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  • Vacasa wants to help landlords turn empty apartments into short-term rentals

    Vacation rental management platform expands into multifamily
    Vacasa, which bills itself as the “largest vacation rental company” in North America and recently raised $64 million, now has its sights set on the multifamily industry. Vacasa announced Wednesday that it is expanding into the multifamily business by launching Vacasa Multifamily, a new initiative wherein the company will seek to partner with landlords in urban city centers to turn empty apartments into short-term rentals.
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  • Top multifamily operators band together, plan massive investment in real estate tech

    Launch venture capital fund with $108 million in the bank
    Five major multifamily real estate investment trusts, Aimco, Boardwalk, Essex Property Trust, MAA, and UDR, are partnering with private owners Starwood Capital Group, Cortland, and GID to invest more than $100 million in a venture capital fund, which will be used to invest in “disruptive real estate technology companies” in the multifamily industry.
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  • Fannie Mae plans $145 million investment in LIHTC funds

    GSE continues to focus on affordable housing
    After re-entering the Low Income Housing Tax Credit market just over a year ago, Fannie Mae is continuing its focus on affordable rental housing in underserved markets by committing $145 million in new investments in LIHTC funds. Here's a breakdown on where the money is going.
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  • New York developer admits to bilking investors in long-running luxury real estate Ponzi scheme

    Pleads guilty to defrauding investors out of $58 million
    A New York real estate developer admitted in court last week that he ran a luxury real estate Ponzi scheme that defrauded investors out of $58 million over several years. According to court documents, Michael D’Alessio took much of the money for his own benefit, using it to pay off debts and prior investors, and to fund significant gambling and other personal expenses.
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  • CoStar buying Cozy to turbocharge Apartments.com

    Integration will allow rental payments through Apartments.com site
    Apartments.com is already one of the top consumer websites for multifamily real estate, but the website’s parent company is not comfortable resting on its laurels. CoStar Group, which owns Apartments.com along with several other prominent online rental platforms, announced recently that it is buying Cozy Services for $68 million and plans to integrate the company’s online rental solutions into its websites.
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  • Real estate crowdfunding startup RealtyShares hits hard times, halts new investments

    Company unable to secure new operating capital to continue growth
    Everything was going swimmingly for RealtyShares just over a year ago. The real estate crowdfunding startup had just purchased one of its biggest rivals, Acquire Real Estate, and had plans to grow its investment in commercial and multifamily real estate. But now, RealtyShares has fallen on hard times and will be laying off much of its staff and stop accepting new investments on its platform.
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  • Ready Capital merging with Owens Realty Mortgage

    Companies say combination will help grow commercial lending operations
    Ready Capital, a real estate finance company that originates, acquires, finances and services small- to medium-sized balance commercial loans, including agency multifamily, investor and bridge, is set to grow its lending platform through a merger with Owens Realty Mortgage.
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  • Multifamily lending on track to break records again in 2018

    MBA projects commercial and multifamily originations will set new record
    As the Mortgage Bankers Association reported recently, multifamily lending hit a record high last year…and things are looking even better this year. The MBA released a brief updated forecast this week, which states that multifamily lending is on track to set another record in 2018.
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  • California voters decisively defeat rent control effort

    Nearly two-thirds of voters cast ballots against Costa-Hawkins repeal
    In addition to going to the polls Tuesday and picking a new governor, lieutenant governor, a host of new members of the House of Representatives, and re-electing one of their two senators, California voters also soundly defeated a push to increase rent control in the state. While the measure’s supporters surely view the defeat as a setback, an analysis from UBS argues that the proposition losing is actually the best thing for all involved.
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