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NAR's Volunteering Works Program Announces Mentoring Recipients
CHICAGO (January 18, 2024) – The National Association of Realtors® and the Good Neighbor Society have announced recipients of the 15th annual Volunteering Works grants and mentoring program. The program matches real estate agents who work on small-scale charitable efforts with mentors who can help them improve and expand their impact. The five Volunteering Works recipients will each receive a $1,000 seed grant and a year of one-on-one mentoring from a member of the Good Neighbor Society. This group is made up of past recipients of NAR's annual Good Neighbor Awards, the highest honor the association awards to members involved in community service. "These Volunteering Works recipients are shining examples of the positive impact that real estate professionals make in their communities," said NAR President Kevin Sears, broker-partner of Sears Real Estate in Springfield, Massachusetts. "Their dedication, compassion and tireless efforts enhance the lives of those they serve and set a standard for community engagement. They will not only grow their initiatives but inspire others to take meaningful action." 2023 Volunteering Works Grant and Mentoring Recipients: Arlin Fisher, Park Company REALTORS®, Horace, North Dakota (Crosses for Cameron) Realtor® Arlin Fisher and his wife co-founded two nonprofit organizations in memory of their son who died in a car accident at age 23. Crosses for Cameron educates people about the importance of organ donation. The Garden of Healing, located within a park between two hospitals, was created to facilitate healing through nature. "Even though this garden stemmed from the loss of Cameron, we want it to be a place of life and living," said Fisher, who is working with mentor Craig Conant, a 2001 Good Neighbor Award winner. Pam Graves, Summer House Realty, Fernandina Beach, Florida (Stirring Hope, Inc.) When Realtor® Pam Graves met Mary Apio – a former child bride turned self-made chef – while on a mission trip to Uganda, it was their backgrounds in food that connected them. In 2021, Graves and Apio built Sonrisa School of Culinary Arts & Bakery, a cooking school to help other survivors of assault and forced child marriage build a new life. "After Mary told me her story, and we figured out we had cooking in common, I realized that this is where the lasting change comes in," Graves said. In 2022, the school graduated 22 students. Graves' mentor is Dawn Rucinski, a 2021 Good Neighbor Award finalist. Kyle Olson, Keller Williams Inspire Realty, Fargo, North Dakota (Alzheimer's Association MNND Chapter) For 64 hours straight, Realtor® Kyle Olson held an open house and raised $10,000 to combat Alzheimer's – the disease that robbed him of more time with his father, Dewey. The third annual World's Longest Open House – which featured hourly livestreams and events like jazzercise and chalk art – is more than a tribute to Olson's father. It has turned into a bonding experience for Olson and his son, Tucker, who simultaneously hosted the Longest Lemon-aid Stand on-site for 12 hours on the first day. "It's fantastic to go from working with my dad as a farmer and having those great memories to now having my son join me to do these fun things for a good cause," said Olson, who will be mentored by 2013 Good Neighbor Award winner Kristina Rhodes. Glenda Pollard, Pollard Partners LLC, Baton Rouge, Louisiana (Clean Pelican) Realtor® Glenda Pollard founded Clean Pelican to improve and beautify Baton Rouge. The nonprofit engages local businesses, volunteers and the mayor's office to organize cleanup days. Through innovative programming in schools, they use technology to teach middle- and high-school students to map areas that need cleanup, and track and store what was picked up and by whom. Pollard has been paired with mentor Tami Hicks, a 2022 Good Neighbor Award finalist. "I am looking forward to working with Tami to find ways to recruit more volunteers," said Pollard. Daphne Thomas, RE/MAX Alliance Group, LLC, Tampa, Florida (Unbroken Dreams, Inc.) Realtor® Daphne Thomas founded Unbroken Dreams in 2021 to address homelessness and help people rebuild their lives. She has connected hundreds of people with housing resources; runs a cold-weather shelter; provides necessities like food, warm clothing and blankets; and sometimes buys bus tickets to help reunite people with their families. "When people stumble upon rough times, such as homelessness or incarceration, their dreams tend to be forgotten – or broken," said Thomas. "Unbroken Dreams believes that these dreams are attainable." Thomas will work with mentor Debbie McCabe, a 2022 Good Neighbor Award finalist. Volunteering Works recipients were selected based on devotion to their communities through volunteer endeavors and the potential for their good works to be expanded or improved with the help of an expert mentor. The