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Real Estate Leader Joe Rand Named Executive Director of the Broker Public Portal with Homesnap
ARROYO GRANDE, CA, SEPTEMBER 9, 2020 -- The Board of Managers of the National Broker Portal, a joint venture between Broker Public Portal (BPP) and Homesnap, today announced that Joseph "Joe" Rand of Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate (BHGRE) | Rand Realty, has been named Executive Director of the Broker Public Portal (BPP). Rand will also remain the Chief Creative Officer for BHGRE Rand Realty, one of the largest brokerages in the New York tri-state region with nearly 30 offices, 1,200 agents, and over $2.5 billion in real estate transactions last year. As Executive Director for BPP, Rand will serve as the face of a movement that has grown to include more than 240 multiple listing services (MLSs) representing over 90 percent of all property listings nationwide. BPP with Homesnap is the number one real estate engagement platform for consumers and agents, driving millions of agent/client interactions inside the Homesnap app and free leads to agents. "Joe Rand is one of the most trusted and well-known thought leaders in real estate," said John Mosey, a National Broker Public Portal board member, Chairman of the BPP, and CEO of NorthstarMLS. "He is uniquely qualified – with his experience as a broker, agent educator, and industry insider – to take the Broker Public Portal with Homesnap movement to every market in America," he added. As the Broker Public Portal's Executive Director, Rand will be the voice of the BPP at industry events, on stage and off, and serve as a spokesperson for the organization, contributing articles and opinion pieces about the BPP. Rand will be the key industry liaison for the BPP, meeting with individual MLSs and brokers to encourage them to join the BPP and expand this rapidly-growing industry movement. "With his deep experience as a highly respected broker and agent educator, Joe is the perfect person to represent the Broker Public Portal and bring its message to an even wider audience," said Steve Barnes, President and Co-Founder of Homesnap. "We are lucky to have Joe aboard and look forward to working with him to extend the reach of this important industry initiative." A longtime advocate and founding member of the Broker Public Portal -- the only national portal committed to pro-consumer and pro-agent Fair Display Guidelines -- Rand says his mission is very clear. "My two-year goal working with the BPP with Homesnap is to make it the number one real estate search site in the country," he said. "We have an opportunity to take the BPP to the forefront of the conversation about our industry's future." Rand is the author of two popular books about real estate and has been a featured speaker at dozens of industry conferences and conventions. He is known for pioneering the concept of "Client-Oriented Real Estate" or "CORE," an educational philosophy designed to raise the level of client service provided by the industry by teaching agents how to be "great at their jobs." RISMedia selected Rand for one of its inaugural industry Newsmaker Awards. He has been recognized by Inman News as one of the Top 100 Real Estate Influencers and named (multi-year) as one of the most powerful people in real estate by T360 Advisors in its Swanepoel Power 200 list. Due to his new responsibilities with the BPP, Rand will step down from his additional role as General Counsel of Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate | Rand Realty but will still lead his company's career development and educational programs and provide regular training programs to its agents. Rand earned both his undergraduate and a law degree from Georgetown University and a master's degree in law from Stanford University. Before entering real estate, he was both an attorney for a Wall Street law firm and a law professor at Brooklyn and Fordham Law Schools. A longtime resident of Manhattan, he now lives in the suburbs of the city, in the Hudson River village of Nyack, New York. ABOUT THE NATIONAL BROKER PORTAL Formed in January 2017, the National Broker Portal, LLC, is a joint venture equally owned by Broker Public Portal (BPP) and Homesnap. Homesnap provides the technology, brand, and operational expertise for Broker Public Portal. The National Broker Portal Board of Directors by charter includes a total of seven (7) directors: three (3) appointed by the BPP, three (3) by Homesnap, and a seventh outside director who is nominated by the BPP and approved by Homesnap. Current board members from BPP include John Mosey, CEO of NorthstarMLS, a Regional MLS serving Minnesota and Western Wisconsin; Alon Chaver, longtime industry tech executive and thought leader; and Craig McClelland, Chief Operating Officer (COO) of Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate Metro Brokers. Current board members from Homesnap include John Mazur, CEO of Homesnap; Steve Barnes, President and Founder of Homesnap; and Gayle Weiswasser, SVP of Business Development and Communications of Homesnap. Daniel Riley, VP Administration, Howard Hanna Real Estate Services, is Chairman of the JV Board. ABOUT BROKER PUBLIC PORTAL Broker Public Portal, LLC, is a collaborative effort owned and operated by real estate brokerages and MLSs to deliver a better home search experience defined by simplicity, integrity, and common sense. Homesnap is BPP in action and 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. Discover more at www.brokerpublicportal.com. 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. Homesnap combines people, property and data with enterprise-grade software for real estate professionals to run and grow their business at every stage of the real estate transaction. The industry-endorsed Homesnap platform leverages AI, machine learning and big data from over 500 data sources and over 240 MLSs to provide more than one million U.S. agents with access to powerful mobile software that automates workflow and optimizes the search and sell experience for their clients. 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 real estate business. More information can be found at www.homesnap.com.
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BoomTown Appoints CTO and VP of Product as They Ramp up Investment in Product Strategy and Innovation
Key leadership roles and expanding Engineering, Product, and Executive teams will continue 2020 growth and momentum, accelerating enhancements and releases of best-in-class technology and services to empower their customers. CHARLESTON, S.C. -- August 19, 2020 -- BoomTown, the leading sales and marketing platform for real estate professionals, recently announced the promotions of Mark Stewart to Chief Technology Officer and George Mountis to Vice President of Product. Stewart has worked at BoomTown since 2017 and Mountis has worked at BoomTown since 2013. Many breakthrough innovations have come to market under their leadership, including delivering successful, value-added offerings like Success Assurance, Marketing Central, and the HomeSearchNow app. "Never have we seen real estate technology needs changing as rapidly as they are today so we are investing even more in our product development, and empowering people with a history of strong leadership, pushing boundaries and advancing bold ideas, to lean into what we do best: building innovative tools to deliver on our mission to make real estate agents successful," said Grier Allen, President and CEO of BoomTown. "We are focused on making sure our clients are poised to take advantage of every opportunity in this shifting environment, and I'm confident that Mark and George's promotions and expanded scope will only increase our speed of innovation, user experience, and product strategy." The past three years have seen incredible momentum in the velocity and quality of BoomTown's Product and Engineering output. The teams have been able to prioritize necessary functionality and capabilities for evolving times, like expanded Virtual Tools, while simultaneously continuing to enhance core products. Strong leadership ensures these teams focus on listening to the needs of their clients and the industry, staying ahead of trends in the market, and determining the best way to meet these needs and deliver fast Time to Value. "It is invigorating to double-down on our efforts at a time when so many real estate businesses are looking for new and innovative tech solutions, and agents need tools that add both flexibility and certainty to their businesses" said Mark Stewart, Chief Technology Officer at BoomTown. "Flexible, user-friendly tools that delight homebuyers and sellers are necessary to help our clients navigate new priorities, and this is where we excel. I'm honored to work with such talented teams across BoomTown and look forward to continuing to redefine the future of real estate software in partnership with BoomTown's successful and passionate customers." About BoomTown BoomTown exists to make real estate agents successful. 40k+ of the industry's top professionals trust BoomTown to grow their real estate business with easy-to-use technology that creates opportunities and turns them into closings. Capabilities include a customizable real estate website integrated with local MLS data, client success management, a cutting-edge CRM (Customer Relationship Management) system with custom marketing automation, personalized advertising and lead generation services, and a mobile app for agents on the go. BoomTown's service offerings extend far beyond technology with coaching services from peers who have catapulted their growth with the system, lead qualification services to contact, qualify, and nurture leads, and dedicated advisors to offer personalized support at every step from onboarding and training to optimizing your business and planning for strategic growth. Founded in 2006 and headquartered in Charleston, SC, BoomTown has additional offices in Atlanta, GA, San Diego, CA, and San Francisco, CA. For more about BoomTown visit BoomTown.
