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As a commercial real estate entrepreneur, my job involves a lot of traveling and networking. I often find myself at receptions, cocktail in hand, introducing myself and explaining what I do. And when I explain that my startup is disrupting the commercial real estate lending industry, it’s not uncommon for me to get a few raised eyebrows to what many perceive to be a male-dominated field.

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Co-founder and CEO Yulia Yaani and co-founder and CTO Masha Sharma are working to create the top destination to connect borrowers and lenders.

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Want to stay at the forefront of the latest commercial real estate (CRE) trends? One of the best ways to gain insight into the CRE industry is to hear what top real estate experts say about highly-debated topics and the latest news. Here are 15 CRE influencers you should follow on LinkedIn and Twitter.

Jonathan Schultz

Real Estate and CRE tech investor, Jonathan Schultz has combined his passions for real estate and technology as the Co-Founder of Onyx Equities. Jon is known as a pioneer and thought-leader in the CRE tech space and has invested in more than 8 tech startups. He has also helped foster a new culture of tech-savviness and awareness in the commercial real estate space.

Connect with Jon on LinkedIn and follow him on Twitter @JonSchultz_Onyx

Adrian Provost

Adrian Provost is an award-winning investment sales advisor, real estate broker, author, property developer, real estate investor, and media personality. As an investor, Adrian transforms decrepit apartment buildings into ultra-contemporary millennial driven short-term, long-term, and shared-living landmarks throughout the Southeast.

Connect with Adrian on LinkedIn and follow him on Twitter @adrian_provost

Michael Beckerman

Michael Beckerman is a leader in the commercial real estate tech sector. He entered the sector in 2012 after a 25-year career in commercial real estate public relations, in which he started and built Beckerman Public Relations into one of the largest firms in the country before eventually selling the agency. Michael now serves as CEO of CRETech, the largest event, data and content platform in the commercial real estate tech sector.

Connect with Michael on LinkedIn and follow him on Twitter @m_beckerman

Eran Polack

Eran Polack is an established entrepreneur with a long history of successful real estate ventures in Eastern Europe, Israel, and the United States. His strength is the early identification of up-and-coming regions, developing projects tailored for that area. His diverse portfolio includes small, luxury residential buildings along with large apartment buildings linked to extensive commercial space.

Connect with Eran on LinkedIn and follow him on Twitter @eranpolack

Connell McGill

Connell McGill has built companies around new ideas and innovative technologies. His goal is to leverage his abilities in entrepreneurship to one day have a tremendous positive impact on the world. Currently, he leads a company called Enertiv that streamlines building operations for the largest, most innovative commercial real estate portfolios in the world.

Connect with Connell on LinkedIn and follow him on Twitter @ConnellMcGill

Adam Stanley

Adam Stanley is the Global CIO and Chief Digital Officer at Cushman & Wakefield and is responsible for the technology, data, and innovation strategy for all of Cushman across multiple geographies, markets and service lines. Adam is a results-driven business partner with a Wharton MBA and over 20 years of achievement in driving value from technology investments.

Connect with Adam on LinkedIn and follow him on Twitter @ALSWharton

Howard Kline

Since 2010, Kline has hosted CRE Radio & TV and has produced numerous webinars, podcasts and other live-streaming events. He recently formed the Las Vegas Business Journal, which will focus on business webinars, podcasts, and other live-streaming events.

Connect with Howard on LinkedIn and follow him on Twitter @CREradio

Linda Day Harrison

Linda Day Harrison is the founder of theBrokerList, which was developed to connect CRE brokers with a network of verified CRE professionals. Known as the Switzerland of CRE, theBrokerList brings together both large and small companies no matter their affiliation and at no cost to brokers.

Connect with Linda on LinkedIn and follow her on Twitter @theBrokerList

Barbi Reuter

Barbi Reuter is a high-energy executive with 20+ years of senior leadership experience in commercial real estate services. She is a collaborative, solutions-oriented leader in both profit-driven and non-profit organizations known for authenticity, diplomacy, relationship-building, and inspiring team and individual performance.