Volunteering Works program is made possible thanks to the generous support of Wells Fargo Home Lending. "Congratulations to all of the Volunteering Works mentoring recipients," said Arlene Maloney, divisional sales manager for the North Pacific/Midwest division for Wells Fargo Home Lending. "We are once again proud to sponsor this great mentoring program, celebrating agents who have made a difference in their communities and want to do more. "At Wells Fargo, we share their passion for building a sustainable, inclusive future for all and hope the grant for their charitable organizations can help further their work. We are happy to be a part of the great things these recipients are doing." About the National Association of Realtors® 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. The term Realtor® is a registered collective membership mark that identifies a real estate professional who is a member of the National Association of Realtors® and subscribes to its strict Code of Ethics. About Wells Fargo & Company Wells Fargo & Company (NYSE: WFC) is a leading financial services company that has approximately $1.9 trillion in assets, proudly serves one in three U.S. households and more than 10% of small businesses in the U.S., and is a leading middle market banking provider in the U.S. We provide a diversified set of banking, investment and mortgage products and services, as well as consumer and commercial finance, through our four reportable operating segments: Consumer Banking and Lending, Commercial Banking, Corporate and Investment Banking, and Wealth & Investment Management. Wells Fargo ranked No. 47 on Fortune's 2023 rankings of America's largest corporations. In the communities we serve, the company focuses its social impact on building a sustainable, inclusive future for all by supporting housing affordability, 2 November 2023 | News Release small business growth, financial health, and a low-carbon economy. 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Inside Real Estate Announces Winners of Fourth Annual Give Back Awards
Three winners were selected for the fourth annual Give Back Awards, highlighting members of the real estate community who have made a significant impact through service within their communities in 2023. MURRAY, Utah, December 18, 2023 -- Inside Real Estate, one of the fastest-growing independent real estate software companies and trusted technology partner to over 400,000 agents, teams, brokerages and top franchise brands, is thrilled to announce the winners of the fourth annual Give Back Awards, highlighting members of the real estate community who have made a significant impact through service within their communities in 2023. "It was truly inspiring to read the hundreds of examples of real estate leaders bettering their communities, their businesses, and having such a positive impact on the lives of others and the world around them," said Joe Skousen, Founder & CEO of Inside Real Estate. "We're excited to celebrate these leaders in our industry, and delighted to share some good news with the industry." 2023 Give Back Award Winners: The Helping Hand Award: Jessica Patterson, Weichert Realtors® Welch & Company The Walk-The-Talk Award: Heather Schleeper, Heather & Company Realty Group The Creative Changemaker Award: Jennifer Fairfield, Fairfield Realty The Helping Hand Award celebrates an individual who jumps in to aid friends, family, employees, another business or the community, The Walk-The-Talk Award honors those making charitable giving a part of their business, and The Creative Changemaker Award recognizes those using their creativity to put an innovative spin on giving back. Winners are featured on social media, and the Give Back Awards website, and receive a $1,000 prize with the option to donate the prize to an organization of each winner's choice. Learn more about the awards and our winners here. About Inside Real Estate Inside Real Estate is a fast-growing, independently-owned real estate software firm that serves as a trusted technology partner to over 400,000 top brokerages, agents, and teams. Their flagship product, kvCORE Platform, is the most modern and comprehensive solution in the industry known for delivering profitable growth at every level of a brokerage organization. Built on a modern, scalable, and flexible architecture, kvCORE enables every brokerage to create its own unique technology ecosystem through custom branding, robust integrations, and high-quality add-on solutions. Recent strategic acquisitions have expanded the company's technology portfolio further, including BoomTown, Brokermint, and AmpStats solutions, which solidifies Inside Real Estate as the leading technology partner in the real estate industry. With an accomplished leadership team and its talented staff, Inside Real Estate brings the resources, scale, and vision to deliver ongoing innovation and success to their growing customer base. To learn more visit insiderealestate.com.
