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Howard Hanna Real Estate Services Reports Year-End Results
Pittsburgh, PA (March 18, 2019) – Howard Hanna Real Estate Services released today its results for the year ended December 31, 2018. The nation's third largest real estate company closed a record 112,448 sales transactions in 2018, an increase of more than 15 percent over the year before, with closed sales volume of $23.6 billion, a 28 percent increase of more than $5.2 billion over the year prior. Howard Hanna ancillary businesses results: Howard Hanna Mortgage Services ended 2018 with 11,134 closed transactions and closed volume of $1.9 billion, an increase of 6.3 percent in units and 13.2 percent in volume. Barristers Title and Escrow recorded 15,344 closed transactions in 2018 with closed volume of $3.1 billion, an increase of 63.6 percent in units and 84 percent in volume. Howard Hanna Insurance Services closed 24,157 policies in 2018 with a value of more than $4 billion, up 82 percent over the prior year. "Our sixty-first year in business was remarkable thanks to the hard work and dedication of our agents and employees, and the market strength of our brand – the choice of home buyers and sellers across the states of Pennsylvania, Ohio, New York, Michigan, West Virginia, Maryland, Virginia and North Carolina," said Howard W. "Hoby" Hanna, IV, President of Real Estate Brokerage. "We continued our path of expansion and growth in 2018 and as a result, our business expanded to new heights. The partnership with the Allen Tate Company added more than 40 offices across North and South Carolina to our footprint. As the real estate business continues to be increasingly competitive, we are committed to our real estate and financial services professionals more than ever. We continue to be a market differentiator with programs such as our exclusive 100 percent Money Back Guarantee* designed to give sellers and buyers confidence in the market knowing that Howard Hanna stands behind the value of the homes we sell." Howard Hanna's digital presence continued to grow and advance in 2018. The company's website, HowardHanna.com, saw a 63.5 percent increase in visits from 12.7M in 2017 to 20M visits in 2018. HowardHanna.com also brought in a record number of new visitors to the website resulting in an increase of 42 percent to almost nine million new visitors last year. "2018 has been a breakout year for Howard Hanna," said Jennifer Reider, Howard Hanna Director of Digital Marketing. "We have implemented new digital solutions and new ways of reaching customers across all our markets. By implementing technological differentiators like Engage CRM, Open2Close, RealScout, and corporate-wide digital advertising campaigns, we've been able to gain market specific insights that allow us to pinpoint and target key audiences and find opportunities to communicate with our customers in the manner that meets their individual needs. We value the opportunity to be a part in our customer's realization of the American dream of home ownership and look forward to supporting their journey for years to come." 2018 mergers and acquisitions: Welles Bowen Realtors, Toledo and Northwest Ohio, 10 offices Atlantic Coast Real Estate, Virginia Beach, VA Century 21 Krall Real Estate, Lebanon, PA Coldwell Banker Bainbridge Kaufman, Northwest Pennsylvania, 7 offices Ferrara Jerum International, commercial broker, Rochester, NY CMK & Associates, NY Capital Region, 6 offices *Certain restrictions apply. 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, 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, property and casualty, corporate relocation, and property management. With 312 offices across PA, OH, NY, VA, MI, WV, MD, and the Carolinas, more than 11,000 sales associates and staff 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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Keller Williams Named Among Fast Company's Most Innovative Companies
Franchise was ranked No. 1 in the real estate category AUSTIN, TEXAS February 20, 2019 -- Keller Williams, the world's largest real estate franchise by agent count and the U.S. leader in units and sales volume, has been named to Fast Company's prestigious annual list of the World's Most Innovative Companies (MIC) for 2019. Keller WIlliams ranked No. 1 in the real estate and urban development category on the new ranking. "We are excited and honored to be named one of Fast Company's Most Innovative Companies in 2019", said Gary Keller, co-founder, chairman, and CEO of Keller Williams. "We are developing our technology in close partnership with our associates – from ideation to design and iterating together through release." "It is this collaboration that drives our greatest opportunities for innovation. As technology continues to reshape our industry, I have never been more excited for the future of our company," said Keller. "This is just the beginning." The World's Most Innovative Companies is Fast Company's signature franchise and one of its most highly anticipated editorial efforts each year. It provides both a snapshot and a road map for the future of innovation across the most dynamic sectors of the economy. This year, Fast Company's editors and writers sought out groundbreaking businesses across 35 industries and every region. They also judged nominations received through their application process. "Established players are showing the same kind of nimbleness that we've generally associated with startups," said David Lidsky, deputy editor, Fast Company. In 2015, Keller Williams began its evolution into a technology company, now building the real estate platform that agents' buyers and sellers prefer. In August 2017, Keller Williams announced a $1 billion fund to fuel all the R&D and M&A required to build the real estate industry's preferred platform. With resources in place, the company remains focused on building technology that allows for the best agent-driven consumer experience. In Q4 '17, the franchise launched KW Labs, the innovation hub of Keller Williams. The company, via Labs, now builds technology that empowers agents to provide the best consumer experience. In mid-February 2018, Keller Williams debuted Kelle, an AI-powered virtual assistant, created for real estate agents, by real estate agents. At the same time, the company also launched an agent-to-agent referrals network, a skill within Kelle that has since become the largest, most powerful network of real estate professionals. "In partnership with the largest real estate sales force in the world, we are delivering technology that provides our industry's first personalized, one-to-one experience for today's consumer," said Josh Team, president, Keller Williams. "It's an exciting time when a company such as Fast Company recognizes us as one of the most innovative companies on the planet, around building better consumer experiences." In March 2018, the company announced a data partnership with Nextdoor, the trusted communications platform for neighborhoods. Keller Williams is leveraging data insights from Nextdoor to build new powerful experiences for homeowners, home buyers and home sellers exclusively. With Nextdoor's insights and Keller Williams' artificial intelligence platform, agents are now further empowered to be the local expert, staying abreast of local neighborhood happenings and trends. Kelle won the "Most Innovative Real Estate Technology of 2018" award from Inman News in July 2018. The company has since released many Kelle features and benefits; details available here. By year-end 2018, more than 151,000 Keller Williams associates had downloaded Kelle. In 2018, Keller Williams also acquired Smarter Agent, the most widely used mobile SaaS platform in real estate. The franchise also announced key technology R&D partnerships with KUNGFU.AI and CognitiveScale. In addition, KW Labs won the inaugural National Association of REALTORS® Hackathon. During 2018, through the Labs process, the company began an iterative rollout of Command – a smart CRM-plus solution for agents to power their business. More than 20,000 agents participated in early beta versions of Command, which became generally available to all KW associates at Family Reunion, an annual user conference for Keller Williams in February 2019. Keller Williams is also releasing a new consumer app in late Q2 '19. The new home search experience will empower agents and consumers alike, uniting them inside one central point for communication, on-demand information and collaboration. Fast Company's Most Innovative Companies issue is available online and in app form via iTunes and on newsstands beginning February 27. "Congratulations, Keller Williams. You are a technology company," said Keller at Family Reunion. About Keller Williams Austin, Texas-based Keller Williams, the world's largest real estate franchise by agent count, has more than 1,000 offices and 180,000 associates. The franchise is also No. 1 in units and sales volume in the United States. In 2015, Keller Williams began its evolution into a technology company, now building the real estate platform that agents' buyers and sellers prefer. Since 1983, the company has cultivated an agent-centric, technology-driven and education-based culture that rewards agents as stakeholders. For more information, visit kw.com. About Fast Company Fast Company is the only media brand fully dedicated to the vital intersection of business, innovation, and design, engaging the most influential leaders, companies and thinkers on the future of business. Since 2011, Fast Company has received some of the most prestigious editorial and design accolades, including the American Society of Magazine Editors (ASME) National Magazine Award for "Magazine Of The Year," Adweek's Hot List for "Hottest Business Publication," and six gold medals and 10 silver medals from the Society of Publication Designers. For more information, visit fastcompany.com.
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REAL Trends Launches 2019 Game Changers List of Influential Industry People
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eXp Realty Exceeds 16,000 Real Estate Agents Across North America
Agent and Broker Growth Increased 145% Year-over-year BELLINGHAM, WASH. — Jan. 18, 2019 — eXp Realty, the first, cloud-based real estate brokerage and a subsidiary of eXp World Holdings, Inc., today announced that it surpassed 16,000 agents and brokers in North America, which represents an increase of more than 145 percent since the same time last year. "We continue to innovate and change the industry, and we're fortunate that so many agents want to be a part of it. Our business model offers a value to agents that isn't available anywhere else," said eXp World Holdings CEO, Chairman and Founder Glenn Sanford. "This is particularly awesome because when we started the agent equity award program, the ceiling was 16,000 agents and now we are breaking it. Our new sustainable equity plan allows agents to continue to receive equity in the company while securing eXp's place in history." The milestone of 16,000 agents was the initial target company leadership used in 2013 when setting up the first equity incentives for agents. The Sustainable Equity Plan goes into effect immediately and provides a similar dollar value in equity today as the former plan. Under the new plan, agent incentives will be paid as a dollar value of shares, rather than a stair-stepped number of shares for achieving stated goals on a go forward basis. About eXp World Holdings eXp World Holdings, Inc. (NASDAQ: EXPI) houses eXp Realty and eXp World Technologies, LLC, which operates the VirBELA platform. eXp Realty is the first, cloud-based real estate brokerage, the largest residential real estate brokerage by geography in North America and the first and only real estate brokerage to operate as one company-owned brokerage in all 50 U.S. states. It is one of the fastest growing real estate brokerage firms in North America with more than 16,000 agents across 50 U.S. states, the District of Columbia and three Canadian provinces. As a publicly traded company, eXp World Holdings uniquely offers real estate professionals within its ranks opportunities to earn company 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.eXpRealty.com.
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Coldwell Banker Paradise Joins Schmidt Family of Companies to Create One of Nation's Largest Firms
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Corcoran Real Estate Files Franchise Documents as Leading Brokerage Expands Business across the U.S.
NEW YORK, Jan. 9, 2019 -- Pamela Liebman, President and CEO of The Corcoran Group, the premier New York-based residential real estate brokerage firm, today announced the company has completed its Franchise Disclosure Document. This allows Corcoran Group LLC, a subsidiary of Realogy Holdings Corp., to begin discussions with prospective franchisees in most states. "We are excited to begin a dialogue with prospective franchisees who believe the Corcoran brand provides a competitive edge in their market," said Pamela Liebman. "Corcoran is recognized for its client-centric, personal approach and success in marketing and selling properties in the most competitive U.S. markets. With the power of the Corcoran brand and the resources and support of Realogy, brokerage firms across the U.S. can now, by aligning with Corcoran, become more competitive, and utilize the brand to help increase their market presence and build their business." "We are pleased to welcome Corcoran into our powerhouse family of franchise brands, which collectively cover the largest share of the residential real estate market," said John Peyton, president and CEO, Realogy Franchise Group. "They each offer a distinct personality, history, and expertise, fueled by Realogy's leading technology and unparalleled access to data. We believe Corcoran with its dynamic approach and strong brand recognition will allow us to unlock additional franchisee opportunities, drive productive agent recruitment and ultimately, capture more share of the market." Senior vice president of global development, Alvaro Cardenas, will be responsible for overseeing the Corcoran franchise rollout in U.S. and global markets. Cardenas will lead the Corcoran franchise sales team in presenting brokerage firms and entrepreneurs the opportunity to become a Corcoran franchisee. According to Cardenas, "Corcoran's expansion into new markets is a unique and rare chance for brokerage firms to affiliate with one of the most powerful real estate brands. We are pleased that we can now begin discussions with the many prospective franchisees who have expressed interest." The Corcoran® brand will embody the Corcoran "Live Who You Are®" philosophy and is expected to expand on the success of The Corcoran Group, a Realogy owned brokerage business and a leading residential real estate brokerage company based in New York City. With 2,300 sales associates serving both domestic and international clientele, The Corcoran Group has offices located in New York, including Manhattan, Brooklyn, the Hamptons, the North Fork and Shelter Island, as well as Florida markets, including Delray Beach and Palm Beach. About Corcoran Group LLC Since January 2019, Corcoran Group LLC has begun building a new real estate franchise company, and franchisees will benefit from the brand's history of guiding people on their journey to find their new home. Corcoran Group LLC is a subsidiary of Realogy Holdings Corp. (NYSE: RLGY), the leading and most integrated provider of residential real estate services in the U.S., focused on empowering independent sales agents to best serve today's consumers. Corcoran® and the Corcoran Logo are service marks owned by Corcoran Group LLC. Corcoran Group LLC fully supports the principles of the Fair Housing Act and the Equal Opportunity Act. Each office is independently owned and operated. For more information, please visit www.corcoran.com.
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eXp World Holdings Announces Sustainable Equity Plan and Equity Offset Repurchase Program
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eXp World Holdings Completes Asset Acquisition of VirBELA
BELLINGHAM, WASH. — Nov. 30, 2018 — eXp World Holdings, the holding company for eXp Realty, the largest residential real estate brokerage by geography in North America (NASDAQ: EXPI), today announced that it has completed its asset acquisition of VirBELA, LLC's core group of products and services, pursuant to its previously announced letter of intent. The company also introduced eXp World Technologies, LLC, its innovation and technology division, which now holds the VirBELA brand. VirBELA will continue its current line of business of offering a modern, cloud-based environment focused on education and team development with clients in various industries from government to retail. In 2016, VirBELA developed eXp Realty's current cloud campus called eXp World, which provides 24/7 access to collaborative tools, training and socialization for the company's more than 15,000 real estate agents and nearly 300 staff across North America. The acquisition of VirBELA's core group of products and services will allow eXp Realty to continue to accelerate its business in a sustainable and innovative way. This is consistent with eXp World Holdings' vision to expand the product offering to agents, teams and others who could benefit from their own, always-available environments for collaboration. "We have continued to be impressed by the products, services and team that VirBELA has assembled, and we look forward to continuing to offer eXp Realty agents and VirBELA's existing clients more virtual collaboration, education and support to help grow their businesses," said eXp World Holdings CEO, Chairman and Founder Glenn Sanford. "We also are excited to introduce eXp World Technologies that will deliver the next phase of tools from eXp World Holdings." About eXp World Holdings eXp World Holdings, Inc., is the holding company for eXp Realty (NASDAQ: EXPI), the largest residential real estate brokerage by geography in North America. 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 15,000 agents across 50 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.eXpWorldHoldings.com.
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eXp Realty Exceeds 15,000 Agents
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Move, Inc. Wins a Crucial Patent Victory for the Real Estate Industry
Move, Inc., announced a final victory in its decade-long patent dispute with Real Estate Alliance Ltd. SANTA CLARA, Calif., (Nov. 8, 2018) -- Move, Inc., a subsidiary of News Corp and operator of realtor.com®, announced today a final victory in its decade-long patent dispute with Real Estate Alliance Ltd. ("REAL") with the U.S. Supreme Court's Nov. 5 decision to deny REAL's petition to review a U.S. District Court's summary judgment in favor of Move. "This is a win not only for Move and realtor.com® but also the entire real estate industry," said Move CEO Ryan O'Hara. "REAL used the patent litigation system to target real estate professionals and companies who were engaging consumers in today's dynamic online environment. We are very proud to have championed this cause in support of the real estate industry, and the successful resolution of this case will benefit the professionals in that industry and the consumers they serve." In 2005, REAL sued a real estate broker and Move customer for patent infringement and then sought to create a class of patent infringement defendants comprised of realtor.com® customers. In response, Move sued REAL in April 2007, seeking to prove that realtor.com® and other real estate-related websites do not infringe on two REAL-owned patents related to online real estate property searches, which Move also asserted to be invalid. REAL responded by filing patent infringement claims against Move, the National Association of REALTORS® (NAR), the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) and numerous additional real estate agents, brokers, MLSs, home builders, rental companies, and technology providers based, in part, on their use of realtor.com®. In 2016, the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California entered summary judgment that realtor.com® did not infringe REAL's patents and additionally found both patents invalid. After the Federal Circuit affirmed the District Court, REAL filed a petition seeking review of the decision by the U.S. Supreme Court. When the Supreme Court denied REAL's petition on Nov. 5, 2018, that decision ended the 11-year old case with a complete victory for Move, NAR, NAHB and the other defendants. "We are very pleased with the District Court's decision, as affirmed by the Federal Circuit, which confirmed our position that the claims in the patents were invalid and that the patents should not have been issued. Move, at its own expense, defended the real estate industry from REAL, which was seeking hundreds of millions of dollars in licensing fees," said James Caulfield, General Counsel of Move. While Move recognizes and respects the valid intellectual property rights of others, this litigation demonstrates that Move is committed to vigorously defending itself against false allegations of infringement, Caulfield added. About Move, Inc. Move, Inc., a subsidiary of News Corp [Nasdaq: NWS, NWSA] [ASX: NWS, NWSLV], provides access to unsurpassed real estate information, tools and professional expertise across a family of websites and mobile experiences for consumers and real estate professionals through all stages of the home journey. It has a perpetual license to operate realtor.com® from the National Association of REALTORS®. The Move network includes realtor.com®, The Home of Home Search, as well as Opcity, Doorsteps®, Moving.com™ and SeniorHousingNet. Realtor.com® pioneered the world of digital real estate 20 years ago, and today helps make all things home simple, efficient and enjoyable. Move also offers a complete solution of software products and services to help real estate professionals serve their clients and grow their business in a digital world, including ListHub™, the nation's leading listings syndicator and centralized intelligence platform for the real estate industry; Top Producer® Systems; FiveStreet℠ and Reesio as well as many free services. For more information, visit realtor.com.
