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HomeSmart International Expands Network in Arizona

This month, real estate firm HomeSmart International opened its newest franchise in Fountain Hills, Arizona, operating as HomeSmart Premier. The nationwide company based in Phoenix began franchising two and a half years ago, offering one of the most attractive business models in the real estate industry, with a focus on increasing their level of realtor knowledge and attentiveness to customer service.

Since opening in January 2000, HomeSmart has had tremendous success by growing to over 7,500 agents nationwide. Recently ranked as the number one real estate company in Arizona and throughout the Southwest, HomeSmart continues to open new offices and add jobs across the United States.

Fountain Hills franchise owner Christine Schroedel brings nearly ten years of real estate experience to HomeSmart. In addition to a wealth of real estate knowledge, Schroedel brings significant experience in marketing, advertising and PR. Coming from a family steeped in real estate, Schroedel sees the industry as a natural transition and perfect way to blend her marketing skills with a passion for real estate. She is thrilled to be joining the HomeSmart family.

“My agent acquaintances that work for HomeSmart just raved about the company and had encouraged me to check it out myself for several years,” said Schroedel. “After meeting the HomeSmart team, I realized that we share a similar passion for excellence and honesty.” She is amazed by the agent-technology and calls it “best-in-class” from what she has seen.

HomeSmart emphasizes the importance of being aware of client needs and exceeding their expectations, which in turn builds strong relationships with the buyers and sellers in every market. Created by Founder and Chairman Matt Widdows and his development team, HomeSmart’s proprietary software and operational support positions its franchise partners ahead of the curve—saving business owners huge costs attributed to web hosting, lead generation and back office systems.

“We are proud to announce the new growth of HomeSmart in Arizona,” said HomeSmart International CEO and President Chuck Lemire. “Christine and her team will be providing the best home services to customers and clients throughout the Phoenix area, as well as focusing on growing relationships outside our state boundaries.”

HomeSmart continues to open new offices and add jobs across the United States, with offices throughout thirteen states and international operations in Shanghai, China. HomeSmart most recently opened two franchises in Chicago, IL. The company added approximately 3,500 new jobs in 2012, and their goal is to continue to grow nationally and internationally in 2014 and for years to come.

For more information on HomeSmart and its franchise opportunities, visit www.homesmartinternational.com.

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HomeSmart Adds Three New Executives

To keep up with HomeSmart International’s incredible growth across the United States, the real estate brokerage firm has recently hired three new executives—Vice President of Franchising, Vice President of Technology and Head of Accounting and Human Resources. With HomeSmart’s newest executive hires, the business is blazing a trail of success not only in Arizona, but nationwide.

Since opening in January 2000, HomeSmart has grown tremendously with more than 7,000 agents in 52 offices nationwide. John Wuycheck has joined the team as Vice President of Franchising, focusing on the strategic growth of the franchise company including the accomplishments of each of the HomeSmart partners. John’s personal and work history have been exemplified by leading small organizations and grooming them into powerful contenders. His deep experiences in franchising include similar roles with Cold Stone Creamery, Seattle’s Best Coffee (a subsidiary of Starbucks Corp) and Edible Arrangements. HomeSmart has seen the most significant company growth through franchise openings and Wuycheck plans to continue their expansion throughout the United States for years to come.

Technology and innovation are what differentiate HomeSmart from any other brokerage firm in the country, as core elements of the HomeSmart brand. As Vice President of Technology, David Allen will lead the team that supports the costumer facing internal tool sets. With his strong technology background, including significant experience at Avnet Inc. and Wells Fargo Bank, Allen brings to HomeSmart his focus on building value-driven, high-performing teams who exceed the expectations of the business and customers who they serve. His team is focused on building revolutionary solutions that increase operational efficiencies across the entire HomeSmart organization.

As the leader of the Accounting, Finance, and HR departments, Nathan Johnson is committed to customer service and providing information for decision making and planning within HomeSmart. With several years of experience as both a Senior Financial Analyst and Finance and Accounting Manager, Johnson has developed significant skills in implementing process improvements in fast-paced, high-growth environments. His excellent analytical and qualitative capabilities make him an exceptional addition to the HomeSmart executive team.

