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Coldwell Banker Howard Perry and Walston Names David Jones CEO
Local Triangle Real Estate Veteran to Take Helm of Top Local Real Estate Company RALEIGH, N.C. - December 4, 2019 -- Coldwell Banker Howard Perry and Walston (CBHPW), the leading real estate firm in Central North Carolina, today announced the promotion of David Jones as Chief Executive Officer, effective immediately. With over 30 years of experience at CBHPW, Jones has comprehensive knowledge of the real estate business. Jones began his career with CBHPW in 1987 in the Accounting Department. In 1989 he was named Controller and promoted in 1994 to Chief Financial Officer. Since 2003 Jones has served CBHPW as President and Chief Operating Officer. "David is one of the most well-respected individuals by the brightest minds in the real estate industry, not only in our area but in the country.", said Don Walston, company founder and chairman. "His years of leadership and experience not to just CBHPW but to the entire industry is invaluable as we continue to grow in the future." Since gaining his real estate license in 2002 Jones has been an active leader in the real estate industry. In 2004 Jones was asked to join the Triangle Multiple Listing Service (TMLS) Board of Directors to help shape the future of Triangle real estate, a position that he currently holds today. Jones is also active in a number of industry leadership groups including Realty Alliance, Coldwell Banker Multiple Officer Broker Group, and the Vision Group. In 2017 the Triangle Business Journal honored Jones as a C-Suite award winner for his contributions to the Triangle Community. Originally from Marshallberg, North Carolina, Jones graduated from Wake Forest University in 1981 with a Bachelor of Science in Accounting. He makes his home in Cary with his wife Shelli and dog Addie. Jones three daughters have all graduated from local universities and have begun their professional careers. In his spare time Jones competes in endurance sports including Ironman Triathlons and marathons. Jones also serves on the HPW Foundation, which provides financial support to the company's agents' and employees' charitable giving and outreach efforts. About Coldwell Banker Howard Perry and Walston Howard Perry, an established builder, and Don Walston, a real estate entrepreneur, formed Coldwell Banker Howard Perry and Walston in 1973. Today, with more than 900 associates and employees and award-winning relocation, mortgage and title services, Coldwell Banker Howard Perry and Walston is the number one full-service residential real estate company in the Triangle, the top company in Central North Carolina and has earned recognition as one of the leading realty firms in the nation. Coldwell Banker Howard Perry and Walston exceeded 7,000 real estate transactions with over $2.3billion in sales in 2018. The Triangle Business Journal has consistently ranked Coldwell Banker Howard Perry and Walston as one of the "Best Places to Work in the Triangle." For more information about Coldwell Banker Howard Perry and Walston, visit www.hpw.com. Follow the company on Facebook at www.Facebook.com/CBHPW.
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LeadingRE Adds LionDesk to Solutions Group Program
CRM, transaction management and recruiting platform offers integrated solutions. CHICAGO - November 20, 2019 -- Leading Real Estate Companies of the World, a global community of more than 565 top real estate firms, has selected LionDesk as a preferred provider through its Solutions Group program of carefully vetted business resources. LionDesk helps real estate agents and brokers scale their business by giving them a CRM, Transaction Management, and Recruiting platform that is easy-to-use, easily integrates with hundreds of other tools, and eliminates the need for duplicate services that LionDesk offers natively, like video communication, texting and lead integration. "Being an open platform, LionDesk makes it easy for users to integrate all their software tools, eliminating the need for multiple log-ins each day," said LeadingRE Vice President, Corporate Marketing Robin LaSure. "Real estate is about building relationships and LionDesk's easy-to-use system helps make it efficient so agents and brokers can focus on building relationships and closing deals." "It's an honor to be chosen as a preferred service provider by a company that I highly respect and admire, LeadingRE," said David Anderson, LionDesk Founder and CEO. "LeadingRE is a champion for independent brokerages, and through this relationship we look forward to helping brokers simplify their operations, save money and grow their business." Learn more about LionDesk at www.liondesk.com/leadingre. Learn more about Leading Real Estate Companies of the World® at www.LeadingRE.com. About LionDesk LionDesk is an easy-to-use, feature rich, and affordable CRM platform for real estate agents and brokerages. Operating as an open platform LionDesk integrates with almost any software making customization endless for users. LionDesk has partnerships with several MLSs including the largest in the industry, CRMLS. Established in 2014, LionDesk is privately owned and headquartered in Carlsbad, CA. For more information please visit www.liondesk.com. About Leading Real Estate Companies of the World® Leading Real Estate Companies of the World® is a selective global community of the highest quality independent residential real estate companies, with over 565 companies and 130,000 sales associates in over 70 countries. Network members generate over 1.1 million transactions annually. LeadingRE exists to make its members better by connecting them to opportunities and people around the globe, supporting them with an international referral network, professional development programs, unique events and connections to people and opportunities worldwide.
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Real Estate Innovator and Visionary Steve Ozonian Joins Board of Directors at Inside Real Estate
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Broker Public Portal Announces Neil Dholakia of Keller Williams as New Board Member
ARROYO GRANDE, Calif., Sept. 03, 2019 -- Neil Dholakia, Chief Product Officer of Keller Williams, the world's largest real estate franchise by agent count, has joined the Broker Public Portal (BPP) Board of Managers, the organization announced today. The BPP is owned and operated by real estate brokerages and MLSs and is delivering with Homesnap benefits to more than one million real estate professionals in America today. As Chief Product Officer of Keller Williams, Neil Dholakia is interested in leveraging technology to disrupt the traditional approach to real estate. Neil brings more than 25-years' experience to his role, having built a wide range of software products that fuse corporate strategy with tactical deliverables. Using R&D insights from KW Labs, the innovation hub of Keller Williams, Dholakia leads KW's technologists in developing proprietary technology and using the brand's global scale to fuel a platform aimed at providing the best agent-driven consumer experience in real estate. "The BPP and our board is strengthened with the addition of Neil Dholakia," said John Mosey, a Board member, Chairman of the BPP and CEO of NorthstarMLS. "Neil's perspective as the chief technology driver for development of KW's innovative platform and products ensures BPP's continued growth and influence, as we engage millions of consumers and agents," he added. Broker Public Portal (BPP), a collaborative venture between real estate brokerages and MLSs to create a national consumer home search experience defined by simplicity, integrity and common sense, today welcomed seven new members to its Board of Managers. The Broker Public Portal Board of Managers by charter includes a "fair and balanced group of executives who represent the interests of large brokers (5), medium brokers (3), small brokers (2), independent managers (2) and multiple listing service organizations (MLSs - 4)." Agent count of participating firms establishes the size of brokerages eligible. The nominating committee of the board has seven of the current directors and was chaired by Joan Docktor of BHHS Fox and Roach REALTORS. The board has staggered terms of three and two years in each category. 2019 Board of Managers and Officers include: John Mosey, NorthstarMLS (Chairman of the Board)Alon Chaver, HomeServices of America (Vice Chair of the Board)Craig McClelland, BHGRE Metro Brokers (Secretary of the Board)Paul Wells, RE/MAX Barrington (Treasurer of the Board) Bill Miller, Metrolist ServicesRebecca Jensen, Midwest Real Estate DataTim Dain, MARIS Neil Dholakia, Keller WilliamsGurtej Sodhi, Crye-Leike Merle Whitehead, Howard Hanna Real Estate ServicesBetty Misko, Ebby Halliday RealtorsChelsea Goyer, RedfinJoan Docktor, Fox and Roach Realtors Pat Shea, Lyon Real Estate Christina Pappas, The Keyes Company,Andy Starck, Starck Real EstateCraig Cheatham, The Realty Alliance About Broker Public Portal Broker Public Portal, LLC is a collaborative effort owned and operated by real estate brokerages and MLSs to deliver with Homesnap a better home search experience defined by simplicity, integrity and common sense. Homesnap provides the same comprehensive, real-time data directly from the MLS used by real professionals, the people who sell homes, not ads. Broker Public Portal with Homesnap follows industry-defined Fair Display Guidelines: there are no display ads from other agents or brokers on one's listings, and all inquiries are sent to the listing agent or broker for free. More information can be found at http://www.brokerpublicportal.com and https://www.homesnap.com/bpp About Homesnap With easy-to-use mobile technology fueled by unmatched, real-time data intelligence, Homesnap is changing the way real estate agents connect with consumers and serve their clients. The industry-endorsed Homesnap platform leverages real-time data from 175 MLSs to empower millions of consumers each month with a superior home search experience, while providing over 75% of U.S. agents with access to powerful mobile tools that automate their work and accelerate their success. With the Homesnap mobile app, the highest rated consumer home search application; Homesnap Pro, the industry-standard mobile business platform for agents; and the Homesnap national home search portal, a joint venture with the industry-backed Broker Public Portal, the integrated Homesnap platform is transforming the industry by bringing real-time to real estate. More information can be found at www.homesnap.com.