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Inside Real Estate Attracts Seasoned Customer Success Executives to Support Continued Enterprise Growth
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Buyside Adds Ashley Terrell as EVP of Partnerships, Continues Exponential Growth
Wayne, PA, January 15, 2020 -- Buyside, the industry's leading provider of homebuyer insights, announced that Ashley Terrell will join the company as Executive Vice President of Partnerships. Terrell will be responsible for managing new and existing broker clients on the platform. Terrell began her career in the real estate industry as a real estate agent before joining Real Estate Digital's broker group in 2013. Constellation Software acquired Real Estate Digital in 2018 where Terrell continued in her role in supporting brokers. "Taking care of our brokerage customers is the most important role in our company," says Charles Williams, IV Buyside CEO. "We welcome Ashley who comes to us highly recommended by our clients and fits perfectly into our company culture." Buyside is actively hiring more staff in all departments to support the company's rapid growth. "Having worked closely with Ashley, I know her to be a strong, client-centric leader who has always been focused helping us maximize our technology investments," says Buyside client Rei Mesa, CEO at Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Florida Realty. "Her technology acumen coupled with her knowledge of how we operate our business makes Ashley a great partner to our firm." Florida Realty is among the largest firms of HomeServices of America deploying Buyside. BHHS Florida Realty has been aggressive at driving adoption companywide and operates one of the strongest regional marketing programs to connect agents with homebuyers. "Buyside's platform unlocks the power of broker buyer data for agents so they can win more listings, become more profitable and command greater control over their inventory," says Terrell. Terrell's group will be supporting Buyside's core products include Home Valuation landing pages, which combines multiple automated home valuations with visualizations of real-time buyer intent; Buyer Match™ dashboard, which intelligently pairs home buyers and sellers within a brokerage; and Real-time Buyside Market Analysis (BMA), which arms a brokerage's agents with insights on buyer demand to help them close more listing presentations. "Buyside is the first big data company in real estate that is really making a difference to the performance of its brokerage clients, and I am excited to be a part of that," says Terrell. About Buyside Buyside is a data analytics and marketing company whose mission is to help real estate brokers profit from their largest untapped asset—data. Buyside collects behavior signals from homebuyers and homeowners, using it to power actionable insights and intelligent marketing tools that help brokers capture seller leads, win more listings, and close more transaction sides in-house. For more information, visit getbuyside.com or email [email protected]
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Renowned Industry Photographer and Brand Ambassador, AJ Canaria, Brings Talents to Leading Tech Firm, Inside Real Estate
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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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Real Estate Innovator and Visionary Steve Ozonian Joins Board of Directors at Inside Real Estate
Inside Real Estate welcomes industry veteran Steve Ozonian to their Board of Directors as they continue their rapid growth and leadership in the real estate technology space DRAPER, UTAH (SEPTEMBER 12, 2019) -- Inside Real Estate, one of the fastest growing independently-owned real estate software companies and a trusted technology partner to over 200,000 top brokerages, agents and teams announced this week the appointment of Steve Ozonian to its Board of Directors. Known as a visionary leader in the real-estate tech space, Ozonian brings over three decades of experience serving in executive roles at Coldwell Banker Real Estate, Prudential Real Estate and Relocation, and REALTOR.com. "We're thrilled to welcome Steve to our board," said Ned Stringham, CEO of Inside Real Estate. "Steve brings a wealth of knowledge and relationships having successfully led companies through many facets of the real estate industry. His experience and perspective will be invaluable as Inside Real Estate expands its reach, partnering with the most prominent brokerage and franchise brands in real estate today." Named a Top Innovator and influential leader by The National Association of Realtors and other prominent media outlets, Ozonian has a long history of driving innovation at the intersection of real estate and tech. After serving as a senior executive at Coldwell Banker Real Estate and Chairman and CEO of Prudential Real Estate and Relocation, Ozonian went on to serve as the CEO of REALTOR.com, one of the leading real estate consumer portals in the United States. After his tenure at REALTOR.com, Ozonian also served as the CEO of RealEstate.com and is currently the lead independent director of Lending Tree and CEO of Williston Financial. "I believe Inside Real Estate is uniquely positioned to dominate the real estate software space," said Steve Ozonian. "They've gained substantial traction and scale in a highly fragmented industry thanks to a winning strategy, experienced team and a powerful software platform which drives real results for the agents, teams and brokers they serve. I'm honored to join their board and participate in their continued growth." Ozonian's appointment comes on the heels of substantial revenue growth for Inside Real Estate which has brought on hundreds of top brokerages to its flagship platform, kvCORE, so far this year and has doubled down on its long-term strategy with a new primary financial backer, Lovell Minnick Partners. About Inside Real Estate Inside Real Estate is one of the fastest growing independently-owned real estate software companies and a trusted technology partner to over 200,000 agents, teams and top brokerages. The company's flagship platform, kvCORE, is a modern and comprehensive solution known for delivering profitable growth at every level of a brokerage organization. Built with a scalable and flexible infrastructure, kvCORE enables brokerages to create their own unique technology ecosystem to enhance and differentiate their brand and culture. With an accomplished leadership team and over 175 employees, Inside Real Estate brings the resources, scale and vision to deliver ongoing innovation and success for its growing customer base. Learn more at insiderealestate.com.
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Broker Public Portal Announces Neil Dholakia of Keller Williams as New Board Member
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Former NAR CTO joins growing T3 Sixty Team
T3 Sixty Announces two new senior appointments, including Lesswing and Peterson SAN JUAN CAPISTRANO, CALIFORNIA – August 29, 2019 – Stefan Swanepoel, CEO of T3 Sixty, today announced two new vice president appointments in the company's growing technology division. T3 Sixty, a leading management consultancy firm in the residential real estate brokerage industry is also widely respected as a trusted and knowledgeable research firm with respected titles such as the annual Swanepoel Trends Report, the DANGER Report, the SP200, the Mega 1000 and others. Mark Lesswing, former Chief Technology Officer for the National Association of Realtors, joins T3 Sixty as Senior Vice President. Lesswing, who has acted in a senior technology role for over 30 years, started at NAR at the Center for Realtor Technology and has been involved in hundreds of industry projects and technology initiatives. Lesswing served NAR for 17 years and was promoted to SVP and CTO of NAR in 2006. During the past few years he has focused on best practices in transaction management platforms, cloud-based platform leveraging blockchain, machine learning and artificial intelligence. Jonathan Peterson, a former Vice President at Lone Wolf Real Estate Technologies for 14 years, joins T3 Sixty as VP in the Technology division. Peterson previous also worked as an Enterprise Account Executive with DocuSign and has consulted with numerous Brokers, Managers, and Owners to improve customer and partner relationships and strengthen their business by improving their use of technology tools. "The additional of another two powerful and experienced technology executives with successful track records solidifies the T3 Sixty Technology team as the most knowledgeable and experienced technology consulting team in residential real estate brokerage industry today," says Jack Miller, President and CTO of T3 Sixty. "As your strategic partner for technology thinking and counsel, we can help brokers and entrepreneurs make better decisions than they can make on their own," Miller stated. About T3 Sixty Serving the residential real estate brokerage industry, T3 Sixty provides real estate CEOs, business leaders, association and MLS executives, brokers and high-performance teams the knowledge, best practices and support to grow their businesses. The company does this through management consulting, training and in-depth research and quality publications, such as its hallmark Swanepoel Trends Report. The firm's consulting divisions include brokerage, technology, merges and acquisitions, executive search, and associations and MLSs. Find out more here.
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Howard Hanna Real Estate Services Expands Franchise Division
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Michi Olson Named LeadingRE Dean of Resources and Global Connections
Industry Veteran Most Recently Served as Vice President, Global Business Development & Relocation for Compass CHICAGO – (July 2, 2019) – Leading Real Estate Companies of the World (LeadingRE) has named Michi Olson as Dean of Resources and Global Connections for its network of 565 independent real estate firms, which extends to more than 70 countries worldwide. Olson, who most recently served as Vice President of Global Business Development and Relocation for Compass, is a renowned relocation and business development professional who is highly regarded for her experience in corporate relocation, business development, e-commerce and global business offerings. She spent 15 years as an executive with Alain Pinel Realtors, the nation's seventh largest brokerage according to the 2018 Real Trends 500, prior to the firm's acquisition by Compass in March of this year. In her new role, Olson will provide expertise for LeadingRE members on embracing network resources to extend their local reach and leverage global marketing and referral opportunities. Olson will conduct consultative webinars for brokers, managers and agents and will create video courses for the LeadingRE Institute, recently named the top real estate learning platform by Training magazine for 2019. Olson welcomes the opportunity to return to the LeadingRE community. "LeadingRE's focus on quality and collaborative spirit create an environment where relationships drive business opportunities, supported by global resources that allow each member company to thrive. I am thrilled to return to this one-of-a-kind network in a new capacity that will allow me to share my knowledge with colleagues worldwide," Olson said. According to LeadingRE President/CEO Paul Boomsma, Olson is uniquely qualified for this role. "Michi has an extraordinary record of success in all types of business development, from corporate relocation to broker-to-broker referrals. She understands the value of using LeadingRE tools and connections to support these efforts. She knows how to build a world-class relocation department and how to empower agents to foster growth. We are delighted to welcome her back into our community," Boomsma said. Born and raised in Japan, Olson attended The American School in Japan for expats and graduated summa cum laude from Saint Mary's College in Moraga, Calif., with a bachelor's degree in business management. Her international experience has proven valuable in dealing with relocation issues. Olson's accomplishments include being named to the Inman News 100 Most Influential Real Estate Leaders report and to the LeadingRE Hall of Fame. Olson joins other industry leaders who comprise the Institute faculty, including Chief Learning Officer Mike Staver, Dean of Professional Skill and Technique Dan Elzer, Dean of Innovation Matthew Ferrara and Dean of Customer Experience Debbie Maier. To learn more about LeadingRE, visit LeadingRE.com.