The exciting new positions round out the thriving executive leaders at HomeSmart. The team includes Matt Widdows, Founder and Chairman, Chuck Lemire, CEO and President, Carol Perry, Chief Business Development Officer, and Jacqueline Moore, newly named Vice President of Operations. Together, the executive leaders make for a team of all-stars, dedicated to keeping HomeSmart the #1 ranked brokerage in Phoenix and building the brand across the United States.

“Our people are our biggest asset.  If we can empower our employees to create innovation on a constant basis, we are moving much faster as an organization,” said Widdows. The powerhouse exec team that we have created at HomeSmart is the key piece to furthering our success.”

HomeSmart continues to open new offices and add jobs across the United States, with offices throughout eleven states and international operations in Shanghai, China. They added approximately 3,500 new jobs in 2012, and their goal is to continue to grow nationally and internationally in 2013.

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HomeSmart International Expands Network into Texas

Real estate firm HomeSmart International continues its nationwide growth with the opening of its newest franchise in Cedar Hill, Texas. Based in Phoenix, HomeSmart began franchising two years ago, offering one of the most attractive business models in the real estate industry.

HomeSmart CEO and President Chuck Lemire believes this new partnership will continue the international growth of HomeSmart and provide great brokerage services through the franchise owners leadership and experience in the Dallas Forth Worth region. Dallas Fort Worth is one of the top five economic markets in the United States and HomeSmart is the number one independent brokerage firm in the Southwest.

Since opening in January 2000, HomeSmart has had tremendous success by growing to over 7,500 agents nationwide. HomeSmart provides their Franchise Partners with specific systems and technology that create efficiency in operations and keep costs down while allowing exponential growth.

Cedar Hill franchise owners Jonathan Cochran and John Gerhardt bring a unique mix of experience to HomeSmart. Cochran served in the US Navy as a Naval Flight Officer before entering the civilian work force as a real estate agent, while Gerhardt worked as a real estate agent for seven years before partnering with Cochran.

“After learning about HomeSmart and gathering an understanding of what the franchise offers for our clients and for our agents, my business partner [Gerhardt] and I chose to purchase a HomeSmart franchise and begin our new direction in real estate as HomeSmart franchise owners. It was an excellent choice,” said Cochran.

Gerhardt adds, “I have always had a passion to help others and real estate offers that opportunity in unique ways. My family and I are very excited about the opportunities that lie ahead as we embark on this new endeavor with HomeSmart.”

HomeSmart emphasizes the importance of being aware of client needs and exceeding their expectations, which in turn builds strong relationships with the buyers and sellers in every market. HomeSmart’s proprietary software also positions its franchise partners ahead of the curve. Created by Founder and Chairman Matt Widdows and his development team, the reputable systems are proven to save business owners huge costs attributed to web hosting, lead generation and back office systems. This allows the franchise owners to provide the technology to their agents for free while allowing the agents to keep 100 percent of their commissions. Other advantages to HomeSmart’s franchise program include a virtual receptionist, generous fee structure, and a full suite of branding and marketing products.

HomeSmart continues to open new offices and add jobs across the United States, with offices throughout ten states and international operations in Shanghai, China. They added approximately 3,500 new jobs in 2012, and their goal is to continue to grow nationally and internationally in 2013.

For more information on HomeSmart and its franchise opportunities, visit www.homesmartinternational.com. Follow HomeSmart on Facebook at www.facebook.com/homesmart.

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HomeSmart International Continues Market Share Growth

Real estate firm HomeSmart International recently opened its newest franchise in Seattle, Washington. The nationwide company based in Phoenix, Arizona began franchising in 2011, offering one of the most attractive business models in the real estate industry. HomeSmart provides their Franchise Partners with specific systems and technology that create efficiency in operations and keep costs down while allowing exponential growth.

