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RE/MAX Wins Top Real Estate Franchise Ranking

RE/MAX Wins Top Real Estate Franchise Ranking

Annual Franchise 500 Recognizes Strength, Stability & Growth

 RE/MAX Wins Top Real Estate Franchise Ranking
January 12, 2016
DENVER – For the fourth consecutive year, RE/MAX, LLC holds the lead among real estate brands in the 37th annual 2016 Franchise 500 survey by Entrepreneur magazine. RE/MAX has held the top spot for 13 of the last 17 years.

Top Real Estate Franchise Rankings in the 2016 Franchise 500:

  • 21 – RE/MAX, LLC
  • 137 – Weichert Real Estate Affiliates
  • 166 – Realty Executives
  • 206 – Keller Williams Realty

In addition to the ranking as the leading real estate brand, the Denver-based franchisor was also ranked #21 among all franchises. This represents a significant jump from last year’s position at #75.


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December 2015 RE/MAX National Housing Report

December National Housing Report: What the Numbers Mean for You

For only the third month in 2015, November home sales were lower than sales one year ago, although the drop was just 1.4%. Over the last eight years, November sales have fallen an average of 12% from the previous month, but this year the drop was nearly double that amount at 22.6%.

December 2015 RE/MAX National Housing Report

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November 2015 RE/MAX National Housing Report

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Following the hottest summer selling season in years, October home sales cooled down 7.7% below sales in September, and 0.8% lower than October 2014. October and January were the only two months of the year that saw lower home sales than the same month last year.

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6 Ways to Keep Your Identity Safe During a Home Showing

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When preparing your home to show potential buyers, be sure you’re not leaving yourself vulnerable to identity theft. Although most people who come through your home have honest intentions, it’s still important to take precautions against those rare few who don’t. Here are some tips to keep your identity safe:

1. Don’t invite thieves
Remove those invitations and school calendars stuck to the front of your fridge. They broadcast times when you may not be home.

2. Lock your docs
Were you reviewing your bank statement just before a showing? Don’t forget to secure official documents such as passports, checkbooks and statements in a locked drawer or cabinet before leaving.

3. Screen your visitors
Be sure to add password protection to computers, laptops and tablets. It’s best to log out of your devices and unplug your computer.

4. Send your mail elsewhere
Remember – your junk mail can be a treasure to someone trolling for keys to your identity. After all, those annoying credit card offers contain all the information a thief needs to activate a fraudulent account. After sorting your mail, promptly shred anything you no longer need.

5. Be careful with catalogues
Periodicals contain more information than you might want a potential visitor to know. Make a habit of tearing off address stickers, and hide any publications that identify your affiliation with a certain organization.

6. Take your medicine – somewhere else
Prescription bottles have all kinds of information you don’t want to share with strangers, including your insurance policy number and doctor’s name. Hide your prescriptions very well, or even better, lock them up during showings to ensure no one takes your pills or your info.

A RE/MAX Elite professional may be able to offer more advice on how to keep your showings safe and stress-free. To find one, click here

Source: ABOVE Mag


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Zillow Group and RE/MAX Kick off New Phase of Collaboration

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SEATTLE — Zillow Group, (NASDAQ: Z and ZG), which houses a portfolio of the largest and most vibrant real estate and home-related brands on mobile and web, today announced it has renewed its agreement with RE/MAX®, one of the nation’s largest real estate franchisors.

The newly expanded agreement features a first-of-its-kind integration of two of the Zillow® Tech Connect programs, Leads and Reviews. Now, RE/MAX agents will be able to receive Zillow Group leads through their customer relationship management program, LeadStreet®, and will be able to feature their reviews from Zillow on their personal agent websites. In addition, agents will have extended RE/MAX branding with attribution on all listings across Zillow and Trulia® and agents will be clearly labeled as the listing agents on the buyers’ agent list on their listings. Zillow Group will also offer specially designed training and education regarding these new resources to RE/MAX agents.

“This is truly a landmark agreement,” said Errol Samuelson, Zillow Group chief industry development officer. “We are focused on delivering greater value to RE/MAX and its brokerages and agents who use the services of Zillow Group. This agreement will help RE/MAX agents work more effectively and receive even more value from Zillow and Trulia.”

All 59,000 RE/MAX agents in the U.S. will have the opportunity for their listings to appear on Zillow and Trulia, as well as on Zillow’s and Trulia’s popular suite of mobile apps. Listings will also appear across Zillow Group’s extended network, which includes Yahoo!® Homes, MSN® Real Estate, AOL® Real Estate, HGTV® and Leju. In addition, the new agreement allows RE/MAX listings to feature unique brokerage branding, including a logo and link back to the brokerage website.

