Top Coldwell Banker franchisees merge in North Carolina

Coldwell Banker Advantage — the nation’s second-most productive Coldwell Banker franchisee in 2018 according to the Real Trends 500 — is merging with Coldwell Banker Triad, giving the combined brokerage a presence of more than 550 agents in 18 offices.

Fidelity National drops massive acquisition bid amid opposition

Fidelity’s attempt to buy Stewart Information Services fell apart after the Federal Trade Commission said it would oppose the deal.

Realogy has hit pause on big acquisitions. That could change

Since scooping up Climb Real Estate in 2016, the company has moved away from brokerage acquisitions. But Realogy CEO Ryan Schneider revealed how that all might change.

Compass to acquire Stribling & Associates

Compass is set to acquire Stribling & Associates, a New York City-based rival, the company confirmed to Inman on Wednesday. 

Two RE/MAX brokerages merge in Massachusetts

A pair of RE/MAX franchises in Massachusetts announced this week that they have joined forces in a merger that creates the second-largest RE/MAX brokerage in New England.

The Compass critic that flipped: Inside Alain Pinel’s major reversal

APR president Mike Hulme vowed to agents in a company-wide memo in August of 2018 never to “impede your business by forcing you to change brokerages,” a clear swipe at Compass.

Read APR president’s letter to agents after Compass acquisition

In a letter obtained by Inman, Mike Hulme, APR’s president, wrote about the Compass acquisition and what it means for Alain Pinel’s 1,400 agents.

Mortgage software company Ellie Mae to be acquired for $3.7B

The publicly traded company announced Tuesday that it would be acquired by private equity firm Thoma Bravo, LLC. Ellie Mae, founded in 1997, processes 35 percent of all mortgage applications in the U.S., according to Banking Tech.

Propertybase acquires lead gen firm BoldLeads

The deal includes targeted ad capabilities and customized landing pages for agents.

Peerage buys stake in Madison & Company Properties

Toronto-based Peerage Realty Partners announced Wednesday it had acquired a direct ownership stake in Madison & Company Properties.