– Modern real estate CRM includes visual business tracker and daily planner. –
CHICAGO – (July 17, 2019) – Leading Real Estate Companies of the World® has named RealOffice360® to its Solutions Group program, a collection of preferred business resources for its global network of 565 independent real estate firms in more than 70 countries. RealOffice360 is a modern and simple CRM, business tracker and daily planner developed for real estate agents.
In addition to its streamlined system for maintaining client information, RealOffice360 helps sales associates visually build their business plans, cultivate their databases to achieve goals and focus on clients. It allows agents to track their entire sales pipeline, including online leads, and create smart workflows that are organized with a customizable daily routine.
“RealOffice360 is available worldwide and is currently used by real estate agents in over 75 countries, making it especially appealing for our global network. Its robust functionality is balanced by an easy-to-use interface, helping agents stay on track to reach their goals and maintain strong client relationships pre- and post-closing,” said Robin LaSure, LeadingRE vice president, corporate marketing.
According to RealOffice360 CEO Mike McAra, the company looks forward to helping drive agent productivity for LeadingRE members. “We are proud to extend our relationships with the world’s market-leading independent brokerages by aligning with LeadingRE. Across the industry, LeadingRE is known for its commitment to performance and focus on exceptional client experience – values that drive RealOffice360 in everything we do,” McAra said.
Called an impressive CRM by Inman News, RealOffice360® is an innovative, sleek and simple client database and business tracker software for real estate agents. Available worldwide, RealOffice360® offers real estate agents the ability to track their business from one screen, always knowing where their next deal is coming from and what needs to be done today. It also gives real estate agents the ability to deliver value pre- and post-closing to their clients using the connected HomeHub360™ platform. HomeHub360™ is a digital home management system for consumers to monitor and manage their real estate as an investment, tracking property values, home maintenance, monthly budgets, warranties, notes and future wishes all-in-one.
CHICAGO – (July 16, 2019) – Leading Real Estate Companies of the World® announced today that LoLo Engagement has been selected for its Solutions Group program, a collection of preferred business resources for its network of 565 market-leading real estate firms.
LoLo is a client engagement platform offering a curated “Local Gift of the Month,” which is delivered on behalf of real estate agents to clients via email and text message. The gifts drive consumers to locally-owned, independent businesses and include options like coffee for two, a wine tasting and ice cream for two. Engagement is measured through each interaction and visible on a dashboard so agents know which clients are engaged.
“LoLo makes it easy to send thoughtful, unexpected gifts that keep agents top-of-mind, while supporting local businesses,” said Robin LaSure, LeadingRE vice president, corporate marketing. “This approach aligns perfectly with our member companies, which are deeply rooted in the communities they serve.”
Clark Harris, co-founder of LoLo, adds, “Our motto, ‘Locals Supporting Locals,’ embodies our mission to build thriving local communities which are more sustainable, more entrepreneurial and more connected. We are excited to partner with LeadingRE to help broaden the impact of our mission of supporting local communities.”
LoLo’s motto, “Locals Supporting Locals” embodies the company’s mission to build thriving local communities which are more sustainable, more entrepreneurial and more connected. LoLo has delivered over one million gifts to the client base of its users and infused over $500,000 into local independent business communities, helping people to choose a more impactful way to spend their marketing dollars than traditional avenues.
– Industry Veteran Most Recently Served as Vice President, Global Business Development & Relocation for Compass –
CHICAGO – (July 2, 2019) – Leading Real Estate Companies of the World® (LeadingRE) has named Michi Olson as Dean of Resources and Global Connections for its network of 565 independent real estate firms, which extends to more than 70 countries worldwide.
Olson, who most recently served as Vice President of Global Business Development and Relocation for Compass, is a renowned relocation and business development professional who is highly regarded for her experience in corporate relocation, business development, e-commerce and global business offerings. She spent 15 years as an executive with Alain Pinel Realtors, the nation’s seventh largest brokerage according to the 2018 Real Trends 500, prior to the firm’s acquisition by Compass in March of this year.
In her new role, Olson will provide expertise for LeadingRE members on embracing network resources to extend their local reach and leverage global marketing and referral opportunities. Olson will conduct consultative webinars for brokers, managers and agents and will create video courses for the LeadingRE Institute, recently named the top real estate learning platform by Training magazine for 2019.
Olson welcomes the opportunity to return to the LeadingRE community. “LeadingRE’s focus on quality and collaborative spirit create an environment where relationships drive business opportunities, supported by global resources that allow each member company to thrive. I am thrilled to return to this one-of-a-kind network in a new capacity that will allow me to share my knowledge with colleagues worldwide,” Olson said.