“RE/MAX and our agents have enjoyed a long-standing relationship with Zillow and Trulia, and we’re pleased that the relationship remains strong,” said Mike Ryan, RE/MAX executive vice president.  “The features and flexibility of this agreement give RE/MAX agents added exposure for their listings and an opportunity to provide their clients with a higher level of service through enhanced marketing efforts.”
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About Zillow Group

Zillow Group (NASDAQ:Z and ZG) houses a portfolio of the largest real estate and home-related brands on the Web and mobile. The company’s brands focus on all stages of the home lifecycle: renting, buying, selling, financing and home improvement. Zillow Group is committed to empowering consumers with unparalleled data, inspiration and knowledge around homes, and connecting them with the right local professionals to help. The Zillow Group portfolio of consumer brands includes real estate and rental marketplaces Zillow®, Trulia®, StreetEasy® and HotPads®. In addition, Zillow Group works with tens of thousands of real estate agents, lenders and rental professionals, helping maximize business opportunities and connect to millions of consumers. The company operates a number of business brands for real estate, rental and mortgage professionals, including Postlets®, Mortech®, Diverse Solutions®, dotloop® and Retsly®. The company is headquartered in Seattle.

Zillow, Postlets, Mortech, Diverse Solutions, StreetEasy, Retsly and HotPads are registered trademarks of Zillow, Inc. Trulia is a registered mark of Trulia, Inc., dotloop is a registered trademark of dotloop, Inc.
RE/MAX and Leadstreet are registered trademarks of RE/MAX LLC.
MSN is a registered trademark of Microsoft Corporation.
AOL is a registered trademark of America Online, Inc.
HGTV is a registered trademark of Scripps Networks, Inc.

Media Contact:
Amanda Woolley
Zillow Group
press@zillow.com

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Zillow Group and RE/MAX Kick off New Phase of Collaboration
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4 Tips to Preserve Memories from Your Old Home

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4 Tips to Preserve Memories from Your Old HomeSelling the home where you grew up or where your kids’ took their first steps can be bittersweet. Prepare yourself for waves of nostalgia as you pack things up to move. Of course, it doesn’t have to be goodbye. Here are some tips to carry the memories with you.

  1. Many plants and trees can be transplanted, whether it’s through repotting or snipping a branch and planting it in your new yard. Research your favorite tree or flower online for more transplanting advice.
  2. Use mounting paper or a frame in the same color as the wall or carpet in your favorite room to display a photo of your family in that same room.
  3. Make a mini documentary of you and your family strolling through the house, discussing memories from each room.
  4. Take note of pencil marks where you measured your child’s height (or your parents measured yours). Mark them on a wall in your new house and continue the tradition.

Ready to create new memories? Start by contacting a RE/MAX agent who can help you find your next home:

http://www.brevardelite.com/our-agents/.

Source: ABOVE Mag


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6 Strategies to Create a Kid-friendly Street

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Neighbors with and without children can have very different ideas for what constitutes a harmonious community. Avoid an “Us vs. Them” mentality with these tips to foster a kid-friendly culture on your street.

Be inclusive
Don’t exclude neighbors without kids from your social circle. For example, offer to have your kids help the retirees down the road with yard work. They’ll appreciate the help and will likely be more patient if your kids start a ruckus with their friends.

Use sign language
Placing one of the popular “Drive like your kids live here” signs in your yard is a friendly reminder for neighbors to keep an eye on the road and their foot off the gas.

Start a community Facebook page
No doubt, your kids can help you with this one if you’re not social media savvy. Posting family announcements, neighborhood news, or items for sale can boost a feeling of community and inclusivity.

Summer flicks
Neighborhood gatherings can be beneficial for your kids’ social lives and your own. Hang a sheet over the garage, set out the beach chairs and host a “bike-in” kid-friendly movie screening. Don’t forget the popcorn and Twizzlers!

Work together
When concerns for your child’s safety or enjoyment of the neighborhood arise, gather other parents to bring the issues to the HOA. This is where fostering community will benefit you most: It’s important you’re able to raise your concerns and ideas to neighbors without everyone splitting into tribes.

Party on
Throw a block party for every season to help neighbors, and neighborhood kids, get to know one another. Try lining the street with luminarias in the fall. Or kicking off summer with a bike parade. Create a friendly atmosphere so that neighbors will come to you with problems rather than letting them stew.

Your Realtor will have the inside scoop on which neighborhoods have established a great community. Find a RE/MAX agent here: http://www.remax.com/officeagentsearch/.

Source: ABOVE Mag


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Travis Robertson: Are You Team Leader Material?

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The success coach offers a gut check here for agents considering forming a team, and he’ll have many more ideas to share at the Ultimate RE/MAX Teams Event in Las Vegas this December

By Heather R. Johnson

October 2015

Travis RobertsonPeak performance coach Travis Robertson is an expert on team building, marketing and sales. He speaks frequently on those topics, as well as business growth, negotiation, recruiting, retention and leadership.

