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NAR Good Neighbor Award Finalists Honored for Strengthening Their Communities
WASHINGTON (September 2, 2021) -- For the 22nd consecutive year, the National Association of Realtors is honoring 10 finalists for its 2021 Good Neighbor Awards Program. This award honors Realtors® who have made significant, tangible volunteer contributions in their communities to improve the lives of their neighbors in need. "Despite the many challenges navigating COVID-19 restrictions and running a nonprofit during the pandemic, these Realtors® were there to help their communities at a time their contributions were needed most," said NAR President Charlie Oppler. "I am so proud to honor this year's Good Neighbor Award finalists for continuing the Realtor® tradition of giving back and making a difference." Beginning today, the public can vote for their favorite of the 10 Good Neighbor finalists. The top three finalists will be recognized as Web Choice Favorites and take home an additional donation of $2,500, $1,250 and $1,250, respectively. Cast your vote at realtor.com/goodneighbor between September 2 and October 1. Both the winners, as determined by judges, and the Web Choice Favorites will be announced on October 6. The five winners will receive a $10,000 grant and national media exposure for their charity, including a feature in the fall issue of REALTOR® Magazine. The winners will be honored during the 2021 REALTORS® Conference & Expo in San Diego, Calif. Five honorable mentions will receive $2,500 grants: The 10 NAR Good Neighbor Awards finalists are as follows: Dawn M. Adams, The Palmetto Real Estate Company, Aiken, S.C. Since 2011, Adams has been helping to rescue and rehabilitate victims of human trafficking both in the U.S. and internationally. As a board member with Abolish Slavery Coalition (AbolishSlavery.org), Adams organizes multi-agency task forces that help locate those who were kidnapped, while helping rescued victims begin the process of restoring normalcy in their lives. Bob Bell, Mile Hi Property, Denver, Colo. Every Friday, Bell and hundreds of volunteers meet to pack and deliver weekend meals for 10,000 at-risk children scattered across 72 Denver-area schools. By eliminating overhead and relying on his dedicated volunteers, Bell has turned Food for Thought into a powerhouse, with 497,205 backpacks of food delivered to date, the equivalent of almost 4 million meals. Sharon Chambers-Gordon, Windermere Professional Partners, Tacoma, Wash. Founder of Raising Girls, a nonprofit that helps low-income young women boost their confidence and self-esteem, Chambers-Gordon and her volunteer team donate menstrual hygiene products to tweens and teens who might otherwise skip school and sports because of embarrassment or financial constraints. Chris Cockerham, F.C. Tucker/Bloomington REALTOR®, Bloomington, Ind. Cockerham helps combat homelessness by taking advantage of his expertise and contacts in the real estate industry. He has spent more than a year helping New Hope for Families find a new permanent location, which doubled its shelter capacity and raised $1.2 million, in large part from local REALTORS®. Sydney Ealy, Brooks & Davis Real Estate, Houston, Texas In 2014, Ealy founded TWST4Girls, a nonprofit organization that offers a variety of educational programs and one-on-one mentoring for low-income girls. The opportunities are designed to help girls aged 11-17 boost self-esteem, learn important life skills, and start on a path toward higher education. Brent Gieseke, Exit Realty Professionals, Kansas City, Mo. Gieseke wears many hats as a volunteer serving the needs of refugee families. Since 2018, he's helped acquire and renovate homes, called "Blessing Houses," while teens from refugee families work at his side to learn job and life skills designed to help in their acclimation to life in America. Kibe Lucas, KW The Kibe Lucas Team, Wasilla, Alaska For 20 years, Lucas has been a passionate board member for the Children's Place, a nonprofit that offers hope to families impacted by child abuse and neglect. He has leveraged his real estate experience to secure land for a new headquarters, raise half a million dollars, and recruit countless supporters to promote the well-being of more than 4,000 American children. Denny and Linda Ellsworth-Moore, Coldwell Banker Hubbell BriarWood-Delta, Lansing, Mich. Since 2004, Denny Moore and Linda Ellsworth-Moore have volunteered with Child and Family Charities, a nonprofit that supports children in need. The couple has raised $345,000 and collects donations of bikes, school supplies, clothing, and holiday gifts, with special emphasis on bikes for foster children. Christina Sauger, Charles Rutenberg Realty Inc., Clearwater, Fla. Sauger founded The Harbor Dish, a nonprofit that provides healthy meals and companionship to anyone regardless of their ability to pay. The mobile program includes hosting large-scale community dinners on a pay-what-you-can model, and delivers hot meals to seniors, foster children, domestic violence survivors and others in need. Raymond Siddell, Keller Williams Legacy Group, Cedar Rapids, Iowa Siddell mobilized his community's emergency response after a violent derecho damaged 90% of the homes and buildings in his hometown. During his efforts he discovered an underlying food insecurity in the region, leading him to create Together We Achieve. This now permanent food pantry has distributed 1.2 million pounds of food to local residents in one year. NAR's Good Neighbor Awards is supported by primary sponsor realtor.com®, plus Chase and The Center for REALTOR® Development. "Volunteers help bring and hold communities