According to LeadingRE President/CEO Paul Boomsma, Olson is uniquely qualified for this role. “Michi has an extraordinary record of success in all types of business development, from corporate relocation to broker-to-broker referrals. She understands the value of using LeadingRE tools and connections to support these efforts. She knows how to build a world-class relocation department and how to empower agents to foster growth. We are delighted to welcome her back into our community,” Boomsma said.
Born and raised in Japan, Olson attended The American School in Japan for expats and graduated summa cum laude from Saint Mary’s College in Moraga, Calif., with a bachelor’s degree in business management. Her international experience has proven valuable in dealing with relocation issues. Olson’s accomplishments include being named to the Inman News 100 Most Influential Real Estate Leaders report and to the LeadingRE Hall of Fame.
Olson joins other industry leaders who comprise the Institute faculty, including Chief Learning Officer Mike Staver, Dean of Professional Skill and Technique Dan Elzer, Dean of Innovation Matthew Ferrara and Dean of Customer Experience Debbie Maier.
– Annual online promotion spotlights exceptional real estate listings –
CHICAGO (June 12, 2019) – Leading Real Estate Companies of the World ®and Luxury Portfolio International® announce the launch of the HGTV Ultimate House Hunt 2019, a month-long online promotion held each year on HGTV.com. This is the eighth consecutive year HGTV has aligned exclusively with Leading Real Estate Companies of the World® and Luxury Portfolio International® for the awards, which run from June 12 through July 17.
The Ultimate House Hunt features extraordinary homes for sale in eight categories: Amazing Kitchens, Big City Digs, Countryside Retreats, Curb Appeal, Homes with a History, Modern Masterpieces, Outdoor Escapes and Waterfront Homes. In addition, a special Global Homes gallery puts the spotlight on 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 have the opportunity to tour the homes selected as finalists by viewing photo galleries on HGTV.com and can then cast 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.
“We are thrilled to come together with HGTV again this year to put the spotlight on some of our members’ most beautiful listings. Seeing the response to the promotion and which homes attract the most attention from HGTV’s vast audience is incredibly exciting,” said Paul Boomsma, President/CEO of Leading Real Estate Companies of the World®.
Last year’s promotion was the most popular in the history of the awards, reflecting the continued appeal of extraordinary real estate. This year’s finalists include 92 homes represented by 46 real estate companies: @properties; Allie Beth Allman & Associates; Balistreri Real Estate; Beverly-Hanks & Associates; Brown Harris Stevens; Chase International; Dave Perry-Miller Real Estate; Dilbeck Real Estate; Dorsey Alston Realtors; Ebby Halliday, Realtors; EWM Realty International; Gardner Realtors; Gloria Nilson & Co. Real Estate; Halstead Real Estate; Harry Norman, Realtors; Hasson Company Realtors; Hawaii Life Real Estate Brokers; Heritage Texas Properties; Hilton & Hyland Real Estate; Houlihan Lawrence Real Estate; Illustrated Properties; Intracoastal Realty Corporation; John Daugherty, Realtors; John R. Wood Properties; Kinlin Grover Real Estate; Long & Foster Real Estate; McGuire Real Estate; Meybohm Real Estate; Moreland Properties; Page Taft Real Estate; Palladium Properties; Parks Realty; Perry & Co.; PureWest Real Estate; Robert Paul Properties; Santa Fe Properties; Silver Creek Real Estate Group; Slifer Smith & Frampton Real Estate; Strand Hill Properties; Village Properties; Watson Realty Corp.; William Raveis Real Estate, Mortgage & Insurance; Willis Allen Real Estate; Windermere Real Estate; and Windermere Real Estate – Utah.
The winning homes will receive editorial exposure on HGTV.com, as well as the prestige of being selected as fan favorites.
Additional properties featured in the Global Homes gallery come from ten different countries or territories around the world and are represented by Blue Zone Realty International, Costa Realty Playa, Harvey Kalles Real Estate, JK Property & Yachting, LX Costa Rica, REmexico Real Estate, Sibarth Real Estate, Turks & Caicos Property, Unique Estates, and WETAG Consulting.
Luxury Portfolio International® (luxuryportfolio.com) 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®
Leading Real Estate Companies of the World®(www.LeadingRE.com) is a selective global community of the highest quality independent residential real estate companies, with over 565 companies and 130,000 sales associates in over 70 countries. Network members generate over 1.1 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.
