Kim Eichorn, a Realtor with Lyon Real Estate in Davis, California, and one of three winners of the California Association of Realtors (CAR) Champions of Home, puts her love of real estate and community philanthropy down to her mother. Eichorn fell into real estate in her 30s. When she was pregnant with her second child in the mid 1990s, she needed an excuse to get out of the house a bit more, missing her former meeting planning career, so cautiously accepted her mother’s offer to learn about the real estate trade. Her mother, Peggy Eichorn, was a high-profile agent at Lyon Real Estate.
Looking for a nice villa in the South of France or for some offices in Silicon Valley for your tech startup? A new app that launched on September 1 seeks to disrupt the unsatisfactory listings-dominated real estate market with a more tailored approach. For executives relocating at the drop of a hat, Domobase has been created to help people new to an area with their property search.
When a young couple recently came into Davenport Agents’ new Real Estate Row showroom, a one-stop shop for homebuyers and homesellers in Huntsville, Alabama, they were, frankly, a bit clueless. All they knew was they wanted a new build — you can still do that in Huntsville, Alabama — but they couldn’t say where, exactly, or what they had in mind. With a selection of builders operating out of the 8,000-square-foot New Home Showroom, they were able to find something they liked and narrowed it down to three neighborhoods with the help of a Davenport agent also operating on the premises.
As young millennial agents often do, a newly minted agent, Donnell Blaylock Jr. of JGR Real Estate in West Michigan, was just building his profile on Instagram when he caught the eye of Miami-based talent agent, Marvin Bienaime, three months ago. Bienaime thought he might do well as a catalogue model or in ad campaigns.
Agents with Windermere Real Estate have almost doubled their fundraising efforts over the past two years to reach a $30 million goal of giving for the company’s non-profit arm, the Windermere Foundation, this week. The foundation supports non-profit agencies that provide services to low-income and homeless families and is funded largely by Windermere’s 7,000 agents, who donate a portion of every commission to the non-profit.
Over the past two years, Pacific Union CEO Mark McLaughlin has traveled to China from his head office in San Francisco six times, and he’s approaching his seventh visit. He has learned a number things from these trips. For instance, the pollution in Beijing can be debilitating and, therefore, pleasant American cities have much to offer overseas buyers. “The Chinese have a great appreciation for our air quality. There’s no way to understand that unless you have experienced it yourself,” he said.
In the Giveback Homes program, agents work alongside clients to build homes for communities in need both in the U.S. and Nicaragua. To date, Giveback Homes members have raised more than $200,000, built 40 complete homes for families in Nicaragua and helped build nine homes in the U.S.