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October 2015 industry partnerships and developments

See who's partnering with whom to help agents and consumers with the homebuying and selling process

Who joined forces in the real estate industry in October to help agents up their game, and who’s rolling out new products? Here’s our rundown, in chronological order.

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September 29

Better Homes and Gardens Rand Realty announced that RJ Smith Realty of Pine Bush is merging with the Rand Group of Pine Bush.

October 1

Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage announced that it acquired the assets of Brearley Investment Company, which has been doing business in two offices in Sedona, Arizona, as Coldwell Banker First Affiliate.

Century 21 Real Estate has affiliated with Asset Realty, a Seattle firm that will operate as Century 21 Northwest Realty.

Re/Max Results of Fort Wayne, Indiana, and Re/Max Select of Greenwood, Indiana, have merged. The companies will both be known as Re/Max Results.

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October 2

Pro Teck Valuation Services announced that its appraisal management services are now available through Ellie Mae‘s Encompass mortgage management platform.

The Minneapolis Area Association of Realtors (MAAR) announced that it sold 10K Research and Marketing to ShowingTime.

Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices has chosen Videolicious to enable network members to create and edit digital marketing and sales videos.

October 5

10K Research and Marketing announced the launch of its interactive residential real estate market analysis product, Infosparks.

Engel & Völkers has partnered with brokerage Mercedes/Berk in Manhattan.

Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate announced that it has added Gold Coast Real Estate, its first Nebraska-based real estate affiliate, to its franchise network; the affiliate will now be known as Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate Integrity.

October 6

Spacio Pro‘s open house iPad app now shows RealSatisfied agent reviews and recommendations.

Builders Digital Experience (BDX) announced partnerships with the Realtors Association of the Palm Beaches, Miami Association of Realtors, Staten Island Board of Realtors, My Regional Florida MLS and Bakersfield Association of Realtors.

October 7

Coldwell Banker Residential Real Estate acquired the assets of Island Estates Realty in Clearwater, Florida, which will now operate as Coldwell Banker Residential Real Estate.

Citi Habitats acquired the assets of aptsandlofts.com, which will now operate under the Citi Habitats name.

The Link Agency announced the addition of a new division, a private brokerage that’s part of a national marketing firm.

Re/Max Regional Services, which serves Georgia, Kentucky, Tennessee and Southern Ohio, announced its partnership with SocialSurvey, a tool that captures consumer experiences.

October 8

Clayton Holdings, which provides loan due diligence, valuations, consulting services and more, acquired ValuAmerica, a national title agency, appraisal management company and technology provider.

Sotheby’s International Realty Affiliates announced that several existing affiliate brokerages — Milan, Lake Como, Rome and Tuscany Sotheby’s International Realty — will now do business as Italy Sotheby’s International Realty.

October 14

Coretrust Capital Partners, a private real estate operating company based in Los Angeles, was selected for inclusion in the Scout Program and closed its first fund with a $200 million equity commitment from Scout Fund II, which is managed by Hawkeye Partners.

Ellie Mae announced it will acquire Mortgage Returns, an on-demand CRM and marketing automation solution for the mortgage industry.

Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage has added Updater to its Southern California Concierge Program.

October 15

Realty Group International, a luxury real estate network headquartered in Beverly Hills, will now cover the United Arab Emirate markets.

ClosingCorp, which provides residential real estate closing cost data and technology, announced that its Loan Estimate Service is now integrated with Integra Software Systems‘ Web-based Epic and Destiny Loan Origination Systems.

FormFree Holdings Corporation, a provider of automated asset verifications for the mortgage industry, has formed a strategic partnership with Financial Apps, a data analytics technology provider.

Xome rolled out a new mobile notary app, Xome Signings.

The North Alabama Multiple Listing Service (NALMLS), Instanet Solutions and Black Knight announced a multi-year agreement that will provide NAMLS members with a paperless system.

October 19

Radian Guaranty, the mortgage insurance subsidiary of Radian Group, announced it has completed integration with LendingQB, a Web browser-based, end-to-end mortgage loan origination software.

Opes Advisors in Cupertino, California, has implemented Ellie Mae‘s Encompass mortgage management solution as its mortgage lending platform.

HomeUnion, the online real estate investment management firm, has added Charlotte, North Carolina to its list of active investment markets.

Freddie Mac unveiled Loan Advisor Suite, an end-to-end loan quality solution.

Mortgage TrueView, which provides business intelligence services, launched LenderScores.com, a consumer website to help buyers identify and choose a lender.

Comergence, a provider of third-party originator and appraiser Safe Act compliance software systems, premiered the fifth generation of its platform.

Real Estate Services Providers Council, Inc. (RESPRO) and America’s Homeowners Alliance (AHA) announced a new strategic partnership that will allow RESPRO members the opportunity to provide employees, sales associates and customers with a one-year free AHA membership.

Morrison & Foerster’s Global Real Estate Group has expanded into Boston; three member’s of the firm’s real estate practice are now located in the Back Bay neighborhood.

October 20

ClosingCorp, a provider of residential real estate closing cost data and technology, announced the launch of Lumen Snapshot, a tool that projects closing cost data in real-time during the “shopping” stage of getting a loan.

LenderLive, an end-to-end mortgage services provider, announced that a new tax transcript analysis module has been added to its FACTCheck suite of products.

Freddie Mac announced an alliance with The Mortgage Collaborative, an independent mortgage lending cooperative.

SVG Real Estate Firm in Grand Rapids, Michigan, is joining Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Michigan Real Estate.

October 21

Radian Guaranty, the mortgage insurance subsidiary of Radian Group, now offers Radian mortgage insurance for non-delegated loans through an integration with Black Knight Financial Services’ Empower loan origination system.

ERA Real Estate announced the affiliation of American Property Brokers in Billings, Montana, and Watford City, North Dakota; those offices will now do business as ERA American Real Estate.

October 22

Reach150, a referral management company, and Corefact, a printing and online marketing solutions provider for the real estate and mortgage industries announced a partnership to provide agents and brokerages an integrated online-offline marketing solution.

October 23

Harcourts Desert Homes, a new residential brokerage serving the Coachella Valley, opened in Palm Springs, California.

October 26

HomeAhead has partnered with Brooks & Davis Real Estate Firm in Houston, Texas, to provide its customers with early access to initial HomeAhead tools and agents with access to buyer information.

HomeUnion has added Tampa, Florida, to its list of active investment markets.

October 29

Century 21 Affiliated (C21A) has partnered with The Jacobs Companies, a Chicago-area homebuilder.

October 31

Leading Real Estate Companies of the World announced that to date this year, 37 firms have joined the global real estate network.

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