Spotlights

Making Real Estate Personal Again: LaVerne Pike, Windermere Real Estate

December 16th, 2017
In a business where technology can easily take center stage, LaVerne Pike, an award-winning veteran agent with Seattle’s Windermere Real Estate, stands apart by focusing on the person-to-person connection and a level of service that puts him—not the internet—at the...

The Genesis of BackAgent

January 10th, 2018
In 2017, BackAgent provided more than 180,000 agents and brokers a cloud-based technology platform complete with a comprehensive intranet and one of the most robust transaction-management systems in the industry. But when the Houston, Texas-based company first had the idea...

The Real Deal

January 26th, 2018
Pam O’Connor Builds a Network, Influences an Industry, and Impacts Lives Editor’s note: A PDF file version of this article is available here. A digital magazine version of this article is available here. Everyone knows real estate is a “relationship...

Hakan Karahan: Homeownership and Beyond

February 24th, 2018
Vitals: HomeSmart First Advantage Realty Years in Business: 22 Size: 2 offices, 60-plus agents Region Served: South Jersey 2016 Sales Volume: Approximately $50,000,000 2016 Transactions: 600-plus www.hsfirstadvantage.com Working out of his office in Cherry Hill, N.J., Hakan Karahan, president of...

Transacting Business in the Age of Wire Fraud

March 18th, 2018
This month’s National Association of REALTORS® (NAR) Power Broker Roundtable discusses fraud and security strategies. Moderator Christina Pappas, District Sales Manager, The Keyes Company, Miami, Fla.; Liaison for Large Firms & Industry Relations, NAR Panelists Michael Volin, Vice President-Legal, Title...

Thomas Gallagher: A Real Estate Powerhouse With a Family Feel

December 16th, 2017
Thomas Gallagher began in the real estate business in 1986 and two years later partnered with Mike Litzner to open CENTURY 21 American Homes, which will celebrate its 30-year anniversary this coming April. CENTURY 21 American Homes is unique, Gallagher...

RE/MAX Co-CEO: ‘Will It Be the Same in 2018?’

January 10th, 2018
Editor’s Note: The below commentary is by Adam Contos, co-CEO of RE/MAX. 2017: The Fight to Find a Home. Will It Be the Same in 2018? A few weeks ago, as we wrapped December’s RE/MAX National Housing Report and looked...

Regional Spotlight: Expect Growth in Employment, Population in Florida

January 29th, 2018
Florida’s economy grew in 2017, and that positive momentum should continue in 2018, according to economists and business data experts who spoke to a crowd of about 500 REALTORS® at the recent 2018 Florida Real Estate Trends event, held during the Florida...

Integrating Personal Interest With Valuable Real Estate Knowledge

February 26th, 2018
In the following interview, Chris Carbone, owner and principal broker of HomeSmart Homes and Estates in Montgomery, N.Y., discusses the advantages of the brand, market trends, and more. Region Served: Lower Hudson Valley Years in Real Estate: 19 Number of...
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