CHICAGO – (June 6, 2019) – Leading Real Estate Companies of the World® announced today that Homesnap has been added to its Solutions Group program, a collection of preferred business resources for its global network of 565 market-leading real estate firms. Homesnap provides Homesnap Pro, a mobile productivity app for real estate agents, as well as automated marketing tools that help brokerages and sales associates maximize their online reach.
With products like Homesnap Pro Ads, Homesnap automates marketing on four of the most heavily-trafficked online advertising platforms: Facebook, Instagram, Google, and Waze. Its Homesnap Pro+ is designed to help agents better connect with prospects through verified Google My Business pages that are regularly updated with engaging automated content.
“Having a robust Google My Business page featuring compelling information is one of the easiest ways for an agent to improve his or her presence on Google. With Homesnap Pro+, our brokers can help their agents achieve this, while promoting and protecting the brokerage brand,” said Robin LaSure, LeadingRE vice president of corporate marketing.
Well-known for the Homesnap national home search portal, a joint venture with the industry-backed Broker Public Portal, Homesnap’s focus on easy-to-use mobile technology is fueled by real-time data intelligence, making it an ideal provider for LeadingRE’s innovative brokerages.
“Homesnap is thrilled to partner with LeadingRE. For many years we have worked closely with LeadingRE’s brokerages and agents to provide the best mobile app and digital marketing programs in the industry. LeadingRE members are consistently at the forefront of technology, and creating a more formal partnership was a natural progression. Their commitment to providing their agents with the very best tools to help them grow their business is the perfect complement to what Homesnap provides,” said Homesnap Senior VP of Business Development Marc Regardie.
The industry-endorsed Homesnap platform leverages real-time data from over 200 MLSs to empower millions of consumers each month with a superior home search experience, while providing over 85% of U.S. agents with access to powerful mobile tools that automate their work and accelerate their success. With the Homesnap mobile app, the highest rated consumer home search application; Homesnap Pro, the industry-standard mobile business platform for agents; and the Homesnap national home search portal, a joint venture with the industry-backed Broker Public Portal, the integrated Homesnap platform is transforming the industry by bringing real-time to real estate. More information can be found at www.homesnap.com.
– Invitation-only event attracts representatives from 14 countries. –
CHICAGO – May 2, 2019 – Real estate leaders from 14 countries gathered for the LeadingRE APAC Forum, 29 April – 1 May in Bangkok, Thailand. Attendees were members of Leading Real Estate Companies of the World®, a global network of 565 market-leading real estate agencies in over 70 countries. Additional guests and speakers included experts in the fields of economics, technology and marketing.
Attendees were members of Leading Real Estate Companies of the World®, a global network of 565 market-leading real estate agencies in over 70 countries. Additional guests and speakers included experts in the fields of economics, technology and marketing.
The program focused on the driving forces behind the thriving Asia-Pacific real estate market and other key destinations around the world, including Bangkok and Phuket, Thailand; Dubai, United Arab Emirates; Tokyo, Japan; New Delhi, India; and Berlin, Germany. Other topics included luxury marketing trends, innovations in digital marketing strategies and brand-building, and the future of real estate.
The event is the latest conference hosted by LeadingRE, designed to help members retain their competitive positions by understanding and responding to market trends and delivering a superior customer experience to home buyers and sellers.
According to LeadingRE President/CEO Paul Boomsma, the networking opportunities are equally important. “As we continue to grow our presence around the world, it is incredibly valuable to come together to strengthen our relationships and learn from one another. The APAC Forum was especially powerful, as we benefitted from the unique insights and perspectives of so many market leaders from this dynamic part of the world,” Boomsma said.
The event’s official Media Partner was Dot Property, a prominent digital media company operating throughout South East Asia.
Featured speakers included Dr. Kirida Bhaopichitr, Thailand Development Research Institute (Bangkok, Thailand); Matthew Campbell, Dot Property Group (Bangkok, Thailand); Georg Chmiel, Juwai (Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia); Matthew Ferrara, speaker and author (Las Vegas, NV, USA); Taco Heidinga, PropCoach (Selangor, Malaysia); Peter Schravemade, BoxBrownie.com (Queensland, Australia); Andrew Pang, YOO Asia (Hong Kong, China); and Mark Williams, Williams Media (Victoria, Australia).
