Quicken Loans will now let Vrbo hosts use rental income to refinance their mortgage

Airbnb | April 17, 2019

A little over a year ago, Airbnb partnered with some of the nation’s largest mortgage players, including Fannie Mae and Quicken Loans, to allow hosts using the short-term rental platform to use income from their rentals to refinance their mortgage.
Now, Quicken Loans is at it again; this time partnering with Vrbo, a competing short-term rental platform, to allow users of that platform to use rental income earned through Vrbo to refinance their mortgage.

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REAL ESTATE INVESTMENT

RADCO Acquires Skyhouse Midtown High-Rise Multifamily Building in Atlanta for $131 Million

RADCO | February 21, 2022

The RADCO Companies (RADCO), one of the nation's leading opportunistic real estate developers, announced the acquisition of Skyhouse Midtown, a 320-unit, 23-story luxury high-rise multifamily building prominently located in the heart of Midtown Atlanta, for $131 million. The deal marks the first high-rise multifamily building RADCO has acquired in its current investment cycle and complements the firm's existing portfolio of multifamily and commercial real estate. The property has been renamed "The M by Radius." Radius is RADCO's highest brand and joins nearby Radius West Midtown to bolster the company's in-town presence. RADCO previously owned the 53-story Four Seasons hotel, office, and residential tower just blocks away from The M by Radius. Built in 2013, the newly branded The M by Radius was one of the first buildings constructed in Atlanta coming out of the Great Recession. The property offers a prime location at the corner of West Peachtree and 12th Street, the new epicenter of the city with offices, retail, and entertainment nearby. The ground floor includes 8,658 square feet of retail space. The M by Radius is the closest high-rise to the I-75/85 connector in Midtown and one of the most visible buildings in the Atlanta skyline, offering exceptional signage or art opportunities on its half-domed roof. The property features frontage on Spring Street, 12th Street, and the bustling West Peachtree Street. The building consists of studio, one-, two-, and three-bedroom apartments and luxury "amenities in the sky" including a rooftop pool and lounge, fitness center, and grills all with 360-degree views overlooking Atlanta's skyline. The unit interiors at The M by Radius have modern, open floorplans with ample room for value-add expansion. RADCO is pleased to announce we have acquired Skyhouse Midtown, our first high-rise, late vintage property acquisition in this cycle, As residents and capital migrated to the suburbs during the pandemic, the cost of buying suburban apartment assets also substantially increased. There's been a recent shift back to the urban core making in-town residential an attractive investment once again. The M by Radius offered everything we were looking for in an urban multifamily asset and as always, we intend to invest in this incredible building and significantly improve the resident experience. RADCO intends to seek out additional urban residential investments throughout the Southeast." Norman Radow, CEO of the RADCO Companies. The M by Radius sits directly across from 1105 West Peachtree, a fully-leased, newly constructed office building that is the planned new regional headquarters for Google, part of its recently announced expansion in the Atlanta market. In addition, the property is across the street from the culinary-themed Epicurean Hotel, Northside Hospital's in-town campus, SCAD, Georgia Tech, and other business and cultural attractions. Skyhouse was first created by the visionary developer Jim Borders and his Novare Group. The deal represents the 100th transaction for RADCO during the current real estate cycle. The Northmarq team led by Jason Nettles and Megan Thompson brokered the transaction. The RADCO Companies RADCO was founded in 1994 with the mission of "Building Better Living." Based in Atlanta, RADCO is a national real estate company that specializes in the acquisition and redevelopment of value-add multifamily and hospitality investments across the Southeast and Central US. Over the past 10 years, the firm has acquired and invested in approximately 30,000 units in 15 markets and completed more than 90 deals totaling $3.1 billion.

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REAL ESTATE TECHNOLOGY

Balfour Beatty Communities Receives Multiple National Resident Satisfaction Awards for Excellence in Military, Multifamily, and Student Housing

Balfour Beatty Communities | April 07, 2022

Balfour Beatty Communities, a national residential real estate investment and management company, received national honors for its military, multifamily, and student property management services based on an independent satisfaction survey conducted by SatisFacts, a national leader for technology, data, and education in the multifamily industry. Balfour Beatty Communities received honors in three categories: National Company Award for overall military housing, National Company Award for overall multifamily/student housing, and National Property Awards across its military, multifamily, and student housing portfolio, which numbers close to 50,000 units. We are honored to receive this recognition for our efforts to provide exceptional service across our military, multifamily, and student housing properties. These awards are a testament to the dedication of our employees who embody our mission-driven culture through the hard work and high-quality services that they provide to our residents, partners, and communities every day.” Chris Williams, Balfour Beatty Communities president The SatisFacts surveys measure the resident experience from move-in to move-out and include resident scores on their interaction with office and maintenance staff on a 5-point scale. The SatisFacts Index allows Balfour Beatty Communities to benchmark resident satisfaction compared to other residential management companies. Balfour Beatty Communities then uses the scores to enhance resident satisfaction, retention, and overall community performance. This year, SatisFacts received over 40,000 survey responses from Balfour Beatty Communities military housing residents and scored in the top percentile for both move-in and work order performance. These high scores resulted in the company receiving the National Company Award for overall military housing services and National Property Awards across almost all its military properties. For Balfour Beatty Communities’ military housing installations, current reporting indicates the company scored: 4.41 out of 5 on overall move-in performance 4.61 out of 5 on overall work order performance Balfour Beatty Communities received similarly high scores across its 18-property multifamily and student housing portfolio, obtaining over 4,200 survey responses from its residents and performing highly on both move-in and work order experiences. The company was awarded the National Company Award for overall multifamily/student housing services and National Property Awards across almost all its multifamily and student properties. About Balfour Beatty Communities Balfour Beatty Communities is an active owner and operator of residential real estate in the multifamily, student and military housing sectors across the United States. Since its inception in 1999, Balfour Beatty Communities has invested in nearly 100 properties representing more than $7.9 billion of gross asset value. Our broad in-house expertise includes decades of acquisition, development, finance, renovation, leasing and property/facility management experience. Leveraging this extensive expertise and a customer service-focused approach, Balfour Beatty Communities seeks to create value in its real estate projects while delivering exceptional living experiences. Balfour Beatty Communities is a subsidiary of Balfour Beatty Investments, Inc. and Balfour Beatty plc, a leading international infrastructure group.

