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Jenn Rooks joined the team at Realty Executives International as the Communications Manager in the Spring of 2013. She brings more than 15 years of experience in the Realty Executives brand to her role as she has proudly supported Executives at the company’s flagship brokerage in Phoenix since 1997.

Realty Executives Saskatoon named “Brokerage of the Month” for February 2017

Realty Executives International is pleased to announce Realty Executives Saskatoon in Saskatchewan has been named the Brokerage of the Month for February 2017. Realty Executives Saskatoon, together with their Broker/Owner Wayne Zuk and the Zuk family, kicked off their 2017 “giving back” efforts by gifting over $100,000 to help fund Merlis Belsher Place, a modern, twin-pad ice facility at the University of Saskatchewan.

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Diana Bustamante: “The relationship is always more important than the sale”

Diana Bustamante

Diana Bustamante has been working in the real estate industry for over 25 years. “My first semester in college, I started working part-time as a receptionist at a real estate office. The manager offered to pay for my classes to get a real estate license but I found the ‘sales job’ too difficult because of the time limitations,” she explains. “But when I graduated from college I couldn’t find a job that would pay what I wanted, so I decided to try real estate.”

She then went from being an agent to a Broker and a real estate instructor. She specializes in corporate, military and retirement relocation, as well as commercial and investment real estate.

“Every day is different. You get to meet new people all the time and some clients become great friends,” she shares.

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How long will your home and everything in it last? (Infographic)

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A well-constructed home can last for hundreds of years. But maintenance, climate and home innovation can all impact how long the components of that home stay useful. However, eventually things wear out, so with help from the National Association of Home Builders we’re going room-by-room to tell you how much time you have before you’ll have to replace different parts of your home.

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How March Madness can help you find the perfect home

perfect home "brackets"

Every year during March Madness we’re completely engrossed in the NCAA’s giant 63-game basketball tournament, analyzing every piece of data to make sure our final picks are perfect. But how can we apply this data-driven thinking to house hunting and perfect both picking a bracket and finding a home?

Here are five things to consider:

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Duane Washkowiak appointed treasurer of Arizona Regional Multiple Listing Service

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Duane Washkowiak, REALTOR® and Designated Broker of Realty Executives East Valley, has been elected to serve as the treasurer of Arizona Regional Multiple Listing Service (ARMLS). ARMLS has approximately 33,000 REALTOR® subscribers, making it one of the largest multiple listing services in the country.

“I am happy to serve ARMLS and work to improve services to subscribers,” says Washkowiak. “My focus will be on providing tools that our members need, along with making sure we continue to grow as a company.”

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Realty Executives Phoenix named “Brokerage of the Month” for January 2017

Realty Executives International is excited to announce Realty Executives Phoenix has been named the January 2017 Brokerage of the Month. Led by CEO and President Mary Frances Coleman, owner Jeff Hawke and owner Joel Moyes, the firm made incredible strides in January 2017 as well as throughout the last quarter of 2016.  Notably, the company attracted RedBrick Realty, a brokerage founded by Discovery Channel’s Property Wars star, Doug Hopkins and one of the most well-known real estate firms in the Phoenix area. RedBrick Realty has since taken on the Realty Executives name and the group of nearly 100 real estate professionals continues to operate in Mesa, Arizona.

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Features that pet owners should look for when house-hunting

dog lying on the carpetAccording to the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, there are 70-80 million dogs and 74-96 million cats in the United States. And the Canadian Veterinary Medical Association reports that approximately 35-38% of Canadian households have a dog or a cat. So, it’s no surprise that home designers and builders often plan homes with pet amenities in mind.

“It’s not just a matter of being pet-friendly, but rather a question of giving your pets environmental enrichment,” say The Cat’s House authors Bob Walker and Frances Mooney. Here are some pet environmental enrichment features to look out for:

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