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Knock Home Swap™ Now Available in Miami, Fort Lauderdale and West Palm Beach

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NEW YORK, Dec. 3, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — Homeowners in Miami, Fort Lauderdale, West Palm Beach and other parts of southeast Florida now have the certainty of being able to buy the home they want before selling their old one. Starting today, homeowners in these markets can take advantage of the Knock Home Swap to get pre-funded for a competitively priced mortgage from Knock to buy their new home, avoiding prep work and showings while selling their house on the open market for the maximum price.

With today's launch, the Home Swap is now available to homeowners in the three largest metros in Florida, including Miami/Fort Lauderdale, Orlando and Tampa, and a total of 14 markets nationwide.

“We're excited to expand the Knock Home Swap to the Miami, Fort Lauderdale and West Palm Beach markets,” said Knock Co-Founder & CEO Sean Black. “At Knock, we are committed to helping people move more freely. The Home Swap is the perfect product in today's highly competitive real estate market. It provides the certainty of being able to make a strong non-contingent offer on the home you want as well as the convenience of moving before listing a fully prepped home on the open market.”

Knock is partnering with The Keyes Company and The Signature Real Estate Companies to enable homeowners throughout southeast Florida to “swap” their current house for their dream home.

“Throughout our 94-year history, we have strived to deliver cutting-edge tools for our 3,000-plus associates and clients. In this low inventory market, Knock Home Swap gives our sellers the edge in buying their dream home while allowing them to control their sales process,” said Mike Pappas, President and CEO of The Keyes Company.

“The Knock Home Swap is a valuable tool that gives our agents a competitive edge in helping our customers buy and sell homes within their comfort zone quickly,” said Ben G. Schachter, Broker-President and Principal of The Signature Real Estate Companies. “Our nearly 1,400 Signature agents are buying into the Knock Home Swap, because it's consistent with our own historic white-glove, concierge customer service.”

Offered through local real estate professionals who have been trained as Knock Certified Agents, the Knock Home Swap provides a fully integrated and competitively priced mortgage, an interest-free bridge loan to cover the down payment on the new home as well as mortgage payments and up to $25,000 for home prep and repairs on the old house.

With the Home Swap, consumers immediately take ownership and begin earning equity in their new home. Once settled, they are able to prep and repair their old house so they can sell it for the highest possible price. As part of its Home Prep Concierge, Knock provides access to its approved contractor network and manages the payment of all bills upon client-approved completion of work. Additionally, Knock provides a backup offer on the old house in the unlikely event that it doesn't sell within six months. Ninety percent of Knock homes sell in 90 days or less. 

The Knock Home Swap is expanding to new markets rapidly. The program launched in Atlanta, Dallas-Fort Worth and Phoenix less than six months ago in July 2020 in partnership with three brokerage firms. Today, it is available in Austin, Texas; Charlotte, N.C.; Denver; Fort Lauderdale, Fla.; Houston; Miami; Orlando, Fla.; Raleigh, N.C.; San Antonio, Tampa and West Palm Beach, Fla., through 60 brokerage firms with more than 35,000 agents. The company plans to expand to at least 21 markets by mid-2021.

About Knock
Knock makes it easy for consumers to swap their current house for their dream home. With the Knock Home Swap™, homeowners get the certainty of buying the new home they want first and the convenience of selling the old one after, while saving money in the process. Knock pioneered the Home Trade-In in 2017, and perfected it in 2020 with the launch of the Home Swap. Today, homeowners work with the local Knock Certified Agent of their choice to buy and move into their new home before selling their old one. They skip the hassles of living through repairs and showings, pay only one mortgage at a time and have home prep covered upfront so their old house sells on the market for the highest possible price.

Launched in 2015 by founding team members of Trulia.com, Knock has raised more than $600 million in debt and equity from top tier investors, including RRE Ventures, Foundry Group, Redpoint, Greycroft, Corazon Capital, Correlation Ventures, Great Oaks Venture Capital and FJ Labs. The company is headquartered in New York and San Francisco and offers the Home Swap in 14 markets with more cities on the way. Learn more at www.knock.com.

About The Keyes Company
Independently-owned and operated since 1926, The Keyes Company is a leader in the real estate industry. Keyes completed a merger with Illustrated Properties in July 2016. Following the merger, Keyes has 58 offices, more than 3,000 Associates and nearly $7 billion in annual real estate sales and services. Keyes' offices are distributed throughout six counties – Miami-Dade, Broward, Palm Beach, Martin, St. Lucie, and Volusia. Keyes expands our Associates' reach globally as a Founding Member and Shareholder of Leading Real Estate Companies of the World®. The Keyes Company offers a suite of resources to cover whatever needs arise while buying or selling a home. Mortgage, title, insurance and property management needs can all be managed in-house, allowing Keyes to close deals with speed and efficiency while giving clients valuable access to the professionals responsible for the specific service lines.

