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Introducing RE/MAX INTEGRA, Midwest Region!

Many exciting things are happening here at RE/MAX North Central. One of which is a large re-branding of our Regional office, (which now includes Minnesota, Wisconsin and Indiana), to RE/MAX INTEGRA, Midwest. This re-branding is a reflection of our company’s commitment to leveraging the power of the RE/MAX INTEGRA brand to better serve those within our region.

What is RE/MAX Integra?

RE/MAX INTEGRA is a family run business that represents 30% of RE/MAX Worldwide. We now have a presence in 35+ countries and more than 29,000 Sales Associates in over 1,900 offices.

What sets us apart?

The ownership at RE/MAX INTEGRA believe in employing local and regional teams equipped with the expertise, experience and desire to provide in-person training, inspirational meetings and solid networking opportunities for our offices and agents. Their extraordinary vision and commitment has made the concept of “being in business for yourself, but not by yourself” a force to be reckoned with within the real estate industry for the last 30 years.

Listen to Walter Schneider, president and co-founder, and Pamela Alexander, CEO and Managing Director of North America, discuss RE/MAX INTEGRA: who we are and our commitment to our broker/owners, agents, and to growth.

I am excited to announce the new RE/MAX INTEGRA website with more to come in the future. On behalf of myself, and all of us at RE/MAX INTEGRA, we hope you enjoy the site and find it informational!

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Luxury Home Marketing Designation Coming to Twin Cities September 25-26 

RE/MAX North Central, and The Institute for Luxury Home Marketing, will bring the popular Certified Luxury Home Marketing Specialist (CLHMS) designation course to Bloomington, Minnesota on September 25th and 26th.

Instructor, Tami Simms, will show you how to:

• Reach more affluent prospects

• Increase your average price

• List and sell more luxury homes

• Deliver outstanding service to affluent buyers and sellers

• Set yourself apart as a luxury home expert

• Grow your business and increase your income

Continuing Education:

This course is approved for 10 hours of continuing education (CE) credit for Minnesota REALTORS® (Course # 1012267)


Early bird registration on or before August 25th is $499. After August 25th is $549.

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Fee includes CLHMS training as well as one year of Institute membership. Members enjoy thousands of dollars worth of free benefits and discounts such as:

• A complimentary profile in the luxury agent directory on

• Access to targeted mailing lists of the affluent and discounted pricing on other WealthEngine data and services.

• A FREE standard account with ProxioPro, the international MLS, including unlimited property listings and syndication to dozens of top real estate websites like Trulia, Zillow, Yahoo and more.

Training Location:

DoubleTree by Hilton Bloomington – Minneapolis South 7800 Normandale Blvd. Minneapolis, MN 55439


Each day will start with coffee and networking at 8:30am. The course starts promptly at 9:00am (the doors will close). There will be a short morning and afternoon break along with an hour for lunch. Lunch will be provided. The course will end each day at 5:00pm. Attendees must be present the entire time to receive credit.

Out-State Housing Reports: Northeast & Northwest WI

The out-state housing reports for Northeast and Northwest Wisconsin are now available. These all-new eye-catching reports show year-over-year data for June in regards to number of homes sold, average sold price, as well as days on market.

Northeast Wisconsin

The Northeast Wisconsin housing market is holding steady when comparing year-over-year data. The number of homes sold in 2014 is down 2% from last year, dropping from 4,507 to 4,417. However, some counties saw improvement; Shawano County saw the greatest increase with 18.03% as did Manitowac County with 13.21%. Meanwhile, the average sold price is up 1.64% from $145,686 in 2013 to $148,073 this year and the average days on market is down 7.55% from 163 to 150 days. Click below to view the full report.

Northeast WI

Northwest Wisconsin

The Northwest Wisconsin housing market has seen a slight decrease in the number of homes sold over the past year but the average sold price and average days on market have improved. While the number of homes sold is down a mere 1.09% from 2,023 in 2013 to 2,001 in 2013, the average sold price has increased 5.45% from $142,166 to $149,911. In addition, the average days on market has gone down 4.21% from 143 last year to 137 this year. Click below to view the full report.

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RE/MAX Agents Among ‘America’s Best’

DENVER – Nearly 1,900 RE/MAX Associates are featured in the 2014 “America’s Best Real Estate Agents” rankings released this month. That is nearly 20 percent of the more than 9,500 real estate professionals who participated in the survey.

A total of 1,126 RE/MAX individual agents qualified for the rankings, compiled by industry analyst REAL Trends and based on 2013 home sales. RE/MAX agents earning spots based on transaction sides averaged 76 sides last year, while those making the list on the basis of sales volume averaged $28.9 million.

