Redfin offers glimmer of hope for Seattle home buyers as new listings finally hit double-digit growth in June

Redfin | August 21, 2016

In a blink-and-you-could-miss-it moment for Seattle real estate, now might be the right time to shop for a home, according to Redfin, as the company reports that new listings figures for June finally showed some promise

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REAL ESTATE INVESTMENT

JDM PARTNERS REACQUIRES STAKE IN DOUGLAS RANCH MASTER PLANNED COMMUNITY FROM THE HOWARD HUGHES CORPORATION®

The Howard Hughes Corporation | August 23, 2022

The Howard Hughes Corporation® announced today that JDM Partners has exercised their remaining option to reacquire a stake in Douglas Ranch, the recently launched large-scale master planned community in Phoenix's West Valley. The community was acquired by The Howard Hughes Corporation from JDM Partners and El Dorado Holdings last October for approximately $541 million. On August 18, JDM Partners exercised its second option to buy back into Douglas Ranch, acquiring an additional 2.8% interest in the Douglas Ranch joint venture for approximately $15 million. The transaction brings the aggregate of JDM Partners' investment in Douglas Ranch excluding Trillium, the community's first 3,000-acre village to approximately $65 million, which equates to approximately 12% of the joint venture. JDM Partners and El Dorado Holdings are 50/50 joint venture partners with HHC on Trillium. Land sales at the master planned community are expected to begin this fall. About The Howard Hughes Corporation® The Howard Hughes Corporation owns, manages, and develops commercial, residential, and mixed-use real estate throughout the U.S. Its award-winning assets include the country's preeminent portfolio of master planned communities, as well as operating properties and development opportunities including: the Seaport in New York City; Downtown Columbia®, Maryland; The Woodlands®, The Woodlands Hills®, and Bridgeland® in the Greater Houston, Texas area; Summerlin®, Las Vegas; Ward Village® in Honolulu, Hawaiʻi; and Douglas Ranch in Phoenix, Arizona. The Howard Hughes Corporation's portfolio is strategically positioned to meet and accelerate development based on market demand, resulting in one of the strongest real estate platforms in the country. Dedicated to innovative placemaking, the company is recognized for its ongoing commitment to design excellence and to the cultural life of its communities. The Howard Hughes Corporation is traded on the New York Stock Exchange as HHC.

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REAL ESTATE INVESTMENT

MYSA Estate Property Management Selects Yardi Cloud Platform

MYSA and Yardi | August 16, 2022

MYSA, a subsidiary of Pearl Investment LLC, has chosen the Yardi® platform to enhance its end-to-end real estate operations from prospect nurturing to financial management. The company will utilise solutions from Yardi's Residential Suite; including Voyager for property management and accounting and RentCafe CRM which will digitise their entire leasing journey from lead to lease. Tenant services will be enhanced via a resident self-serve portal for payments and maintenance requests and a landlord dashboard will provide instant insight in relation to the business's most important KPI's. "Yardi's all-in-one solution will enable us to oversee the management of our portfolio through a single platform, By implementing the cloud-based technology, we will be able to streamline the end-to-end process, access better insights and provide an enhanced service to our tenants." -Sajjad Kalam, managing director for MYSA Estate Property Management Yardi technology will help digitise operations, simplify processes, automate complexities and help future growth, We're excited to work with MYSA and are delighted that Yardi continues to further help companies with their real estate digitisation strategies across the Middle East,said Neal Gemassmer, vice president of international for Yardi. About MYSA Estate Property Management LLC MYSA, a subsidiary of Pearl Investment LLC, develops property management solutions for residential, commercial, hospitality and mall management. The company is passionate about creating the right space for its clients, building bespoke worlds. MYSA is the property management division of Flora Hospitality. For more information, please visit mysaestate.com. About Yardi Yardi® develops and supports industry-leading investment and property management software for all types and sizes of real estate companies. With 8,000 employees, Yardi is working with clients globally to drive significant innovation in the real estate industry.