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Former NAR CTO joins growing T3 Sixty Team
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Howard Hanna Real Estate Services Expands Franchise Division
Pittsburgh, PA (July 17, 2019) – Tom Schoeller, Howard Hanna Senior Vice President of Franchising, Mergers & Acquisitions, has announced the hiring of Denis Faherty as Midwest Regional Vice President of Franchise Sales. Faherty joins Howard Hanna with a strong 20+ year background in real estate and franchising. Based in Columbus, OH, he will work with Schoeller to expand the company's reach throughout the Midwest. "Denis brings a great combination of demonstrated skill and achievement in the marketplace to his new position," said Schoeller. "I am very excited to have him join our team and to be part of the continued growth of our Franchise Division. Our goal is to be the leader in all markets we serve and Denis will work to align us with firms who already lead in their markets. We believe that there is a fundamental advantage for companies to partner with a family-owned and -operated company." Howard Hanna franchise owners benefit from utilizing exclusive Howard Hanna marketing tools and programs such as the 100% Money Back Guarantee, as well as a group of trusted peers and management support. Franchise agents are able to tap into a proprietary suite of technology tools to help them manage their business, along with relocation, business development, and the power of HowardHanna.com with its more than two million visitors every month. "I am eager to join Howard Hanna," said Faherty. "The brand has experienced tremendous growth. I look forward to being part of the largest family-owned real estate company in the U.S. and further developing the franchise division throughout the Midwest." To learn more about franchising with Howard Hanna Real Estate Services, or to find out if your company would qualify, contact Tom Schoeller or Denis Faherty. About Howard Hanna Howard Hanna Real Estate Services is the 3rd largest real estate company in the United States, the #1 privately owned broker in the nation, and the largest home seller in Pennsylvania, Ohio, New York, and the Carolinas. The family-owned and -operated real estate company specializes in residential and commercial brokerage service, mortgage, closing and title insurance, land development, appraisal, property and casualty insurance, corporate relocation, and property management. In early 2019, Howard Hanna completed a partnership with the Allen Tate Companies, the 14th largest real estate company in the nation. The combined company has 312 offices across PA, OH, NY, VA, MI, WV, MD, NC and SC, with more than 11,000 sales associates and staff who are guided by a spirit of integrity in all aspects of the real estate process. For more information, visit www.howardhanna.com.
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Michi Olson Named LeadingRE Dean of Resources and Global Connections
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eXp World Holdings Names Mitch Robinson as Chief Marketing Officer
BELLINGHAM, Wash. -- June 27, 2019 -- eXp World Holdings, Inc., the holding company for eXp Realty and eXp World Technologies, today named Mitch Robinson as Chief Marketing Officer. In this expanded role, he will continue to lead and advise eXp Realty marketing and communications, while also focusing on other initiatives of eXp World Holdings, including affiliated services, international expansion and VirBELA, a virtual environment for communication and collaboration. "I love being part of a smart team that works to improve the experience for our agents every minute of the day. That mission never ends, but, as we grow, the opportunity to be part of other current and future efforts is exciting," said Robinson. "We have a great leadership team in place and Mitch has been an integral part of building the company through its rapid growth. Every time we have the opportunity to promote someone at eXp, it is a clear indication of the depth and leadership we have in our company," said eXp World Holdings CFO Jeff Whiteside. "As an experienced leader, he has a clear vision for the future of marketing and I look forward to continuing our strong working relationship." Robinson joined the eXp Realty leadership team in April 2017. Prior, he was an early employee at Expedia before joining Zillow. As the leader of Zillow's trade marketing team, he spearheaded marketing initiatives working with real estate agents, brokers, MLSs, rental professionals and builders. About eXp World Holdings eXp World Holdings, Inc. (Nasdaq: EXPI) owns eXp Realty and eXp World Technologies, LLC, which operates the VirBELA platform and eXp World Marketplace. eXp Realty, The Real Estate Cloud Brokerage™, is the largest residential real estate brokerage by geography in North America. It is one of the fastest growing real estate brokerage firms in North America with more than 20,000 agents across 50 U.S. states, the District of Columbia and four Canadian provinces. The company recently announced expansion into the U.K. and Australia. As a subsidiary of a publicly traded company, eXp Realty uniquely offers real estate professionals within its ranks opportunities to earn eXp World Holdings stock for production and contributions to overall company growth. VirBELA offers a modern, cloud-based environment focused on education and team development with clients in various industries from government to retail. VirBELA developed eXp Realty's current cloud campus, which provides 24/7 access to collaborative tools, training and socialization for the company's agents and staff. For more information, please visit the company's website at www.expworldholdings.com.
