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written by Alyssa Ammirato
Forbes Real Estate Council Members Celebrate Awards and New Launches
In this member news roundup, find out who's won an award and who's sharing a big win.
The awards, accolades and causes for celebration just keep rolling in for members of the Forbes Real Estate Council. For these real estate professionals, it’s been one exciting development after another.
Below, we highlight four members and their big news.
Marc Rutzen’s Enodo Platform Wins First Place At MTEC
Rutzen presented the real estate tech tool to judges in San Francisco on March 8. “This was the first event Enodo has participated in on the West Coast,” he said. “I think this really speaks to the demand for more efficient multifamily underwriting – most of the attendees had already researched Enodo before the competition, and we’re excited to schedule product demos. It was definitely humbling to hear such positive feedback from our target market.”
Enodo beat out such competitors as CheckPoint, Noticeline, Banyan and others. Judges included Moderne Ventures’ founder and managing partner Constance Freedman, Sares-Regis Group SVP Heather Wallace, and Maximus Real Estate Partners’ marketing manager Ashley Olson.
Mountain Life Companies Recognized For Superb Corporate Social Responsibility Efforts
Brian Balduf’s VHT Studios Receives Award for Excellence
Brian Balduf, founder and CEO of VHT Studios, recently accepted the honor of first place in the Mid-Sized Company category of the Daily Herald Business Ledger’s Annual Award for Business Excellence. The awards honor Chicago-area businesses and nonprofits that distinguish themselves from competitors in achievement, growth and community participation.
Balduf accepted the award at an event on Thursday, March 29, at Danada House in a suburb of Chicago. He called the honor of the award an “illustrious way” for VHT Studios to mark this milestone twentieth year in business. VHT Studios has “photographed more than 10 million rooms and helped more than 200,000 real estate professionals sell more than $200 billion in properties,” since its inception in 1998, according to its press release.
“I’d like to thank our clients and our growing nationwide team of professional photographers and image specialists, who have helped us build VHT Studios into what it is today. Our talented photographers’ network, combined with our Rosemont, Illinois and New York, New York teams consistently raise the bar and work hard each and every day to exceed our clients’ expectations,” Balduf said.
Open Listings Launches iOS App and Service to the City of Austin
Homebuyer resource Open Listings, where Kevin Miller leads the way as director of growth, is now available from the pockets and purses of prospective homeowners. Now an iOS app, the property search and transaction assistance tool is making searching for, purchasing and affording a home easier for Americans.
The app allows hopeful homebuyers to browse listings, book home tours, file official offers and, like the website platform, save money on property. Open Listings’ 50% commission refund is the cornerstone of the platform, and has helped homebuyers “save $6 million in homebuying fees,” according to a press release.
The last point is especially important to the company, which recently released a report finding that even those working in Silicon Valley in high-profile tech companies have difficulty affording the area’s real estate, which has ballooned in price over several years.
The company has also brought its commitment to changing the homebuyer experience to Austin, helping people Travis County find a home faster and afford it more easily as of this April.
“We now have nearly one million homebuyers shopping with us each month,” said co-founder and CEO Judd Schoenholtz. “Our software makes an overly complicated process easy. Then, the best agents take homebuyers through the last mile of closing, which makes it possible to offer a refund 3-4 times more than other online brokerages.”
The company adds Austin to its list of operating cities that already includes Los Angeles, San Diego and Seattle. Fans of the platform include Alexis Ohanian, co-founder of the website Reddit, who became an investor in Open Listings after the platform helped him buy his San Francisco home in 2015.
For more about Open Listings, click here.
These are just a handful of Forbes Councils members’ recent exciting achievements. Read about what other members are working on here.
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