REAL ESTATE INVESTMENT
Walker & Dunlop | March 01, 2022
Walker & Dunlop, Inc. announced today that it closed on the previously announced acquisition of GeoPhy, a leading commercial real estate technology company.
We are excited to officially welcome GeoPhy founder and CEO, Teun van den Dries, and his entire team to Walker & Dunlop. GeoPhy's technology capabilities will allow us to dramatically accelerate the growth of our digitally driven businesses, including Apprise, our tech-enabled appraisal business, and our small balance lending (SBL) platform as we continue to differentiate the Walker & Dunlop platform through our people, brand, and technology."
Aaron Perlis, Walker & Dunlop Chief Information Officer.
Walker & Dunlop acquired GeoPhy for $85 million in cash paid at closing with an additional $205 million of cash earn-out potential structured to directly align with Walker & Dunlop's Drive to '25 goals surrounding growth in appraisal revenues, SBL volumes, and mortgage banking gains.
About Walker & Dunlop
Walker & Dunlop (NYSE: WD) 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.
REAL ESTATE INVESTMENT
Marble Capital | April 11, 2022
Marble Capital, a Houston-based investment advisory firm focused on multi-family rental housing across the United States, announced that the firm has signed definitive agreements to enter into a partnership with Navigator Global Investments. The transaction is expected to close in late April 2022. In the deal, Navigator will purchase a minority stake in the business and become a passive, non-voting minority partner. Most of the capital will be used to support Marble Capital's near term growth initiatives, including funding larger general partner commitments to Marble Capital funds.
With Navigator, Marble will benefit from the deep experience and relationships of the Navigator leadership team. Additionally, as Navigator is a portfolio investment of Dyal, a division of Blue Owl, Marble is joining a broad ecosystem of leading alternative asset managers with access to a team that focuses on sharing insight into industry best practices and access to various capital providers. The partnership will allow the firm to invest more significantly in its various funds while also providing balance sheet capital to create and implement new products.
We are extremely pleased to partner with Navigator as we enter into the next stage of growth at Marble Capital. We believe Navigator's commitment to the company validates our stategy, underwriting process and the team we've assembled over the last five years."
Adam Allen, co-founder and managing principal at Marble Capital
David Oelfke, Marble Capital co-founder and managing principal added "a partnership with Navigator provides us a long term and aligned partner to accelerate certain growth initiatives, gain access to a deep industry network and best practices to leverage over time."
Michael Shepherd, Navigator Chairman commented "This is a strategic and compelling opportunity to partner with a successful and growing asset manager that brings diversification to our existing investment portfolio and will create value for Navigator shareholders. We look forward to continuing to support the Marble Capital team."
Colchester Partners LLC served as financial advisor to Marble on the transaction. Holland & Knight LLP served as legal counsel to Marble. Sidley Austin LLP served as legal counsel to Navigator.
About Marble Capital
Established in 2016, Marble Capital currently manages $1.4 billion in AUM across a series of closed-end private equity funds. The company provides flexible capital solutions for multifamily real estate developers and operators across the United States with a portfolio consisting of more than 20,000 multifamily units across US$4.5bn in transactions. Marble is headquartered in Houston, TX and is managed by a group of accomplished real estate professionals with 150 years of combined experience in real estate finance, capital markets, development and operations.
Navigator Global Investments Limited is a diversified asset management holding company dedicated to partnering with leading management teams who operate institutional quality businesses globally, primarily in the alternative investment management sector. Navigator has US$21.6 billion of AUM (31 December 2021) on an ownership adjusted basis across Lighthouse Partners and its strategic investment portfolio.
REAL ESTATE TECHNOLOGY
Evernest | April 29, 2022
Evernest, a national, full-service real estate and property management firm, announced that they have acquired the property management portion of Kansas City-based Hunter Properties.
The acquisition represents Evernest's foray into the Kansas City market, complimenting the 16 other real estate markets already served by the firm.
The combination of Hunter Properties' local property management footprint in Kansas City, along with our full-service real estate offerings, will ensure an ideal experience for their current clients and allow us to build something special in the Kansas City market. Owners, residents, and investors will continue to receive the high-quality care they have come to expect, but now with Evernest's touch."