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eXp World Holdings Names Mitch Robinson as Chief Marketing Officer
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NRT Names Tim Foley Executive Vice President of Operations
Foley will support NRT's Coldwell Banker branded business MADISON, N.J., June 10, 2019 -- NRT LLC, the nation's largest residential real estate brokerage company in sales volume, announced today that Tim Foley has been selected to serve as executive vice president of Operations in support of NRT's Coldwell Banker branded operations. In this role, Foley will be responsible for driving essential business unit functions, and implementing practices to leverage the company's scale, optimize processes to enable NRT's field sales organization to drive organic growth, and provide valuable services for agents to live truly exceptional lives. Foley will report directly to NRT CEO and President M. Ryan Gorman. In this newly-created role, Foley will work directly with key leadership responsible for driving essential business unit functions involving field and product marketing, tools adoption, strategic initiatives, central processing, commission analytics and independent contract relations, as well as business intelligence. He will also support the development of Referral Services, which includes relocation, leads, and referrals, and Property Frameworks, the business arm that oversees property management, asset, and vacation rental management. Foley joins NRT from J.P. Morgan Asset Management, where he most recently served as managing director of Global Client Services. In this role, Foley was responsible for leading the creation and delivery of an industry-leading digital platform to transform Global Client Reporting. Earlier in his career, with both GE Capital and Chase Home Lending, Foley spent over a decade serving the real estate industry in various leadership roles spanning product development, marketing and operations. In these roles, Foley created cutting-edge products and services, found creative ways to reduce costs and improve productivity, and consistently collaborated with internal and external partners to enhance the value proposition and drive profitable market share gains. Prior to his career with J.P. Morgan, he spent more than eight years with GE Capital where he focused on providing capital solutions to the top 100 real estate lenders in the United States. While there, he was selected by the CEO to lead the global implementation of a primary GE business initiative: Six Sigma Customer Quality and was responsible for generating operating leverage through customer-focused, business-wide initiatives. "I am confident that, under Tim's leadership and with his vast experience in both technology development and client service offerings, we will be well positioned to achieve operational excellence across all business segments, streamline processes, standardize our technology, and push the boundaries of productivity and end-user experience of our agent-facing products," said M. Ryan Gorman, president and CEO of NRT LLC. "I am excited to be joining NRT and Realogy during a time of unprecedented evolution. This is an industry-leading business whose best days are ahead. I look forward to working with the senior leadership team to create cutting-edge products and services for agents, and to drive operating leverage and value for our business and shareholders" said Tim Foley, executive vice president of Operations, NRT LLC. About NRT LLC NRT LLC is the nation's largest residential real estate brokerage company in sales volume. NRT owns and operates companies in more than 50 of the 100 largest metropolitan areas in the United States, with approximately 790 offices and approximately 45,000 independent sales associates. NRT is the subsidiary of Realogy (NYSE: RLGY) that operates all company-owned real estate brokerage offices.
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Leadership Change Signals Further Growth and Innovation for Planitar Inc., the Makers of iGUIDE
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Inside Real Estate Adds Industry Veteran Alissa Harper to Fuel Continued Growth
DRAPER, Utah, May 13, 2019 -- Inside Real Estate, the company behind powerhouse real estate tech platform kvCORE which supports over 190,000 agents, teams and some of the industries most prominent brokerage firms, has added Alissa Harper to their already impressive leadership team. Alissa joins as the new SVP of Strategic Growth, and brings over 15 years of experience at some of the fastest growing tech companies in the real estate space. "We've followed Alissa's success in the space and are thrilled to welcome her to our world-class leadership team," says Joe Skousen, President of Inside Real Estate. "Alissa's powerful track record, experience and ability to build win-win enterprise relationships will prove invaluable in continuing to drive our enterprise and strategic growth efforts." With roots in residential real estate and a passion for driving growth through strategic partnerships, Alissa has helped create and scale brokerage business lines at companies like RealtyGenerator, Market Leader, Trulia and Zillow Group. Most recently Alissa lead sales & marketing at Buyside, driving triple-digit growth for the early stage start-up over the past 2 years. Alissa will lead strategic growth at Inside Real Estate, as the company doubles-down on providing extensive support to large brokerages and brands, along with providing the most robust and ROI-driven technology to their agents and teams. Their highly sought after platform kvCORE currently powers dozens of leading real estate firms including The Keyes Company, Baird & Warner, First Team Real Estate, eXp Realty, and Fathom Realty. Many more of the largest brokerages in the country are prepping now for their upcoming kvCORE rollout. "I'm thrilled to be joining this amazing team," said Alissa. "Every major brokerage and enterprise brand today is looking for that true technology partner and Inside Real Estate is uniquely positioned to be just that. Their powerful technology, executional expertise, and resources to fuel ongoing success are unmatched in this space and I'm excited to help expand our impact with top brokerages & brands." Alissa will join a veteran group of industry leaders and over 175 total employees at Inside Real Estate as they position themselves for continued growth this year. About Inside Real Estate Inside Real Estate is among the fastest growing real estate software companies in the industry and serves over 190,000 agents, teams, and brokers throughout the U.S. and Canada. The company is the developer of the kvCORE Platform, the only comprehensive brokerage platform that serves the needs of the broker, team and agent in one integrated system. To cater to the unique needs of every business, 50+ deep integrations and vetted partner solutions are available to platform users through the Marketplace, the cloud-based integration center for Inside Real Estate. For standalone teams with brokerages not supported by kvCORE, the k+ TEAM Platform is available with features designed specifically for the team business model. To learn more about Inside Real Estate solutions, visit insiderealestate.com.
