Charlie Young: ‘We are a completely transformed brand’

ERA CEO talks mortgage rates, agent productivity and 2015 fears

Future-Proof: Navigate Threats, Seize Opportunities at ICNY 2018 | Jan 22-26 at the Marriott Marquis, Times Square, New York

Charlie Young is the president and CEO of ERA Franchise Systems. Are you optimistic about 2015? Yes, I am quite optimistic for the year ahead. Our team has been re-energized by the rebranding process we rolled out in 2014. I believe that momentum, coupled with positive economic forecasts, will translate to even greater success next year. What are you worried about? I try to not worry about things I can't control. All current indicators point to a healthy real estate market next year, and NAR and other forecasters are projecting moderate growth for 2015. If I were to worry, it would be on macro issues related to economic growth and job creation. We need both to drive the real estate market. How much do you fret about global events? On a personal level, I worry about lots of issues globally. As it relates to real estate, I think the dynamics of supply and demand bode well for the market in 2015 and in the near future beyond that. Will mortgage rates go up or down nex...