Over 250 Brokers and Agents Discuss Opportunities in Luxury Market

DENVER -The RE/MAX Collection® hosted its fourth annual Luxury Forum recently at the JW Marriott Phoenix Desert Ridge Resort & Spa in Phoenix, Ariz. More than 250 luxury home specialists and agents have gathered to discuss the luxury real estate market and learn how to leverage luxury in their business plans.

“The RE/MAX Collection Luxury Forum is a great opportunity for our brokers and agents to network and share ideas on how to become a leading luxury agent in their market,” said Anne Miller, Director of The RE/MAX Collection. “The annual event is designed for agents of all experience levels who want to learn best practices and take their businesses to the next level.”

Vern Yip, Founder & Interior Designer of Vern Yip Designs is a featured speaker and will share insights on popular design trends of affluent buyers and sellers. Starla West, President and Founder of Starla West International, will share key strategies and tools to enhance visibility and status in local markets. And, Peter Mueller, Founder & CEO of The Profit Centre, will discuss a new app that will help agents set new goals, surpass benchmarks and see what they are worth per hour. He will also highlight some of the benefits of specializing in luxury homes.

“Remember, time is money. Agents who focus on luxury homes are more productive and can significantly increase their worth per hour. Specializing in luxury can help you be more efficient with your time, which is important when building your business,” Mueller said.

In addition to the annual Luxury Forum, The RE/MAX Collection, part of the most productive real estate network*, continually provides agents with the some of the best resources to succeed.

Those tools include:
-Access to theremaxcollection.com, a standalone website that features luxury home listings that are at two times the local sales price in cities throughout the U.S.
-Premier advertising where properties are featured in The Wall Street Journal, Unique Homes, The DuPont Registry and The RE/MAX Collection Magazine.
-Personalized and customizable marketing pieces in print, video and online.
-Access to educational materials through RE/MAX University.

According to the Institute for Luxury Home Marketing (ILHM), the median price of the 24,532 luxury homes on the market in the U.S. is around $1.5 million. Markets with the highest median price include: New York ($5.3 million), Los Angeles ($3.5 million) and San Francisco ($3.2 million).

The continued success of The RE/MAX Collection has encouraged more agents to sell luxury homes and become Certified Luxury Home Marketing Specialists (CLHMS). Since 2014, the number of RE/MAX agents who have received the esteemed CLHMS designation has increased over 47 percent, and the number of RE/MAX agents with luxury in their profile has grown eight percent.**

*As measured by residential transaction sides
**Based on reported numbers in Q3 2016

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Orlando hosts two big time college bowl games this holiday season in the Camping World Stadium. The University of Miami and West Virginia University battle for the championship in the Russell Athletic Bowl on Wednesday, December 28 at 5:30 p.m. Then, Louisiana State University and the University of Louisville face off in the Buffalo Wild Wings Citrus Bowl on Saturday, December 31 at 11 a.m.

A national audience of millions of sports fans will tune in to these events, and for the third year in a row the Orlando Economic Development Commission’s (EDC) branding commercial: ando/You-Dont-Know-the-Half-of-It.aspx” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener”>”Orlando. You don’t know the half of it.” will air on both ESPN and ABC. While the overhead Camping World Stadium blimp shots highlight the Orlando city skyline, the EDC commercial showcases Orlando as not only a great place to vacation, but an amazing place to live, work and do business. Make sure to set your DVRs to record before you leave for the game!

The ando EDC is partnering with Florida Citrus Sports to bring the branding commercial into homes across the country during these annual bowl games.

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Norway and Saint Vincent and the Grenadines Join RE/MAX Network

DENVER – RE/MAX, the world’s most productive real estate network, continues its worldwide growth with a recent expansion into Norway and Saint Vincent and the Grenadines. With a presence in over 100 countries and territories, the RE/MAX network’s global footprint is unmatched by any other real estate brand.

RE/MAX is returning to the Kingdom of Norway with the acquisition of the RE/MAX Norway franchise rights from RE/MAX Europe by real estate veteran Silvan Zürcher. Zürcher, with more than six years of experience as a successful RE/MAX associate and broker/owner in Europe, believes there is a tremendous opportunity to grow the RE/MAX brand in the region. Successful entrepreneur and consultant Jon Zürcher, who lives in Norway, has been named Regional Director of RE/MAX Norway.

“I have seen the success of the RE/MAX business model firsthand as a real estate agent and also as a broker/owner in Switzerland,” Silvan Zürcher said. “Knowing that RE/MAX wanted to relaunch in Norway I began conducting market research and believe the RE/MAX model and our strategic plan will be the basis for another future RE/MAX success story in Norway.”