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NRT Names Tim Foley Executive Vice President of Operations
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Leadership Change Signals Further Growth and Innovation for Planitar Inc., the Makers of iGUIDE
Kitchener, Canada, May 17, 2019 -- A leadership change is underway at Canadian proptech company, Planitar Inc. The creators of the iGUIDE camera system, the most efficient way to understand a physical space through accurate floor plans, 3D tours, and property measurements, have announced that co-founder Alex Likholyot will be taking the company through its next stage of growth as its new Chief Executive Officer, replacing co-founder Kevin Klages. In his new role, Alex will be aligning the company's innovations with its sales efforts to accelerate Planitar's growth in existing markets and the expansion into new market verticals. Alex said: "From the very beginning, our goal was to optimize the way people collect measurement data. Our technology will continue to deliver the fastest workflow for mapping interior spaces, with iGUIDE 3D tour presentation being one the most intuitive and efficient ways for people to explore indoor environments. We also strive to give our customers powerful tools to run their businesses and help them, in turn, to serve their clients better. Planitar is uniquely positioned to take full advantage of its technology in multiple vertical markets and we will accelerate executing on this vision." Kevin will be taking on a new role as Chief Industry Officer to focus on strategic initiatives within the current Residential Real Estate and Property Management industries while developing new market verticals. Kevin is excited about the future outlook in our existing verticals. "As co-founders, Alex and I had a vision of what Planitar could be. Under his management and leadership, the company is in a great position to continue executing on our vision. In under five years, we have managed to evolve the standards for listing real estate property in Canada. Floor plans, room measurements, and square footage have now become commonplace and a default in many markets. We will be capitalizing on Planitar's strengths to become the standard for many different industries and verticals in proptech, and are looking forward to continuing to build on that paradigm shift in Canada and globally." Over the past five years, Planitar has experienced strong growth and iGUIDE is now available throughout Canada, in 35 states in the US, and with European, Australia, and New Zealand expansions underway. Founded in 2013, in Kitchener, Ontario, Canada, Planitar Inc. is the maker of iGUIDE, a proprietary camera and software platform for capturing and delivering immersive 3D virtual tours and detailed property information. iGUIDE is the most efficient system to map interior spaces and features accurate floor plans, measurements, and reliable property square footage. By integrating floor plans and visual data, iGUIDE provides an intuitive and practical way to digitally navigate and explore built environments.
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Inside Real Estate Adds Industry Veteran Alissa Harper to Fuel Continued Growth
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Intero Announces Leadership Change
CUPERTINO, Calif. (Apr. 15, 2019) – Intero, a Berkshire Hathaway affiliate and wholly owned subsidiary of HomeServices of America, Inc., today announced that Brian Crane has been promoted to the role of chief executive officer and John Thompson has been named president of company. One of the original founders of the company, Crane is a real estate veteran whose decisive leadership and collaborative approach have been integral to the year-over-year growth for which Intero is best known. Over the course of his 17-year career at Intero, Crane has held a number of positions and most recently served as Senior Vice President of Strategic Relationships and manager of the Los Gatos office. Also, effective immediately, John Thompson will take on the role of president and report to Brian. A founding member and former owner of the company, John has led Intero's strategic planning and growth initiatives, as well as managed its day-to-day operations. Most recently, John was Chief Culture Officer and before that he managed the Los Altos office. "I am humbled and honored by this promotion," said Crane. "I look forward to leading Intero to new levels of growth and performance with the best and brightest professionals in the business – our outstanding agents, experienced leadership team and talented employees." "Brian and I have worked together since we founded the company," said Thompson. "He has a deep understanding of the real estate business and I couldn't be more excited to be playing a key role in this transition." "Brian and John make a great team," said Gino Blefari, CEO of HomeServices. "I am confident that their extensive experience, fresh perspective and exceptional leadership qualities will help guide Intero into the future and position the agents for even greater success." "Brian and John are the right leaders to ensure that Intero is well-positioned for future growth," added Ron Peltier, HomeServices' executive chairman. "On behalf of HomeServices, we look forward to working with them in the months and years to come." About the Intero® Brand Intero, a Berkshire Hathaway affiliate and wholly owned subsidiary of HomeServices of America Inc., serves Northern California with 18 offices throughout the greater Silicon Valley. The Intero Franchise network is comprised of 55 affiliates located in Alabama, California, Nevada, Tennessee and Texas. The company is headquartered in California's Silicon Valley. Find more information about Intero at www.intero.com. Find more information about HomeServices at http://www.homeservices.com.
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Real Estate Standards Organization Names Sam DeBord as CEO
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BHGRE Revolutionizing Its Talent Attraction Strategy by Providing Data-Driven Solution to Its Network Through Sisu Platform
The Brand is the First in the Industry to Offer the Solution, and Offered at No Additional Cost to BHGRE Companies MADISON, N.J., April 2, 2019 -- Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate LLC announced today that it is empowering its affiliated brokers with a comprehensive talent attraction software system powered by data, analytics and gamification through the Sisu™ platform. With this announcement, more than 120 brokerages and more than 360 offices will have industry-first access to Sisu's innovative solution at no additional cost. The ability to make decisions based on data and real-time performance measures will transform the way Better Homes and Gardens® Real Estate affiliated brokers and managers conduct their talent attraction strategies, paving the way to help them achieve rapid, more productive growth. "With this announcement, Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate is not only delivering on our promise to make our affiliated companies more competitive in the talent attraction arena, we are bringing the advantage of world-class, data-driven intelligence to the effort through Sisu," said Rich DeNicola, Chief Operating Officer at Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate. "Every broker, manager and talent attraction lead in our global network can look forward to a smarter, more streamlined approach to recruiting, the driving force of our real estate business."The comprehensive solution offers Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate affiliated companies the ability to: Track, visualize, and gamify recruiting metrics including appointment ratios, net agents, growth, attrition, and company dollar Seamlessly integrate their local strategies with Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate's back-end data for a more contextual view of their efforts Manage and track performance of newly affiliated agents thanks to integration with the brand's production database Drive crucial discussions and coaching conversations on recruiting efforts and the overall health of the businesses' recruiting operations using intuitive dashboards and specific reporting Issue recruiting contests with smart incentives for recruiters through the real-time availability of data and performance tracking "The innovative Sisu platform and the many benefits it provides is something we couldn't get on our own and serves as another example of the power of our affiliation with Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate," said Mark McDonough, President, Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate Winans. "It will transform the way we set our talent attraction strategy and cascade it through our company. The intelligence, real-time data, tracking and analytics give me confidence in our recruiting plan, which allows me to focus on bringing the right people into our company. The fact that this is at no additional cost underscores the brand's commitment to the profitability of my organization." Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate was first exposed to Sisu through the Realogy FWD Innovation Summit in 2018, an event where Realogy seeks and uncovers pioneering technology that will positively transform the industry for brokers and agents. 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 Real 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. The growing Better Homes and Gardens® Real Estate network includes more than 12,000 independent sales associates and 360 offices serving home buyers and sellers across the United States, Canada, Jamaica and The Bahamas. The brand announced its expansion into Australia and New Zealand in April of 2018. Better Homes & Gardens® is a registered trademark of Meredith Corporation licensed to Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate LLC and used with permission. An Equal Opportunity Company. Equal Housing Opportunity. Each Better Homes and Gardens® Real Estate Franchise is independently owned and operated. About Sisu™ Sisu provides enterprise sales performance management and business intelligence software for real estate and mortgage professionals. Learn more at Sisu.co.
