REAL ESTATE TECHNOLOGY
Redfin | July 06, 2022
In 2020 and 2021, purchases of second homes with high flood risk rose 45% from the prior two-year period (2018-2019), according to a new analysis of ClimateCheck data from Redfin (redfin.com), the technology-powered real estate brokerage. There were also significant increases in purchases of second homes with high storm risk (40%) and high heat risk (39%).
Demand for second homes surged during the pandemic as low mortgage rates, remote work and the desire to escape the city drove up demand for vacation properties. Overall, purchases of second homes were up 37% higher in 2020 and 2021 compared with 2018 and 2019. Demand has since fallen back below pre-pandemic levels as life has returned somewhat to normal, but many Americans now own at-risk second homes, which has implications for the future.
“The threat of climate change isn’t the top concern for a lot of homebuyers, which means they often prioritize factors like warm weather and proximity to the beach over avoiding natural-disaster risk. Second-home owners, in particular, have another place to live if disaster strikes—another reason climate danger may not feel like a pressing issue, But house hunters should be aware that purchasing in a disaster-prone area not only puts them and their home at risk, but their finances as well. Home values in climate-endangered places may fall in the coming years as consumers learn more about the risks to properties in these areas.”
Redfin Senior Economist Sheharyar Bokhari
A recent Redfin analysis found that more people have been moving into than out of the U.S. counties with the largest share of homes at high risk from natural disasters. That’s partly because some buyers just aren’t aware of the risks. Redfin.com now publishes climate-risk data for nearly every U.S. home, with the exception of rental listings, to help house hunters make more informed decisions.
“House hunters from out of town ask about climate change because they’re very concerned about flooding, but most of them don’t change their minds,” said Miami Redfin agent Cristina Llanos. “They hear horror stories of hurricanes, but generally still move forward. People want to talk about it but it typically doesn’t make or break their decision.”
Heat and Storm Are Most Common Risks Second-Home Buyers Face
Overall, heat is the most common risk facing second-home buyers—nearly all (94%) of second homes purchased in the past two years face high heat risk. Next comes high storm risk, which plagues more than three-quarters (78%) of second homes bought in the past two years, followed by high flood risk (26%), high fire risk (23%) and high drought risk (21%).
Many popular second-home destinations, like Florida and Arizona, face significant heat and/or storm risk. The most popular destinations for homebuyers looking to relocate are Miami, Tampa and Phoenix, which attracted scores of affluent out-of-towners in search of vacation homes during the pandemic.
Redfin is a technology-powered real estate company. We help people find a place to live with brokerage, instant home-buying (iBuying), rentals, lending, title insurance, and renovations services. We sell homes for more money and charge half the fee. We also run the country's #1 real-estate brokerage site. Our home-buying customers see homes first with on-demand tours, and our lending and title services help them close quickly. Customers selling a home can take an instant cash offer from Redfin or have our renovations crew fix up their home to sell for top dollar. Our rentals business empowers millions nationwide to find apartments and houses for rent. Since launching in 2006, we've saved customers more than $1 billion in commissions. We serve more than 100 markets across the U.S. and Canada and employ over 6,000 people.
REAL ESTATE INVESTMENT
eXp Realty | September 19, 2022
eXp Realty®, the fastest-growing global real estate brokerage and the core subsidiary of eXp World Holdings, Inc., today announced plans to expand its real estate operations into Poland.
This announcement follows the successful launch of four new markets in 2022 including the Dominican Republic, Greece, New Zealand and Chile with Dubai expected to open soon. Upon launch of these new markets, eXp Realty will have a presence in 24 global markets, including its headquarters in the United States.
“Poland’s recent wave of real estate brokerage consolidation speaks to the attractiveness of its property sector for both foreign and domestic investments, With continued rapid growth and resilience in the real estate market, Poland provides eXp Realty an ideal opportunity to establish a strong foothold in the Central and Eastern European region.”
