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BHHS Drysdale Properties Launches New iBuyer Service for Homeowners
Northern California's and Nevada's fastest-growing, woman-owned brokerage debuts platform DANVILLE, Calif. – October 28, 2019 – Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Drysdale Properties, Northern California's and Nevada's fastest-growing, full-service and 100% woman-owned real estate brokerage, today announced its launch of Drysdale Properties Offer Optimizer. The new service will provide homeowners with multiple instant offers on their home with the push of a button. Offer Optimizer helps homeowners easily compare iBuyer offers with estimated net profits to selling their home on the open market. Drysdale Properties' agents provide the local expertise and personalized service for the path homeowners pick. More than 90 percent of those selecting an iBuyer offer still want the help of a real estate agent, a new study found. Sellers in Northern California and Nevada communities served by Drysdale Properties now can compare instant purchase offers from Opendoor and Zillow Offers, two leading online iBuyer firms that offer to "instantly" purchase homes. Drysdale Properties Offer Optimizer service helps homeowners make the best choice for their circumstances. Sellers can accept an instant sale offer, sell their home on the open market, or choose not to sell. "iBuying is a new option for most homeowners, and that helps explain why nearly everyone still seeks the expertise of a local, trusted agent to make their best sales decision," explains Gretchen Pearson, President/Owner of Drysdale Properties. With the growth of the Internet in real estate, the number of buyers and sellers using a real estate agent has grown. Today, 91% of all sellers work with a licensed real estate agent, according to research from the National Association of Realtors. Today, just 7% of homeowners try to sell their home on their own, known as For Sale by Owners or FSBO, a record low. The new iBuyer platform from Drysdale Properties addresses crucial aspects that homeowners may overlook when it comes to instant offers. "Not all iBuyer offers are the same," Pearson added. "Each iBuyer process varies, and that's why consumers benefit from having an advocate to expertly guide them through a sale no matter what path they choose." Drysdale Properties partnered with zavvie, whose Offer Optimizer™ Suite technology connects agents and their clients to iBuyers. The online tools that zavvie provides are current, reliable, and packed with market-specific data so homeowners can make informed decisions with the guidance of a professional agent. "Consumers have more choices than ever before when it comes to selling a home," explained Lane Hornung, zavvie CEO and founder. "But even if you choose an iBuyer, selling a home is never instant. Sellers want a professional on their side because there are so many complex choices. Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices and its franchisees are committed to providing sellers all the options." "That's why BHHS Drysdale Properties is meeting the increasing demand for instant offers by bringing the iBuyers to the table in markets throughout Northern California and Nevada. It's also why agents love Drysdale Properties: they keep real estate agents right where consumers want them: at the center of the transaction," Hornung added. Find more information about Drysdale Properties at bhhsdrysdale.com, and their new iBuyer service at zavvie.com/bhhsdrysdale/offer-optimizer. About Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Drysdale Properties Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Drysdale Properties is Northern California's and Nevada's fastest-growing, full-service and 100% woman-owned real estate brokerage specializing in residential, luxury, relocation, commercial and property management. It is the No. 13 brokerage in the Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices network; No. 69 for sales volume as ranked by REALTrends; and No. 67 in RISMedia's Power Broker Top 500 Report. Visit bhhsdrysdale.com. About zavvie zavvie offers the only iBuyer platform for brokerages that connects agents and their clients with all iBuyers in their market. zavvie's Offer Optimizer™ Suite bridges the gap for agents who want to offer all the options for selling, from listing on the open market to choosing an instant sale. Currently operating in markets across America and rapidly expanding, zavvie gives top brokerages and their agents the technology, marketing and support they need to serve their clients in today's evolving real estate landscape. Discover more at zavvie.com. zavvie Offer Optimizer™ received an Inman Innovator Award for Most Innovative Real Estate Technology, and the company is a graduate of the National Association of REALTORS® REach program. For brokerages interested in licensing Offer Optimizer™ technology, visit zavvie.com.
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Houston's Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate Gary Greene Launches New iBuyer Platform
HOUSTON -- October 10, 2019. Today, Zavvie announces new partnership with Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate Gary Greene ("Gary Greene"), the top real estate brokerages in the Greater Houston Metropolitan, launching Gary Greene Offer Optimizer to provide homeowners with multiple instant offers on their home with the push of a button. Offer Optimizer helps homeowners easily compare iBuyer offers when selling their home on the open market. A professional Gary Greene agent provides local expertise and personalized service for the path a homeowner chooses. These options now include purchase offers from Opendoor, Zillow Offers, and Offerpad – called iBuyers because these online firms offer to "instantly buy" homes. Gary Greene Offer Optimizer service helps homeowners make the best choice for their circumstances. Sellers can accept an instant sale offer, sell their home on the open market, or even choose not to sell. "Now more than ever, homeowners are seeking the expertise of a trusted real estate agent to make the right sales decision," explains Mark Woodroof, Managing Partner of Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate Gary Greene. A recent iBuyer study from the Houston Association of Realtors found that 41 percent of all sellers would consider an iBuyer offer. Among the homeowners who would consider an iBuyer offer, 92 percent still want to be represented by a Realtor. The BHGRE Gary Greene iBuyer platform addresses crucial aspects that consumers may overlook when it comes to instant offers. "With a Gary Greene agent at their side," Woodroof added, "when a home seller accepts an iBuyer offer, they have an advocate who can expertly guide them through the entire transaction." Gary Greene partnered with Zavvie, whose technology, the Offer Optimizer™ Suite, powers the iBuyer platforms of top brokerages across the U.S. Zavvie connects agents and their clients to iBuyers, using online tools that provide current, reliable, and market-specific data so homeowners can make informed decisions with the help of a professional agent. "It should be no surprise that nearly everyone who considers an iBuyer instant offer wants the help of a real estate pro like the team at Gary Greene," said Lane Hornung, CEO and Founder of zavvie. "While it only takes the push of a button to get an instant offer, selling a home, even to an iBuyer, is not instant. That's why sellers seek the help of an agent. They want representation, guidance, and at times, some emotional support." "Gary Greene is getting out in front of the increasing demand for instant offers by bringing the iBuyers to the table for their clients. In Houston, Gary Greene agents are providing sellers with multiple offers and all options — backed by a passion for providing an exceptional experience. Empowering Gary Green agents to give their clients the ability to receive multiple offers at a push of a button is thrilling," Hornung added. Find more information at garygreene.com. About Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate Gary Greene Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate Gary Greene has listed and sold more homes than any other broker in the greater Houston area year after year. Since 1963, Gary Greene has been offering residential real estate services to the Greater Houston marketplace and is the longest standing real estate firm in the greater Houston area. Growing to 24 offices and 1,300 agents who cover 10 Counties and 10,000 square miles, Gary Greene serves essentially every major neighborhood in the Houston area. Learn more at garygreene.com. About zavvie zavvie is a technology company that connects agents and their clients with iBuyers. zavvie's Offer Optimizer™ Suite bridges the gap for consumers who may not be aware of all their options for selling. Currently operating in iBuyer markets and rapidly expanding, zavvie gives top brokerages and agents all they need to thrive by serving their clients in today's evolving real estate landscape: easy to use tools, technology, training, marketing, and strategy. Discover more at zavvie.com. zavvie Offer Optimizer™ received an Inman Innovator Award for Most Innovative Real Estate Technology, and the company is a graduate of the National Association of REALTORS® REach program. For brokerages interested in licensing Offer Optimizer™ technology, visit zavvie.com.
