From new acquisitions to launches and exciting interviews, members of the Forbes Real Estate Council have been showing no signs of slowing down this year. Below, we highlight five members and their big news.

Open Listings Platform Says Hello To Palm Springs Homebuyers

Kevin Miller. Photo courtesy of individual member.

Kevin Miller, Director of Growth of the real estate transaction platform Open Listings, shares that the company’s revolutionary software product is now available to homebuyers in Palm Springs, California. Savvy house shoppers can use the free platform to search for properties with ease, schedule walk-throughs at their convenience, enter offers on properties and connect with a local agent. Open Listings also brings its popular 50% commission feature to Palm Springs homebuyers.

CEO and co-founder Judd Schoenholtz said in a press release, “We’re excited to bring Open Listings to Palm Springs and give modern buyers a leg up with our app and savings.”

According to Open Listings, the software helps over one million house hunters search for properties every month. Homeowners have enjoyed over $6 million in savings from using the platform.

To learn more about the company’s expansion to Palm Springs, click here. Learn more about Open Listings here.

VHT Studios Makes Third Acquisition In Three Years

Brian Balduf. Photo courtesy of individual member.

Top real estate photography, staging and marketing provider VHT Studios, led by CEO and co-founder Brian Balduf, excitedly announces another new acquisition — its third in as many years.

The firm has acquired Central Florida-based Inviso USA “to meet the growing and diverse needs of residential and commercial real estate,” according to a press release.

Via: VHT Studios

“We warmly welcome Inviso clients and photographers to our growing company. With our combined talent base, we are providing even more services to the thousands of Realtors® across the state of Florida, as well as the entire Southeast region. As we continue to grow, we look for partners that possess the same high standards as VHT Studios for quality, service and convenience,” said Balduf.

Inviso USA CEO Claus Madsen said he is confident in VHT Studios’ ability to deliver continued quality, given its “outstanding track record” as a “real estate photography industry leader.”

To read the press release, click here. Learn more about VHT Studios here.

Enodo CEO Makes Web TV Interview Appearance on TastyTrade To Talk Platform Growth

Marc Rutzen. Photo courtesy of individual member.

Marc Rutzen, CEO and co-founder of real estate automation platform Enodo, was a recent guest on the TastyTrade web show Bootstrapping in America. During the episode, Rutzen detailed what makes the Enodo platform special, and how it makes a real estate investor’s work easier than ever before. Enodo analyzes and shares the information from its database of over 2 million properties, generating insights investors need.

“The sheer volume of data today is way too much for any one person to make sense of. What Enodo does is untangle the meaning of all this information, giving you actionable insights to improve investment performance,” said Rutzen. In the conversation, he shared much more about the platform — which uniquely tells users what this important data actually means — and how it helps investors use data science to make smarter investment decisions.

TastyTrade is a rapidly growing financial network that distributes original programming, entertainment and insights. Rutzen shared details about his real estate background, the power of Enodo and the platform’s remarkable story of evolution and growth.

To hear Rutzen’s complete interview, click here. Learn more about Enodo here.

Resources Real Estate Celebrates Exceptional April With Awards All Around

Thomas McCormack. Photo courtesy of individual member.

The team at Resources Real Estate, led by Managing Partner Thomas McCormack and Senior Partner Carolynn Diakon, celebrated an outstanding April with company awards for some of the firm’s most notable achievements. The event was held at the new Resources Real Estate Corporate and Training Center.

The award-winning NJ residential brokerage firm has been named to the Inc. 5000 and NJ Biz 250, a list of top private companies statewide, as well as had its “innovative and superior marketing” recognized by Who’s Who In Luxury Real Estate.

Sales associates honored at the company event, held on May 2 in NJ, include Carly York (Agent of the Month), Gina Farkouh (Top Listing Agent), Colleen Antoon (Featured Luxury Agent), Allison Gregory (Perseverance Award), Stephanie Ortiz (Rainmaker Award) and Bradley Moore (Team Spirit Award). York and Farkouh also both received the Regency Award to mark a month of exceptional sales.

Carolynn Diakon. Photo courtesy of individual member.

“Our new training center has enabled us to make the training and mentoring process for new agents much more streamlined,” said McCormack. “Our seasoned agents are inspired to advance their knowledge and skills on an ongoing basis. They, in turn, provide great role models for less experienced, yet eager, sales associates. This all translates to better customer service, better access to properties, better communication with quality buyers, and overall success for our customers and ourselves.”

To learn more about Resources Real Estate, 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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