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Leading Real Estate Companies of the World now represented in over 70 countries following rapid network expansion in first half of 2018
New members strengthen presence in Asia, Africa, Europe and North America CHICAGO, Ill., USA – (July 3, 2018) – Chicago-based Leading Real Estate Companies of the World® (LeadingRE) has welcomed 16 new members to its global network in the first half of 2018. This expansion continues growth achieved in 2017, which saw 14 market-leading residential companies joining LeadingRE's ranks. With new members in Asia, Europe, Africa and North America, these new additions extend LeadingRE's presence to over 70 countries, with a total of 565 firms and 130,000 sales associates. New 2018 global members are: 77 Great Estates (Sliema, Malta) Abri Group (Accra, Ghana) ANAROCK Property Consultants Private Limited (Gurgaon, India) ANTONIN (Megève, France) Caetano Property (Ponta do Sol, Portugal) DWG Dennis Wee Realty Singapore (Singapore) Elite Propiedades SanFernando (Santander, Spain) INS Brazil (Fortaleza, Brazil) International Property Agent (Tokyo, Japan) Jay Miller Real Estate Ltd. Brokerage (Newmarket, Canada, Ontario) KR Property (Jakarta Pusat, Indonesia) Monaco Properties (Monaco, Monaco) Plaza Homes (Tokyo, Japan) Sanfernando Elite (Santander, Spain) Sense Property Group (Bangkok, Thailand) VINestate (Nha Trang, Vietnam) "We are delighted to welcome such a geographically diverse selection of new global members," said Paul Boomsma, president and CEO of LeadingRE. "With the addition of these market-leading brokerages, LeadingRE has already exceeded 2017's global growth. This positive momentum is a testament to the value and exceptional client experiences our network delivers every day around the globe. Our AESEAN conference in May gave our new members in Indonesia, Thailand, Japan and Singapore the opportunity to share their insights and benefit from a program specifically targeted to address these fast-developing and ever-changing markets. We look forward to their contributions and continued growth in 2018." To learn more about LeadingRE, please visit www.LeadingRE.com.
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Cascade Sotheby's International Realty Launches Asia Desk to Serve Growing Demand for Pacific NW Investment Property
With increased demand for U.S. real estate from foreign buyers—and Oregon in particular—Cascade Sotheby's recruits Michael Zhang to serve Asian markets PORTLAND, ORE. (JUNE 26, 2018) -- With consistent demand for real estate in the Pacific Northwest and a record number of foreign buyers scooping up residential properties, Cascade Sotheby's International Realty has launched an Asia Desk to serve the real estate and relocation needs of Asian buyers. Cascade Sotheby's has appointed a premiere broker and expert in relocation and cross-cultural training, Michael Zhang, to grow that department. A triple threat talent as an elite principal broker, and relocation and cross-cultural training expert, Zhang will be responsible for building the Asia Desk and its myriad services for buyers in Asian markets. He will also collaborate with the Sotheby's International Realty offices in Asia to assist buyers looking for investments in the Pacific Northwest. He has worked with global companies like Boeing, Microsoft, Johnson and Johnson and recently worked as Cross-Cultural Training Consultant for the prestigious CARTUS Global Performance Solutions. Zhang will be joined by his business partner and wife, Vivian Chen, who is expert at marketing to Asian buyers. Chen most recently worked as a senior consultant in Asia Pacific at CartUS and studied at Hamburg University in Germany. She speaks fluent English, Chinese, German and Japanese which will be invaluable to Cascade Sotheby's service to international buyers. "There are many investors in Asian countries who are experiencing new wealth and looking for investment opportunities around the lifestyle and environmental wellness that Oregon and SW Washington have to offer," says Zhang. "These investors love prestigious global brands like Prada, Tiffany's and Sotheby's—the Sotheby's brand positions the Cascade Sotheby's Asia Desk to provide world-class, white glove investment, relocation and cultural integration services these buyers expect. I am delighted to have this exceptional opportunity to unite these buyers with investment opportunities here." According to the National Association of Realtors, the gradually expanding US and global economies should keep foreign buyer demand at a robust level. A recent article in the Los Angeles Times states that foreigners bought 284,455 properties in the 12 months that ended March 31, about a third more than a year earlier. Dollar volume surged nearly 50% to $153 billion, also a record for the survey first taken in 2009. The article states that Chinese nationals were the biggest buyers, purchasing $31.7 billion worth of property, up from $27.3 billion a year earlier and more than ever before, according to the association. "Recruiting the multitalented expertise of a principal broker like Michael Zhang is of huge benefit to assisting the growing international interest in real estate here—his influence and impeccable reputation help position Cascade Sotheby's as a leader in uniting foreign buyers with extraordinary residential real estate throughout Oregon and SW Washington," says Deb Tebbs, founder and chief executive officer, Cascade Sotheby's International Realty. "The global network of Sotheby's International Realty enables us to stay ahead of buying trends and tap a huge international referral network—and our new Asia Desk is poised to help buyers and sellers alike fulfill their real estate dreams." Another significant differentiator for Cascade Sotheby's Asia Desk is Sotheby's International Realty's recent alliance with Chinese real estate site Juwai.com: the alliance enables the luxury real estate brand to generate Chinese buyer interest on one of the world's most prominent real estate websites with over two million monthly visitors. In addition, Cascade Sotheby's chief operating officer, Michael W. Kosmin, has lived and worked in Asia for several years and since 2005 was responsible for property development projects in Asian markets. Before moving to Bend, Oregon three years ago, Kosmin lived in Indonesia where he was the managing director at Club Bali. With deep experience in Asian real estate markets, Kosmin will support the development of Cascade Sotheby's Asian Desk catering to clients looking at real estate in the Pacific Northwest. Cascade Sotheby's leverages Sotheby's international offices, presence and prestige in China to be of service to that market. "It is a huge advantage to Cascade Sotheby's brokers and clients that company management has first-hand international work experience with an emphasis on serving international clientele," says Zhang. Cascade Sotheby's affiliation with Sotheby's International Realty offers a distinctive advantage to reach an affluent global audience. With over 20,000 sales associates in approximately 880 offices and 69 countries and territories, the Sotheby's network provides a profound international reach to market properties in Oregon and SW Washington. Zhang and Chen now join the growing team at Cascade Sotheby's International Realty, which exceeded $1.3 billion in closed sales in 2017 and continues its innovative approach to uniting extraordinary lives with extraordinary homes building on these statistics: $30 million in company revenue in 2017 325% sales growth from 2015 to 2017 More than two times the market share in Central Oregon than closest competitor More than 250 brokers across Oregon and SW Washington More than 80 new brokers signed in 2017 alone 34 new agents year-to-date 2018 representing $140 million in sales revenue Average price point for Cascade Sotheby's agents is 33% higher than other agents in Portland and SW Washington 11 offices in Oregon and SW Washington About Sotheby's International Realty Affiliates LLC Founded in 1976 to provide independent brokerages with a powerful marketing and referral program for luxury listings, the Sotheby's International Realty network was designed to connect the finest independent real estate companies to the most prestigious clientele in the world. Sotheby's International Realty Affiliates LLC is a subsidiary of Realogy Holdings Corp. (NYSE: RLGY), a global leader in real estate franchising and provider of real estate brokerage, relocation and settlement services. In February 2004, Realogy entered into a long-term strategic alliance with Sotheby's, the operator of the auction house. The agreement provided for the licensing of the Sotheby's International Realty name and the development of a full franchise system. Affiliations in the system are granted only to brokerages and individuals meeting strict qualifications. Sotheby's International Realty Affiliates LLC supports its affiliates with a host of operational, marketing, recruiting, educational and business development resources. Franchise affiliates also benefit from an association with the venerable Sotheby's auction house, established in 1744. About Cascade Sotheby's International Realty Harnessing the worldwide recognition and prestige of the Sotheby's name, Cascade Sotheby's International Realty expertly represents the most distinctive properties at every price range. The firm's 11 strategic locations throughout Oregon and southern Washington form the most expansive luxury real estate network in the Pacific Northwest. Cascade Sotheby's International Realty brokers are masters of their craft, combining local expertise and global connections to artfully unite extraordinary places with extraordinary lives. The firm achieved a billion dollars in sales in the first 11 months of 2016, joining only 25 Sotheby's International Realty affiliates in the world with this distinction. Exceptional service, continual innovation, and unrivaled market knowledge continue to set Cascade Sotheby's International Realty apart as an industry leader.
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Cartus Launches WeChat for Growing Chinese Relocation Market
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Foreign Investment in U.S. Commercial Real Estate Remains Strong, China and Mexico Top Investors
WASHINGTON (June 28, 2018) — Nearly one-fifth of Realtors® practicing in commercial real estate closed a sale with an international client in 2017, and 35 percent said they have experienced an increase in the number of international clients in the past five years, according to a report from the National Association of Realtors®. NAR's 2018 Commercial Real Estate International Business Trends report analyzed cross-border commercial real estate transactions made by Realtors® during 2017. The study found that most Realtors® who specialize in commercial real estate reside in smaller commercial markets where the typical deal is less than $2.5 million. "The profile of smaller commercial markets is continuing to rise as many foreign investors are attracted to smaller-sized properties in secondary and tertiary markets, bringing Realtors® confidence that increased sales and leasing activity will continue to occur in 2018," said Lawrence Yun, NAR chief economist. "Since 2016, world economies have regained their footing and have pressed toward higher ground. Global economic output increased in 2017, and commercial real estate continues to be a healthy investment for global investors," Yun added. Of the 59 percent of Realtors® who indicated they completed a commercial real estate transaction last year (69 percent in 2016), 18 percent reported closing a deal for an international client (20 percent in 2016). Among survey respondents who closed an international transaction, 46 percent closed a buyer-side transaction, 13 percent a seller-side transaction and the remainder closed both types of transactions. Over 60 percent of buyer-side sales were transactions with foreign buyers who primarily reside abroad. Most seller-side transactions (57 percent) were of properties sold by clients who were temporarily residing in the U.S. on non-immigrant visas. Nineteen percent of Realtors® said they completed a lease agreement on behalf of a foreign client, down from 22 percent in 2016. The median gross lease value for international lease transactions was $200,000 ($105,000 in 2016) with most space typically under 2,500 square feet. The top countries of origin for buyers were China (20 percent), Mexico (11 percent), Canada (8 percent) and the United Kingdom (6 percent). While sellers were typically from Mexico (20 percent), China (15 percent), and Brazil and Israel (both at 10 percent). Florida and Texas were the top two states where foreigners purchased and sold commercial property last year, with California being the third most popular buyer and seller destination. International commercial buyer and seller transactions typically tend to be at the higher end of the market. Last year, the median international buyer-side transaction was $975,000 and a median seller-side transaction was $1 million, while the median commercial transaction was $625,000. "Realtors®' international clients found U.S. commercial real estate markets to be a good value in 2017. About seven in 10 respondents reported that international clients view U.S. prices to be about the same or less expensive than prices in their home country," Yun stated. The survey also found that foreign buyers of commercial property typically bring more cash to the table than those purchasing residential real estate. Seventy percent of international transactions were closed with cash, while NAR's 2017 residential survey found that half of buyers paid in cash. For those not using all cash, 25 percent of commercial deals involved debt financing from U.S. sources. A majority of buyers purchased commercial space for rental property (39 percent) or for business investment purposes (34 percent). NAR's commercial community includes commercial members, real estate boards, committees, advisory boards and forums; and NAR commercial affiliate organizations – CCIM Institute, Institute of Real Estate Management, Realtors® Land Institute, Society of Industrial and Office Realtors®, and Counselors of Real Estate. Approximately 80,000 NAR members specialize in commercial real estate brokerage and related services including property management, land counseling and appraisal. In addition, more than 200,000 members are involved in commercial transactions as a secondary business. The National Association of Realtors® is America's largest trade association, representing more than 1.3 million members involved in all aspects of the residential and commercial real estate industries.