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eMerge Acquired by Elm Street Technology
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OJO Labs Combines with Real Estate Data Giant WolfNet Technologies
Combination creates data-rich AI firm set to benefit millions of consumers, industry Austin, TX – October 10, 2018 – AI conversational technology leader OJO Labs announced today its combination with real estate data giant WolfNet Technologies. The terms of the agreement are not disclosed. OJO Labs, based in Austin, Texas, empowers consumers to make better decisions through its conversational AI, "OJO." For homebuyers and sellers, its leading-edge, machine-learning assistant OJO engages consumers through mobile messaging and innovative web experiences that reimagines the home transaction experience. For the real estate industry, OJO is a trusted assistant that provides a seamless transition for a consumer from online searching to a warm transfer to a real estate agent that can best facilitate a smooth, successful transaction. WolfNet manages one of the world's most complete, accurate and current real estate databases with more than 100 million property records and covers 99% of all active Multiple Listing Services (MLS) property listings in the U.S. and Canada. A leading provider of MLS data standardization services, Twin Cities-based WolfNet is best known in the real estate industry for pioneering Responsive IDX property search. Nearly a half million real estate agents use apps or websites that are powered by WolfNet data services. Its clients include real estate franchises, brokerages, teams, agents and real estate technology providers. "Millions of consumers will benefit from this partnership," said John Berkowitz, CEO of OJO Labs. "The MLS has the best property data there is, and with WolfNet, the speed and quality of those feeds will be key components of the data powering OJO. OJO will also ingest and learn from public records data, school information and more for every major market in America – across the nation's 383 metro areas." "All of this will fuel OJO's machine learning," added David Rubin, Co-founder of OJO Labs. "That means OJO will get smarter – faster – and most importantly, the consumer's real estate transaction experience in the future is going to get better." For WolfNet founder Joel MacIntosh, who spent the last 22 years growing WolfNet into a category leader, the fusion of OJO Labs and WolfNet is a "next level collaboration" for his business and the real estate industry. "The significance of this day may be lost on those who haven't heard what leading AI experts are saying about OJO Labs today. OJO Labs has some of the brightest people leading their technology efforts. The OJO AI assistant is in its infancy but is already the most personalized approach to real estate ever created. Fuse this with WolfNet, known for our innovative leadership, and I believe our employees, our clients, our partners and the real estate industry overall will see this as a next level move," MacIntosh said. Acquisition impact for OJO Labs and WolfNet customers includes: A smarter, more responsive OJO that will benefit from the fastest, most comprehensive and standardized MLS data available industrywide. Access to significant improvements to data standardization and enriched raw data via machine learning and AI. Rapid access to combined products and services licensed to use the real estate data and related technology platforms. The combined companies now have more than 290 employees, with headquarters in Austin, Texas. The WolfNet brand remains unchanged and will continue to be led by MacIntosh with its 43 employees remaining at the Saint Louis Park operation just west of downtown Minneapolis. OJO Labs also operates an office in Vieux Fort, St. Lucia where the AI training takes place. OJO Labs and WolfNet have worked together for more than two years. "We know each other well and our cultures are a great fit," MacIntosh added. OJO Labs was founded by Rubin and Berkowitz in 2015 and the company has raised more than $28 million in capital, including $20.5 million in Series B funding in May. Investors included Realogy Holdings Corp., Royal Bank of Canada, Northwestern Mutual Future Ventures, and ServiceMaster, joined by leading Texas venture capital firms LiveOak Venture Partners and Silverton Partners. OJO Labs has patented AI technology that solves the biggest problems plaguing the development of intelligent, conversational systems. The first application of the technology is in real estate. OJO is the first and only AI-based assistant that can understand a user's intent and preferences to answer almost any real estate related question. How OJO works: OJO's AI assistant answers questions that some consumers searching for a home may be hesitant to ask an agent. Consumers in all stages of a home shopping process often don't want to bother an agent with questions, while others, early in the process, fear asking an agent questions could result in sales pressure. OJO's AI assistant solves both problems. OJO has access to WolfNet's vast database so when a home shopper sends a text to OJO and asks if a property has a particular feature, like a backyard, OJO can find the data and respond. Most importantly, OJO's response is truly conversational in tone: "Yes, it has 4 large oak trees for privacy and shade around the back patio." OJO also is using image recognition software and AI to quickly learn what a home buyer likes and doesn't like about homes. It then searches through millions of photographs in seconds to find homes that match a buyer's personality and style. Interacting on behalf of real estate agents and brokerages, OJO is available 24/7 to help consumers with questions, home search needs, mortgage information and other resources related to the homeownership journey. Engaging the consumer in a two-way dialogue over an extended period provides OJO with crucial insights that it can then share with a real estate agent when the consumer gives consent and chooses to connect. This trusted, nurtured connection creates a mutually beneficial experience for both the consumer and agent. It's a crucial fusion of top technology and human interaction. About OJO Labs OJO Labs is on a mission to empower people to make better decisions through the fusion of machine and human intelligence. The company's unique, patented AI technology products can conduct text conversations with consumers at scale. By combining natural language understanding with data and personalization, the products allow for consumers to deeply engage in a purchase process prior to interacting with a salesperson. OJO Labs is backed by the two most active VC firms in Texas, leaders in real estate and financing industries, as well as key high-net-worth individuals. OJO Labs has been recognized as a Best Places to Work in Austin by the Austin Business Journal, an Austin A-List and 50 On Fire winner. The OJO team has decades of combined success scaling businesses and deep experience in engineering, data science, product marketing, and operations.
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Home Partners of America and Realogy Holdings Corp. to Launch the cataLIST Program
Cash Sale Program Available to Home Sellers in Select Markets CHICAGO, Sept. 25, 2018 -- Home Partners of America announced today that its subsidiary, cataLIST, and Realogy Holdings Corp., the largest full-service residential real estate services company in the United States, will offer the cataLIST Program, a quick-cash sale program through NRT's Coldwell Banker branded operations, available in select markets. NRT is the Realogy subsidiary that operates its company-owned real estate brokerage offices. Through the cataLIST Program, an owner of a qualifying property who lists with Coldwell Banker will have the option of receiving a cataLIST Cash Offer from cataLIST to purchase their home, generally within one business day of providing the property information.Within five days after receiving the cataLIST Cash Offer, the homeowner has the choice of accepting the offer or marketing the home for sale through the traditional listing process. If the sellers accept the cataLIST Cash Offer, the closing can generally occur in as few as 10 days, subject to obtaining clear title to the property. If the sellers do not accept the cataLIST Cash Offer, the offer will be automatically withdrawn, and the home will be marketed through the Coldwell Banker marketing program. The cataLIST Program allows the homeowner the flexibility to work with a fully trained and licensed market expert. With many other cash offer models, consumers lose the value and expert opinion a top real estate professional brings to the table. The cataLIST Program gives sellers the advantage of working with the same agent regardless of whether they choose the cash offer option or customary marketing provided for in the listing agreement. "Sellers who choose the cataLIST Cash Offer can benefit from the convenience of a quick sale without having to continue to pay tax, insurance, and mortgage for the property while its being marketed," said Bill Young, chief executive officer of Home Partners of America. "Additionally, sellers who accept the cataLIST Cash Offer can close any time within a 90-day window, making it easier to facilitate the move into a new residence. Sellers will have greater negotiating power on their next purchase knowing they have a cash contract on their existing home with a quick closing." "The cataLIST Program gives agents the distinct advantage of being able to offer their customers either the great listing experience they have long provided or an alternative to the common sale model, one that is convenient and expedites the home sale process," said M. Ryan Gorman, president and CEO of NRT. "The cataLIST program keeps our independent agents at the center of the transaction and additionally arms them with a powerful tool to compete with iBuyer players in their marketplace." The pilot program will launch in the Atlanta and Greater Dallas market areas in October and expand into Tampa markets through the remainder of 2018. Home Partners of America expects to continue to explore more opportunities with NRT across the U.S. in 2019. About Realogy Holdings Corp. Realogy Holdings Corp. (NYSE: RLGY) is the leading and most integrated provider of residential real estate services in the U.S. that is focused on empowering independent sales agents to best serve today's consumers. Realogy delivers its services through its well-known industry brands including Better Homes and Gardens® Real Estate, CENTURY 21®, Coldwell Banker®, Coldwell Banker Commercial®, Corcoran Group®, ERA®, Sotheby's International Realty® as well as NRT, Cartus, Title Resource Group and ZapLabs, an in-house innovation and technology development lab. Realogy's fully integrated business model includes brokerage, franchising, relocation, mortgage, and title and settlement services. Realogy provides independent sales agents access to leading technology, best-in-class marketing and learning programs, and support services to help them become more productive and build stronger businesses. Realogy's affiliated brokerages operate around the world with approximately 192,000 independent sales agents in the United States and approximately 102,000 independent sales agents in approximately 115 other countries and territories. Realogy is headquartered in Madison, New Jersey. About Home Partners of America Home Partners of America (HPA) is a proven, trusted company committed to helping more people own and live in homes in quality communities. By offering a clear path to homeownership through an easy process built on choice and flexibility, HPA's approach has provided meaningful benefits for prospective homeowners, the communities it serves, and the real estate community. Through innovative programs like cataLIST, HPA is bringing additional meaningful solutions to the marketplace.
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Pacific Union to Join Compass
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Leading Real Estate Companies of the World Announces 24 New Members in First Half of 2018
Global real estate community continues to see strong network growth CHICAGO, Ill., USA – Chicago-based Leading Real Estate Companies of the World® (LeadingRE) welcomed a total of six new U.S.-based members and 18 new global members to its international network in the first half of 2018. With new members in Asia, Europe, Africa and North America, all the new additions extend LeadingRE's presence to over 70 countries, with a total of 565 firms and 130,000 sales associates. New 2018 U.S. members: PureWest Real Estate (Kallspell, Mont.) Bishop Realtor Group (Wichita Falls, Texas) Mayben Realty (Mount Pleasant, Texas) O'Neal Real Estate (Fort Smith, Ark.) Julie Pogue Properties (Anchorage, Ky.) Portside Real Estate Group (Fairmouth, Me.) New 2018 global members: 77 Great Estates (Sliema, Malta) Abri Group (Accra, Ghana) Alto Andes Real Estate (Santiago, Chile) ANAROCK Property Consultants Private Limited (Gurgaon, India) ANTONIN (Megève, France) BVR Property (Bali, Indonesia) Caetano Property (Ponta do Sol, Portugal) DWG Dennis Wee Realty Singapore (Singapore) Elite Propiedades SanFernando (Santander, Spain) INS Brazil (Fortaleza, Brazil) International Property Agent (Tokyo, Japan) Jay Miller Real Estate Ltd. Brokerage (Newmarket, Canada, Ontario) KR Property (Jakarta Pusat, Indonesia) Monaco Properties (Monaco) Plaza Homes (Tokyo, Japan) Saudi Gulf Home Real Estate (Jeddah, Saudi Arabia) Sense Property Group (Bangkok, Thailand) VINestate (Nha Trang, Vietnam) "We are delighted to welcome all of these market-leading brokerages to our network," said Paul Boomsma, president and CEO of LeadingRE. "This positive momentum is a testament to the value and exceptional client experiences our network delivers every day around the globe. We look forward to their contributions and continued growth in the second half of 2018." To learn more about LeadingRE and its affiliates, please visit www.LeadingRE.com.
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Redfin Commits to Long-Term Expansion of Redfin Now, Buying Homes Directly from Owners
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Cushman & Wakefield Announces Closing of Its Initial Public Offering of Ordinary Shares
CHICAGO, IL, August 6, 2018--Cushman & Wakefield plc ("Cushman & Wakefield") today announced the closing of its initial public offering of 45,000,000 of its ordinary shares, at a price to the public of $17.00 per share. In connection with the initial public offering, the underwriters exercised in full their option to purchase an additional 6,750,000 ordinary shares from Cushman & Wakefield. As a result, the total initial public offering size was 51,750,000 shares. The shares are listed on the New York Stock Exchange and trade under the symbol "CWK." Cushman & Wakefield also announced the initial closing of a primary private placement investment by Vanke Service (HongKong) Co., Limited in an aggregate number of ordinary shares that will represent ownership of 4.9% of outstanding ordinary shares after giving effect to the initial public offering and the full exercise of the underwriters' option to purchase additional ordinary shares. Cushman & Wakefield expects to use the net proceeds from the ordinary shares offered by it to reduce outstanding indebtedness, in particular to repay its second lien loan, to pay the outstanding amount of the deferred payment obligation related to its acquisition of Cassidy Turley and any remaining net proceeds for general corporate purposes. Morgan Stanley, J.P. Morgan, Goldman Sachs & Co. LLC and UBS Investment Bank served as joint book-running managers and representatives of the underwriters for the offering. Barclays Capital Inc., BofA Merrill Lynch, Citigroup Global Markets Inc., Credit Suisse Securities (USA) LLC and William Blair & Company, L.L.C. also served as joint book-running managers for the offering. TPG Capital BD, LLC, HSBC Securities (USA) Inc., Credit Agricole Securities (USA) Inc., JMP Securities LLC, China Renaissance Securities (US) Inc., Fifth Third Securities, Inc., Academy Securities, Inc., Loop Capital Markets LLC, Samuel A. Ramirez & Company, Inc., Siebert Cisneros Shank & Co., L.L.C. and The Williams Capital Group, L.P. served as co-managers for the offering. The offering was made only by means of the written prospectus forming part of the effective registration statement. Copies of the final prospectus related to the offering may be obtained from Morgan Stanley & Co. LLC, Attention: Prospectus Department, 180 Varick Street, 2nd Floor, New York, NY 10014, J.P. Morgan Securities LLC, Attention: Broadridge Financial Solutions, 1155 Long Island Avenue, Edgewood, NY 11717, email: [email protected], Goldman Sachs & Co. LLC, Attention: Prospectus Department, 200 West Street, New York, NY 10282, telephone: (866) 471-2526 or email: [email protected] and UBS Securities LLC, Attention: Prospectus Department, 1285 Avenue of the Americas, New York, NY 10019, telephone: 888-827-7275 or email: [email protected] A registration statement relating to these securities was declared effective as of August 1, 2018 by the Securities and Exchange Commission. This news release shall not constitute an offer to sell or the solicitation of an offer to buy nor shall there be any sale of these securities in any state or jurisdiction in which such offer, sale or solicitation would be unlawful prior to registration or qualification under the securities law in any such state or jurisdiction. About Cushman & Wakefield Cushman & Wakefield (NYSE: CWK) is a leading global real estate services firm that delivers exceptional value by putting ideas into action for real estate occupiers and owners. Cushman & Wakefield is among the largest real estate services firms with 48,000 employees in approximately 400 offices and 70 countries. In 2017, the firm had revenue of $6.9 billion across core services of property, facilities and project management, leasing, capital markets, valuation and other services.