-Michael Valdes, Chief Growth Officer
eXp Realty’s brokerage operations in Poland will be led by Dorota Chomuntowska who joins the company with more than 11 years of real estate broker experience in Poland and other international markets. eXp has pioneered a new wave of quality and value for the real estate industry, I am honored to lead this expansion in Poland and look forward to introducing eXp Realty to agents across the country,says Chomuntowska.
About eXp World Holdings, Inc.
eXp World Holdings, Inc. is the holding company for eXp Realty®, Virbela and SUCCESS® Enterprises. eXp Realty is the fastest-growing real estate company in the world with more than 84,000 agents in the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, Australia, South Africa, India, Mexico, Portugal, France, Puerto Rico, Brazil, Italy, Hong Kong, Colombia, Spain, Israel, Panama, Germany, Dominican Republic, Greece, New Zealand and Chile and continues to scale internationally. As a publicly traded company, eXp World Holdings provides real estate professionals the unique opportunity to earn equity awards for production goals and contributions to overall company growth. eXp World Holdings and its businesses offer a full suite of brokerage and real estate tech solutions, including its innovative residential and commercial brokerage model, professional services, collaborative tools and personal development. The cloud-based brokerage is powered by Virbela, an immersive 3D platform that is deeply social and collaborative, enabling agents to be more connected and productive. SUCCESS® Enterprises, anchored by SUCCESS® magazine and its related media properties, was established in 1897 and is a leading personal and professional development brand and publication.
LIVING VOGUE REAL ESTATE | September 06, 2022
Living Vogue LLC, doing business as Living Vogue Real Estate, a Florida-based luxury real estate company, announced today it will begin offering agents a 100% commission compensation option. In addition to this new alternative, the brokerage adjusted its traditional commission plan, with higher take-home percentages, thresholds, and an added cap, making it much more attractive to accomplished agents. Earlier this summer the company shocked competitors when it announced it had terminated 10% of its workforce as underperforming. Today's news makes it clear that the company is going after the best, most successful agents as it continues to grow.
"While most of the industry is tightening, we're investing back into our most valuable asset: our agents. By offering more extensive benefits and higher compensation than our competitors, our goal is to attract and retain the best talent and thereby offer the highest level of luxury real estate services to consumers,"
- Mark Coppens, CEO of Living Vogue Real Estate
Following record growth in 2021, the brokerage has no plans of slowing down. With agents doing business across the state in six different REALTOR Associations, executives aren't shy about their bold plans to expand into other highly competitive markets. They credit the company's success to their fundamental shift in focus onto the client experience, beyond just the predictably impersonal transaction of buying or selling a home. By curating an upscale, uniquely luxurious experience for clients in their Showrooms; engagement, sales, and brand loyalty have been remarkable.
Visit a Chanel boutique in an upscale mall and you'll see a line to get in stretching around the corner. Why wait in that line when you can buy the same handbag online? It's the genteel staff, complimentary champagne, and exclusive feel that are the hallmarks of a truly luxurious experience worth seeking out. Buying a multimillion-dollar home in paradise should feel just as luxurious as scoring that latest Louis Vuitton scarf at their flagship storefront on the Champs-Élysées. So, we've structured our unique Showrooms to focus on this client experience, and placed them in high foot-traffic upscale locations to give agents the tremendous lead opportunities, added Mr. Coppens.
ABOUT LIVING VOGUE REAL ESTATE
Living Vogue Real Estate, headquartered in Sarasota Florida, is all about the exclusive experience. From the moment you step into one of their swanky showrooms you're greeted with a glass of champagne or cappuccino, and treated to an enjoyable, glamourous experience all the way through closing. No matter your budget, they believe the process of buying or selling a home should be fun, exciting, and fulfilling. From arcade games and pinball to occupy your little ones, to a pool table and wine bar for the adults, their goal is to make turning the page of life's next chapter relaxing and rewarding. You won't find 'cube-farms' and stuffy receptionists at Living Vogue. Their reimagined workplaces foster highly creative and collaborative agents with the expertise and charisma to help make your real estate and lifestyle needs a reality.