together, especially during challenging times like those we continue to face today," said realtor.com® CMO Mickey Neuberger. "The Good Neighbor Awards finalists exemplify that spirit of volunteerism, and we are proud to celebrate and recognize the impact these changemakers have had and the lives they've touched." Nominees were judged on their personal contribution of time as well as financial and material contributions to benefit their cause. Realtor.com® makes buying, selling and living in homes easier and more rewarding for everyone. realtor.com® pioneered the world of digital real estate 20 years ago, and today through its website and mobile apps is a trusted source for the information, tools and professional expertise that help people move confidently through every step of their home journey. Using proprietary data science and machine learning technology, realtor.com® pairs buyers and sellers to the right local agent in their market, helping take the guesswork out of buying and selling a home. For professionals, realtor.com® is a trusted partner, providing connections to transaction-ready consumers and branding solutions that help them succeed in today's on-demand world. 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®. Chase is the U.S. consumer and commercial banking business of JPMorgan Chase & Co. (NYSE: JPM), a leading global financial services firm with assets of $3.7 trillion and operations worldwide. Chase serves more than 60 million American households with a broad range of financial services, including personal banking, credit cards, mortgages, auto financing, investment advice, small business loans and payment processing. Customers can choose how and where they want to bank: More than 4,700 branches in 44 states and the District of Columbia, 16,000 ATMs, mobile, online and by phone. For more information, go to chase.com. The Center for REALTOR® Development (CRD) is NAR's home for learning. With 10 designations and certifications, 11 learning pathways, over 100 microcourses, and an award-winning podcast, there is a learning experience for every real estate professional. Sharpen your skills and boost your business by investing in yourself. Get started at learning.realtor. The National Association of Realtors® is America's largest trade association, representing more than 1.5 million members involved in all aspects of the residential and commercial real estate industries.
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BoomTown Announces Give Back Awards, Nominations Open
Company will award $1k to real estate professionals who are serving others and their communities in 2020, and donate $5 for each nomination to the Homes for Heroes Foundation CHARLESTON, S.C., November 18, 2020 -- BoomTown, the leading sales and marketing platform for real estate professionals, is excited to announce the inaugural BoomTown Give Back Awards, and is accepting nominations through December 11th. The awards will highlight members of the real estate community who have gone above and beyond to serve others in 2020. Three winners will receive a $1,000 prize, and BoomTown will donate five dollars to the Homes for Heroes Foundation for each nomination. "We are thrilled about the opportunity to formally show our appreciation and gratitude to real estate professionals who are going above and beyond to make a positive impact in their business and community, especially during a year that's seen so much fear and unrest," said Grier Allen, CEO & President of BoomTown. "In the spirit of giving and thanks, we are equally excited to support the wonderful work of the Homes for Heroes Foundation with every nomination we receive. The BoomTown Give Back awards celebrate the agents who are stewards within their community, put service over self, and make an impact by paying it forward." The BoomTown Give Back Awards include three categories, The Helping Hand Award for those jumping in to aid friends, family, employees, another business or the community, The Walk-The-Talk Award for those making charitable giving a part of their business, and The Creative Changemaker Award for those using their creativity to put an innovative spin on giving back. Nominations close on December 11th at 11:59pm EST, and three winners will be selected by a panel of judges from BoomTownLOVE, the company's service and outreach organization. Nominees and winners will be featured on BoomTown's social media, and receive a $1,000 prize with the option to donate the prize to an organization of each winner's choice. To learn more and submit a nomination, visit go.boomtownroi.com/boomtown-give-back-awards About BoomTown BoomTown exists to make real estate agents successful. 40k+ of the industry's top professionals trust BoomTown to grow their real estate business with easy-to-use technology that creates opportunities and turns them into closings. Capabilities include a customizable real estate website integrated with local MLS data, client success management, a cutting-edge CRM (Customer Relationship Management) system with custom marketing automation, personalized advertising and lead generation services, and a mobile app for agents on the go. BoomTown's service offerings extend far beyond technology with coaching services from peers who have catapulted their growth with the system, lead qualification services to contact, qualify, and nurture leads, and dedicated advisors to offer personalized support at every step from onboarding and training to optimizing your business and planning for strategic growth. Founded in 2006 and headquartered in Charleston, SC, BoomTown has additional offices in Atlanta, GA, and San Francisco, CA. For more about BoomTown visit boomtownroi.com.