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eXp World Holdings Names Jason Gesing as Executive Vice President, Business Development
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CMK & Associates Joins Forces with Howard Hanna Real Estate Services
Buffalo, New York (July 25th, 2018) – Howard Hanna Real Estate Services announced on July 24 in Amsterdam, New York that CMK & Associates is now a part of the Hanna family of companies. The joining together of these two well-known and respected names means that buyers, sellers, and agents will have access to some of the best resources in real estate. CMK & Associates is one of the leading brokerages in upstate New York and in 2017, their team of sales associates produced over $104 million in sold volume. Howard Hanna is the largest home seller in the state of New York and had a closed sales volume of $18 billion in 2017. The over 60 sales associates and staff across the six offices of CMK & Associates will now be able to offer their clients access to Howard Hanna's programs. Among those are the exclusive 100% Money Back Guarantee, the luxury Homes of Distinction program, and apps that help to create a smooth buying or selling process. Howard Hanna's one-stop shopping will enable the team at CMK & Associates to offer comprehensive mortgage, title, insurance, and other real estate services to their clients. "The focus of CMK over the years has been on growth and improvement so we can provide the best resources to our agents and great service to our clients. Joining Howard Hanna, the third largest brokerage in the United States, puts our agents and clients in the best possible position for continued success," said Christian C. Klueg, Broker of CMK & Associates. "With advanced resources and market exposure, this is the ideal next step in our journey to consistently provide the best in real estate services. I am excited about the opportunity this provides." "We are thrilled that Christian and the rest of his team will be joining Howard Hanna and contributing to our growth in New York," said Howard W. "Hoby" Hanna, IV, President of Real Estate Brokerage. "This is a great time for us to partner with CMK & Associates to provide unmatched, innovative and comprehensive real estate services to more buyers and sellers throughout the state." "As Christian and I began our conversations, we found we had the same passion for the real estate business, shared similar cultures, and realized that there are many synergies within our two companies," said Albert Picchi, Senior Vice President of the Eastern New York District. "CMK & Associates has grown tremendously over the past 10 years, and we are excited to expand our footprint into counties to the West of the Capital Region. I look forward to working with the entire team at CMK & Associates and helping continue their trajectory of growth as part of the Howard Hanna family." The Howard Hanna brand will begin appearing on signs, advertising and marketing throughout the areas now served by CMK & Associates. Visitors to the website will soon be redirected to HowardHanna.com, a powerhouse that receives an average of over 1.6 million visitors per month from the entire United States. "Through partnerships like this one with CMK & Associates, we hope to continue our position as the top choice in New York for buyers and sellers for many years to come," said Hanna. 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 New York, Pennsylvania and Ohio. 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 NY, PA, OH, 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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Century 21 Real Estate Wins Prestigious Inman Innovation Award in Marketing for New Brand Identity
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eXp Realty Founder Glenn Sanford Named Most Innovative Broker Owner in 2018 Inman Innovator Awards
BELLINGHAM, WASH. — July 19, 2018 — eXp Realty, a subsidiary of eXp World Holdings and the largest residential real estate brokerage by geography in North America, today announced that Founder Glenn Sanford won a 2018 Inman Innovator Award for Most Innovative Broker Owner. "I am honored to carry home the Most Innovative Broker Owner Award for the more than 13,000 agents and staff who make eXp Realty such an amazing place to work. It has been a real treat to spend time with the other finalists, speakers and idea-makers this week at Inman Connect," said eXp World Holdings CEO, Chairman and Founder Glenn Sanford. "Innovation is one of our core values that we have embraced from our first day in business, so this award is a culmination of the team's hard work." The Inman Innovator Awards winners are selected by the Inman News editorial team and represent companies or individuals who consistently try new things, adopt new technology, create a new culture or approach to real estate or has figured out how to achieve an unmatched level of success. About eXp Realty eXp Realty, LLC (NASDAQ: EXPI) is a subsidiary of eXp World Holdings, Inc. and the largest residential real estate brokerage by geography in North America. eXp Realty 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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RealBiz Media Group Announces Spin-Off Plans for NestBuilder Real Estate Division
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REAL Trends Announces 2018 The Thousand
Thirteenth annual real estate ranking published in conjunction with The Wall Street Journal DENVER, June 29, 2018 -- Today, REAL Trends Inc., in conjunction with The Wall Street Journal, published the 13th annual The Thousand list of America's top 1,000 real estate sales professionals and teams. An abridged list of the designees is published in today's edition of The Wall Street Journal and a complete listing is available online at www.realtrends.com/rankings/rt1000. REAL Trends The Thousand, as advertised in The Wall Street Journal, is an annual, national awards ranking sponsored by REAL Trends—the Trusted Source—and advertised in The Wall Street Journal. Designees are recognized as the top one-half of one percent of more than 1.3 million licensed real estate professionals nationwide. The Thousand is divided into four categories, each listing the top 250 designees: Individual Agent—Sales Volume; Individual Agent—Transaction Sides; Agent Team—Sales Volume and Agent Team—Transaction Sides. "The real estate sales professionals ranked in The Thousand have proven that they have the skills to grow their businesses year after year," said Steve Murray, president of REAL Trends and publisher of The Thousand. "The average U.S. real estate professional closed 8.0 transaction sides in 2017. The average agent ranked in The Thousand closed 204 transaction sides and the average team closed over 533 transaction sides. These kinds of results show that those who commit to being full-time professionals can build meaningful businesses and succeed beyond expectations. Achieving this level of results is simply incredible." The top five designees in each category of the 2018 REAL Trends The Thousand are: Individual Agent—Sales Volume Ben Caballero, HomesUSA.com, Inc., Addison, Texas Chris Cortazzo, Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage, Malibu, Calif. Mauricio Umansky, The Agency, Beverly Hills, Calif. Alexa Lambert, Stribling & Associates, New York, N.Y. Aaron Kirman, Pacific Union International, Beverly Hills, Calif. Individual Agent—Transaction Sides Ben Caballero, HomesUSA.com, Inc., Addison, Texas Brian Bair, OfferPad, Gilbert, Ariz. Jason Saphire, www.EntryOnly.com, Boston, Mass. John Swartz, RE/MAX Connection, Turnersville, N.J. Sherri Saad, RE/MAX Leading Edge, Detroit, Mich. Agent Team—Sales Volume Lucido Agency, Keller Williams Realty, Ellicott City, Md. The Serhant Team, Nest Seekers International, New York, N.Y. Halton Pardee + Partners, Halton Pardee + Partners, Santa Monica, Calif. The DeLeon Team, DeLeon Realty, Inc., Palo Alto, Calif. Ben Kinney/Home 4 Investment Team, Keller Williams Realty, Bellingham, Wash. Agent Team—Transaction Sides Mark Spain Real Estate, Mark Spain Real Estate, Alpharetta, Ga. Lucido Agency, Keller Williams Realty, Ellicott City, Md. Ben Kinney/Home 4 Investment Team, Keller Williams Realty, Bellingham, Wash. The Minnesota Real Estate Team, RE/MAX Advantage Plus, Bloomington, Minn. Duffy Realty, Duffy Realty of Atlanta, Alpharetta, Ga. "In total, this year's professionals in The Thousand closed 184,407 sides and sold more than $86 billion in 2017—a new record for sales volume with a 9 percent increase over last year," said Murray. "It is incredible to consider that 1,000 sales professionals and teams could accomplish so much." METHODOLOGY REAL Trends The Thousand awards program was developed jointly by WSJ, Custom Studios and REAL Trends, a leading source of analysis and information for the residential real estate brokerage industry. The Thousand honors America's finest real estate professionals and their companies and is compiled and analyzed by REAL Trends. Rankings are compiled based on surveys from virtually every national branded network, state and local associations of Realtors®, multiple listing services, all applicants from past years' rankings, and the 1,752 largest brokerage firms in the United States. Verification from an independent source is required for all submissions. In addition, REAL Trends senior staff reviews every submission for completeness and accuracy. ABOUT REAL TRENDS REAL Trends has been The Trusted Source of news, analysis and information on the residential brokerage industry since 1987. The privately held publishing, consulting and communications company is based in Castle Rock, Colorado. Residential real estate leaders look to REAL Trends for timely and trusted information and analysis through its monthly newsletter, news updates, conferences and publications. In addition to creating research studies, REAL Trends is a leading provider of high-level business consulting services to the residential real estate industry. The firm provides a wide range of advisory services to local, regional and national real estate organizations. Areas of expertise include operational analysis, valuations, merger and acquisition advisory services, consumer and business research and strategic planning. For more information, visit www.realtrends.com or call 303-741-1000.
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eXp Realty Exceeds 12,000 Real Estate Agents Across North America
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Inside Real Estate Soars 149 Percent Over Previous Year
In the effort to support its 149% year-over-year revenue growth and massive demand for its leading cloud software, Inside Real Estate has made some recent high-profile hires. These hires are well-known and well-respected within the real estate and tech industries, and position Inside Real Estate as a powerhouse brand with solutions for real estate brokers, teams and agents at every stage of their business. "With the continued torrid pace of growth at Inside Real Estate," says Ned Stringham, Chief Executive Officer, "we have bolstered our leadership ranks with some industry veterans and significantly expanded our management capability to support the growth ahead." Inside Real Estate launched kvCORE Platform late last year and the company has been working tirelessly to keep up with the demand and ensure successful onboarding. "Nothing matters more to us than the success of our clients; growing our stellar team is critical to making this happen," says Stringham. Recent hires include: Jeb Griffin, VP Customer Success & Training – Griffin is a ten-year veteran from RE//MAX corporate as a Technology Trainer, Senior Product Manager and Director of Strategy and Product Management. Paul Salley, Director Business Development and Marketing – Salley co-founded the Technology Consulting Division of REAL Trends where he consulted with top brokerages in the US and Canada with every facet of technology selection, implementation and digital marketing. Joan Dailey, VP Marketing – Dailey has 20 years of tech marketing experience and most recently served as VP of Corporate Marketing for SmartZip, where she implemented programs that were attributed to over half of the revenue growth each year. Cameron McIntosh, VP Enterprise Sales – McIntosh joined the team late 2017 and brings a wealth of experience from his previous roles as Senior Manager, Industry Relations for Zillow Group and Strategic Business Consultant for Dotloop where he managed their most strategic accounts. These recent hires have been perfectly timed with Inside Real Estate's acqusition of two major software companies, Circlepix and Brokersumo. With these acquisitions, Inside Real Estate has brought Circlepix and Brokersumo's top leadership into the fold: Greg Gehring, SVP Circlepix Operations – Gehring has been with Circlepix since 2001, where he served as Chief Operations Officer. He was instrumental in the development of Circlepix's premier software solutions, PIXmarketing and PIXsocial. Craig Johnson, VP Sales Circlepix – Johnson is a 30-year sales veteran with extensive technology sales and leadership experience, having worked for TDAmeritrade, Novell, and InsideSales.com. Jeremy Shoenig, Director Brokersumo – Shoenig has twelve years of real estate industry experience, most recently as Founder and CEO of Brokersumo. Shoenig built Brokersumo on a shoestring budget and a skeleton crew to become the leader in real estate financial software. Griffin, Dailey, Salley, McIntosh, Gehring, Johnson and Shoenig join an impressive roster of real estate marketing leaders already established at Inside Real Estate, including Ned Stringham (CEO), Doug Folsom (CFO), Joe Skousen (Founder & Chief Revenue Officer), Justin Tracy (Founder & Chief Innovation Officer), Nick Macey (Chief Product Officer), Carole Smets (Chief Operations Officers), Brian Hoilamen (SVP Sales & Business Development), and Sonam Sherpa (SVP Sales). About Inside Real Estate Inside Real Estate is among the fastest growing real estate software companies in the market and serves tens of thousands of agents, teams, and brokers throughout the U.S. and Canada. The company is the developer of the kvCORE Platform, the only platform where brokers, teams, and agents run their entire business on one solution. The platform's components include a powerful lead engine, website & IDX tools, a smart AI-infused CRM, consumer and mobile apps, and transaction integrations—all built on a scalable cloud infrastructure and powered by sophisticated automation and analytics to understand and grow your business. Customers also enjoy access to Inside's Marketplace where they can easily add-on dozens of vetted solutions including Kunversion, Circlepix, BrokerSumo, and other leading third-party products. Visit Inside Real Estate to learn more.
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Ebby Halliday Companies to Join HomeServices of America, Inc.
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eXp World Holdings Is Trading on Nasdaq
BELLINGHAM, WASH. — May 21, 2018 — eXp World Holdings, the holding company for eXp Realty, the largest single owned residential real estate brokerage by geography in North America, announced its common stock will commence trading today on the Nasdaq Global Market under the ticker symbol "EXPI." "Today marks a special day in the history of eXp Realty. Our move to Nasdaq is a continuation of almost nine years of iterating around the long-term value proposition for real estate professionals. We are proud of our ability to be able to deliver on our promise to our agents, brokers, staff and shareholders who have believed in our vision over the years," said eXp World Holdings CEO, Chairman and Founder Glenn Sanford. This press release shall not constitute an offer to sell or the solicitation of an offer to buy, nor shall there be any sale of these securities in any state or jurisdiction in which such offer, solicitation or sale would be unlawful prior to registration or qualification under the securities laws of any such state or jurisdiction. About eXp World Holdings eXp World Holdings, Inc. (NASDAQ: EXPI) is the holding company for eXp Realty, LLC, the largest residential real estate brokerage by geography in North America. 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 11,000 agents in 49 U.S. states, the District of Columbia and the provinces of Alberta and Ontario, Canada. 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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Realty Executives International Acquires Largest Area Developer Region Covering Five States
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eXp Realty Surpasses 10,000 Real Estate Agents Across North America
Doubles Agent Count in Less Than Seven Months BELLINGHAM, WASH. — April 18, 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 the company surpassed 10,000 real estate agents across North America. This important company milestone represents a doubling of agent count in less than seven months. Since the beginning of the year the agent base of eXp Realty has grown by more than 54 percent. This comes on the heels of being honored as No. 7 for closed transactions in 2017 on the REAL Trends 500, which ranks the 500 largest brokers in the United States; and No. 8 for closed transactions in 2017 on RISMedia's Power Broker Top 500, which ranks the nation's top 500 residential real estate firms. "When we started this journey, a few of us dreamed that someday we'd reach this level. It is exciting for me to say that today we have grown faster than we imagined and I am truly honored to be in business with more than 10,000 like-minded real estate agents and brokers who chose to build their future with eXp," said eXp World Holdings CEO, Chairman and Founder Glenn Sanford. "Our culture of collaboration and shared ownership have allowed us to scale in ways that many of our bricks-and-mortar competitors can only dream of. In addition, the team we have assembled, especially during the last few years, has put us in a great position to be able to continue to iterate and grow. With the recent additions of Stacey Onnen to lead brokerage operations and Kimberly Ryan to grow our training and education platform as well as the continued development of our underlying technology framework, we feel confident about our ability to be agile at scale." 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. (OTCQB: EXPI). eXp Realty (exprealty.com) is changing the way that agents, brokers and consumers work together in an adaptive, sustainable environment. It is an agent-designed and agent-owned company. 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 10,000 agents in 47 U.S. states, the District of Columbia and the provinces of Alberta and Ontario, Canada. 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 Technology Startup Welcomes Industry Veterans
March 14, 2018 – Seattle, WA – MoxiWorks, real estate technology startup, has gone from the little engine that could, to a full-fledged open platform real estate technology solution. In the past five years alone, they've quadrupled their revenues, doubled their headcount, and doubled their square footage. To keep the momentum going, MoxiWorks has recently added two high caliber execs to their fold, welcoming Jim Tarte as CFO and Marc Chouaniere as the new VP of Marketing. Chouaniere comes with over 20 years of management experience and a diverse background that includes renowned companies such as Microsoft, Intellectual Ventures, Vertafore and Icertis. He is known for his corporate marketing expertise and brand growth. Tarte is a CPA and a dynamic finance professional with over 25 years of experience in public and private accounting with an emphasis on high tech, e-commerce and real estate companies experiencing high revenue growth. Previous companies include Scout Media, Prepared Response, X10 Wireless, CFO Selections and Moss Adams. York Baur, CEO of MoxiWorks weighed in on his excitement for the additions to the Moxi family, saying, "We're honored to have industry veterans that are qualified to work anywhere in tech choose us to practice their craft. Adding two executives of this caliber with the range and depth of experience that they have is not only exciting, but a necessary step for where we want to be tomorrow." Five years ago, MoxiWorks had one brokerage client with 6,500 agents. Today, they have 55 brokerage clients with well over than 100,000 agents on their open platform known as the Moxi Cloud. They aim to provide the best-in-class tools and services to make agents more productive, in turn making brokerages more profitable. "When looking for my next challenge I focused on companies with the combination of strong executive leadership, dynamic culture, and the best of breed in their market. MoxiWorks is all that and more. The passion around doing great work, driving the best for the customer, and wonderful collaboration is infectious. I have never felt more welcomed," said Marc Chouaniere, now VP of Marketing at MoxiWorks. "I worked with MoxiWorks from 2013-2014 as a part time CFO contractor and when the opportunity for a full-time position came about at the beginning of 2018, it wasn't a question of 'if,' but rather 'When can I start?' What made the decision simple was the culture of the company and the team in place driving the success of the product. It is truly exciting to be given the opportunity to scale the organization and drive operational efficiencies. MoxiWorks now has over 75 employees and is excited for the further growth and goal-hitting in the 2018 year. Baur added, "Doubling our headcount, quadrupling revenue, and getting our own floor in the building was necessary to get us to where we are now. We've been able to hit these goals while keeping the startup culture, which is a variable that shouldn't be overlooked. I'm immensely proud of everyone at MoxiWorks and look forward to another year of growth."
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Simon Chen Appointed President and Chief Executive Officer of ERA Real Estate
MADISON, N.J., March 5, 2018 -- ERA Real Estate, a leading global real estate franchisor, announced that Simon Chen has assumed the position of president and CEO of ERA Franchise Systems LLC, effective today. Chen is a widely respected technology expert with decades of experience in real estate brokerage investments, marketing and operations. In his new role, Chen is responsible for leading the ERA® brand's growth strategy focused on enhancing agent recruitment, productivity and market share. He most recently served as the brand's chief operating officer, a position he was recruited for and has held since May 2017. "Simon Chen's appointment takes advantage of our deep stable of leadership talent to further our growth strategy," said John Peyton, President & CEO, Realogy Franchise Group. "His unique entrepreneurial background in technology and real estate will help ERA continue to serve and support agents by implementing innovative technologies that take advantage of our deep data resources." "I am thrilled to lead the ERA brand and to serve the agents and brokers that we call family," said Chen. "I look forward to continuing our leadership with technology and digital tools that drive our agent-centric mission. Continual innovation in today's real estate industry is the best way we can help agents serve their clients, their communities and their career aspirations." Since joining ERA, Chen has worked to champion tools designed to enhance productivity, with specific focus on processes and services that drive growth for agents and franchisees. He was instrumental in the expansion of the ERA Sellers Security Plan which gives sellers of qualified homes the peace of mind of knowing that their home will sell after listing it with an ERA agent, and the addition of a new pilot program, ERA Express Sell, which expands this initiative to a "sell now" program. Chen also played a significant role in ERA agent development and retention programs, promoting wider use of the company's Zap® platform, a way for agents to better predict customer needs, and the ERA learning platform, which provides curated access to ERA training material. His culture-forward approach is driving a new energy and excitement into the network as well. Chen is a licensed broker in California and a member of the Beverly Hills and Santa Clara real estate boards. He mentors with the National Association of REALTORS® Second Century Ventures' REach® program and Moderne Ventures, two real estate technology incubators. Prior to joining ERA, Chen was the COO at Realty One Group. He founded global real estate brokerage and technology consulting firm Century Pacific Group, and served as senior director of corporate development and strategy at realtor.com. About ERA Real Estate ERA Franchise Systems LLC is a global leader in the residential real estate industry with more than 40 years of experience in developing consumer-oriented products and services, delivering value through innovation and collaboration. The ERA Real Estate network includes more than 39,000 affiliated brokers and independent sales associates and approximately 2,300 offices throughout the United States and 31 other countries and territories. ERA Franchise Systems LLC, which operates the ERA Real Estate system, is a subsidiary of Realogy Holdings Corp. (NYSE: RLGY), a global provider of real estate services. ERA Real Estate information is available at www.ExploreERA.com.
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RE/MAX Acquires Leading Technology Firm booj
Global Franchisor Takes Bold Step to Provide Best-in-Class Technology DENVER – In a move signaling a shift in RE/MAX technology strategy, RE/MAX, LLC announced today it has acquired booj, an award-winning Colorado-based web design and technology company. The acquisition exemplifies a new approach for RE/MAX that goes beyond adapting third-party vendor products to fit broker and agent needs. Moving forward, RE/MAX will leverage the capabilities of booj and other strategic partners to deliver core technology solutions designed for and with RE/MAX affiliates. The objective: technology platforms that create a distinct competitive edge for RE/MAX brokerages and agents and complement other tech products they choose to use. "Our strategy is to serve the industry's most productive agents by providing technology that saves them time, connects them to buyers and sellers, helps them leverage the brand and its many competitive advantages, and ultimately enables them to be even more productive and successful," said Adam Contos, RE/MAX CEO. "In collaboration with booj, our membership and other strategic partners, we will deliver the best technology to the world's most productive real estate network. The future of global real estate is RE/MAX." Booj has developed powerful technology systems for more than 40 regional real estate companies and 20,000 agents, allowing agents and brokerages to grow their business. These platforms, designed by and for the real estate industry, include websites, mobile apps, lead generation and cultivation systems and predictive analytics. "We're passionate about building technology that changes agents' lives and makes buying and selling a home easier," said Ido Zucker, Enterprise Director and Managing Partner of booj. "Putting our existing platform and new innovations into the hands of RE/MAX agents will be incredibly rewarding for our entire team. We're excited to see what world-class technologies we can build together." The acquisition is one of many RE/MAX initiatives in the past year demonstrating the global franchisor's drive to continue to lead the industry - including a refresh of the powerful RE/MAX brand, the creation of a new Business and Product Strategy team, and the launch of new automated social media and digital marketing solutions for agents. "We're investing in tremendous talent, proven systems and future innovations by acquiring booj, which will develop modern technology that helps our brokers and agents deliver even better service to their buyers and sellers," said Contos. Why booj? Founded in 2005 by Managing Partners and technology evangelists Ido Zucker and John Sable, booj has rapidly become an industry leader in producing end-to-end productivity solutions for real estate brokerages. The company has won numerous awards and was ranked in the Inc. 5000 for rapid growth for six consecutive years. With its staff of 77 members, booj, whose motto is "be original or jealous," will retain its name and office. "Our extremely talented team at booj has worked hard to deliver dynamic technology to the real estate industry," said booj Managing Partner John Sable. "Joining forces with RE/MAX allows us to invest even more in research and development to take our suite of tools to the next level, bringing new and powerful solutions to busy agents and their buyers and sellers." About the RE/MAX Network RE/MAX was founded in 1973 by Dave and Gail Liniger, with an innovative, entrepreneurial culture affording its agents and franchisees the flexibility to operate their businesses with great independence. Over 115,000 agents provide RE/MAX a global reach of more than 100 countries and territories. Nobody sells more real estate than RE/MAX when measured by residential transaction sides. RE/MAX, LLC, one of the world's leading franchisors of real estate brokerage services, is a wholly-owned subsidiary of RMCO, LLC, which is controlled and managed by RE/MAX Holdings, Inc. (NYSE:RMAX). With a passion for the communities in which its agents live and work, RE/MAX is proud to have raised more than $157 million for Children's Miracle Network Hospitals® and other charities. For more information about RE/MAX, to search home listings or find an agent in your community, please visit www.remax.com. For the latest news about RE/MAX, please visit www.remax.com/newsroom.