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Allen Tate Realtors Launches iBuyer Platform for Carolina Home Sellers
CHARLOTTE - September 26, 2019 -- Allen Tate Realtors announces the launch of Offer Optimizer to give homeowners multiple instant offers on their home with the push of a button. Offer Optimizer helps Carolina homeowners easily compare iBuyer offers with selling their home on the open market. A professional Allen Tate Realtor provides local expertise and personalized service for whichever path the homeowner chooses. Ranked Number One in the Carolinas and the top 10 nationwide, Allen Tate is proving its commitment to exceptional customer service by delivering more options to Carolina homeowners. This now includes purchase offers from Zillow Offers, Opendoor and Offerpad - commonly referred to as iBuyers because these online firms offer to "instantly buy" homes. With its new iBuyer service, Allen Tate Realtors helps home sellers compare multiple offers on their homes. The Offer Optimizer service helps homeowners make the best choice for their individual circumstances. This includes accepting an instant sale offer, selling their home on the open market, or even choosing not to sell. Allen Tate Realtors Offer Optimizer addresses three crucial aspects homeowners consider when selling their homes: convenience, speed, and predictability. The new technology allows Allen Tate agents to walk homeowners through multiple selling opportunities, including: Getting offers from national instant offer companies Listing their home for sale to attract local buyers looking for homes "If a seller wants a quick cash offer from an iBuyer, they still need the advice of a professional Realtor to make sure they select the best path to protect their home equity and maximize their selling opportunity," said Phyllis Brookshire, president, Allen Tate Realtors. Brookshire notes that a recent iBuyer study found that 92% of consumers work with and want to work with a Realtor, and even if they did an iBuyer program, they want a Realtor to represent them. Allen Tate partnered with zavvie, whose technology, the Offer Optimizer™ Suite, powers the iBuyer platforms of leading brokerages in markets across the U.S. Zavvie provides online tools and current, market-specific data so clients of their broker partners can make informed decisions about home selling. "Allen Tate Realtors is delivering what Carolina homeowners are asking for with Offer Optimizer, that brings the expertise of an agent to the table. Accepting an instant offer for some is a great option," said Lane Hornung, CEO, and Founder of zavvie. "But understanding the pros and cons of all selling options is what a professional agent brings to the process." "Allen Tate is a leader in exceptional customer service, and delivering iBuyer offers is another example of their penchant for doing what's best for their clients. It's an honor to work with a leader like Allen Tate to give their clients offers with a push of a button," Hornung added. Find a local Allen Tate office at allentate.com/offices. About Allen Tate Allen Tate Companies is a locally owned, independent real estate and homeownership company. Its flagship, Allen Tate Realtors®, is ranked Number One in the Carolinas and in the top 10 nationwide. Since 1957, Allen Tate Realtors has focused on the needs of consumers by providing one-stop shopping with choices from 47 branch offices located in communities throughout the Carolinas. Learn more at allentate.com. About zavvie zavvie is a technology company committed to adding ease and clarity to broker relationships with iBuyers. With Offer Optimizer™ Suite, zavvie connects brokerages, their agents, and clients with iBuyers. Currently operating in iBuyer markets and rapidly expanding, zavvie gives brokerages and agents all they need to thrive: easy to use tools, technology, training, marketing, and strategy. zavvie Offer Optimizer™ received an Inman Innovator Award for Most Innovative Real Estate Technology, and the company is a graduate of the National Association of REALTORS® REach program. For brokerages interested in licensing Offer Optimizer™ technology, visit zavvie.com.
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Keller Offers Partners with Offerpad
Two leading real estate companies partner to further scale iBuyer offering AUSTIN, TEXAS August 14, 2019 -- Keller Offers, the iBuyer offering of Keller Williams (KW), the world's largest real estate technology franchise by agent count and the U.S. leader in units and sales volume, announces a partnership with Offerpad, a leading real estate technology company and iBuyer. On average, Offerpad receives a new offer request from a homeowner every 30 seconds and acquires a home every 20 minutes throughout regular business hours. "With Keller Offers, consumers no longer have to pick between all the options available to sell a home without having an advocate to advise them," said Josh Team, president, KW. "In our pursuit to drive the best end-to-end consumer experience, we're giving consumers the most choice available. And, we believe an agent-driven consumer experience is best to deliver that choice." The new iBuyer partnership will be operational by August 31 in Phoenix and Dallas. With the partnership, Keller Offers will scale to 10 other Offerpad U.S. markets by the end of Q4 '19. Initial markets for 2019 will include: Atlanta, Georgia; Austin, Texas; Charlotte, North Carolina; Houston, Texas; Las Vegas, Nevada; Orlando, Florida; Raleigh, North Carolina; San Antonio, Texas; Tampa, Florida; and Tucson, Arizona. "We're excited to partner with Offerpad, a true pioneer in the iBuyer market, to further ensure our agents are providing today's informed consumers with the most robust selling choices and valuable guidance on those options," said Gayln Ziegler, director of operations, Keller Offers. Under this mutually beneficial agreement, consumers have the freedom of working with a trusted KW agent, working on behalf of their best interests, when choosing Keller Offers powered by Offerpad. "As KW is a highly respected brand with more than 180,000 associates and Offerpad is a massive buying platform that provides convenience and certainty to the homeowner, this partnership was a natural fit," said Brian Bair, founder and CEO, Offerpad. "My background as a real estate agent, having sold thousands of homes and participated in countless living room conversations, I know that the consumer desires and deserves the best selling process that works for their individual situation," said Bair. "Offerpad was founded with a purpose to deliver more consumer-centric solutions in real estate – this partnership further supports that mission." How the Partnership Works To leverage the partnership, KW agents will be required to become a Keller Offers Certified iBuyer agent. Once certified, agents are able to submit a cash-offer request via Keller Offers. With a request in hand, Offerpad quickly generates an offer using proprietary, in-house real estate experience and technology. Then, the assured offer routes back to the KW agent, who presents it to their seller. The KW agent will remain the seller's consultant in understanding all their options to move them onward. Should the seller choose to accept the instant-offer path, the KW agent will guide the seller through the process. "Offerpad is an amazing partner, allowing us to quickly scale the convenience and simplicity that's inherent with instant offers," said Ziegler. About Keller Williams Austin, Texas-based Keller Williams, the world's largest real estate technology franchise by agent count, has more than 1,030 offices and 181,000 associates. The franchise is also No. 1 in units and sales volume in the United States. In 2019, Fast Company named Keller Williams the No. 1 "Most Innovative Company" in real estate. In 2015, the company 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 Offerpad Offerpad is revolutionizing the real estate industry by providing an innovative and convenient way to sell or buy a home. Founded in 2015, the leadership team brings decades of real estate experience that collectively has purchased, renovated, and rented or sold more than 100,000 homes. Offerpad is a privately held company, headquartered in Arizona, with markets in Atlanta, Charlotte, Dallas-Fort Worth, Houston, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Orlando, Phoenix, Salt Lake City, Tampa and Tucson with San Antonio opening soon.