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Redfin Expands 1% Listing Fee to 18 Additional Markets, Now Reaching 80 Percent of Redfin Customers Across 25 Markets Total
Home Sellers Get Full Service and Save Thousands in Fees Listing with a Redfin Agent SEATTLE — Redfin, the technology-powered real estate brokerage, announced it has extended its 1 percent listing fee to home sellers in 18 additional markets. Now approximately 80 percent of Redfin's home-selling customers will pay Redfin just 1 percent of the final sale price, subject to a minimum of between $3,000 to $5,500, depending on the market. Sellers typically pay their listing agent a commission of 2.5 to 3 percent of the home's sale price. With a 1 percent listing fee, sellers working with a Redfin agent will save between $7,000 and $10,000 on a $500,000 home sale. The 1 percent listing fee does not include buyer's agent commission, which is typically paid by the seller. The lowered listing fee is being offset by a reduction of the Redfin refund for buyers in the new 1 percent listing markets. Buyers can continue to see the amount of the refund, which is based on the price of the home, on the home listing page. "This pricing better reflects how our customers want to pay a real estate agent," said Redfin CEO Glenn Kelman. "Especially in today's hot market, the most value-conscious customer is the one selling, not buying, a home. We first tried shifting more savings from buyers to sellers nearly three years ago, with 1 percent pricing in Washington, D.C., and then later in four other markets, and our overall share gains in those markets have outpaced other Redfin markets." Every seller who works with Redfin receives the following, included in the fee, paid for by Redfin: A dedicated listing agent with experience selling homes in the local area, backed by a team of support staff who make the process run smoothly. One of the industry's most thorough pricing analyses, which combines Redfin's proprietary algorithms for estimating the value of a home and the expertise of a local Redfin agent. Professional photography. A Redfin 3D Walkthrough tour, letting buyers view a three-dimensional floor plan online, then interact with every aspect of the home from any direction, as if walking from room to room. Open houses, hosted by a Redfin agent, with visitors registered by our own iPad application for immediate follow-up. Online marketing with the listing featured above others on Redfin.com, the U.S.'s #1 brokerage website. Redfin also runs email and digital advertising campaigns to reach just the right buyers. Pre-marketing of Redfin listings, where permitted by local rules, with tools for gathering feedback on the number of interested buyers and what price they would pay for the property. Professionally designed and beautifully produced print brochures. The Redfin Home Dashboard, letting sellers track online visits to their listing and the latest competitive market conditions in their neighborhood. The 18 new markets join Baltimore, Chicago, Denver, San Diego, Seattle, Washington, D.C., and Northern Virginia, where Redfin rolled out a trial test of 1 percent listing fees. Redfin will continue to charge a 1.5 percent listing fee in the other markets where it operates, which is already a significant value. "Offering the Redfin home-selling experience for just a 1 percent listing fee builds on Redfin's mission to make real estate better for consumers," said Karen Krupsaw, senior vice president of real estate operations. "We are addressing every pain point for sellers-- not only the cost of selling a home-- but the challenges of setting the right price, getting the property ready to list, making a strong debut on the market and keeping track of logistics and paperwork." For three consecutive years, Redfin has sold listings for more money, with a higher rate of success than the industry average. Specifically, homes listed with Redfin sell for an average of $3,000 more and had a higher chance of selling, with 75 percent of listings selling within 90 days, compared to 69 percent among comparable listings across the country. Redfin publishes comprehensive information about each of its agents, including homes they have sold, areas of expertise and customer reviews, so sellers can choose an agent who has the local knowledge and experience that meets their needs. Homeowners who are interested in selling can visit www.redfin.com/why-sell to learn more about Redfin's service and connect with a Redfin agent in their neighborhood. 