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Intero Announces Leadership Change
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Real Estate Standards Organization Names Sam DeBord as CEO
RALEIGH, N.C., April 11, 2019 -- The Real Estate Standards Organization (RESO) today announced that its Board of Directors has appointed Sam DeBord Chief Executive Officer effective immediately. DeBord brings 20 years of expertise in real estate brokerage, mortgage lending, and technology consulting to the 850-member organization. "Sam DeBord is a remarkable hire for RESO," said Art Carter, Chair of the RESO Board and CEO of California Regional MLS (CRMLS). "It is rare to find a leader who possesses the ability to bridge the gap between engaging business decision makers and helping problem solve with technologists. He can do both and we are excited about RESO's future under his leadership as we push harder for the adoption and implementation of standards." DeBord is well-known in the real estate industry and serves as a leader for MLS, REALTOR®, technology, and brokerage organizations. His passion for technology and industry collaboration is expected to energize RESO efforts to more rapidly drive adoption and utilization of standards, providing efficiency throughout the real estate industry. "RESO has become vital to shaping the future of our real estate industry," said DeBord. "I'm thrilled with the opportunity to accelerate the value that we deliver to professionals and consumers through technology innovation. We know that standards adoption is critical to this progress. Our members represent the best technology minds in real estate, and it's an honor to work with them to move the industry forward." DeBord has served in a wide range of industry leadership positions including as President's Liaison for MLS and Data Management with the National Association of REALTORS®. He sits on the Board of Directors for NAR, Second Century Ventures, and CRMLS. Previously, he worked with PricewaterhouseCoopers in management and technology consulting. DeBord is also a recognized real estate industry writer for REALTOR® Magazine, Inman News, and the Swanepoel Trends Report. DeBord replaces Jeremy Crawford as CEO of RESO, who joined the organization as its Executive Director in April 2015 and recently became Chief Executive Officer of First Multiple Listing Service (FMLS) in Georgia. DeBord will be in attendance at the not-for-profit trade organization's sold-out 2019 Spring Technology Summit in Boise, Idaho, April 29-May 2, 2019. About RESO The mission of the Real Estate Standards Organization (RESO) is to create and promote the adoption and utilization of standards that drive efficiency throughout the real estate industry. RESO was incorporated in November 2011 as an independent, not-for-profit trade organization that was previously a section of the National Association of REALTORS®. RESO has some 850 active members, including NAR, multiple-listing services, real estate associations, brokerages and industry technology providers. For more information, visit www.reso.org. Contact RESO via email at [email protected]
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BHGRE Revolutionizing Its Talent Attraction Strategy by Providing Data-Driven Solution to Its Network Through Sisu Platform
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Marketing and Innovation Executive Joins Showcase IDX as Chief Marketing Officer
Kurt Uhlir Joins Showcase IDX to Help Fuel Rapid Growth and Drive Innovation Atlanta, GA -- Showcase IDX, the leading real estate search and consumer engagement platform, has tapped Kurt Uhlir as its new Chief Marketing Officer (CMO). Based in Atlanta, Uhlir will lead all brand, marketing, strategy, and communication programs aimed to help Showcase IDX achieve accelerated growth, secure new partnerships, and drive innovation. With more than fifteen years of experience with high-growth technology companies, Uhlir served most recently as Managing Partner with Ethereal Innovations, a boutique marketing agency responsible for leading marketing for numerous high-growth B2B technology companies over the past five years. He previously served as CEO and co-founder at Sideqik, one of the first influencer marketing platforms, and as the COO for The Made in America Movement, which represents 20,000 American-based companies. Earlier in his career, Uhlir was on the front lines at HERE where they formed the location-based and spatial data industries that we know today. "It's clear that Kurt is a master of his craft and has a proven track record growing and driving marketing performance for some of the fastest growing companies around," said Scott Lockhart, CEO at Showcase IDX. "His experience working with high-growth SaaS businesses is a strategic fit for Showcase IDX as we continue to help the 1.3 million real estate professionals in the United States. And as an experienced CMO, he is intimately familiar with the challenges that real estate agents and marketers face to deliver digital experiences that meet ever-rising customer expectations." "It is an honor to join an innovative company like Showcase IDX, especially given their market, customer, and partner focus as well as an inspiring company culture," said Kurt Uhlir, CMO at Showcase IDX. "I look forward to continuing Showcase IDX's momentum of building loyalty with our existing customers and engaging with new customers for future growth." Uhlir believes real estate agents and brokers need to change the narrative and improve how they share their unique value proposition in order to be more successful, considering the experience many buyers and sellers expect when working with an agent. He believes agents, teams, and brokers must be able to deliver exceptional experiences through their websites that position them as local experts that can help solve customer challenges when buying or selling a home. "Our purpose is to activate the authentic storyteller in all of us," adds Uhlir. "The best agents rely more on human connection than automation. More on teaching and serving than technology. At the same time, technology plays a more valuable role than ever in assisting great real estate agents to engage and builder stronger relationships with even more customers and with less effort than ever before. I'm excited about being a part of a leadership team and company that's doing this better than anyone else in the market today." Showcase IDX raised a round of investment from a private equity source in October of last year, after having been self-funded and growing through increasing revenues for over 12 years. They have relocated to an expanded office in Atlanta's Inman Park neighborhood. About Showcase IDX Showcase IDX is the leading real estate search and consumer engagement platform, helping agents, teams and brokers generate leads, improve their websites, and stand out. The cloud-based offering integrates with residential property listings and numerous local data sources from around the country to give real estate professionals the tools they need to drive more traffic, conversions, and revenue.
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Lone Wolf Seizes Momentum of Growth, Announces Two Leadership Changes
Jack Blaha appointed as new CEO; Patrick Arkeveld named Executive Chairman Cambridge, ON, January 11, 2019--Lone Wolf Technologies ("Lone Wolf"), the North American leader in residential real estate software, today announced that it has named Jack Blaha as its new Chief Executive Officer and Patrick Arkeveld as Executive Chairman. These leadership changes come as Lone Wolf seizes momentum of recent successes and seeks to propel the company to the next level of growth. Under Arkeveld’s leadership, Lone Wolf, backed by Vista Equity Partners, has grown into one of the most trusted technology providers in the real estate industry. Arkeveld spearheaded several transformative initiatives since joining the company in 2015, including the acquisition of Instanet Solutions, which significantly expanded the company’s product portfolio to become the largest brokerage software platform in North America. This platform includes industry-leading solutions for both back office and transaction management and helps over 20,000 offices and 500,000 agents generate more revenue, reduce costs, and be more profitable in their real estate businesses. "It’s been my honor to lead Lone Wolf and I am incredibly proud of our accomplishments," Arkeveld said. "I am thrilled to welcome Jack to the team. Jack brings the skill set and experience to drive Lone Wolf forward on this tremendous upward trajectory, and I am confident he will serve our clients well in the years ahead. I look forward to supporting Jack and Lone Wolf, as we continue to grow the company and our influence in the real estate industry." Blaha was the former CEO of PeopleAdmin, a Vista Equity Partners portfolio company, where he led the market-leading organization through a similar period of significant growth. Prior to this role, Blaha served as Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer at Aptean, Inc., where he led their global Product, Development, Corporate Development, Professional Services and Support teams. With a 20-year track record of technology leadership and client-focused innovation, Blaha will ensure both Lone Wolf and its clients thrive in this period of rapid growth. "This is an exciting time for Lone Wolf and I am thrilled to be working with such a passionate and talented team," said Blaha. "Lone Wolf has a fantastic reputation in the residential real estate software industry and Patrick has built a great foundation, company culture, and product portfolio. I look forward to learning more about the real estate industry and how we can continue to meet the needs of real estate professionals with innovative technology and a fantastic user experience." Rob Rogers, Principal at Vista Equity Partners and Lone Wolf board member, added: "Jack has a track record of successful leadership within several Vista companies and other technology firms. He joins Lone Wolf with a wealth of experience in driving innovation and improving the client experience. Jack’s experience and strong history of leading high performing teams will support Lone Wolf’s growth and deliver unrivalled value to our customers." About Lone Wolf Technologies Lone Wolf Technologies, a Vista company, is the North American leader in residential real estate software, with products in over 20,000 offices across Canada and the U.S. The company offers an ecosystem of technology products, including software for back office, transaction management, front office, and web, as well as professional services and 3rd party integrations. Each element of this ecosystem enables brokerages and agents to operate more efficiently, reduce costs, and increase opportunities for profitability. Lone Wolf’s head office is located in Cambridge, ON, with additional offices in Dallas, TX, London, ON. About Vista Equity Partners Vista Equity Partners is a U.S.-based investment firm with offices in Austin, Chicago, New York City, Oakland, and San Francisco with more than $46 billion in cumulative capital commitments. Vista exclusively invests in software, data, and technology-enabled organizations led by world-class management teams. As a value-added investor with a long-term perspective, Vista contributes professional expertise and multi-level support towards companies to realize their full potential. Vista’s investment approach is anchored by a sizable long-term capital base, experience in structuring technology-oriented transactions, and proven management techniques that yield flexibility and opportunity. For more information, please visit www.vistaequitypartners.com.