Robertson offers these ideas on what it takes to lead a team. You can hear even more of his advice – along with the insights of fellow coaching greats Tom Ferry, Judy LaDeur and David Scott – this December at the Ultimate RE/MAX Teams Event in Las Vegas. Don’t miss out! Register today.

5 Traits of a Strong Team Leader

  1. Is honest about his or her own capabilities

You have to be self-aware enough to recognize whether you’re capable of being a team leader. If you’re building a team to spend less time at work, don’t build a team. Initially you’re going to be busier than you were before you had a team.

  1. Leans into what motivates individual team members

The truth is, you can’t motivate other people. People are either motivated by what’s important to them or they’re not. You must help people identify their personal motivators. Once you identify what motivates them, then you have to put the individuals in a position to achieve that motivating result. It’s also important to ask what they want most from a Team Leader. Questions like this can help you gauge how self-aware they are.

  1. Is sensitive to possible generational differences

I want to be careful not to paint with too broad a brush. As an example, a big motivator for Millennials is the ability to collaborate with others because that’s what they were raised in. For Millennials, you want to create a collaborative environment where they can learn from and share with others. Lack of transparency and collaboration will greatly frustrate them.

  1. Knows there’s always more to learn

It’s a good idea to consider hiring a coach. A coach can help fast track your success and help you avoid some of the more common mistakes that new Team Leaders make. Just know that it’s harder to fix a broken team than to build it correctly from the start.

  1. Can handle the challenge

You have to have more resilience and grit and determination than you might realize. Know going in that it’s going to be one of the most challenging, rewarding, painful, awesome things you’ve ever done. But remember, you signed up for this. You have no reason to complain about a decision you made knowingly. So have fun and keep hustling!

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Travis Robertson: Are You Team Leader Material?
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6 Tips for Long Distance Home Searches

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Moving across the country? Hunting for a home in another state isn’t nearly as difficult as it used to be, but it can still be a challenge. Follow these tips to find your perfect place in an unfamiliar market.

1. Go surfing
You can find information about the cost of living for various neighborhoods on local chamber of commerce sites. Crime rates can be found on police department sites, and the nonprofit Greatkids.org helps you to compare school districts across the country. You also may be interested in a city’s WalkScore, which rates cities based on walkability and bike and public-transit friendliness.

2. Think beyond the snapshot
Take a peek into a specific home with a virtual tour or a home video, offered on many listings. Additionally, Google Maps provides a street view of many areas.

3. Timing’s everything
Find out if there are major residency cycles in the area where you’re looking, and if possible, time your search strategically. For example, properties in college towns frequently turn over at the beginning and end of the university calendar.

4. Use your network
Tell everyone you’re looking. You never know who might have family or friends who have family or friends who know of a great opportunity.

5. Find an ambassador
Now’s the time to connect with those Facebook friends and relatives who live in the area where you’re looking. See if they’ll be willing to stop by properties that interest you to report what they truly look like.

6. Visit strategically
If possible, plan a short visit to explore neighborhoods and homes in person. Your agent can help you create a schedule of showings and tours around neighborhoods that will help you maximize your time.

The most important thing to do for an efficient long-distance home search is to find a knowledgeable agent in the area where you’re looking. Start here: www.brevardelite.com

Source: ABOVE Mag


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Ferry: 4 Ways to be a Team Builder

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October 2015

1. Identify your culture and the way you want to do business

For example, if you’re looking for people to follow a specific set of methodologies, you need to hire individuals with a very specific skill set to fill that role. Ask the potential candidates what they liked and didn’t like about working on past teams – whether a high school team or one in business. That will give you an idea of who they are and how they operate – and whether they’re a good fit based on your vision for your team.

2. Be honest with yourself about your management experience

If you can be honest about the fact that you don’t have managerial skills, for instance, then you can accept that you’re learning on the job. Your honesty is better for everybody in the long run.

3. Know your professional archetype and adjust

There are three archetypes of real estate professionals: the artist, the operator and the entrepreneur. The artist is phenomenal with people, but not very good with systems. The operator is more process-oriented. The entrepreneurs are the risk-takers and understand you’re only as good as the talent you surround yourself with.

4. Focus on creating a sustainable, sellable business

To do this, you have to hire the right people and empower them with the right tools, the right resources, and the right culture that leaves them inspired to follow through and achieve the team mission. The true business builder recognizes that it’s the leader’s job to serve their team. They help their team and customers achieve their goals. When you do that, you’ll have a profitable machine.

Read more from Tom Ferry here.

Source: ABOVE Mag


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