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Realty Executives Premier Continues Legacy with New Ownership of Janesville Brokerage

Realty Executives of Janesville, WI, is excited to announce the grand opening of Realty Executives Premier under new Broker/Owner Sarah McLean.

Previously Realty Executives Janesville, the Wisconsin brokerage has established itself as a respected family-run business since its opening in 1999. Founded by Millie Fournais, the brokerage has since been passed down to her son and Broker, Erik Fournais, and now their former Executive and teammate, Sarah McLean. 

McLean joined the Realty Executives team and quickly grew her career and expertise within the business. When offered the opportunity to take the next step and become a brokerage owner, McLean was thrilled to be able to keep the team together and continue the success the brokerage has seen for over 20 years.

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Realty Executives Suncoast and Gallery Properties Partner for Market Expansion

Realty Executives Gallery Properties of Orlando and Sarasota and Realty Executives Suncoast of Clearwater, FL have partnered for an expansion merger, joining the Suncoast brokerage with the Gallery Properties brokerage. 

Phil and Linda Rogers of Realty Executives Suncoast, will continue to be active members of the Suncoast brokerage and real estate community, but will step down as Broker/Owners, to allow fellow Broker and Owner of Gallery Properties, Christopher Nutt, to take on the leadership role. Rogers and Nutt have worked together to create an alliance that encourages a smooth transition for their Executives and clients, as they take this step to slow down and focus on the sales side.

“With over 22 years with Realty Executives in Clearwater, Florida, we are excited about the strategic opportunity to enhance the brand with the expansion merger with Realty Executives Gallery Properties in Orlando and Sarasota.” Phil Rogers said. “Looking forward to a “sea of blue” growing in Florida and being alongside our Executives as they grow.”

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Realty Executives Associates Celebrates Over 40 Years

Realty Executives Associates, of Knoxville, TN, is proud to celebrate over 40 years of service and growth in 2021. Throughout the decades, Realty Executives Associates has solidified itself as the #1 brokerage of East Tennessee, through its dedication to global resources mixed with a local approach.

Founded in 1977 by R. Vance Burkey, the brokerage brought the Realty Executives industry’s original 100 percent commission model to Knoxville and has now grown to over 700 agents, 13 offices and over 50 employees. Burkey founded the company on the basis of putting agents and their clients first, innovating and cultivating a culture that prides itself on community and providing an unparalleled level of support to not only its agents, but clients as well.

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Realty Executives Partners With Realtors Property Resource® to Expand Local Market Knowledge Across U.S.

Realty Executives is proud to announce the completion of the Realty Executives Property Expert training series.

Realty Executives International partnered with RPR® (Realtors Property Resource), a market data and analytics platform offered through the National Association of REALTORS®, to provide comprehensive training, free of charge, focused on leveraging RPR tools. 

The tools and strategies covered in the educational course are designed to better position Executives as the local experts in their markets. Each session featured different facets of the real estate journey. As a Realty Executives Property Expert, an agent is prepared to tap into neighborhood statistics, school information, and market activity, ensuring top quality service to home buyers and sellers. This data-driven approach is essential for keeping abreast of changes in the market.

Realty Executives International is committed to providing ongoing, timely opportunities for their agents and brokers to grow and expand their real estate knowledge, in order to provide unparalleled customer service.  

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Realty Executives Southern Living Partners with Luxury Home Developer

Realty Executives Southern Living, of Sevierville, TN, is excited to announce their partnership with luxury home developer, Pigs Fly. This partnership will allow the brokerage access to multi-million-dollar listings in the exclusive mountain neighborhood, The Summit Resort.

The Summit, 565 acres and up to 3000 feet in elevation, offers panoramic views of The Great Smoky Mountains, no state income tax, underground utilities, fire protection, direct developer-to-consumer pricing, paved roads and an average of 1.97 acres per home site. Accessible but private, The Summit is an oasis to second homeowners or retirees looking to escape the city. Home developer Shane Wood began building rustic, energy-efficient homes in The Summit in 2009 and has built 13 to date. In 2019, Wood partnered with former contractor David Runyan, who had started Pigs Fly in February of 2018. Together they own 11 properties throughout the Summit.