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Inside Real Estate Announces Fourth Annual Give Back Awards, Nominations Now Open
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NAR's 2023 Good Neighbor Awards Winners Celebrated for Community Impact
WASHINGTON (October 5, 2023) – The National Association of Realtors® today announced the recipients of the 2023 Good Neighbor Awards. Celebrating its 24th year, these awards spotlight real estate agents who make an extraordinary impact on their communities through volunteer work. The winners exemplify a tireless commitment to serving their communities and working to make life better for people in their neighborhoods. The 2023 Good Neighbor Award winners are as follows: Debbie Arakaki, Compass, Lahaina, Hawaii, major fundraiser for Maui Food Bank Karen DeMarco, Coldwell Banker Residential Realty, Tenafly, New Jersey, co-founder of The Food Brigade Kasia Maslanka, Douglas Elliman, Fort Lauderdale, Florida, co-founder of Morningday Community Solutions Sandra Shank, TAG Ventures Real Estate Services Co., Palm Coast, Florida, founder of Abundant Life Ministries–Hope House Inc. Anita Sherley and Jay Sherley, Big Sky Brokers LLC, Helena, Montana, founders of Life Houses Inc. "As we honor this year's Good Neighbor Awards recipients, we are reminded of the broader purpose that unites us in the real estate profession," said NAR President Tracy Kasper, a Realtor® from Nampa, Idaho, and broker-owner of Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Silverhawk Realty. "Beyond sales and contracts, it's the people, stories and shared dreams that matter. These winners are making a difference in communities and improving lives, underlining the true spirit of community engagement." Each of the five winners – selected by a multistage, criteria-based judging process – will receive a $10,000 grant for their charity and be featured in the fall 2023 issue of REALTOR® Magazine. NAR will formally present each with their award on November 15 during NAR NXT, the association's annual conference that will take place in Anaheim this year. More About Each Winner: Debbie Arakaki, Compass, Lahaina, Hawaii In the state with the nation's highest food costs, Debbie Arakaki has raised funds to provide more than one million meals through the Maui Food Bank. Since 2015, Arakaki has rallied the real estate community to host food drives, run fundraisers and volunteer for food-packing events. Now, in the aftermath of the Maui wildfires, she is amping up her efforts to help thousands of families who lost their homes. She and a group of other long-time Maui residents collaborated to create the Maui Pono Foundation to provide immediate funds to neighbors in need. Karen DeMarco, Coldwell Banker Residential Realty, Tenafly, New Jersey Karen DeMarco was inspired by her community's support during her battle with breast cancer and decided to pay it forward. Within three years, DeMarco went from cooking meals in her kitchen to co-founding The Food Brigade, a food pantry network that has provided more than 1,700 tons of food to tens of thousands of people across three New Jersey counties. Kasia Maslanka, Douglas Elliman, Fort Lauderdale, Florida Kasia Maslanka co-founded Morningday Community Solutions to redirect overstocked or returned excess merchandise from retail businesses to nonprofits and people in need. Over 13 years, they have saved nonprofits $10 million in spending and diverted more than 400 tons of unused products from landfills each year. Sandra Shank, TAG Ventures Real Estate Services Co., Palm Coast, Florida In 2003, Sandra Shank opened Abundant Life Ministries–Hope House Inc. to give troubled teenage boys in Florida's foster care system a supportive foundation. For 20 years, she has housed and mentored 300 of the most vulnerable residents, with current plans to break ground on an affordable housing complex offering holistic care services to families in need. Anita and Jay Sherley, Big Sky Brokers LLC, Helena, Montana Anita and Jay Sherley provide stable housing and mentoring to at-risk young men and women recently released from jail or too old for foster care, those typically at higher risks of homelessness. In the 16 years since they founded Life Houses Inc., the Sherleys have helped more than 200 at-risk young adults build life skills to transition to productive, goal-oriented lives of purpose. In addition to the winners, the following Realtors® have been recognized as Good Neighbor Awards honorable mentions and will each receive $2,500 grants for their charity: Betsy Brint, @properties, Highland Park, Illinois, Highland Park Community Foundation Rick Furnish, Landmark Realty & Development Co., Spearfish, South Dakota, America's Kids