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Marketing and Innovation Executive Joins Showcase IDX as Chief Marketing Officer
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HomeServices of America Expands Its Executive Leadership Team
Minneapolis, Minn. (January 16, 2019) – HomeServices of America, a Berkshire Hathaway affiliate, today announced the expansion of its executive leadership team to support the rapid and unprecedented growth of the organization. HomeServices' Executive Chairman Ron Peltier appointed Gino Blefari, current CEO of HSF Affiliates, as CEO of the company. HSF Affiliates is the HomeServices' subsidiary operating the Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices and Real Living franchise networks. Peltier and Blefari will lead the growing business of HomeServices of America, formulate and execute strategies consistent with the mission, values and culture of the organization, and drive its continued acquisition strategies. "Our growth brings substantial opportunity. In today's competitive and fluid landscape we are the preferred choice for market leaders looking to join a company known for its integrity, financial strength, and operational excellence," Peltier said. "To best capitalize, I wanted to add an executive with an extended history of enterprise growth and success. Gino has been instrumental in the growth and continued success of our franchise networks. His extraordinary expertise will provide a valuable added level of support for me and for our companies and will be a tremendous addition to the superb leadership team already in place." Blefari began his real estate career more than 30 years ago and held executive leadership positions at Century 21 Seville Contempo and NRT before founding Silicon Valley-based Intero Real Estate Services, which HomeServices of America acquired in 2014. He was named president and CEO of HSF Affiliates in 2015. Under his leadership, HSF Affiliates' award-winning franchise networks have grown to include nearly 52,000 agents across 47 states. In 2018, Blefari led Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices' global expansion to include leading brokerage companies based in Berlin, London and Milan. "HomeServices of America is an incredible organization built on the strength of local brands and supported by a world-class leadership team," said Blefari. "I couldn't be more excited or proud to be joining a team that is so deeply connected to one another and committed to the ongoing success of their companies." Peltier founded HomeServices of America in 1998 and has grown the company into America's largest residential real estate brokerage firm and the premier provider of homeownership services, including brokerage, mortgage, franchising, title, escrow, insurance, and corporate relocation services. Peltier and Blefari will reinforce HomeServices of America's mission of delivering an exceptional real estate experience through improved product offerings, emerging technology solutions, dynamic consumer-first strategies, and increased use of HomeServices' full suite of homeownership services. Blefari will continue driving the vision and mission of the franchise networks and remains actively involved in their operations. As part of the transition, Blefari appointed Chris Stuart to the roles of CEO of HSF Affiliates and president of Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices; and Allan Dalton as CEO of Real Living Real Estate. "Chris brings a unique perspective to our industry based on his combination of enterprise technology experience plus his time with me operating Intero Real Estate, one of the country's largest real estate brokerage firms. I have the highest confidence in Chris, who has been a skilled leader at HSF Affiliates, delivering exceptional growth and innovation to our networks," said Blefari. "Allan, with decades of industry experience and success, will be a visionary leader of the Real Living network." These appointments are effective immediately. "HomeServices' commitment to acquiring market-leading companies and keeping the local brands intact remains unchanged," concluded Peltier. "2019 promises to be a busy and exciting year for our company." About HomeServices of America HomeServices of America is through its operating companies, one of the country's premier providers of homeownership services, including brokerage, mortgage, franchising, title, escrow, insurance, and relocation services. HomeServices of America is the owner of the Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices and Real Living Real Estate franchise networks. HomeServices is owned by Berkshire Hathaway Energy, a consolidated subsidiary of Berkshire Hathaway Inc. HomeServices' operating companies offer integrated real estate services, including brokerage services, mortgage originations, title and closing services, property and casualty insurance, home warranties, and other homeownership services. Information about HomeServices is available at www.homeservices.com. About HSF Affiliates LLC Irvine, CA-based HSF Affiliates LLC operates the Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices and Real Living Real Estate brokerage networks. The company is a subsidiary of HomeServices of America, Inc., the nation's largest, full-service residential brokerage firm and Berkshire Hathaway Inc. affiliate.
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Lone Wolf Seizes Momentum of Growth, Announces Two Leadership Changes
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Century 21 Real Estate Announces Leadership Changes
Iconic Global Real Estate Brand Says 'Thank You' to Departing Visionary Leader Nick Bailey; Welcomes Michael Miedler as New President & CEO to Lead Company's Next Phase of Growth MADISON, N.J. (Jan 7, 2019) — Century 21 Real Estate LLC, a subsidiary of Realogy Holdings Corp. (NYSE: RLGY), today announced leadership changes driven by the decision of President and Chief Executive Officer Nick Bailey to step down, effective January 11, 2019. Real Estate veteran and current Century 21 Real EstateChief Growth Officer Michael Miedler has been named President and Chief Executive Officer for the iconic global real estate brand. To ensure a smooth transition, Bailey will serve as an advisor to the company until March 1, 2019. "We are grateful for the unique mix of experience and industry insights that Nick brought to Century 21 Real Estate during his leadership," said John Peyton, president and chief executive officer of Realogy Franchise Group LLC. "I would like to thank Nick for his vision and tenacity, which have strongly positioned the CENTURY 21® brand as well as our brokers and agents for the future." "I have had an amazing journey within this industry, and I am so proud of the countless 'thank yous' I have received for my focus on growth, technology, C21 Gives and the bold and successful rebrand of the CENTURY 21 brand, which have led to an overall excitement that ultimately helped more real estate professionals realize their potential and families achieve their dreams," said Bailey. "After much consideration, my wife and I, along with our two little guys, made the decision that Colorado is our home for not only our young family but also for work." "We are fortunate to have a solid bench of talent within Century 21 Real Estate," continued Peyton. "And so, we didn't have to look far to find an outstanding leader in Michael, who with his strong focus on growth has the right background and experience to build on the momentum of the CENTURY 21 brand." Miedler has more than 20 years of residential and commercial real estate experience, nearly all of it with Century 21 Real Estate. Most notably in 2012, Miedler assumed the position of Senior Vice President of Century 21 Real Estate where he oversaw the franchise sales team, brand development and market share strategy in the U.S., advising new and existing real estate businesses on growth strategies, business planning and transaction structuring. In March 2018, Miedler was promoted to Century 21 Real Estate Chief Growth Officer. In this expanded role, he continued to manage the franchise sales team and lent his expertise to capturing share in emerging and diverse markets. His relentless contributions to the brand throughout his tenure have often become featured milestones in the CENTURY 21 timeline, having set – and broken – records, such as achieving a three-fold increase in the average annual franchise sales generated since 20141 and closing some of the largest deals in the history of the brand. "We are intensely focused on the growth of Century 21 Real Estate," said Miedler. "The team is ready to kick our efforts into high gear as we continue to fulfill our mission and show industry professionals and consumers the value of C21® brand. I've had the opportunity to work with this great brand from different sides of the business, and I'm excited to be taking the lead during such an exciting time in our journey as the power of the CENTURY 21 brand unfolds." Miedler and the entire team are poised to harness the power of Century 21 Real Estate. The past three years have marked the highest years for franchise sales since 20062, and the global footprint has also continued to expand with 2018 seeing office count up year-over-year by approximately 18%. With this substantial reach and fundamental shift within the brand, the industry has also taken notice. In 2018, Century 21 Real Estate was named the most recognized name in real estate for the 20th consecutive year in a study conducted by Millward Brown, a leading global market research organization, and was awarded the prestigious Inman Innovation Award in Marketing for its new brand identity. About Century 21 Real Estate LLC The approximately 127,000 independent sales professionals in approximately 9,400 offices spanning 80 countries and territories in the CENTURY 21 System live their mission everyday: to defy mediocrity and deliver extraordinary experiences. By consistently chasing excellence, giving 121% and always elevating, the CENTURY 21 brand is helping its affiliated brokers/agents to be the first choice for real estate consumers and industry professionals worldwide.