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RE/MAX Adds Leaders to Strengthen IT, Communications
Strategic New Officers Bring High-Impact Expertise, Insights to Key Departments DENVER – RE/MAX Holdings, Inc., parent company of RE/MAX, one of the world's leading franchisors of real estate brokerage services, and Motto Mortgage ("Motto"), announced the hiring of Jerry Modes as Senior Vice President, Information Technology, and Kerry McGovern as Vice President, Communications. "Jerry and Kerry are very strategic thinkers who have impressive track records in their respective fields," said RE/MAX CEO Adam Contos. "They'll each play a crucial role in the long-term advancement of the RE/MAX and Motto Mortgage brands as we strive to be the unrivalled leaders in our industries." Modes, a pioneer in the IT/data field, will provide high-level strategic leadership to the expanding RE/MAX technology groups. He'll oversee internal IT operations, membership data infrastructure, and the ongoing development of data-driven RE/MAX products by booj, the award-winning tech company acquired by RE/MAX LLC in early 2018. "The coming year will establish the foundation for much more to come," Modes said. Modes brings more than three decades of experience creating tech and data solutions across a wide range of industries. He co-founded two ultra-successful new-concept tech companies – Teradata and HyperParallel – and has held virtually every C-level position during his long career. McGovern adds invaluable insight and strategic direction to the ongoing development of RE/MAX and Motto Mortgage communications strategies. She will oversee all internal and external communications, including PR and social media. Her leadership will elevate the quality and consistency of critical messaging for both brands. McGovern has extensive experience, most recently at Under Armour, where she worked directly with the CEO and served as a founding member of the brand's corporate communications team. She was also the Senior Director of Communications and Media for Drizly, Inc., a start-up alcohol delivery app that has since become one of the world's largest alcohol marketplaces. Prior to her time at Drizly, she served as the Director of Communications at the National Hockey League (NHL) and led corporate storytelling for the league around business successes, product launches and tentpole events, including the NHL Winter Classic, Stanley Cup Playoffs and NHL All-Star Game. RE/MAX was recently named a top 10 franchise brand for the third consecutive year and the leading real estate franchise for the 10th year in a row in the 2018 Franchise Times Top 200+® survey. Earlier this year, Entrepreneur ranked RE/MAX a top 10 global franchise for the first time in the magazine's annual "Top Global Franchises" list. RE/MAX was also named the world's fastest growing real estate franchise, according to the publication's 2018 "Top Fastest Growing Franchises" ranking. The ranking of 150 franchises placed RE/MAX in the 12th spot overall and marked the fifth consecutive year the franchisor has been included in the annual list. RE/MAX ranked #15 in 2017, #17 in 2016, #45 in 2015 and #16 in 2014. About the RE/MAX Network As one of the leading global real estate franchisors, RE/MAX, LLC is a subsidiary of RE/MAX Holdings (NYSE: RMAX) with over 120,000 agents in more than 100 countries and territories. Nobody in the world sells more real estate than RE/MAX, as measured by residential transaction sides. Dedicated to innovation and change in the real estate industry, RE/MAX launched Motto Mortgage, a ground-breaking mortgage franchisor, in 2016 and acquired booj, a real estate technology company, in 2018. RE/MAX agents have lived, worked and served in their local communities for decades, raising millions of dollars every year for Children's Miracle Network Hospitals® and other charities. To learn more about RE/MAX, to search home listings or find an agent in your community, please visit www.remax.com.
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Howard Hanna Welcomes John Eaton as Director of Career Development
Cleveland, OH (November 27th, 2018) – Howard Hanna Real Estate Services, the third largest real estate company in the nation and the largest family-owned broker, has added John Eaton to the Ohio Management Team. In this role, he will be leading new and ongoing recruiting initiatives for the company's Midwest Region. A licensed real estate agent since 1989, Eaton quickly became a top producer, selling over $3 million during his first year. Additionally, the Ohio Association of Realtors has recognized him as a member of the President's Sales Club. Eaton has held leadership positions with other real estate companies as either an owner or a partner. Most recently, he successfully recruited over 60 new agents in just three years. "At Howard Hanna, the company, it is not only a large brand, but also provides the stability that working for a family business like Hanna's brings to its agents and staff," said Eaton. "I thought I knew what made Howard Hanna work, but until I came here I did not realize that the secret sauce was in the security for agents to help them achieve a balanced life." "We are thrilled that John has brought his years of expertise in growing and nurturing relationships to this role as the Director of Career Development for our Midwestern Region," said Howard W. "Hoby" Hanna, IV. "With a focused approach from John for our career development strategies, I am confident that we will see continued successful recruiting efforts for the remainder of 2018 and beyond." Outside of real estate, Eaton has worked with the American Cancer Society and the American Heart Association as a volunteer. He has also raised five children, two of whom currently work for Howard Hanna. John Eaton can be reached at 330-219-5758 or [email protected] Howard Hanna Real Estate Services is the 3rd largest real estate company in America, the #1 privately owned broker in the nation, and the largest home seller in Ohio, Pennsylvania and New York. The family-owned and operated real estate company specializes in residential and commercial brokerage service, mortgages, closing and title insurance, land development, appraisal services, insurance services, corporate relocation and property management. With 262 offices across OH, PA, NY, VA, MI, WV, NC and MD, our more than 9,200 sales associates and staff are guided by a spirit of integrity in all aspects of the real estate process. For more information, please visit www.howardhanna.com.
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National Broker Portal Names New Board Member, Chair
ARROYO GRANDE, Calif., Sept. 19, 2018 -- The Board of Managers of the National Broker Portal, a joint venture between Broker Public Portal (BPP) and Homesnap, today announced Daniel J. Riley, Esq., of Howard Hanna Real Estate Services, has joined its Board and become its Chairman. Riley is Executive Vice President of Administration at Howard Hanna, ranked as the third largest real estate firm in the U.S. by REAL Trends, and will replace David Charron, former chief strategy officer of Bright MLS. Riley, a licensed attorney in the state of Ohio, is a stalwart industry veteran. He has been in real estate for nearly a quarter of a century. His deep proficiency includes experience in real executive management, as a title insurance agency operator and minority owner, legal counsel, and Certified Public Accountant. "Dan Riley is one of the most astute minds in the real estate business," said John Mosey, a National Broker Public Portal board member, Chairman of the BPP and CEO of NorthstarMLS. "Having a brokerage leader at the helm of our joint venture demonstrates how the Broker Public Portal with Homesnap movement is on the front-burner of the industry's online portal strategy," he added. At Howard Hanna, Riley handles all company-wide contracting, oversees syndication relationships, and is responsible for managing the firm's implementation team for company-wide initiatives, including the deployment of Spacio, RealScout, Testimonial Tree, Moxi Engage, ZipForms, One Cavo, Trendgraphix and more. He also collaborates with Howard Hanna's IT, marketing, training and sales operations to drive continuous improvement of company offerings to agents and works closely with the firm's Executive Team on data collection, analysis, reporting and decision making. Before joining Howard Hanna, Riley was Executive Vice President at Real Living Realty One, President and minority owner of Real Living Title Agency (a joint venture between Real Living and Chicago Title), a Vice President of Relocation at Realty One and the President of Dolores C. Knowlton Realtors. A Cleveland, Ohio native who still lives in the city where he was born and raised, Riley earned a Bachelor of Business Administration in Finance from St. Bonaventure University, a Master of Business Administration from Cleveland State University, and a Juris Doctorate from John Marshall College of Law. About the National Broker Portal Formed in January 2017, the National Broker Portal, LLC is a joint venture equally owned by Broker Public Portal (BPP) and Homesnap. Homesnap provides the technology, brand, and operational expertise for Broker Public Portal. The National Broker Portal Board of Directors by charter includes a total of seven (7) directors: three (3) appointed by the BPP, three (3) by Homesnap, and a seventh outside director who is nominated by the BPP and approved by Homesnap, which is Riley's directorship. Current board members from BPP include John Mosey, CEO of NorthstarMLS, a Regional MLS serving Minnesota and Western Wisconsin; Alon Chaver, Chief Information Officer of HomeServices of America, a Berkshire Hathaway affiliate; and Craig Cheatham, President/CEO of The Realty Alliance, a network of North America's elite real estate firms. Current board members from Homesnap include Guy Wolcott, Founder of Homesnap; Steve Barnes, President and Founder of Homesnap; and Gayle Weiswasser, SVP of Business Development and Communications of Homesnap. 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 www.brokerpublicportal.com and 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. 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Boost by HomeSpotter Launches New Tools to Simplify Critical Broker Tasks
Automated Promotion for Real Estate Open Houses on Waze and Automated Targeted Advertising for Agent Recruiting. July 11, 2018 (Minneapolis, MN) – HomeSpotter is continuing to offer new capabilities to help simplify some of the most top of mind issues for real estate brokers. Today HomeSpotter is announcing solutions for two mission-critical items at most brokers. How to recruit the best agents and teams to join their company and how to support their agents' Open Houses with excellent target marketing. After numerous conversations with leaders at many large brokers a recurring theme was the challenge of an organized system for recruiting. By using Boost by HomeSpotter's new system, owners, leaders and office managers will be able to increase the effectiveness of their existing efforts. This automation will save them time and allow more time to be face to face with prospective agents. Boost is adding the ability to easily upload lists of agents and have automated marketing messages put in front of them while they are on social media, on the web or on mobile apps. A similar path has lead HomeSpotter to add another new capability to Boost. HomeSpotter uncovered that a lack of automation was hindering companies who wanted to advertise a large number of listings on the Waze GPS app. HomeSpotter separately discovered that advertising these properties during Open Houses was especially powerful due to the fact that customers could literally, 'drive there' and tour the property in the moment. BHHS Fox & Roach, Houlihan Lawrence, and BHHS Georgia Properties are some of the first companies to take advantage of this new offering. This lets them delight their agents and sellers and also show their technological leadership, with practically no work on their part at all. About Boost by HomeSpotter Boost by HomeSpotter works on behalf of agents, teams, and brokers to automatically build marketing campaigns for your listings and open houses. Boost brings together beautiful Facebook and Instagram ads, optimized ad targeting, branded lead pages, and useful reporting on engagement. Let Boost do the heavy lifting, saving you time and delivering on your goals. About HomeSpotter HomeSpotter provides innovative tools to make buying and selling homes delightful. Its tools are currently licensed by more than 275,000 real estate agents throughout the U.S. and Canada, powering simpler search and communication around listings for buyers and their agents.