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8z Real Estate Launches 8z Offers, a Local iBuyer in Colorado
New Technology Helps Home Sellers Close Deals Fast, Make More Money BOULDER, Colo., April 30, 2019 -- 8z Real Estate, one of the nation's most successful brokerages with 15 offices and over $1 billion in real estate sales in 2018, announced it has launched 8z Offers, a cash instant-offer service for home sellers in the Colorado Front Range region. This includes Colorado Springs, Greater Denver, Boulder, Fort Collins and Greeley. 8z Offers provides the opportunity for homeowners to get a quick cash offer on their home from a trusted local company. Instant Offers removes the uncertainty of selling a home, replacing it with a guaranteed offer and significantly reducing the time it takes to close. National iBuyers have emerged as today's consumer wants convenience, speed and predictability, and iBuyer instant offers have emerged to meet those demands in real estate. Instant offers are designed to get transactions done quickly at competitive, even market-beating, prices. While iBuyers represented only 0.2 percent of home sales nationally in 2018, or some 15,000-plus homes, they are growing exponentially. In Denver, for example, market share is accelerating rapidly — national iBuyer Opendoor has purchased over 100 homes in the Denver market in the last six months. The real estate market in Colorado remains robust, but there are signals that the market is shifting. According to the data provided by market-tracking firm InfoSparks, the median days to contract on a home on the Front Range is 11 days, and the average days to close is 44. On average, Front Range homes are selling at 99.9 percent of list price. The strong Front Range market makes the speed and surety of a sale on the open market comparable to accepting an instant offer from an iBuyer. That said, a significant difference between selling via instant offer and selling on the open market is convenience. The median number of showings before a final offer in Colorado is 11, versus skipping the hassle of home showings completely by working with an iBuyer. Local iBuyers like 8z Offers are uniquely qualified to service home sellers in ways national companies, like Zillow, Offerpad and Opendoor, simply cannot. National iBuyers have rigid program parameters including age of home, type of home, value of home and geographic location. For example, none of the national iBuyers currently make offers on homes in Boulder, Larimer, Weld and El Paso counties. In addition, iBuyers typically will not make offers on homes with values greater than $600,000. This results in less than 50 percent of the homes being eligible for an instant offer. Local iBuyers, like 8z Offers, are laser-focused on local market conditions, allowing them to make fair market offers on more expensive and older homes outside of the national iBuyers' local footprints and parameters. 8z Offers was the clear next step for 8z Real Estate, a brokerage committed to putting the consumer's needs first, as it has helped over 10,000 consumers compare their home-selling options. 8z now buys homes using a multi-million-dollar iBuyer fund, giving it a unique market advantage and allowing it to hold multiple properties at a time. 8z Offers, in only a few months, has made more than 50 offers on Front Range homes, with multiple homes under contract, and its first instant-offer purchase closed in April. "Like the other major iBuyers, 8z Offers is making fair market value offers. Even still, the vast majority of homeowners are choosing to list with an 8z Real Estate agent on the open market in order to maximize their sales price and proceeds they pocket," says Lane Hornung, founder of 8z Real Estate. Galina Allam, a Greeley resident, recently sold her home to 8z Offers: "With an instant offer, you pay for speed and convenience. 8z made the entire experience very easy. Having an agent who explains everything made a big difference. Our 8z agent Cameron was always on our side. We would recommend him to everyone we know. He is helping us find a new home now." In order to best maximize the consumer experience, 8z Offers has partnered with zavvie, the industry-leading instant-offer aggregator. zavvie delivers technology, market-specific data and a seamless consumer experience for their select broker partners around the country. zavvie allows the home seller to begin their experience online and connect with a person who will walk them through all their options, including getting multiple offers from national iBuyers and a local iBuyer – like 8z Offers. By utilizing the zavvie Offer Optimizer, the consumer has an easy-to-navigate, side-by-side comparison of all options, including working with an agent to sell their home on the open market. The zavvie Offer Optimizer is the first online tool that gives home sellers three key insights: what it looks like to sell to a national iBuyer, a local iBuyer and on the open market. "zavvie is the Kayak of Instant Offers," says Stefan Peterson, zavvie co-founder and chief data officer. "It is the leading iBuyer aggregator in the real estate space, delivering market-specific data and adding transparency to the instant-offer process from start to finish for the consumer." "We've been helping clients in Colorado manually sort through the maze of iBuyer offers since they entered our market," said Ryan Carter, president of 8z Real Estate and a veteran Colorado Realtor®. "Most homeowners think all instant offers are the same, but they're not. Most homes are not even eligible for an instant offer. zavvie Offer Optimizer opens the curtain to reveal unique market insights. Consumers get 100 percent transparency, multiple offers on their home and the ability to make the best choice that's right for them," Carter added. zavvie Offer Optimizer also provides a detailed breakdown of the various costs and fees — which differ among iBuyers — as well as the typical timeframe for a sale to be completed. In Denver, the technology behind zavvie Offer Optimizer features calculations based on actual transactional data specific to the Denver market where national iBuyers compete. At 8zoffers.com homeowners can access the zavvie Offer Optimizer by clicking a button and comparing instant offers available in the Colorado Front Range from leading national iBuyers including Opendoor and Zillow Offers, and now leading local iBuyer 8z Offers. About 8z Real Estate 8z Real Estate's mission statement is "Real Estate is broken, we are fixing it," and is committed to putting clients first. Named one of the "Best Companies to Work for" by The Denver Post for five straight years, 8z is one of the most successful real estate brokerages in the nation and the fastest-growing among Colorado's 10 largest brokerages on the Front Range, according to REAL Trends. With 15 offices providing Colorado's Front Range home buyers and sellers with unmatched market data and online tools, 8z generated more than $1 billion in total sales transactions last year. 8z's founder Lane Hornung was named one of Colorado's Most Admired CEOs by the Denver Business Journal in 2018. Find your 8z neighborhood agent at 8z.com. About zavvie zavvie helps home sellers close quickly and pocket maximum cash. zavvie Offer Optimizer brings transparency to the iBuyer process, giving consumers a free, online side-by-side instant offers comparison. Home sellers can use the zavvie Offer Optimizer at no charge and without registration at zavvie.com/offer-optimizer. zavvie partners with trusted local real estate brokerages nationwide who also make instant offers. These local partners include 8z Real Estate in Denver, Colorado Springs and Northern Colorado; McGuire Real Estate in the San Francisco Bay Area, California; Robert Slack in Orlando and Tampa, Florida; BRIX Real Estate in the Twin Cities, Minneapolis-Saint Paul; Path & Post Real Estate in Atlanta, Georgia; Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate Winans in Dallas-Fort Worth, Texas; and Summa Realty in Portland, Oregon. zavvie Offer Optimizer is available to sellers in 21 major metropolitan markets, including Atlanta, Austin, Birmingham, Charlotte, Dallas-Fort Worth, Houston, Jacksonville, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Minneapolis-St. Paul, Nashville, Orlando, Phoenix, Portland, Raleigh-Durham, Riverside, Sacramento, San Antonio, Tampa, Denver and Tucson.
