San Diego Luxury Brokerage Willis Allen Real Estate Launches New Tech Stack

Willis Allen Real Estate | June 19, 2019

Willis Allen Real Estate, a leading luxury brokerage in the greater San Diegoarea, announced that they are launching a new tech stack for agents, "WAREhouse". The new platform will be launched in phases, with the first phase released to agents on June 17, 2019. "We've been fortunate to have excellent relationships with some of the biggest platform vendors in our space over the years," says Willis Allen Real Estate CEO Andrew Nelson. "However, it's clear that the landscape is changing. We set out to accomplish two paramount goals: to take full control of our own data and arm our agents with the best tools out there."

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Faropoint | July 06, 2022

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