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SmartZip Expands Predictive Marketing Platform with Broker and Enterprise Scaled Solutions
The leader in predictive marketing technology now offers custom-built solutions for larger real estate and lending brands to improve productivity and fuel recruiting and retention efforts PLEASANTON, Calif., Aug 8, 2017 -- SmartZip Analytics, Inc., the leader in predictive marketing technology for real estate and related industries, has expanded its offering to support enterprise clients across the real estate and mortgage lending sectors. SmartZip's SmartTargeting and Reach150 products integrate with the enterprise's systems to address their three primary pain points: productivity and transaction volume, brand reputation and control, and talent growth and retention. SmartZip's enterprise solutions are customizable for real estate and lending companies of any size and model. NextHome Inc., a fast-growing real estate franchise company with more than 300 offices and 2,000 agents, leverages the predictive marketing power of SmartZip's SmartTargeting and Reach150 platforms. "At NextHome Inc., we pride ourselves on offering fully-automated and highly-integrated technology and marketing products to our agents. SmartZip's enterprise solution fits perfectly and seamlessly into our long term strategy and growth," said James Dwiggins, Chief Executive Officer of NextHome, Inc. "The predictive marketing technology, referral solution, and features like brand control and single sign-on make SmartZip a unique partner that gives our agents and brokers an advantage in the market." Real estate and lending enterprises often report that their primary pain points are related to introducing, integrating and sustaining technology solutions that solve the problems of both their individual team members and the brand as a whole. Common issues that can plague even the most successful brands include: Productivity and transaction volume. Agents and loan officers may not have access to integrated, cutting-edge tech products that help them to automate daily tasks, increase transactions and gain a competitive advantage in their marketplace. Social proof via referrals and testimonials. While word-of-mouth marketing is the best way to convert and win new clients, many agents and loan officers fail to request and capture reviews and referrals from happy former customers. In addition to losing out on easy referral business, these team members and their brands may lose new business as a result of a weak or adverse online reputation. Brand reputation and control. While a consistent brand is needed to lead the marketplace and stay within legal bounds, many brokers struggle to control the marketing content of their independent contractors. Talent growth and retention. Brands that do not adapt to new technology standards may have a hard time recruiting and retaining top talent in their marketplace. Companies also lack social proof — like testimonials and positive reviews — that organically improve a brand's reputation and recruiting efforts. SmartZip's dynamic enterprise platforms — SmartTargeting for Sphere, SmartTargeting for Geo, and Reach150 — can be scaled and customized for any business size or model. These solutions give enterprise clients the critical tools they need to accelerate their own growth while automatically fostering the long-term success of their individual agents and loan officers. SmartTargeting's predictive marketing platform offers data-backed predictions of likely movers from an agent or loan officers' personal database or any custom geographic territory. Brands can allow agents or loan officers to target these predicted movers with automated marketing campaigns so each team member focuses their attention on the right prospects at the right time — and wins more business as a result. SmartTargeting's customized marketing design libraries can be locked down so the marketing efforts of individual team members can automatically remain creative, compliant and on-brand — even without the direct approval from brokers and brand leaders. Reach150's referral marketing engine automatically generates testimonials and referrals from past clients — then turns these unique, client-generated content into marketing campaigns that target top prospects online and build up SEO for the agent and brand. By activating Reach150 for their team members, company leaders can ensure their agents and loan officers are seamlessly harnessing the full power of their past clients to win new business. Reach150's advertising engine for recruiting can also be used by brokers and brands to collect testimonials from happy agents or loan officers on their team, which are automatically displayed as online ads to attract their target list of prospective agents. When a new hire switches firms, the brand can run ads highlighting the agent's new workplace — boosting organic SEO for the brand while reinforcing their reputation as a growing, local leader. Simplified single sign-on makes integration a breeze and drives adoption across the firm. Enterprises can easily integrate through open APIs to offer a single sign-on experience that auto-syncs the brand's profile information for all team members upon login. Large enterprise companies like NextHome, RealtyWorld and Metro Brokers have signed on early to fully customize and leverage SmartZip's enterprise solutions. "SmartZip gives us the most complete offering for our brokers and associates. Our customized combination of their SmartTargeting and Reach150 enterprise solutions allows our brokers and agents to leverage a powerful marketing and analytics tool in an integrated, easy-to-use platform," said Metro Brokers CEO M.H. "Rip" Ripley, who represents 1,000 agents across 45 Colorado offices. "It's just what we had been looking for — complete, effective and data-smart." The right-sized solution for any real estate or lending enterprise SmartZip's SmartTargeting and Reach150 platforms are both integrated and flexible, allowing companies of any size or model to take full advantage of the features that would best suit their individual team members. After years of innovating solutions for individual agents and loan officers, SmartZip understands that these team members deeply desire automated, integrated technology — and they are often seeking out and paying for these solutions on their own," said Rajeev Kalavar, Executive Vice President of Product Strategy and Operations. "We are excited to introduce robust enterprise solutions that empower small and large companies to bolster the productivity of their agents or loan officers, while simultaneously moving the needle on their own brand goals and recruiting and retention efforts." ABOUT SMARTZIP ANALYTICS, INC. SmartZip Analytics is a national leader in predictive marketing solutions for real estate, lending and related industries. SmartZip's SmartTargeting platform uses patent-pending predictive analytics, multi-channel marketing automation, and smart CRM to identify top home seller prospects, engage them through targeted marketing campaigns, and ultimately close more business with smart nurturing and prospecting tools. SmartZip's newly acquired Reach150 platform automatically requests and publicizes client-generated testimonials and referrals to help agents and loan officers boost their word-of-mouth business. Together, SmartTargeting and Reach150 help enterprises and professionals across the real estate and mortgage lending sectors efficiently grow new business within their local markets as well as maximize repeat and referral business from their previous customers and contacts.