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Redfin Launches Concierge Home-Selling Service in Seattle
For a 2% listing fee, Concierge gives home sellers the option to let Redfin take care of deep cleaning, staging and decluttering SEATTLE, Nov. 19, 2018 -- Redfin, the technology-powered real estate brokerage, will now offer Redfin Concierge service to home sellers in the Seattle metro area. With Redfin Concierge, sellers get all the services and benefits of Redfin's home-selling offering, plus Redfin will handle improvements to prepare the home to sell. For a 2 percent listing fee, Redfin Concierge offers: A Comprehensive Plan: Redfin creates a custom home improvement plan based on what the home needs to attract buyers and make the best debut on the market. The plan covers decor, lighting, paint colors, furniture placement and flow, fixtures and curb appeal. Project Management: Redfin sources bids from vetted service providers and schedules and oversees work throughout the entire project. Savings: Redfin pays for deep cleaning, decluttering and staging, all included in the 2 percent listing fee. Or if the home would benefit more from painting, landscaping or other light handiwork projects, the budget could go towards those items instead. "Power is shifting away from sellers in the Seattle market. With homes taking longer to sell and buyers becoming more selective, Redfin Concierge gives sellers peace of mind knowing their home will put its best foot forward," said Karen Krupsaw, Redfin senior vice president of real estate operations. "Determining which projects will yield the biggest return, finding trustworthy vendors, gathering quotes, managing timelines and overseeing work is stressful and time consuming. With Redfin Concierge, you sign off on the plan, give us the keys, and then rest easy with the knowledge that the Redfin experts are taking care of all the details. And with Redfin Concierge, you still pay less than the typical listing commission charged by other brokerages." Redfin first launched Concierge Service in Los Angeles and Washington, D.C. in November 2017 and expanded to San Francisco in February 2018. "Last year, the majority of homes in Seattle received multiple offers and sold quickly regardless of condition," said Jessie Culbert, a Redfin agent in Seattle. "That is no longer the case. Sellers recognize they will be more successful by investing in improvements and staging to put their home in the best light possible. As an agent, I always give my clients guidance on how to prepare their home for sale, but Redfin Concierge takes it a step further by handling all of those tasks directly. Redfin Concierge is a valuable and needed service in Seattle and one that I'm excited to be able to offer." Seattle sellers who want to get their home ready for market themselves can save the most money by choosing Redfin's 1 percent listing service. Whether the seller chooses Redfin Concierge or the 1 percent listing-fee service, Redfin provides: An experienced, local listing agent accountable to deliver the best results because Redfin surveys every client and pays agents based on customer satisfaction. A team of support staff who make the process run smoothly. Professional photography as well as professionally-designed and beautifully-produced print brochures. A Redfin 3D Walkthrough tour, letting buyers virtually walk through the home from room to room. Online marketing with premium placement on Redfin.com, the U.S.'s most-visited brokerage website. Email and digital advertising campaigns to reach the right buyers. A personalized Redfin Home Dashboard, so sellers can see exactly what is happening with their home sale at each stage and stay informed about everything Redfin is doing to market their home - all in one place. A thorough pricing analysis, which combines Redfin's proprietary algorithms for estimating the value of a home and the expertise of a local Redfin agent. Open houses, hosted by a Redfin agent, with visitors registered by our own iPad application for immediate follow-up. At either 1 percent or 2 percent, sellers can save thousands by working with a Redfin agent as compared to agents who charge 3 percent listing commissions. The Redfin Concierge 2 percent listing fee is subject to a minimum of $10,000. The budget for Concierge projects varies based on the target list price of the home. Additionally, sellers typically pay a buyer's agent commission. Homeowners who are interested in selling can click here 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 theRedfin Estimate, the automated home-value estimate with the industry's lowest published error rate for listed homes. Homebuyers and sellers enjoy a full-service, technology-powered experience from Redfin real estate agents, while saving thousands in commissions. Redfin serves more than 80 major metro areas across the U.S. The company has closed more than $60 billion in home sales.
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Redfin Launches Owner Estimate to Give Homeowners More Control in Assessing Their Home's Value
Estimate is Calculated Using Both Machine-Learning Technology and Homeowner Input SEATTLE, Sept. 26, 2018 -- Redfin, the next-generation real estate brokerage, today announced the launch of the Redfin Owner Estimate. The Owner Estimate is a tool for homeowners to create an estimate for their home's value that is based on their own knowledge about their property. The Owner Estimate uses the same core machine-learning engine that powers the Redfin Estimate and invites homeowners to provide input, resulting in an even more accurate estimate of a home's value. "The Redfin Estimate is the most accurate online estimate for on-market homes, but no amount of cloud-computing power can replace a homeowner's firsthand knowledge about their own home and neighborhood," said Matt Lerner, Redfin's senior vice president of product and design. "By combining the best of both human insight and machine learning, the Redfin Owner Estimate gives homeowners more say in determining their home's estimated value." An Owner Estimate can be created by the homeowner of any off-market or recently sold home. To create an Owner Estimate, the homeowner goes through a step-by-step process to update home facts and provide input on completed renovations, such as whether the homeowner has added any bedrooms or bathrooms. The homeowner then selects at least five comparable homes from a list of 25 recently sold homes in the area. Redfin uses these selections to calculate the Owner Estimate. Once created, the homeowner can keep the Owner Estimate private or choose to post it publicly above the Redfin Estimate on their home's details page on Redfin.com. "One of the most frequent requests we get from homeowners is to be able to provide their own input and additional information that could impact the estimated market value of their home," said Karen Krupsaw, senior vice president of real estate operations who oversees the home-selling business at Redfin. "The Redfin Owner Estimate puts the power of our proven machine-learning algorithm into the hands of consumers, so they can have a more accurate picture of their home's value whether they are preparing to sell or simply want a better understanding of their equity." A comprehensive, independent study by SSRS found that the Redfin Estimate was the most accurate online estimate for on-market homes among estimates from leading providers of public home-value estimates. To read more about the Redfin Owner Estimate, visit: https://www.redfin.com/how-owner-estimate-works About Redfin Redfin is the next-generation real estate brokerage, combining its own full-service agents with modern technology to redefine real estate in the consumer's favor. Founded by software engineers, Redfin has the country's #1 brokerage website and offers a host of online tools to consumers, including the Redfin Estimate, the automated home-value estimate with the industry's lowest published error rate for listed homes. Homebuyers and sellers enjoy a full-service, technology-powered experience from Redfin real estate agents, while saving thousands in commissions. Redfin serves more than 80 major metro areas across the U.S. The company has closed more than $60 billion in home sales.
