Automated Valuation Model Offers Property Data For Industry Professionals

By KIMBERLEY HAAS A new automated valuation model that recently hit the market uses a national property database, geospatial comparable data, and artificial intelligence to help users evaluate properties. Altisource, founded in 2009, is a provider of services and technology for the mortgage and real estate marketplaces. Their NestRange AVM helps with valuations for originations and defaults. The original AVM model was built as an in-house tool, according to Chief Strategy Officer and CTO Israel Meir. “Early last year, we felt that we were at a pretty good place to package this up and offer it as a commercial system in addition to continuing to use it internally,” Meir said in a recent interview with The Mortgage Note. NestRange was…

Meet The GenZer Focused On Multi-Family Properties In 2023

By KIMBERLEY HAAS The 26-year-old CEO of Alpha Capital Funds has plans to buy multi-family properties throughout the state of Connecticut with the goal of acquiring 500 units by the end of 2023. Tyler Smith, who says he was always hustling, started his career investing in real estate when he was still a student at Quinnipiac University in New Haven. “I was putting myself through school,” Smith said during a recent interview with The Mortgage Note. “I came across real estate.” Smith said he was 20 years old when he closed his first deal. Over time, his original company, Quick Cash for CT Houses, grew. “Once I started doing a lot more deals I scaled the company up. We were…

Compass Cuts More Jobs As 2023 Outlook Dims

New York-based real estate brokerage Compass Inc. announced a third round of layoffs Thursday as part of its ongoing cost-cutting strategy in the face of a housing slowdown. Compass CEO Robert Reffkin has made major investments in technology as part of its business strategy in the competitive residential brokerage industry. According to reports, the cuts will leave the tech side of the company largely untouched. The layoffs, which began last June, are part of what Reffkin has said will be a $320 million cost-cutting plan. Compass is a major player in some large urban markets like New York and Los Angeles, with more than $250 billion in sales in 2021, according to RealTrends. However, over the past six weeks, the…

Flyhomes Announces Two Exec Hires

Real estate and mortgage brokerage Flyhomes announced two new executive hires. Andrea Collins and Dan Richards joined the company, which offers buying and selling services as well as in-house finances, as Chief Marketing Officer and Executive Vice President of Mortgage. Both will serve on the Flyhomes Executive Committee and report to co-founder and CEO Tushar Garg. “Bringing in the level of experience and expertise Andrea and Dan possess to Marketing and Mortgage, respectively, fills key roles within our executive team and will empower us to drive major facets of the business in 2023,” Garg said in a press release.  Collins will lead the marketing team, working to increase Flyhome’s demand through brand amplification, communications, and market strategy. She joins the…

Real Estate Professionals Face Prison Time For Allegedly Rigging Bids At Farmland Auction

By KIMBERLEY HAAS Two Kentucky real estate professionals who allegedly conspired to rig bids for farmland and timber rights each face up to 10 years in prison and a $1 million fine. Barry Dyer and Mackie Shelton allegedly rigged the bids for hundreds of acres of farmland and a tract of timber rights during an auction in April of 2018. The auction took place in Allen County, Kentucky. The bidding reached a point where the only participants were Dyer, Shelton, and two men who had leased the farm together to grow tobacco, according to an article by Bill Estep at the Lexington Herald Leader. Officials at the U.S. Department of Justice claim Dyer and Shelton demanded $40,000 from these competing…

Price Growth Cooled Again In September But Remains Strong In Southeastern States

Home price growth cooled again in September, increasing only 11.4%, according to CoreLogic’s Home Price Index. This is the fifth month of lower YOY growth. Two-thirds of American metros saw at least some month-over-month declines as well, contributing to a 0.5% national decrease from August. Southeastern states continued to see higher price appreciation than other areas. Florida topped the list for the eighth straight month with 23% growth, followed by South Carolina (+17.6%) and Tennessee (+17.4%). Washington, D.C. ranked last with only 1.8% appreciation. “The rapid increase in prices during the COVID-19 pandemic caused many U.S. housing markets to reach completely unaffordable levels for potential local homebuyers,” said Selma Hepp, interim Lead of the Office of the Chief Economist at…

Peachtree Group Adds To Exec Team

Atlanta-based Peachtree Group has promoted Brian Waldman to chief investment officer and appointed Jeremy Stoler to EVP, debt capital markets, the company announced in a press release. Waldman will manage the company’s multi-billion-dollar investment portfolio and investment strategies across its distinct operating, lending, and real estate divisions. He brings two decades of experience to the position, including Managing Director and Head of Capital Markets for Beacon Property Members, where he executed capital markets and other advisory assignments with an asset value of more than $8 billion. He joined Peachtree in 2015. During his tenure, he has overseen transactions grossing about $6 billion. “Brian has extensive investment and portfolio management experience and an in-depth understanding of the investment process. We are…

Volume Of Home Price Drops Up 95% YOY

Home price drops are up more than 95% from last year as the market cooldown continues into fall, according to HouseCanary’s latest Market Pulse report. The report compares data between August 2021 and August 2022 and is an ongoing review of insights from HouseCanary’s platform. The data shows that the monthly nationwide supply continues shrinking as interest rates increase. Combined with seasonal slowdown after the spring and summer buying seasons, net new listing volume and contract volume fell YOY across all price points. “The nationwide supply shortage accelerated by the Fed’s rate hikes and economic concerns persisted through the end of the summer despite a slight increase in inventory back in June,” said Jeremy Sicklick, Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer…

Housing Starts Plummeted In July

Homebuilding plummeted in July as both homebuyers and sellers continue to lose confidence in the market. Housing starts fell by a shocking 9.6% to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 1.446 million units last month, according to new data released by the Commerce Department.  This is their lowest rate since February 2021 and significantly below market expectations of 1.53 million. Last month’s revised data put starts at a rate of 1.599 million units. A drop this big suggests the housing market still has room to contract in the third quarter of this year. Ian Shepherdson of Pantheon Macroeconomics called the data “terrible” in a tweet Tuesday. Single-family starts fell 10.1%, their lowest in two years, while starts for units in…

Radius Opens In-House Mortgage Firm

Real estate brokerage Radius has launched an in-house mortgage firm in California, the company announced in a press release. Radius Mortgage is intended to provide real estate professionals and California homebuyers with a simple, transparent solution for mortgage lending. The software allows agents to track and update documents and information on their client dashboards. It also features a dedicated team for supporting agents. “We’re building Radius Mortgage from the ground up to be a premier lender in California,” said Sam Kasle, Radius’ Chief Revenue Officer.  “For far too long, the lending process has been frustrating and burdensome for agents and their clients alike. By keeping cost structures low and bringing transparency to the entire lending process, we hope to help…