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Alain Pinel Realtors Launches WeChat Micro-site for Chinese Real Estate Buyers
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Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Signs Marketing Agreement with Juwai.com, China's Largest International Property Portal
IRVINE, Calif. (April 17, 2017)--Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices today announced a marketing agreement with Juwai.com to syndicate all of its franchisees' residential listings to the China-based international property portal that attracts roughly two million visitors monthly. Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices also launched a banner advertising campaign on Juwai.com to promote its brand, home page and listings to Juwai.com's audience. The alliance makes Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices a dominant brand on one of the world's most popular real estate search sites. "The Chinese have overtaken all nationalities besides Americans as the leading buyers of property in the U.S.," said Gino Blefari, CEO of Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices. "Our efforts through Juwai.com, and through existing marketing agreements with The Wall Street Journal/Asia and Mansion Global Wechat Channel, make it much easier for Chinese real estate buyers to find and shop our property listings." Juwai.com and Juwai.com/luxe attract high-net-worth consumers who are ready to buy homes in the U.S. Site traffic comes from more than 400 cities in China and from 165 countries around the world. Juwai.com hosts its sites and services on both sides of China's "great firewall," enabling Chinese consumers access no matter where they live and buy. "Our listings and banner ads are on display inside and outside of China," said Kerry Donovan, vice president of Marketing for Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices. "This is a huge differentiator for us." Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices' home page on Juwai.com offers a network introduction and statement about the brand's values and heritage. The site includes Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices' real estate market perspectives and it provides access to the network's listings – lots of them. Listings are in click-to-translate mode for consumers and a dedicated "concierge" team based in China stands by to help home buyers with translation, questions and referrals to Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices listing agents. "We will continue refining our global listing-syndication program to bring the most value to our domestic franchisees based on international buying activity and search patterns," said Donovan. "Juwai.com is an important step toward our overall strategy." Visit Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices' brand page on Juwai.com: http://www.juwai.com/berkshirehathawayhs. About Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices, based in Irvine, CA, is a real estate brokerage network built for a new era in residential real estate. The network, among the few organizations entrusted to use the world-renowned Berkshire Hathaway name, brings to the real estate market a definitive mark of trust, integrity, stability and longevity. Visit its multi-lingual website at www.berkshirehathawayhs.com. Irvine, CA-based HSF Affiliates LLC operates Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices, Prudential Real Estate and Real Living Real Estate franchise networks. The company is a joint venture of which HomeServices of America, Inc., the nation's second-largest, full-service residential brokerage firm, is a majority owner. HomeServices of America is an affiliate of world-renowned Berkshire Hathaway Inc.
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Proxio Extends National and Global Reach with New Clients
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Realtor.com® brings global real estate opportunity within reach for U.S. buyers and sellers, professionals alike
  SANTA CLARA, Calif., Nov. 3, 2016 -- Home buyers have a new, robust experience that makes global for-sale home search more simple and efficient in the United States and across dozens of countries, all within a single interface. Today, realtor.com®, a leading online real estate destination operated by News Corp subsidiary Move, Inc., announced the addition of U.S. listings to realtor.com/international, giving users access to more than 4.5 million listings from over 70 countries. The site, which relaunched in July as part of a newly formed global property network created by News Corp, REA Group and Move, now allows users to view U.S. listings along with for-sale properties all around the world within an upgraded common interface using their preferred language, currency and units of measurement. It also helps attract more global buyers to realtor.com/international as the only site in the network to display the complete property inventory including U.S. listings in a single location. The American inventory is sourced from realtor.com®, the most comprehensive inventory of for-sale real estate listings in the United States with approximately 1.5 million for-sale U.S. listings updated at least every 15 minutes on average in most areas. The global property network is the world's largest global real estate listing community, offering more than 4.5 million listings from 72 countries. The network consists of 13 leading international real estate sites in Australia, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Italy, Luxembourg, Macau, Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand and the United States as well as News Corp's Mansion Global and India-based PropTiger, collectively attracting more than 200 million visits globally each month, according to internal metrics. "The expansion of realtor.com/international reflects the increasing demand for global property information and experiences across geographic boundaries, while helping make the process simpler, easier and more personalized for consumers and professionals alike," said Eleonore Rojas, vice president, NAR partnerships and international at realtor.com®. "We are constantly working to enhance our solutions to help connect people wherever they are with properties and with the professionals to help them through their home journey." In addition to making global home search easier for buyers and sellers, the new opportunity offers expanded capabilities to real estate professionals who represent U.S. sellers looking to promote their listings to international buyers. All U.S listings on realtor.com® are displayed and translated on realtor.com/international as a free benefit, accessible by property searchers around the world. Additionally, real estate professionals who wish to take full advantage of the reach of the global property network may opt to syndicate their U.S. listings to other global property network partner sites as a free benefit through ListHub, the nation's leading provider of listing syndication services and performance marketing metrics, also operated by Move. About realtor.com® Realtor.com® is the trusted resource for home buyers, sellers and dreamers, offering the most comprehensive source of for-sale properties, among competing national sites, and the information, tools and professional expertise to help people move confidently through every step of their home journey. It pioneered the world of digital real estate 20 years ago, and today helps make all things home simple, efficient and enjoyable. Realtor.com® is operated by News Corp [NASDAQ: NWS, NWSA] [ASX: NWS, NWSLV] subsidiary Move, Inc. under a perpetual license from the National Association of REALTORS®. For more information, visit realtor.com.
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Nearly 30 Countries Represented at Upcoming LeadingRE Global Symposium
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Miami Realtors Showcase South Florida Real Estate in India
MIAMI, FL (OCTOBER 04, 2016)--The MIAMI Association of REALTORS® (MIAMI) promoted South Florida at India's largest real estate event, NAR-INDIA, to advance the growing trend of local Indian buyers and investors. MIAMI met and provided printed reference materials with important South Florida market facts to top Indian and global brokers at the 8th annual event held Aug. 13-14 in New Delhi. MIAMI also participated in a FIABCI India program in Bangalore, the center of India's high-tech industry, from Aug. 15-16. FIABCI is the International Real Estate Federation that helps real estate professionals conduct international business with each other. "India is one of the fastest growing economies in the world and ranks among the largest foreign buyers of U.S. real estate," MIAMI CEO Teresa King Kinney said. "Indian home buyers and investors are increasingly purchasing Miami real estate because of our growing job base, robust technological hub, diversity and world-class educational opportunities." Indian Investment in U.S. Real Estate India is the third-largest foreign buyer of United States residential real estate, according to the 2016 Profile of International Activity in U.S. Residential Real Estate conducted by the National Association of REALTORS® (NAR). India spent $6.1 billion in 2016, which trailed only China ($27.3 billion) and Canada ($8.9 billion). Florida had the largest share of international sales (22 percent) in the United States. An impressive 50 percent of all foreign transactions in Florida take place in Miami-Dade and Broward counties. Indian buyers are not concentrated in one American state, the study found. Most Indian buyers purchased properties to use as a primary residence where they most likely found jobs and many also invest in commercial and investment properties. Miami's Growing Indian Community South Florida has long been one of America's top regions for international home buyers, and Indian consumers are becoming a larger part of it. Asian Indians are the second largest nationality within the Miami Asian population (Chinese rank first with almost 13,000 residents). Asian Indians (9,512 residents) account for 23.2 percent of the total Miami Asian population, according to 2010-2014 U.S. Census Bureau data. Miami has added local Indian restaurants and the demographic has increased its representation at local universities. The student population at the University of Miami, which is ranked among the top 45 colleges in America by U.S. News & World Report, is 5.6 percent Asian. UM offers a semester abroad for students in Manipal, India. India's interest in South Florida is also evident in foreign property searches on http://www.Miamire.com, MIAMI international search portal. India has ranked among the top-10 international countries searching for Miami real estate for the past 34 months. The last time India didn't finish among the top searchers was September 2013. India had the ninth-most web searches of Miami real estate in July 2016, according to the most available data. India had its highest finish in February 2014, when it had the fourth-most web searches. NAR-INDIA and FIABCI India Bangalore Program The 8th annual NAR-INDIA convention, held Aug. 13-14 in New Delhi, had quality programming, educational sessions and networking opportunities. NAR-INDIA, an independent body formed seven years ago, represents 28 member associations and more than 20,000 brokers in India. The FIABCI program, held Aug. 15-16 in Bangalore, attracted Realtors and stakeholders from 24 countries. Developers and Realtors visited tech parks and residential and commercial complexes. Participating at NAR-INDIA and the FIABCI program in Bangalore is part of MIAMI's increased efforts to promote South Florida around the globe. In 2016, MIAMI has participated and/or exhibited and presented at MIPIM in France, FIABCI World Congress in Panama, Gran Salon Inmobiliario in Colombia, China North America Global Summit in China and NAR-India in India. This fall, MIAMI presented to top brokers at FIABCI France. It will exhibit at the Salon National de l'Immobilier in Paris and InmoExpo in El Salvador. About the MIAMI Association of REALTORS® The MIAMI Association of REALTORS® was chartered by the National Association of Realtors in 1920 and is celebrating 96 years of service to Realtors, the buying and selling public, and the communities in South Florida. Comprised of six organizations, the Residential Association, the Realtors Commercial Alliance, the Broward Council, the Jupiter Tequesta Hobe Sound (JTHS) Council, the Young Professionals Network (YPN) Council and the award-winning International Council, it represents more than 42,000 real estate professionals in all aspects of real estate sales, marketing, and brokerage. It is the largest local Realtor association in the U.S., and has official partnerships with 137 international organizations worldwide. MIAMI's official website is http://www.miamire.com