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ATTOM Data Solutions Acquires Onboard Informatics, Adding Best-In-Class Nationwide Neighborhood Data
New Data Features Neighborhood Boundaries, Schools, Crime, Amenities, Commuter Times; Combined with ATTOM Tax, Deed, Mortgage & Foreclosure Records in One-Stop Data Shop IRVINE, Calif., Feb. 15, 2018 -- ATTOM Data Solutions, curator of the nation's premier property database, today announced it has acquired Onboard Informatics, the leading provider of neighborhood data and data-enabled turnkey products to the real estate industry. "Onboard has a long and accomplished track record as an innovator in enhancing and democratizing neighborhood data assets, paralleling our own mission of powering real estate transparency," said Rob Barber, CEO at ATTOM Data Solutions. "This acquisition will benefit existing customers of both companies — and the entire marketplace — by providing complementary datasets in a one-stop data shop." Onboard's neighborhood data is being integrated into the ATTOM Data Warehouse, which blends property tax, deed, mortgage, foreclosure, environmental risk, natural hazard, and neighborhood data for more than 155 million U.S. residential and commercial properties. A persistent, unique ID assigned to every property record in the ATTOM Data Warehouse — the ATTOM ID — will be used to link the new Onboard neighborhood data with all other datasets, and the combined data will be available through ATTOM's flexible delivery solutions, including bulk file license, APIs and customized reports. "This acquisition by ATTOM will enable Onboard's customers to conveniently access robust tax, deed and mortgage data, that, when combined with Onboard's neighborhood data, completes the full property data picture needed to improve decision-making, increase lead generation and grow revenue," said Marc Siden, CEO and Co-founder of Onboard Informatics. Founded 15 years ago, Onboard Informatics fuels sales and feeds decision-making for some of the largest U.S. brands, including Century 21, Coldwell Banker and Weichert. Its data products include area data (neighborhood, metro and residential boundaries along with school attendance zones), point of interest data (restaurants, banks, shopping and more), and community data (crime, population, education, weather and commuter times). "Not only will our customers now be able to access a broader set of property-related data from one vendor, they'll also have more flexible options for consuming that data through the various ATTOM data delivery solutions including the ability to consume neighborhood data as bulk files," said Jonathan Bednarsh, president and co-founder of Onboard Informatics. About ATTOM Data Solutions ATTOM Data Solutions blends property tax, deed, mortgage, foreclosure, environmental risk, natural hazard, and neighborhood data for more than 155 million U.S. residential and commercial properties multi-sourced from more than 3,000 U.S. counties. A rigorous data management process involving more than 20 steps validates, standardizes and enhances the data collected by ATTOM, assigning each property record with a persistent, unique ID — the ATTOM ID. With more than 29.6 billion rows of transactional-level data and more than 7,200 discrete data attributes, the 9TB ATTOM data warehouse powers real estate transparency for innovators, entrepreneurs, disrupters, developers, marketers, policymakers, and analysts through flexible delivery solutions, including bulk file licenses, APIs and customized reports. About Onboard Informatics Onboard Informatics helps clients increase sales by engaging customers with local content. Since 2001, top real estate, media, financial and technology companies have used the intelligent local information aggregated by Onboard to improve their business, enhance their websites, build better applications, and engage their customers. Businesses from nearly every sector with a need for quality, consolidated, intelligent local information turn to Onboard.
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Constellation Software Real Estate Group Acquires Real Estate Digital LLC from Xome Holdings LLC
The acquisition further expands CSRE's market present in the real estate industry, now providing sales, marketing, and transaction solutions for over half a million agents, brokerages, and franchises across U.S. and Canada. BELLEVUE, WASH. (FEBRUARY 01, 2018) - Constellation Software Real Estate Group (CSRE), a leading provider of scalable SaaS products in the real estate industry, announced today that it has acquired Real Estate Digital from Xome Holdings LLC, excluding its reDataVault product of which Xome will retain ownership. Real Estate Digital, an integrated technology provider of real estate business management and marketing software, provides solutions for franchises, brokers, agents and Multiple Listing Services. The acquisition further expands CSRE's market presence in the real estate industry, now providing sales, marketing, and transaction solutions for over half of a million real estate agents, brokerages, and franchises across the U.S. and Canada. The purchase of Real Estate Digital fits into CSRE's strategy of investing in proven vertical market software solutions with a focus on strong products and long-term customer relationships. "Real Estate Digital is a great fit within our portfolio of real estate software and marketing offerings," states Scott Smith, President of Constellation Software Real Estate Group. "They have a demonstrated commitment to their customers through products and service and have a proven track record in delivering for their clients. As we continue to grow our real estate software portfolio and focus on more long-term customer relationships, we're excited to welcome Real Estate Digital to the Constellation Software Real Estate Group." "Constellation has a proven history of supporting and growing its many software companies, and the Real Estate Digital team looks forward to leveraging that experience to increase service levels to our customers," said Rich Lull, General Manager of Real Estate Digital. "We see this as an opportunity to refine our focus on our business of helping real estate franchises, brokers, agents, MLSs and the consumers they touch." Following the purchase of the Relocation Specialist (ReloSpec) business in November 2017, the purchase of Real Estate Digital marks CSRE's second acquisition in the past six months. Real Estate Digital brings some of the industry's largest enterprises to the CSRE family; serving hundreds of brokers, over 200,000 agents, and touches millions of consumers every month. About Constellation Software Real Estate Group Constellation Software Real Estate Group acquires and invests in real estate software brands that are committed to providing long-term solutions and partnerships with franchises, brokers, agents, MLSs, and associations. Today, CSRE provides a suite of market-leading technology solutions designed specifically for the real estate industry through its brands: Market Leader, Constellation Web Solutions, Sharper Agent, Zurple, Z57, Diverse Solutions, Birdview, ReloSpec, and now Real Estate Digital. Over half of a million real estate agents, teams, and brokerages across North America rely on CSRE's products and services to power, manage, and grow their businesses. http://csiregroup.com About Real Estate Digital Real Estate Digital, based out of Aliso Viejo, CA, is a provider of integrated technology, media, and data solutions for real estate franchisors, brokerages, agents and MLS associations. Real Estate Digital products improve profitability, increase efficiency, and manage risk at every stage of the sales cycle, specializing in transaction and data management, customer relationship management, and website solutions. https://realestatedigital.com v
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Redfin Real Estate Agents Earned More than Double that of Traditional Agents in 2017
Redfin Agents Also Received Comprehensive Healthcare Benefits, Paid Time Off, Parental Leave and Growth Opportunities SEATTLE, Jan. 25, 2018 -- Redfin, the next-generation real estate brokerage, today issued a report detailing how much its real estate agents earn compared to the rest of the real estate industry, and compared to other professions. The report also outlines the other benefits of working at the company, including comprehensive benefits and opportunities for advancement. Redfin agents also share the mission of all company employees--to redefine real estate in the consumer's favor. "The only way to deliver the best service is to employ the best agents," said Redfin CEO Glenn Kelman. "At every Redfin board meeting, the first issue we address is what Redfin is doing to be the best employer in real estate. Every year we try to get better, through investments in technology, support staff and culture, but also by paying people well." The report finds that Redfin agents who worked nine months or more in 2017 earned a median income of $90,166, including salary, bonuses and stock-based compensation. This is compared to $43,625 for traditional real estate agents who closed between three and 150 deals in 2017, in the same markets Redfin serves. Redfin agents in the 85th percentile earned a median income of $153,017, compared to a median of $119,986 for the 85th percentile of traditional agents in the same markets. In addition, Redfin pays an average of just under $20,000 per agent per year on benefits and other expenses. Traditional real estate agents pay for all of this out of their own pockets, as well as self-employment taxes. *Includes Redfin agents who worked at least nine months between January and December 2017, and traditional agents who closed between three and 150 transactions during the same time period. The report also includes details about the work experience at Redfin and examples of how people have built their careers at the company. For example, Redfin agents work directly with software developers to create tools and technology that make their jobs easier and more efficient. Redfin agents are also supported by professional teams within the company that field customer inquiries, coordinate logistics and manage paperwork of a sale. To read the full report, which also shows how Redfin-agent pay compares to other professions, and the education levels of Redfin agents, click here. 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 $50 billion in home sales.
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Realogy Makes Key Organizational Changes
Realogy Enters 2018 Focused on Transforming the Company MADISON, N.J., Jan. 5, 2018 -- Realogy Holdings Corp., the largest full-service residential real estate services company in the United States, today made several key organizational and executive leadership changes across its business units. "We begin 2018 with an industry-leading market position, great brands, and technology/data scale," said Ryan Schneider, Realogy's Chief Executive Officer and President. "The organizational changes we are making today are designed to accelerate our transformation and position our company for stronger business performance."Schneider continued: "Our immediate focus is on the highest points of leverage within the company to drive better business results, develop talent and operate the company on a more integrated basis. We expect to drive our business forward and enhance shareholder value with an aggressive strategy serving and supporting agents, increasingly leveraging technology and data, and utilizing the power of our great brands." Toward those objectives, the Company has made the following organizational changes: Ryan Gorman was named President and Chief Executive Officer of NRT LLC, and will be responsible for the day-to-day operations of NRT's company-owned brokerages doing business under the Coldwell Banker® brand. Gorman has served as Chief Strategy & Operating Officer of NRT for the past 16 months and as its Senior Vice President, Strategic Operations for the previous four years. Bruce Zipf, the former President and Chief Executive Officer of NRT, has transitioned to the role of Executive Advisor to Realogy's CEO. John Peyton, President and Chief Executive Officer of Realogy Franchise Group, the Company's real estate franchise services segment, will expand his responsibilities to include oversight of two NRT businesses: the Corcoran® businesses and the company-owned Sotheby's International Realty® brokerages. Realogy expects to announce the appointment of an Executive Vice President, Chief Technology Officer in the next week, replacing Stephen Fraser, who previously served as Senior Vice President and Chief Information Officer. Realogy has launched a search for a new President and Chief Executive Officer of Cartus Corporation, the Company's relocation and affinity services segment. Kevin Kelleher, the former President and Chief Executive Officer of Cartus, has transitioned to the role of Executive Advisor to Realogy's CEO. Scott Becker, who currently leads Cartus' affinity business, will serve as the interim leader for Cartus. "I am incredibly confident Ryan Gorman and John Peyton are well-positioned to assume expanded leadership roles," said Schneider. "In addition, I am equally excited about the leadership our new Chief Technology Officer will bring to Realogy." "Bruce Zipf and Kevin Kelleher helped build NRT and Cartus into the companies they are today," added Schneider. "We thank them for their decades of leadership within our company. Likewise, we thank Stephen Fraser for strengthening our information technology resources and infrastructure over the past three years." Schneider concluded: "The intent of these organizational changes is to drive better results while accelerating the pace of change required to transform our company. We are moving forward quickly." About Realogy Holdings Corp. Realogy Holdings Corp. (NYSE: RLGY) is a leading provider of residential real estate services that is focused on empowering independent sales agents to best serve today's consumers. Realogy delivers its services through its well-known industry brands including Better Homes and Gardens® Real Estate, CENTURY 21®, Coldwell Banker®, Coldwell Banker Commercial®, Corcoran®, ERA®, Sotheby's International Realty® as well as NRT, Cartus, Title Resource Group and ZapLabsSM, an in-house innovation and technology development lab. Realogy's fully integrated business model includes brokerage, franchising, relocation, mortgage and, title and settlement services. Realogy provides independent sales agents access to leading technology, best-in-class marketing and learning programs, and support services to help them become more productive and build stronger businesses. Realogy's affiliated brokerages operate around the world with approximately 192,600 independent sales agents in the United States and approximately 94,000 independent sales agents in more than 100 other countries and territories. Realogy is headquartered in Madison, New Jersey. Realogy Enters 2018 Focused on Transforming the Company MADISON, N.J., Jan. 5, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- Realogy Holdings Corp. (NYSE: RLGY), the largest full-service residential real estate services company in the United States, today made several key organizational and executive leadership changes across its business units. "We begin 2018 with an industry-leading market position, great brands, and technology/data scale," said Ryan Schneider, Realogy's Chief Executive Officer and President. "The organizational changes we are making today are designed to accelerate our transformation and position our company for stronger business performance." Schneider continued: "Our immediate focus is on the highest points of leverage within the company to drive better business results, develop talent and operate the company on a more integrated basis. We expect to drive our business forward and enhance shareholder value with an aggressive strategy serving and supporting agents, increasingly leveraging technology and data, and utilizing the power of our great brands." Toward those objectives, the Company has made the following organizational changes: Ryan Gorman was named President and Chief Executive Officer of NRT LLC, and will be responsible for the day-to-day operations of NRT's company-owned brokerages doing business under the Coldwell Banker® brand. Gorman has served as Chief Strategy & Operating Officer of NRT for the past 16 months and as its Senior Vice President, Strategic Operations for the previous four years. Bruce Zipf, the former President and Chief Executive Officer of NRT, has transitioned to the role of Executive Advisor to Realogy's CEO. John Peyton, President and Chief Executive Officer of Realogy Franchise Group, the Company's real estate franchise services segment, will expand his responsibilities to include oversight of two NRT businesses: the Corcoran® businesses and the company-owned Sotheby's International Realty® brokerages. Realogy expects to announce the appointment of an Executive Vice President, Chief Technology Officer in the next week, replacing Stephen Fraser, who previously served as Senior Vice President and Chief Information Officer. Realogy has launched a search for a new President and Chief Executive Officer of Cartus Corporation, the Company's relocation and affinity services segment. Kevin Kelleher, the former President and Chief Executive Officer of Cartus, has transitioned to the role of Executive Advisor to Realogy's CEO. Scott Becker, who currently leads Cartus' affinity business, will serve as the interim leader for Cartus. "I am incredibly confident Ryan Gorman and John Peyton are well-positioned to assume expanded leadership roles," said Schneider. "In addition, I am equally excited about the leadership our new Chief Technology Officer will bring to Realogy." "Bruce Zipf and Kevin Kelleher helped build NRT and Cartus into the companies they are today," added Schneider. "We thank them for their decades of leadership within our company. Likewise, we thank Stephen Fraser for strengthening our information technology resources and infrastructure over the past three years." Schneider concluded: "The intent of these organizational changes is to drive better results while accelerating the pace of change required to transform our company. We are moving forward quickly." About Realogy Holdings Corp.Realogy Holdings Corp. (NYSE: RLGY) is a leading provider of residential real estate services that is focused on empowering independent sales agents to best serve today's consumers. Realogy delivers its services through its well-known industry brands including Better Homes and Gardens® Real Estate, CENTURY 21®, Coldwell Banker®, Coldwell Banker Commercial®, Corcoran®, ERA®, Sotheby's International Realty® as well as NRT, Cartus, Title Resource Group and ZapLabsSM, an in-house innovation and technology development lab. Realogy's fully integrated business model includes brokerage, franchising, relocation, mortgage and, title and settlement services. Realogy provides independent sales agents access to leading technology, best-in-class marketing and learning programs, and support services to help them become more productive and build stronger businesses. Realogy's affiliated brokerages operate around the world with approximately 192,600 independent sales agents in the United States and approximately 94,000 independent sales agents in more than 100 other countries and territories. Realogy is headquartered in Madison, New Jersey.
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Lone Wolf Technologies Appoints New Chief Operating Officer
Brian Jamieson tapped to lead Operations as company undergoes major growth Cambridge, ON (December 13, 2017) - Lone Wolf Technologies Inc. ("Lone Wolf"), the North American leader in residential real estate software, announced that it has appointed Brian Jamieson as its new Chief Operating Officer. This hiring comes at a pivotal time for Lone Wolf, as the company seeks to expand its footprint in the U.S. market. Jamieson joins Lone Wolf from HighJump, Inc., a global provider of supply chain management software and trading partner network technology, where he served as Senior VP of Operations. In his 11 years with the company, Brian was a key member of the executive team that successfully grew revenue, completed several acquisitions, and innovated in the implementation and support areas. Jamieson will be actively involved in all areas of the business and will directly oversee the Professional Services, Client Support, and Client Success teams to lead the evolution and realignment of customer service in the digital age. Lone Wolf customers will benefit from enhanced engagement and improved collaboration under Brian’s leadership. "Even more than experience, what I'm most excited about [with this addition] is Brian's leadership ability," said Patrick Arkeveld, CEO of Lone Wolf. "Through the years, Brian has built many high-performance teams and has a knack for recruiting, motivating and retaining key employees. His intangibles, combined with his experience in project management, financial planning, customer care, and process innovation will serve our company well as we continue to get bigger." With over 25 years in the technology world, Brian's background encompasses Operations, IT, Client Services, General Management, and Entrepreneurship. His arrival provides new opportunities for Lone Wolf to improve organizational efficiency and profitability. "Lone Wolf is poised for great things. We already have a very powerful value proposition with our back office software, and have recently added to this value with the acquisition of Instanet Solutions," said Brian Jamieson, COO of Lone Wolf. "I'm excited to help shape the future of this incredible company, as we continue our mission to deliver the best technology and the best support for the real estate industry." About Lone Wolf Real Estate Technologies Lone Wolf Technologies is the North American leader in residential real estate software, with products in over 10,000 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, Langley, BC, and London, ON.