About The Signature Real Estate Companies
The Signature Real Estate Companies (“Signature”) is one of the nation's leading independent real estate brokerages since 2006, spanning Florida, Washington, and Idaho, and stands as Boca Raton's #1 brokerage for transaction volume four years running. With a sales force exceeding 1,400 REALTORS® and a staff of 40 managers, trainers and industry specialists, Signature has pioneered the “agent-centric” method for concierge distinction in completing successful residential and commercial real estate transactions. Unique to the Signature brand are company affiliates that deliver: title/closings, background screenings, commission advances, home warranties, insurances, mortgages, construction, senior placements, moving and storage, and professional real estate photography.

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Bonitasoft Sets New Standard for Open Source Digital Process Automation, Delivering Innovation for Project Collaboration and Governance

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Bonitasoft, open source digital process automation company, today announced a significant milestone in the democratization of process automation technologies. To meet the growing need for seamless collaboration and governance between business and IT for process automation projects everywhere, Bonitasoft has open-sourced an unprecedented number of features in this major product release.

Process automation continues to present growing challenges for enterprises, and for the business and IT teams who are responsible for delivering automation projects. To meet the demands of mission-critical projects in todays digital enterprise, full cooperation and IT-business teamwork all the way down and through the organization is more important than ever. However, the trend to low code solutions to allow more independence for citizen developers can take collaboration in the wrong direction, adding governance and maintainability issues. Establishing the rules and policies of corporate and project governance is a mutual responsibility, as is the implementation of corporate guardrails via technology in automation projects of all sizes.

With the Bonita 2021.1 release, Bonitasoft has unified development tools between open source and commercial editions of Bonita Platform to allow process automation teams and organizations to adopt and use open source technology that adapts to their individual project governance needs.

Bonitasoft offers an alternative to separating professional developer from citizen developer work, by including both visual programming and coding on the same platform. True collaboration from project conception to production, monitoring, and continuous improvement is now possible for process automation teams. This unique approach to low-code in a DPA platform allows professional developers to externalize the code and give them the freedom to continue to use their existing tools while ensuring a smooth collaboration and project governance with citizen developers that will leverage visual programming capabilities of Bonita.

Together with this major platform release, Bonitasoft also announces today brand-new turn-key services packages that are specifically intended to help speed up project implementation and production upgrades for process automation teams. These packages are built on top of the commercial edition of the platform, which already includes additional capabilities to secure, scale, monitor and continuously improve process automation projects. Bonita Enterprise – on premise or on the Cloud – is the ideal choice to get started rapidly with a first process automation implementation and to upgrade painlessly to the latest version of the solution.

We want to boost process automatization adoption through the democratization of DPA, as we did 12 years ago with the democratization of BPM, and at the same time, greatly simplify upgrades and downgrades between the Community and commercial Enterprise editions of Bonita, says Miguel Valds Faura, Bonitasoft founder and CEO. We were founded as a company on a commitment to open source, and we want anyone to be able to build an automation project on the Bonita platform.

Bonitas visual programming capabilities include process modeling using the BPMN2 standard, a graphical editor with guidance and auto-completion, a shared repository, and multiple options to define and enforce business rules, including ones intended to support project governance. Wizards and guidance windows help the business user with some technical configurations, including connectors to Salesforce CRM, UIPath RPA, SAP, multiple databases including Oracle, and more.

For developers, Bonita offers extensive coding capabilities through archetypes (coding patterns or templates) so they can fully extend the automation project by integrating Bonita with other enterprise information systems using REST and custom connectors, by customizing user interfaces, and more. This separation allows developers to code extensions outside of Bonita so development teams everywhere are free to use any development tools they already use, and are comfortable and efficient with, instead of limiting them only to the tools provided natively with Bonita.

In addition to the new Software Development Kits that allow developers to create and test extension points, Bonita users can now reuse and extend Bonita Portal in their applications. This end user interface has been split into two unique Bonita applications (User App, Admin App) that can be used as is or customized with the natively provided UIDesigner.

About Bonitasoft

Bonitasoft fully supports digital operations and modernization of information systems with Bonita, an open-source and extensible platform for automation and optimization of business processes. The Bonita platform accelerates development and production with a clear separation between visual programming and coding capabilities. Bonita integrates with existing information systems, orchestrates heterogeneous systems and provides deep visibility across all enterprise processes.

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MEDIA ALERT – Wolters Kluwer examines taxpayer considerations ahead of the upcoming tax season start date

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Wolters Kluwer Tax & Accounting:

What: The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) announced that it will start accepting and processing 2020 tax returns on February 12, 2021. It stated that the start date was selected to ensure the security and readiness of key tax processing systems and to address the potential impact of recent tax legislation on 2020 tax returns. The Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2021, enacted on December 27, 2020, included many tax provisions with a potential impact on 2020 tax returns.

  • In 2020, the January 27 start date was impacted by the passage of the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2020, enacted late in 2019
  • In 2019, the January 28 start date was impacted by the government shutdown
  • In 2018, the January 29 start date was impacted by the passage of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, enacted late in 2017

Why: The start date is important for taxpayers looking to receive tax refunds as soon as possible and for tax return preparers looking to balance workload during the tax filing season. Factors to consider with the announced start date include the following.

