Pacific Union acquires majority stake in Gibson International

Marking its fourth Golden State market-share grab within the last year, San Francisco-based real estate giant Pacific Union is acquiring a majority stake in Gibson International, a luxury Los Angeles boutique, effective in the first quarter of …

How to sell or merge your real estate company

Emotions, lawyers and agent objections can make a rollercoaster out of mergers and acquisitions, but there are ways to execute a flawless transaction …

Los Angeles real estate legend John Aaroe retires

This isn’t the first time Los Angeles real estate icon and business visionary John Aaroe, known for his top-notch client service and magic touch in boosting agent productivity, has pledged to retire in his decades-long, lucrative professional run …

Relax and live a little: How to earn a spot at real estate’s rich table

You won’t find Aaroe Estates president and real estate agent Aaron Kirman slumped behind a desk or hiding behind his tablet. You’re more likely to catch him mid-volley on the tennis court with clients, chatting it up with prospects at dinner or enjoyin…

How to sell or merge your real estate brokerage

SAN FRANCISCO — Selling your real estate brokerage can be an emotional process akin to sending your kid off to college. John Aaroe, CEO of the John Aaroe Group, and Partners Trust CEO Nick Segal — who both merged with San Francisco-based indie giant Pacific Union — have both been on this emotional ride recently. 

Pacific Union merges with Partners Trust, signals more acquisitions

Today Pacific Union International formally announced its merger with Partners Trust, an independent luxury brokerage with more than 240 associates in the Los Angeles area. The merger is expected to close next week. Terms of the deal were not disclosed …

How to merge your real estate brokerage without regrets

The merger-and-acquisition path is littered with casualties. Ryan Abbe, managing director of San Francisco-based M&A adviser and real estate investment banking group JMP Securities, says that’s because the little guys can “die in these big organizations,” and giants often find it difficult to embrace smaller firms …

12 reasons to attend Connect On the Road Los Angeles

Packed with an incredible lineup of speakers, Connect on the Road goes deep on the issues that matter most, from understanding the latest marketing and technology trends, to building a brand, building a team, and growing a successful real estate busine…

Office managers key to John Aaroe Group’s LA expansion

After justing establishing a downtown office and with plans to open a Studio City operation in the coming weeks, John Aaroe knows the key to setting up shop in a new neighborhood. “It’s not difficult if you’ve hired the right manager,” said the owner o…

What should I expect from my broker?

What tools, technology and service should leading brokers provide to their agents? Brad Inman chats with Cory Weiss, Nick Segal, John Aaroe and Beth Styne …