Connect with Barbi on LinkedIn and follow her on Twitter @BarbiReuter

Jeremy Neuer

Jeremy Neuer is the co-lead for CBRE’s Capital Markets Group in New Jersey, focusing on office and retail properties. He is also an active blogger (www.NeuerSpace.com) and is considered a thought leader in the CRE tech space.

Connect with Jeremy on LinkedIn and follow him on Twitter @JNeuer19

Elie Finegold

Elie Finegold is an experienced entrepreneur, corporate strategist, and senior executive at the intersection of Real Estate and Technology. He is also experienced in investing, developing, M&A and building companies in both real estate and tech.

Connect with Elie on LinkedIn and follow him on Twitter @ElieFinegold

Duke Long

Duke Long has been called the most quotable person in commercial real estate and was named one of the top 5 most influential real estate tech people of all time. He brings a fresh and entertaining angle to the industry’s news, events and hot-button issues.

Connect with Duke on LinkedIn and follow him on Twitter @dukelong

Coy Davidson

Coy Davidson has over 27 years of experience in commercial real estate specializing in corporate real estate services, occupier services, transaction management, and healthcare real estate services. He also publishes a nationally-recognized CRE Blog called The Tenant Advisor.

Connect with Coy on LinkedIn and follow him on Twitter @CoyDavidsonCRE

Masha Sharma

Masha Sharma has over 20 years of experience building technology products. She has innovated commercial real estate lending by building RealAtom, a SaaS platform for commercial real estate loans.

Connect with Masha on LinkedIn and follow her on Twitter @genideva

Pete Asmus

Pete Asmus is the CEO and Fund Manager for GREENZONE 360 Asset Management. He is a real estate investor, speaker, award-winning radio host, editor, and author. Pete has built a database of over 3.3M investors and owns one of the largest groups on LinkedIn totaling more than 1.1M investors.

Connect with Pete on LinkedIn and follow him on Twitter @PeteAsmus

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The Washington, D.C. metropolitan area — including Maryland and Virginia — has seen its commercial real estate market thrive in recent quarters. The region has quickly become one of the booming markets in the country, rivaling West Coast CRE powerhouses such as San Francisco, Los Angeles and Seattle.

In fact, some investors believe that downtown Washington, D.C. is the top commercial real estate market in the country, due in part to retail occupancy in the greater metropolitan area increasing to over 90%. Lease rates are also on the rise due to an increase in demand, while a volatile stock market has seen investors place bets on real estate, lower capitalization rates.

Some of the areas in the larger D.C. region that are experiencing the most CRE development include suburban Virginia, including the counties of Loudoun, Fauquier and Prince William. This is due in part to how densely some of these areas are, encouraging retailers to add more stores, including new Home Depot and Kmart locations.

The office market is also slated to recovery in the D.C. area following a decline in lease rates in northern Virginia of roughly 30% since peaking back in 2000. Office lease rates have also taken a hit in Washington, D.C. and suburban Maryland. Nevertheless, a number of office space developments are on the pipeline, which should help stop the bleeding and usher the region into a new era of prosperity.

Such developments include Titan Corp. and Unisys Corp. signing roughly 280,000 square feet each in Reston, Virginia, as well as the U.S. Office of Army Administration recently leasing 525,000 square feet in Crystal City, Virginia. Expect areas outside the Beltway in suburban Maryland and northern Virginia to take a little longer to fully recover.

Investors are most excited about the area’s waterfront neighborhoods, which have become office markets in recent years. Tenants from the Central Business District have been moving to these areas thanks to deals such as the Chemonics International agreement with Forest City to lease up to 290,000 square feet for an office building in Southeast D.C.’s Capitol Riverfront neighborhood.

The company will consolidate its two downtown D.C. offices and Crystal City office into the new building. Plus, the D.C. Council approved a $5.2 million property tax break for Chemonics, which should encourage other businesses to move their offices to the area.

Naturally, the D.C. area will be disrupted by the creation of Amazon’s new headquarters in Northern Virginia. The building will bring with it 25,000 highly-technical workers in the tech industry, as well as millions of dollars that will be injected into nearby regions, leading to a more highly gentrified Arlington.