Featured panelists included LeadingRE Chairperson of the Board Diane M. Ramirez, Halstead Real Estate (New York, NY, USA); Robert Ang, Rahim & Co International (Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia); Kashif Ansari, IQI Global (Dubai, United Arab Emirates); Nick Boyd, Belle Properties (Sydney, Australia); Ian Chen, Jalin Realty (Beijing, China); Bastien Forzy (Sense Property Group); Daniel Ho, IQI Global (Dubai, United Arab Emirates); Pankaj Jain, Realistic Realtors (New Delhi, India); Avril Lee, One Global Property Services (Singapore); Michael Mabutol, Pinnacle Real Estate Consulting Services, Inc. (Manila, Philippines); Kenneth Moskowitz, The Keyes Company (Del Rey Beach, FL, USA); Lyndon Philips, Prime Real Estate (Phuket, Thailand); Yasuko Suzuki, Plaza Homes (Tokyo, Japan); John Thomas, Realistic Realtors (New Delhi, India); Peter Thompson, Barfoot & Thompson (Auckland, New Zealand); Judith Von Hasselbach, Allgemeiner Grund & Boden Fundus (Berlin, Germany); Jane Wachiradejkul, McGuire Real Estate (San Francisco, CA, USA); and Paul Xumsai, VR Global Property (Bangkok, Thailand).
LeadingRE staff presenters included Paul Boomsma (Chicago, IL, USA); Chris Dietz, (London, United Kingdom); Parikshat Chawla (Singapore); and Stephanie Anton, from LeadingRE’s luxury division, Luxury Portfolio International® (Austin, TX, USA).
The event’s official Media Partner was Dot Property, a prominent digital media company operating throughout South East Asia.
LeadingRE’s next major event is its Global Symposium, 17 – 19 September in Athens, Greece. Learn more about Leading Real Estate Companies of the World® at www.LeadingRE.com.
About Leading Real Estate Companies of the World®
Leading Real Estate Companies of the World® (www.LeadingRE.com) is a selective global community of the highest quality independent residential real estate companies, with over 565 companies and 130,000 sales associates in over 70 countries. Network members generate over 1.1 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.
Media Contact: Robin LaSure
Leading Real Estate Companies of the World®
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– Leading Real Estate Companies of the World ® has led in sales volume for over 10 consecutive years. –
CHICAGO, IL – Apri 17, 2019 – Leading Real Estate Companies of the World ® announced today that it continues to lead the industry in sales volume among the top 500 U.S. firms, with $254 billion in U.S. home sales in 2018, $32 billion ahead of its closest competitor, according to the REAL Trends 500. Among these firms, LeadingRE represents 21% of total sales volume and 22% of transaction sides. Overall, the global real estate network of 565 firms participated in 1.1 million transactions worldwide.
“We are pleased that, once again, our network achieved the highest sales volume among the top 500 firms in the U.S.,” said LeadingRE President/CEO Paul Boomsma. “Our independent brands combine the best of local expertise with the global connections and resources available through LeadingRE to deliver a superior customer experience for home buyers and sellers.”
With members in over 70 countries, LeadingRE is the largest network of top independent residential real estate firms, and network affiliates are widely recognized as the premier providers of quality residential real estate and relocation services. Its members have access to award-winning professional development programs and events, innovative technology and marketing resources, industry-leading referral network and connections to people and opportunities worldwide.
To learn more about Leading Real Estate Companies of the World ®, visit LeadingRE.com.
– National mortgage lender has 30 years industry experience in Joint Venture creation. –
CHICAGO – (April 12, 2019) – Leading Real Estate Companies of the World® has added NewRez to its Solutions Group program, a collection of preferred business resources for its network of 565 market-leading real estate firms. NewRez is a national mortgage lender providing a full suite of products to meet the needs of borrowers.
With 30 years of industry experience in Joint Venture creation, NewRez has formed over 30 successful new lending partners throughout the country. The company works directly with real estate firms and builders to form Joint Ventures to work collaboratively in creating value for consumers looking to purchase a home.
“NewRez’s commitment to customer service and passion for technology have helped make them one of the premier lenders in the country,” said Robin LaSure, LeadingRE vice president, corporate marketing. “They have already created several successful Joint Ventures with some of our member firms, and we look forward to introducing their program to more of our members looking to expand their businesses with a mortgage offering.”
NewRez VP, Business Development & Strategic Relationships Al Miller welcomes the opportunity to work with more LeadingRE firms. “We are excited to officially align with LeadingRE. As a premier mortgage lender, a relationship between NewRez and LeadingRE is a perfect fit. As we continue to collaborate with thriving real estate companies to form Joint Ventures, a network like LeadingRE can lead to success for all parties,” Miller said.