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RE/MAX Adds Leaders to Strengthen IT, Communications
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Inc. 500 Fastest Growing Real Estate Company, Fathom Realty, Finds Big Success with New kvCORE Platform from Inside Real Estate
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Redfin Hires Daryl Fairweather, Ph.D., as Chief Economist
Former Amazon Economist to Lead Housing Market Research Team SEATTLE, Oct. 9, 2018 — Today Redfin, the next-generation real estate brokerage, announced Daryl Fairweather, Ph.D., has joined its ranks as chief economist. Fairweather comes to Redfin from Amazon, where she served as a senior behavioral economist, leading a team of analysts and economists focused on improving employee performance and engagement. Her experience and research interests lie at the intersection of data analysis and individual decision-making, understanding how people's choices shape the economy. Fairweather's expertise in behavioral economics pairs perfectly with Redfin's efforts to help consumers make better home buying and selling decisions. "Redfin isn't just focused on purely academic questions about real estate, but the practical decisions people make about buying this or that house, now or later, for less than the asking price or more," said Redfin CEO Glenn Kelman. "With a doctoral degree in behavioral economics, Daryl is the perfect chief economist to understand the animal spirits that send the market shooting up or down, and the instinct for truth-telling to guide people on what to do no matter what happens. Just as important, her work at the Federal Reserve interviewing people who lost their homes to foreclosure in the financial crisis has given her a human connection to the broad range of issues tied to the housing market: where Americans are choosing to live, when we start families and why, if we feel rich or poor, and whether our neighborhoods restrict or expand our opportunities." In her new role at Redfin, Fairweather will contribute to the national conversation about the housing market and lead a team of Redfin economists and data scientists responsible for providing compelling reports on real estate market, homeownership, and the economic factors shaping where and why people are buying and selling homes. She'll work closely with Redfin business leaders and agents across the country to understand the behavior and mindset of homebuyers and sellers. "The housing market is a perfect example of how psychology affects the economy," said Fairweather. "For most of us, buying a home is the biggest financial decision we'll make in our lifetime, and yet traditionally, homebuyers have little experience and limited education on the process or the market. Emotions play a large role in real estate. I'm excited to use Redfin's unique data to understand these dynamics, and ultimately, educate consumers so they can feel confident and informed in their decisions." As a real estate brokerage and technology company, Redfin is able to pull and analyze the latest data from the multiple listing service (MLS), its home-buying and selling customers, and its agents in real time. Redfin closely tracks not only market-wide indicators like home prices and sales, but also trends in migration and the rate at which people are touring, offering on and listing homes. Fairweather and her team also have access to Redfin's proprietary algorithms and the data that powers Redfin consumer features, including Redfin Hot Homes, Walk Score, Compete Score and Redfin Estimate, Redfin's highly-accurate automated home value estimate. Before joining Amazon, Fairweather served in economist and analyst roles at Intensity Corporation, Morgan Stanley and the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston. She recently wrote about the research she did at the Boston Fed on the housing foreclosure crisis and how that informed her interest in the real estate market. Fairweather holds a Ph.D. in economics from the University of Chicago, where she was mentored by acclaimed economists Richard Thaler, a 2017 Nobel Prize winner, and Steven Levitt. Fairweather received her bachelor's degree from MIT. You can read Fairweather's personal essay about why she came to Redfin and find her research at www.redfin.com/blog. About Redfin Redfin is the next-generation real estate brokerage, combining its own full-service agents with modern technology to redefine real estate in the consumer's favor. Founded by software engineers, Redfin has the country's #1 brokerage website and offers a host of online tools to consumers, including the Redfin Estimate, the automated home-value estimate with the industry's lowest published error rate for listed homes. Homebuyers and sellers enjoy a full-service, technology-powered experience from Redfin real estate agents, while saving thousands in commissions. Redfin serves more than 80 major metro areas across the U.S. The company has closed more than $60 billion in home sales.
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eXp Realty Hires Cameron Paine to Lead Industry Relations
BELLINGHAM, WASH. — Sept. 12, 2018 — eXp Realty, the largest residential real estate brokerage by geography in North America and a subsidiary of eXp World Holdings, Inc., today announced that real estate industry veteran Cameron Paine is joining the company as senior vice president of industry relations. His duties include representing eXp Realty within the real estate industry and collaborating with current and potential partners and organizations. Cameron has been recognized by Inman News as one of the "Top 100 Most Influential People in Real Estate" and he was the founding CEO of the Connecticut Multiple Listing Service. Last year, he engineered a successful merger between the Connecticut MLS and a neighboring entity to create SmartMLS, one of the top twenty largest MLSs in the country. Previously, Cameron led the Bonita Springs-Estero (Florida) Association of Realtors. In addition to serving on the Board of Directors of the Council of Multiple Listing Services and on advisory councils for Realtor.com and Trulia, Cameron has authored a number of real estate white papers highlighting areas for potential industry collaboration. He created the concept for the Broker Public Portal, a public-facing website owned and controlled by a collaboration of brokers and MLSs, and served on the Board of Directors and Executive Committee. "We are thrilled to have a seasoned real estate veteran with extensive experience in real estate collaboration join our team. I've known Cameron for nearly 10 years and have watched with excitement the fantastic work he's done to bring industry influencers together. Cameron's experience will advance eXp Realty's goal of creating strong relationships among the entire real estate ecosystem," said eXp Realty Chief Product and Technology Officer Scott Petronis. "eXp Realty is the first modern brokerage to truly capitalize on the benefits of a virtual brokerage. They have embraced technology as a fundamental driver of their success and have built a phenomenal brokerage and a powerful culture for eXp Realty agents around it," said Cameron. "When offered the opportunity to work with the amazing team at eXp Realty, it was an easy decision for me. I look forward to collaborating with my industry colleagues on ways to empower organized real estate and stay relevant to consumers." About eXp Realty eXp Realty, LLC, the largest residential real estate brokerage by geography in North America, is a subsidiary of eXp World Holdings, Inc. (NASDAQ: EXPI). eXp Realty (exprealty.com) is changing the way that agents, brokers and consumers work together in an adaptive, sustainable environment. As the leading, national, cloud-based real estate brokerage, eXp Realty provides 24/7 access to collaborative tools, training and socialization for real estate brokers and agents through its virtual campus environment. It is one of the fastest growing real estate brokerage firms in North America with more than 13,000 agents in 49 U.S. states, the District of Columbia, and three Canadian provinces. As a publicly traded company, eXp World Holdings, Inc. uniquely offers real estate professionals within its ranks opportunities to earn company stock for production and contributions to overall company growth. For more information, please visit the company's website at www.eXpRealty.com.
