With platform that improves closing, the tech-driven brokerage will provide unequalled search-to-close experience for homebuyers and realtors
TORONTO and NEW YORK and MIAMI, Jan. 21, 2022 /CNW/ -- The Real Brokerage Inc. ("Real" or the "Company") (TSXV: REAX) (NASDAQ: REAX), an international, technology-powered real estate brokerage, today announced that it has completed the acquisition of 100% of the issued and outstanding equity interests of Expetitle, Inc. ("Expetitle") pursuant to a stock purchase agreement dated January 20, 2022 (the "Transaction"), creating an enhanced technology-driven experience from search to close for realtors and their customers.
Expetitle has developed technology that simplifies the paper-intensive and time-intensive title and eEscrow process, reducing errors and saving time. Agents can navigate the entire closing experience in a few clicks using Expetitle's mobile app.
"We are so excited to be joining Real. Their mission of bringing more technology to the home-purchase experience aligns perfectly with our focus on bringing technology to the closing," said Sean Daly, Expetitle's founder and CEO. "Together, Real and Expetitle can help the real estate industry for the benefit of everyone."
"I am excited to welcome Sean and the Expetitle team to the Real family. Expetitle's innovative approach to title and closing is synergetic with Real's mission to improve both the agent and consumer experience in the real estate industry," said Real's founder and CEO Tamir Poleg. "Joining forces will allow us to expedite our efforts towards creating a more convenient, transparent and faster home buying experience for our agents' clients."
The aggregate purchase price for 100% of the issued and outstanding equity interests of Expetitle was for aggregate cash consideration US$8.232 million, with US$7.432 million payable in cash at the closing of the Transaction and US$800,000 subject to escrow, that will be released after twelve (12) months upon the satisfaction or waiver of certain terms and conditions.
In connection with the Transaction, Real also granted an aggregate of 700,000 incentive stock options ("Options") and an aggregate of 1.1 million restricted share units ("RSUs") to members of the Expetitle team pursuant to Real's Amended and Restated Stock Option Plan and Restricted Share Unit Plan. The Options will vest quarterly over 3 years and are exercisable for a period of 3 years at $3.60 per share. The RSUs will vest quarterly over 3 years.
Founded in January 2019, Expetitle (www.expetitle.com) was born out of the LAB Ventures startup studio. Expetitle is a limited liability company incorporated under the laws of Delaware. It is a multi-state title company, operating in Florida, Georgia, and Texas, that delivers fully digital and hybrid closings through one secure collaborative platform that adds transparency to the entire closing process. Expetitle's mission is to provide a better, transparent closing experience for buyers, sellers, and their agents and brokers. Today's consumer is used to doing everything on their phone in real-time, why should buying a home be any different?
Real (www.joinreal.com) is a technology-powered real estate brokerage operating in 40 U.S. states, the District of Columbia and Canada. Real is building the future, together with more than 3,700 agents and their clients. Real creates financial opportunities for agents through better commission splits, best-in-class technology, revenue sharing and equity incentives.
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