Belong and Hope Ranch Jed Nilson, Nilson Homes, Ogden, Utah, Northern Wasatch Association of REALTORS®' Have a Heart Foundation Irene Sawyer, Keller Williams High Country, Boone, North Carolina, High Country Breast Cancer Foundation Steven Sharpe, Keller Williams Realty, Chattanooga, Tennessee, Camp Horizon NAR's Good Neighbor Awards is supported by primary sponsor Realtor.com® as well as the Center for REALTOR® Development. In September, Realtor.com® invited the public to vote for their favorite of the 10 finalists. The top three vote-getters all received additional donations for their charities. The following Realtors® have been crowned as this year's Web Choice Favorites: Anita and Jay Sherley, who will receive an additional $2,500 bonus donation for Life Houses Inc. Karen DeMarco, who will receive an additional $1,250 bonus donation for The Food Brigade. Debbie Arakaki, who will receive an additional $1,250 bonus donation for Maui Food Bank. "This year's Good Neighbor Award winners continue the tradition of raising the bar on what's possible through giving back," said Realtor.com® CMO Mickey Neuberger. "Their stories have moved us at Realtor.com®, and they've inspired everyone who voted for their Web Choice Favorite. We are honored to be long-time sponsors of the Good Neighbor Awards program." Realtor.com® is an open real estate marketplace built for everyone. Realtor.com® pioneered the world of digital real estate more than 25 years ago. Today, through its website and mobile apps, Realtor.com® is a trusted guide for consumers, empowering more people to find their way home by breaking down barriers, helping them make the right connections, and creating confidence through expert insights and guidance. For professionals, Realtor.com® is a trusted partner for business growth, offering consumer connections 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. For more information, visit Realtor.com. The Center for REALTOR® Development (CRD), a wholly owned subsidiary of NAR, is devoted to lifelong learning, career advancement, and specialized credentials for real estate professionals. With 10+ designations and certifications, over 100 microcourses, learning pathways, an award-winning podcast, and educational events, there is a learning experience for every real estate professional. Learn more at crd.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. The term Realtor® is a registered collective membership mark that identifies a real estate professional who is a member of the National Association of Realtors® and subscribes to its strict Code of Ethics.
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NAR Celebrates 2023 Good Neighbor Awards Finalists for Community Dedication
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NAR Calls for Applications to Its 2023 Volunteering Works Grant and Mentoring
CHICAGO (February 15, 2023) – The National Association of Realtors® is now accepting applications for its Volunteering Works grant and mentoring program. The program, funded by Wells Fargo Home Lending, matches mentors with Realtors® who have demonstrated a commitment to public service and are looking to enhance their charitable efforts. "Mentoring is not just about sharing knowledge, it's about investing in the future," said NAR President Kenny Parcell, a Realtor® from Spanish Fork, Utah, and broker-owner of Equity Real Estate Utah. "It is our goal to empower and inspire the next generation of leaders. The Volunteering Works program provides mentorship and guidance to Realtors® so they can make a lasting impact on the communities they serve through their nonprofit work." All Realtors® involved in charitable efforts with growth potential are encouraged to apply. Five Volunteering Works recipients will be awarded a $1,000 grant to help improve their community programs. Recipients will also receive a year of one-on-one mentoring from a member of NAR's Good Neighbor Society, which is comprised of past Good Neighbor Awards recipients. The Volunteering Works program is made possible thanks to the generous support of Wells Fargo Home Lending. "We proudly support Volunteering Works, which recognizes and mentors Realtors® who are looking to deepen their impact in their communities," said Sue Barber, national sales manager for Wells Fargo Home Lending. "There are many individuals and communities that are underserved, and we applaud the efforts of those looking to change that. It is our honor to recognize and salute the outstanding work being done by this rising cohort of leaders." The deadline to apply is March 30, 2023. Applicants must be NAR members. For a Volunteering Works entry form, visit nar.realtor/gna and click on the "Volunteering Works Application" button.