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Sotheby's International Realty Brand to Target China’s Wealthy with New Juwai.com Alliance
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Miami Realtors Partners with Realopedia to Promote South Florida in the Middle East
MIAMI, FL (SEPTEMBER 05, 2016)--The MIAMI Association of REALTORS® (MIAMI) and Realopedia as Global Marketing Partners will promote South Florida and the new global real estate portal at the Middle East's largest and most influential property showcase. MIAMI CEO Teresa King Kinney and MIAMI Chairman Mark Sadek will make a Miami market presentation at the 2016 Cityscape Global event, which will be held Sept. 6-8 at the Dubai World Trade Centre. The MIAMI and Realopedia stand (S3A15) will be located at Sheikh Saeed Hall 3. "The launch of a direct Miami-to-Qatar flight has increased Middle Eastern interest in South Florida real estate," Kinney said. "Investors and home buyers from Dubai and the United Arab Emirates love Miami's vibrant nightlife, art and international business center. The Middle East is part of an increasingly larger array of countries purchasing Miami real estate, and there is great synergy between Miami and Dubai." International transactions play a significant role in the Miami real estate market. About 50 percent of all foreign transactions in Florida take place in Miami-Dade and Broward, and Florida is the top state in the nation for sales to global buyers. Also representing MIAMI in Dubai will be: 2016 Broward Council President Donna Reid of Coldwell Banker Residential Real Estate and members Arielle di Lella and Donna di Lella of di Lella International Luxury Sales Group, and Mohammed Siddiq of Maverick Equity. The Dubai showcase is part of MIAMI's increased efforts to promote South Florida around the globe. In 2016, MIAMI has participated and/or exhibited and presented at MIPIM in France, FIABCI World Congress in Panama, Gran Salon Inmobiliario in Colombia, China North America Global Summit in China and NAR-India in India. This fall, MIAMI plans to participate and present at FIABCI France, the Salon National de l'Immobilier in Paris and InmoExpo in El Salvador. UAE Increasing Investment in Miami, United States UAE investors have made several high-profile Miami purchases. In February 2015, the Abu Dhabi Investment Authority purchased the Miami Beach EDITION hotel for $230 million. During the same month, a corporate entity linked to Saudi Royalty paid $23 million for a plot on Indian Creek Island. The proposed 1,000-foot SkyRise Miami tower is another project of interest to UAE investors. SkyRise Miami is an EB-5 project, which grants permanent U.S. residency to investors who create at least 10 domestic jobs and contribute at least $500,000 to $1 million in a U.S. business venture. Step America, a Dubai-based company, is seeking SkyRise investors in the Middle East. Driven by its sovereign wealth funds, the Middle East spent $2.7 billion on real estate in the Americas in the first half of 2015, according to CBRE. That's a large percentage of the $11.8 billion total that investors from the Middle East have spent on global real estate during that time period. South Florida was the fourth hottest market in the United States for Middle Eastern investment during the first two quarters of 2015. South Florida's vibrant nightlife, beaches, weather, shopping, booming real estate market and proximity to Latin America are why Dubai has increased its interest in Miami. The launch of a direct Miami-to-Qatar flight in 2014 increased ties between the two regions. Dubai homebuyers can now use their properties here more easily. Dubai's Economic Growth Like Miami, Dubai is a booming city that is a hub for global capital. Dubai is home to more than 20,000 international companies, including offices from 124 of the Fortune 500. Dubai ranked as the eighth-most important city for the ultra-wealthy in 2015, according to the Knight Frank Wealth Report. Miami ranked No. 12 in the same report. Dubai will host the 69th World Real Estate Congress in 2018. Dubai will also be home to the World Expo 2020, which will provide economic stimulus and enhance the city's global brand. Qatar will host the 2022 World Cup, one of the world's most significant sporting events. Cityscape Global: The World's Top Property Showcase for Emerging Markets Now in its 15th year, Cityscape Global is the largest and most influential real estate investment and development event for emerging markets. More than 150 local, regional and international real estate firms are expected to exhibit their projects. Cityscape will host major developers such as Emaar, Dubai Holding, Nakheel, Meydan, Meraas, Dubai South, DAMAC, and Al Marjan Islands, as well as international exhibitors from 30 countries, including significant pavilions from Turkey, Bahrain, the UK, and new participants from Pakistan. About the MIAMI Association of REALTORS®The MIAMI Association of REALTORS® was chartered by the National Association of Realtors in 1920 and is celebrating 96 years of service to Realtors, the buying and selling public, and the communities in South Florida. Comprised of six organizations, the Residential Association, the Realtors Commercial Alliance, the Broward Council, the Jupiter Tequesta Hobe Sound (JTHS) Council, the Young Professionals Network (YPN) Council and the award-winning International Council, it represents more than 42,000 real estate professionals in all aspects of real estate sales, marketing, and brokerage. It is the largest local Realtor association in the U.S., and has official partnerships with 136 international organizations worldwide. MIAMI's official website is http://www.miamire.com. About RealopediaRealopedia is a global real estate portal and a business-networking marketplace that brings together the industry specialists under one central platform. Investors can search for commercial & residential properties and investments, agents, real estate companies, real estate developers and service providers that support the industry. Realopedia crowd funding collects investment opportunities from around the world, thus offering a large variety of options to build wealth. It also provides a databank of real estate insight, news, statistics, reports, webinars, podcasts, exhibitions, education and training through its Knowledge Hub. Realopedia is the gateway to real estate with worldwide connectivity and global reach.
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Howard Hanna Now Translates Website in 100 Languages
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Realtor.com® expands international reach with global property network
  SANTA CLARA, Calif., July 28, 2016 -- Realtor.com®, a leading online real estate destination operated by News Corp subsidiary Move, Inc., today announced the expansion of realtor.com/international as part of a newly formed News Corp global property network. Created by News Corp, REA Group and Move, the global property network is the world's largest global real estate listing community, offering more than three million listings from 56 countries. The network consists of 12 leading international real estate sites, attracting more than 200 million visits globally each month. Users of realtor.com and realtor.com/international already have access to both the most comprehensive inventory of for-sale real estate listings in the United States -- with approximately 1.5 million for-sale U.S. listings -- and international properties from 45 countries in multiple languages and local currencies. The network further expands the global footprint to 56 countries on realtor.com/international with plans to showcase listings from sites in Australia, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Italy, Luxembourg, Macau, Malaysia, Singapore and Thailand as well as News Corp's Mansion Global and India-based PropTiger. "This is an important step forward in the evolution of real estate. We're part of a global community of international property sites that enable people to search with confidence for real estate properties and information all around the world," said Ryan O'Hara, CEO of Move. "As the U.S.'s largest and most comprehensive source of for-sale listings, we are delighted to be a formative part of this new global collective as we expand our unmatched access through technological innovation and enhanced cooperation across borders." Robert Thomson, chief executive of News Corp said: "The global property network being launched today demonstrates the power of combining data across the News Corp digital real estate portfolio, and provides further evidence that News Corp is the largest digital property business in the world. "By combining the listings - and the talent - of REA Group, realtor.com®, and other partner sites, we are creating an opportunity to enhance listings for consumers and customers around the world, while enabling collaboration with News Corp's existing stable of real estate businesses and partners, including Mansion Global and PropTiger. With more global properties than any other source, it's a capability that no competitor can match. We are creating a whole new world of property for consumers, and premium audiences on a global scale for advertisers," Thomson said. With interest in foreign investment on the rise around the world, providing a common search experience across borders is a significant advantage for U.S. home searchers looking to invest abroad. Globetrotting U.S. consumers might be looking to Paris, Hong Kong or Melbourne for an opportunity, and this global property network enables them to view and compare more properties more easily using realtor.com/international. International searchers can enjoy a familiar search experience for global properties based on their location, including international market top searches. For many of the markets in the global property network, this represents the first time consumers can explore properties all over the world, starting from a site they know and trust. Putting the technology and relationships in place to connect buyers, agents and properties is an important leap, but working with a member of the National Association of REALTORS® (NAR) – particularly one certified in international transactions – is just as critical. Real estate processes and protocols differ widely across borders, from parameters as simple as bedroom count vs. total room count, to as complex as representation, financing, ownership and international taxation. Realtor.com® has worked closely with the NAR over the past several years to advance professional resources that help agents become conversant in international property transactions. "As the largest and most established international player in the global property network, the National Association of REALTORS® is focused on expanding international real estate business opportunities and bringing more buyers and sellers together across continents," said NAR President Tom Salomone. "The enhanced realtor.com/international website together with NAR's network of Certified International Property Specialist designees will enable more consumers to take advantage of globalization's powerful impact on real estate markets and successfully sell their home to an international buyer or purchase a property abroad." The full international property inventory is now available on realtor.com/international, in a new user experience accessed through the beta button on the site. Additional features and enhancements are planned for the months ahead, and the integration of U.S. listing content into the beta site is planned for this winter. About realtor.com® Realtor.com® is the trusted resource for home buyers, sellers and dreamers, offering the most comprehensive database of for-sale properties, among competing national sites, and the information, tools and professional expertise to help people move confidently through every step of their home journey. As the official site of the National Association of REALTORS®, realtor.com® pioneered the world of digital real estate 20 years ago, and today helps make all things home simple, efficient and enjoyable. Realtor.com® is operated by News Corp [NASDAQ: NWS, NWSA] [ASX: NWS, NWSLV] subsidiary Move, Inc. For more information, visit realtor.com. About REA Group REA Group Limited (ASX:REA) is a multinational digital advertising business specializing in property. REA operates Australia's leading residential and commercial property websites, realestate.com.au and realcommercial.com.au, European sites casa.it, atHome.lu and immoRegion.fr, Chinese property site myfun.com and a number of property portals in Asia via its ownership of iProperty Group. REA also has a significant shareholding in U.S-based Move, Inc.