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MoxiWorks Launches Recruiting Game Changer Called Moxi Talent
June 5, 2018 – Seattle, WA – MoxiWorks, the Seattle-based real estate technology startup, has recently launched a data-driven recruiting system for brokerages. Named Moxi Talent, it uniquely combines agent performance data, highly automated and intelligent CRM capability, and a proven recruiting process co-developed with some of the industry's most successful brokerages. The combination allows any manager or recruiter to increase their effectiveness in recruiting and retaining agents. Having done a soft launch at the beginning of 2018, they already had clients pining for Moxi Talent before the product was finished. With a total of eight brokerages on their beta version – representing the top regional brokerages in the nation – they now have released the full version of Moxi Talent, available to all brokerages. When asked what inspired the company to create such a comprehensive system, York Baur, CEO of MoxiWorks said, "Brokers wake up every day thinking about how to attract and retain the most talented agents, and the competition out there is fierce, particularly with all the disruptors throwing cash around. Brokers told us that they need a better tool to help their managers find the agents that best fit their needs, the culture of the brokerage, and then give the manager a system for successfully recruiting them." Moxi Talent differs from other recruiting tools because it not only focuses on attracting new agents, but agents already at the brokerage as well. "The brokers we talked to also said that they needed to help their managers re-recruit their existing agents every day, since turnover is one of the most expensive things in a brokerage," said Baur. Moxi Talent shows powerful data of an agent's ability to perform. Once a candidate has been identified, they are then added to the recruiter or office manager's pipeline as recommendations. From there, recruiters and managers can see the agent's performance, and even compare them to the successful agents in their organization. Moxi Talent provides detailed action plans, making sense of complex performance data, helping the recruiting team take the right steps to connect and win in the recruiting game. Georgia Perez, VP of Business Development and Product Evangelism at MoxiWorks said, "In my more than 10 years as a Real Estate Agent and Manager, I haven't seen a system that takes the guesswork out of massive amounts of data on performance and productivity, and provides an easy-to-follow plan to recruit and retain the top talent." Perez still holds her real estate license and played an active role in the development of the Moxi Talent system. "Before Moxi Talent, I would have been staring at a spreadsheet full of data and trying to figure out what to take actions on. Now, I simply tell Moxi Talent how I want to increase sides, sales volume, and geographic market coverage, and it does the heavy lifting to point me in the right direction." Moxi Talent provides daily to-do's, allowing recruiters and managers to efficiently and effectively reach the agents they need to and quickly narrows search criteria for highly-valued recruits. All of this saves time and energy, keeping them on task, and guiding them through the pipeline, resulting in more hires. Which, in turn maintains focus on business goals for the brokerage and provides better productivity, resulting in better ROI. Baur added, "When it comes to profitability, three things matter to brokerages: agent recruiting, retention and productivity. We've always had great product for retention and productivity, and now we have a great answer for brokers' recruiting needs too." About MoxiWorks MoxiWorks is a comprehensive open platform system for large residential real estate brokerages that serves over 110,00 agents and 55 brokerages nationwide. MoxiWorks' integrated tools are centered on sphere methodology that drastically increases agents' repeat and referral business by 40%, while lowering overall technology, training, and support costs for the brokerage. Named one of the 10 Best Cloud Solution Providers of 2018 by Industry Era, the open platform known as the Moxi Cloud has tools from more than 40 partners that plug and play to create unique brokerage solutions. More information at moxiworks.com.
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Ask any brokerage owner what their goals are and sitting comfortably in the top five, year after year, is recruiting and retention. Setting the goal is half the battle. The rest is execution. According to NAR, 84% of brokerages with four or more offices are actively recruiting. Large brokerages are under pressure to continue their growth, and everyone else must keep up. Therein lies the greatest challenge: execution under that pressure. How can an office manager recruit new agents while they're juggling everything from helping close a million-dollar sale or unjamming a printer or negotiating to keep top talent? At the end of the day, an office manager may only have the time and energy to hit the button on a blast of traditional mass mailers to an Excel spreadsheet of candidates and pray something hits. Introducing Moxi Talent With that, MoxiWorks is excited to present the newest member to the platform: Moxi Talent. Moxi Talent is designed to help office managers and recruiters execute on this year's resolutions through goal-setting, automation, and a consistent methodology to attract and hire agents. It is built on the core of Moxi Engage, the CRM and productivity tool that increases agent production by an average of 38%. Using Moxi Engage's focus on goals and its integration with email contacts and calendar events, Moxi Talent is in a unique position to bring the same change in productivity to office managers' recruiting pipeline and, eventually, retention efforts. Moxi Talent requires managers and recruiters to set their goals before taking any other action. The goals are used by the system to keep managers focused on a disciplined methodology, despite the noise of daily office life. Best practices in the form of tasks help managers take the right action at the right time, such as posting to the agent's LinkedIn profile, swinging by the agent's broker open, or using Moxi Present as a vehicle for marketing materials, a strategy many of our clients are already using today. Let Technology be Your Wingman It doesn't stop there. We'll continue to expand the feature throughout this year, enabling managers to tell Moxi Talent the profile of their ideal recruit based on volume and the geography of the agent's listings, which the tool will use to suggest the best candidate for the manager. Say goodbye to mind-numbing spreadsheets of data and hello to intelligent, automated recruiting leads. Nothing makes us at Moxi happier than to grow with our brokerage clients, and we're thrilled to take the next step in that continual growth with Moxi Talent, so brokerage owners and managers can make good on this year's resolutions, unlike my unused gym membership. Moxi Talent is currently in Beta. Find out more by clicking here. To view the original post, visit the Moxi Works blog.
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IXACT Contact Rolls Out Expanded Broker Program at Inman Connect
Expanded program for brokerages offers enhanced features for IXACT Contact's inexpensive and easy-to-use real estate CRM solution that can be leveraged by agents brokerage-wide. SAN FRANCISCO, CA (AUGUST 07, 2017) - IXACT Contact® will be unveiling the company's expanded Broker Program to 4,000 top real estate professionals, managers, and executives converging on San Francisco at Inman Connect. As a cornerstone technology for long-term success in real estate sales, IXACT's real estate CRM and Email Marketing solution is used by over 10,000 real estate associates and teams across North America to manage and grow their businesses. IXACT Contact's Broker Program is designed for brokers who are looking for an inexpensive and easy-to-use real estate CRM solution for all their agents brokerage-wide.The existing Broker Program includes many integration, customization, and pricing options including: Integration within the broker's agent portal using Single Sign-On (SSO). Customization and branding of all system-provided content as desired. Auto-loaded custom collateral/templates – even entire Activity Plans. Volume-based discounted pricing based on active agents OR flat 'Site License.' A special program for Rookies that gives them the entire IXACT Contact system FREE for six months. Concierge Setup Service to get every agent up and running within hours of creating their account. With today's announcement, IXACT Contact is giving brokers the added ability to: Brand IXACT Contact's monthly e-Newsletter with their logo and colors. Customize every monthly e-Newsletter at the brokerage level before it's uploaded to their agents' accounts. Syndicate custom broker-created webpages into all their agents' websites created using IXACT Contact. IXACT Contact's monthly e-Newsletter is already one of the flagship features of the system due to its quality content, mobile friendliness, and set-it-and-forget-it automation. Now brokers can easily brand and enhance what IXACT Contact provides with their own content and articles related to brokerage events, local marketing information, etc., saving their associates the time and effort of having to do it themselves. Also being announced today is IXACT Recruiter™, a new version of IXACT Contact customized to the needs of agent recruiting. IXACT Recruiter™ includes all the robust CRM and email marketing functionality of IXACT Contact, including a done-for-you monthly e-Newsletter for agent recruiting, prospect lead nurturing campaigns, and much more. At only $99/month, IXACT Recruiter™ provides a value proposition unmatched by other recruiting CRMs. IXACT Contact is committed to developing the best Broker Program available and will be releasing over the coming months: The ability to brand the CRM application with the broker's logo and colors. Recruiting Websites with automated lead capture that can be used on a standalone basis or integrated with the broker's existing website. Brokerage Websites including lead distribution and management. Inman Connect is where the industry congregates to learn about, embrace, and leverage the change that surrounds real estate – and IXACT Contact is at the forefront of that evolution. From a leading CRM and Email Marketing solution for individual agents and teams, IXACT Contact is rapidly evolving into a strategic partner for brokers who believe that effective contact management and marketing is essential to long-term success in real estate sales. This evolution is one of the reasons why IXACT Contact was recently selected as a preferred provider by the Leading Real Estate Companies of the World (LeadingRE) for their Solutions Group program. "Our Broker Program makes it easy for brokers to provide their agents with a highly branded and customized marketing system in a world-class CRM solution," says Rich Gaasenbeek, Co-Founder and EVP, IXACT Contact. "Brokers can truly make the system their own in a way that other CRM's simply can't do, and at a price point they can't match. While today's announcement takes our Broker Program to a whole new level, we're committed to expanding and enhancing it even further going forward." About IXACT Contact IXACT Contact® is an easy-to-use web-based real estate CRM and marketing solution. IXACT Contact includes robust real estate contact management, powerful email marketing, and mobile friendly REALTOR® websites. IXACT Contact helps real estate agents generate leads that convert into clients, keep in touch with past clients, hot prospects, and important referral sources, and stay organized and in control as their business grows.