Since opening in January 2000, HomeSmart has had tremendous success by growing to over 7,500 agents nationwide. Recently ranked as the number one real estate company in the Southwest, HomeSmart continues to open new offices and add jobs across the United States.

Seattle franchise owner Teri Jones has more than 22 years of experience in the real estate business. Jones felt that affiliating with HomeSmart International was the best way to take her business to the next level. The franchise operates as HomeSmart Real Estate Associates.

“I am excited to be a part of HomeSmart and very encouraged with the company’s tools and commitment to their agents and clients,” said Jones. “I feel confident with the company’s reputation for advanced technologies and that we will continue to grow and assist brokers with the tools needed to grow the business in a more efficient and professional way.”

HomeSmart emphasizes the importance of being aware of client needs and exceeding their expectations, which in turn builds strong relationships with the buyers and sellers in every market. HomeSmart’s proprietary software also puts its franchise partners ahead of the curve. Created by Founder and Chairman Matt Widdows and his development team, the reputable systems are proven to save business owners huge costs attributed to web hosting, lead generation and back office systems. This allows the franchise owners to provide the technology to their agents for free while allowing them to keep 100 percent of their commissions. Other advantages to HomeSmart’s franchise program include a virtual receptionist, generous fee structure, and a full suite of branding and marketing products.

“Some of the world’s best companies are based in Seattle; Amazon.com, Nordstrom’s and Starbucks to name three. Each is known for their innovation, operational excellence and customer service,” said HomeSmart International CEO and President Chuck Lemire. “We are proud to now be among those successful businesses. Teri brings decades of experience along with a youthful, innovative team. Armed with the technology and systems HomeSmart provides, she will bring a tremendous environment to all agents in Seattle and the surrounding communities.”

HomeSmart currently has offices throughout eight states and international operations in Shanghai, China. They added approximately 3,500 new jobs in 2012, and their goal is to continue to grow nationally and internationally in 2013.

For more information on HomeSmart and its franchise opportunities, visit www.homesmartinternational.com. Follow HomeSmart on Facebook at www.facebook.com/homesmart.

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Super Bowl Open House at Kurt Warner's Estate

With Super Bowl XLVII just days away, Concierge Auctions is pleased to announce that former National Football League quarterback Kurt Warner, a Super Bowl record holder and sports broadcaster whose career is regarded as one of the greatest stories in NFL history, will sell his gated residence without reserve on February 27th during a live auction. Perfectly set on over one acre in one of Paradise Valley’s most exclusive neighborhoods, 6712 East Cheney Drive is a uniquely-designed contemporary estate with a convenient location near the exclusive Camelback Country Club. Originally offered for $5 million, the luxury property will be sold to the highest bidder in cooperation with Christine Donnelly of HomeSmart International.

“My family and I completely enjoyed living in this home, but it is time for us to move on,” stated Warner. “I’m relying on Concierge Auctions and Chrissy Donnelly to get the job done. I have watched and been impressed by Concierge’s success with selling other unique properties across the nation and am confident they will generate a fair price and a rightful new owner.”

Designed by renowned Phoenix architect Edward Chavez of Chavez & Associates, 6712 East Cheney Drive was constructed with dramatic living spaces framed with geometric built-ins, gently sloping curves and architecturally-designed elements. The circular driveway and stone fountain leads to a dramatic 24-foot-tall foyer, where a variety of elements come into play including custom circular glass. The estate contains six bedrooms and five and a half bathrooms, a state-of-the-art kitchen with a bar and breakfast nook and a formal dining room. There is also an office, gym, games/billiards room and multiple cozy living areas throughout. The dual master suites can be directly accessed by the home’s metal staircase or elevator. Expansive sunny balconies overlook the diving pool and fountains, which connects to a 62-lap pool and private spa. The dramatic landscape can also be enjoyed through a series of both panoramic and clerestory windows. Additionally, there is a one-bedroom, one-bathroom detached guest house, complete with a full kitchenette.