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International Home Sales Dollar Volume Retracts in U.S., Chinese Lead Purchases
  WASHINGTON (July 6, 2016) — Waning economic growth in many countries and higher home prices further enhanced by a strengthening U.S. dollar resulted in a slight decline in international sales dollar volume of U.S. property over the past year and a significant retreat in buying from non-resident foreigners. This is according to an annual survey of residential purchases from international buyers released today by the National Association of Realtors®. The survey also amazingly revealed that the dollar volume of sales from Chinese buyers exceeded the total dollar sales figure of the next top four ranked countries combined. NAR's 2016 Profile of International Activity in U.S. Residential Real Estate, covering U.S. residential real estate sales to international clients between April 2015 and March 2016, found that foreign buyers purchased $102.6 billion of residential property, a 1.3 percent decline from the $103.9 billion of property purchased in last year's survey. Overall, a total of 214,885 U.S. residential properties were bought by foreign buyers (up 2.8 percent), and properties were typically valued higher ($277,380) compared to the median price of all U.S. existing home sales ($223,058). Lawrence Yun, NAR chief economist, says this year's findings highlight the tremendous appeal U.S. real estate still has on many foreign nationals despite the price of property becoming less affordable. "Weaker economic growth throughout the world, devalued foreign currencies and financial market turbulence combined to present significant challenges for foreign buyers over the past year," he said. "While these obstacles led to a cool down in sales from non-resident foreign buyers, the purchases by recent immigrant foreigners rose, resulting in the overall sales dollar volume still being the second highest since 2009." Adds Yun, "Foreigners – especially those from China – continue to see the U.S. as a solid investment opportunity and an attractive place to visit and live." According to the survey, sales to non-resident foreign buyers pulled back by approximately $10 billion to the lowest dollar volume since 2013 ($35 billion). The decline was largely caused by the decrease in the share of non-resident foreign buyers to foreign residential buyers to 41 percent – down from the almost even split between the two in previous years (48 percent in 2015). "Both the increase in U.S. home prices – up 6 percent in March 2016 compared to one year ago – and the depreciating value of foreign currencies against the U.S. dollar made buying property a lot pricier last year," says Yun. "Led by Venezuela (45 percent) and Brazil (24 percent), at least eight countries, including China and Canada, saw double-digit percent increases in the median sales price of a U.S. existing-home when measured in their country's currency." For the fourth year in a row, buyers from China exceeded all countries by dollar volume of sales at $27.3 billion, which was a slight decrease from last year's survey ($28.6 billion) but over triple the total dollar volume of sales from Canadian buyers (ranked second at $8.9 billion). Chinese buyers purchased the most housing units for the second consecutive year (29,195; down from 34,327 in 2015), and also typically bought the most expensive homes at a median price of $542,084. "Although China's currency modestly weakened versus the U.S. dollar in the past year, it's much stronger than it was 5 to 10 years ago, thereby making U.S. properties still appear reasonably affordable over a longer time span," notes Yun. In addition to the slightly diminished sales activity from Chinese buyers, the total number of sales and the sales dollar volume from buyers from Canada, India ($6.1 billion) and Mexico ($4.8 billion) also retracted from their levels one year ago. Only buyers from the United Kingdom – after a decrease in the 2015 survey – saw an uptick in total sales and dollar volume ($5.5 billion). "Sales activity from U.K. buyers could very well subside over the next year depending on how severe the economic fallout is from Britain's decision to leave the European Union," adds Yun. "However, with economic instability and political turmoil outside of the U.S. likely to persist, the world view of American real estate as a safe investment should keep demand firm even as pressures from a stronger dollar continue to weigh down on affordability." Five states account for half of foreign buyer purchases, prices and all-cash sales decline Slightly over half of all foreign buyers purchased property in Florida (22 percent), California (15 percent), Texas (10 percent), Arizona or New York (each at 4 percent). Latin Americans, Europeans and Canadians – who tend to buy in warm climates for vacation purposes – mostly sought properties in Florida and Arizona. California and New York drew the most Asian buyers, while Texas mostly saw sales activity from Latin American, Caribbean and Asian buyers. The median purchase price over the survey period was a tad lower ($277,380) compared to the 2015 survey ($284,900) as a result of the fewer non-resident foreign buyers. Overall, foreign buyers most commonly purchased a home priced between $250,001 and $500,000, while 10 percent paid over $1 million or more. Exactly half of all international transactions were all-cash purchases, which was slightly down from a year ago (55 percent) but still roughly double the overall share of existing sales. All-cash purchases were more common by non-resident foreign buyers (73 percent) and those from Canada, China and the United Kingdom. A majority of foreign buyers over the past year purchased a single-family home, and nearly half bought in a suburban area. Two–thirds or more of buyers from each China, India, Mexico and the United Kingdom purchased detached single-family homes, while Canadian buyers were the most likely to buy a multi-family home. Realtors® representing international clients slightly down, growing interest in purchasing abroad Thirty-one percent of Realtors® surveyed said they worked with international clients, a decrease from the 34 percent share in last year's survey but up from two years ago (27 percent). Seventeen percent had one to two foreign clients; 5 percent of respondents had six or more. This year's survey asked seller's agents for the first time about their international clients who sold residential property. With Florida and California leading the way, the list of states where foreign buyers sold or bought their U.S. property was very similar. The median price of a sold U.S. home was $245,331, and respondents reported several cases of Canadians selling their U.S. home to take advantage of the stronger U.S. dollar. Approximately 14 percent of responding Realtors® reported that they had a client who was seeking to purchase property in another country, which is over double the amount in last year's survey (6 percent). Mexico – at almost triple the amount (13 percent) – generated the most inquiries about purchasing abroad, followed by Costa Rica, Philippines, Colombia and Canada (each at 4 percent). Most U.S. clients interested in buying in another country (87 percent) were looking to use the property as a vacation home or residential rental unit. "Especially in the local markets attracting a hefty share of international buyers and sellers such as those in California, Florida and Texas, it's advantageous for Realtors® to consider earning the Certified International Property Specialist, or CIPS, designation," says NAR President Tom Salomone, broker-owner of Real Estate II Inc. in Coral Springs, Florida. "The specialized training on critical aspects of an international transaction such as exchange rate and tax issues and regional market conditions best prepare Realtors® for the increasingly globally connected world of real estate." NAR's 2016 Profile of Home Buying Activity in U.S. Residential Real Estate, conducted in April 2016, surveyed a sample of Realtors® to measure the share of U.S. residential real estate sales to international clients, and to provide a profile of the origin, destination, and buying preferences of international clients, as well as the challenges and opportunities faced by Realtors® in serving foreign clients. The survey presents information about transactions with international clients during the 12-month period between April 2015 and March 2016. A total of 5,960 Realtors® responded to the 2016 survey. The 2016 Profile of Home Buying Activity in U.S. Residential Real Estate can be ordered by calling 800-874-6500, or online at www.realtor.org/prodser.nsf/Research. The report is free to NAR members and accredited media and costs $149.95 for non-members. The National Association of Realtors®, "The Voice for Real Estate," is America's largest trade association, representing 1.1 million members involved in all aspects of the residential and commercial real estate industries.
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The International MLS Introduces The Hellenic Association of Realtors in Greece as Its First Country Association Partner in Europe
BOCA RATON, Fla. — The International MLS [IMLS] announced today that The IMLS partner program has been successfully introduced into Europe with the Hellenic Association of Realtors [HAR] becoming the first country association in Europe to partner with The IMLS to benefit of all of their agents and brokers. "We are so pleased to partner with the Hellenic Association of Realtors," said The IMLS CEO/Founder and California broker Dr. Daniel Nussbaum. "Our goal has been to bring the real estate world closer together by serving the best interest of agents, brokers, developers, MLS's, associations, along with buyers and sellers all over the world." "We are delighted that the Hellenic Association of Realtors sees that The IMLS offers a complete global solution providing an international marketing presence that is easy and affordable, while providing their agents with additional opportunities to increase their income," he said. "Greece is considered to be the cradle of Western civilization, responsible for the development of democracy, Western philosophy and the Olympic Games, so we are delighted to have them lead the way in Europe as our first country association to partner with us." The IMLS will now be able to bring more than 1,000,000 listings in 75 countries to Greek agents and brokers in a very affordable way as a lead capture tool for agents to earn referral commissions on properties outside their own local markets. Additionally, this will enable all of their agent listings to be on agent and broker sites across the USA and around the world, as well as on the TheIMLS.com global portal. The IMLS has also recently announced that it offers real estate websites in 90 languages that combines the features of a local real estate site with its two coded IMLS lead capture deliveries already integrated to make life simple for agents in the USA and around the world so that any agent can fully participate in this global initiative. "Greece, officially the Hellenic Republic with her Classical History and Cultural heritage has influenced and inspired the whole Western Civilization since the 8th century B.C.," said the President of HAR Alexandra Sekouri. "With deep blue/turquoise sea, beautiful beaches, unspoiled nature, Beach & Mountain / Ski Resorts, having primarily Mediterranean clime with hot, dry summers and mild, wet winters with 300 days of sunshine annually, is without doubt one of the most attractive places for investors and resort/second home buyers." The exclusive partnership between HAR and IMLS is very important for HAR and the Greek real estate market, due to the number of potential investors and the promotion opportunities it presents for HAR members as well as agents in Greece having the ability to network with colleagues internationally. "It is also important to mention that HAR represents NAR, CEPI – CEI, MIAMI REALTORS® & ICREA, for which HAR is a founding member," he said. About The International MLS [IMLS]™ The International MLS is a real estate technology company and broker based in Boca Raton Florida, with more than 1,000,000 listings in 75 countries available in 90 languages. Property listings are primarily imported via electronic data feeds, as well as from agents who may post their listings manually. The IMLS empowers all agents and brokers to display international property listings knowing that commissions can be made on any sale which is generated by their IMLS search through referral agreements made between themselves and agencies around the world. More information about The International MLS [IMLS] and all its services can be found on TheIMLS.com. About the Hellenic Association of Realtors H.A.R., the Hellenic Association of Realtors® and real estate agents, was founded in 1999. The main objective of the Association's establishment was creation of a National Network, comprised of Greek Real Estate Agents that have been chosen based on strict criteria set by the members of the Association themselves. Today, HAR (Hellenic Association of REALTORS®) is the only Greek network of Real Estate Agencies in the country that is defined by its professional approach and dynamics. It consists of 95 Real Estate Agencies, located all around Greece. The main purpose of the existence and development of the Association is to create a National Network of Real Estate Agents with strict entry criteria designated by the members themselves and the training of members of the Association for their recognition as Certified Real Estate Agents worldwide.