RE/MAX broker/owners Barbara and Michael Eardley brought the RE/MAX brand to Saint Vincent and the Grenadines this year with the opening of RE/MAX Results Realty in Kingstown. The couple has a combined 30-plus years of real estate experience within the RE/MAX network in the United States and Canada. After vacationing on the island country, they purchased a franchise and now play pivotal roles in organizing the local real estate market into a cohesive professional marketplace.

“In 2015, my husband and I fell in love with the natural beauty and lifestyle of the islands,” Barbara Eardley said. “We decided that we had the experience, dedication and drive needed to bring the RE/MAX brand to the country. Our goal is to be the dominant real estate organization on the islands while positively contributing to its socioeconomic framework.”

RE/MAX is in more countries than any other real estate brand. The franchisor’s global expansion beyond Canada began in 1991 with the sale of RE/MAX Cayman Islands and was followed with the opening of RE/MAX Mexico in 1993. In 1995, the RE/MAX Europe region was established. At the end of June 2016, the number of RE/MAX agents outside the United States and Canada reached nearly 28,000, resulting in an annual growth of over 15%. Across Europe, RE/MAX agent count surpassed 17,000.

RE/MAX was recently ranked the leading real estate franchise for the eighth consecutive year in the annual Franchise Times Top 200+® listing. Continued growth and a steady increase in the number of locations also pushed the global franchisor of real estate brokerages into the top 10 franchises included in the survey. RE/MAX ranked No. 8 overall, up from No. 11 in 2015, No. 12 in 2014 and No. 14 in 2013.

Real Estate Veteran Lee Ungaro Joins RE/MAX 200 Realty

Winter Park, FL December 9, 2016 – RE/MAX 200 Realty announced today that Lee Ungaro has joined the growing real estate franchise making the move from Berkshire Hathaway Home Services.

Lee’s production and experience are extensive in the Central Florida real estate market beginning with Prudential Gallagher in the mid 1990’s where he became a top relocation agent in the Prudential Real Estate network.  Lee continued his career in the Realogy network with a management position at ERA Breese, Craft & Hensley in the mid 2000’s and remained with Realogy where he made a name for himself with Cartus Relocation as a top producing relo agent.  In the early 2010’s Lee joined Berkshire Hathaway Home Services to explore property investments for hedge funds as a new sales niche.  This strategy propelled Lee into the Top 1% of agents in the BHHS network and into the Top 100 on RealTrends ‘The Thousand’ list in 2013 and 2014.

“Our market has made it a great time to focus on traditional sales and new construction,” Lee said. “RE/MAX 200 has the perfect atmosphere to reinvent myself and my business plan to adapt and prosper in current conditions.  Having worked in the RE/MAX Town & Country office in the past makes this a bit of a homecoming for me,” Lee added.  “Reuniting with my longtime business partner Rob Breese, marketing director Peter Nadler, and several friends I’ve made in the business is certainly an added bonus.”

Lee has been a longtime Maitland resident where he lives with his wife Patty, daughter Paige and son Jacob.  Jacob plays on the Winter Park High School football team where Lee and Patty volunteer their time during football season and throughout the school year.

For more information about RE/MAX 200 Realty, please visit MetroOrlandoProperties.com or contact Rob Breese, Sales Manager at (321) 436-8813.

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About RE/MAX Town & Country Realty and RE/MAX 200 Realty:
RE/MAX 200 is a family business in constant operation for nearly 40 years through all types of real estate markets in Winter Park, Florida.  Founded by Ron Acker in 1975 the company has grown into one of the most respected, largest, independently owned and operated real estate brokerages in the area.  RE/MAX Town & Country Realty is the Winter Springs branch office of RE/MAX 200 Realty and has been serving Seminole County from the same location on Tuskawilla Road for over 20 years.

About RE/MAX:
RE/MAX was founded in 1973 with an innovative, entrepreneurial culture affording its agents and franchisees the flexibility to operate their businesses with great independence. Over 100,000 agents provide RE/MAX a global reach of nearly 100 countries. When measured by residential transaction sides, nobody sells more real estate than RE/MAX.  With a passion for the communities in which its agents live and work, RE/MAX is proud to have raised more than $150 million for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals® and other charities.

Peter Nadler, Marketing Director
(407) 629-6330 x518, peter.nadler@rmxmail.com

Thank you to everyone who joined our team members from RE/MAX Town and Country for the 2016 Winter Springs Winter Wonderland Christmas Parade! Please visit: and.shutterfly.com/ to view all of the photos taken the day of the parade.

Join us for our next event on Saturday December 3rd…The 2016 Winter Wonderland Holiday Parade in Winter Springs!  Meet us at 4:00 at Keeth Elementary to walk in the parade!  Brought to you by your Real Estate Team at RE/MAX Town & Country Realty.