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NAR Calls on Realtors Who Give Back to Apply for the 2023 Good Neighbor Awards
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BoomTown Announces Winners of 3rd Annual Give Back Awards
CHARLESTON, S.C., December 21, 2022 — BoomTown, the leading cloud-based end-to-end sales, marketing, and back-office platform for real estate professionals, is excited to announce the winners of their second annual BoomTown Give Back Awards, highlighting members of the real estate community who have gone above and beyond to serve others in 2022. The winners each received a $1,000 prize, $100 was given to the charity of each finalist's choice, and BoomTown's pledge to donate ten dollars per nomination to The Florida Realtors® Disaster Relief Fund, generated an additional $1,830 donation. "Celebrating the accomplishments of those bettering their communities is a privilege I look forward to each year, and this year's recipients truly went above and beyond," said Grier Allen, CEO and President of BoomTown. "It's inspiring to see this initiative grow, to be able to fund more future endeavors, and to honor the kindness and goodwill that can be created in the face of adversity, hardship, and even natural disasters." 2022 BoomTown Give Back Award Recipients: The Helping Hand: Alicia Stukes, Associate Broker, eXp Realty in Maryland The Walk the Talk: Chip Collins, Owner/Broker-in-charge at Collins Group Realty The Creative Changemaker: Tristan Kong, Sales Representative for The Read Estate Team at Keller Williams Real Estate Associates Hurricane Hero: Joey Giordano, Gaff's Realty The Helping Hand award celebrates jumping in to aid friends, family, employees, another business or the community, The Walk the Talk award showcases those making charitable giving an integral part of their business, and The Creative Changemaker highlights using creativity to put an innovative spin on giving back. The Hurricane Hero, a special award this year, celebrates heroic rescue efforts made during hurricane Ian in Florida. Award recipients were selected by a panel of judges from BoomTownLOVE, the company's service and outreach organization, and nominations for 2023 will open in November. To learn more about the winners, visit https://go.boomtownroi.com/boomtown-give-back-awards About BoomTown BoomTown exists to make real estate agents successful. 100,000+ of the industry's top professionals, and 40% of the Real Trends Top 250 teams, trust BoomTown to grow their real estate business with easy-to-use technology that creates opportunities and turns them into closings. BoomTown's full suite of 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, a mobile app for agents on the go, transaction management, commissions, and accounting. BoomTown's service offerings extend far beyond technology with 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 to coaching services from peers who have catapulted their growth with the system. Founded in 2006 and headquartered in Charleston, SC, BoomTown has additional offices in Carlsbad and San Francisco, CA. BoomTown's brands include some of the most trusted solutions in real estate like Brokermint, real estate's leading back-office and transaction management software, and MyAgentFinder. For more about BoomTown visit boomtownroi.com.
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NAR's Volunteering Works Program Announces 2022 Mentoring Recipients
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BoomTown Announces Third Annual Give Back Awards, Now Accepting Nominations
Awards highlight members of the real estate community who have made a significant impact through service within their communities in 2022 CHARLESTON, S.C., October 18, 2022 -- BoomTown, the leading cloud-based end-to-end sales, marketing, and back-office platform for real estate professionals, is excited to announce the second annual BoomTown Give Back Awards. Nominations are accepted through Dec. 8, 2022, and the awards will highlight members of the real estate community who have made a significant impact through service within their communities in 2022. The winners will each receive a $1,000 prize, and BoomTown will donate $10 to the The Florida Realtors® Disaster Relief Fund for each nomination. "Real estate professionals are consistently going above and beyond to make a positive impact in their business and community, and we feel privileged to hear their stories, amplify their efforts, and celebrate their dedication for the third consecutive year," said Grier Allen, CEO & President of BoomTown. "We are also excited to 'pay it forward,' and support the work of The Florida Realtors Disaster Relief Fund with every nomination we receive." 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 Dec. 8, 2022, 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 social media, and receive a $1,000 prize with the option to donate the prize to an organization of each winner's choice. Learn more and submit a nomination here. About BoomTown BoomTown exists to make real estate agents successful. 100,000+ of the industry's top professionals, and 40% of Real Trends Top 250 teams, trust BoomTown to grow their real estate business with easy-to-use technology that creates opportunities and turns them into closings. BoomTown's full suite of 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, a mobile app for agents on the go, transaction management, commissions, and accounting. BoomTown's service offerings extend far beyond technology with 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 to coaching services from peers who have catapulted their growth with the system. Founded in 2006 and headquartered in Charleston, SC, BoomTown has additional offices in Carlsbad and San Francisco, CA. BoomTown's brands include some of the most trusted solutions in real estate like Brokermint, real estate's leading back-office and transaction management software, and MyAgentFinder. For more about BoomTown visit boomtownroi.com.