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The International MLS Secures First U.S. MLS Partner
Boca Raton, Florida — After years of development, the International MLS (IMLS) announced that its IMLS-MLS partner program has been successfully introduced in the U.S. with Hawaii Information Service (HIS) becoming its first participating MLS. HIS will now offer its brokers and agents international exposure and access through the IMLS. “We are so pleased to have Hawaii Information Service as our first U.S. MLS partner,” says IMLS CEO/Founder and California broker Dr. Daniel Nussbaum. “We are delighted that HIS sees that the IMLS offers a complete global solution providing an international marketing presence that is easy and affordable, while providing their agents with additional opportunities to increase their income.” “We will now be able to bring more than 1 million listings in 75 countries to USA agents to the agents and brokers in Kauai and Hawaii Island in a very affordable way, as a lead capture tool for agents to earn referral commissions on properties outside their own local markets,” Nussbaum continued. “Additionally, this will enable all of their own listings to be on agent and broker sites across the U.S. and around the world automatically, as well as on the www.TheIMLS.com global portal.” The IMLS-MLS partner program epitomizes the entire approach taken by The IMLS, aimed at strengthening the MLS system in the U.S. along with providing global listing delivery for agents and brokers. The IMLS requires U.S. agents to enter their listings into their local MLS first — with no ‘For Sale By Owner’ or pocket listings allowed — keeping the real estate market in the hands of true professionals. “In addition to requiring U.S. listings to first be in the local MLS, there will be no advertising other agents on a personal member’s listing page, and only that listing agent member will receive the lead,” Nussbaum said. “Real estate is increasingly international, and this is certainly the case in Hawaii, a market that draws buyers and investors from Asia, North America, and around the world,” says HIS President & CEO Faith Geronimo. “We’re excited to make the IMLS available to our members as a way to reach beyond our shores, and to also demonstrate the value of the data syndication dashboard that we’ve built into our MLS, ultimately giving brokers control over where their listings are distributed.” About The International MLS [IMLS]™ The International MLS (IMLS) is a real estate technology company with a global portal and products platform serving agents, brokers, associations, developers, buyers and sellers around the world. Based in Boca Raton Florida, The IMLS has more than 1 million listings in 75 countries available in 90 languages and The IMLS enables agents to have these listings for their own websites. The IMLS empowers all agents and brokers to display international property listings knowing that commissions can be made on any sale which is generated by their IMLS search through referral agreements with other agents around the world. More information about The International MLS (IMLS) and all its services can be found on http://www.theimls.com. About Hawaii Information Service Hawaii Information Service is a Honolulu-based technology firm serving real estate professionals on Kauai and Hawaii Island, as well as businesses across the state and beyond. Founded in 1984, HIS today also provides public records data, websites, and other online marketing services. Its homegrown MLS system, REsearch, was built from the ground up to seamlessly incorporate both MLS and public records and tax data, and is a powerful tool that is now used by businesses across many industries. The latest version of the system, Research 6, was released in 2015, bringing significant enhancements and making its features accessible across all major platforms, including mobile devices.
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USForex Announces Partnership with Proxio
USForex, a technology-driven international money transfer provider that's facilitated more than $50 billion in global transactions, today announced a partnership with Proxio Inc., the leading networking and marketing platform for real estate. The relationship gives hundreds of thousands of real estate professionals an easy way to instantly save thousands on international real estate transactions by using USForex's exchange interface. "Real estate brokerages, like many US businesses, are starting to see the substantial dent currency risk can have on their bottom line," said Jason Kumpf, Partner Relationships Manager at USForex, and a real estate expert. "Our platform will help thousands of real estate professionals not only save their clients money, but better understand how to manage costs when buying abroad. We're excited to be a part of this growing market." The collaboration builds on years of relationship building with the Proxio World team and its users. Proxio joins a distinguished list of USForex partners. "This is just the beginning of extensive collaboration, as we work closer with real estate brokerages, and developers to offer a comprehensive solution for them to attract and best serve international real estate buyers," Kumpf said. About USForex USForex provides a smarter, online alternative to existing currency exchange services. USForex is a wholly-owned subsidiary of the OzForex Group, one of the world's largest online international money transfer providers. The OzForex Group is a global provider of online international payment services for consumer and business clients. OzForex Group technology also powers international money transfer services of Travelex, Moneygram, ING Direct, Macquarie International Money Transfers, and other international financial institutions. Established in 1998 with the aim of providing clients with a better deal, the OzForex Group has offices in Sydney, Toronto, San Francisco, London, Hong Kong, and Auckland. For more information on USForex, visit www.usforex.com. About Proxio Inc. Proxio powers multilingual, digital marketing and collaboration solutions for the global real estate industry, to maximize visibility and accelerate sales. The Silicon Valley-based technology company is transforming how the industry markets and sells, providing one centralized, easy-to-adopt solution for promoting real estate worldwide. Over 650,000 Proxio-enabled professionals gain a strategic advantage in serving diverse clients and growing their businesses globally with Proxio's award-winning platform, ProxioPro™. Real estate professionals around the world connect through Proxio Showcase™ products, accelerating sales and creating new commission opportunities. Proxio's subsidiary, PCMS Consulting, transforms brokerages into market leaders and proven profit centers. More information is available at Proxio.com and PCMSconsulting.com.
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New Global Network Agreements Add to Record Year for ListHub
  MORGANTOWN, West Virginia, November 11, 2015 — ListHub, the nation's leading provider of listing syndication services and performance marketing metrics, operated by News Corp subsidiary Move, Inc., today announced new relationships with six prominent real estate brokerage firms to advertise real estate listings in the international marketplace through the ListHub Global Network. The firms include Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Arizona Properties; Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices California Properties; Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Nevada Properties; Compass; Engel & Volkers North America; and Valore Group Real Estate – a division of The Keyes Company. Access to principal ListHub Global Network publishers including fang.com, the leading real estate website in China, and rightmove.uk, Great Britain's largest property website, is a leading driver for global-minded U.S. brokerage firms looking to reach more than 60 million buyers and investors around the world through their local real estate publisher of choice. The ListHub Global network spans 85-plus publishers in more than 55 countries with key coverage in Asia, Europe, and North America and South America. "We continue to see an uptick in international home buying interest in U.S. properties, and increasing specialization in the global buying marketplace among U.S. brokerage firms representing stateside sellers," said Celeste Starchild, vice president and general manager of ListHub. "ListHub Global arms brokerages with the tools they need to help market clients' for-sale properties to international buyers through a single platform, while providing the security of ListHub's stringent protocols in data protection and control." The international home buying market is estimated at $104 billion, up 13 percent year-over-year, according to the National Association of REALTORS® 2015 Profile of International Home Buying Activity. Arizona, California, Florida, and Texas continue to lead the nation in international sales, accounting for half of the total sales reported in 2015. The report also indicates a range of interest among international home buying activity, noting that foreign clients typically represent a higher price demographic, spending nearly $245,000 more than domestic buyers on existing U.S. homes, yet some 46 percent of international property sales are under $250,000. "This alliance with ListHub Global offers an opportunity to further enhance our strong global presence and expand our listing exposure and brand awareness into new markets with a technology partner that understands our needs," said Anthony Hitt, CEO of Engel & Volkers North America. Engel & Volkers is one of the world's leading service companies specializing in the sale and rental of premium residential property, commercial real estate, yachts and private aviation, and the sole German company among the top 100 global franchises. Engel & Volkers represents 7,000 employees specializing in quality residential real estate in more than 670 offices in 37 countries. New York-based Compass launched in 2013 and has recorded more than $1 billion in sales with another $2.5 billion in new development on the books. With offices in key New England markets, Miami, and most recently, Los Angeles, the firm is ideally positioned to expand its global presence. "Our relationship with the ListHub Global Network is a natural reflection of our shared commitment to best-in-class technology, unparalleled professional expertise and world-class service," said Robert Reffkin, founder and CEO of Compass. "This connection enables us to develop our international marketing strategy to make the selling process even more seamless, while enabling us to maintain our focus on our clients and on growing our business." Valore Group Real Estate is a Palm Beach, Florida-based luxury office of The Keyes Company, the largest and oldest real estate firm in Florida, with roots tracing back to 1926. The family-owned company exceeds $3 billion in annual sales in South Florida, and is a founding member and shareholder of Leading Real Estate Companies of the World® and Luxury Portfolio International™, achieving over $272 billion per year in sales globally across their network. 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ListHub now distributes content from close to 600 MLSs to more than 180 publishers, reaching homebuyers on more than 900 websites. About Move, Inc. Move, Inc. operates the realtor.com® website and mobile experiences, which provide buyers, sellers and renters of homes with the information, tools and professional expertise they need to discover and create their perfect home. News Corp acquired Move in November 2014, and realtor.com® quickly established itself as the fastest growing online real estate service provider in the first half of 2015 as measured by comScore. Move's network of websites provides consumers a wealth of innovative tools, including Doorsteps®, Moving.com™, SeniorHousingNet and others. Move supports real estate professionals by providing many services to grow their businesses in an increasing digital, on-demand world, including ListHub™, the nation's leading listing syndicator and centralized intelligence platform for the real estate industry; TigerLead®; Top Producer® Systems, FiveStreet and Reesio, as well as many free services.
