Kroll to partner with Weiss Residential Research

Partnership expected to enhance KBRA’s ratings process

KBRA Analytics, a sister company of Kroll Bond Rating Agency, has announced a partnership with Weiss Residential Research, a provider of home-price indexes and indexed property valuations, to integrate Weiss’ research and data into Kroll’s ratings processes and analysis.

Weiss Residential Research, which was founded by Allan Weiss, utilizes proprietary technology to calculate property-specific price indexes and has been used on more than 45 million homes since its inception, the companies said in a release.

“The increased resolution of the WRR indexes makes unseen trends visible, providing earlier indications of market changes,” the companies said.

Weiss co-founded Case Shiller Weiss with Karl Case and Robert Shiller in 1992. CSW then went on to create home price indexes that have become ubiquitous in the housing industry.

Now, Weiss is partnering with KBRA to “provide end-users with an abundant, credit worthy amount of information,” the companies said.

“We are pleased to be working closely with Kroll Bond Ratings to further enhance the ratings process with our high resolution market analytics,” Weiss said. “I believe our collaboration can help deepen the quality of decisions across the residential investment marketplace.”

Jim Nadler, president and COO of KBRA, said that the partnership should help to improve its ratings process.

"Kroll Bond Ratings’ partnership with Weiss Residential Research continues our effort to provide the marketplace with the most in-depth and useful data”, Nadler, who is also a board member of WRR, said.

“We look forward to collaborating with Weiss Residential Research and using their data to further enhance our ratings analysis as well as jointly developing future analytical products.”

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