The creation of Amazon HQ2 will likely increase the prices of residential and multifamily homes for both investors and those seeking to rent. On average, these Amazon workers will be earning $150,000, which is close to 50% above the median household income for Arlington ($108,706 in 2016) and close to double the D.C. one ($75,506 in 2016), likely resulting in poorer families being pushed out.

However, the Amazon project will also bring with it billions in taxpayer-funded subsidies. This means that Virginia officials have said that they will shell out $819 million to help create tens of thousands of jobs in the Arlington area. Nevertheless, part of these taxes will be paid by Virginia’s Coal Country, which has families that are struggling economically.

In addition to office spaces, it is also an exciting time for the space of multifamily properties, due in large part to how the employment picture is looking in the greater D.C. area. The region is experiencing an increase in job creation in a number of high-wage industries such as government, engineering and defense contractors.

Late last year, Cushman & Wakefield named metro D.C. as one of the top 25 tech markets in the country, as it has the second-most workers in the tech space with 312,430 workers. This is due in part to the growing number of tech policymakers gaining employment in the area, as well as the increase in cybersecurity investing taking place.

These factors have propelled the multifamily space in the area as more well-educated and technically proficient workers with stable jobs are moving to D.C. This led to unit prices growing from $42,600 during the second quarter of 2017 to $76,500 by the second quarter of 2018. Transactions such as the $130 million sales of the 1,119-unit Berkshire Towers in Silver Spring helped to propel the CRE market forward last year.

The number of new apartment homes that were to be constructed in 2018 also increased by about 2,000 when compared to 2017, although vacancy rates did increase slightly last year. Nevertheless, this figure is still lower than in most major CRE markets. Plus, Marcus & Millichap saw rent increasing by 4% last year, making the multifamily space a coveted one for owners and investors.

However, these increases in rent prices and construction for new multifamily properties have displaced previous tenants with older buildings being torn down. Middle-class families have had a hard time finding affordable housing over the last year.

While there is no easy solution at the moment, JBG Smith and the Federal City Council rolled out the Washington Housing Initiative to preserve and build roughly 2,000 workforce-level housing units in the D.C. area. Investors from PGIM Real Estate, Starwood Capital and others have also been investing in the development of Class-B and workforce-level apartments.

The CRE space in the metro D.C. area is especially exciting for investors and owners seeking to capitalize on the explosion of multifamily spaces for highly-trained professionals, as well as office spaces for these same workers. However, the area’s government will have to figure out a way to make life affordable for existing residents without displacing them moving forward.

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You manage lots of important projects in your portfolio – from evaluating potential acquisitions to refinancing existing properties. You get multiple emails from lenders containing questions, quotes, negotiations, term sheets and everything in between.  You and your teammates diligently try to record all activities in multiple excel spreadsheets, respond to an obscene number of emails, and collect and send documents for underwriting and closing. Try as you might, the work it takes to keep up with your deals can become unmanageable. That’s why we’ve created a way for you to manage all of these tasks in one place. We’re excited to announce that now you can see portfolio-level analytics and activity per deal directly on your RealAtom dashboard.

Get the latest information faster

By reviewing your dashboard, you can easily see lenders’ most recent activity without having to sort through emails or remember if you responded.  Your personalized dashboard will always contain the most recent action items. We have included the following notifications:

  • New questions
  • New document requests
  • New offers or lender negotiations
  • New term sheets

Portfolio-level analytics give you groundbreaking intelligence in a single command center interface.  As an operator, you will always know how attractive your projects are from a lender’s perspective, what range of terms your projects receive, and this is just the beginning.

We’d love to hear how you’re using RealAtom dashboard and what other analytics we can add to make it more helpful. Share with us in the chat!

If you’re ready to review your debt portfolio performance, log in to your account and get started. Or if you’re new to RealAtom, start your free trial and see how you can get analytics and actionable tasks from your debt pipeline. 

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I am ecstatic to announce that RealAtom was featured on Product Hunt!  We hope you will connect with us on ProductHunt and give us your feedback and your support.

We believe people are happier and more productive when they can utilize online tools in all aspects of their business and personal life.  Until now, when working on a CRE loan you were expected to maintain personal relationships in the industry while still dialing for dollars, sending thousands of emails, copy/pasting into Excel sheets.