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Brokers from multiple countries expand global exposure with Proxio Showcase™
Santa Clara, CA (October 8, 2015) – Proxio, Inc., provider of the world's most powerful digital marketing and collaboration solutions for the global real estate industry, today announced a number of new clients across the US, Mexico, Caribbean, Central and South America who are leveraging the reach and efficiency of Proxio's platform. "The response to our new collaborative marketing platform has been nothing short of amazing," states Janet Case, CEO of Proxio. "Our unique solution solves marketing problems for brokerages and developers in every country, and is being extremely well received. We welcome these new clients and all of their agents onto our platform, which grows larger every week." New Proxio Showcase clients include: The Keyes Company, Florida; Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage Southeast Region; Level 4 Advisors, California; REInvent Properties in Dominican Republic; Arenal Maleku Condos in Costa Rica; Tierra Y Armonia in Mexico; and Calper in Brazil. "Proxio Showcase is a cost-effective and impactful way to reach agents and buyers all over the world, " says Michael I. (Mike) Pappas, President and CEO of The Keyes Company. "Our listings are exposed to a global network of agents and their buyers; we can see how engaged they are with a property, and we can track what parts of the world leads are coming from. Email marketing and brochures alone just aren't enough in today's environment. Showcase is a powerful marketing tool and much more efficient way to increase sales velocity and I am thrilled to bring Keyes Company onto this platform." Proxio Showcase is a complete digital marketing solution designed to empower brokerages, developers, media agencies, and others to easily market properties to potential buyers in multiple languages through a motivated global network of real estate professionals. Subscription fees from the listing companies support the service, which provides free multilingual tools to agents for sending beautiful, mobile-responsive marketing to buyers. Real estate professionals can explore Proxio Showcase at www.ProxioShowcase.com. ABOUT PROXIO, INC. Proxio powers multilingual, digital marketing and collaboration solutions for the global real estate industry, to maximize visibility and accelerate sales. The Silicon Valley-based technology company is transforming how the industry markets and sells, providing one centralized, easy-to-adopt solution for promoting real estate worldwide. Over 650,000 Proxio-enabled professionals gain a strategic advantage in serving diverse clients and growing their businesses globally with Proxio's award-winning platform, ProxioPro™. Real estate professionals around the world connect through Proxio Showcase™ products, accelerating sales and creating new commission opportunities. Proxio's subsidiary, PCMS Consulting, transforms brokerages into market leaders and proven profit centers. More information is available at Proxio.com and PCMSconsulting.com.
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Feng Shui a Driver of Home Selection and Investment for Chinese-Americans
MADISON, N.J. and CARLSBAD, Calif. (August 11, 2015) – Better Homes and Gardens® Real Estate and the Asian Real Estate Association of America (AREAA) today released findings from a national survey of Chinese-Americans that reveal the impact of the ancient design philosophy, feng shui, on this population's home buying mindset and preferences. While Chinese aesthetic and cultural traditions have long fascinated the Western world, this study sheds light on its influence in the U.S., as Chinese-Americans and international Chinese buyers represent an increasingly powerful force in the nation's housing market. The majority (76%) of Chinese-Americans surveyed are familiar with the principles of feng shui, which are considered to dictate spatial arrangement and building design to produce a harmonious flow of energy. Furthermore, over half of those who are familiar follow the practice in their daily lives. The prevalence of this unique art extends to home buying; 81 percent of those Chinese-Americans surveyed who are also homeowners indicated that feng shui factored into their most recent home purchase. This segment of the population is particular about adhering to feng shui in the home and they're also discerning about the real estate professionals they work with during the process. More than a third (36%) would avoid an agent if they had no knowledge of feng shui principles. "It's critical for real estate professionals to understand all consumer drivers within the home search," said Sherry Chris, president and CEO, Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate LLC. "For this population, feng shui applications are as essential as other traditional characteristics of a home. Understanding these considerations is part of being a sophisticated service provider as well as an invaluable resource for our clients during the home buying and selling processes. We are privileged to work with AREAA on bringing these unique insights to the forefront for our industry." A staggering 86 percent of all respondents stated feng shui will play a role in a future home buying decision and 79 percent are willing to invest more for a home that incorporates its principles. As such, feng shui often carries a large premium, with respondents willing to pay an average of 16 percent more. On the flip side, for sellers, incorporating feng shui into the foundation of a home may also affect its future on the market, as 90 percent of Chinese-Americans believe implementing its principles increases a home's resale value. "As the Asian American community's influence in the real estate market continues to grow, feng shui principles are gaining much needed attention and have already influenced real estate developers and interior designers alike," said Carmen Chong, 2015 AREAA National Chairwoman. "This research proves there is a significant financial incentive for investors and sellers to consider the application of feng shui in their properties. For an agent, understanding these principles can dramatically improve the opportunity for success within the Chinese-American market. We are thankful to have worked with Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate in producing this new research, and look forward to raising needed awareness about the importance of feng shui in a living environment." There are many elements of feng shui that range from design to the location of the home. When undergoing the home buying process, 75 percent of surveyed Chinese-Americans indicated they had at least one deal-breaker that goes against feng shui principles that would prevent them from purchasing a home. These include: the home being located at the end of a dead end street (31%), the home's back stairs directly facing the front door (29%), the home having a sloped backyard (29%) and the home's front and back doors being aligned with each other (24%). Accordingly, when asked to rank the feng shui principles most important in a home buying decision, 71 percent of Chinese-Americans indicated the cardinal direction the home is facing in their top three choices, followed by the location of the home on the street and the location of the stairs. ADDITIONAL FINDINGS: A Family Tradition: Many feng shui principles that still hold close to home today have been passed down through generations. Nearly half of Chinese-American respondents (49%) are more likely than their parents to take feng shui into account when deciding on a home, including 69 percent of those who practice feng shui. That said, 85 percent would bring along a family member other than a significant other when house shopping. Home is Where There's Feng Shui: A home's amenities and the surrounding neighborhood are important when looking to buy, but as findings show, many prioritize feng shui. In fact, 41 percent of Chinese-Americans think it is important when looking for a home. Two-thirds of those who practice feng shui (66%) feel the same – making it the second most important consideration among that group, only behind neighborhood safety. Elements of Design: 87 percent of Chinese-Americans have essential feng shui elements they desire for their kitchen, including it being organized and free of clutter (64%), its colors complementing each other (32%) and the kitchen stove not being directly below the master bedroom (29%). The careful arrangement of space and design continues in the bedroom, where 72 percent of Chinese-Americans have essential elements incorporated. These include avoiding the bed directly facing the door (41%), mirrors being placed away from the bed (34%) and the ceiling having a consistent height with no slopes (25%). 62 percent of survey respondents apply spatial fundamentals to the design of their bathroom. These include the bathroom being located away from the home's center (28%), the toilet being located in a separate space (24%) and having a full-length mirror (23%). About the Survey The Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate Feng Shui Survey was conducted by Wakefield Research among 500 Chinese-Americans ages 18+ between May 29 and June 8, 2015, using an email invitation and an online survey. Quotas have been set to ensure reliable and accurate representation of the Chinese-American population ages 18+. Results of any sample are subject to sampling variation. The magnitude of the variation is measurable and is affected by the number of interviews and the level of the percentages expressing the results. For the interviews conducted in this particular study, the chances are 95 in 100 that a survey result does not vary, plus or minus, by more than 4.4 percentage points from the result that would be obtained if interviews had been conducted with all persons in the universe represented by the sample. About the Asian Real Estate Association of America (AREAA) The Asian Real Estate Association of America (AREAA), established in 2003, is a national business trade organization focused on expanding housing opportunities for Asian American communities and creating business opportunities for real estate business leaders who serve this growing market. With over 14,000 members in 37 chapters across North America, AREAA is the largest real estate trade association focused exclusively on serving and supporting the Asian American community. About Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate LLC Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate LLC is a dynamic real estate brand that offers a full range of services to brokers, sales associates and home buyers and sellers. Using innovative technology, sophisticated business systems and the broad appeal of a lifestyle brand, Better Homes and Gardens Estate LLC embodies the future of the real estate industry while remaining grounded in the tradition of home. Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate LLC is a subsidiary of Realogy Holdings Corp. (NYSE: RLGY), a global leader in real estate franchising and provider of real estate brokerage, relocation and settlement services.
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Better Homes & Gardens Real Estate Gary Greene Joins the International MLS as a Limited Charter Broker Member
Los Angeles, CA., July 9, 2015 -- The International MLS [IMLS] announced today that Better Homes & Gardens Real Estate Gary Greene, the largest residential brokerage in the Houston Metro area, has become a Limited Charter member of The IMLS, and its International Division Director Oscar Gonzales has been selected to serve on The IMLS advisory board. According to The IMLS CEO/Founder and California broker Dr. Daniel Nussbaum, "I am proud to say that Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate Gary Greene's International Division Director Oscar Gonzales has accepted a seat on The IMLS advisory board and joins Dan Forsman of Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Georgia Properties as our initial broker members. The IMLS is being very selective so that brokers have excellent representation on our advisory board, and Mr. Gonzales brings a wealth of international experience. Oscar previously served as the National Association of Realtors (NAR) President's liaison to Mexico, and has been recognized as one of the 25 most influential people in real estate by Realtor magazine. We welcome him as representing the voice of the Realogy segment of the USA broker and agent community. " "We have now added the largest real estate brokerage in the Houston market as a global broker member, having listed the most homes, sold the most homes, and sold the most dollar volume of homes in the first five months of 2015 in the Houston metro area. We are delighted to get such a substantial leader in the USA brokerage community with more than 1000 agents to participate in The IMLS. All of their agent's listings will be profiled on The IMLS and all IMLS searches distributed globally. They now have The IMLS international page with all of The IMLS listings available to their customers in 80-languages. Additionally, all of the Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate Gary Greene agents are able to have a framed international web page with their own IMLS search featuring more than 1,000,000 listings in 60 countries and 80 languages for their own website." "Our goal has been to bring together agents, brokers, developers, associations, MLS's, and buyers and sellers to create the best industry and consumer experience. We offer a complete global solution providing an international marketing presence that is easy and affordable, while providing agents an opportunity to increase their revenue: Better Homes & Gardens Real Estate Gary Greene can see the strategic competitive advantage of becoming an IMLS member and what it can provide for all of their agents and clients," said Dr. Nussbaum. "The Houston region is now the most ethnically and culturally diverse large metropolitan area in the country. Houston hosts more than 90 consulate offices and is home to more than 1.3 million Houstonians that are foreign-born (20%). Inbound migration to the area averages 8-10 thousand individuals per month, of which an estimated 39% originate from an international location," said Oscar Gonzales. "Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate Gary Greene's participation in the IMLS is another tool available to our agents that will enhance the unique service we already provide to inbound and outbound international clients. As a brand, we are all about accommodating the lifestyle of our clients. We want to make certain that we remove as many barriers to home ownership as possible and that include accommodating any language, cultural, and religious nuances that may present as challenges." About The International MLS [IMLS]™ The International MLS is an International Portal initiative and membership platform combining a leading real estate technology company based in Boca Raton, Florida and a licensed broker based in Los Angeles California with more than 1,000,000 listings in 60 countries from agencies around the world. In addition to providing global visibility for property listings on The IMLS site and all IMLS searches distributed around the world, The IMLS empowers these agents and brokers to display international property listings knowing that commissions can be made on any sale which is generated by their IMLS search through referral agreements made between themselves and other agencies around the world. More information about The International MLS [IMLS] and all its services can be found on http://www.TheIMLS.com. About Better Homes And Gardens Real Estate Gary Greene Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate Gary Greene is a leading Houston residential real estate brokerage owned by Mark Woodroof and Marilyn Eiland. Celebrating over 50 years of operation in the Houston area, the company has listed more homes, sold more listings, and closed more transactions than any other brokerage in Houston. The brokerage has grown to encompass 21 offices in the greater Houston/Galveston area and more than 900 agents. The Houston Business Journal has named Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate Gary Greene No. 1 in closed transactions. Real Trends Magazine ranked the company No. 50 among all residential brokerages in the United States in closed transaction. The company actively supports The Sunshine Kids Foundation, a 501c3 that supports children and their families battling cancer. For more info please visit, www.GaryGreene.com.
