PlaceMKR expands Investments team with U.S. Bank analyst Ignacio de la Morena

PlaceMKR is on a growth spree and has hired top analyst Ignacio de la Morena in the designation of Investment Analyst.

October 14, 2021 – Leading Austin commercial real estate company PlaceMKR is pleased to announce the recent appointment of banking analyst Ignacio de la Morena in the designation of Investment Analyst. Mr. de la Morena previously served in the position of Real Estate Banking Analyst for U.S. Bank and has relocated from Dallas to Austin to join the PlaceMKR team.

At PlaceMKR, Ignacio will support the investment committee with acquisition due diligence, financial underwriting, development feasibility, and capital markets expertise.

An alumnus of McCombs School of Business at The University of Texas at Austin, Ignacio comes with experience in commercial real estate lending as well as investments and legal. He started his career as a Legal Assistant with The Sutton Law Firm focused on civil claims.  Ignacio then worked at a leading law firm in Washington, DC before shifting to Dimensional Fund Advisors in the position of Institutional Services Analyst.  Before joining PlaceMKR, Ignacio worked with U.S. Bank’s Commercial Real Estate team in Dallas where he underwrote construction loans, term loans, and subscription facilities.

The banking and investment analyst pro has been a world-traveler from an early age and lived in four countries across three continents prior to completing his degree at the University of Texas in Austin.

“I am thrilled to join PlaceMKR as its Investment Analyst and I look forward to supporting the company in its growth. PlaceMKR is one of the fastest growing commercial real estate brands in Austin today and the company has grown by leaps and bounds since its inception in 2018.  I feel honored to be a part of such a dynamic team”, stated Ignacio.

Founded in 2018 by real estate expert duo Christopher Cortese and Jesse Weber, PlaceMKR is one of the thriving names in the Austin commercial real estate scene today.  The company acquired its first deal in 2019 and has subsequently built one of the largest pipelines of Opportunity Zone development projects in the Austin Metro.  In addition to ground-up development, the firm is also selectively acquiring cash flowing office, industrial and multifamily assets in high-growth submarkets of Austin.

“We are happy to bring Ignacio back to his home here in Austin.  He brings a strong background of debt and underwriting, with an unmatched attention to detail.  Quite frankly, we were so impressed by Ignacio that we created a position at PlaceMKR specifically for him,” said company co-founder, Christopher Cortese.

PlaceMKR has successfully brought a new edge to the Austin commercial real estate market with its progressive investment strategies and unique understanding of the city’s market and submarket growth trajectories.

“As Austin has emerged as the hottest commercial real estate investment market in the US post-pandemic, we are targeting the best and brightest talent that bring unique, multi-market perspectives. Having spent the majority of his life in Latin America and Europe, Ignacio possesses a global outlook that will help to differentiate our placemaking efforts as Austin matures into an international gateway city,” stated co-founder Jesse Weber.

PlaceMKR is a passionate team of Austin real estate experts who know where the city is growing and believe in community service through community building.  The firm was founded in 2018 to bring a new perspective to commercial real estate investment and development in Austin.  The company stands out with a state-of-the-art multi-faceted approach to the planning, design and management of public spaces that capitalizes on a local community’s assets, inspiration, and potential to create industry-leading public spaces that promote overall wellness and happiness of the residents.

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