“This home is a one-of-a-kind work of living art,” Donnelly stated. “Once featured on HGTV’s Celebrity Holiday Homes, it’s dramatic and luxurious, perfect for entertaining guests and spacious enough for a large family. Its unique architectural design leads to so many interesting living spaces, while the fixtures and finishes add a luxurious touch that must be seen in person. The Warners spent many years raising their children here and have nothing but good things to say about the home and the area.”

Warner first achieved stardom while playing for the St. Louis Rams, where he won a Super Bowl MVP award. He also played for the New York Giants, and led the Arizona Cardinals to the Super Bowl in 2008. He owns the three highest single-game passing yards totals in Super Bowl history. As an ode to his talent, Concierge Auctions will host a Super Bowl Open House at the property on February 3rd, starting at 4pm. Visitors will watch the game poolside on the big screen and get a sneak peak of the property.

Paradise Valley is a small, affluent town that is home to 12 resorts, making it one of Arizona’s premiere tourist destinations. The area is known for its incredible real estate and notable residents, including many professional athletes. In addition to Warner, boxer Muhammed Ali, basketball star Steve Nash and baseball pitcher Randy Johnson all call Paradise Valley home. The city is conveniently located between two large municipalities – the City of Scottsdale to the east and the City of Phoenix to the west. The estate is a short eight-mile drive to the Scottsdale Airport, one of the largest single-runway airports in the United States, and 13 miles from Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport, which offers nearly 1,200 daily flights to major transportation hubs around the world.

“Launching the auction of Kurt Warner’s home just days before the Super Bowl is especially exciting,” stated Laura Brady, President of Concierge Auctions. “Not only does the home have a star-studded history but also a notable architectural pedigree. Just as Mr. Warner has been successful on and off the football field, we intend to achieve his goal of selling on auction day.”

The auction of 6712 East Cheney Drive will be held on February 27th. A 3% commission is offered to the buyer’s representing broker. The property will be open for preview daily from 1 to 4pm. See Auction Terms and Conditions for full details. For more information visit ParadiseValleyAuction.com, call 877.751.8051, or join the social discussion at #KurtWarnerAuction.

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Super Bowl Open House at Kurt Warner's Estate

With Super Bowl XLVII just days away, Concierge Auctions is pleased to announce that former National Football League quarterback Kurt Warner, a Super Bowl record holder and sports broadcaster whose career is regarded as one of the greatest stories in NFL history, will sell his gated residence without reserve on February 27th during a live auction. Perfectly set on over one acre in one of Paradise Valley’s most exclusive neighborhoods, 6712 East Cheney Drive is a uniquely-designed contemporary estate with a convenient location near the exclusive Camelback Country Club. Originally offered for $5 million, the luxury property will be sold to the highest bidder in cooperation with Christine Donnelly of HomeSmart International.

“My family and I completely enjoyed living in this home, but it is time for us to move on,” stated Warner. “I’m relying on Concierge Auctions and Chrissy Donnelly to get the job done. I have watched and been impressed by Concierge’s success with selling other unique properties across the nation and am confident they will generate a fair price and a rightful new owner.”

Designed by renowned Phoenix architect Edward Chavez of Chavez & Associates, 6712 East Cheney Drive was constructed with dramatic living spaces framed with geometric built-ins, gently sloping curves and architecturally-designed elements. The circular driveway and stone fountain leads to a dramatic 24-foot-tall foyer, where a variety of elements come into play including custom circular glass. The estate contains six bedrooms and five and a half bathrooms, a state-of-the-art kitchen with a bar and breakfast nook and a formal dining room. There is also an office, gym, games/billiards room and multiple cozy living areas throughout. The dual master suites can be directly accessed by the home’s metal staircase or elevator. Expansive sunny balconies overlook the diving pool and fountains, which connects to a 62-lap pool and private spa. The dramatic landscape can also be enjoyed through a series of both panoramic and clerestory windows. Additionally, there is a one-bedroom, one-bathroom detached guest house, complete with a full kitchenette.