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BrokerSumo's Simplified Commission Management Platform Helps Brokers and Teams Retain Top Agents
Teams and Small Brokers Manage Productivity and Pay SACRAMENTO, CA--(Aug. 1, 2017) - BrokerSumo, a leading back office, commission management and accounting platform for real estate brokerages and agent teams, is helping smaller brokers and real estate teams compete successfully for top producers by simplifying the management of commissions to make sure they are paid accurately and promptly. As real estate agents change firms faster than ever, keeping accurate and current commission data has required spreadsheets and manual calculations, and even the largest agencies with IT staff and full-time accounting support struggle to keep agents happy. Small, independent brokers and real estate teams have been at a competitive disadvantage for attracting and keeping top talent until the launch of BrokerSumo last October. BrokerSumo's integrated platform avoids double entry and minimizes errors from manually re-entering information. BrokerSumo integrates with like dot loop, SkySlope, and accounting software like QuickBooks, allowing brokers and agents who use these programs to sync their transaction data seamlessly. It even takes care of the details, like managing escrow accounts, paying commissions electronically and onboarding new agents. No longer do brokers and agents need to struggle with programs that don't work together, manually re-enter data, or pay for software they don't know how to us. Custom Commission Plans Track Productivity and Pay Agents By managing commissions selectively, small brokerages and teams using BrokerSumo can analyze the productivity of agents and brokers and motivate them individually. Productivity can vary greatly. Last year, for example, less than 20 percent of all Realtors produced more than $5 million in annual sales each while 28 percent of all Realtors delivered sales totaling $500,000 or less last year. BrokerSumo creates custom commission plans for every agent and automatically calculates the agent's commission split for each transaction It tracks all credits and debits, charging agents credit cards for their monthly fees directly from the system. In addition to tracking agent and office sales performance from transaction data, BrokerSumo can also track agents' personnel records and store all of their critical documents such as their real estate license, insurance card, and driver's license. Agent billing invoices and payments sync automatically every time an invoice is sent. "I can monitor agent productivity every day. BrokerSumo makes it so easy to get a snapshot of how people," says Paul Knighton, President and Managing Broker of MORE Realty in Portland, OR. A BrokerSumor customer since February, Knighton is impressed by the platform's simplicity. "It's like a plug-and-play applications." Tailored for Mezzanine and Independent Brokers No other tool is designed specifically to manage and compensate real estate professionals based on their models, which makes BrokerSumo a perfect answer for mezzanine and large independent brokers that want to save money on back office personnel costs. Luis Gonzalez, Employing Broker, and Principal Broker at Brokers' Guild in Colorado Springs, Colorado's premier independent real estate brokerage firm with more than 900 brokers and agents, found the "old school" alternative of manual bookkeeping and spreadsheets too expensive. "In the Denver market alone we are doing 300 closings a month. BrokerSumo is so simple to use and to navigate that we can track income, commissions, and expenses on a year to date basis and monitor the effectiveness of agents every day," said Gonzalez. BrokerSumo not only relieves the back-office burden for brokerages and teams, but it also shows them how to become more successful by tracking performance and profitability. It is a powerful, affordable and easy-to-use set of tools designed to give independent real estate brokerages and agent teams exactly what they need. "BrokerSumo saves users tens of thousands of dollars every year in time saved and accuracy, but it is paying off in other ways. It makes smaller, independent agencies more attractive to top-selling agents by providing them back-office support that is equal or superior to the largest brokerages. Equally important, it tracks agent performance with profitability to identify opportunities that maximize commissions and reward achievers," said Jeremy Shoenig, founder of BrokerSumo. About BrokerSumo BrokerSumo is a back office, commission management and accounting solution for real estate brokerages and agent teams. It enables brokers to manage their agent's information, track transactions and commission dollars, automatically calculate commission splits, create commission disbursements, bill agents for monthly fees, pay agents their commissions electronically, report on agent and office performance and sync financial data to QuickBooks.
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January 16, 2017 – Bellevue, WA – As they grow less confident in the economy, top real estate executives at firms of all sizes find themselves united by a key concern for 2017: Agent recruitment and retention. In the latest Imprev Thought Leader survey, 85% of participants agree that recruiting more agents is their most critical business challenge. The challenge continues when it comes to reaching younger agents; over 52% ranked "attracting younger agents" among their top concerns. A broker owner of a major franchise office in Minnesota gives depth to his recruiting worries: "Recruiting is and always has been our biggest challenge. While we continue to grow, it's never at the pace we want it to be. While recruiting younger, less-experienced agents has improved for us this year, we've noticed increased difficulty in recruiting the top talent." Many boutique firms are also worried about the competition for talent. In Southern California, a leader of a smaller brokerage laments that her top recruiting challenge is "being able to offer agents alternative motivation to stay or join our firm. We are a family-run boutique business and cannot compete with the money of the heavily-backed firms." Agent productivity is also top of mind for the top real estate executives and broker owners surveyed. 44% of participants rank "getting agents to use broker-provided technology" as their next critical business concern—beating out lead generation (34%) and lead follow-up (36%). A broker owner in California struggles to get "user adoption of tools that will help agents communicate with their clients," while a Dallas-area broker owner says, "We feel confident in our technology we have in place; we need to continue to teach and train for this technology." When it comes to technology, leaders face a myriad of challenges. More than half of survey respondents rank "getting our systems to work together" as their most critical technology challenge for 2017. It's a struggle to have "technology that is cohesive," says a broker owner at a top Southwestern Florida brokerage. Better technology integration isn't their only worry. Leaders said having "systems for more effectively competing against the RE portals for generating leads" (44%) and "increasing mobile capabilities for agents" (36%) are their next pressing concerns. A Houston, Texas broker running a major franchise office shares his goal of seeing "seamless integration of the transaction, from agent to corporate to closing, and simplified use of mobile devices to enter all data across the company," while the leader of smaller Florida brokerage notes her battle is to "stay on top of technology to compete with bigger brokers." "Real estate leaders clearly believe that the technology they provide to their agents is widely underused," says Renwick Congdon, Chief Executive Officer of Imprev. "So how does the industry begin to improve agent adoption? By reducing complexity. Systems need to seamlessly fit into the agent's business and process. Integrated and connected platforms—rather than 'apps' and standalone solutions—are imperative to successfully compete with the portals." Beautifully summing up the struggle to stay relevant in an ever-growing competitive landscape, a broker owner of a large franchise office in Nevada says her top concern is "ensuring we remain relevant to our agents and that we are leading them toward the future, rather than having the future 'happen' and we weren't prepared." The annual Imprev Thought Leader Real Estate Confidence study, one of the most comprehensive in real estate, was created in 2012 by Imprev to provide insight on key business challenges top executives and broker owners face, encouraging an exchange of ideas and solutions among industry thought leaders. This latest study was conducted from October 18 to November 1, 2016, polling nearly 240 real estate leaders who represent brokerages responsible for more than half of all U.S. residential real estate transactions last year. 26% represent firms with 100 agents or fewer; 42% represent firms with 101 to 500 agents; 17% represent firms with 501 to 1,000 agents; and 15% of the respondents represented firms with more than 1,000 agents. Survey demographics show 31% of participants are female and 69% are male. More than one-third are 61 years old or older, 32% are ages 51 to 60, 23% are ages 41 to 50, 8% are ages 31 to 40, and 1% are under the age of 30. You can view the first round of findings from this latest study here. About Imprev Imprev, Inc. provides Automated Marketing Services, including Listing Automation, agent recruiting, email campaigns, and Marketing Centers for many of the largest and most respected brands in real estate. Imprev's unique, integrated solution drives synergy between the broker and agent's marketing—empowering agents to effortlessly promote their listings, brands, and brokerages through custom digital, social media, and print creative. Established in 2000, Imprev is headquartered in Bellevue, Washington. Discover more at www.imprev.com.
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Real Estate Brokers: Contactually's research suggests that successful recruiting requires first addressing three key issues
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New real estate recruiting and retention tool for brokers
  What would you do if a thousand people asked you for the same thing? That's what happened to us here at Adwerx. Nearly a thousand real estate brokers asked us for help with a specific part of their business: recruiting. It wasn't surprising once we looked at the data. According to NAR's 2016 report, one-third of real estate agents started at a new firm last year — that's up by 67% from the year before. And the success of a brokerage is absolutely dependent on the agents. That's why NAR also reports that 44% of brokers are actively recruiting right now. Finally, a tool that makes real estate recruiting simple. We looked at our automated digital ad platform and saw a unique opportunity to help. That's how we came to develop our newest tool, Digital Ads for Recruiting. Now brokers can create a list of the exact agents they want to recruit. Maybe these are the top producers in the area. Or maybe they're new agents entering the market. Either way, they're the exact agents the broker wants to work with. Next, the brokers upload an ad with the messaging that best captures why the agency is the right place for their talents. Then Adwerx finds those agents where they are online, across thousands of premium web sites, on Facebook, and on mobile devices. "These targeted ads make it more likely the agents I want to work with will answer when I call," said broker Tiffany Kjellander of Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate PorchLight Properties in New Jersey. And she's right: data from Officevibe shows that candidates with brand exposure are twice as likely to respond. Do you want to work with just any agent? Top Florida broker Samantha DeBianchi is building up her team and knows exactly the kind of agent she wants. "I don't just need agents on my team," she said. "I'm looking for superstars." But here's the challenge: recruiting the right agents takes time and effort. Many real estate brokers hold networking events. They buy print ads and do direct mail. All to build up that broker brand awareness with local agents in hopes of enticing them to make a move. And all the while running a busy real estate business. But do you know where most agents are, when not working directly with a client? They're online. And their mobile devices are never far. You're hiring, but so are they. There's a flip side to all this recruiting. Because all the while you're looking to lure away top agents, someone else is trying to lure yours. So the same tool that helps you recruit can help you retain your best agents as well. "My agents need to know how much they mean to the brokerage's success," said Joe Schutt of UNIT Realty Group in Boston. A retention campaign can remind real estate agents their broker is still their biggest fan. It reinforces that loyalty for agents who, in turn, can become evangelists for their broker. Recruiting will always be a top priority for brokers. But hopefully, with digital ads, it can be more about the right message to the right agents at the right time. Learn more about digital ads for recruiting. To view the original post, visit the Adwerx blog.
