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5 at 5: Your Daily Digest for Real Estate Investing, 07/27/2020

Jul 27, 2020 by Marc Rapport

Black Knight and Optimal Blue, office space subleases a growing thing, South Florida crushed by coronavirus, building for middle-income seniors, and profitable investing for social gain.

In Today’s News

Black Knight to Boost Origination Offerings With Optimal Blue Buy

Black Knight Inc. (NYSE: BKI) will pay $1.8 billion for Optimal Blue with plans to integrate that company’s mortgage marketplace platform into Black Knight’s own Compass Analytics business.

Why it matters: Black Knight already is a major player in real estate data analytics, and now by adding Optimal Blue’s product, pricing and eligibility tools creates significant cross-sell possibilities with tools already in use by about 3,500 brokers and other service providers.

Office Space Subleases on the Rise as Economy Reels

This roundup from National Real Estate Investor says San Francisco is seeing the most effect from office space downsizing but others are right behind, including Nashville, Austin, Denver and in and around New York City.

Why it matters: The pandemic has forced workers home and employers to reassess their space needs. How permanent and pervasive this phenomenon will be remains to be seen, but property owners may well have to discount to get tenants into these suddenly empty spaces.

South Florida Retail Reeling from Coronavirus

Commercial real estate managers and investors had some tough news to share about what they’re seeing around them and in their own portfolios in a webinar hosted by Shopping Center Business. Falling rents is just the beginning.

Why it matters: What’s happening in South Florida is what’s also happening in other markets where the pandemic is still spreading by leaps and bounds. And it’s a preview of what could happen in places where it hasn’t been out of control, yet, or where it was and could be again.

Addressing the Needs of Middle-Income Seniors

How can the homebuilding industry serve the "missing middle" of seniors have too much income to qualify for public assistance but not enough for high-end senior housing and personal services? According to this interesting, well-researched piece in the NAHB’s 55+ Housing Magazine, start with affordable land, efficient construction, and amenities and layouts that make sense for this group.

Why it matters: This is a big demographic with the income to invest in their own future if it’s at a price point they can afford. This piece lays out how to hit that sweet spot.

Today on Millionacres

Real Estate Investing with a Positive Environmental and Social Impact

Millionacres’ Liz Brumer details some whys and hows of sustainable, responsible and impact (SRI) investing that may well be more than just a feel-good fad as socially conscious investors make their own market moves.

Why it matters: Millennials with money are going to make a huge difference in markets of all kinds in the years to come. Investors who know where and when that’ll happen will stand to do well while doing good.

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Marc Rapport has no position in any of the stocks mentioned. The Motley Fool has no position in any of the stocks mentioned. The Motley Fool has a disclosure policy.

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