“This home is a one-of-a-kind work of living art,” Donnelly stated. “Once featured on HGTV’s Celebrity Holiday Homes, it’s dramatic and luxurious, perfect for entertaining guests and spacious enough for a large family. Its unique architectural design leads to so many interesting living spaces, while the fixtures and finishes add a luxurious touch that must be seen in person. The Warners spent many years raising their children here and have nothing but good things to say about the home and the area.”

Warner first achieved stardom while playing for the St. Louis Rams, where he won a Super Bowl MVP award. He also played for the New York Giants, and led the Arizona Cardinals to the Super Bowl in 2008. He owns the three highest single-game passing yards totals in Super Bowl history. As an ode to his talent, Concierge Auctions will host a Super Bowl Open House at the property on February 3rd, starting at 4pm. Visitors will watch the game poolside on the big screen and get a sneak peak of the property.

Paradise Valley is a small, affluent town that is home to 12 resorts, making it one of Arizona’s premiere tourist destinations. The area is known for its incredible real estate and notable residents, including many professional athletes. In addition to Warner, boxer Muhammed Ali, basketball star Steve Nash and baseball pitcher Randy Johnson all call Paradise Valley home. The city is conveniently located between two large municipalities – the City of Scottsdale to the east and the City of Phoenix to the west. The estate is a short eight-mile drive to the Scottsdale Airport, one of the largest single-runway airports in the United States, and 13 miles from Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport, which offers nearly 1,200 daily flights to major transportation hubs around the world.

“Launching the auction of Kurt Warner’s home just days before the Super Bowl is especially exciting,” stated Laura Brady, President of Concierge Auctions. “Not only does the home have a star-studded history but also a notable architectural pedigree. Just as Mr. Warner has been successful on and off the football field, we intend to achieve his goal of selling on auction day.”

The auction of 6712 East Cheney Drive will be held on February 27th. A 3% commission is offered to the buyer’s representing broker. The property will be open for preview daily from 1 to 4pm. See Auction Terms and Conditions for full details. For more information visit ParadiseValleyAuction.com, call 877.751.8051, or join the social discussion at #KurtWarnerAuction.

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Super Bowl Open House at Kurt Warner’s Estate

With Super Bowl XLVII just days away, Concierge Auctions is pleased to announce that former National Football League quarterback Kurt Warner, a Super Bowl record holder and sports broadcaster whose career is regarded as one of the greatest stories in NFL history, will sell his gated residence without reserve on February 27th during a live auction. Perfectly set on over one acre in one of Paradise Valley’s most exclusive neighborhoods, 6712 East Cheney Drive is a uniquely-designed contemporary estate with a convenient location near the exclusive Camelback Country Club. Originally offered for $5 million, the luxury property will be sold to the highest bidder in cooperation with Christine Donnelly of HomeSmart International.

“My family and I completely enjoyed living in this home, but it is time for us to move on,” stated Warner. “I’m relying on Concierge Auctions and Chrissy Donnelly to get the job done. I have watched and been impressed by Concierge’s success with selling other unique properties across the nation and am confident they will generate a fair price and a rightful new owner.”

Designed by renowned Phoenix architect Edward Chavez of Chavez & Associates, 6712 East Cheney Drive was constructed with dramatic living spaces framed with geometric built-ins, gently sloping curves and architecturally-designed elements. The circular driveway and stone fountain leads to a dramatic 24-foot-tall foyer, where a variety of elements come into play including custom circular glass. The estate contains six bedrooms and five and a half bathrooms, a state-of-the-art kitchen with a bar and breakfast nook and a formal dining room. There is also an office, gym, games/billiards room and multiple cozy living areas throughout. The dual master suites can be directly accessed by the home’s metal staircase or elevator. Expansive sunny balconies overlook the diving pool and fountains, which connects to a 62-lap pool and private spa. The dramatic landscape can also be enjoyed through a series of both panoramic and clerestory windows. Additionally, there is a one-bedroom, one-bathroom detached guest house, complete with a full kitchenette.