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We work with tons of brokerages that say they want to look at their business in completely new ways. Companies that have been in the business for a long time though, cannot fundamentally change their approach for fear of losing agents and decreasing their market share. eXp REALTY is different. This company came out of the gate with a fundamentally different business model and an extremely unique approach to sales coaching, training and management. It is the Agent-Owned Cloud Brokerage®. Technology is absolutely at the center point of what makes eXp unique. Their industry exclusive use of a 3D immersive cloud office eliminates the need for the costly brick and mortar offices of traditional firms. . These cost efficiencies in turn allow the Company to deliver more value to their agents. They're growing like gangbusters so they're looking for a really smart and strategic Chief Technology Officer to help them continue to expand beyond the over 2400 agents and 42 state footprint they have established in a very short time. The ideal candidate will have strong leadership skills and will have a unique mix of understanding the needs of agents and their clients combined with a depth of technology vision and executional skills. As a key member of eXp Realty's executive management team, this newly created position will act as strategic thought leader who will help drive the growth of the Company through the building of a scalable enterprise application through which eXp can efficiently serve its fast -growing international agent base. In addition, the CTO will drive the evolution of eXp's Cloud Office to better serve the Company's agents. The CTO will also be charged with developing a data strategy within the organization to leverage the vast amount of data available to the Company. This is a critical role in helping to shape and drive the future success of eXp Realty. The successful candidate currently holds, or has held, a visible and high impact technology leadership position in or around the residential real estate brokerage industry, should have a strong technical acumen and the ability to build and lead high performing engineering, product and IT teams. If you want to learn more about the position, feel free to reach out to me, Marilyn Wilson, at marilyn(at)wavgroup.com or call me at 805-748-9118 and I'll be happy to tell you more about it. To view the original post, visit the WAV Group blog.
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Real Estate Brokers: Contactually's research suggests that successful recruiting requires first addressing three key issues
WASHINGTON--The top area of business growth focus for real estate brokers and owners – not profitability nor agent productivity – is agent recruitment and retention, according to new research published today by Contactually, a leading relationship marketing software firm. In the first half of 2016, the firm's research department spoke with over 150 leading brokers and owners in the United States about their business priorities and practices. More than two-thirds of participants (68%) reported that recruiting and retaining agents was their top priority. The results of the research are compiled in the Brokerage Recruiting Playbook, a thorough, data-driven report with practical steps for creating and implementing a recruiting strategy for real estate brokers and owners. "The study's findings have significant implications for the real estate industry. Every broker or owner has, at one time or another, struggled with both recruitment and agent retention. Our study's findings identify an empirically derived framework that can be used prior to the creation of an agent recruitment or retention strategy which will increase its effectiveness," noted Zvi Band, CEO and Founder of Contactually. "Recruiting has gotten a bad reputation as a 'numbers-focused' approach but the reality is that a recruit is a successfully built relationship. Growth isn't a bad thing so long as it is done with relationships in mind," sharedAlyssa Hellman, The Director of the Go School of Real Estate in North Carolina. "Brokers must always remember that a recruit is never just a number but a person. Relationship building must have its foundation in honesty and brokerages must find agents that will thrive within their unique environments. A great recruiting broker/owner knows not just when to say yes, but when to say no." Highlighted in Contactually's report, the Brokerage Recruiting Playbook, are three main themes that brokers and owners who are seeking growth through successful recruiting should address prior to starting their recruiting process: 1. Be clear on your strategy Are you recruiting with a production goal, a headcount goal, or a very selective or as-needed approach? Each has very different implications for how you develop and execute your plan, making it critical that you first address this key question before moving forward. 2. Understand how your value proposition aligns with the needs of your target agents How would you characterize your organization? Does it fully support training and development? Is it a collaborative culture? Do you focus on marketing and administrative support? It's important to fully define the value you bring to prospective agents to ensure that you find those that not only meet your strategy needs but, just as importantly, you find great resonance in your value proposition. 3. Ensure you choose the right agents for the brokerage Sourcing agents and evaluating agents are two completely different skills and you must master both if you're going to be successful in retaining these agents for the long-run. Ask the right questions and source agents through referrals are just two strategies for long term success. For more details on the Brokerage Recruiting Playbook and its findings, please go to https://resources.contactually.com/i/728571-brokerage-recruiting-playbook and contact marketing(at)contactually.com with any questions or comments. About Contactually Founded in 2011, Contactually is a leading provider of relationship marketing software for real estate professionals, from individual agents to entire organizations, that helps users develop and strengthen authentic, long-lasting relationships. In simply minutes a day, the firm's easy-to-use platform enables genuine, personalized engagement to generate more business. Proudly located in Washington, DC, Contactually employs more than 50 people and has raised 12 million in capital to date from Grotech Ventures, Rally Ventures, Bull City Venture Partners, Middleland Capital, and others.
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Build your dream team of top producing agents with BrokerMetrics® Recruiting. Go beyond the traditional methods to find the right people that best fit your organization. Most brokers have the same dream – to build a team of top producers, those real estate agents that go out into the region to list and sell a substantial percentage of their target market. But how do you build that dream team? Through the power of intelligent recruiting. Successful recruiting efforts are achieved by developing sound relationships. In the real estate industry, you develop relationships with top producers by knowing their business better than they do. The old saying, "Work smarter, not harder" truly comes into play when recruiting your dream team. With analysis software BrokerMetrics®, you go beyond traditional recruiting to use your market data to make positive recruiting decisions. Using BrokerMetrics, you have an all-access backstage pass to the real-time performance of your top candidates allowing you to better narrow the field and focus on those agents that best fit your organization. Track listings, sales, areas of activity, price changes, and much more to find out what each recruit can add to your bottom line. When Chicago-based @properties was searching for ways to improve their North Shore expansion, they used BrokerMetrics to look for insight on who would best fit their organization and increase their overall market share...and they found Chambers Cross & Associates. [Read more about @properties and Chambers Cross.] Whether increasing your market share or adding to your dream team, with BrokerMetrics, you can harness the power of your MLS data to better understand your housing market and the top producing agents within it. To view the original article, visit the Terradatum blog.