“RE/MAX agents sell more real estate than any other U.S. brand,” said Margaret Kelly, RE/MAX CEO. “Our agents truly know the value of great customer service, which is one reason why they’re so productive, year after year, no matter the state of the real estate market.”

The report, which groups agents by state and metro area, also included 776 RE/MAX teams. The teams qualifying based on transaction sides averaged 143 sides, while those selected for sales volume averaged $48.8 million.

Many of the RE/MAX qualifiers are ranked by both transaction sides and sales volume.

In its second year, “America’s Best Real Estate Agents” is an offshoot of the REAL Trends “The Thousand,” as advertised in The Wall Street Journal. This report ranks the most productive 1,000 agents in the U.S. Those who made “The Thousand” also are included in “America’s Best” rankings.

In “The Thousand,” 112 of the 500 (one out of five) agents and teams ranked by transaction sides were from RE/MAX. In all categories, both sales volume and transaction sides, 147 of the 1,000 positions were held by RE/MAX agents. No other brand held more positions.

“The Thousand” and “America’s Best” rankings are not the only times this year that RE/MAX agents have been shown to be more productive. In the 2014 REAL Trends 500 survey of the country’s largest brokerages, the data shows RE/MAX agents averaged 17.8 transaction sides compared to an average of 8.4 for all other participating agents, based on 2013 production.

When all brokerages in the 2014 REAL Trends 500 survey are ranked by home sales per agent, RE/MAX brokerages claim 91 of the top 100 spots.

In addition to leading agent performance, RE/MAX also continues to grow. In 2013, RE/MAX added eleven new countries. This made a year-end global footprint of 97 countries, an international presence greater than any real estate organization.

RE/MAX National Housing Report: Summer Starts with Home Sales Heating Up

For the 4th month in a row, June home sales rose higher than sales in the previous month, according to the July 2014 RE/MAX National Housing Report. Closed Transactions in June were 4.5% higher than May transactions, and 1.95% lower than transactions in June 2013. The 1.95% year-over-year difference is the closest that sales activity has come in 2014 to matching the rapid rise seen in the selling season of 2013. While both credit availability and inventory remain tight, June home prices continued to rise higher, with a 9.6% increase over the same time last year. Inventory is beginning to show signs of improvement, as June is the 3rd month in a row with more homes for sale than the previous month. At the rate of home sales in June, the Months Supply of Inventory increased to 4.1, where a supply of 6.0 indicates a market balanced equally between buyers and sellers.

This is an excerpt from the July 2014 RE/MAX National Housing Report. See the full report here.

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RE/MAX Agents, Brokerages Excel in Industry Report

DENVER – RE/MAX brokerages outnumbered competitors and RE/MAX agents out- produced them in the RISMedia 26th Annual Power Broker Report. Of the 1,000 brokerages who qualified for the extended version of the survey, nearly 30 percent, or 292 brokerages, were RE/MAX affiliates. That is more than any other brand in the report which ranked participating brokerages by total 2013 home sales.

“RE/MAX Associates are known to be productive entrepreneurs who provide a high level of customer service,” said Margaret Kelly, RE/MAX CEO. “As a result, they earn a positive reputation and their business grows through word-of-mouth referrals.”

The Power Broker Report also shows that participating RE/MAX agents averaged 18 transaction sides, more than double the eight that competing agents averaged. In sales volume, RE/MAX agents averaged slightly more than $4 million, while the average competitor sold 60 percent less at just under $2.5 million.

The average transaction sides per agent for national franchise competitors included: Realty Executives 12.8, ERA 9.5, Coldwell Banker/NRT 9.1, Century 21 8.6, Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices 7.5 and Keller Williams 7.4.

In April, RISMedia released a preliminary 500-brokerage Power Broker Report yielding similar results. Short list or long, RE/MAX agents measure up in productivity. Additional metrics from the complete 1,000-brokerage version show:

  • Forty-five of the top 50 brokerages are RE/MAX when ranked by most transaction sides per agent.
  • Comparing 2014 to 2013, RE/MAX agents increased their average sales volume by 17.6 percent and average transaction sides by seven percent.
  • RE/MAX accounted for eight percent of the agents in the report, but closed 15.7 percent of the transaction sides.

RE/MAX agent productivity also was highlighted in two additional reports this year. The REAL Trends 500 data shows RE/MAX agents in the survey averaged 17.8 transaction sides while all other competitors averaged 8.4. RE/MAX agents also averaged $3.9 million in sales volume, 60% higher than the $2.5 million average of all other agents in the survey.