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Terradatum Partners with Voiceter Pro in Real Estate Conversational Search
Partnership blends voice search with real-time data for the real estate industry. Overland Park, KS -- Terradatum has announced a new partnership with best-in-class Voiceter Pro to provide real-time analytics in conversational search, turning popular products like Amazon Echo and Google Assistant into valuable, interactive tools for the real estate industry. "Voice response is an exploding new channel for content delivery," says Terradatum CEO, Mark Spraetz. "Terradatum seeks out best-in-class technology partners, and we believe the Voiceter Pro platform will enable us to bring hyperlocal real estate metrics to consumers and open up new lead generating services for our clients." With Voiceter Pro, consumer voice searches for real estate content can be leveraged to build new relationships and serve as potential leads. The tool can be used in countless ways for brokers and their agents as well, including showcasing features of open houses and more. "We are thrilled to be partnering with Terradatum to enhance our branded voice skills and increase their value to our clients. Consumers want to know about housing market conditions where they are selling and buying. By providing this information, we're creating a destination skill for our clients. Consumers will keep coming back to get the latest information," adds Miguel Berger, CEO of Voiceter Pro. Terradatum is an industry leader in real estate market analytics. Aggregating millions of data elements drawn nationally from MLS and third party sources over many years, analytics derived from its services provide clarity and vital insights to real estate professionals. These insights enable better forecasting, compensation modeling, and market performance analysis. Learn more at www.terradatum.com. Voiceter Pro is the conversational search company that will bring companies and consumers together through meaningful conversations with Amazon's Alexa and Google Home. Starting with its flagship product, the Real Estate Skill for Amazon's Alexa-powered devices, Voiceter will revolutionize AI-assisted searches in all markets. With millions of Amazon Echoes and Google Homes being sold, we know consumers want smarter homes and smarter ways to find products—by asking for what they want. Visit www.voiceterpro.com for more.
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Leading provider of residential real estate services to provide innovative AI-powered virtual assistant to serve agents MADISON, N.J. and AUSTIN, Texas, Sept. 7, 2017 -- Realogy Holdings Corp. has entered into an agreement with OJO Labs, Inc. to provide its leading-edge, machine-powered assistant known as "OJO" to real estate sales agents across select markets affiliated with Realogy's renowned consumer brands, which include Better Homes and Gardens® Real Estate, CENTURY 21®, Coldwell Banker®, Corcoran®, ERA®, Sotheby's International Realty®. OJO, a conversational AI-powered assistant, uses mobile messaging and innovative web experiences to redefine how consumers access personalized information throughout their home transaction process. OJO focuses on lifestyle, neighborhood and home preferences to deliver more effective, customized information. Consumers will have competitive marketplace advantages through proactive OJO insights and immediate intelligent responses. OJO nurtures the communication with the consumer through the research process until the consumer is ready to be in direct communication with an agent. Delivering the highest-quality leads to sales agents enables them to focus their time on buyers and sellers who are more likely to transact. Participating brokerages from the Realogy Franchise Group and NRT will be determined in the next several months as the companies move from the planning phase to execution. "We are committed to a strategy of leveraging the power of Realogy to make our affiliated sales agents more productive and their businesses stronger," said John Peyton, president and chief executive officer of the Realogy Franchise Group. "We are excited to get OJO and this innovative technology into the hands of our affiliated agents. We hope the results of the program will support our belief that an AI assistant could lead to increased agent productivity and higher conversion rates for online leads. This is just one of many new concepts we plan to learn from in the months ahead." "In the discovery phase of the home buying and selling process, consumers often are not ready to speak to someone yet and don't want to be sold by third parties looking to inundate the client as a lead," said John Berkowitz, co-founder of OJO Labs. "OJO helps consumers navigate the early processes of buying or selling in the most effective way." OJO Labs engineered a patent-pending technology to enhance the home decision process by creating a highly personalized, consumer-centric experience through the fusion of machine and human intelligence. "When we connect consumers with Realogy's affiliated agents we will be delivering a more engaged, informed and ready client," added Berkowitz. "Consistently communicating with, and nurturing home buyers and sellers as they explore the decision-making process gives them the comfort and privacy that will ultimately deepen the connection to the agent." "In determining who we brought this powerful technology to market with, it was very important to us that we found a company deeply committed to its affiliated agents and to working with business partners who are truly interested in innovation. It is clear there is an extremely impressive team at Realogy that is laser-focused on pushing the industry forward and creating meaningful value," noted David Rubin, co-founder of OJO Labs. "Even though we are an AI company we are still in the business of people. Partnership and values are of the highest importance to us, and we have found the executives at Realogy, along with their brands, to be committed to innovation, collaboration and a better future for the real estate industry." Beyond its new relationship with OJO, Realogy continues to move ahead with its strong focus on technology and innovation. The Company will host the 5th annual Realogy FWD Innovation Summit tomorrow, Friday, Sept. 8, 2017 at the Microsoft Technology Center in New York City. Fifteen tech start-up companies have been selected to compete for the right to be named the most innovative technology product or service designed for the real estate industry. The Realogy FWD event will be livestreamed on Facebook Live beginning at 10 a.m. eastern time. About OJO Labs, Inc. OJO Labs is on a mission to fundamentally improve the way people make their most important decisions through the fusion of machine and human intelligence. The company developed a unique, AI-based technology that can conduct text conversations with consumers at scale. By combining natural language understanding with data and personalization, the product allows 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 and was recently recognized as an Austin A-List and 50 On Fire winner. The OJO team has decades of combined experience scaling businesses together and has deep experience in engineering, data science, product development and operations. 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 14,250 offices with more than 281,000 independent sales agents conducting business in 114 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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AUSTIN, TEXAS Feb. 15, 2017 — Keller Williams, the world's largest real estate franchise by agent count, unveiled its latest solutions in front of more than 15,000 real estate agents in Las Vegas at the franchises' annual Family Reunion conference. Josh Team, chief innovation officer, Jonathan Berkowitz, chief strategy and product officer, and Steve Peterschmidt, chief technology officer, co-presented on Keller Williams' product strategy and roadmap. "World-class technology companies do not outsource their technology roadmap or their vision," said Team. "It's imperative that we control our destiny, and that we create the real estate platform that agents and consumers choose to use." Keller Williams announced its product strategy core values: Technology worth building provides beautiful, uncomplicated experiences. Technology built specifically for real estate industry will outperform technology built for masses. Real estate-focused technology will be smart; the more agents use it, the more it accomplishes. "Our goal is to dramatically simplify the technology experience agents and their consumers have with Keller Williams, enabling us to create the world's simplest and most personalized discovery, transaction and ownership experience in residential real estate," said Berkowitz. With that goal in mind, the franchise unveiled The Keller Cloud, positioned as the industry's simplest and smartest platform for agents to learn and earn. With consumer facing elements embedded, The Keller Cloud will provide a fully integrated experience to run a business. The Keller Cloud provides agents with an integrated platform to learn and earn. It will: Simplify the day-to-day experience agents have running their business, from generating leads, through managing transactions to home ownership. Use the best practices in the forthcoming The Millionaire Real Estate Agent second edition to transform the traditional CRM into a customer experience solution Provide a fully integrated referral solution for KW agents to send, receive and track referrals. Integrate Keller Williams' artificial intelligence (AI) solution to provide both agents and their clients with real estate specific AI assistance for discovering and transacting homes. Enable the expansion of the agent's circle of influence through smart, automated social media marketing, monitored and optimized in real time. Grant access to industry-leading training materials from Keller Williams University and a rich library of agent generated content. Agents in attendance previewed The Keller Cloud experience in the Family Reunion exhibition hall. "We are revolutionizing the solutions agents, like you, use to manage your business and achieve your goals," said Peterschmidt. "Remember this is technology happening with you, not to you. So get involved." About Keller Williams Realty, Inc.Austin, Texas-based Keller Williams Realty, Inc. is the largest real estate franchise by agent count in the world with more than 800 offices and 154,000 associates across the Americas, Europe, Africa and Asia. In 2017, Training magazine named Keller Williams the No. 1 training organization across all industries worldwide. Since 1983, Keller Williams has grown exponentially and continues to cultivate an agent-centric, education-based, technology-driven culture that rewards agents as stakeholders. The company also provides specialized agents in luxury homes, commercial and farm and ranch properties. For more information, visit kw.com.