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Previsite to Deliver ListTrac Analytics for Property Listings Across the Globe
NEW YORK, NY (Real Estate Connect NYC) – January 29, 2015 – Previsite, a leader in global distribution of real estate property listing data and marketing services, today announced a new partnership with ListTrac that allows agents and brokers using the Previsite WorldPosting offering to track and measure online performance for properties listed in more than 40 countries, reaching a potential 100 million buyers and investors. "We are bringing ListTrac technology to the world," said Darren Bondy, Chief Operating Officer of Previsite, who made the announcement during Real Estate Connect NYC, a leading real estate technology conference being held in Manhattan this week. Known as the "Google Analytics for Listings," ListTrac will provide Previsite's WorldPosting subscribers with metrics on how well their listings are performing on more than 70 listing portals worldwide. WorldPosting publishes real estate agents and broker's listings across the globe, translating each listing into the local language. With the addition of ListTrac, WorldPosting members will be able to see how many times their listings are viewed on each portal, the average time a potential foreign buyer or investor spends viewing each listing, and the number of leads being received from each portal and country. "In addition to providing our clients with a simple, automated and affordable way to market to gain worldwide exposure and attract International buyers," Bondy said. "We will now be able to give them the power of statistics reports of their results.. WorldPosting now delivers both: Publishing listings for pennies on the dollar across the globe, and by adding ListTrac, the ability to measure how well their international marketing is working." Trent Gardner, CEO of ListTrac, called Previsite "a great partner to introduce ListTrac internationally." "They have been around for 15 years and are the established global leader, immediately connecting ListTrac to the world's leading real estate portals through WorldPosting," Gardner said. WorldPosting reaches more than 100 million potential home buyers and investors from across globe in more than 40 countries, including Algeria, Argentina, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, China, Chile, Columbia, Czech Republic, Dominican Republic, France, French Polynesia, Germany, Great Britain, Greece, India, Indonesia, Israel, Italy, Luxembourg, Malaysia, Mexico, Monaco, Morocco, New Caledonia, Pakistan, Panama, Peru, Poland, Portugal, Qatar, Romania, Russia, Singapore, South African, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Thailand, Tunisia, Turkey, Ukraine, United Arab Emirates, Uruguay, and Venezuela. WorldPosting imports – either from a broker's feed or individual agent entry – and then processes and automatically distributes and updates daily listings across the world's leading property portals. Listings are translated to the local language for each portal location. WorldPosting agents and brokers can share real-time information with sellers, including daily, weekly, or monthly snapshots of all their listing activity in each country. ListTrac has established partnerships with Multiple Listing Services that reach more than 210,000 members in 13 states and now through Previsite WorldPosting, reach more than 70 International real estate portals. About Previsite Previsite, headquartered outside Paris, France with U.S. operations in the Atlanta area, is a French-based company offering marketing solutions to real estate agents and brokers around the world. Core services include Virtual Visit, a virtual tour system allowing agents to create panoramic tours in minutes directly from their computers; SocialConnect, a complete solution to promote listings and strengthen branding across the social media sphere; and WorldPosting, an International listing syndication service allowing real estate professionals to reach a potential audience of 100 million buyers and investors across some 70 leading real estate portals in more than 40 countries. Established in 2000, more information is available at www.previsite.com About ListTrac ListTrac, known as the "Google Analytics for listings," is a complimentary, monitoring and reporting platform for real estate brokers, REALTORS® and sellers to measure user engagement data related to their listing content. ListTrac provides a holistic view of where and how listing content is being interacted with across the Internet. Located in Southern California, ListTrac's team has been building innovative and novel tools for the real estate and mortgage industries for over 12 years. Discover more at www.listtrac.com.
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ListHub and NAR Align to Guide Realtors® in Global Real Estate
  MORGANTOWN, WV, July 23, 2014 -- ListHub, the nation's leading listing syndicator and centralized intelligence platform for the real estate industry, today announces a new relationship with the National Association of REALTORS® (NAR) to guide Realtors® in maximizing their opportunities in the global real estate marketplace. The agreement provides real estate professionals with best-in-class international listing distribution and global education as well as discounts for Realtors® to leverage worldwide advertising exposure available through ListHub Global. "The prevalence of international investment in the United States presents a tremendous opportunity for Realtors® to expand their market and reach international buyers and investors, if they are prepared to do so," said Steve Brown, 2014 president of NAR. "This arrangement offers the education and tools to provide global real estate service, as well as an economic advantage for Realtors® to reach the international marketplace through ListHub Global." The agreement provides discounts for NAR's Certified International Property Specialist (CIPS) curriculum, a series of global real estate courses that provide the knowledge, research, network and tools to help Realtors® globalize their business and acquire international clients, for ListHub Global customers. CIPS-certified Realtors® have access to the CIPS Referral Network, comprised of 2,300 elite agents in 45 countries worldwide. The agreement also provides CIPS designees with a 10 percent discount for the ListHub Global service. The ListHub Global network offers brokers the opportunity to increase global exposure of their listings within a controlled platform, with ListHub's signature streamlined management, comprehensive data protections and unmatched performance metrics. With the merger of ListHub Global network partners EdenHome and ListGlobally, the ListHub Global network includes more than 70 international property publishers in over 40 countries, reaching 60 million international customers. Helping Realtors® Become Global Experts The CIPS program helps Realtors® develop the specialized expertise required in an international transaction, from currency issues and financing to visa and tax laws. The exclusive discounts available through the arrangement with ListHub Global empower Realtors® to invest in the combined resources for an unparalleled market advantage when working with international buyers. The international market is at peak levels, reaching a record $92.2 billion in sales between April 2013 to March 2014 according to NAR's 2014 Profile of International Home Buying Activity, released this month. Sales to international clients have jumped 35 percent from the previous period's level of $68.2 billion. The report also highlights a substantial increase in sales to buyers from China, increasing from $12.8 billion in the prior period to $22 billion in the 12 months ending in March 2014, and now accounting for nearly 25 percent of total sales to international buyers. Buyers from China generally purchased in higher-priced markets, and 76 percent of reported transactions were all-cash purchases. Appreciation of the Chinese yuan and affordable property contributed to the appeal of the U.S market for many buyers from China, according to the report. The ListHub Global network includes the leading real estate search website in China, SouFun, which reports more than three million unique visitors each day. Among the site's 12 million SouFun members, 25 percent have plans to invest in properties outside China within the next three years. "Buyers from China are predicted to continue to grow in the coming years, yet China's rigorous Internet regulations limit opportunities to advertise listings in mainland China without working directly with China's property portals," said Celeste Starchild, vice president and general manager of ListHub. "ListHub Global allows Realtors® to reach buyers in China within the same secure platform they use for national advertising, in a seamless experience that ensures the data is Multiple Listing Service (MLS)-accurate across the global network of real estate search websites." ListHub will host a free, 30 minute webinar July 24 at 4 p.m. EDT. Global Perspectives - Tips for Expanding Your Global Reach will be hosted by ListHub Global Team Leader Aldana Gentinetta and NAR's Director of Global Marketing and Business Development Katie Stouffs Grimes. The webinar will highlight the latest insights from NAR's international report and tips for reaching global buyers. About Move, Inc. and realtor.com® Move, Inc. (NASDAQ: MOVE), a leading provider of online real estate services, operates realtor.com®, which connects people to the essential, accurate information needed to identify their perfect home and to the REALTORS® whose expertise guides consumers through buying and selling. As the official website for the National Association of REALTORS®, realtor.com® empowers consumers to make smart home buying, selling and renting decisions by leveraging its direct, real-time connections with more than 800 multiple listing services (MLS) via all types of computers, tablets and smart telephones. Realtor.com® is where home happens. Move's network of websites provides consumers a wealth of innovative tools and accurate information including Doorsteps®, HomeInsight, SocialBios, Moving.com™, SeniorHousingNet, homefair and Relocation.com. Move supports real estate agents and brokerages by providing many services to grow their businesses, including ListHub™, the nation's leading listing syndicator and centralized intelligence platform for the real estate industry; TigerLead®; Top Producer® Systems; and FiveStreet; as well as many free services. Move is based in the heart of the Silicon Valley — San Jose, CA.
