It’s your worst nightmare as a buyer: one minute, everything is a go for purchasing the house of your dreams and the next, the entire down payment is gone with little hope in getting it back. This nightmare, known as wire fraud, has happened across the country to buyers who have fallen prey to a phishing scam resulting in losses of hundreds of millions dollars with devastating results for those in the process of purchasing a home.
The way this scam works is hackers target email and other accounts with messages relating to real estate activities, collecting contacts/email address of those in the process of buying a property. The scammer then spoofs an email to the buyer, often pretending to be an agent, title company, etc., directing them on where to wire their down payment. For those unfortunate buyers who follow through, they are out their down payment with little chance of ever getting it back. Continue reading
2017 has been an eventful year for Edmonton-area real estate experts Steve and Darlene Reid, who opened Realty Executives Vision this summer and celebrated with a Grand Re-Opening event in the fall. Realty Executives International caught up with the powerhouse pair as they set their sights on expansion and look ahead to the New Year.
- How have the last few months gone? How has the community received you?
It’s been a whirlwind of activity, that’s for sure! We’ve been spending a lot of time talking to real estate professionals who are curious about our office. It’s been gratifying to hear so many of them say that they are glad Realty Executives is maintaining a strong presence in Edmonton. And yes, a lot of them have expressed interest in joining our team. As a result of our Grand Re-Opening, we’ve hired new Executives and look forward to growing our team.
- What differentiates your office and agents from the competition?
Our office takes Realty Executives’ approach to real estate seriously – offering leading-edge technology and support with lower fees. This is attractive for those who are motivated and entrepreneurial because there is more of a payoff for the effort they put in. Agents who put in the time, who look for ways to improve themselves and their business, and who put their clients first thrive under this model. In addition to Realty Executives’ proprietary PrimeAgent marketing suite (which is AMAZING), our office offers in-depth training from local experts. Our Executives benefit from ongoing professional education offered by our broker (who is also a lawyer) plus one-on-one, high-performance training from a perennial top producer. We cover the bases, from legal and marketing, to technology and client care. We don’t just want a brokerage with a lengthy roster, we’re focused on creating a centre of real estate excellence. Continue reading
Realty Executives International ranks as a Top Franchise Brand for 2017 in Entrepreneur magazine’s first-ever Top Franchise Brands list. The report recognizes the top 200 franchisors that have built the strongest brands, with 988 companies across industries considered for this year’s ranking.
Entrepreneur set out to discover the brands that are beloved, recognizable and robust. Social media followers, system size, number of years in business, number of years franchising, and overall reputation were taken into account for this ranking. Continue reading
Realty Executives has donated funds to The American Red Cross in support of Hurricane Irma relief efforts in Florida and the Southeastern U.S. The company matched a contribution made towards Hurricane Harvey relief efforts earlier this month, when profits earned from Texas operations in 2017 were donated to the Red Cross.
Realty Executives has donated the profits earned from Texas operations in 2017 to The American Red Cross in support of Hurricane Harvey relief efforts. With 17 brokerages throughout the state of Texas, Realty Executives is home to thousands of Brokers, Executives (agents), and staff in the region.
“We’ve been on the phone checking on our people in the area, and several of our employees have family along the Texas Coastal Bend, so we want to do what we can. We know that the Red Cross’ relief efforts are comprehensive and wanted to provide support in a practical way,” says Alysia Heun, VP of Franchise Services at Realty Executives International.
In addition to the donation, the company is mobilizing its network of thousands to provide support to victims who are part of the Realty Executives family.
CEO Faceoff: David Tedesco is Owler’s highest ranking real estate leader for the second quarter in a row
Realty Executives is proud to announce that David Tedesco has been ranked the no. 1 leader in real estate according to community-based business insights platform, Owler.
Owler just released their quarterly CEO Faceoff, a head-to-head matchup comparing crowdsourced business insights on leaders in their real estate competitive set, and Tedesco is at the top of the list with a rating of 97 percent.
Realty Executives agents named in REAL Trends “The Thousand” and “America’s Best Real Estate Agents” rankings
Realty Executives is proud to announce that 55 teams and close to 90 individual agents have been featured in REAL Trends annual report, America’s Best Real Estate Agents, with the highest ranking agents and teams also included in REAL Trends renowned list, The Thousand. The prestigious national awards rankings represent less than 1 percent of America’s real estate practitioners.
This year Canada is celebrating its sesquicentennial, 150 years of being a nation, and Realty Executives is proud to be a part of the fabric of this wonderful country.
“It’s an exciting time to be in real estate, especially in terms of the future growth of the industry. We have an incoming generation of young REALTORS® and the opportunity to provide them with education and a foundation that they will undoubtedly use to shape the real estate landscape,” says Wayne Zuk, Saskatchewan Regional Developer and Broker/Owner of Realty Executives Saskatoon.
Neil Mathweg is a social media superstar. He’s a sought-after influencer when it comes to Snapchat for real estate, and he completely dominates Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and all of the big social platforms. However, he is probably most well-known for his podcast Onion Juice.
“Onion Juice provides value to real estate agents who are tired of chasing business, and instead want to attract business,” he explains. “It’s for the real estate agent who wants to challenge the status quo, be an artist, be authentic. It’s for the agent who wants to be a media company that happens to sell real estate.”
What can homeowners, buyers and sellers expect in 2017? Real estate experts have a positive outlook for 2017 and are predicting continued growth. “Opportunities in the Canadian market continue to be abundant but no two markets are the same,” says Frank Magliocco, partner and national real estate practice leader at PwC Canada.
Commenting on the U.S. market, National Association of Home Builders Chairman Ed Brady said, “Ongoing job growth, low mortgage rates and rising incomes are contributing to a firming housing market and economy.” He added, “Though some areas are recovering faster than others, the overall trend is positive.”
Here are three trends that are expected to have a significant impact on housing over the next 12 months: