HGTV Joins Forces with LeadingRE and Luxury Portfolio for the HGTV Ultimate House Hunt 2021


– Annual online awards spotlight extraordinary real estate listings –

CHICAGO – June 30, 2021 – Leading Real Estate Companies of the World® and Luxury Portfolio International® announce the launch of the HGTV Ultimate House Hunt 2021. This is the tenth consecutive year HGTV has aligned exclusively with Leading Real Estate Companies of the World® and Luxury Portfolio International® for the popular online promotion, which generated more than 1.5 million votes last year.

This year’s Ultimate House Hunt runs from June 30 through August 4 on, featuring stunning homes for sale in eight categories: Amazing Kitchens, Beachfront Homes, Countryside Retreats, Curb Appeal, Downtown Dwellings, Homes with a History, Outdoor Escapes, and Waterside Homes. A special Global Homes gallery spotlights beautiful properties from outside of the U.S. All featured homes are represented by members of Leading Real Estate Companies of the World® and Luxury Portfolio International®.

Consumers can tour the 66 homes selected as finalists by viewing photo galleries on before casting a vote for their favorite properties. A winner will be chosen in each category based on the highest number of votes received, and an overall favorite will be awarded for the listing receiving the most votes.

“This year marks a decade since we first joined forces with HGTV for the Ultimate House Hunt. Our shared passion for beautiful homes and exceptional design has allowed us to showcase some of the finest properties in the world, and this year’s finalists carry on that tradition. We look forward to showcasing these breathtaking homes and seeing which capture the attention of HGTV’s audience,” said Paul Boomsma, President/CEO of Leading Real Estate Companies of the World®.

This year’s finalists include 66 homes represented by 34 real estate companies: @properties; Allen Tate Realtors; Allie Beth Allman & Associates; Ansley Real Estate; ARC Realty; Beverly-Hanks, Realtors; CRYE-LEIKE Realtors; Dave Perry-Miller Real Estate; Deasy Penner Podley; Dickens Mitchener; Dilbeck Real Estate; Ebby Halliday Realtors; Harry Norman Realtors; Hawaii Life Real Estate Brokers; Houlihan Lawrence; Howard Hanna Real Estate Services; John L. Scott Real Estate; Kinlin Grover Real Estate; Latter & Blum; Leonard Ryden Burr Real Estate; Locations; Michael Saunders & Company; Nan and Company Properties; Phyllis Browning Company; ReeceNichols Real Estate; Resources Real Estate; Richardson Properties; Sandpiper Realty, Inc.; Slifer, Smith & Frampton Real Estate; Smith & Associates Real Estate; The Grubb Company; Village Properties; Watson Realty Corp.; William Raveis Real Estate, Mortgage & Insurance; Williams Trew; and Windermere Real Estate.

Each winning home will receive editorial exposure on, as well as the prestige of being selected as a fan favorite.

Additional properties featured in the Global Homes gallery come from seven different countries or territories around the world and are represented by Cofim Immobiliare; Daniel Feau Conseil Immobilier, SA.; Immobiliere Le Lion; Island Living Collective; Jawitz Properties; REmexico Real Estate; Stresa Luxury Real Estate; and The Whistler Real Estate Co., LTD.

To view all homes and cast your vote, visit:




About Luxury Portfolio International® (LPI)

Luxury Portfolio International® ( is the luxury marketing division of Leading Real Estate Companies of the World®, the largest global network of premier locally branded firms dominated by many of the world’s most powerful, independent luxury brands. Luxury Portfolio attracts a global audience of visitors from over 200 countries/territories every month and markets approximately 50,000 luxury homes annually. Well Connected.™

About Leading Real Estate Companies of the World®

Chicago-based Leading Real Estate Companies of the World® ( is a global network of top independent real estate firms, with 550 companies and 150,000 sales associates in 70 countries. In 2020, network members participated in over 1.1 million global transactions. LeadingRE supports its members with powerful connections to other market leaders and access to innovative, performance-driven programs. Its online learning platform, LeadingRE Institute, was named to Training magazine’s Top 10 Hall of Fame. LeadingRE is also active in commercial real estate, with 200 firms in 15 countries specializing in the commercial arena.

