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120 Arizona companies make Inc. 5000 list of fastest-growing firms


Arizona is home to many innovative companies that are driving the state’s economy. A total of 120 Arizona companies made the Inc. 5000 list of the fastest-growing private firms in America for 2017. From Carvana (No. 34), which is changing the way we buy cars, to AAW Enterprises (No. 4,877), an online retailer, Arizona companies are… Read More →

HomeSmart CEO and COO named to Swanepoel Power 200 list

Matt Widdows

HomeSmart International CEO and Founder Matt Widdows was listed on the 2017 Swanepoel Power 200 (SP 200) along with Ashley Bowers, president and COO of HomeSmart International. The SP 200 annually ranks the top “Power Players” in the residential real estate industry and publishes 10 categories covering Corporate Executives, Power Brokers, Technology Executives, Women Leaders, Association/MLS Executives, Outsider… Read More →

HomeSmart International expands in northern California

HomeSmart International added a new franchisee to align with the fast-growing franchise brand. HomeSmart Bay Area, which is owned by Michael Young, recently just joined the ranks of other top brokers in the real estate industry who call HomeSmart their brand of choice. Young’s first HomeSmart office is located in the high value real estate market… Read More →

HomeSmart International grows in Northern Arizona

A new franchise joined HomeSmart International in northeastern Arizona as HomeSmart Professionals in Lakeside, Ariz. The franchise is owned by John Bobo and Felice Katz-Bobo. The company recently joined HomeSmart, and has one HomeSmart office with 26 real estate agents. Together, the brokerage couple has more than eight years of real estate experience. Their brokerage… Read More →

108 Arizona companies make Inc. 5000 list

A total of 108 Arizona companies earned spots on the Inc. 5000 list of the top 5,000 fastest-growing private companies in the U.S. for 2016. Criteria for earning admission to the 2016 Inc. 5000’s list include required businesses to: • Be privately held, for profit, based in the U.S., and independent (not a subsidiary or division of… Read More →

HomeSmart International launches school supply drive

Higher Ed Growth

HomeSmart International recently announced the franchising company and more than half of its franchisees nationwide will partner together to launch a program dubbed Tools 4 Schools by HomeSmart to donate school supply necessities to thousands of children who desperately need them for the 2016-17 school year. The program is collecting donations from the company’s more… Read More →

Sloths! Bringing back the corporate mascot

corporate mascot

You’re surfing the web, looking for some financial advice. Click a link and next thing you know you’re watching a cartoonish sloth trudge across the screen. The sloth is wearing sunglasses, he’s got an Apple Watch and did he just call you a philistine? This isn’t another sloth video your co-worker sent you (again) it’s… Read More →

HomeSmart hits milestone, exceeds 10,000 agents

HomeSmart International recently announced the company has exceeded the 10,000 agent mark in its United States-based franchises. The milestone comes off of several consecutive years of positive growth trends since the company first began franchising in 2009. Additionally, 77 percent of the franchises under the HomeSmart brand posted net positive agent growth numbers for 2015.… Read More →

HomeSmart promotes Ashley Bowers to president

HomeSmart International announced Ashley Bowers has been promoted to the position of president for the international franchising company. Bowers, who joined HomeSmart International in 2013 as chief operating officer (COO), has been instrumental in spearheading the company’s recent growth initiatives and is also credited with attracting top real estate industry talent to the HomeSmart International… Read More →

HomeSmart CEO named to Swanepoel Power 200 List

HomeSmart International‘s CEO and Founder Matt Widdows was named to the 2016 Swanepoel Power 200 (SP 200) list of the most influential leaders in real estate. Widdows, who has been named to the list several times, increased his ranking by 10 spots to come in at number 29 for this year. Widdows’ 2016 ranking on the prestigious… Read More →

Experts see a stronger year in Phoenix housing market

The spring weather isn’t the only thing that’s favorable in Arizona. “The biggest overall trend we see in residential real estate is the market trending upward from relief to optimism,” says Matt Widdows, founder of HomeSmart International. “We are continuing to see an uptake in the market across the board. Housing prices are on the… Read More →

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… Read More →

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.… Read More →

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… Read More →