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Constellation Web Solutions, Inc. Acquires Relocation Service, ReloSpec
Constellation Web Solutions, Inc., a provider of innovative online technology and marketing solutions for real estate brokerages, has purchased the Relocation Services software from Professional Software Services, LLC. MILWAUKEE, WIS. (NOVEMBER 14, 2017) - Constellation Web Solutions, Inc. (CWS), a provider of innovative online technology and marketing solutions for real estate brokerages, today announced that it has purchased the Relocation Specialist software from Professional Software Services, LLC. Originally released in 2001, Relocation Specialist (known generally as "ReloSpec") provides relocation software solutions to many of the largest real estate brokerages and relocation service providers. ReloSpec provides easy-to-implement technology to help real estate professionals manage inbound and outbound referrals. This acquisition further expands CWS's presence in providing powerful lead management tools for real estate brokers and their agents. "We're thrilled to bring ReloSpec into the CWS family of products. ReloSpec fits with our strong history and track record for providing enterprise-grade solutions to help real estate brokers build and manage their businesses," said Aaron Nummerdor, General Manager of CWS. "We look forward to continuing to deliver great products and services for the ReloSpec customers and to being a trusted partner to the industry." "We believe our respective products are complementary and provide our customers and staff with increased choice and opportunity. We are pleased to be part of CWS and look forward to working with them to serve our customers," said James Evans, President and Founder of ReloSpec. About Constellation Web Solutions Constellation Web Solutions, Inc. provides industry-leading websites, mobile technologies, interactive voice response systems, and home builder marketing services to the real estate industry. We work with our customers to define strategies and implement innovative ways to grow their businesses by combining strategy, technology, and marketing to provide the best real estate websites available. Constellation Web Solutions is a part of the Constellation Real Estate Group with well-known brands that provide a suite of market-leading software products, designed specifically for the real estate industry. The Constellation Real Estate Group includes ReloSpec, Constellation Web Solutions, Market Leader, Zurple, Z57, Sharper Agent, Diverse Solutions, and Birdview. Over 300,000 Real Estate Agents and hundreds of Real Estate Brokerages across North America and Canada rely on our products to make their business more successful.
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Pacific Union International Acquires Empire Realty Associates
SAN FRANCISCO, Oct. 18, 2017 — Pacific Union International, Inc., the eighth-largest real estate brokerage in the U.S. by 2016 sales volume, today announced the acquisition of Empire Realty Associates. The highly respected Danville, California-based independent luxury brokerage brings 54 top-performing real estate professionals to Pacific Union. This is the third geographic expansion for Pacific Union in the California market within the last 10 months, following its mergers with Beverly Hills-based Partners Trust in August 2017 and John Aaroe Group in December 2016. The union with Empire Realty Associates underscores Pacific Union's commitment to become the preeminent independent luxury real estate brokerage in California, with 2016 sales volume of $12.61 billion and projected 2017 sales volume in excess of $18 billion. This move expands the brokerage to 47 offices in Northern and Southern California with more than 1,450 real estate professionals. In September, the U.K.-based International Property Awards named Pacific Union International "Best California Real Estate Brokerage" for its innovative global marketing practices. This alliance is a homecoming of sorts for the leadership teams of Empire Realty Associates and Pacific Union. The prestigious East Bay brokerage's CEO and Chairperson Judi Keenholtz established Empire in 2002. Prior to founding that brokerage, Keenholtz was tapped by Pacific Union in 1989 to establish its first division outside of San Francisco in Contra Costa County. "For 15 years Empire Realty Associates has prided itself on providing the best, leading-edge products and services to our agents and our clients," Keenholtz says. "We are attracted to Pacific Union International because of our shared ideology, forward-thinking innovation, and superior technology. Our united teams of top performers share the same core values of delivering unprecedented client service with the highest integrity." Empire will continue to operate under its current name until 2018, when it will be rebranded as Pacific Union International. In the interim, the brokerage's real estate professionals will begin incorporating Pacific Union's innovative marketing and business intelligence assets into its real estate practice. "We are pleased to welcome Empire's team to Pacific Union," Pacific Union CEO Mark A. McLaughlin says. "We share both history in this community and the same core values of integrity and elite performance that define our commitment to our clients. This brings us one step closer to our vision of becoming the real estate firm of the future and the ultimate California real estate company." In addition to a robust array of innovative sales tools, a Chinese Concierge office in Beijing, and business-intelligence analyses from Chief Economist Selma Hepp, Empire Realty Associates will benefit from Pacific Union's global digital marketing campaigns. This advertising outreach aggressively extends Pacific Union's brand awareness and listings to real estate investors in the leading international markets of China, India, Brazil, and the U.K. In its launch in 2016, the campaign delivered more than 187 million global impressions and 621,000 international site visits to www.pacificunion.com. About Pacific Union International Founded in San Francisco in 1975, Pacific Union International, Inc. is the West Coast's premier luxury real estate brand with 2016 sales volume of $12.61 billion. In 2016, real estate industry leaders RISMedia and REAL Trends rank Pacific Union as the eighth-largest brokerage in the U.S. Through its 2015 acquisition of The Mark Company, the nation's leading sales and marketing firm for new urban luxury developments, Pacific Union expanded its brand to development projects from San Diego to Seattle. In 2016 Pacific Union merged with Los Angeles-based brokerage John Aaroe Group, followed in 2017 with a merger with Partners Trust also based in Los Angeles, extending the Pacific Union brand to become the preeminent leader and ultimate California real estate company. The strategic alliance of these four powerhouses and the acquisition of Empire Realty Associates supports more than 1,450 elite real estate professionals in 47 offices throughout the West Coast. Northern California markets include San Francisco, Marin, Contra Costa, Alameda, Napa, and Sonoma counties, Silicon Valley, and the Lake Tahoe region. Greater Los Angeles markets include Beverly Hills, Downtown, the Westside, and the San Fernando and San Gabriel Valleys. To extend Pacific Union's international reach, in 2013 the brokerage established an award-winning, Beijing-based China Concierge program that fully supports its Chinese investors on the mainland. Additionally, Pacific Union offers a full range of personal and commercial real estate services, including buying, selling, and relocation in addition to operating joint-venture businesses that provide rental and commercial property management and insurance services. Locally owned, Pacific Union executes with a vision for the future, an entrepreneurial mindset, and an unwavering commitment to deliver exceptional service and expertise. For more information, visit: www.pacificunion.com. About Empire Realty Empire Realty Associates is a local real estate brokerage founded in 2002 and based on the belief that the client is best served by a local brokerage with deep connections to the community. Empire Realty has grown to more than 54 real estate professionals; is headquartered in Danville, California; and is a founding member of the Artisan Group, a network of the top local brokerages in Northern California. As an exclusive member in Leading Real Estate Companies of the World and Luxury Portfolio International, Empire Realty further positions itself as an industry authority on luxury real estate both locally and globally, ranked by the San Francisco Business Times as one of the top 25 residential real estate companies in the East Bay. www.empirerealty.com
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With National Flood Insurance Program Expiring Soon, Realtors® Sound the Alarm
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Clareity Security Solutions Now Part of CoreLogic Real Estate Solutions Suite
Technology Provides Seamless Authentication Across Multiple Platforms IRVINE, Calif., August 2, 2017—CoreLogic®, a leading global property information, analytics and data-enabled solutions provider, announced today that the company has added Clareity Security software solutions to its suite of Real Estate Solutions products. This addition expands the range of CoreLogic technology services to Multiple Listing Organizations and Associations in North America as well as product offerings for brokerages and their agents. Clareity® is identified as an industry leader in secure identity and access management. Serving over eight hundred fifty thousand real estate professionals daily delivering over two hundred fifty application and service integrations. Clareity's flagship product, SAFEMLS®, has been serving multiple listing organizations for a dozen years and its popular, custom-branded dashboard platforms serve hundreds of multiple listing organizations, associations, and brokerages across North America and will now do so using the CoreLogic solutions. All Clareity products and services are now part of CoreLogic, including their software solutions for secure authentication; single-sign-on (SSO); integration and workflow automations; secure messaging and communication; content management and business intelligence. "The Real Estate industry is full of visionary tech companies driving all of us forward," said Chris Bennett, executive leader of Real Estate Solutions for CoreLogic. "Every day, a cutting-edge app or web service is introduced to agents and brokers to help them find and serve customers. The addition of Clareity solutions to the CoreLogic Real Estate Solutions suite helps tech companies deliver those innovative tools to users more transparently. We think our mutual cultures of commitment to moving our industry forward through innovation is a terrific catalyst for the benefit of our customers." Gregg Larson, founder and CEO of Clareity, who will be joining the CoreLogic executive team states, "We're thankful for our employees, customers, and integration partners for their continued trust in Clareity. We're confident that CoreLogic's dedication to customer centered innovation will help fuel the growth and enhancement of the Clareity line of solutions." About CoreLogic CoreLogic (NYSE: CLGX) is a leading global property information, analytics and data-enabled solutions provider. The company's combined data from public, contributory and proprietary sources includes over 4.5 billion records spanning more than 50 years, providing detailed coverage of property, mortgages and other encumbrances, consumer credit, tenancy, location, hazard risk and related performance information. The markets CoreLogic serves include real estate and mortgage finance, insurance, capital markets, and the public sector. CoreLogic delivers value to clients through unique data, analytics, workflow technology, advisory and managed services. Clients rely on CoreLogic to help identify and manage growth opportunities, improve performance and mitigate risk. Headquartered in Irvine, Calif., CoreLogic operates in North America, Western Europe and Asia Pacific. For more information, please visit www.corelogic.com.
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Realtor.com® Appoints Danielle Hale as Chief Economist
SANTA CLARA, Calif., July 25, 2017 -- Realtor.com®, a leading online real estate destination operated by News Corp subsidiary Move, Inc., today announced the appointment of veteran housing economist Danielle Hale as its chief economist. "We are incredibly proud to welcome Danielle to the realtor.com® family," said Nate Johnson, chief marketing officer for realtor.com®. "Danielle's in-depth housing market knowledge and research experience will help us hone and grow our research capabilities so we can leverage realtor.com®'s vast housing database to provide even more insights to homebuyers, sellers and dreamers, and professionals." As chief economist, Hale is responsible for developing and translating real estate trend data into consumer and industry insights. She also is tasked with leading a team of the industry's best analysts and economists with the goal of providing deeper and broader housing insights to people throughout the home journey. "Realtor.com®'s economics and research operation has emerged as a leading resource for valuable, actionable, and reliable housing market information," said Hale. "I look forward to working with the tremendously talented team to provide consumers and industry professionals with the tools and expertise they need to navigate the real estate world during this period of unprecedented competition and demand." Hale joins realtor.com® after nearly a decade as an economist and policy researcher at the National Association of REALTORS®. As managing director of housing research, Hale oversaw the production of closely followed housing market data, including NAR's monthly pending and existing home sales indices and quarterly home price reports. Hale previously served as manager of tax policy research, leading research projects on topics including how federal, state and local policies impact the real estate market. "Danielle possesses a rare talent for applying rigorous statistical analysis in all her work along with the ability to communicate the results to everyday people," said Lawrence Yun, chief economist for the National Association of REALTORS®. "She will be a valuable asset to realtor.com® and for consumers." Before joining the National Association of REALTORS® as an economist in 2008, Hale spent three years at the American Enterprise Institute, where she produced research and managed its executive office's communications. Her work during that time included research contributions to Dr. Allan Meltzer's A History of the Federal Reserve, Volume II (University of Chicago Press, 2010). Hale earned a bachelor's degree in International Affairs and Economics and a master's degree in Applied Economics from Florida State University. To read a Home Made post featuring a Q&A with Danielle Hale, click here. About realtor.com® Realtor.com® is the trusted resource for home buyers, sellers and dreamers, offering the most comprehensive source of for-sale properties, among competing national sites, and the information, tools and professional expertise to help people move confidently through every step of their home journey. It pioneered the world of digital real estate 20 years ago, and today helps make all things home simple, efficient and enjoyable. Realtor.com® is operated by News Corp [NASDAQ: NWS, NWSA] [ASX: NWS, NWSLV] subsidiary Move, Inc. under a perpetual license from the National Association of REALTORS®. For more information, visit realtor.com®.
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Leading Real Estate Companies of the World® Announces 26 New Members For 2017 Midyear
Global real estate community continues to see strong network growth CHICAGO – (7/17/17) – For the first half of 2017, Leading Real Estate Companies of the World® (LeadingRE) continued to see expansion with the addition of 26 market-leading real estate firms in nine countries, increasing the network’s coverage to more than 565 firms across six continents with a total of over 130,000 associates. Top-performing firms were added in the Republic of Korea, Russia, Italy, Portugal, Canada, Central America and the United States. These firms were selected for membership in LeadingRE’s invitation-only real estate community based on their market leadership and commitment to quality. As members of Leading Real Estate Companies of the World®, they have access to an international referral network that generates over 30,000 referrals annually, award-winning professional development programs, robust marketing programs, unique events and exposure to opportunities worldwide. “Our network continues to expand as we bring on noteworthy firms representing the highest levels of knowledge, sales volume, and independent spirit that characterize members of Leading Real Estate Companies of the World®,” said LeadingRE President and CEO Pam O’Connor. “We look forward to welcoming many of these members at our Global Symposium in Vienna September 24-26.” Companies joining from the EMEA region of Europe/Middle East/Africa include: ADVECS Real Estate Corporation, St. Petersburg, Russia; Formicola Servizi Immobiliari, Napoli, Italy; Inmobiliaria ASTEN Tenerife, SL, Tenerife, Spain; Mallorca Gold, Palma de Mallorca, Spain; One Select Properties, Almancil, Portugal; and VOC International, Amsterdam, Netherlands. In the Asia Pacific region, LeadingRE welcomed Korea Global Realty. Ltd, Seoul, Republic of Korea. Additions in the Latin and Central American region include Keys Bahamas realty Ltd, Freeport, Grand Bahamas and Costa Luxury Properties, Cancun, Mexico. New U.S. firms include: Amherst Madison Legacy Real Estate, Boise, Idaho; Bluebird Real Estate, Crested Butte, Colo.; CBSHome, Omaha, Neb.; Home Advantage Realty, Columbia S.C.; Jackson Hole Real Estate Associates, Jackson, Wyo.; Kinlin Grover Real Estate, Osterville, Mass.; Ming Tree Realtors, Eureka, Calif.; Pacific Union, San Francisco, Calif.; Page Taft Real Estate, Guilford, Conn.; Premier Homes & Properties, Kingsport, Tenn.; Ramus Realty, Pottsville, Penn.; Randall Realtors, Charlestown, R.I.; Southern Properties Agency, Fort Payne, Ala.; Strand Hill Properties, Manhattan Beach, Calif.; Weichert Realtors – First Tier, Columbia, Mo.; and Woods Bro Realty Inc./HOME Real Estate, Lincoln, Neb. Joining the network from Canada is TrilliumWest Real Estate Brokerage in Guelph, Ontario. To learn more about Leading Real Estate Companies of the World®, visit www.LeadingRE.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 real estate companies, with over 565 companies and 130,000 sales associates in 65 countries. Network members generate over 1.1 million transactions annually, with $368 billion in home sales. 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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Century 21 Ranks Highest in Total Brand Awareness in Real Estate for 19th Consecutive Year
Madison, N.J. 07-13-2017 — The results are in and the CENTURY 21® brand is once again the top real estate brand for consumers, exceeding its competitors on total brand awareness for the 19th consecutive year and boasting the most established brand image, according to a recently released 2017 Millward Brown consumer survey. When presented with a list of real estate agencies, total awareness of the iconic CENTURY 21 brand was 94%, notably higher than the nearest competitor at 89%. Consumers also selected the CENTURY 21 System as the most recognized name in real estate (32%), easily besting the nearest competitor at 27%. Consumers rated trust, knowledge and effectiveness of agents, and recommendation as the most influential factors in choosing an agent or agency. "These results from a third-party global market research firm cement our status as the leading real estate brand and speak to the success of our broker franchise network in helping consumers realize the dream of homeownership," said Greg Sexton, chief operating officer, Century 21 Real Estate LLC. "We are extremely proud to once again receive this recognition, which validates our System's dynamic growth and the success of our independently owned and operated offices and their brokers and sales associates." As online communications and awareness of online real estate competitors continue to grow and offer consumers more sources and options in selecting a real estate agency, the CENTURY 21 brand has followed suit in raising brand awareness through digital and TV advertising, the survey found. The CENTURY 21 brand's "Not An App" ad connected more strongly with consumers to drive more appeal for the brand whereas "Good Luck Robots" was perceived as a more entertaining ad. The survey also found that the CENTURY 21 brand is the leader in being recognized as the official sponsor of the U.S. Soccer Team and received top recognition for advertising in the NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament and as a national philanthropic partner of Easterseals. "This recognition comes during an exciting time as we continue to leverage our agent-centric platform, national marketing programs, proprietary online tools and key sponsorships to raise System member awareness, "added Sexton. "What we do is maximize new business opportunities in an effort to assist our System members help home buyers and sellers make informed real estate decisions that in turn instill trust and loyalty in our professionals and our brand." About the 2017 Millward Brown Demographic Ad Tracking Study The survey results are based on online interviews with 1,200 consumers with a national random sample of adults (ages 18+) who are equal decision makers in real estate transactions and active in the real estate market (bought or sold a home within the past two years or, plan to purchase or sell a home within the next two years). Brand awareness question based on a sample of 1,200 respondents. Recognition question based on consumers aware of brand. Results are significant at a 90% confidence level, with a margin of error of +/-2.4%. The study was conducted by Millward Brown, a leading global market research organization, from April 12- April 26, 2017. About Century 21 Real Estate LLC Century 21 Real Estate LLC is comprised of approximately 7,400 independently owned and operated franchised broker offices in 78 countries and territories worldwide with more than 111,000 independent sales professionals. Century 21 Real Estate has numerous websites to help answer specific consumer needs.