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Realtors® Help CFPB Director Cordray Unveil New Know Before You Owe Online Tools
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HomeGain Inducts 15 New Members Into Commissions Based Awards Clubs
Emeryville, CA (Vocus/PRWEB) March 01, 2011- HomeGain, a leading website that connects REALTORS® with home buyers and sellers, today announced that its commissions based award clubs for its AgentEvaluator® product has grown to include 983 HomeGain members. "We are excited to add an additional 15 HomeGain members to our commissions based award clubs," stated Louis Cammarosano, General Manager at HomeGain. "HomeGain is proud to help home buyers and sellers consistently find quality real estate agents to assist them with their real estate needs." Since December 2010, HomeGain has inducted the following real estate club members: Five new HomeGain Platinum Club members (totaling 382 members who have earned $125,000 or more) Three new HomeGain Gold Club members (totaling 307 members who have earned $75,000 or more) Seven new HomeGain Silver Club members (totaling 273 members who have earned $50,000 or more) There are currently 26 members in the HomeGain Diamond Club (agents who have earned $500,000 or more in gross commissions) and two members in the HomeGain Million Dollar Club. AgentEvaluator® is an online marketing program for real estate agents who are looking to connect with home buyers and sellers. About HomeGain HomeGain is a leading provider of online marketing solutions that connect real estate agents and brokers with home buyers and sellers. HomeGain offers free services to find and compare real estate agents, research home values, and view homes for sale. Since 1999 REALTORS® have used HomeGain's real estate marketing programs to connect with consumers, promote their services and grow their business. HomeGain.com has been a top visited real estate website since 1999. HomeGain is your real estate connection.  
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New Webinar from Secrets of Top Selling Agents!
Secrets of Top Selling Agents says: Real estate professionals in the U.S. spend millions of marketing dollars each year to get to that all-important initial meeting with prospects. Are you making the most of each presentation and real estate proposal? Your success as a real estate professional depends on how well you present yourself and your value to prospects. The web and social media channels are powerful tools, but there's no better opportunity to turn prospects into sales than in-person meetings. Join real estate coach Dave Beson in this special 45-minute program as he delivers Seven Secrets for More Sales. Better presentation skills mean more clients, more sales and more income for you in 2011! Register TODAY! About Dave Dave Beson knows real estate, and real estate knows him. He was a real estate salesperson, training director, and manager. His speaking has taken him to 50 states, plus Mexico, Canada, the Virgin Islands, New Zealand, Australia, South Africa, Ireland, and across Europe. He has also been a featured speaker at the National Association of Realtors convention for 33 years. Additionally, Dave is a former senior instructor for five CRS courses as presented by the Residential Sales Council of RNMI. He is the author of numerous books, periodicals, and articles for real estate professionals. He has created the LetterWriter client follow-up systems and the LIFE SUCCESS COACHING PROGRAM which have nearly 12,000 users across the world. If you would like to register for this free webinar, please click here.  
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EXIT Realty Corp. International Names VScreen as Video Provider
ORLANDO—Oct. 11, 2010– EXIT Realty Corp. International has chosen Orlando-based VScreen, Inc. as its Preferred Video Provider for corporate online marketing. EXIT Realty Founder and CEO, Steve Morris, cited VScreen's quality of content, production, and experience in the real estate industry as key factors that led to the decision. VScreen will be providing EXIT Realty's corporate and branch offices with customized video production and technology, along with consumer focused syndicated videos, for their website and social media applications. Since over half of all Internet activity is now video based, Morris said partnering with VScreen was a logical and practical way to drive up website traffic and expand corporate branding. Incorporating VScreen video into EXIT Realty's corporate web strategy coincides with the launch of a new website including a comprehensive lifestyle listings search. EXIT Realty currently operates over 1,200 offices in the US and Canada, with over 30,000 agents and brokers. VScreen's co-founder Stephen Schweickart welcomed EXIT Realty to the growing number of real estate firms relying on the Florida corporation to provide both syndicated and custom video production for their online marketing. For more information, contact Susan Harrison, SVP Corporate Communications at EXIT Realty Corp. at [email protected], or VScreen's Amie Jonsson at [email protected] About VScreen: VScreen is a leading Internet video strategy firm and cutting-edge production studio, offering turnkey video solutions for companies looking for the latest in syndicated consumer video content, custom video production and video technology. Specializing in vertical markets such as real estate, health care, and insurance, VScreen is the trusted video source for the most reputable national brands within their respective industry. About EXIT Realty: EXIT Realty is a proven real estate business model that supplies multiple sources of income - for agents, security, stability and direction; for agents' families, security in the form of beneficiary and retirement residuals. In addition, EXIT's top-producing trainers offer the industry's best hands-on, interactive real estate sales training at all levels, including regional, franchise, sales and administration. A portion of every transaction fee collected by EXIT International is applied to its charitable fund and to-date, $1.68 Million has been pledged to Habitat for Humanity in both Canada and the U.S. Please visit www.exitrealty.com for more information.
