MARKET OUTLOOK, REAL ESTATE INVESTMENT
The Agency | March 09, 2023
The Agency, a global real estate brokerage company, recently launched a new franchise office in Toronto West. With the new office in Toronto, the company has fourteen offices in Canada and three in Toronto. It joins the brokerage's growing network with the recent launch having more than 75 offices in the US, Mexico, Canada, Europe and the Caribbean. Industry veterans Katia Bailey, Paul Greenberg, and Steve Bailey, as Managing Partners and Matt Lionetti, Managing Director, will run the new office named The Agency Toronto West.
The company has expanded globally throughout the last year, making it one of the fastest-growing luxury boutique brokerages worldwide. The independent brokerages owned by the company are referred to and integrated as genuine global partners. Every Managing Partner, from corporate or independently-owned offices, functions as a unified, genuine global network. The Agency's global partners have access to technology, tools, leadership, marketing, training and public relations in the company's corporate offices. Within the first quarter of the current year, it launches six new offices, including the recent launch of the Toronto West office, with more on the horizon in the coming months.
The Agency's well-known brand has been featured on international television programs like Buying Beverly Hills, which premiered on Netflix on November 4, 2022, along with The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills as well as Million Dollar Listing Los Angeles. The Agency has expanded to more than 70 corporately owned and franchise offices worldwide, making it one of the world's fastest-growing luxury boutique brokerages. Additionally, The Agency was recently ranked 21st on the RealTrends 500 list for 2022 and led the top 50 firms in average sales price by sides at $2.5 million. Additionally, the Agency was named Inman's Luxury Brokerage of the Year in 2022.
About The Agency
The Agency is a global brokerage real estate company with agent-first, tech-driven boutique luxury representing clients worldwide in various classes, including residential, new development, resort real estate, luxury leasing and vacation rentals. The Agency adopts a collaborative business strategy, departing from the traditional brokerage model and fostering a culture of partnership in which all clients and listings are represented in a collaborative setting. The shared resources and networks of the entire global team benefit the agents and clients. It has closed over $57 billion in real estate transactions since 2011, including 70 offices in 10 countries, with its headquarters in Beverly Hills, California.
MARKET OUTLOOK, REAL ESTATE INVESTMENT
FirstBank | February 23, 2023
FirstBank, a Nashville-based community banking provider to businesses, families, and individuals, recently announced an investment in Zippy, the fintech company that offers seamless manufactured home loans. By combining its knowledge with Zippy's groundbreaking technology, FirstBank is able to increase access to affordable homeownership and demonstrate its dedication to providing cutting-edge banking solutions for its local communities.
Zippy is at present available in nine states including Kansas, Virginia, Missouri, Georgia, Alabama, Michigan, Texas, Arizona, and Indiana, and intending to double its current footprint in 2023. Zippy supports customers access for community-sold homes in master-planned communities that provide homeowners with amenities through the home loans the company offers. The amenities it helps with include workout facilities, community pools, playground and more.
FirstBank has a vast experience in home lending manufacturing, and with investment in Zippy it will offer manufactured homes that are well-constructed and provide much-needed affordability amidst the current housing crisis in the United States. Zippy was created by former JP Morgan bankers, CEO Ben Halliday, and COO/President Jordan Bucy. They became community owners after acquiring a manufactured home community and completing a four-year renovation project. This experience gave them insight into the challenges facing the industry and a respect for the manufactured housing model. They then developed a unique online platform that can provide competitive loans in just five days.
Wade Peery, Chief Innovations Officer at FirstBank, said, "FirstBank has extensive experience in manufactured home lending and has invested in fintech partnerships that enable us to offer innovative solutions that meet the needs of our customers.“ He also said, "In today's housing market, finding new paths to affordable homeownership is critical. This partnership will make buying a home possible for many new individuals and families."
(Source: Cision PR Newswire)
FirstBank is based in Nashville, Tennessee, and has 82 full-service branches in Tennessee, South Central Kentucky, Alabama, and North Georgia, in addition to mortgage offices located throughout the Southeast. The company is a wholly owned subsidiary of FB Financial Corporation with an approximate total assets valued at $12.8 billion. Established in 1906, FirstBank's approach to serving businesses, families, and individuals within the communities it calls home has prioritized local banking. FirstBank has grown through acquisitions and internal expansion to become a leading provider of core banking services.
REAL ESTATE TECHNOLOGY, REAL ESTATE INVESTMENT
Side | January 30, 2023
Robust Real Estate, a client-centric residential sales and leasing firm, recently announced its partnership with Side, a real estate technology company. The collaboration will ensure that the relationship-driven firm of Robust Real Estate is powered by the industry's most advanced platform.
Corey Nelson founded Robust Real Estate to assist Southern California homebuyers and sellers achieve their real estate objectives. With a total transaction volume of approximately $300 million, Nelson and his team earned a spot on the Los Angeles magazine Real Estate All-Stars list for 2023 and the RealTrends list of America's top real estate professionals in 2022. In addition, the team has 100 five-star Zillow ratings and many satisfied clients who support its referral-based business.
Partnering with Side will ensure that Robust Real Estate remains at the forefront of the evolving real estate market and continues to provide its clients with premium services. Side supports Robust Real Estate with a one-of-a-kind brokerage platform consisting of proprietary technology, branding and marketing services, transaction management, public relations, lead generation, vendor management, legal support, and infrastructure solutions. In addition, Robust Real Estate will join an exclusive group of Side partners, gaining access to an expansive network.
Corey Nelson, Founder of Robust Real Estate, shared, "I've dreamed of opening my own brokerage since obtaining my broker license in 2015, but I was hesitant to move forward because of the overhead, complexity, and liability." He adds, "Side solves many of my concerns by providing my team and me with access to state-of-the-art marketing, technology, administrative, and legal services, so we can spend more time delivering best-in-class service to our clients."
(Source – PRWeb)
Headquartered in San Francisco (California) and founded in 2017, Side is a real estate brokerage platform empowering agents, teams, and independent brokers to establish and expand their boutique brands. The company works in the background to provide its partners with time-saving technology and superior support so brokers can work without worrying about the time, cost, or risk of operating a brokerage. Its proprietary technology platform and support solutions enable agent partners to increase productivity and expand their businesses. As a result, Side has helped launch more than 500 real estate companies across the country.