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America's Favorite Home Inspector Dylan Chalk Wins National Book Award
"The Confident House Hunter" Earns Silver from National Association of Real Estate Editors Seattle, WA – July 11, 2017 – Seattle area home inspector and first-time author Dylan Chalk has won America's top contest for real estate authors, receiving the Silver Award from the National Association of Real Estate Editors (NAREE) 11th Annual Robert Buss Real Estate Book Awards for The Confident House Hunter: A Home Inspector's Tips for Finding Your Perfect House (Cedar Fort, Inc. Publishers, July 2016). The affable, story-telling Chalk, who has completed more than 6,000 home inspections, was honored during NAREE's annual conference at its Robert Bruss Real Estate Book Awards luncheon in Denver. "I believe I have written a breakthrough book that transforms the way people look at houses; it can really help people get prepared for home buying and selling in today's fast paced market," said Chalk. "Having The Confident House Hunter win a top award from the oldest and most reputable real estate journalist group in the nation – while being surrounded by the who's' who of real estate journalists – that is an affirmation of this work that is truly priceless," he added. The awards luncheon was packed with real estate journalists, including writers for the New York Times, Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, Wall Street Journal, Bloomberg, MarketWatch, Dallas Morning News, Newsday, Boston Globe, Houston Chronicle, Denver Post, Philadelphia Inquirer, Orlando Sentinel, Atlanta Journal Constitution, US News & World Report, and many more. In awarding Chalk and The Confident House Hunter, the team of professional judges said, "Chalk used an innovative approach to evaluate and organize home systems. The judges also noted that the book offers clear and helpful advice for anyone examining a home," said NAREE President, Michelle Jarobe of the Plain Dealer in Cleveland, when presenting Chalk with the Silver Award at the lunch. It is the second highest honor NAREE awards real estate authors annually. Chalk describes The Confident House Hunter as "an essential guide, especially for today's buyers searching for a home in today's intense real estate market. With high prices and short time frames to make critical decisions, this book provides detailed information on the way to look at a house and evaluate if this is the right house for you - and help you do that very quickly." Published by Cedar Fort, Inc., The Confident House Hunter is available on Amazon and available in local bookstores everywhere.
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REAL Trends Announces 2017 The Thousand
DENVER, June 23, 2017 -- Today, REAL Trends Inc., in conjunction with The Wall Street Journal, published the 12th annual The Thousand list of America's top 1,000 real estate sales professionals and teams. An abridged list of the designees is published in today's edition of The Wall Street Journal and a complete listing is available online at www.realtrends.com/rankings/rt1000. REAL Trends The Thousand, as advertised in The Wall Street Journal, is an annual, national awards ranking sponsored by REAL Trends — the Trusted Source — and advertised in The Wall Street Journal. Designees are recognized as the top one-half of one percent of more than 1.25 million licensed real estate professionals nationwide. The Thousand is divided into four categories, each listing the top 250 designees: Individual Agent — Sales Volume; Individual Agent — Transaction Sides; Agent Team — Sales Volume and Agent Team — Transaction Sides. For the second year, REAL Trends has provided an additional ranking of the top 50 by average sales price for both individual agents and agent teams. These two categories offer an additional way to look at some of the top real estate professionals across the United States. "The real estate sales professionals ranked in The Thousand have proven that they have the skills to grow their businesses year after year," said Steve Murray, president of REAL Trends and publisher of The Thousand. "The average U.S. real estate professional sold 8.6 homes in 2016. The average agent ranked in The Thousand sold 192 homes and the average team sold over 470 homes. These kinds of results show that those who commit to being full-time professionals can build meaningful businesses and succeed beyond expectations. Achieving this level of results is simply incredible." The top five designees in each category of the 2017 REAL Trends The Thousand are: Individual Agent—Sales Volume Ben Caballero, HomesUSA.com, Inc., Addison, Texas Efi Luzon, Intero Real Estate Services, Los Altos, Calif. Alexa Lambert, Stribling & Associates, New York, N.Y. Erin Aries, Brown Harris Stevens, New York, N.Y. Mauricio Umansky, The Agency, Beverly Hills, Calif. Individual Agent—Transaction Sides Ben Caballero, HomesUSA, Inc., Addison, Texas Brian Bair, Bair Group/Liberty Properties, Gilbert, Ariz. Amy Wienands, Amy Wienands Real Estate, Waterloo, Iowa Monica Breckenridge, Pink Realty, Colorado Springs, Colo. Larry Magguilli, Hunt Real Estate ERA, Rochester, N.Y. Individual Agent—Average Sales Price Adam Kessner, Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate Rand Realty, White Plains, N.Y. Ann Dashiell, Douglas Elliman Real Estate, Beverly Hills, Calif. Nancy Chan, Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices California Properties, Pasadena, Calif. Becky Lee, Realogics Sotheby's International Realty, Kirkland, Wash. Jeremy Hu, Compass, New York, N.Y. Agent Team—Sales Volume The Creig Northrop Team, Long & Foster Real Estate, Inc., Clarksville, Md. The DeLeon Team, DeLeon Realty, Inc., Palo Alto, Calif. The Eklund Gomes Team, Douglas Elliman Real Estate, New York, N.Y. Halton Pardee + Partners, Inc., Halton Pardee + Partners, Inc., Venice, Calif. Ryan Serhant, Nest Seekers International, New York, N.Y. Agent Team—Transaction Sides Rhonda Duffy, Duffy Realty of Atlanta, Alpharetta, Ga. Mark Spain Real Estate, Mark Spain Real Estate, Alpharetta, Ga. The Creig Northrop Team, Long & Foster Real Estate, Inc., Clarksville, Md. Ryan O'Neill & The Minnesota Real Estate Team, RE/MAX Advantage Plus, Lakeville, Minn. Lucido Agency, Keller Williams Realty, Ellicott City, Md. Agent Team—Average Sales Price Samira Gores, Tiffany Martin & Christine Martin, The Agency, Beverly Hills, Calif. Petrie Team, Compass, East Hampton, N.Y. Zachary and Cody Vichinsky, Bespoke Real Estate, Water Mill, N.Y. Mary and Brent Gullixson, Alain Pinel Realtors, Menlo Park, Calif. Katherine Gauthier Team, Douglas Elliman Real Estate, New York, N.Y. "In total, this year's professionals in The Thousand closed 167,688 sides and sold more than $79 billion in 2016 — a new record for sales volume with a 9 percent increase over last year," said Murray. "It is incredible to consider that 1,000 sales professionals and teams could accomplish so much." METHODOLOGY REAL Trends The Thousand awards program was developed jointly by WSJ. Custom Studios and REAL Trends, a leading source of analysis and information for the residential real estate brokerage industry. The Thousand honors America's finest real estate professionals and their companies and is compiled and analyzed by REAL Trends. Rankings are compiled based on surveys from virtually every national branded network, state and local associations of Realtors®, multiple listing services, all applicants from past years' rankings, and the 900 largest brokerage firms in the United States. Verification from an independent source is required for all submissions. In addition, REAL Trends senior staff reviews every submission for completeness and accuracy. ABOUT REAL TRENDS REAL Trends has been The Trusted Source of news, analysis and information on the residential brokerage industry since 1987. The privately held publishing, consulting and communications company is based in Castle Rock, Colorado. Residential real estate leaders look to REAL Trends for timely and trusted information and analysis through its monthly newsletter, news updates, conferences and publications. In addition to creating research studies, REAL Trends is a leading provider of high-level business consulting services to the residential real estate industry. The firm provides a wide range of advisory services to local, regional and national real estate organizations. Areas of expertise include operational analysis, valuations, merger and acquisition advisory services, consumer and business research and strategic planning. For more information, visit www.realtrends.com or call 303-741-1000.
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Moderne Passport Announces Spring 2017 Class
Moderne Ventures™ announced the admission of nine new companies into the latest class of its Moderne Passport™ program. The class was selected from a pool of more than 200 applicants based on their potential to impact the residential and multi-family spaces. CHICAGO, IL (JUNE 15, 2017) - Moderne Ventures™ announced the admission of nine new companies into the latest class of its Moderne Passport™ program. The class was selected from a pool of more than 200 applicants based on their potential to impact the residential and multi-family spaces. The companies in the Moderne Passport™ Spring 2017 class are: abode: The single platform for a truly connected and protected smart home Agentology: Lead engagement service that qualifies and refers leads 24/7 Baroo: Premium pet concierge for building owners, property managers, and their tenants CubiCasa: Digitally optimized 2D floor plans and 3D models for any property from any source Hello Alfred: Changing the way we live with a service that gives us back something we all need more of: time HelloTech: The most efficient, cost effective on-demand and in-home technology support service Hippo Insurance: Finally, home insurance done right. Smarter coverage, better prices, delivered instantly online. Homebot: The dynamic financial dashboard that transforms homeowners into wealth builders Preclose: Take the chaos out of the closing process with real-time visibility for everyone The immersive program helps companies to execute their go-to-market strategies and facilitates engagement with the Moderne Network™ – a group of over 400 investors and executives from market leading companies that are looking for innovative solutions to gain a competitive advantage for their businesses – to provide mentorship, pilot opportunities, and even acquisition potential for participants. Companies meet with Mentors approximately once per month at industry events across the country to showcase their products and services. The program kicked off last week at Realogy’s headquarters, where executives from the largest real estate company in the world provided guidance and mentorship to the new class. The program’s next event will take place at the National Apartment Association Education Conference in Atlanta later this month. About Moderne Ventures Moderne Ventures is a Chicago-based venture capital firm focused on early stage investments in the real estate, insurance, mortgage, home services, and finance industries. The firm also runs the Moderne Passport™, a seven-month long industry immersion program that provides participants direct engagement with the Moderne Network™, a group of 400+ tightly aligned LP's, executives, and influential leaders from the most notable businesses within our targeted industries. Learn more at http://www.ModerneVentures.com.
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HUD Kicks Off National Homeownership Month
"Find Your Place in a New Era of Homeownership" is theme for month-long recognition WASHINGTON - The Trump Administration proclaimed June as National Homeownership Month, a time to reflect upon the impact owning a home has on household wealth, neighborhood stability and the nation’s broader economic health. The theme of National Homeownership Month 2017 is “Find Your Place in a New Era of Homeownership.” Read the President’s Homeownership Month Proclamation. Today, U.S. Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson kicked off the month-long recognition by hosting an academic forum on the state of homeownership in the U.S. following the housing crisis, specifically the challenges Millennials face as they enter the market in greater numbers. “After all we’ve been through, homeownership remains an American value and the cornerstone of our economy,” said Secretary Carson. “Today, we recognize the abiding value of owning a home, and rededicate ourselves toward ensuring that every hardworking and credit-worthy American enjoys a fair chance at becoming a homeowner.” President Trump is committed to growing America’s middle class and strengthening the national housing market. The 2018 Budget continues to support homeownership through the Federal Housing Administration’s mortgage insurance programs, providing up to $400 billion in new loan guarantee authority. In addition, the Budget seeks $500 billion in new guarantee authority for Ginnie Mae, a part of HUD. Ginnie Mae makes affordable housing a reality for millions of low- and moderate-income households by channeling global capital into the nation's housing markets. Specifically, Ginnie Mae provides significant liquidity, allowing lenders to obtain a better price for their mortgage loans in the secondary mortgage market. The lenders can then use this liquidity to fund new mortgage loans. Since its creation in 1934, the Federal Housing Administration (FHA) has helped more than 46 million Americans purchase or refinance their homes. Last year alone, FHA insured more than 1.2 million home loans, totaling $245 billion. An estimated 40 percent of all first-time homebuyers use FHA; 47 percent of home purchases by African American households are FHA-insured borrowers; and nearly half of Hispanic homebuyers rely upon an FHA-insured mortgage to purchase their homes. Throughout Homeownership Month, HUD will host several social media events. Follow National Homeownership Month activities on Twitter at #FindYourPlace.
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Elm Street Technology Announces Strategic Acquisition of Consolidated Knowledge
GREENSBORO, NC--(May 23, 2017) - Today, Elm Street Technology (EST) announced the acquisition of Consolidated Knowledge, a technology platform provider to the residential real estate and multi-family industries. This acquisition is the next step in EST's ongoing efforts to consolidate the real estate industry's leading technology and marketing service providers. Today's announcement is the latest in a series of strategic moves EST has made in recent months to create a portfolio of marketing and technology products and services that, when integrated, offer a single technology solution providing lead generation to client retention services for agents, teams, brokers and others. Over the past several months, the company has acquired Listingbook, a leading MLS data powered CRM platform and RLS2000, a premier provider of IDX websites and social media marketing services. "The products that Consolidated Knowledge has developed have enabled the company to assemble a respectable portfolio of customers, including SRE Matrix in a short period of time" said Prem Luthra, President and CEO of EST. "We're excited about adding their customers, team and technologies to our rapidly growing enterprise." "Our team is excited to join the portfolio of EST's companies and I'm personally looking forward to joining such an experienced and well respected leadership team," said Lucas Haldeman, Founder and CEO of Consolidated Knowledge. "The current vendor landscape in the real estate industry is way too fragmented, causing extra work and unnecessary time investments from real estate professionals. EST is devoted to developing or acquiring all products and services under one roof that today's real state professional needs to grow their business." "Consolidated Knowledge has assembled a 'world-class' team of software and database engineers that have developed several platforms we're excited to introduce to our rapidly growing customer base," said Randall Kaplan, Chairman of EST. "By combining their engineering talent with our sales and marketing capabilities, we plan to rapidly expand the solutions we're offering to the real estate community." Among the customers currently utilizing Consolidated Knowledge's solutions is SRE Matrix, the nationwide brokerage firm founded by acclaimed business mogul Takeshi Sekiguchi. "As a customer of Consolidated Knowledge, we're excited about how the best-in-class portfolio of marketing and productivity solutions that EST is building will benefit SRE, its agents and our customers."
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Homeownership in the Crosshairs of Latest Tax Plan, Say Realtors®
  WASHINGTON (April 26, 2017) – Major reforms are needed to lower tax rates and simplify the tax code, but that shouldn't come at the expense of current and prospective homeowners. That's according to National Association of Realtors® President William E. Brown, a second-generation Realtor® from Alamo, California and founder of Investment Properties. Brown said that while the President's tax proposal released today is well-intentioned, it's a non-starter for homeowners and real estate professionals who see the benefits of housing and real estate investment at work every day.  By doubling the standard deduction and repealing the state and local tax deduction, the plan would effectively nullify the current tax benefits of owning a home for the vast majority of tax filers. In light of the plan's release, Brown issued the following statement: "For over a century, America has committed itself to homeownership with targeted tax incentives that help lower- and middle-class families purchase what is likely their largest asset. No surprise, real estate now accounts for over 19 percent of America's gross domestic product, or more than $3 trillion in investment. "But for roughly 75 million homeowners across the country, their home is more than just a number. It represents their ambitions, their nest egg, and the place where memories are made with family and friends. "Targeted tax incentives are in place to help people get there. The mortgage interest deduction and the state and local tax deduction make homeownership more affordable, while 1031 like-kind exchanges help investors keep inventory on the market and money flowing to local communities. "Those tax incentives are at risk in the tax plan released today. Current homeowners could very well see their home's value plummet and their equity evaporate if tax reform nullifies or eliminates the tax incentives they depend upon, while prospective homebuyers will see that dream pushed further out of reach. As it stands, homeowners already pay between 80 and 90 percent of U.S. federal income tax. Without tax incentives for homeownership, those numbers could rise even further. And while we appreciate the Administration's stated commitment to protecting homeownership, this plan does anything but." "Homeowners put their hard-earned money on the line to make an investment in themselves and their communities, and it's on them to protect that investment. Common sense says owning a home isn't the same as renting one, and American's tax code shouldn't treat those activities the same either. "Realtors® support tax reform, and it's encouraging to see leaders in Washington doing their part to get there. We believe tax rates should come down to the degree that sound fiscal policy allows, and simplifying the tax code will help ensure fairness and transparency for individual taxpayers. It's a goal we share with the authors of this tax plan, but getting there by eliminating the incentives for homeownership is the wrong approach. We look forward to working with leaders in Congress and the administration to reform the tax code, while preserving America's long-held commitment to homeownership." The National Association of Realtors®, "The Voice for Real Estate," is America's largest trade association, representing 1.2 million members involved in all aspects of the residential and commercial real estate industries.