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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Moxi Works and MoveEasy Team Up
MoveEasy joins the Moxi Cloud to deliver agents a comprehensive moving concierge service July 18, 2017 – Seattle, WA – Moxi Works recently announced another tool that has been added to their open platform ecosystem, called MoveEasy. MoveEasy is a comprehensive moving concierge service offered to homeowners directly from your website while saving you valuable time on researching post-transaction tasks for them. York Baur, CEO of Moxi Works said, "We're delighted to have MoveEasy on the Moxi Cloud. They provide a unique solution to a common problem in the industry. It's not an agent productivity app, but rather, a great app for agents to extend to their sphere of influence – keeping the agent in-flow and valued." MoveEasy works by helping organize a move, assisting in completing tasks, and connecting clients with vendors in addition to helping agents stay top of mind even after the transaction has closed. It does this by creating a personalized moving dashboard where clients can complete various moving tasks and receive branded weekly email reminders. Tasks include anything from updating utilities and changing their address, to finding moving and storage options, and shipping their car. Agents can add all of their preferred cleaners, painters, and other vendors that can assist in the home selling/moving process. Since the entire service is branded, agents can stay top of mind, even after the transaction has closed. Everything stays accessible from the unique dashboard. MoveEasy is integrated into the Moxi Engage CRM. When a transaction moves from active to pending, MoveEasy pulls all the necessary details from Moxi Engage into the MoveEasy dashboard. The client can access the dashboard and keep up to date with everything happening and organize schedules for tasks. Everything done on the dashboard is sent back to Moxi Engage, within the activity section. While the client can access everything on the MoveEasy dashboard, the agent can access everything they need right in their CRM. Venkatesh Ganapathy, CEO of MoveEasy said, "We are extremely excited to be part of the Moxi Cloud. With so many different tools available for the real estate agents to help their clients, they have to constantly keep learning different systems. Our integration allows agents to continue using Moxi Engage CRM as they normally would, while MoveEasy operates in the background, guiding their clients through the stressful moving process." About Moxi Works Moxi Works is a residential brokerage services company that makes agents significantly more productive and brokerages more profitable by helping them effectively run their businesses. Moxi Works' integrated tools are centered on a sphere-based selling process that drastically increases agents' repeat and referral business, while lowering overall technology, training and support costs for the brokerage. With Moxi Works, brokerages are able to make their agents' lives simpler and their businesses more successful. More information at moxiworks.com. About MoveEasy MoveEasy is a comprehensive moving concierge service offered to clients directly from your website while saving you valuable time on researching post transaction tasks for them. MoveEasy assists consumers before, during and after their move, through a comprehensive moving dashboard featuring timely reminders and targeted resources, resulting in a stress-free move experience. Discover move at moveeasy.com/realestate.
