Industry News

The week in real estate industry deals: Nov. 14-18

Mergers, integrations, acquistions, partnerships and more

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While real estate agents chase leads and close deals on houses, there’s another level of deal-making that takes place within the real estate industry: mergers, acquisitions, integrations and partnerships.

We’ll be recapping every week’s noteworthy deals that didn’t make it into print (and some that did) for your perusal.

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November 11

The Central Texas MLS will involve a partnership of the Four Rivers Association of Realtors, Temple-Belton Board of Realtors and Williamson County Association of Realtors.

November 14

HomeUnion has partnered with Accruit to allow HomeUnion investor clients to access Accruit services. “HomeUnion offers investors an online real estate investment and management platform, which is an industry first,” according to Don Ganguly, CEO of HomeUnion, in a statement. “By using HomeUnion.com, 1031 exchange investors can select from a wide array of single-family rental (SFR) and multifamily properties priced exactly to meet their 1031 exchange requirements.”

Illinois Realtors will license its forms to zipLogix.

November 15

Centralized Showing Service, a real estate showing services company, is pleased to announce that Omaha’s premier real estate company, NP Dodge, has selected CSS to schedule and manage home showing appointments for its Realtors. “CSS was the clear choice for NP Dodge,” said Mike Riedmann, President, NP Dodge Residential Sales, in a statement. “This unique advantage allows our agents to be more agile and customer focused with confidence.”

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CurbCall is partnering with zipLogix to offer a free month-long trial to zipLogix customers. “This integration with RapidSOS technology helps real estate professionals nationwide stay safer on showings by enabling them to get instant access to emergency services,” said CurbCall CEO Stephanie Sullivan in a statement. “We’re proud that we will be offering the only safety app for home showings that includes 9-1-1 connectivity.”

HouseLens and DroneBase have formed a partnership to provide DroneBase tools to HouseLens clients. “We are extremely pleased to have found a service partner that shares our commitment to offering drone services that are safe, legal, and professional,” says HouseLens Founder & CEO Andrew Crefeld.

November 17

Taiwanese blockchain startup Bitmark raised $1.7 million in new seed funding. “The notion of property rights in the digital environment is not yet defined,” said CEO Sean Moss-Pultz in a statement. “Bitmark changes that notion by giving each of us property rights to our data. You have to own it to make sure that value is clear.”

Delaware Association of Realtors have signed a member agreement with zipLogix.

Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage acquired the assets of Choice Realty in Iselin, New Jersey, which will now operate as Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage. “This acquisition was a strategic opportunity to welcome a dynamic and successful group of sales professionals to Coldwell Banker while expanding our competitive presence in this marketplace,” said Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage president Hal Maxwell. “David Fialk and the agents affiliated with Choice Realty have earned a solid reputation built on their knowledge and professionalism, and we are pleased to welcome them to our company.”

Windermere Real Estate and Wailea Realty Corp. announced a new affiliation. This will also see the opening of a new Windermere Real Estate office in Kihei, Windermere Maui. “The culture, integrity and values of Wailea Realty are mirrored by Windermere Real Estate and its leadership, so this partnership is a natural progression for us,” said Brad MacArthur, Principal Broker/Owner of Wailea Realty Corp., in a statement.

November 18

REA Group, operator of realestate.com.au, partnered with Tendril to launch Energy Scores, which give properties in Australia an energy efficiency rating. “We know that being energy efficient is essential to running any household, and yet it’s something we don’t often think about other than when we’re paying our bills,” said Henry Ruiz, REA Group chief digital officer, in a statement. “We’re working towards providing a rich view of every property on realestate.com.au.”

Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate announced the addition of Success Realty in Georgia to its international franchise network; it will be known as Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate Success. “I am proud to be expanding our brand presence in Georgia with a forward-thinking company that acutely understands how to serve their local community, embraces modern technology and is committed to giving back to the people they serve,” said Sherry Chris, president and CEO, Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate, in a statement.