HomeVestors Names The Ugliest House of the Year®

“We Buy Ugly Houses®” Company Certifies America’s Vote for Long-Neglected Philadelphia Property

Dallas, TX – January 16, 2018 (BUSINESS WIRE) HomeVestors, the “We Buy Ugly Houses®” company, has named The Ugliest House of the Year® after Americans voted on five house makeovers completed by the HomeVestors® independently owned and operated franchises in 2017. The certified winner was a long-neglected two-family property that was converted back into a large single-family house by Philadelphia franchisee Tom Beerley of Harvester Properties. This is Beerley’s second year in a row to win the coveted honor.

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“I kind of feel like ‘The Ugliest House of the Year’ is an unfair distinction since the house is now one of the most beautiful in the neighborhood,” said Beerley. “Other landlords thought we were foolish to ‘throw away’ the grandfathered zoning this property enjoyed as a multi-family unit, but we saw the value of a large single-family house for this area. The end-result not only set a sales record, but it also supports a growing trend for homeownership and owner-occupancy in this neighborhood that has long been dominated by rental stock.”

The house had been divided into two apartments, with separate kitchens, bathrooms, utilities, boilers and hot water heaters. The staircase to the second floor had been walled off from the first floor, and a separate door installed for direct access to the second floor. Beerley worked with designer Philip Menaged of Acodomo Design to remove the walls separating the units as well as the secondary front door. An open concept was introduced on the ground floor, and an elevated deck was added to the back of the house. Beerley also added a fourth bedroom, another full bath, and a master bathroom on the second floor. The kitchen was updated with white shaker cabinets, granite countertops, subway tile backsplash and high-end appliances. Additionally, Beerley added a smart home package that allows the buyers to use their smartphones to control the front door, the heat and air conditioning, the garage door and access a motion-sensing video doorbell. Beyond that, the house also got new windows, bamboo and tile flooring, drywall, light, bath fixtures, electrical and plumbing systems.

Beerley’s house was submitted along with several others from HomeVestors® franchisees across the country, from which five finalists were selected and voted on at www.facebook.com/webuyuglyhouses, where all the final houses can still be viewed.

“This was America’s vote for The Ugliest House of the Year®, but we were thrilled to see a house chosen that represents the good work our franchises are doing,” said David Hicks, CEO of HomeVestors. “These are houses that our franchises buy when their owners find themselves in ugly situations, and they often are in serious states of disrepair that can bring down their value, as well as other home values in a neighborhood. Tom Beerley’s commitment to honor the real value of this year’s winner by converting it into a house somebody new can own and love is the embodiment of the ‘We Buy Ugly Houses®’ approach.”

HomeVestors, America’s number one home buyer, began franchising two decades ago in 1996, and purchased its 75,000th house in 2017. Through its individually owned and operated HomeVestors® franchises, the original “We Buy Ugly Houses®” company purchases approximately 8,000 homes each year.

About HomeVestors of America, Inc.

Dallas-based HomeVestors of America, Inc. is the largest professional house buying franchise in the U.S., with more than 75,000 houses bought since 1996. HomeVestors® recruits, trains and supports its 900 independently owned and operated franchisees that specialize in building businesses based on buying, rehabbing, selling and holding residential properties. Most commonly known as the “We Buy Ugly Houses®” company, HomeVestors strives to make a positive impact in each of its communities. In 2017, for the 12th consecutive year, HomeVestors was among the prestigious Franchise Business Review’s “Top Franchises,” a distinction awarded to franchisors with the highest level of franchisee satisfaction, and ranked on the annual Dallas 100 for the sixth time. This year, HomeVestors was also recognized as the 21st fastest growing franchise by Entrepreneur Magazine, number 52 on the Franchise 500 by Entrepreneur Magazine, and number 200 on the Franchise Times Top 200. For more information, visit www.HomeVestors.com.

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RE/MAX Rises to Top Five of Franchise 500

Global Franchisor Once Again Named #1 Real Estate Franchise

Denver, CO – Jan. 15, 2018 (PRNewswire) RE/MAX, LLC, one of the world’s leading franchisors of real estate brokerage services, is ranked fifth among the 500 franchise companies included in this year’s Entrepreneur Franchise 500® survey. More than 1,000 franchisors applied for the 39th annual ranking.

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The franchises in the top spots reveal the newest trends as well as the industries that keep going strong decade after decade, according to Entrepreneur. RE/MAX rose five spots to finish fifth, the highest ranking it has ever achieved in the survey. Only McDonald’s, 7-11 Inc., Dunkin’ Donuts and The UPS Store ranked higher. The 2018 Franchise 500 marks the 15th time in 19 years that RE/MAX is the top real estate franchisor.