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SentriLock Provides Integrated Lockbox Security to Toronto Real Estate Leader
SentriLock, the number-one rated provider of electronic lockbox systems to the real estate industry, is proud to serve Toronto’s Re/Max Rouge River Realty with an integrated lockbox system to secure its client’s properties. The brokerage chose the SentriLock System to provide its home selling clients with increased security, showing reports, access control, and peace of mind previously unavailable with single-combination style lockboxes. “The integration from mechanical lockboxes to high-security SentriLock lockboxes went smoothly and was well-received by our Sales Representatives and staff. At the initial introduction, the SentriLock team did an excellent job introducing the product and presenting hands-on training for our entire company. They have always been quick to answer our questions and solve any issues; we couldn’t ask for a more professional or efficient company to work with. We made the right decision to work with SentriLock,” states David Pearce, Owner and Broker, Re/Max Rouge River Realty. To streamline showing scheduling and reporting processes for Re/Max Rouge River Realty, SentriLock also integrated their access system with Lone Wolf’s front-office software. Lone Wolf, the North American Leader for real estate software solutions, is now capable of managing functions of the SentriLock System natively within the WOLFconnect platform. Users of both systems can now generate SentriLock’s industry exclusive One Day Codes for property showings, retrieve access reports for properties, and track the location of each of their lockboxes. The integration saves valuable time for Re/Max sales representatives and office administrators. "Lone Wolf did a great job in working with our company as well as with SentriLock and the Toronto Real Estate Board on our endeavor to switch from mechanical lockboxes to high-security SentriLock lockboxes. The integration between the Lone Wolf Connect system and SentriLock system ran pretty much flawlessly from the get-go. Their support and dedication ensured our day-to-day operations were not interrupted throughout this process," says Jenn Delaney, Senior Office Administrator, Re/Max Rouge River Realty. “Lone Wolf is thrilled to integrate with the SentriLock brand and automate lockbox offering into our WOLFconnect extranet system. This partnership brings added value to our customers and, along with the current innovative functionality of our platform, provides real estate professionals a single point of access to be able to manage and run their businesses efficiently,” says Des O’Kelly, Executive Vice President of Lone Wolf Real Estate Technologies. “We are extremely pleased to add even more functionality to our previous integration with Lone Wolf, which was primarily based upon our One Day Code feature in order to schedule property showings,” comments Brent Borel, Manager of Strategic Alliances for SentriLock. “The additional integration is a win-win situation for both companies, but the real winners are our shared customers. The streamlining into one familiar system reduces training requirements, saves time, and makes brokers, sales representatives, and office administrators more efficient and proficient. In today’s market conditions, this is more important than ever.” About SentriLock SentriLock is majority owned by the National Association of REALTORS® and is a proud partner in NAR's REALTOR Benefits® Program. The company’s REALTOR® NXT Electronic Lockbox System, the official NAR lockbox solution, is known for its reliable and secure technology, ease of use and its outstanding customer service. SentriLock provides secure, easy and reportable access to every listing via more than 600,000 lockboxes in use by 250,000 Agents from over 230 different Boards, Associations and MLSs in the United States and Canada. SentriLock’s award-winning Customer Care Team provides world-class support seven days a week, exclusively from its headquarters in Cincinnati, Ohio. http://www.SentriLock.com or http://www.SentriLock.ca About Lone Wolf Real Estate Technologies Lone Wolf Real Estate Technologies is the North American leader in real estate software, services, and solutions that help real estate offices realize their full potential. Since 1989, Lone Wolf has been pioneering real estate technologies used in over 8,700 offices throughout North America. Lone Wolfs’ flagship program is the Realty Management System which is a powerful brokerage application designed to manage all accounting and back office functions of a real estate office. Lone Wolf also provides a comprehensive front office solution with the WOLFconnect platform, as well as website, mobile, and membership management solutions with the globalWOLF, mobileWOLF, and WOLFtracks programs. About Re/Max Rouge River Realty Family owned and operated since its inception in 1987, Re/Max Rouge River Realty has grown to serve its customers throughout the Greater Toronto Area, with offices in Toronto, Ajax, Whitby, and Pickering, Ontario. The company has continued to attract area agents by providing the best possible environment, tools, and growth opportunity for career success. Re/Max has always been more than selling homes. Offices consist of full-time real estate professionals, who live, work and give back to the community in which they serve every day. The company and its agents contribute to the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation "Sold on a Cure" as well as "Yard Sale for the Cure" and The Children's Miracle Network, along with many other charitable and community improvement endeavors. Contact Information James Mink Lone Wolf Real Estate Technologies http://www.lwolf.com 1-866-279-9653 ext. 1393 Brent Borel SentriLock http://www.sentrilock.com bborel(at)sentrilock(dot)com 513-618-5813 David Pearce Re/Max Rouge River Realty Ltd. http://www.remaxrougeriver.com/ 416-286-3993
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Form Simplicity Select GoPaperless’ eSignOnline as its Integrated e-Signing Solution
Escondido, CA – June 23rd, 2011 - GoPaperless Solutions is pleased to announce that Form Simplicity has announced a strategic relationship with the company and selected eSignOnline as the electronic signing solution integrated within the Form Simplicity program. With Form Simplicity’s new integrated e-signing solution, powered by GoPaperless Solution, users can now easily and quickly start, send, complete and mange an e-signing process within one easy-to-use interface. Form Simplicity transaction documents as well as uploaded files can now be e-signed in minutes rather than hours and days, reducing cost and eliminating paper from the document workflow. The integrated e-signing solution ensures that the Form Simplicity user experiences a single-sign on and consistent user interface branded to the regional Form Simplicity client. Form Simplicity is now the official forms provider to a growing list of REALTOR® organizations in areas ranging from Florida, South Dakota, Delaware, Iowa, and Massachusetts among others. “We partnered with GoPaperless because we felt its eSignOnline solution would be widely accepted by Form Simplicity users,” said Joe Ballarino, President and COO of Real Estate Industry Solutions, developer of Form Simplicity. “With the e-signature’s easy-to-use interface within Form Simplicity, users will be delighted at just how quickly they can send documents to their clients for signatures, in addition to having easy access to another tool they can use to create a paperless office.” “We are excited to offer the integrated eSign service for FormSimplicity. The integration is seamless and adds value to the entire process. We have created a secure and robust system allowing users to feel confident their documents will be signed and returned quickly,” said Mehrdad Alaei, CEO of GoPaperless Solutions, developer of eSignOnline and Real Estate Dashboard for the Real Estate Industry. Form Simplicity users have the option to purchase Form Simplicity’s e-signature tool by upgrading to the Ultimate edition. In addition to unlimited e-signing capabilities, the Ultimate edition gives users unlimited online transaction storage and unlimited domestic faxing for only $99/year per user. Users may simply click the “Upgrade” link on the homepage of Form Simplicity to select the Ultimate edition. About GoPaperless Solutions GoPaperless Solutions is a hi-tech company delivering the latest in total paper-free computing business solutions backed by leading edge service and support with our global ecosystem in mind. GoPaperless Solutions provides innovative software solutions such as eSignDashboard, Real Estate Dashboard and eSignOnline for the paperless professional in a variety of industries including real estate, insurance, automotive, finance, health care, and field service. About Real Estate Industry Solutions Real Estate Industry Solutions, LLC is a leading provider of forms management software and technology support services for the real estate industry. The company provides associations, multiple listing services, brokers and vendors value for their customer base through services such as Form Simplicity and Technology Helpline. Real Estate Industry Solutions is a wholly-owned business subsidiary of Florida Realtors® and is located in the Florida Realtors® headquarters in Orlando, FL. Media ContactPrabakar [email protected]
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