A national MLS? C.A.R. livestream suggests strong appetite

Idea appears to be taking on new urgency as real estate leaders become increasingly impatient with the inefficiencies of 700-plus separate databases …

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 …

Realtors scale up good deeds in disaster-torn communities this holiday season

Every Christmas Eve, Houston Association of Realtors’ chair Cindy Hamann drops off a blanket and a bottle of wine to several random and very thankful homeless people in downtown Houston. Realtors like Hamann are doing wonderful deeds all over the count…

Los Angeles is up in flames, multimillion-dollar homes threatened

Real estate agents of the wealthy Los Angeles Bel-Air neighborhood were watching homes and blocks of streets they know well go up in flames from their living room televisions this morning …

Why these indie brokers don’t plan to ‘sell out’

CEO Mark McLaughlin has grown Pacific Union International from 17 offices to 41 offices and 2 billion to 14 billion in revenue in the eight years that he’s owned the company. Matt Beall, CEO of Hawaii Life, is another successful principal broker; with …

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 …

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 …

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…

Partners Trust reportedly crafting deal to sell to Pacific Union

Los Angeles-based real estate firm Partners Trust is putting together a purported deal to sell at least a partial stake of the company to San Francisco-based Pacific Union International, the 8th largest brokerage in the country by sales volume, Inman has learned …

Pacific Union merges with John Aaroe Group

San Francisco-based Pacific Union International Inc., ranked the ninth largest brokerage in the U.S. by sales volume, has merged with Southern California luxury brokerage John Aaroe Group …