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National Association of Realtors Honors 2022 Good Neighbor Awards Finalists
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Homesnap Recognizes Top Pro+ Agents With Excellence in Client Service Awards
Homesnap Pro+ was built so that real estate agents could increase productivity, dominate Google search results, and grow their business. Pro+ agents' results were so strong in 2021 that we wanted to recognize it publicly. Enter the Homesnap Excellence in Client Service Awards. Homesnap's Excellence in Client Service Awards are physical trophies awarded to Homesnap Pro+ agents who exhibited superb service to their customers, as demonstrated by the quantity and quality of the reviews featured on an agent's Google Business Profile. Excellence in Client Service Award recipients receive a physical trophy, mailed to their office address. Agents are notified via email about the award once their trophy has been shipped. Agents who receive a Excellence in Client Service Award also have their Homesnap agent profile enhanced with a gold check-mark. To qualify for a Homesnap Excellence in Client Service Award, you must be a Homesnap Pro+ member. We use a combination of factors to determine outstanding client service, including: Total number of Google reviews Average review rating Strength of online presence Want to qualify for next year's Excellence in Client Service Award? First, make sure you're a Homesnap Pro+ member. Then, use the One-Click Review Tool to make sure you have positive, plentiful reviews on your verified Google Business Profile. For reference, in 2021, Excellence in Client Service Award winners averaged more than 16 Google reviews and had an average rating of 4.9 stars out of 5. Already received an Excellence in Client Services Award? Congratulations! Remember to share a photo of your award on social media, and consider upgrading to a fully-managed digital advertising solution with Homesnap Concierge. To view the original post, visit the Homesnap blog.
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NAR Calls on Realtors Who Give Back to Apply for the 2022 Good Neighbor Awards
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BoomTown Announces Winners of 2nd Annual Give Back Awards
Company gives over $5k in their Give Back Awards as they award $3k to real estate professionals showing exemplary service to communities in 2021, $100 to the charity of finalists' choice, and donates $10 per nomination to generate $1,090 for Homes for Heroes Foundation CHARLESTON, S.C., December 20, 2021 -- BoomTown, the leading cloud-based sales and marketing automation platform for real estate professionals, is excited to announce the winners of their second annual BoomTown Give Back Awards, highlighting members of the real estate community who have gone above and beyond to serve others in 2021. The winners each received a $1,000 prize, $100 was given to the charity of each finalist's choice, and BoomTown's pledge to donate ten dollars per nomination to the Homes for Heroes Foundation, generated an additional $1,090 donation. "It's been a privilege to facilitate the recognition of those in our industry who are truly paying it forward for a second year in a row," said Grier Allen, CEO & President of BoomTown. "We're excited about the growth and engagement of this initiative, the hundreds of examples of people doing good, and the opportunity to contribute to so many worthy causes." 2021 BoomTown Give Back Award Recipients: The Helping Hand: Nikki Nunez, Realtor / Team Owner of Utah Best Real Estate Team The Walk the Talk: Preston Smith, Co-Owner/REALTOR at Sellstate Alliance Realty & Property Management The Creative Changemaker: Sasha Mason, Corcoran Pacific Properties The Helping Hand award celebrates jumping in to aid friends, family, employees, another business or the community, The Walk the Talk award showcases those making charitable giving an integral part of their business, and The Creative Changemaker highlights using creativity to put an innovative spin on giving back. Award recipients were selected by a panel of judges from BoomTownLOVE, the company's service and outreach organization, and nominations for 2022 will resume in November. To learn more about the winners, visit click here. About BoomTown BoomTown exists to make real estate agents successful. 95,000+ of the industry's top professionals, and 40% of the Real Trends Top 250 teams, 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 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 to coaching services from peers who have catapulted their growth with the system. Founded in 2006 and headquartered in Charleston, SC, BoomTown has additional offices in Atlanta, GA and San Francisco, CA. BoomTown's brands include some of the most trusted solutions in real estate: Brokermint, RealContact, and MyAgentFinder. For more about BoomTown visit boomtownroi.com. About Homes for Heroes, Inc. Homes for Heroes, Inc. is the largest nationwide network of affiliate real estate, mortgage, and local business specialists; committed to providing easy ways for heroes to save on a home. Shortly after 9/11, Homes for Heroes, Inc. was established to give back to firefighters, EMS, law enforcement, military (active, reserves & veterans), healthcare professionals and teachers for all they do. Since 2009, Homes for Heroes, Inc., has helped over 35,000 heroes save over $60 million on their real estate transactions, sold over $7.5 billion in real estate to heroes, actively partnered with 3,200 like-minded real estate and mortgage professionals who've joined in the mission, and donated over $700,000 to heroes in need through the Homes for Heroes Foundation. Learn more about Homes for Heroes at homesforheroes.com.
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NAR Good Neighbor Award Finalists Honored for Strengthening Their Communities
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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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