  • Year-end tax changes with a potential impact on 2020 tax returns include: additional economic stimulus payments; allowing the employee retention credit even if you have a Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loan forgiven; deducting PPP expenses; allowing 2019 Adjusted Gross Income for the Earned Income Tax Credit or Additional Child Tax Credit; disaster relief; 30-year depreciation of residential rental property; and Covid-related expenses qualifying for the educator expense deduction
  • Many of the tax changes enacted in 2020 could also impact 2018 and 2019 tax returns, so 2018 and 2019 amended tax returns should also be considered
  • Some forms that taxpayers should start assembling for tax return preparation include: Form W-2; various Form 1099s, including the new Form 1099-NEC for non-employee compensation and Form 1099-G for certain government payments, such as unemployment benefits; and Notices 1444 and 1444-B for the recovery rebate credit
  • Besides the new recovery rebate on Line 30 of Form 1040, also new on the form is a move of a virtual currency question to the top of Form 1040; the new charitable deduction for non-itemizers on Line 10b; and the reporting of estimated tax payments on Line 26
  • The IRS is still prohibited by law from issuing tax refunds for tax returns claiming certain tax breaks until February 15, 2021 and estimates refunds for those returns will not be issued until early March
  • The IRS continues to encourage electronic filing of tax returns and choosing direct deposit for faster refunds & more accurate returns
  • The due date for individual tax returns is April 15, 2021, with no additional days due to weekends or holidays this year, although some tax preparers are requesting that, due to the later start date, the due date be correspondingly extended

Wolters Kluwer Tax Briefing: Wolters Kluwer Tax & Accounting published the 2020 Tax Year-In‘Review expert briefing that highlights tax code changes made in 2020 and a look ahead for 2021 and beyond.

Who: Federal tax expert Mark Luscombe, JD, LL.M, CPA, Principal Federal Tax Analyst at Wolters Kluwer Tax & Accounting, is available to discuss issues around the start of tax filing season.

PLEASE NOTE: The content of this article is designed to provide accurate and authoritative information in regard to the subject matter covered. The information is provided with the understanding that Wolters Kluwer Tax & Accounting is not engaged in rendering legal, accounting, or other professional services.

Contact: To arrange interviews with Mark Luscombe and other federal and state tax experts from Wolters Kluwer Tax & Accounting on this or any other tax-related topic, please contact Bart Lipinski.

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Equity Trust Company Launches myEQUITY Connect API to Streamline IRA Investing

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Equity Trust Company (Equity Trust), a leading, technology-enabled financial services company offering alternative asset custody in retirement accounts, announced the launch of myEQUITY Connect, an application programming interface (API) that allows investment platforms, metals dealers, and advisors to integrate with Equity Trust Company to create seamless investor interactions.

The launch of myEQUITY Connect underscores Equity Trusts commitment to the development of best-in-class technology solutions. myEQUITY Connect provides endpoints that deliver connection throughout the entire lifecycle from opening and funding an IRA, to submitting an investment request, as well as real-time access to the data to track and monitor activities and cash availability.

myEQUITY Connect allows for a streamlined and simplified investor experience, said Jessica Hunley, Senior Product Manager, Digital Experience. Allowing for platforms to keep the investor on their site and leverage technology to link systems together and automate the processing of the requests.

Equity Trust anticipates the needs of todays investment platforms, metals dealers, and advisors, helping build important relationships that drive growth in an ever-changing landscape. The API suite will streamline and simplify the investing process for investors by allowing them to stay in one place to direct their IRA funds. Platforms, metals dealers, and advisors have the advantage of developing an experience that allows them to tap into the $11.3 trillion* IRA market. myEQUITY Connect promotes flexibility for partners to select full, end-to-end, or targeted integrations that support reduction in attrition and delays in the handover to IRA custodians with this toolkit.

A new developer portal enables developers to easily access all the APIs available. Through this portal, Equity Trust will provide developers with technical documentation and reference guides to support the API integrations. To get started or for more information about myEQUITY Connect, please visit: https://myequityconnect.com.

*As of September 2020. Investment Company Institute, ici.org

ABOUT EQUITY TRUST COMPANY

Equity Trust Company is a financial services company that enables individual investors and financial professionals to diversify investment portfolios using alternative asset classes such as real estate, tax liens, private equity, cryptocurrency, and precious metals. The Equity Trust family of companies offers custodial services for alternative investments and back-office solutions for Registered Investment Advisors, brokerage services, directed trustee services and more. Equity Trust Company is the trusted custodian and administrator of $28.7 billion in assets on behalf of more than 170,000 clients as of March 1, 2020.

For more information, visit https://www.trustetc.com/. Financial professionals visit https://www.equityinstitutional.com.

Equity Trust Company is a directed custodian and does not provide tax, legal or investment advice. Any information communicated by Equity Trust Company is for educational purposes only, and should not be construed as tax, legal or investment advice. Whenever making an investment decision, please consult with your tax attorney or financial professional.

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