Utility Concierge Integration Launches in New Lone Wolf Marketplace

Utility Concierge | May 23, 2020

Utility Concierge®, the original concierge service for connecting home services, is thrilled to announce a collaboration with Lone Wolf Technologies ("Lone Wolf"). Utility Concierge will be featured in the Lone Wolf Marketplace, a library of curated digital tools for real estate agents and brokerages to plug and play into their national transaction management member benefit, zipForm® Plus, or their local/state member benefit, TransactionDesk. Marketplace puts the industry's most innovative tools like the Utility Concierge service, in the hands of real estate agents and brokerages to provide the first end-to-end transaction experience of its kind.

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