Shouldn’t there be a faster way? Shouldn’t personal relationships be more fun and intellectually stimulating?  Shouldn’t there be a tool to help you manage your CRE lending transactions in the most efficient way, soup to nuts? Shouldn’t your data be accurate  no matter how much time it’s been? We believe it should, and we are applying the best user experience and engineering principles to enrich personal relationships with technology. We looked at how people interact in person, via email, and voice and found ways for you to do it online while retaining all the transaction data with pristine accuracy.  It’s a whole new experience that you’ll love.

Check us out on Product Hunt ->

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I am ecstatic to announce that RealAtom has launched on Product Hunt today!  We hope you will connect with us on ProductHunt and give us your feedback and your support.

We believe people are happier and more productive when they can utilize online tools in all aspects of their business and personal life.  Until now, when working on a CRE loan you were expected to maintain personal relationships in the industry while still dialing for dollars, sending thousands of emails, copy/pasting into Excel sheets.

Should’t there be a faster way? Shouldn’t personal relationships be more fun, and intellectually stimulating?  Shouldn’t there be a tool to help you manage your CRE lending transactions in the most efficient way, soup to nuts? Shouldn’t your data be accurate, no matter how much time it’s been. We believe it should, and we are applying best user experience and engineering principles to enrich personal relationships with technology.  We looked at how people interact with each other in person, via email, and voice and found ways for you to do it online while retaining all the data about the transaction with pristine accuracy.  It’s a whole new experience that you’ll love.

Check us on Product Hunt ->

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RealAtom by Vivi Li - 3M ago

It may have taken a while, but technology is changing the commercial real estate industry and promises to do so in ways that will render unrecognizable tomorrow. RealAtom is mentioned in the article as one of the most popular new firms for online lending.

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We are very grateful to have a place on this list with so many awesome DC-area startups!

About the realLIST 2019: “The Washington, D.C. startup scene continues to grow, and we’re definitely noticing. After digging back through our own archive of startup coverage and receiving suggestions from the local tech community, we are confident these are the tech startups to follow in 2019.” By Technical.ly DC

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Vlog series #4 Export Thoughts on Amazon's HQ2 moving to Northern VA - YouTube

Our CRE industry expert interviews conclude (for now!) with Roadside Development LLC‘s Richard Lake who is looking forward to the positive impacts of Amazon HQ2 on our local DMV marketplace. Check out our video to learn more and hear about their exciting redevelopment project of the Fannie Mae building in DC!

Christian:                      00:03                Hello everyone, Christian Gorissen with RealAtom. I’m here with Richard Lake from Roadside Development.

Richard:                        00:07                Nice to see you, Christian.

Christian:                      00:07                Nice seeing you. Richard, can you give us a little bit of a background on Roadside?

Richard:                        00:12                Sure, sure. So Roadside Development is a DC-based development company. You got its roots started off doing retail leasing and development, and then grew into a mixed-use project. And now we’re about to start our biggest project, which is a 1.2 million square foot redevelopment of a formal Fannie Mae, a headquarter building on Wisconsin Avenue in DC.

Christian:                      00:31                Yeah, that’s an incredible building. Richard, curious to hear your opinion on the Amazon HQ move here to the region and how it’s going to be an effect.

Richard:                        00:39                Well, I mean I think anytime an entity like Amazon chooses your marketplace to make this second home will quickly make it their first home, is a great confidence builder for the entire marketplace. So you know, in any way Amazon being in Arlington or wherever they decided to be posting them Washington metropolitan area, it’s going to positively impact our experience. It’s going to bring a great workforce. It’s going to help stabilize some buildings. It’s going to put us additionally on the map or more. You know, DC was constantly trying to distance herself from just being a government town that in all these other industries. So having Amazon added itself to a list of other companies that decided to make Washington its home is wonderful.

Christian:                      01:27                Great. Richard. Thank you very much. Good luck in your Fannie Mae devolvement. They’re exciting and thank you for coming.

Richard:                        01:31                Thank you. My pleasure. Thank you.

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