Wood and Runyan began their friendship after Runyan, originally from Florida, had bought his first home in The Summit. From there, Runyan purchased another property and saw an opportunity to expand the relationship into a business partnership.

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Mike Tezak Celebrated for Dedication to the Fields of Business and Real Estate

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Drawing upon his expertise in interpersonal communication, Mr. Tezak excels in numerous management and real estate positions. As the broker and owner of Realty Executives Premier, he has specialized in all areas of residential real estate since 2001. Years later, Mr. Tezak found success as the president of the eponymous Tezak Investments, which specializes in real estate investing and development in Northwest Indiana.

More recently, Mr. Tezak has thrived as a developer with Stonebridge and the co-owner of Premier Title Company of Northwest Indiana, which provides commercial and residential title services in the area. During the earliest years of his career, he gained valuable customer expertise in the field as a manager of table games at the Horseshoe Casino. An expert in his field, Mr. Tezak earned a Bachelor of Arts in business from Quincy University. 

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10 Things Agents Can Do Today to Get Deals Done Tomorrow

With social distancing regulations now largely in place across North America, many agents are prohibited from holding open houses. 

But rather than sit idle, there’s much you and your clients can do now to prepare for the day when the wheels of commerce start rolling again. Buyers can improve their buying position, and sellers can get their homes list-ready with a few proactive steps.

While it can typically take two to three weeks to get a property on the market, some brokers are telling their agents to use this time to get homes list-ready now.

That way, once the shelter in place and stay at home orders are lifted, you and your clients can hit the ground running. 

Be the first to market with these helpful agent tips and downloadable checklists for buyers and sellers. 

1. Enlist sellers to take video tours

Ask your sellers to take a video of their homes now. For helpful video-taping tips, see downloadable Sellers’ Checklist (downloads as zip file). There are many easy-to-use digital platforms for creating virtual walkthroughs and 3D scans in addition to simple videos recorded on a smartphone. 

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Northern Arizona and Tucson Elite Unite to Launch Realty Executives Arizona Territory

Realty Executives International is excited to announce the launch of Realty Executives Arizona Territory, Arizona’s newest mega-brokerage, with over 600 agents and a billion dollars in sales volume. Formerly Tucson Elite and Northern Arizona, the two Realty Executives brokerages have partnered to better serve communities throughout Arizona.

The partnership formed with the objective of better serving consumers throughout Arizona. Jeff Murtaugh, former Broker/Owner of Tucson Elite, is the CEO and Designated Broker for Realty Executives Arizona Territory. Murtaugh, along with leadership teams from each brokerage, will merge resources, clientele and market knowledge to position the brokerage as a leader in sales and customer service.

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Realty Executives of Cape County Named Market Leader of 2019

Realty Executives International is excited to announce that Realty Executives of Cape County, of Cape Girardeau, Missouri, has been named a 2019 Market Leader for the international real estate franchise. This award is given to franchisees with 100+ agents, 1000+ transactions, or 20-plus percent market share (based on transactions in the MLS).

Realty Executives of Cape County, celebrating 16 years in business, has successfully completed over 1,400 transactions in 2019, representing a remarkable 48 percent market share in their local market.  

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Realty Executives International Launches First Proprietary Home Listing Platform

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Realty Executives is the first real estate franchisor to replace its third-party Multiple Listing Service (MLS) aggregator with a proprietary home listing platform. This new technology eliminates the third-party challenges of incomplete and delayed listing information, ensuring Realty Executives has the most comprehensive, up-to-date and consistent home listings available. 

Needing access to hundreds of separate MLS feeds, international real estate companies have had to partner with MLS aggregation and standardization companies in order to provide a comprehensive list of homes for sale. However, these listings are often incomplete because of broken feeds third-party vendors have not addressed. Realty Executives decided to connect directly to over 70 MLS feeds in order to provide their brokers, agents and customers access to the most thorough and up-to-date listings available.  

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