‘Table-top peak’ San Francisco market may hiccup in 2020

SAN FRANCISCO — A market that’s sustained home price growth over a long period of time is no longer at its peak but rather at a “table-top” peak. That’s the state of housing in the San Francisco Bay Area as described at Pacific Union International’s Real Estate Economic Forecast for 2020 Wednesday night with John Burns Real Estate Consulting …

Pacific Union International acquires Empire Realty

This is the third acquisition in the last 10 months for Pacific Union, following its merger with Beverly Hills firm Partners Trust in August …

Wildfires take toll on precious California housing

Housing in beautiful wine country was already scarce before flames ravaged 245,000 acres across Northern California and burned down 5,700 structures in their path. Real estate agents in the region are already witnessing the effects of heightened demand.  …

Agent transforms unsellable homes into chic money machines

Pacific Union International’s top listing agent Tracy McLaughlin can see a home’s good bones through the cosmetic nightmares of her target area and help sellers capitalize on an opportunity. In fact, maximizing value-add on home renos is her stock and …

Tempted to sell your indie brokerage? What to consider

SAN FRANCISCO — It’s not unusual for successful independent brokerages to feel the flattery of being courted. But is transitioning to a big brokerage the right thing to do? There is no prescriptive answer here as what’s right for one indie may not be …

Video Spotlight: Uncovering the Home Valuation ‘Mystery’

Nothing is more powerful for a real estate professional than the ability to arrive at an accurate price—a skill, for many, honed through years of experience. REALTOR® Arrian Binnings, with Payton + Binnings, Pacific Union International in San Francisco, Calif., employs a faster approach to uncover the ‘mystery’ behind home valuation: HouseCanary. Binnings leverages the […]

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Pacific Union International names Brent Thomson COO

West Coast-based independent real estate firm Pacific Union International is expanding its leadership team with the appointment of Brent Thomson to the newly created position of COO, effective August 1.  …

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 …

My big break: 7 top producers on the moment that changed it all

Stephen Shapiro started in apartment leasing when he arrived in L.A. from Philadelphia in the 1970s. Early on, he found a niche leasing property to celebrities including Al Pacino and Mick Jagger in Beverly Hills. Selling agents didn’t think it was wor…

Brokerage M&A activity will be ‘good, not great’ in 2017 — here’s why

The market for mergers and acquisitions (M&A) in the real estate industry was very strong from mid-2013 to mid-2016 — and then it cooled off. “I think for 2017 across the country, we will have a good, but not great, year in M&A activity,” said Steve Murray, President of Real Trends Consulting, which specializes in valuation and mergers and acquisitions …