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LeadingRE Adds Ribbon to Solutions Group Program of Preferred Providers


CHICAGO June 22, 2021 – Leading Real Estate Companies of the World® has named Ribbon to its Solutions Group, a collection of preferred business resources for the network of 550 leading independent real estate firms with 150,000 agents.

Ribbon offers Cash-powered buying solutions, selling solutions and digital workflow software for agents and their clients to make homeownership achievable, no matter the buyer situation. Ribbon’s tools facilitate cash offers, eliminate contingencies, and provide appraisal protection so that closing becomes faster and more secure. Ribbon currently operates in North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Tennessee, and Texas and is expanding quickly to additional states, including Florida, where agents can sign up for waitlists in Tampa and Orlando.

“Ribbon’s suite of tools give agents an edge in helping clients achieve successful transactions. Listing agents can receive and compare all offers in one place and easily manage multiple offers. Buyers agents can write cash offers with no contingencies – all things that are powerful advantages in today’s competitive market,” said LeadingRE Vice President, Sales/Partnerships Jeff Kennedy.

Ribbon Co-Founder & CTO Wei Gan welcomes the opportunity to introduce the company’s solutions to the LeadingRE network. “At Ribbon, we believe in empowering the real estate ecosystem with the best technology and financial products. We are deeply aligned with LeadingRE’s approach to empower the best regional and local brokerages to grow their businesses and help their communities. It is more difficult than ever for agents, brokers, and homebuyers to win the home they love in the face of huge institutional demand competing for homes.”

“We’re thrilled to be part of the LeadingRE community and powering the LeadingRE community with RibbonCash Offers and our technology platform,” Gan said.

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About Ribbon

Founded in 2017 in New York and Charlotte, Ribbon is on a mission to make homeownership achievable. Ribbon allows everyday families to compete on a level playing field with high net worth individuals and institutional buyers by upgrading their offers to winning RibbonCash Offers. As the leading real estate technology platform, Ribbon empowers agents, brokerages, and lenders to create a world-class experience for home buyers and sellers through powerful financial products and digital workflow software.

About Leading Real Estate Companies of the World®

Leading Real Estate Companies of the World® is a selective global community of the highest quality independent residential real estate companies, with 550 companies and 150,000 sales associates in 70 countries. Network members generate over 1.3 million transactions annually. LeadingRE exists to make its members better by connecting them to opportunities and people around the globe, supporting them with an international referral network, professional development programs, unique events and connections to people and opportunities worldwide.

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Leading Real Estate Companies of the World® Recognizes Top Performers at Annual Conference


CHICAGO June 10, 2021 – Leading Real Estate Companies of the World® honored top-performing member firms and individuals at its recent conference in Las Vegas. Awards were presented in key areas, including marketing excellence, referral performance and business leadership.

LeadingRE President/CEO Paul Boomsma said, “Paying tribute to our members’ success and contributions is always a highlight of our conference, but the awards took-on special meaning this year. Our members served their clients and communities, as well as our network, in countless ways, adapting and responding to the extraordinary circumstances of the past year with the highest level of professionalism and commitment. It was a true pleasure to be able to celebrate their achievements, together in person.”

Among the awards presented was the Diamond Award, LeadingRE’s top company honor, which went to one company in each size category based on superior engagement and performance in all of LeadingRE’s business programs. Receiving the Diamond Award were Allen Tate Company (Charlotte, NC); Lyon Real Estate (Sacramento, CA); Realty Austin (Austin, TX); Beverly-Hanks & Associates (Asheville, NC); Dickens Mitchener (Charlotte, NC); WK Real Estate (Boulder, CO); Hamner Real Estate, LLC (Tuscaloosa, AL); and Cloud Real Estate (Killeen, TX).

The prestigious Leadership Award, celebrating a broker whose leadership skills and achievements have drawn the attention and admiration of others, was presented Lennox Scott, John L. Scott Real Estate (Bellevue, WA). The Referral of the Year was presented to IRG – International Realty Group Ltd. (George Town, Cayman Islands).