Matthew Whitaker, Evernest Founder and CEO
"Evernest's commitment to client care is one of the primary reasons for this deal," said Hunter Properties owner, Robin Hunter. "I have confidence in their ability to serve my valued clients and, as I'm retaining the real estate side of my business, I'm now able to focus primarily on buying and selling homes for my clients."
Hunter Properties is the 18th organization purchased by Evernest. "Our goal is to find best-in-class property management providers who are ready to exit the industry. We take the legacy they've built and infuse it with our distinctive culture, including a national brand, in-house brokerage services, and in-house underwriting." In other words, this acquisition also opens the door for real estate investors looking to break into Kansas City.
"As Evernest moves into KC, we're excited to help residents, owners, and investors achieve their real estate goals, whatever those may be," said Whitaker.
Evernest is based in Birmingham, Alabama, and operates in 17 real estate markets across the country. It is one of the nation's largest single-family and small multi-family investment brokers and property management providers. The firm manages more than 6,500 homes for over 3,000 owners, brokers more than 700 investment deals annually, and has made the Inc5000 list five of the last six years.
REAL ESTATE INVESTMENT
Cadre | April 21, 2022
Cadre, the technology-driven commercial real estate investment platform, announced the hire of Dustin Cohn as Chief Marketing Officer to continue driving awareness around the accessibility and advantages of real estate investing. With decades of experience across brand development and performance marketing, Cohn will report to Cadre Founder and CEO Ryan Williams to support Cadre's mission of democratizing commercial real estate (CRE) investing, a traditionally exclusive asset class.
According to a recent survey, 73% of consumers earning $75k - $500k are interested in CRE, but only 14% are invested in it.1 This may be due to a number of misconceptions about the asset class. Many consumers assume CRE is exclusive to the ultra wealthy, institutions, or requires at least $100k to invest. There is also a knowledge gap about the benefits CRE can provide – by and large, consumers are worried about inflation (86%), they want to diversify their portfolios (68%), but many do not recognize CRE's potential for inflation-hedging or historically high risk-adjusted returns.2 Cadre, now with the help of Cohn, is working to dispel misconceptions by providing and promoting unprecedented access to CRE.
At Cadre, we are keen to educate individuals about the financial opportunities the commercial real estate market can provide. I founded Cadre to serve those typically excluded from accessing high-quality assets and opportunities to build wealth. Dustin's proven experience reaching individuals and raising awareness is unparalleled, and I am eager to work with him as we bring the transparency, accessibility and liquidity of our platform to more people."
Ryan Williams, Cadre Founder and CEO
Cohn joins Cadre following its most successful quarter to date, as platform users rose by more than ~20% and the firm raised nearly as much capital from individual investors as it had throughout all of 2021. Cohn's experience helping consumers access wealth-building tools will help build off that momentum.
Prior to Cadre, Cohn served as Head of Brand and Marketing for Marcus and Wealth Management at Goldman Sachs, leading the development of the Marcus brand—notably inventing its name—and launching a number of firsts for the storied firm, including its first-ever consumer advertising campaign and athlete sponsorship. He also led brand and marketing efforts for the firm's Asset Management division.
"Cadre's platform already disrupted the status quo by giving individuals access to institutional-quality real estate," stated Cohn. "Commercial real estate is no longer just for the uber wealthy and institutions. For many consumers, the remaining barrier is simply awareness. A modern wealth-building tool is already available to individual investors right now, a few clicks away. I am honored to join the firm's mission to not only deliver this access, but also educate more investors that it exists."
Cohn also has experience leading marketing for a number of global consumer brands. Prior to joining Goldman Sachs, he served as CMO for Jockey International, CMO for Optimer Brands, and spent several years at PepsiCo as Marketing Director for Gatorade and Propel.
Cadre is a groundbreaking technology-driven commercial real estate investment platform that offers both institutional and individual investors the opportunity to access expertly curated real estate assets with lower minimums, low fees, and unprecedented potential for liquidity. Via its data-driven and transparent approach, Cadre opens participation in a historically opaque and illiquid asset class.
Along with its traditional investment offerings, Cadre also provides investors with the ability to pursue highly vetted commercial real estate opportunities and the opportunity to seek liquidity through its proprietary secondary market, a unique offering within the industry.
Since Cadre's founding, Cadre has closed more than $4.5 billion in real estate transactions across 23 U.S. markets and delivered an 18+% average net IRR across all completed property sales,3 resulting in the return of more than $300 million of capital to Cadre investors to date.