Low mortgage rates spur gain in July's existing home sales

National Association of Realtors | August 21, 2019

Existing-home sales rose 2.5% in July from the prior month, according to the National Association of Realtors. Total existing-home sales completed transactions that include single-family homes, townhomes, condominiums and co-ops increased to a seasonally adjusted annualized rate of 5.42 million, a gain of 0.6% above July 2018’s rate.

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George Slusser, head of the WAV Group's New Real Estate M&A Advisory Division

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George Slusser, one of the land business' generally capable and notable valuation specialists, will join WAV Group to head its new Mergers and Acquisition Advisory Division, land's driving counseling and examination firm reported today. As the most up to date individual from the WAV group, Slusser brings over 35 years of involvement, remembering individual investment for more than 300 land business consolidations and acquisitions on both the procuring and selling side including many financier organization valuations. "George literally wrote the book on real estate M&As," WAV Group Managing Partner Victor Lund said. Slusser authored the industry best-selling book, Acquiring Profit, which created the foundation for today's modern M&A industry for U.S. real estate brokerages. "We can honestly say that no one will offer brokers better M&A advice than WAV Group with George on board." Lund clarified that at Cendant, Slusser helped led the significant acquisitions that made what is currently Realogy, the world's biggest land organization. Slusser most as of late was the previous COO and Chief Growth Officer of SVN International (earlier Sperry Van Ness), and past President and COO of Coldwell Banker Commercial Real Estate. He likewise was a top leader at GMAC Home Services, ERA Franchise Systems, and Merrill Lynch Realty. "No one has more experience helping real estate brokers navigate the challenges of preparing a succession plan and the right exit strategy than George," added Marilyn Wilson, WAV Group Managing Partner. "WAV Group already assists organizations to increase the value of their companies with the services we provide in technology, recruiting, retention and organizational excellence. 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