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eXp Realty Supports Accelerated Growth with the Addition of Four Industry Veterans to Management Team
BELLINGHAM, WA--(April 17, 2017) - eXp World Holdings, Inc., the holding company for eXp Realty LLC, The Agent-Owned Cloud Brokerage®, today announced the addition of industry veterans Kee Wah Chung, Kathy Gordon, Scott Petronis and Mitch Robinson to its management team. "Our daily objective is to be the most agent-centric brokerage firm in the world," said Russ Cofano, President and General Counsel of eXp World Holdings. "Adding Kee Wah, Kathy, Scott and Mitch to our stellar team will allow us to provide new and exciting services for both current and future agents on the eXp platform. Our ability to attract top talent is further enabled by our accelerating growth, as evidenced by our year-over-year agent growth of over 200 percent when we surpassed the 3,000 agent mark in mid-March." The four industry veterans joining eXp Realty's management team include: KEE WAH CHUNG Kee Wah Chung joins eXp Realty as Vice President of Agent Experience. Kee Wah will lead the continued buildout of an exceptional end-to-end Agent Experience though a robust service-delivery model for onboarding new agents, providing transaction management services, and supporting agents via eXp tools and systems. Kee Wah previously worked as Director of the Real Estate Customer Success Program for DocuSign. There, he created the first real estate-focused team to drive a world-class customer experience for onboarding brokers, agents, and staff. KATHY GORDON Kathy Gordon, who has nearly two decades of experience in the industry, joins eXp Realty as Vice President, Brokerage Operations. In this position, she will deliver value to eXp agents through the support of eXp's state administrative brokers, the administration of eXp's brokerage policies and procedures, and license law and regulatory compliance. She also will serve as liaison with eXp's legal resources and risk management programs. Kathy previously was Broker of Record at one of Keller Williams' largest firms, with nearly 3000 agents. She also served as the Director of Compliance and Risk Mitigation for her region, while coaching/consulting multiple offices in areas of compliance, risk mitigation, operations, and leadership. SCOTT PETRONIS As eXp Realty's new Chief Product and Technology Officer, Scott Petronis will lead the delivery of strategic agent-centric solutions that power the business and its rapidly growing agent base. Scott has more than 20 years of experience in delivering software and SaaS products for businesses and consumers. Most recently, Scott headed up products and technology for Onboard Informatics, a leading provider of data and technology solutions to U.S. real estate brokerage firms. For the past five years, Scott has been a fixture in industry technology initiatives through his work with the Real Estate Standards Organization (RESO), including leading the Web API initiative as the Chair of the Transport Workgroup. In that role, he drove agreement on a new standard that allows companies to more rapidly innovate solutions for the real estate industry. MITCH ROBINSON In his new role as Senior Vice President, Marketing and Communications for eXp Realty, Mitch Robinson is responsible for branding, external and internal communications, digital and social media, events (both live and within eXp World, the company's fully immersive 3D Cloud Campus). Robinson was an early employee at Expedia before joining the online real estate marketplace Zillow. As the leader of Zillow's trade marketing team, Mitch spearheaded marketing initiatives working with real estate agents, brokers, MLSs, rental professionals, and builders. In this role, he blended technology innovation with a deep appreciation for the ways in which agents can be successful in an industry ripe for disruption. About eXp World Holdings, Inc.eXp World Holdings, Inc. (OTCQB: EXPI) is the holding company for eXp Realty LLC, the Agent-Owned Cloud Brokerage® as a full-service real estate brokerage providing 24/7 access to collaborative tools, training, and socialization for real estate brokers and agents through its 3-D, fully-immersive, cloud office environment. eXp Realty, LLC and eXp Realty of Canada, Inc. also feature an attractive revenue sharing program that pays agents a percentage of gross commission income earned by fellow real estate professionals who they attract into the Company. 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 www.eXpRealty.com.
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NAREE Real Estate Journalism Conference to Draw Journalists and Industry Experts to Denver in June
DENVER--The National Association of Real Estate Editors has opened registration for its 51st Annual Real Estate Journalism Conference in Denver, June 14-17, 2017. NAREE's conference, which begins Wednesday morning June 14 at the Brown Palace Hotel, will attract scores of journalists from major newspapers and prestigious publications from around the nation and Europe. The conference features newsworthy speakers covering commercial and residential real estate topics, green building, architecture, hotels, mortgage lending, mixed-use development, single-family investing and vacation properties. Insightful speakers will include Douglas Yearley, chief executive officer of Toll Brothers; Marilyn Wilson of the WAV Group; Rohit Anand of KTGY Architecture and Scott Muldavin, chair of the Counselors of Real Estate. NAREE's newsworthy conference programming will feature several chief economists including: Kevin Thorpe, Cushman & Wakefield; Lawrence Yun, National Association of Realtors, Nela Richardson, Redfin; Brad Hunter, HomeAdvisor and Ralph McLaughlin, Trulia. The real estate trends, economic forecasts and real estate market analysis sessions are delivered on timely topics. The conference content typically generates hundreds of news articles, blog posts and social media mentions from some of the nation's most prominent publications. Outstanding mid-career journalism training is offered at NAREE University's peer-to-peer professional development program for journalists, which will run twice daily during the conference. NAREE University equips journalists to deal with new reporting tools and techniques in the rapidly changing media industry. Journalists and industry communicators may register for the affordable conference online at NAREE.org. Conference registrants may choose to stay at the historic Brown Palace, which opened in 1892, or the adjoining Holiday Inn Express. Both hotels are located in exciting downtown Denver, which is a very active real estate market. Other highlights of the conference include NAREE's Meet the Press, the awards program for NAREE's 67th Annual Journalism Competition and the Bruss Real Estate Book Awards luncheon. Founded in 1929, NAREE is a non-profit professional association of journalists, writers, columnists, editors and authors covering residential, commercial and financial real estate, urban planning and home design.
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With National Flood Insurance Program Expiring in Six Months, Realtors® Sound the Alarm
  WASHINGTON (March 30, 2017) — On September 30, just six months from today, the National Flood Insurance Program will expire. The National Association of Realtors® is working closely with federal regulators and members of Congress to strengthen the program and clear the way for a private market to take hold; NAR has also issued a series of principles to improve access and affordability for consumers. But Realtors® warn the program's September 30 reauthorization deadline is a threat to consumers. NAR President William E. Brown, a second-generation Realtor® from Alamo, California and founder of Investment Properties, believes that expiration would deal significant damage to current policy-holding property owners, as well as threaten property sales and the broader housing market. Brown said that Realtors® see the NFIP's importance every day in their lives and in their business and made the following statement: "When the NFIP expired in 2010, over 1,300 home sales were disrupted every day as a result. That's over 40,000 every month. Flood insurance is required for a mortgage in the 100-year floodplain, but without access to the NFIP, buyers simply couldn't get a mortgage or vital protection from the No. 1 cause of loss of property and life: flooding. "This problem affects far more than coastal communities, and prospective homeowners aren't the only ones at risk. Policyholders in over 22,000 communities across the country depend on the NFIP to protect homes and businesses from torrential rain, swollen rivers and lakes, snowmelt, failing infrastructure, as well as storm surges and hurricanes. When that lifeline is cut off, the NFIP can't issue new policies or renew existing residential or commercial policies that expire. That means current home and business owners may find their most important asset unprotected. "Last year was the third largest claims payout year in NFIP's history, costing more than $4 billion. While there were five billion-dollar floods, including Hurricane Matthew, four of the five were inland, and the largest single event was in Baton Rouge, Louisiana in August, just one year out from the NFIP's expiration date. "The NFIP isn't perfect, and reforms are needed. We will continue working closely with everyone involved to achieve those reforms. "Good work has been done in Congress, at FEMA and elsewhere to clear the way for those efforts. We thank leaders on both sides of the aisle for all they've done up to this point. Now, it's time for action. Congress has six months to do the right thing and pass a long-term reauthorization of the program. We're hoping they do just that." The National Association of Realtors®, "The Voice for Real Estate," is America's largest trade association, representing 1.2 million members involved in all aspects of the residential and commercial real estate industries.
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Placester Raises $50M in Series D Funding to Simplify Marketing for Real Estate Professionals
BOSTON, MA--(Mar 24, 2017) - Placester, the all-in-one marketing toolkit for real estate professionals with beautiful lead capturing websites, lead management, email marketing, marketing automation, analytics, free education and 24/7 support, today announced it has raised a $50M Series D round led by existing investor New Enterprise Associates (NEA), the global venture firm whose notable investments include SalesForce.com, MuleSoft and Box, among others. This investment brings Placester's total funding to $100 million. The real estate market is remarkably different than it was a decade ago when listings were just finding their way online. The evolution is showing no signs of slowing down. Today's real estate market relies on both digital and human touchpoints to engage the consumer in real time. Placester has seen more than 300 percent year-over-year revenue growth for the last three years by building the unified operating system to help real estate professionals run their businesses. From websites and CRM, to email marketing, data driven insights and mobile applications, Placester addresses agents' digital needs. More than four hundred thousand users look to Placester for superior solutions to power their businesses. This includes agents in 95 percent of U.S.-based real estate brands as well as independent brokerages. Including notable industry partnerships with Keller Williams, REMAX/Integra and The National Association of REALTORS®. "I'm excited for this next step in Placester's journey empowering real estate professionals and the industry as a whole," said Matt Barba, co-founder and CEO, Placester. "Across industries, leading brands realize that the screen is the most consistent touchpoint for connecting with consumers. As a result, successful digital marketing has evolved from a patchwork of tools and tactics into a unified operating system reaching far beyond the walls of the marketing department. Placester is bringing this fundamental change to real estate. This latest funding will support our aggressive product roadmap and address the full breadth of challenges and opportunities that define the future of digital for real estate professionals." In 2016, Placester made two acquisitions, welcoming RealSatisfied and OpenHomePro to the team. The company employs more than 170 team members working in Boston and Chicago. "Digital marketing has become integral to the business of real estate and will shape how real estate professionals succeed in the future," said Chetan Puttagunta, General Partner, NEA. "As software plays an increasing role in the world around us, verticalized software solutions tuned to specific customer needs will increasingly drive competitive advantage, there is a large and growing opportunity ahead." To date, Placester serves more than four hundred thousand real estate professionals in the United States and Canada, and has raised $100 million in funding from New Enterprise Associates (NEA), Romulus Capital and Techstars, among other investors. To learn more about Placester, visit https://www.placester.com. About PlacesterPlacester is an all-in-one marketing toolkit for real estate professionals with beautiful lead capturing websites, lead management, email marketing, marketing automation, analytics, free education and 24/7 support. Founded in 2011 by Matthew Barba, a former real estate agent, and Frederick Townes, a seasoned technologist, the Placester platform enables real estate professionals to grow their businesses online and via mobile through seamless MLS integration, natural language search and eye-catching visuals. In addition, Placester offers a wide range of apps and add-ons for high-impact email marketing, digital advertising campaigns, lead management and streamlining of everyday tasks. Currently serving two in five real estate professionals in the U.S., Placester is a proud technology partner to leading real estate brands across North America, and the sole website provider for the REALTOR Benefits® Program, the official member benefits program of the National Association of REALTORS®. To date, Placester has raised $100 million in funding, backed by New Enterprise Associates (NEA), Romulus Capital and Techstars. For more information, please visit placester.com.
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LeadingRE Names New Advisory Council Officers, Members
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Baird & Warner's Jo Lay Named to Leading Real Estate Companies of the World® Advisory Council
CHICAGO – March 14, 2017 – Jo Lay, vice president, Relocation Services for Baird & Warner in Chicago, Ill., has been elected to the Leading Real Estate Companies of the World® Advisory Council, a leadership group comprised of business development and relocation professionals who provide guidance on key initiatives for the global real estate community, which is comprised of 550 market-leading firms spanning six continents. The Advisory Council works closely with the Leading Real Estate Companies of the World® management team on integral business development and lead generation programs. Council members also mentor other affiliates and serve as ambassadors for the organization's diverse program offerings. Members are elected by fellow council members to serve a three-year term, and are chosen based on the merits of their professional experience and reputation, as well as their willingness to share their expertise for the benefit of the network. "Our Advisory Council is comprised of some of the most talented and accomplished relocation professionals in the industry. Their willingness to provide guidance on critical network initiatives is instrumental in helping us deliver the most relevant, impactful programs for our members worldwide," said LeadingRE director of Member Services Brent Williams, CRP, who serves as the staff liaison to the group. "I am very excited to serve on this council with the top Relocation Director leaders of the most respected independent brokerages around the country.  I plan to bring my past experience as president of the Relocation Directors' Council and position on the Board of Directors of the Worldwide ERC to the table to help this network continue being a leader in the world of relocation," said Jo, SCRP, SGMS. Baird & Warner is the only Chicago representative of LeadingRE who has received the prestigious RELO Quality Certification.  With its expansive global membership, LeadingRE connects more than 550 firms and 130,000 sales associates who produce over 1.2 million real estate transactions each year. For more information about Baird & Warner, please visit www.BairdWarner.com. About Baird & Warner Real Estate, Inc.Established in 1855, Baird & Warner is Chicagoland's largest locally owned independent residential real estate services company. The Baird & Warner brand has been synonymous with experience, innovation and integrity for more than 160 years. Steve Baird, the firm's fifth-generation owner, has been consistently recognized among the industry's most influential leaders. Baird & Warner was named the No. 2 Top Workplace in Chicagoland by the Chicago Tribune in 2016, and No. 1 in real estate for the fifth consecutive year. With more than 2,200 broker associates in 27 offices and comprehensive mortgage, title and relocation services, Baird & Warner consistently ranks among the nation's top real estate firms. Learn more at www.BairdWarner.com.
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Ben Kinney Companies Acquires Real Estate Technology Companies Blueroof360 and RealVolution
Ben Kinney Companies-Tech Division, owner of ActiveRain, Brivity, Blossor, and Kwkly, today announced the acquisition of Blueroof360 and RealVolution, two companies that specialize in providing real estate software solutions to brokerages, teams, and agents nationwide. "Blueroof360 has developed one of the coolest, easiest to use, fully customizable IDX website builders around, while also providing full-featured CRM, CMAs, Area Reports and Community tools to over 10,000 real estate agents, brokerages and franchises across the nation," says Ben Kinney, CEO of Ben Kinney Companies. "Combining Blueroof360 technology with our existing, ever-expanding Brivity Platform gives agents a complete toolset that guarantees success in real estate—with one bill, one log-in, and one location for all agent and brokerage data." "We are excited to become a member of the Ben Kinney family," says Jarad Hull, CEO of Blueroof360. "Ben and I found that our companies have similar goals, vision and an approach to building best-in-class products. Becoming part of the Ben Kinney family of companies, gives Blueroof the ability to be part of a platform that will continue to disrupt the real estate industry." The Blueroof360 team will remain headquartered in Utah, where it was founded in 2008, with all existing employees and the current leadership team. CEO Jarad Hull will continue to lead and grow the company, with additional investments in staff, sales, marketing and development to come. ABOUT BEN KINNEY TECHNOLOGY COMPANIES The Ben Kinney Companies Tech Division brands include ActiveRain, the nation's largest real estate network, Kwkly, an SMS lead generation company , the Brivity Platform, an IDX - CRM - Transaction Management System, and Blossor, the national search portal. The company's brands focus on diverse real estate tools, technology, training and systems to maximize growth opportunities for agents, teams and brokers. Ben Kinney Companies is headquartered in Bellingham Washington.
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Houlihan Lawrence Announces Agreement to Join HomeServices of America, Inc.
Minneapolis, Minn. (January 17, 2017) – HomeServices of America, Inc., a Berkshire Hathaway affiliate, today announced the acquisition of Houlihan Lawrence, one of the leading real estate firms serving New York City's northern suburbs. Financial terms of the transaction were not disclosed. Headquartered in the northern suburbs of New York City, Houlihan Lawrence serves the Westchester, Fairfield, Putnam, Dutchess, Orange and Ulster counties of New York and Connecticut with 1,300 sales associates operating in 30 sales offices. In 2016, Houlihan Lawrence closed $6.7 billion of sales volume. Established in 1888, Houlihan Lawrence has been known to generations of buyers and sellers for its leadership in luxury representation and local expertise delivered by a team of knowledgeable agents coupled with the firm's renowned advanced technologies and data driven insights. Nancy Seaman will step aside as chairman while her brothers Stephen Meyers, president and CEO, and Chris Meyers, managing principal, will continue to lead the firm's strategic growth initiatives and manage day-to-day operations together with their sales management teams. Houlihan Lawrence, like other locally-branded brokerage companies under the HomeServices umbrella, will retain its name. "We are joining an organization known for its strength and stability, said Stephen Meyers. "Our partnership secures the future of the firm without changing the exceptional culture that is core to our storied brand. We are thrilled with this announcement and the many benefits it brings to our clients and agents." "When you combine the incredible strength of our people and the remarkable history of our success with the unsurpassed financial stability of HomeServices, there is no limit to what we can accomplish," added Chris Meyers. "Nancy, Stephen and Chris, together with their team of sales managers and agents, have built an extraordinary organization and exemplify a level of expertise and leadership that is second-to-none in the real estate business today," said Ron Peltier, chairman and CEO, HomeServices. "Their culture of integrity and innovation closely aligns with our corporate vision and our emphasis on customer value and results." With this transaction, HomeServices has nearly 29,500 real estate professionals operating in nearly 570 offices across 28 states. In 2016, the company's associates facilitated more than $93 billion in residential real estate sales. "This is an important transaction to HomeServices," concluded Peltier. "And we are very proud to welcome Houlihan Lawrence to the HomeServices family."
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NAR CEO Dale Stinton to Retire, Search Firm Retained
  WASHINGTON (December 28, 2016) –  After 36 years of service, National Association of Realtors® CEO Dale Stinton will retire from the association in 2017. Chicago-based executive search firm Heidrick & Struggles has been retained to find Stinton's replacement. Stinton took over as CEO in November 2005. Previously, he served as chief financial officer and chief information officer since 1998 and was named acting CEO and executive vice president in 1996. Stinton demonstrated exceptional leadership and business savvy in bringing continued success to the association and its members through one of the worst economic downturns in decades. His achievements include guiding the creation of Realtor® University; directing the growth of the Realtors® Property Resource, a national database of real property; implementing high-value partnerships and investments as president of Second Century Ventures, NAR's investment arm; and spearheading efforts to drive member participation in the association's Realtor® Party to advocate issues and advance legislation at all levels of government. He has been recognized broadly as an industry leader and innovator. "It was an honor to lead the nation's largest and most influential trade association in partnership with NAR's elected leaders, and I'm incredibly proud of what we have helped the association and our members achieve over the past decade as CEO," said Stinton. "My 36 years at NAR have been challenging but always rewarding; the time is now for a new leader to take the reins." A diverse member search committee has been appointed to work with Heidrick & Struggles, a premier provider of executive search, leadership consulting and culture shaping worldwide, to recruit candidates for the CEO position; NAR 2015 president Chris Polychron is serving as chair and 2003 president Cathy Whatley is vice chair. "Dale Stinton has had a long and distinguished career at NAR and has made immense contributions to the association, and we thank him for his service," said Polychron. "This continues to be a dynamic time for the association and the industry, and I am confident that we will find and hire the best candidate to position NAR for long-term success as it continues the important role of advocating for Realtor® members, consumers and the industry." Stinton will continue to serve as CEO until a successor is named, which is expected before the end of 2017, to ensure a smooth and successful transition. Heidrick & Struggles will begin the search for a new CEO immediately. "We look forward to serving NAR as partner for this critical leadership transition," said Bill Hudson, partner at Heidrick & Struggles based in the Washington D.C. office. "Recognizing that NAR is one of the largest and most respected trade associations in the nation, we're honored to be selected to lead the search for the new CEO." The National Association of Realtors®, "The Voice for Real Estate," is America's largest trade association, representing more than 1.2 million members involved in all aspects of the residential and commercial real estate industries.
