This year has been full of important developments for members of the Forbes Real Estate Council, with accomplishments like earning industry-forward credentials and hitting massive company milestones. Below, we highlight two members and their big news.

Open Listings Hits Billion-Dollar Benchmark

Kevin Miller

Director of Growth at Open ListingsKevin Miller, announces an exciting milestone for the innovative homebuying platform that makes the residential real estate experience easier and more affordable. As of this year, the company, which launched in 2015, has helped Americans buy more than $1 billion in homes — and save a collective $8 million on buying costs in the process. The Open Listings website and mobile app serve homebuyers in California, Seattle, Austin, Chicago and Dallas, and has saved individual buyers an average of $9,390 per purchase. “Our software is making an overly complicated process easier and more affordable for millions of customers — even first-time homebuyers. Then, the best agents take homebuyers through the last mile of closing, which makes it possible to give our buyers back half the agent commission as a refund,” said Judd Schoenholtz, Co-Founder and CEO.

Read the press release in full here.

Garratt Hasenstab Earns Top Credentials In Blockchain For Real Estate

Garratt Hasenstab

Garratt Hasenstab, President of The Mountain Life Companies, has been busy earning impressive credentials that tap into the future of real estate technology. He has recently earned the Certified Smart Contract Developer credential and the Certified Blockchain Expert from the Blockchain Council. According to the Council, a Certified Blockchain Expert is “a professional who understands blockchain technology profoundly and can build blockchain-based applications for businesses,” and a Certified Smart Contract Developer is “a skilled professional who understands and knows deeply what Smart Contract and Solidity is and how to create smart contracts wisely over any Blockchain platform.” Says Hasenstab, “This knowledge base has prepared me with the foundational skills, knowledge and hands-on experience in the development of blockchain-based decentralized applications (dApps) for deployment in the real estate industry.”

Read more from Garratt about blockchain for real estate here.

These are just a handful of Forbes Councils members’ recent exciting achievements. Read about what other members are working on here. Have news of your own to share with the community? Submit your accomplishments to our team by visiting the “get media exposure” page in your member dashboard.

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