Included in the top marketing awards was the Best Overall Website, presented to Silver Creek Real Estate Group (Cashiers, NC). The Most Innovative Brokerage Award was given to Latter & Blum, Inc. Realtors (New Orleans, LA). Most Innovative Office Design was awarded to two firms: M IMMOBILIER (Pointe-Claire, Quebec, Canada) and Slifer Smith & Frampton Real Estate (Avon, CO).

Denise Talboy, The Keyes Company (Plantation, FL) received the Hall of Fame Award for extraordinary talent and contributions to LeadingRE over many years. The Chairman’s Service Award was presented to Andrea Bowles, Blanchard & Calhoun Real Estate (Augusta, GA); Jeremy Hurst, IRG – International Realty Group Ltd. (George Town, Cayman Islands); Dan Elsea, Real Estate One, Inc. (Southfield, MI); Tammy Vlah, Watson Realty Corp. (Jacksonville, FL); and Kim Givens, William Raveis Real Estate (Shelton, CT). Earning the President’s Service Award were Whitney LaCosta, Coach Real Estate Associates, Inc. (Northport, NY); Susan Sadowski, Howard Hanna Real Estate Services (Pittsburgh, PA); and Tammy Heard, Jim Maloof/Realtor® (Peoria, IL).

Other prestigious referral awards were previously presented at a virtual awards ceremony held in the spring.

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Leading Real Estate Companies of the World Names Michael Pappas Chairman of the Board

Michael Pappas, President & CEO of The Keyes Family of Companies, assumes the role of LeadingRE Chairman of the Board.


CHICAGO (June 7, 2021) – Leading Real Estate Companies of the World® (LeadingRE) announced today that Michael Pappas of The Keyes Family of Companies has been elected to a two-year term as chairman of the board of directors. The board provides strategic guidance for LeadingRE®, a global network of 550 market-leading real estate firms in 70 countries.

Mr. Pappas is the President & CEO of The Keyes Family of Companies, a South Florida based real estate company with multiple real estate brands, over 50 branches, 3,500 plus Associates and affiliates that include Capital Partners Mortgage, Home Partners Title, Keyes Insurance, and Keyes Property Management. With sales and services in excess of $8.3 billion annually, the company is one of the largest independent brokerage firms in the United States.

Mr. Pappas graduated Cum Laude from Wake Forest University, where he majored in Business and Spanish. He joined Keyes as a Sales Associate in 1980 and held a variety of positions, including General Sales Manager, until taking over as President in 1992.

Mr. Pappas has been the recipient of numerous awards and designations, including the YPO Legacy Award and “Real Estate Up and Comer of the Year” by Price Waterhouse and “Best Real Estate Deal of the Year” by South Florida Magazine. The past three years, he was named in the National Top 200 Most Powerful People in Real Estate by Swanepoel Power 200.

“I am honored to serve such a powerful network of caring, progressive leaders, whose organizations are fully engaged in their 550 communities around the globe,” Mr. Pappas said.

LeadingRE President/CEO Paul Boomsma comments, “Mike is incredibly respected in the industry, in our network and in the communities served by his companies. He brings a visionary outlook and a true passion for excellence in real estate. We are very fortunate to have him serve in this capacity, and I look forward to working with him to support the continued success of our members and our network.”

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About The Keyes Family of Companies

Independently-owned and operated since 1926, The Keyes Company is a leader in the real estate industry. Keyes completed a merger with Illustrated Properties in July 2016. Following the merger, The Keyes Family of Companies has over 50 offices, more than 3,500 Associates and $8.3 billion in annual real estate sales and services. Keyes’ offices are distributed throughout six counties – Miami-Dade, Broward, Palm Beach, Martin, St. Lucie, and Volusia. Keyes expands our Associates’ reach globally as a Founding Member and Shareholder of Leading Real Estate Companies of the World®. The Keyes Company offers a suite of resources to cover whatever needs arise while buying or selling a home. Mortgage, title, insurance and property management needs can all be managed in-house, allowing Keyes to close deals with speed and efficiency while giving clients valuable access to the professionals responsible for the specific service lines.

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