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Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate Announces New VP

Above, Christina Balas Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate LLC has announced the appointment of Christina Balas as vice president of servicing and operations.   In her new role, Balas will develop critical initiatives to drive affiliate performance, satisfaction and engagement with a focus on growing market share and increasing agent productivity. She will also lead…

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John L. Scott Real Estate Names New Company Financial Officer

John L. Scott Real Estate has appointed Jeffrey Currier as the company’s new Company Financial Officer. In this role, the company stated that Currier will be responsible for overseeing finance and accounting at John L. Scott. He will focus on cash management, leases, facilities, and will be closely involved in forecasting and executing strategies that…

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Housing Starts Drop From February Rally

Privately-owned housing starts plunged in March to a seasonally adjusted rate of 1.32 million—14.7% below the February estimate of 1.54 million—and 4.3% below the March 2023 rate of 1.38 million, according to the latest report from the Census Bureau and the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). And while starts of new single-family…

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Brokerages Claim Buyer Lawsuits Barred by Statute of Limitations

With commission-focused lawsuits filed by recent homesellers seemingly headed toward resolution through a patchwork of settlement agreements, the real estate industry is now pivoting to face another threat—allegations from homebuyers that companies conspired on rules that inflated commissions and harmed them. In the largest and most recent lawsuit filed by buyers—known as Batton—several big brokerages…

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Century 21 Announces Baltimore Affiliation

Century 21 Real Estate LLC has announced its expansion in the Baltimore Metropolitan area, thanks to its latest affiliation: Harris Hawkins & Co., a Black-owned, woman-led business, now operating as CENTURY 21 Harris Hawkins & Co. Founded in 2020 by Baltimore natives Tiffany Harris and Brandi Hawkins, the company is now owned and operated by…

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Judge Mulls Dismissing Certain Claims in eXp Sexual Assault Lawsuit

A federal judge appears to be leaning toward dismissing at least some of the claims against eXp in a lawsuit filed by an agent—Anya Roberts—who claims she was sexually assaulted by recruiters, discussing a tentative order that seemingly did not find the company was negligently or “vicariously” liable for the actions of influencers. The tentative…

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Dispelling Myths About Commissions and the MLS

Editor’s note: The following ‘Myths vs Facts’ were excerpted from recent research, “Dispelling the Myths About Real Estate Commissions and the MLS,” released by Bright MLS. Bright MLS President and CEO Brian Donnellan offers context on the analysis below the comparisons. Myth: Agents steer clients to homes with higher commission rates.   Fact: Our analysis of over…

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LeadingRE Adds AJ Canaria Creative Services to Solutions Group Program

Leading Real Estate Companies of the World® welcomes AJ Canaria Creative Services, LLC to its Solutions Group program of preferred business resources for its global network of real estate firms.  AJ Canaria Creative Services—founded by AJ Canaria, who now serves as chief photographer—provides photography services specializing in events, headshots, lifestyle shoots, editorials, and advertising, according…

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How to Assess the Financial Stability of an HOA

Understanding a Homeowner Association’s (HOA) financial stability is crucial for maintaining property values and ensuring residents’ high quality of life. Key examination elements include reserve funds, special assessments and financial planning. Reserve funds cover significant repairs and replacements, special assessments address unforeseen expenses and financial planning ensures long-term stability. Understanding these aspects helps members make…

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Pioneering Innovation in Real Estate Excellence

Dan Prud’homme, principal at The Prud’homme Team and a pivotal figure at William Raveis Real Estate (formerly the Carolina Realty Group) in Hilton Head Island, South Carolina, stands as a beacon of innovation and strategic foresight within the real estate sector. Prud’homme’s success story is not merely about weathering storms, but about thriving amidst adversity—a…

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