Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices takes its first international step in Berlin

Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices has signed Berlin, Germany-based brokerage Rubina Real Estate as its first global franchisee, it announced this week …

2017 will go down as a big year for real estate M&A

We projected 2017 would be a “good, but not great year” for merger and acquisition (M&A) activity in the real estate space, and what unfolded was quite significant, including the biggest brokerage acquisition in decades, an ongoing fight for California market share and a busy stint for large regional independent firms …

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 …

Brooklyn-based Ideal Properties Group launches hyperlocal website

Erik Serras, the co-founder and principal broker of Brooklyn-based independent brokerage Ideal Properties Group, was born in Brooklyn, as were generations of his family before him, back to the time when parts of the New York borough were still farmland…

Agent vs. FSBO: NAR generational trends report shows record highs and lows

They say some things never change. And despite the intertwined world we live in, made flat by the internet’s ability to increasingly cut out intermediaries and facilitate direct connections, consumers’ desire to work with a real estate agent appears to…