Real estate franchise powerhouse Realogy Corp. said first quarter revenue was up 18 percent from a year ago, to $819 million, helping the company trim losses by 24 percent, to $197 million.

The company’s brokerages and franchises not only handled more "transaction sides" — representing a buyer or seller in a sale — but home prices in those transactions were up from a year ago, boosting commission revenue.

Transactions were up 11 percent at Realogy’s company-owned brokerages, to 52,532, and average home prices increased 17 percent, to $418,000. The company-owned brokerages, which are owned by NRT LLC and affiliated with Realogy franchise brands including Coldwell Banker, ERA and Sotheby’s International Realty, are focused on high-end markets.

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