always believed in the Woodridge neighborhood, but it was not until they began working in the area, that they realized its true potential. We were one of the first very few developers who started to invest in the neighborhood, about a decade ago in 2013 with a boutique style building. While working in Woodridge, we realized that it is not only a conveniently located and easily accessible neighborhood to various hot spots of Washington DC, but also amongst one of the safest and most affordable areas in the city." Reza Damani, Real Estate Investor and Chief of Operations for Whitecrest The Heritage is conveniently located near a variety of the District's parks and amenities. Barnard Hill Park lies in the northwest corner of the neighborhood, providing 22 acres of open green space for walking or picnics. Also, near the neighborhood, the Dwight A. Mosley Playground and Taft Recreation Center have a large playground, several sports fields, a tennis court, and a basketball court. Although Woodridge lies in a residential area, its proximity to the city's main attractions is what gives this neighborhood its unique flexibility and advantage. Whitecrest and MG Residential were joined by many Ward 5 residents and local businesses, resulting in a successful community event. Joe Dawson of Mission Mortgage and Lawrence Elliot of Prime Title sponsored the event and were also in attendance. "We appreciate everyone who attended the official Grand Opening for The Heritage," says MG Residential's VP of Sales and top 1% of realtors nationwide, Lashika Mason. "We are truly overwhelmed by the constant outpouring of support from the community and look forward to seeing The Heritage's impact in Ward 5." The Heritage is on one of the main arteries of the neighborhood, that runs into Washington, DC. The luxurious finishes combined with the extra effort that was taken to preserve the 100-year-old bank façade makes this beautiful building stand out. The Heritage is a well-built, high-end, and eco-friendly mixed-use condo building in a calm and inviting neighborhood that's a rare find in Washington, DC. The units are well-designed, efficiently built, and are offered at the most competitive prices available in the marketplace for brand-new condominiums. "This is an exciting partnership with MG Residential and Whitecrest Development," says top producing realtor and Managing Director at MG Residential, Anthony Mason. "We are proud to be a part of this project and are looking forward to seeing the impact on the community as we strive to continue to fulfill our mission of transforming lives, careers, and communities through real estate." About Whitecrest Real estate Whitecrest is a dynamic team of real estate investors composed of four key players: Farid Khan serves as the President for Whitecrest Real Estate Company. His primary role is developing a vision for White crest real estate. He also Analyzes budgets and financial reports regularly, reviews and advises on contracts, and leads the company towards success. Reza Damani serves as the Chief of Operation for Whitecrest Real Estate, providing executive management and overseeing all areas of a project from acquisition of raw land to design and development of all the company's construction projects. Mr. Damani is a licensed Class A builder in the Washington DC area with 20 plus years and over 150,000 total developed square feet in the Washington DC metro area. From site selection, through acquisition and construction, to occupancy, he offers comprehensive ground-up and build-to-suit development services for the region. Syed Ali serves as the Chief financial Officer for Whitecrest Real estate and is responsible for tracking cash flow, financial planning, analyzing the company's financial strengths and weaknesses and proposing strategic direction. He is also responsible for maintaining relationships with bankers and investors. Maryam Kazmi serves as the Director of Design for Whitecrest Real Estate. She oversees all design decisions and aesthetics of the project from the floor plans to the finishes. Her responsibilities include making all indoor and outdoor spaces functional, safe, and beautiful by determining space requirements and selecting essential and decorative items, such as colors, lighting, and materials to ensure a well-designed and cohesive look to the whole project. About MG Residential MG Residential is a premier sales team based in Washington, DC, with expertise providing residential and commercial real estate services to buyers, sellers, investors, and developers across Washington DC, Maryland, and Virginia. Over the past 15+ years, MG Residential has had the privilege of serving over 3,000 families in the greater DMV region and has consistently been ranked within the top 100 teams nationally for Keller Williams. Founded with the mission of transforming lives, careers, and communities through real estate, MG Residential is anchored by Bo and Kymber Menkiti and Anthony and Lashika Mason. Their goal is to close the gap on homeownership and create intergenerational wealth in the District of Columbia and throughout the greater DMV region.

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