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RE Technology's Top 10 Articles of 2016
  Over the past two weeks, we've been counting down our top 10 most popular of the year. Have you been following? If not, we've compiled the full list below for easy reference. We noticed an interesting phenomenon with our list this year--it's bookended by posts that aren't just our most read, but also our most controversial. Numbers 1 and 10 ignited some heated discussion when they were originally published. Months later, do they still incite strong feelings? Decide for yourselves--take a look at both posts on our list below, and check out the rest of our most read articles of the year! Why Agents Should Never Use Personal Email 7 Google Chrome Extensions for Real Estate Agents 5 Things You Didn't Know Your Lockbox Could Do 22 of the Absolute Best Real Estate Closing Gift Ideas 5 Basic Tips for Taking Great Photos With Your iPhone 184 Things You Do for Real Estate Clients (and they don't even know it) What to Do When Your Buyer Leaves You for Another Agent 4 Lead Generating Scripts for Listing Agents How to Educate Buyers to Make Good Offers I Didn't Hire FOUR Listing Agents!
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National Association of Realtors® Congratulates Dr. Ben Carson, Nominee for Secretary of Housing and Urban Development
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NAR Installs 2017 Officers
  ORLANDO, Fla. (November 7, 2016) – Bill Brown, a second generation Realtor® from Alamo, California was installed today as 2017 president of the National Association of Realtors® at the association's Board of Directors meeting during the 2016 REALTORS® Conference & Expo. Brown has been active in real estate for 36 years and is the founder of Investment Properties, a division of the family real estate business started by his father, William H. Brown, in 1964, which focuses on the sale of apartment buildings to both institutional and private capital investors. Brown was NAR's 2016 president-elect and 2015 first vice president. He has served in numerous positions at the local, state and national levels, including as an NAR director since 1991, the 2004 chairman of the Realtors® Political Action Committee Trustees, a committee liaison in 2006 and 2011, and 2012 vice president for Region 13, comprised of California, Hawaii and Guam. In 2008, he served as the California Association of Realtors® president and was honored as Realtor® of the Year; he served on CAR's Executive Committee six times. Brown was elected president of the Oakland Association of Realtors® in 1984. Elizabeth Mendenhall is 2017 NAR president-elect. She has been a Realtor® for 20 years and is CEO of RE/MAX Boone Realty in Columbia, Missouri. Mendenhall is a sixth-generation Realtor® and holds numerous real estate designations. On the national level, Mendenhall currently serves on the Executive Committee and Board of Directors. She chaired NAR's Strategic Planning Committee in 2012, served as vice president of committees in 2011 and was the NAR liaison to association leadership in 2008. In 2010, Mendenhall served as president of the Missouri Association of Realtors®, and in 2003, she served as president of the Columbia Board of Realtors® and was named their Realtor® of the Year. Thomas Riley, a Realtor® from Bedford, New Hampshire is the 2017 NAR treasurer. He has been a Realtor® for more than 35 years and is president of Riley Enterprises Inc., specializing in residential and commercial real estate and property management. In 2015, Tom served as NAR's vice president for Region 1, serving Connecticut, Massachusetts, Maine, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, and Vermont. He previously served on the NAR Board of Directors from 2007 to 2008 and 2010 to 2013 and served multiple times on the Finance Committee, including as vice chair in 2014. Riley served as president of the New Hampshire Association of Realtors® in 2011 and president of the Greater Manchester/Nashua Board of Realtors® in 1998. John Smaby is 2017 NAR first vice president. Smaby is a second-generation Realtor® and has been in the industry for 37 years; he is a broker at Edina Realty, where he specializes in residential real estate. Smaby has held numerous positions nationally and with the Minnesota Association of Realtors®, where he served as president in 2015, treasurer in 2013 and a member of the Board of Directors since 2013. He was MNAR's Realtor® Political Action Committee chair from 2013 to 2015 and the RPAC Trustees and Public Advocacy Committee chair in 2014. In 2013, Smaby received the Ed Anderson Political Achievement Award and in 2014, was named Realtor® of the Year. Mabél Guzmán is 2017 NAR vice president. Guzmán, a Realtor® for more than 20 years, is a broker with @properties in Chicago. At the national level, she served as the 2014 chair for NAR's Conventional Finance & Policy Committee and in 2015 as the liaison for Global Committees. She chaired the Student Loan Debt Working Group from 2014 to 2016. Guzmán served as a member of the Illinois Realtors® Board of Directors from 2009 to 2011. In 2014 and 2015, she received their President's Medallion for Outstanding Service. Guzmán was elected treasurer in 2009 and president in 2011 of the Chicago Association of Realtors® and was a member of the board of directors from 2007 to 2009. In 2012, she was named their Realtor® of the Year. Kevin Sears is also 2017 NAR vice president. Sears, a Realtor® for over 20 years from Springfield, Massachusetts, is broker/partner of Sears Real Estate, specializing in single-family brokerage and property management. Sears has served NAR in numerous capacities, including as NAR's 2016 vice president for Region 1, comprised of Connecticut, Massachusetts, Maine, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, and Vermont. He has served on the NAR Board of Directors since 2008 and as a federal political coordinator for over 15 years. In 2016, Sears chaired the Realtor® Party of the Future Strategic Planning Work Group. The Massachusetts Association of Realtors® elected him President in 2010 and he has been a member of their Board of Directors since 2000. In 2006, MAR named Sears Realtor® of the Year. He was elected president of the Realtor® Association of Pioneer Valley in 2005. NAR's 2017 regional vice presidents are: Jamie Diane Moore, Warwick, Rhode Island, Region 1 (Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island and Vermont); Allan H. Dechert, Avalon, New Jersey, Region 2 (New Jersey, New York and Pennsylvania); Mary Dykstra, Roanoke, Virginia, Region 3 (Delaware, District of Columbia, Maryland, Virginia and West Virginia); Ann McDonald, Winchester, Kentucky, Region 4 (Kentucky, North Carolina, South Carolina and Tennessee); Sherri Meadows, Ocala, Florida, Region 5 (Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Mississippi, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands); William G. Milliken Jr., Ann Arbor, Michigan, Region 6 (Michigan and Ohio); Patrick Dalessandro, Prospect Heights, Illinois, Region 7 (Illinois, Indiana and Wisconsin); Donald R. Marple, Davenport, Iowa, Region 8 (Iowa, Minnesota, Nebraska, North Dakota and South Dakota); Karen Crowson, Benton, Arkansas, Region 9 (Arkansas, Kansas, Missouri and Oklahoma); Leslie Rouda Smith, Plano, Texas, Region 10 (Louisiana and Texas); George Harvey, Telluride, Colorado, Region 11 (Arizona, Colorado, Nevada, New Mexico, Utah and Wyoming); Julie DeLorenzo, Boise, Idaho, Region 12 (Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Oregon and Washington); and Leil Koch, Kula, Hawaii, Region 13 (California, Hawaii and Guam). The National Association of Realtors®, "The Voice for Real Estate," is America's largest trade association, representing 1 million members involved in all aspects of the residential and commercial real estate industries.
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Realogy Franchise Group Appoints John Peyton as President and Chief Operating Officer
09-26-2016 — Realogy Holdings Corp., the largest full-service residential real estate services company in the United States, today announced the appointment ofJohn Peyton to the newly created role of president and chief operating officer (COO) for its subsidiary, Realogy Franchise Group (RFG). Peyton, formerly the senior vice president of brands and shared services for Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide Inc., will begin at RFG on Oct. 13. Alex Perriello, CEO of the Realogy Franchise Group, will now focus primarily on strategic growth while Peyton will be responsible for the operational management of Realogy's franchise brands.Peyton is a recognized global branding leader in a multi-brand environment. He is adept at leading large, complex global structures to maximize the benefits of scale while enabling innovation and flexibility. During his 17-year tenure with Starwood Hotels and Resorts Worldwide, he combined his expertise in global operations and brand building to drive innovation and ensure the market positioning of the company's leading hotel brands, which include: St. Regis, The Luxury Collection, W Hotels, Westin, Le Meridien, Sheraton, Tribute Portfolio, Four Points by Sheraton, Aloft, Element and Design Hotels. "John Peyton brings extensive strategic leadership experience with world-class brands from his time at Starwood as both an operator and a franchisor in a multi-brand organization," said Alex Perriello, Chief Executive Officer, Realogy Franchise Group. "We are excited about the fresh perspective and valuable insights he will bring from the luxury hotel and leisure industry to our franchisees and their affiliated agents." "Realogy has a tremendous portfolio of brands that is unrivaled in the real estate industry," said John Peyton, President and Chief Operating Officer, Realogy Franchise Group. "The Realogy Franchise Group is well-positioned for continued growth and innovation, and I look forward to helping accelerate its growth trajectory." Previously at Starwood, Peyton led the company's Global Initiatives team from 2012 to 2014, where he directed the implementation of key strategic company priorities around the world, including supply chain and revenue management initiatives. He has held a number of senior operations and marketing positions for Starwood, including chief marketing officer. In 2005 he was responsible for implementing a significant brand repositioning strategy for the company. In 2001, Peyton led Starwood in the launch of implementing Six Sigma practices in the business and became the first company in the hospitality industry to adopt this methodology as a way of improving business processes and driving innovative change. Prior to joining Starwood, he had a 10-year career with Pricewaterhouse Coopers, serving in both its accounting and management consulting practices. Peyton holds an MBA in accounting and marketing from New York University and a bachelor's degree in English from the University of Pennsylvania. Peyton is active in the community with several organizations supporting the health and welfare of children. He is a member of the board of directors for Child Advocates of Southern Connecticut and Full Court Peace, and also serves as a senior adviser to the A.J. Cina Foundation. About Realogy Holdings Corp.Realogy Holdings Corp. (NYSE: RLGY) is a global leader in residential real estate franchising and brokerage with many of the best-known industry brands including Better Homes and Gardens® Real Estate, CENTURY 21®, Coldwell Banker®, Coldwell Banker Commercial®, Corcoran®, ERA®, Sotheby's International Realty® and ZipRealty®.  Collectively, Realogy's franchise system members operate approximately 13,600 offices with more than 261,000 independent sales associates conducting business in 109 countries and territories around the world.  NRT LLC, Realogy's company-owned real estate brokerage, is the largest residential brokerage company in the United States, operates under several of Realogy's brands and also provides related residential real estate services.  Realogy also owns Cartus, a prominent worldwide provider of relocation services to corporate and affinity clients, Title Resource Group (TRG), a leading provider of title, settlement and underwriting services, and ZapLabs LLC, its innovation and technology development subsidiary.  Realogy is headquartered in Madison, New Jersey.
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Lone Wolf Announces Reorganization and Appoints New Heads of Product & Development
  CAMBRIDGE, ONTARIO (September 08, 2016) – On the heels of the appointment of Patrick Arkeveld as its new Chief Executive Officer, Lone Wolf Real Estate Technologies Inc. ("Lone Wolf"), the North American leader in residential real estate software, announces a reorganization that will align the company's business operations with its core growth strategies. These changes are designed to improve the speed and delivery of new product innovation & customer support while simplifying the product portfolios to focus on the company's fundamental strengths. "These organizational changes will drive needed focus to the business, further enabling us to meet the needs of our core customer base: real estate brokers. Our main goal is to accelerate our product development efforts to create next generation solutions and provide a nimble and more responsive customer experience," said Patrick Arkeveld, CEO, Lone Wolf. At the centre of this organizational change, is the addition of three new key players: Executive Vice President of Development, Scott Gowdish; Vice President of Product Management, Matt Goddard, and Vice President of Marketing, Kate Annis. With an extensive background in product development, most recently in the role of Senior Director of Software Development for Sabre Inc. and prior to that as VP, Software Development at Micros Systems, Scott's efforts will be focused on expanding the current enterprise platforms and utilizing next generation technologies. "I am thrilled to join such a talented team as we embark on this next phase of our growth as a market leader in real estate technology," says Scott Gowdish. "With strong support from our current customer base, and a focus on the development of the premiere end-to-end real estate software solution, I believe we are poised to reach beyond our expectations." The tech company has placed high importance on understanding customer challenges to improve current products and to identify opportunities for both current and new solutions. With over 15 years of experience in Product Management, Matt Goddard will lead this charge. "Lone Wolf has experienced immense growth over the last several years and has an enviable position as a leader in the real estate technology space," says Matt Goddard. "I am excited by the opportunity to work with our clients towards building the next generation solutions to successfully run their business." Matt spent 15 years with The Trapeze Group, a division of Constellation Software Inc., in a variety of roles including Product Manager and most recently, VP of New Markets & Product Management Programs. Kate Annis joins Lone Wolf with an extensive background in brand management and marketing in the enterprise software industry. Prior to joining Lone Wolf, Kate spent 6 years as the Global Director of Marketing at Dow Jones & Company in New York City and was most recently the Senior Vice President of Marketing at Bluesun, a financial services software provider. "While Lone Wolf's passion for building relationships and innovative technology has propelled us to a dominant position in the real estate marketplace, there is still a lot of runway for continued growth and success," explains Kate Annis. "I am excited to join this team and look forward to where we will head together." "We believe these changes to our organizational structure and management team will fuel our growth in the US market through a more focused strategy, development of next generation solutions and a best in class client experience," says Patrick Arkeveld. About Lone Wolf Real Estate Technologies Lone Wolf Real Estate Technologies offers an ecosystem of seamlessly integrated real estate technology, services and partnerships. Each element of the eco-system enables brokerages and agents to operate more efficiently to increase opportunities for profitability. Lone Wolf serves the residential real estate industry throughout North America.
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Alain Pinel Realtors VP Named Vice Chair of National Association of Realtors Advisory Group
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Alain Pinel Realtors Executive Accepts Respected Appointment with California Association of Realtors
SAN JOSE, CA (AUGUST 22, 2016)--Jim Pojda, regional director of career development for Alain Pinel Realtors, has accepted an appointment to the California Association of Realtors' (CAR) Strategic Planning and Finance Committee. Pojda will begin his three-year term in January 2017. The committee works to forecast changes, opportunities and challenges faced by the real estate industry for the benefit of consumers and Realtors within the state. Currently the committee is examining issues related to mortgage interest deductions, rent control, Multiple Listing Service consolidation, the future of Government Sponsored Enterprises (GSEs) and a variety of emerging technologies impacting the practice of real estate. "I'm excited and honored to have been asked to serve on the Strategic Planning & Finance Committee. I'll be assuming this role in addition to my role as a 2017 member of the board of directors for CAR where I represent the Silicon Valley Association of Realtors," said Pojda. "I'm grateful for the support and encouragement Alain Pinel Realtors has provided as I take on this new role." Pojda joined Alain Pinel Realtors in 2004 as a Realtor before becoming a regional director for career development in 2010. He is also a licensed broker. Immediately prior to joining Alain Pinel Realtors he served as vice president of business operations for TechPointer Inc., having held a variety of marketing and business technology development positions previous to that role. Pojda is also a long-time volunteer and officer with Kiwanis International. "Jim commits himself 100 percent to every endeavor he undertakes," noted Rainy Hake, COO of Alain Pinel Realtors. "He cares deeply about the real estate profession and those he helps guide, both within our company and the industry at large. He'll do an outstanding job for CAR, and we're proud to have him serve as a representative of Alain Pinel Realtors." Alain Pinel Realtors (APR) is the sixth largest residential real estate firm in the United States and the largest privately-owned residential real estate company in Northern California based on its closed-sales volume. The firm has 1,400 agents in more than 30 offices throughout Northern California. APR was founded in 1990 by CEO and President Paul L. Hulme, and is based in Saratoga, Calif. Visit us at apr.com.
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CoreLogic Wins "Most Innovative Real Estate Company" Award
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ATTOM Data Solutions Hires Technology Veteran Todd Teta
IRVINE, Calif. – Aug. 16, 2016 — ATTOM Data Solutions, the nation's leading source for comprehensive property data, today announced the hiring of Todd Teta as chief technology officer. In this role, Teta will leverage his two decades of experience in technology and product innovation to lead ATTOM's technology and product teams, including ATTOM's three consumer websites: RealtyTrac.com, Homefacts.com and HomeDisclosure.com. "Todd brings the kind of customer-focused technological and real estate data management experience that will enable us to provide our clients with competitive advantage by leveraging our vast data, analytics, people and processes," said Rob Barber, CEO at ATTOM Data Solutions. "His expertise in growing and scaling new technologies will guide us as we take additional steps to drive market growth and product innovation, leveraging the immense resources of the ATTOM Data Warehouse." Prior to joining ATTOM Data Solutions, Teta was the chief technology officer at Meyers Research, a Kennedy Wilson Company, where he led new product initiatives like Zonda, the first mobile-based real estate data and analytics platform targeting the new home building industry. Prior to his tenure at Meyers, Teta was vice president of technology at CoreLogic, where he launched the company's first mobile application. Teta was also president and co-founder of VisionCore, Inc., a technology product and services firm focused on the real estate and financial services industries, where he led sales, business development, client relations and project management. "I'm thrilled to be working with ATTOM Data Solutions," said Teta. "This is a unique opportunity to use ATTOM Data Solutions' comprehensive housing market data to create new products and services and drive innovation in the real estate marketplace." Teta earned a Bachelor of Science degree in computer engineering and computer science from the University of Southern California. He is a Member of the Computer Society of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers and the Association of Computing Machinery. About ATTOM Data Solutions ATTOM Data Solutions is the curator of the ATTOM Data Warehouse, a multi-sourced national property database that aggregates property tax, deed, mortgage, foreclosure, environmental risk, natural hazard, health hazards, neighborhood characteristics and other property characteristic data for more than 150 million U.S. properties. The ATTOM Data Warehouse delivers actionable data to businesses, consumers, government agencies, universities, policymakers and the media in multiple ways, including bulk file licenses, APIs and customized reports. ATTOM Data Solutions also powers consumer websites designed to promote real estate transparency: RealtyTrac.com is a property search and research portal for foreclosures and other off-market properties; Homefacts.com is a neighborhood research portal providing hyperlocal risks and amenities information; HomeDisclosure.com produces detailed property pre-diligence reports. ATTOM Data and its associated brands are cited by thousands of media outlets each month, including frequent mentions on CBS Evening News, The Today Show, CNBC, CNN, FOX News, PBS NewsHour and in The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, and USA TODAY.
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