“Nobody in the world sells more real estate than RE/MAX as measured by residential transaction sides,” said Adam Contos, Co-CEO of RE/MAX. “Broker/owners and agents want to be affiliated with the number one name in real estate because of our brand awareness, continued education, on-demand training, competitive advantages and technology. Entrepreneur continues to rank us higher than our competitors, and that’s because of the unmatched quality of the real estate professionals in the RE/MAX network.”

Highlights of the 2018 Franchise 500 survey include:

  • RE/MAX ranked #5 overall, up from #10 in 2017, #21 in 2016 and #75 in 2015
  • RE/MAX ranked #1 among real estate franchise
  • Other real estate competitors were Keller Williams Realty at #22, HomeVestors of America at #37, Weichert Real Estate Affiliates at #139, Realty One Group at #230, Realty Executives at #424 and United Real Estate at #471.
  • The top 10 overall standings include #1 McDonald’s, #2 7-11, #3 Dunkin’ Donuts, #4 The UPS Store, #5 RE/MAX, #6 Sonic, #7 Great Clips, #8 Taco Bell, #9 Hardee’s and #10 Sport Clips.

The Franchise 500 is considered the oldest and most comprehensive franchise ranking in the world. Companies judged by the same criteria including costs and fees, size and growth, support, brand strength and financial strength and stability. To be eligible, franchisors must be seeking new franchises in the United States or Canada and have a minimum of 10 units open and operating as of July 31, 2017, with at least one franchise located in North America.

From a single office that opened in 1973 in Denver, Colo., RE/MAX has grown into a global real estate network with more than 115,000 sales associates in more than 100 countries and territories. RE/MAX was ranked the leading real estate franchise for the ninth consecutive year in the 2017 Franchise Times Top 200+® survey and was named the top real estate franchise in Entrepreneur’s 2017 Top Global Franchises list.

About the RE/MAX Network
RE/MAX was founded in 1973 by Dave and Gail Liniger, with an innovative, entrepreneurial culture affording its agents and franchisees the flexibility to operate their businesses with great independence. Over 115,000 agents provide RE/MAX a global reach of more than 100 countries and territories. Nobody sells more real estate than RE/MAX when measured by residential transaction sides. RE/MAX, LLC, one of the world’s leading franchisors of real estate brokerage services, is a wholly-owned subsidiary of RMCO, LLC, which is controlled and managed by RE/MAX Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: RMAX). With a passion for the communities in which its agents live and work, RE/MAX is proud to have raised more than $157 million for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals® and other charities. For more information about RE/MAX, to search home listings or find an agent in your community, please visit www.remax.com. For the latest news about RE/MAX, please visit www.remax.com/newsroom.

Martin Luther King, Jr. Day (NAR Infographic)

Source: nar.realtor

Martin Luther King, Jr. Day is celebrated on the 3rd Monday of January each year and marks the birthday of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. This holiday is also recognized as a day of service, and is an opportunity to serve your community. Using information from the 2017 Member Profile, this infographic takes a look at how REALTORS® are volunteering in their communities:

  • Seventy percent of all REALTORS® volunteer in their community, and the typical REALTOR® who volunteers is 53 years old.
  • Sixty-one percent of REALTORS® aged 50 and older volunteer in their community.
  • Sixty-five percent of the REALTORS® volunteering are women, and 35 percent are men.
  • Fifteen percent of volunteers were fluent in a language other than English.
  • REALTORS® who volunteered typically had previous careers in management, business, or financial field were more likely than any other previous career to volunteer (18 percent), and sales or retail (14 percent).
  • Among firms, there is encouragement for REALTORS® to volunteer. Eighty percent encourage volunteering in the local community, 43 percent encourage volunteering with their local association, 24 percent encourage volunteering with their state association of REALTORS®, and 18 percent with the National Association of REALTORS®.

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For more information, read the Economists’ Outlook blog post “Martin Luther King, Jr. Day 2018.

Find more information on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day and opportunities to volunteer in your area: nationalservice.gov/mlkday (link is external)

For more highlights on REALTORS®, view the 2017 Member Profile and 2017 Firm Profile.

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Amazing Dog Houses

We have no idea if dog house values match the residential market, but if the following pampered pups foreclose it’s clear they will be losing a lot more than the traditional mutt 😉

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and finally, a couple of images of Paris Hilton’s dog house:

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