– Marketing automation program offers behavioral email marketing for real estate brokers and agents. –
CHICAGO – (April 2, 2019) – Leading Real Estate Companies of the World® has added ActivePipe to its Solutions Group program of preferred business resources for its global network of 565 market-leading real estate firms. ActivePipe is a marketing automation platform designed for the real estate space.
Using years of trending data, ActivePipe’s behavioral email marketing helps brokerages and agents maximize their databases to build stronger relationships and grow opportunities. Its unique algorithms and interactive call to action pages are designed to help agents know when to reach out to their contacts and with what message.
“ActivePipe makes it easy to create beautiful emails and campaigns with drag-and-drop functionality, but what makes the platform so impressive is the way it uses predictive analytics to help agents identify active buyers and sellers and understand the right message for a certain person at any given time,” said Robin LaSure, LeadingRE vice president, corporate marketing.
Currently working with brokerages in the US, the UK, New Zealand and Australia, ActivePipe is well-positioned to serve LeadingRE’s global membership.
“LeadingRE members are, in many ways, our ideal partners because of how they tend to think about and embrace technology. It is a perfect match in that regard and a terrific fit on both sides, and we are extremely excited about this partnership,” Chief Revenue Officer Mike Feller.
Leading Real Estate Companies of the World® (www.LeadingRE.com) is a selective global community of the highest quality independent residential real estate companies, with over 565 companies and 130,000 sales associates in over 70 countries. Network members generate over 1.1 million transactions annually, with $372 billion in home sales. LeadingRE exists to make its members better by connecting them to opportunities and people around the globe, supporting them with an international referral network, professional development programs, unique events and connections to people and opportunities worldwide.
Unique within the real estate space, ActivePipe (activepipe.com) integrates live property feeds to present tailored recipient-specific content. ActivePipe helps brokerages and agents in identifying and converting potential buyers and sellers by managing the communication journey with all prospects, at scale. Its drag-and-drop email editor allows for easy and instant blog and video incorporation, creating a seamless nurture program across all stages of the real estate lifecycle. ActivePipe has established a rapid penetration across US, UK, New Zealand and Australian real estate offices in its short history in market. The ActivePipe platform complements all popular real estate CRM platforms by bringing static data to life.
– Dickens Mitchener’s Catharine Pappas named chairperson of leadership group. –
CHICAGO – (March 28, 2019) – Leading Real Estate Companies of the World® has announced its new Advisory Council officers and members. The LeadingRE Advisory Council is a leadership group comprised of business development and relocation professionals who provide guidance on key initiatives for the global real estate community of 565 market-leading firms in over 70 countries.
The Advisory Council works closely with the Leading Real Estate Companies of the World® management team on integral relocation, business development and lead generation programs. Council members also mentor other affiliates and serve as ambassadors for the organization’s diverse program offerings. Members are elected by fellow council members to serve a three-year term and are chosen based on the merits of their professional experience and reputation.
Catharine Pappas, Director of Relocation for Dickens Mitchener (Charlotte, N.C.), has been elected to a one-year term as Advisory Council Chairperson. Pappas has led the relocation department at Dickens Mitchener for more than 25 years, bringing a depth of experience relating to all areas of relocation.
Kimberly Barkoff, Executive Director, Relocation/Referrals for Halstead Real Estate (New York, N.Y.), has been elected Vice Chairperson. Barkoff has more than 18 years of experience, including expertise in property investment and management, real estate and corporate relocation.
Joining the Advisory Council are Michele Barnes, Director of Relocation at PARKS Realty (Brentwood, Tenn.); Marie Lawrence, VP, Corporate & Relocation Services, ARC Realty (Montgomery, Ala.); and Tammy Young, Relocation Director, Sibcy Cline Realtors (Cincinnati, Ohio).
“We are so fortunate to have such an esteemed group of industry leaders serving on our Advisory Council. Their commitment to our network helps us ensure we deliver highly-effective, market-responsive relocation and business development programs for our members worldwide,” said LeadingRE Executive Vice President, Member Services Kate Reisinger, CRP.
Also serving on the council are Immediate Past Chairperson Allison Rybarczyk, Arizona Best Real Estate, Scottsdale, Ariz.; Judy Bissell, Watson Realty Corp., Jacksonville, Fla.; Andrea Bowles, Blanchard & Calhoun Real Estate, Augusta, Ga.; Shane Bronson, Lamacchia Realty, Waltham, Mass.; Jo Lay, Baird & Warner, Chicago, Ill.; Ashley McEvers, Willis Allen Real Estate, La Jolla, Calif.; and Karen McRae, Harry Norman Realtors, Atlanta, Ga.