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INVESTMENTS

Sotheby's International Realty Expands in Michigan

Sotheby's International Realty | August 17, 2022

Sotheby's International Realty announced the opening of Great Lakes Sotheby's International Realty, signifying the brand's continued growth in the state of Michigan. The addition marks the brand's seventh office in the state. Great Lakes Sotheby's International Realty is owned and operated by Dean Groulx and Wendy Groulx, who bring more than 60 years of collective experience to the company. Headquartered in the city of Elk Rapids, the office will serve the greater Traverse City area in Michigan including Alden, Bellaire, Elk Rapids, Elk Lake, Lake Leelanau, North Port, Suttons Bay, Torch Lake, and Traverse City. "Greater Traverse City has a robust luxury home market, It's become attractive for high-net-worth individuals and entrepreneurs and we're seeing both U.S. and international buyers purchasing primary and secondary homes in the area. Our continued growth in the state enables our brand to service this growing market and I look forward to supporting Dean, Wendy, and the entire Great Lakes Sotheby's International Realty team." -Philip White, president and CEO of Sotheby's International Realty The Traverse City area boasts a lifestyle and culture that few other places can match, Our area has access to some of the largest and most pristine freshwater lakes and access to world-class entertainment and fine dining. Few real estate companies can match the background and experience of our brokers and sales associates, and our affiliation with Sotheby's International Realty will offer sellers and buyers in the greater Traverse City area an experience like no other thanks to its prestige, global presence, and marketing capabilities,said Groulx. The company has plans for future growth in Alden, Bellaire, Traverse City, Northport, and Leelanau. Great Lakes Sotheby's International Realty was launched in partnership with Russ Post, owner/broker of Ocean Sotheby's International Realty. The Sotheby's International Realty® network currently has nearly 26,000 affiliated independent sales associates located in over 1,000 offices in 81 countries and territories worldwide. Great Lakes Sotheby's International Realty listings are marketed on the sothebysrealty.com global website. In addition to the referral opportunities and widened exposure generated from this source, the firm's brokers and clients will benefit from an association with Sotheby's auction house and worldwide Sotheby's International Realty marketing programs. Each office is independently owned and operated. Sotheby's International Realty Sotheby's International Realty was founded in 1976 as a real estate service for discerning clients of Sotheby's auction house. Today, the company's global footprint spans more than 1,000 offices located in 81 countries and territories worldwide, including 51 company-owned brokerage offices in key metropolitan and resort markets. In February 2004, Anywhere Real Estate Inc. entered a long-term strategic alliance with Sotheby's, the operator of the auction house. The agreement provided for the licensing of the Sotheby's International Realty name and the development of a franchise system. The franchise system is comprised of an affiliate network, where each office is independently owned and operated. Sotheby's International Realty supports its affiliates and agents with a host of operational, marketing, recruiting, educational and business development resources. Affiliates and agents also benefit from an association with the venerable Sotheby's auction house, established in 1744.

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REAL ESTATE TECHNOLOGY

STAIRCASE LAUNCHES LANDMARK CREDIT WATERFALL TECHNOLOGY FOR MORTGAGE LENDERS

STAIRCASE | August 19, 2022

Staircase, the company building an integrated, digital infrastructure to accelerate tech-enabled mortgages, has launched Credit Waterfall, a new application program interface (API) that empowers lenders to streamline originations by providing access to all credit providers serving the mortgage market. Credit Waterfall enables lenders to easily switch between credit providers to get the best pricing every time and to securely share a borrower's credit data throughout their other systems. The new API also lets lenders toggle between soft and hard credit pulls so they are able to better control expenses while protecting their leads from trigger credit pull alerts at other lenders. Currently, most lenders order a borrower's credit through hard-wired connections between a single credit provider and their point-of-sale (POS) system or loan origination system (LOS). This strategy fails to provide lenders with the best credit option for a particular scenario and prevents them from sharing a borrower's credit data with their other systems which drive up costs. "Pulling a borrower's credit to determine their eligibility for a loan is an essential part of the mortgage process, but also one of the largest sources of lender costs, With Credit Waterfall, lenders now have the full breadth of choices when it comes to pulling a borrower's credit, with the best possible option chosen every single time, automatically. There's nothing else on the market like it." -Soofi Safavi, Staircase cofounder and CTO Most lenders are struggling to reduce expenses, especially given today's tight housing market, Yet, they are typically hamstrung by poor technology integrations and lack of credit options when qualifying borrowers. By performing a soft pull on a borrower's credit, Credit Waterfall enables lenders to check a borrower's credit earlier in the application process without tipping off competitors that their customer is in the market for financing,said Staircase CEO and cofounder Adam Kalamchi. Credit Waterfall is available through Staircase's low-code credit API, which allows lenders to switch from their current credit provider in just minutes. With Credit Waterfall, lenders are only charged $1 to access any given credit provider. For $2, they can create a credit "waterfall," which uses dynamic business logic to choose the best solution from multiple credit providers. In less than a month, Credit Waterfall develops a logical sequence to provide lenders with the optimal credit workflow for their organization's needs. Lenders pay nothing if Credit Waterfall does not return any results. Our customers on average reduce their credit expense by 33% right away and realize further savings with just a few weeks of fine tuning, Kalamchi said. Beyond Credit Waterfall, Staircase's unique waterfall technology has numerous applications, enabling lenders and servicers to create automated, integrated loan processing workflows using the optimum service partner or partners. If a partner does provide adequate results, Staircase automatically goes to other partners in waterfall fashion until the process is complete. About Staircase Staircase is an API and low-code marketplace which automates complex technologies and makes them self-serve for the U.S. residential mortgage industry. Focused on providing automation for complicated mortgage functions, it allows for the integration and orchestration of all U.S. mortgage industry technology providers and enables all parties throughout mortgage origination, insurance, and servicing to easily communicate with zero friction. Staircase is based in Philadelphia, with employees in over 20 countries.

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