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Bay Area’s largest real-estate firm? It’s a New York startup | News | Palo Alto Online

Compass, the venture-funded real-estate startup that launched its first office in the local market just over two years ago, became the Bay Area’s largest residential brokerage firm this month after acquiring Peninsula powerhouse Alain Pinel Realtors for an undisclosed amount on March 9. The deal will nearly double Compass’ Bay Area headcount by bringing on board 1,300 agents from Alain Pinel, a company whose sales ...more

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With Alain Pinel buyout, Compass could become Bay Area’s biggest real estate brokerage

The current issue of Gentry magazine has a two-page ad with the headline “Big Brother or Real Estate Brokerage?” The copy reads: “Some brokerages use your information to make money on more than just real estate and mortgage transactions. We don’t. Your data is yours. Our job is to safeguard it. Period.” The ad is for Alain Pinel Realtors. The unidentified “Big Brother” is Compass, ...more

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Compass came from nowhere to become the Bay Area’s biggest residential brokerage

Two years ago, residential real estate brokerage Compass Real Estate had no Bay Area presence to speak of. But following a blistering run of acquisitions that included technology platforms and their biggest competitors in high-end residential real estate, Compass has become the Bay’s largest residential brokerage with 3,000 agents and nearly 100 local offices, the company said this week. Their latest acquisition of a former ...more

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2018 Top 10 Celebrity Homes: Cher, Paris Hilton, Robert Redford, Frank Sinatra & More

In 2018, many of the world’s top superstars tried to sell their glamorous homes. A roundup of the year’s Top 10 Celebrity Homes is featured this week at TopTenRealEstateDeals.com. 2018 Top Ten Celebrity Homes “Cher’s Original Mansion” Cher’s original mansion was her first serious home after her divorce from Sonny Bono, which she designed and built in Beverly Hills in 1980. It was a testament ...more

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All the home’s a stage

by David Goll / Palo Alto Weekly When a real estate agent helps an owner put a Midpeninsula home on the market, besides carefully setting the price and scheduling open houses, there is now another universally standard practice that can boost the selling price of a home — staging. Preparing properties inside and out for prospective buyers can increase a home’s sale price and also ...more

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Housing Market Breathes Post-Election Sigh of Relief

A split Congress will add a dose of stability amid already strong economic fundamentals U.S. voters handed home sellers and buyers—regardless of their political persuasion—a double shot of stability on Tuesday. Research has shown that home sales tend to spike following elections as political clarity is restored, at least in the short-term. Now, add to that the Democratic takeover in the House in January, and ...more

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Pacific Union International’s Steve Mavromihalis Hosts Classic Sports Racing Group for Fundraiser at $25 Million Bay Area Vineyard Estate

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Pacific Union International’s Steve Mavromihalis Hosts Classic Sports Racing Group for Fundraiser at $25 Million Bay Area Vineyard Estate San Francisco, Calif., September 24, 2018   Pacific Union International real estate top producer, Steve Mavromihalis put the spotlight on 10SerenityLane.com, a 100-acre hilltop vineyard property in the Bay Area for a recent gala fundraiser. The September 13th event featured vintage car race enthusiasts ...more

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Pacific Union International Names Shawna Borg Cashin To Lead Silicon Valley Offices

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Pacific Union International Names Shawna Borg Cashin To Lead Silicon Valley Offices San Francisco, Calif., September 21, 2018 – Pacific Union International’s Silicon Valley offices in Burlingame and Palo Alto welcome Shawna Borg Cashin as the newly named regional executive for one of California’s hottest real estate regions. Cashin’s move to her new position in Silicon Valley comes after five years as operations ...more

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Pacific Union Joins Compass

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Pacific Union to Join Compass Compass Becomes the Largest Independent Brokerage Committed to Serving Real Estate Professionals in California SAN FRANCISCO and LOS ANGELES, Aug. 29, 2018 — Compass, the real estate technology company, announced today that Pacific Union International, a leading luxury real estate brokerage in California, will be joining Compass. Pacific Union is currently ranked the #5 largest brokerage in ...more

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Inman covers Pacific Union and Compass union

The naysayers are wrong about 2018’s biggest real estate deal While it surprised some that Pacific Union CEO Mark McLaughlin linked with Compass, the union makes sense Mark McLaughlin lusts for opportunity. The Compass deal, the biggest in real estate this year, is consistent with the Pacific Union CEO’s singular vision. Read more on Inman

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