Similarly, RE/MAX had the most top home sellers in the 2014 REAL Trends The Thousand, as advertised in the Wall Street Journal. Among the top 250 agents and top 250 teams ranked by transaction sides, RE/MAX agents held the most places with 112 Associates listed.

Note: Rankings calculated by RE/MAX based on 2014 RISMedia Power Broker Report of the largest 1,000 participating real estate brokerages as ranked by 2013 residential transaction sales.

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RE/MAX was founded in 1973 by Dave and Gail Liniger, with an innovative, entrepreneurial culture affording its agents and franchisees the flexibility to operate their businesses with great independence. Over 94,000 agents provide RE/MAX a global reach of more than 95 countries. Nobody sells more real estate than RE/MAX.

RE/MAX, LLC, one of the world’s leading franchisors of real estate brokerage services, is a subsidiary of RE/MAX Holdings, Inc. (NYSE:RMAX).

With a passion for the communities in which its agents live and work, RE/MAX is proud to have raised more than $140 million for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals®, Susan G. Komen® and other charities.

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Immigrants Are An Extremely Important Force In The US Housing Market

Immigration policy is one of the mostly hotly debated issues in the country.

From the perspective of the U.S. housing market, evidence shows that immigration is very positive.

Immigrants create demand, they clear out undesired inventory, and they improve crime-ridden neighborhoods.
Immigrants Create Demand

When existing American homeowners sell their houses and buy new ones, they aren’t creating net new demand. Within the U.S. housing market, they are simultaneously becoming buyers and sellers. They fill one home by vacating another.

Immigrants moving in to the country, however, are creating net new demand for homes, either as renters or buyers.

The immigrant population is expected to grow by about 800,000 to 1 million people per year, Chris Porter at John Burns Real Estate Consulting told Business Insider, citing data from the U.S. Census Bureau’s population projection.
Home Ownership Among Immigrants Shouldn’t Be Ignored

Homeownership rates aren’t very high for new immigrants, especially relative to those born in the U.S. But over time, ownership rates for households where the head was foreign born can go up to 54-55%.

"Assuming that net immigration of 1.2 million … persists for 10 years, the model estimates that after ten years new immigrants will … account for more than 900 thousand home owners," said the NAHB’s Natalia Siniavskaia in a 2012 paper.

The biggest obstacles to homeownership among immigrants is lack of assets and and elevated uncertainty about how long they can be in the country, said Duke University professor Jacob Vigdor.

Because of this, new immigrants tend to be renters rather than buyers. In other words, they are expected to contribute more to multi-family construction in the near term, than single-family units. Obviously, wealthier immigrants have a more favorable impact on the demand for single-family units.
Immigrants Fill Obsolete Houses And Help Raise Values

As the U.S. housing market has recovered, supply has become increasingly tight. Of the available homes, and increasing share can be characterized as “obsolete,” said CoreLogic Mark Fleming. This refers to “properties that are no longer desirable because their characteristics do not match what buyers are looking for in a home.”

However, immigrants have been helpful in clearing this undesired inventory. Importantly, they help to raise the value of homes in these undesired neighborhoods.

"Immigrants chose these neighborhoods because housing was least expensive, and they reverse the trends that led to inexpensiveness," said Vigdor, a professor of public policy and economics. "By reducing vacancy, they reduce crime."

He pointed out that immigrants have done this in the outer boroughs of New York like the Bronx, Brooklyn, and Queens. He points specifically to improvements in neighborhoods like Morrisania in the Bronx and Canarsie in Brooklyn.

Immigrants are sometimes blamed for crowding workers out of the labor market. However, we can’t ignore the job creation that come with increased demand for more homes and higher home values.

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RE/MAX has once again been listed as the highest ranking real estate franchise in Entrepreneur magazine’s 2014 “Franchise 500”

RE/MAX has once again been listed as the highest ranking real estate franchise in Entrepreneur magazine’s 2014 “Franchise 500”

RE/MAX National Housing Report: Home Sales Rise, Prices Follow Seasonal Trend

For the 3rd month in a row, May home sales rose higher than sales in the previous month, according to the June RE/MAX National Housing Report. While May sales were 11.5% higher than April, they remained below the same period last year by 9.9%. Only three of the 52 metro areas included in the May survey experienced lower sales than the previous month. Home prices continued to push higher in May, with a 7.7% increase over May 2013, which is a greater increase than the 5.8% rise seen in April. While both credit availability and inventory remain tight, May became the 6th consecutive month with fewer year-over-year inventory losses than the previous month. At the rate of home sales in May, the Months Supply of inventory dropped to 3.8, where a supply of 6.0 indicates a market balanced equally between buyers and sellers.

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