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MLS Listings Now Available Through IDX's iPhone App
EUGENE, OR—IDX, Inc., is excited to introduce the very first and only integrated and brandable Multiple Listing Service (MLS) search application for the iPhone. This is a unique product offering and the first of its kind in the real estate industry. This new iPhone app is officially being released today, just in time for the 2009 National Association of REALTORS® conference beginning November 13, 2009.  This innovative and highly anticipated application, named myAgent by IDX, now puts the power of an iPhone app in the hands of every single real estate agent and broker nationwide. With 300+ MLSs already covered by IDX, Inc.’s, existing IDX platform, myAgent by IDX is the Nation’s first and solitary integrated IDX application that has the ability to serve agents, both big and small, without them having to spend excess and valuable time building their own custom iPhone application. So how does this particular IDX iPhone application differ from other already existing iPhone real estate applications? -     Although IDX, Inc., manages over 4 million listings nationwide on a daily basis, it is not a national aggregator of data, like Trulia or Zillow, rather it is a utility that enables a local agent in a specific MLS market to have a competitive advantage through the use of innovative and brandable tools. -     IDX, Inc., already has existing relationships and contracts with over 300 independently owned and operated MLS systems throughout the United States. No other company has direct feeds from this many MLS systems, nor can they service any agent throughout the US with an integrated iPhone data feed. -     This is an integrated application, therefore the home search tools are built directly into the application through an advanced map search function; Other real estate apps that display MLS listings do so through a window that displays a webpage online, making myAgent by IDX much more functional and desirable to individual agents and brokers. For over 5 years IDX, Inc., has provided real estate professionals with a plethora of unique features, as well as a customizable interface, enabling them to integrate local MLS listings into their already existing websites, without the need for complex programming. This brand new iPhone application, myAgent by IDX, extends this same unparalleled and innovative service, to the mobile Web. Home seekers with the desire for this new IDX iPhone application can receive a special Agent Code from their participating real estate professional. Consumers that do not currently have a specified agent or broker can receive a code automatically through the geo-location tool, built directly into the app, catering to each individual looking for a new property. Some of the benefits to users include: The ability to search for homes within the actual MLS, in their local and surrounding areas. Having access to the most current MLS listing data available, which is updated in all markets every 24 hours. The ability to locate a property using map search tools, allowing them to tour neighborhoods and view all homes on the market within that specific area, which is great for partaking in a mobile self-guided search and/or tour. This brand new and advanced IDX iPhone application is provided free of charge to all existing IDX, Inc., customers and their clients. According to the latest mobile usage studies from Admob, iPhone users compromise 48% of all mobile browsing sessions, thus opening a previously untapped marketing channel for tech savvy agents and their clients. This unique IDX iPhone application, myAgent by IDX, caters to each individuals' want and need, developing a whole new era of IDX technology,   About IDX, Inc. Based in Eugene, Oregon, IDX, Inc., is nationally known as a leading provider of real estate search applications. IDX, Inc., actively manages over $1 trillion worth of active listings data from over 300 Multiple Listings Services (MLS). IDX Broker is IDX, Inc.’s, principle real estate software utility and myAgent IDX is its principle mobile application available for the iPhone. The easy to manage and customizable software helps real estate professionals display home listing data from their multiple listing service (MLS) on their individual and/or office websites. For more information on all the services provided by IDX, Inc., please visit www.idxbroker.com. For more information about this release, please contact: Cara Coffey IDX, Inc. Director of Media & Public Relations [email protected] Eugene, OR 800-421-9668 (phone) 541-343-3915 (fax)      
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SentriLock Releases BlackBerry Card Utility
RISMEDIA, March 8, 2010—SentriLock, a property access control system for Realtors®, announced the release of its BlackBerry Card Utility. SentriLock users will be able to renew their SentriCards using any BlackBerry phone running OS 4.2 or higher and a BlackBerry Smartcard Reader. Chris Ralstin, senior manager of Customer Relations for the company, says, “REALTORS® always want more face time with their clients and this new tool allows them to be even more productive and focus on what’s most important: generating showings to make the sale happen.” Among the smart phone users responding to the 2009 Technology Survey by the National Association of REALTORS®, 32% use a BlackBerry as their primary mobile device. Always looking for ways to improve agent efficiency, SentriLock developed the BlackBerry Card Utility for this large market segment. Says Ralstin: “REALTORS® on the SentriLock system will now be able to complete full SentriCard renewals on the go, anytime and anywhere their busy day takes them. System users can purchase a BlackBerry Smartcard Reader V2 directly from SentriLock for $199, with shipping included. The SentriLock BlackBerry Card Utility application for the phone is free. For more information, visit www.sentrilock.com. To view the original press release, please Click Here.  
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