“This home is a one-of-a-kind work of living art,” Donnelly stated. “Once featured on HGTV’s Celebrity Holiday Homes, it’s dramatic and luxurious, perfect for entertaining guests and spacious enough for a large family. Its unique architectural design leads to so many interesting living spaces, while the fixtures and finishes add a luxurious touch that must be seen in person. The Warners spent many years raising their children here and have nothing but good things to say about the home and the area.”

Warner first achieved stardom while playing for the St. Louis Rams, where he won a Super Bowl MVP award. He also played for the New York Giants, and led the Arizona Cardinals to the Super Bowl in 2008. He owns the three highest single-game passing yards totals in Super Bowl history. As an ode to his talent, Concierge Auctions will host a Super Bowl Open House at the property on February 3rd, starting at 4pm. Visitors will watch the game poolside on the big screen and get a sneak peak of the property.

Paradise Valley is a small, affluent town that is home to 12 resorts, making it one of Arizona’s premiere tourist destinations. The area is known for its incredible real estate and notable residents, including many professional athletes. In addition to Warner, boxer Muhammed Ali, basketball star Steve Nash and baseball pitcher Randy Johnson all call Paradise Valley home. The city is conveniently located between two large municipalities – the City of Scottsdale to the east and the City of Phoenix to the west. The estate is a short eight-mile drive to the Scottsdale Airport, one of the largest single-runway airports in the United States, and 13 miles from Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport, which offers nearly 1,200 daily flights to major transportation hubs around the world.

“Launching the auction of Kurt Warner’s home just days before the Super Bowl is especially exciting,” stated Laura Brady, President of Concierge Auctions. “Not only does the home have a star-studded history but also a notable architectural pedigree. Just as Mr. Warner has been successful on and off the football field, we intend to achieve his goal of selling on auction day.”

The auction of 6712 East Cheney Drive will be held on February 27th. A 3% commission is offered to the buyer’s representing broker. The property will be open for preview daily from 1 to 4pm. See Auction Terms and Conditions for full details. For more information visit ParadiseValleyAuction.com, call 877.751.8051, or join the social discussion at #KurtWarnerAuction.

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HomeSmart hiring 120 agents a month

In today’s real estate market, HomeSmart International stands out. HomeSmart is one of the top ten brokerage company’s in the country, and it is based right here in Phoenix.

The real estate market is tough, and while most jobs can be scarce, HomeSmart sheds an optimistic light, having hired 40 new agents last month. The company plans to hire 120 agents each month in the coming year.

“With the hiring of these new agents, we’re finding the real estate market is solid, “ said HomeSmart International CEO Chuck Lemire. “I know we won’t see double digit increases, but we’re moving forward.”

Though HomeSmart has hired a decent amount of agents in the past weeks, they won’t just accept anyone.

“What matters is how you do the sale: professionally,” Lemire said. “We don’t look for the highest producing sales people, we are a company that is open to everyone. It doesn’t matter if you do just one transaction a year, what matters is how you do that transaction.”

What makes HomeSmart International stand out is just how hardworking the agents are.

“Real estate agents at HomeSmart are all about the dedication,” said new agent Victoria Bija. “The hard work we get in is what we put out.”

“The most dedicated agents are the most successful. I know agents who work seven months a year, and I know agents who work 24/7, like myself. The hard work I put in is the gratification I get out.”

HomeSmart makes sure to take care of its agents, as well. With perks such as on-the-job training and professional support that’s available to employees only. Lemire makes sure that “designated employees are always there” for the agents.

Lemire and Bija both feel confident that Phoenix’s real estate market will grow. The state of Arizona has proven to be one of the fastest areas to recover from the economy, recovering fast than Las Vegas.

“Arizona was hit hard because it’s a desirable place to live,” Bija said. “We don’t need flood insurance, we have no natural disasters, no snowstorms. It’s just a more practical place to live.”

Lemire agrees that Arizona will move forward in a positive direction.

“People need to realize that you buy your home for your family,” Lemire says. “These types of buyers stay in their home longer.”