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REAL ESTATE INVESTMENT

Embrey Sells The Harper Luxury Apartments In Franklin, Tennessee

Embrey | April 22, 2022

The Harper Luxury Apartments in Franklin, Tennessee, has been sold by Embrey of San Antonio, Texas. The Harper is part of a mixed-use, planned community being developed by SouthStar and Embrey, which are both known for developing highly desirable living and working experiences. It has been a pleasure to be a part of such a well-planned horizontal mixed-use master plan and partnering with SouthStar. Every good development has a great story. This was a very complex transaction and without the collaboration of SouthStar, Gamble Design Collaborative, Kimley Horn Engineers, and HEDK Architects, The Harper could not have been developed." Brad Knolle, Executive Vice President of Development at Embrey The 328-unit property features luxurious interiors such as nine-foot ceilings, open floor plans, granite countertops, large islands and stainless-steel appliances in the kitchen. Community amenities include a resort-inspired pool with cabanas, an elegant clubhouse with a fireplace and a billiards room, a yoga studio and a fully equipped business center. The Harper is scheduled for substantial completion in July 2022 and the one- and two-bedroom units are now leasing. Embrey Management Services, nationally recognized for providing exemplary residential services, has been selected to manage this property. About Embrey San Antonio-based Embrey is a diversified real estate investment company that owns, develops, builds, acquires, and manages multifamily residential communities and commercial assets in targeted markets across the United States. Since 1974, Embrey has developed nearly 43,000 apartments and more than 6 million square feet of commercial property. Embrey is a leading developer in the multifamily sector with more than 4,000 units under construction.

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EMPIRE STATE REALTY TRUST SIGNS PROGYNY, INC. FOR 70,573 SQUARE FEET ACROSS THREE FULL FLOORS AT 1359 BROADWAY

Empire State Realty | March 03, 2022

Empire State Realty Trust, Inc. (NYSE: ESRT) today announced a new lease with Progyny, Inc. a leading fertility benefits management company, at 1359 Broadway. Progyny has committed to occupy 70,573 square feet across three floors, which includes one floor that it previously subleased, one floor that Progyny will occupy in late 2022 and a third floor that they will occupy in early 2024. We are growing rapidly as more and more employers recognize the value of Progyny's comprehensive fertility and family building solution, We look forward to expanding our presence in our corporate office in New York City with Empire State Realty Trust." Pete Anevski, CEO of Progyny. Located along the updated Broadway Pedestrian Plaza, 1359 Broadway offers convenient access to major transportation hubs, subway lines, dining, lodging, and shopping. The fully modernized office building features industry-leading energy efficiency and indoor environmental quality measures at a fraction of the cost of newer buildings. Our premier indoor environmental quality measures and energy-efficient practices continue to attract high-quality tenants who appreciate our value proposition, Progyny is a welcome addition to our excellent tenant roster at 1359 Broadway after a successful sublease." Thomas P. Durels, executive vice president, real estate at Empire State Realty Trust. David Falk, Kyle Ciminelli, and Dylan Weisman of Newmark Knight Frank represented Progyny, Inc. in the lease negotiations. Property owner representation was provided by Shanae Ursini and Jordan Berger of ESRT, and Paul J. Amrich, Emily Chabrier, Neil V. King III, and Meghan Allen of CBRE. About Empire State Realty Trust Empire State Realty Trust, Inc. (NYSE: ESRT) is a NYC-focused REIT that owns and manages a well-positioned property portfolio of office, retail, and multifamily assets in Manhattan and the greater New York metropolitan area. Owner of the Empire State Building, the World's Most Famous Building, ESRT also owns and operates its iconic, newly reimagined Observatory Experience. The company is a leader in healthy buildings, energy efficiency, and indoor environmental quality, and has the lowest greenhouse gas emissions per square foot of any publicly traded REIT portfolio in New York City. As of Dec. 31, 2021, ESRT's portfolio is comprised of approximately 9.4 million rentable square feet of office space, 700,000 rentable square feet of retail space and 625 units across two multifamily properties.

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