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REALTY EXECUTIVES INTERNATIONAL RANKS #5 IN BUSINESS JOURNAL’S FRANCHISORS LIST

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Realty Executives International has once again ranked among the top five firms on the Phoenix Business Journal’s annual list of franchisors.

Closing out last year with 500 franchise units, Realty Executives International placed number five on the list, which ranks Phoenix-area franchisors based on total number of franchise units as of December 31, 2015.  In all, 25 franchise concepts made the list, together accounting for 6,611 total franchise units and more than 245 years of franchising experience.

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Realty Executives International Congratulates 2015 Award Winners

2015 Realty Executives International Awards

In 1965, Realty Executives founder Dale Rector started out with the leading-edge concept of 100% commission for agents. His innovative idea attracted top producing real estate professionals to become “Executives” and forever changed the real estate industry. Today, Realty Executives International boasts a 50-year legacy of innovation, a foundation that has drawn in generations of the industry’s leading real estate professionals. Every year, it is our honor to recognize the very best of the best through our annual awards program.

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Splitting Up Is Hard To Do: Your Options for Home Selling During a Divorce

Your Options to Home Selling During a Divorce

There are a variety of issues a couple has to resolve when they decide to file for divorce. Don’t let the house become the elephant in the room – or on the lot. Work to put away the anger and find an agreeable middle ground that works for you both.

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Two Paws Up For A Pet-Friendly Home

Two Paws Up For A Pet-Friendly Home

Making your home more pet friendly isn’t just good for the canine or feline members of your family. It can actually be a boon to your home when it comes time to sell.

According to the American Pet Products Association, more than 79 million homes in the U.S. sport a pet, and that number is growing. For those in the real estate industry, that marks a shift in the way pets are viewed. For homeowners, it means you can go ahead and splurge on ways to make your pet more comfortable around the house.

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Homeownership Tax Benefits To Take Advantage of in 2016

Homeownership Tax Benefits To Take Advantage of in 2016

A lot of people take advantage of more well-known tax breaks like deducting your mortgage interest from your taxable income. However, homeowners can take advantage of other benefits come tax time no matter where they own property in North America.

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Realty Executives International Climbs in Entrepreneur Magazine’s Franchise 500® Ranking

Realty Executives International has continued to climb in the ranks of Entrepreneur Magazine’s Franchise 500® List, the most comprehensive annual worldwide report that takes account of leading franchising companies poised for growth. The Scottsdale-based, international real estate franchising company came in at #166 overall and placed among the top three real estate brands included in the 2016 Franchise 500®. According to Entrepreneur, the 2016 Franchise 500® encompasses 462,585 individual businesses in 17 different categories.

2016 Franchise 500

“A franchise that is run well is the key to success, and those in the ranking have a strong foundation that can survive in a changing marketplace. They can be excellent opportunities for entrepreneurial leaders ready to take on their next venture,” said Amy Cosper, VP and editor in chief of Entrepreneur in a press release announcing the latest rankings. Continue reading

4 Spring Cleaning Tips To Tidy Your Home

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You clean your living space all the time: fluff pillows, dust bookcases and wash those dishes that seem to multiply themselves if you leave them overnight. There’s a couple times a year, however, where those corners and cabinets and carpets you sometimes neglect could use a deep clean. Here are 4 spring cleaning tips for those forgotten spaces in your home.

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Top Realty Executives Leaders Rank in Swanepoel POWER 200 2015/16

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President of Realty Executives International, Rich Rector, and CEO of flagship brokerage Realty Executives Phoenix, Tucson and Yuma, Jeff Murtaugh, have been named amongst the top leaders in the residential real estate industry.  The two industry veterans are ranked in the Swanepoel POWER 200 2015/16 (SP200), an annual report that names the 200 most influential corporate executives, experts and thought leaders in residential real estate across the United States and Canada.

Founder R. Dale Rector opened the first Realty Executives brokerage in 1965 with one office in Scottsdale, Ariz., attracting the most productive real estate professionals across the Phoenix metro area with the launch of the 100% commission concept. Continue reading

How to Fall In Love With Your Home Again

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Whether it’s the neighbors or the wallpaper, there are usually a couple things about our homes we’d like to change. Here are four easy solutions to your common home woes:

Problem: My house needs more personality.

Solution: Paint the walls! An easy and cheap way to transform a room is to pick a new paint color. There has been a lot of modern research on the psychology of color and some argue that it can even affect our moods, so there’s merit in brightening up your kitchen with a yellow accent wall or bringing calm into your bedroom with an oceanic blue. Plus, a quick beige coat over it saves your resale value. If you are shy about a full on wall treatment, even some paint on a prominent furniture piece or a bold, colorful wall-sized art piece can spice up your space.

Problem: My house feels tiny.

Solution: Mirrors and floor-to-ceiling designs are your friend. It’s not true that you have to put one piece of tiny furniture and hope a room opens up. Be unafraid to take design around the whole room: place a mirror on the wall instead of an art piece to open the area, take that newfound paint color all the way up to the ceiling and accent it with floor-to-ceiling light drapes to give all your spaces a grandiose feeling.

Problem: My house could use some updates.

Solution: Change your home from residence to oasis. Design each room after a favorite travel destination and turn a walk through your home into the ultimate staycation. Convert a back patio, unused extra garage or basement into a secondary living space to give your home the feeling of a new addition without needing a construction crew or a visit from HGTV. All of these will help modernize your home with things easily found at the home store.

Problem: My house is fine — it’s my yard I don’t like.

Solution: Makeover your outdoor areas by creating a focal point for design. Have a pool? Set up a grilling area and lounge chairs so you can invite friends over during the warmer months. If you are set on lounging  with a smaller group, salvage some wood or make use of that beautiful oak tree and set up a hammock to enjoy the ambiance. Even some upcycled pallets with waterproof cushions and a fire pit can transform your backyard into a new space you enjoy, an extension of the home you’ve learned to love again.

Outlook for 2016’s Housing Market

Story-3_5-2016HousingMarketA new year means a new set of predictions for the future of real estate. How will 2016 shake out? Here are some U.S. and Canadian prognoses:

U.S. housing is intimately tied with job outlook

With a strong 2015 behind us, growth in the housing market should continue in 2016 — as long as job opportunities continue to grow to allow both first-time homebuyers and existing homeowners to participate in the market. That’s even with possible economic changes like rising interest rates.

“As the economy gets better, job and wage growth should keep pace. So even though mortgage rates will rise, they will still be low by historical standards and very affordable,” says National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) Chief Economist David Crowe in a news release. The organization’s Senior Economist Robert Denk noted that with the evolution past the immediate troubles of the bust, the nation will see “broad-based recovery.” Continue reading