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RESAAS Expands Localization of Its Platform to Cater to Overseas Demand
VANCOUVER, BC, June 24, 2014-- RESAAS Services Inc. (CSE: RSS), an Enterprise Social and Global Referral Network for Real Estate professionals, announced today the growing localization of its platform in multiple languages, multiple currencies, and multiple units. With the dramatic growth and demand the RESAAS platform has received from a variety of large global organizations throughout 2014, RESAAS has built its own propriety translation website in order to allow for the platform to reach a truly global audience in a localized manner. RESAAS' Enterprise offering, already selected earlier in 2014 by RE/MAX LLC and released under the label of the RE/MAX Global Referral Network, provides agents within a single franchise to send and receive referrals in a self-serving manner. In addition to Enterprise-only offerings, the entire RESAAS user base have access to RESAAS' referral engine, which allows agents to send and receive one-to-one referrals to any licensed real estate agent or REALTOR® who has an active account on RESAAS. The announcement of RE/MAX LLC's endorsement to provide their 95,000 agents worldwide with a Global Referral Network powered by RESAAS has further fueled adoption by agents from a variety of continents including Europe, South America, Asia, and Australasia. RESAAS first translated its platform into Spanish this past March, and has since added French, Turkish and most recently Portuguese. "We are thrilled to see the RESAAS Platform become even more global by being made available in Portuguese," said Ernani Assis, Regional Director of RE/MAX Brasil. "Our 1,000 agents that make up RE/MAX Brasil will benefit from a localized interface to enhance RESAAS' growing global referral network." RESAAS will be releasing another 20 languages during July and August 2014 according to a strategic regional rollout plan, including Simplified and Traditional Chinese, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Thai, Czech, German, Hebrew, Hungarian, Polish and Tagalog, Arabic, Bahasa Indonesia, Gurjarati, Hindi, Punjabi and Tamil. Real Estate is a global business and agents are consistently looking for new ways to make connections, generate leads and engage in referrals with other agents from all over the world. "RESAAS has expanded substantially throughout 2014, with adoption by major real estate brokerages, brands and associations," said Tom Rossiter, President at RESAAS. "The emergence of RESAAS as a platform for the global real estate eco-system has been enhanced by providing a translated version of our network, prompting increasing growth from overseas and underscoring RESAAS as a true social and global referral network for real estate professionals the world over." For real estate agents to experience the true value of technology, they have must have access to technology in order to use it to their advantage. As the real estate industry continues to develop into a globalized marketplace, it is essential that online tools available to real estate professionals can bridge the gap between them. The introduction of additional languages to RESAAS will continue to turn the platform into a fully localized destination for real estate professionals across the globe, resulting in the ability to effectively accommodate the needs and demands of the industry today. About RESAAS SERVICES INC. RESAAS is an Enterprise Social and Global Referral Network for licensed Real Estate Agents, REALTORS®, Brokers, Franchises and Associations. RESAAS' powerful reblasts® engine automatically converts real estate activity into social marketable content, which is also pushed out to other social networks, to generate leads. Visit www.resaas.com.
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ListHub Announces Agreement with ListGlobally
  MORGANTOWN, W.Va. and NEW YORK, March 11, 2014 -- ListHub, the leading distributor of real estate listings in the U.S., announced a new agreement with ListGlobally, the largest network of real estate portals around the world, making ListGlobally the newest international advertising opportunity in the ListHub Global offering for brokers and agents in the U.S. The agreement now provides ListHub Global customers a network of 49 portals in 30 countries including new locations in Asia, Russia, Western Europe and South America. ListHub, operated by Move, Inc., launched ListHub Global in July 2013. With a network of more than 450 MLSs and 50,000 broker subscribers, ListHub allows brokers to swiftly and safely advertise their listings on the most visited real estate websites across the nation, and now around the globe. "The ListGlobally network is a significant addition to our current offering, both in volume and in geographic coverage for international syndication," said Luke Glass, general manager of ListHub. "International buyers are an ever-increasing presence in the U.S. market – not just in the major cities but also university towns and retirement destinations. Seen as a safe investment for foreigners, listing agents and brokers are now realizing that in order to have a truly complete marketing service for their sellers, they now must include international listing exposure." Keller Williams, the largest real estate company by agent count in North America, is the first major franchise to sign up for the complete ListHub Global offering, which includes all 49 ListGlobally portals. With this partnership, members of the Keller Williams Global Property Specialist network will now have their listings syndicated to an additional 80 top international portals. "This is an incredible opportunity to reach international clients," said Chris Heller, president of Keller Williams Worldwide. "We're committed to bringing enhanced opportunities to our associates through exposure to a larger marketplace." In addition to bringing international exposure to U.S. listings, the new agreement also provides ListGlobally portal network members around the world the opportunity to market an increasing number of active and accurate U.S. real estate listings to their local users interested in investing in U.S. real estate. The ListGlobally service provides an international search tab on global real estate portals in a framed search experience, which also protects the listing broker's data. "ListHub is an invaluable resource for agents and brokers to market their listings on leading real estate search sites across the nation and now around the world. We are proud to become an integral part of their global offering and to assist U.S. agents in marketing their local listings to a global audience," says Chris Vulovic, CEO of ListGlobally. ListGlobally also has recently aligned with realtor.com International® to provide ongoing listing content from Australia, Belgium, Mauritius and the United Arab Emirates, currently ListHub will supply more than 83,500 international real estate listings. Realtor.com International delivers the best listing information and tools to connect buyers, sellers and REALTORS® across the global marketplace, and includes over 1.6 million international homes for sale, land, commercial and rental listings from the United States and 36 additional countries. The site displays search options, listing information translations in 11 languages, multiple home size conversions and 22 different currencies. Realtor.com International is the global arm of realtor.com®, the premier U.S. online destination for real estate information, also operated by Move. About ListHub ListHub™ is operated by Move, Inc., (NASDAQ: MOVE), the leader in online real estate. ListHub provides a platform to MLSs and real estate brokers to effectively manage every aspect of advertising listings online, including tools for making informed advertising choices, flexible options for routing consumer traffic and leads, and reporting for accurately measuring the results of their online marketing. Listing information is kept up-to-date to provide today's homebuyers with the most accurate information available from the MLS. ListHub is the leading platform nationwide for listing management, serving more than 50,000 brokerage firms, and synchronizing listing information from over 450 data sources with more than 125 publisher websites. www.listhub.com About ListGlobally ListGlobally is the industry's largest network of international property portals. Through one simple process agents can broadcast their listings to over 60 leading real estate sites in more than 30 countries and reach over 60 million potential buyers and investors. ListGlobally assists real estate portals by adding an international section to their search. Either fully integrated in their current search or a white-label international section, member sites can instantly expand their search territory to offer properties from around the globe to their user-base. Partnerships with software providers and property portals allow these companies to offer the ListGlobally product to their agent customers. www.listglobally.com About Move, Inc. Move, Inc. (NASDAQ:MOVE), the leader in online real estate, operates: realtor.com®, the official website of the National Association of REALTORS®; Move.com, a leading destination for new homes and rental listings, moving, home and garden, and home finance; ListHub™, the leading syndicator of real estate listings; Moving.com™; SeniorHousingNet; SocialBios; Doorsteps®, TigerLead®; Top Producer® Systems and FiveStreet, Inc. Move, Inc. is based in San Jose, Calif. About Keller Williams Realty, Inc. Keller Williams Realty, Inc. is the largest real estate franchise company in North America, with approximately 700 offices and 96,000 associates in more than a dozen countries around the world. The company has grown exponentially since the opening of the first Keller Williams Realty office in 1983, and continues to cultivate an agent-centric, education-based, technology-driven culture that rewards associates as stakeholders. The company also provides specialized agents in luxury homes and commercial real estate properties. For more information or to search for homes for sale visit Keller Williams Realty online at www.kw.com. For more information about Keller Williams Worldwide, please visit www.kwworldwide.com.
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Start-up real estate portal zooms past industry giants Zillow, Trulia and Realtor.com in international Google search results
Just months after launching the Real-Buzz.com, Global Real Estate Network made its presence known in the much coveted top 10 results to searches for real estate in major US cities on the international versions of Google, Bing and Yahoo. By contrast, Zillow, Trulia and Realtor.com were rarely among the first 100 search results. This international Internet dominance is important because more than 70% of all traffic online in 2010 was in other languages and not in English. (Source: InternetWorldStats.com) Exclusively on Real-Buzz, international buyers can search over a million professionally translated US property listings in Spanish, Brazilian Portuguese, Chinese (Mandarin or Cantonese) French, Italian and Russian. When international viewers search for US property on their local Google or other leading search engines using common search terms like "house for sale" or "real estate" in their own (foreign) languages, Real-Buzz holds top positions for popular cities including Miami, Chicago, Las Vegas, New York and Los Angeles. "International visibility is important for would-be sellers because foreign buyers spent $82 billion last year on US residential real estate, up from the $66 billion reported by the NAR in their 2010 report. That was an increase of about 20% in one year, making home sales to international buyers one of the few growth segments in the real estate market," said Janet Choynowski, CEO of Real-Buzz. "With increasing public awareness of this trend, many sellers now require their real estate agents to demonstrate that they can effectively market to international buyers," she said. The Real-Buzz.com portal gives agents an easy way to meet the increasing demand for Global marketing while also expanding agent reach into the rapidly growing multicultural markets in many US cities," Choynowski stated. To gain a global marketing edge for their members, most major MLS and Realtor® organizations now syndicate their listings to Real-Buzz.com. In addition to translated property search, Real-Buzz provides a free B2B networking channel to facilitate professional-to-professional referrals, even between agents who may not share a common language. Referrals are a significant source of new business and agents can quickly build a global network on Real-Buzz. Real-Buzz offers a wide range of products and services designed to help agents and brokers market their listings to international and multicultural buyers, including translated property search for agent websites. Last year, Real-Buzz was a finalist for Innovator of the Year with the multilingual App for Facebook®, IDX-Buzz. The Real-Buzz portal and retail products are powered by Immobel®, the recognized market leader in real estate globalization technology since 2000. About Real-Buzz.com The result of the merger last year between Immobel and Real Buzz Media, the Real-Buzz.com portal combines the latest in social media features and a fully multilingual platform to create the leading global information exchange for real estate. Under the Immobel brand the company continues to provide custom real estate globalization technology, services and consultancy to real estate organizations, brokerages, technology vendors and franchise groups both in the United States and internationally. The founder of Immobel, Janet Choynowski now serves as CEO of the Real Buzz Immobel Group.
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