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Canadian Mortgage Rates are About to Get Even Lower! Ratehub.ca
(PRWEB) September 10, 2010 -- The migration of mortgages to the web is the latest phase in the evolution of mortgage services. Traditionally, Canadian homeowners obtained mortgages through their banks at relatively non-competitive rates. Independent mortgage brokers then entered the market—with volume discounts, and the ability to shop multiple brokers and lenders, independent brokers were able to offer more competitive rates than the financial institutions. Mortgage brokers now serve 39% of the Canadian market, up 12% from 2006. “We take the industry one step further,” says Alyssa Richard, the 25-year-old entrepreneur behind RateHub.ca, who pitched the idea of online mortgage shopping from Hawaii, via Skype, to angel investors back home. She continues: “We compare brokers against lenders and brokers against brokers to find the lowest mortgage rate. Success to RateHub.ca means seeing Canada mortgage rates drop.” Since launching three weeks ago, Ratehub.ca has already intensified competition among, mortgage brokers in Canada. Variable rates, for example, have dropped as low as 2.20 percent* in as many weeks. Brokers are scrambling to capture the volume of business the Web has to offer by posting the lowest rates, and customers enjoy this completely transparent process from their personal computers. The rates, in effect, now come to them. RateHub.ca connects Canadians with the lowest mortgage rates by comparing the top brokers and lenders in the market. Brokers who have joined think of the website as a chance to outsource their online marketing campaigns. They know how important social media and search engine marketing is but find servicing clients requires their full concentration. Displaying their rates on RateHub.ca gives mortgage brokers access to the almost 90% of first time home buyers who research mortgages on the internet, while saving them the hassle of online marketing. Richard, formerly a management consultant with Bain & Company, intends to capitalize on the millions of online mortgage queries each month. Mortgage shopping can be an intimidating experience for many Canadians. As home buyers look to the Web for more home financing options, mortgage rates will continue to fall. Independent brokers are hoping for a windfall.
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RETechnology.com Partners with Six Nationwide MLSs
ARROYO GRANDE, CA - June 24, 2010- RETechnology.com today announced a partnership agreement with six nationwide MLSs to provide agents and brokers direct access to the company’s comprehensive real estate technology website where they can find insights on new products, emerging trends and breaking news.  MLSs continually seek new ways to increase member satisfaction and loyalty.  RETechnology.com, the most comprehensive technology information solution available, is helping establish MLSs as an even more valuable technology resource.  Through this new tool MLSs are empowering agents to make better technology decisions to grow their business.  They help brokers determine which technologies and strategies best meet the needs of their respective businesses. MLS Help Desks previously encumbered with requests for technology suggestions are fielding research concerns directly to RETechnology.com.  “MLSs have always struggled with how best to introduce various products and services to their large, geographically dispersed customer base,” says Russ Bergeron, CEO of Midwest Real Estate Data (MRED).  “With RETechnology.com our plan is to let our customers review, evaluate and compare products on their own time and on their own schedule, reducing the amount of time that we or the product vendor needs to spend in the sales process. Our staff will be able to direct callers to RETechnology.com for more detailed answers to their product related questions.” Agents and brokers now have direct access to over 1,000 product descriptions, 500 vendors and 2,000 articles and product reviews through their internal MLS system. “RETechnology.com is the most relevant way to research technology in our industry. You get more specific information here than you ever would by searching Google or Yahoo, where the results may or may not be what you are looking for and will most likely be biased.  As a trainer at MRED, I am always looking for the newest tools and technologies, RETechnology.com is exactly what this industry has needed.  It is objective and comprehensive.  You can search and compare any product.  I highly recommend RETechnology.com at every one of my training sessions; for real estate, this site has everything you could need to help you grow your business,” says Jerry Hoffman, a top producing agent for Keller Williams. Agents and brokers are provided access to this information free to them by MLS partners including: Midwest Real Estate Data (MRED), Metropolitan Regional Information Systems (MRIS), MLSListings, Inc., Intermountain MLS (IMLS), Heartland MLS (HMLS), and My Florida Regional MLS (MFRMLS). As a result, RETechnology.com is now available to MLSs as a free member benefit to over 20% of all REALTORS across the U.S., making it the largest resource directory of its type in real estate.   "RETechnology.com is a tremendous tool designed to help our agents navigate through understanding available technology products and how they can help grow their business.  Technology in the past has been an intimidating issue and our agents and brokers did not know where to start. RETechnology.com makes it simple by providing a ’one stop shop‘ where agents and brokers can find the right technology tools to help them sell more real estate.  We are very pleased to partner with RETechnology.com to provide this excellent resource to help our members get the most out of their technology purchases, right from our MLS system home page," says Merri Jo Cowen, CEO of MFRMLS. “We are thrilled to be able to help MLSs become an even more valuable technology partner to their members. RETechnology.com has been designed with the goals and needs of both real estate professionals as well as the MLSs who serve them.  Collaboration with other likeminded MLSs will support the goal of providing agents and brokers with the best possible resource for technology information,” says Victor Lund, CEO of RE Technology, Inc.   Additional MLSs are currently in the process of understanding the new role that they will play in meeting the strong demand of their subscribers to access clear and concise product information. These MLS organizations are graduating beyond simple link beds to the modern experience that consumers find today on sites like Amazon and CNET. About RE Technology, Inc. RE Technology, Inc. offers the most comprehensive real estate technology website, reaching hundreds of thousands of real estate agents.  By embedding directly into MLS Systems across North America, RETechnology.com makes it easy for agents to access clear product descriptions, objective product reviews, and stay current with technology trends. Providing a rich assortment of tutorials, how-to’s and technology training articles, RETechnology.com helps agents understand the benefit technology can bring to drive business, and how to strategically implement them.  RETechnology.com is colored with user ratings and comments, creating a rich community of product feedback and user-driven endorsements.  
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Montreal, Canada—Feb. 3, 2010 Tungle Corp., the company that is pioneering the online scheduling industry, today announced the expansion of its management team with the appointments of Jonathan Levitt as vice president of Marketing, and Richard Zeidel as vice president of Alliances. With 30 percent month-to-month growth in the user base and the number of meetings scheduled using the Tungle.me scheduling application growing exponentially, these appointments will be responsible for driving even more aggressive growth in 2010. “Since we launched Tungle.me last year, we have focused our efforts on creating a product that solves a true market need while delivering a superior user experience,” said Marc Gingras, chief executive officer and founder of Tungle Corp. “2010 is the year where Tungle will become a household name with business professionals around the world. Jonathan and Richard will play a crucial role in making this happen.” Levitt brings more than 15 years of experience specializing in helping diverse brands better understand their audiences and leverage technology and data to build better customer experiences and create brand equity. He has counselled firms of all sizes, including leading global players such as Bank of America, Verizon, Dell, Proctor & Gamble, Ford and Reebok. As a proponent of conversation marketing, Levitt is a prolific and sought-after speaker, blogger and writer who has been featured in several industry publications including 1to1Magazine, ClickZ, DM News and MediaPost. Jonathan Levitt on Linkedin > Zeidel, a digital marketer and agent of change for more than 15 years, is a seasoned sales executive who has strategized with Fortune 500 organizations to design high-impact, measurable digital campaigns. Zeidel brings to Tungle a deep understanding of how to leverage technology to meet client objectives, as well as his experience working with well established brands including The New York Times, The Economist, CBS, NBC and Fox Digital. Richard Zeidel on LinkedIn > Tungle’s free Tungle.me scheduling application makes it easy for professionals to schedule meetings across organizations, calendar systems and time zones by eliminating costly double bookings and the endless back and forth of finding a time to meet. As a result, Tungle.me drastically improves productivity and efficiency. The company released general availability of Tungle in April 2009 and has since released its flagship feature Tungle.me personal scheduling page as well as an iPhone application and Lotus Notes integration. 