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AOL Real Estate Launches New Search Experience Powered By MOVE, Inc
New York, NY – (August 17, 2011) – AOL Inc. (NYSE: AOL) today launched a new real estate search experience on AOL Real Estate that is powered by Move, Inc. (NASDAQ:MOVE), the leader in online real estate. The new search experience includes a powerful new search engine delivering homes for sale, foreclosures, new homes, off market, and recently sold properties provided to AOL through Move’s ListHub syndication network. The AOL Real Estate search experience powered by Move now delivers enhanced tools that enable users to refine their search by multiple criteria including open houses, new listings and price reductions, and connects them directly to real estate agents. Additionally, the new platform now delivers home values search, expanded school and neighborhood content, a mapping experience provided by MapQuest, and more. These capabilities in combination with AOL Real Estate’s real-time news, how-to guides, videos and information platform provide the millions of AOL users with a richer, more complete experience in their search for a home. “Buying or renting a new home can be a daunting prospect, so we want to provide the best home buying information and service to our users as possible, which is why our partnership with Move, Inc. is so important to us,” said Jay Kirsch, VP and General Manager of AOL Money and Finance. “With its expertise in the listings business, Move, Inc. enables us to provide an unsurpassed hub of data and tools that are pivotal to moving decisions. This is the first of a number of upcoming enhancements to AOL Real Estate that will make the site a singular destination where users can be both inspired and empowered in their search for a new home.” Real estate professionals can now expand their reach and marketing power when syndicating their listings to AOL via Move’s ListHub syndication network through an exclusive advertising program.  Move is offering real estate advertisers access to millions of AOL Real Estate visitors through a special marketing program featuring the Showcase Listing Enhancement treatment. Move’s Showcase Listing Enhancement program includes expanded agent and office information, up to 25 photos, full motion videos, open house alerts, banners, and expanded property descriptions. “We’re excited to launch the AOL Real Estate search experience powered by our proprietary technology and to deliver an exceptional search experience and accurate data to millions of AOL visitors,” said Move, Inc. Chief Executive Officer, Steve Berkowitz. “Move’s mission is to connect consumers with real estate professionals so they can be successful together in purchasing homes. This is an important milestone for both AOL and Move that can significantly advance our ability to exceed expectations buyers, sellers and real estate professionals have towards us as category leaders.” In January 2011, Move, Inc. and AOL signed an agreement giving Move exclusive rights to power the AOL Real Estate homes for sale search experience.    About AOL AOL Inc. (NYSE: AOL) is a premier global media company with a suite of brands and products serving consumers, advertisers and publishers worldwide.  The AOL Huffington Post Media Group is a leading source of news, opinion, entertainment, community and digital information comprising a wide range of destination websites, including AOL.com, The Huffington Post, TechCrunch, Moviefone, Engadget, Patch, AOL Music, StyleList and MapQuest. The AOL Advertising.com Group includes Advertising.com, ADTECH, Pictela, Video (inclusive of AOL Video, goviral and 5min Media), Content Solutions and Sponsored Listings and serves a combined content and advertising market at scale through video, brand advertising, content and ad serving.  AOL is focused on engaging consumers and providing online advertising services and solutions on both AOL Huffington Post Media Group destination websites and third-party websites, in addition to serving consumer platforms including AOL Mail, AIM, about.me, and mobile experiences.  AOL also operates one of the largest Internet subscription access services in the U.S., which serves as another distribution channel for its consumer subscription products, such as AOL TechGuru and Computer Checkup.     About MOVE, Inc. Move, Inc. (NASDAQ:MOVE) is the leader in online real estate with over 16.5 million monthly visitors[1] to its online network of websites. Move, Inc. operates: Move.com, a leading destination for information on new homes and rental listings, moving, home and garden and home finance; REALTOR.com®, the official website of the National Association of REALTORS®; MortgageMatch.com, Moving.com; SeniorHousingNet; ListHub; and TOP PRODUCER Systems. Move, Inc. is based in Campbell, California.     This press release may contain forward-looking statements, including information about management’s view of Move’s future expectations, plans and prospects, within the safe harbor provisions under The Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These statements involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors which may cause the results of Move, its subsidiaries, divisions and concepts to be materially different than those expressed or implied in such statements. These risk factors and others are included from time to time in documents Move files with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including but not limited to, its Form 10-Ks, Form 10-Qs and Form 8-Ks. Other unknown or unpredictable factors also could have material adverse effects on Move’s future results. The forward-looking statements included in this press release are made only as of the date hereof. Move cannot guarantee future results, levels of activity, performance or achievements. Accordingly, you should not place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements. Finally, Move expressly disclaims any intent or obligation to update any forward-looking statements to reflect subsequent events or circumstances.     Contacts: Graham JamesAOL Corporate [email protected]     Jennifer DuBois, Move, [email protected] 1internal mobile metric  reports – March 2011 to May 2011 2comScore Media Metrix, Key Measures report –  July 2011
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Smarter Agent Acquires Toor.me
Smarter Agent, the leading mobile real estate network, today announced the acquisition of Toor.me, combining Toor.me’s QR code product with Smarter Agent’s existing suite of mobile real estate apps that can be branded to agents, brokers, realty franchisors, media and finance companies. Toor.me provides the real estate industry with mobile, desktop and social enhanced tours of their property listings. Integrated use of Toor Tags (QR Codes) makes ads and real estate signs interactive with mobile devices, sending potential buyers instantly to a mobile experience of the property. Sites are viewable on a desktop, tablet or any mobile device. Toor.me encompasses: Visual Tours (Non-Flash) QR Short Url’s Google Maps Integration One touch contact of agent: mobile, office, and/or email. One touch social share: Facebook, Twitter, or Email YouTube Fields Unlimited Photos Unlimited Websites For One Low Price "Every real estate yard sign should have an interactive mobile component to engage homebuyers,” said Smarter Agent CEO Brad Blumberg. “Toor.me brings properties to life for homebuyers and provides a powerful listing tool for agents and brokers. QR codes attract attention and are a growing entry point for consumers to learn about properties.” Smarter Agent has been developing real estate apps for more than a decade and is the only company that offers real estate professionals a branded mobile solution that consists of native apps for iPhone, BlackBerry, Android, Palm OS; apps on feature phones across Sprint, Verizon Wireless, AT&T and T-Mobile; and handles mobile web and text all in one. “Toor.me is far ahead of other QR and text code based companies in providing an experience to wow homebuyers, and we look forward to having this talented team as part of Smarter Agent,” said Eric Blumberg, President of Smarter Agent. Together, the companies aim to increase opportunities for mobile interaction, connecting homebuyers to agents and their listings. “Since the very beginning, even before we had a finished product, it has been the goal of Toor.me to revolutionize the way that real estate is marketed, bought and experienced,” said Allen Hartwig, co-founder of Toor.me. “By combining forces with Smarter Agent, the realization of that goal will be much sooner and done so with a greater impact. I am looking forward to designing world class mobile experiences and services with Smarter Agent that truly revolutionize real estate to be more social, more green and more meaningful.” Nick Smoot, co-founder of Toor.me, added, “I am excited to join forces with Smarter Agent.  Brad and Eric are the Godfathers of mobile real estate. Together we will continue to make the future of real estate marketing exciting and rewarding for our customers.” Toor.me and Smarter Agent got married! from Nick Smoot on Vimeo. Try a Toor.me demo: http://www.smarteragent.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2011/03/Toor.Me-Demo-qr-code.png Or direct any browser to:  http://toor.me/of/82 Download Smarter Agent’s free real estate app:  http://www.smarteragent.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2011/03/smarter-agent-qr-code.png If you would like to learn more about Smarter Agent, please click here. 
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