2009 also saw the announcement of key partnerships including Xing, Ning and IBM. About Tungle: Tungle Corp.’s Tungle.me makes scheduling meetings easy—across organizations, calendar systems and time zones—by eliminating the multiple emails, phone calls and double bookings that typically come with finding a time to meet. Tungle.me synchronizes with leading online calendar systems including Outlook, Google Calendar, Apple iCal, Entourage for Mac, and Lotus Notes (Beta), and does not require visitors to sign in or register to schedule meetings. Tungle.me supports scheduling meetings on-the-go with Tungle.me for iPhone, which is available for free download in the App Store. Founded in 2006, the Montreal based company is venture-backed by investors Commonwealth Capital Ventures, JLA Ventures, and Desjardins Venture Capital. Media & Industry Analysts Contact: Erin Lariviere, for Tungle [email protected] +1-514-678-9181 x.220
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iseedocs™ Goes Live on Major U.S. Carrier Network with Remoba Email Service
TORONTO and SANTA CLARA, CA, Jan. 5 /CNW/ - iseemedia, Inc. (TSX-V: IEE), a leading provider of technology and services that allow mobile phones to be experienced like desktop devices today announced that it has begun commercial deployment of iseedocs™ on the T-Mobile Network in the U.S. with Remoba. iseedocs enables instant attachment viewing and navigation without having to download content. Handsets provide access to enterprise email, calendar and contacts. The combined offering is now being rolled out to T-Mobile customers as a choice download with affordable email data plans. "As more people travel and work from multiple locations, mobile phones must perform more complex tasks and access email with sizeable attachments," said Anthony DeCristofaro, President and CEO, iseemedia. "iseedocs is the ideal solution to perform this task on mobile phones. We are excited to be working with Remoba to deliver a complete PC experience on T-Mobile sidekick handsets." Unlike most email attachment handlers, iseedocs delivers a document index which is also the document management system. All pages, images and graphs are accessible on demand. Unlike other attachment viewers, iseedocs does not download the document to the mobile device, but streams pages as they are requested. The user can also zoom and pan the document, providing a higher degree of information than is normally available on mobile devices. Using a Smart Adaptation Engine, iseedocs maintains virtually all document formatting and content. So if a chart embedded in the Word document is too small to see, the user can zoom in to view more detail. If a 30-page document is being viewed, and the reader needs to view page 21, they can access the page directly through a table of contents or page thumbnail navigation. "We provide the Smartphone alternative for consumers and business users without the costly data plans, proprietary devices and IT infrastructure modifications," said Guru Thalapaneni, President and CEO of Remoba. "iseemedia serves as the perfect complement so users can readily manage their everyday activities directly from their mobile phones. More importantly, we help network operators to control their bandwidth costs while allowing them to offer new services on mass market devices. We look forward to expanding our efforts with T-Mobile as we make steady progress with this launch." The mobile phone application allows users to access business on their mobile phones. It can securely access email stored on servers and perform almost all the functions through the mobile phone just the way one would do from a home or office computer. The application can be downloaded to the phone like any ring tone or game, and setup by entering username and password. About Remoba: Remoba is a leading developer of high-value, and affordable mobile phone software that makes "Every Phone a Smart Phone." Remoba provides Wireless Access to Email, Contacts, and Calendar from the Desktop, Corporate Server, or Hosted Server on most Cell Phones. Remoba is based in Hayward, CA, with a development center in Bangalore, India. For more information please visit www.remoba.com. About iseemedia: iseemedia, Inc., is a software development company focused on the commercialization of a Service Delivery Platform (iseemail™) for delivering Blackberry-like email services to the mass market and an advanced Content Delivery Platform (iseedocs™) for rich media adaptation and extremely cost-efficient delivery to mobile devices. The Company maintains a broad portfolio of issued and pending patents that support authoring, streaming and interactive viewing. iseemedia is publicly traded on the TSX Venture Exchange (Symbol: IEE). Forward-Looking Statements: This news release includes certain forward-looking statements that are based upon current expectations, which involve risks and uncertainties associated with iseemedia's business and the environment in which the business operates. Any statements contained herein that are not statements of historical facts may be deemed to be forward-looking, including those identified by the expressions "anticipate," "believe," "plan," "estimate," "expect," "intend," and similar expressions to the extent they relate to the Company or its management. The forward-looking statements are not historical facts, but reflect iseemedia's current expectations regarding future results or events. These forward-looking statements are subject to a number of risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results or events to differ materially from current expectations, including the matters discussed under "Risks and Uncertainties" in the Filing Statement filed on March 31, 2009 with the regulatory authorities. iseemedia assumes no obligation to update the forward-looking statements, or to update the reasons why actual results could differ from those reflected in the forward-looking statements. Neither TSX Venture Exchange nor its Regulation Services Provider (as that term is defined in the policies of the TSX Venture Exchange) accepts responsibility for the adequacy or accuracy of this release. For further information contact: David Berman, CFOiseemedia, Inc. (905) [email protected] PropertyMinder Launches New Interactive Map Search Platform Zillow Launches A Free Online Agent Endorsement System Free Expert Q/A Session! Tighten Up for 2011!
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RealSTAR Recruits
RISMEDIA, September 22, 2009—RealSTAR Recruits, an online agent recruiting system, has announced that the following three companies have recently joined its recruiting network: Real Estate One in Detroit, Realty Executives in Shreveport/Bossier, and Coldwell Banker Premier in Las Vegas. Other major companies include Long and Foster in DC, et al, Coldwell Banker HPW in Raleigh, Northwood in Pittsburg, Coldwell Banker Prime Properties in Upper New York, Mel Foster Realty in Iowa, and many others. The power behind RealSTAR is that "it really works," the company says. In the last 12 months, Long and Foster had over 4,500 recruits take the profile. According to the company, the promotion concepts provided by RealSTAR drive eyeballs to your website. Long and Foster was initially hesitant to fully embrace any website inclusion of RealSTAR. However, go to www.longandfoster.com and click on Careers on the homepage and you will see that RealSTAR is now the thrust of their recruiting emphasis resulting in their massive response. The old recipe for rabbit stew begins with “First catch the rabbit.” Recruiting is all about catching the rabbit. Although RealSTAR has many uses; its primary purpose is not a selection tool. It is first and foremost a recruiting tool. The temperament profile appeals to the curiosity of the recruit and describes its strengths and weaknesses as they specifically relate to real estate sales. The RealSTAR System is complete with a drip campaign program and management training on topics such as The Follow-Up Call, How to Stage the Perfect Interview, and In-House Super Coaching. These training sessions are conducted by the developer of RealSTAR, psychologist Cliff Baird, MBA, PhD, as he brings his 30+ years of hands-on real estate experience to every session. RealSTAR is the culmination of his many years of agent profiling. Dr. Baird’s first profile, RESTPAC, was created over 30 years ago and became a mandatory licensing requirement in Ontario, Canada, for several years.   Discover Software Announces Client Portal, Mobile, and Desktop Versions Miami Realtor Association RAMB Signs Deal with Listingbook AOL & MOVE, Inc. Partner for AOL Real Estate Listings
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Real Estate Listings Going into Cell Phones
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