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Aire Serv Ranked Among Franchise 500 »

February 27, 2015 at 9:50AM PST | Source: Aire Serv Heating and Air Conditioning, Inc.

Franchised HVAC company selected as a top franchise opportunity
WACO, Texas (PRWEB) February 27, 2015 - Entrepreneur's Franchise 500 is an annual ranking of the best franchises based on financial and statistical data listed in surveys completed by franchisors across the nation. All franchises are judged based on identical criteria regardless of size.
The list honors franchisors that offer the best opportunities for success based on criteria such as financial strength, stability, growth rate, and size of system.
Aire Serv was ranked at 243 on the list. "We are truly excited to be ranked yet again as one of the top franchising opportunities by Entrepreneur Magazine," said Doyle James, President of Aire Serv.
Aire Serv has seen a successful year of growth in 2014...

One Hour Heating & Air Conditioning®: Prolonged Use Puts Heating Systems Under Pressure To Perform »

February 27, 2015 at 6:39AM PST | Source: One Hour Heating & Air Conditioning

According to professionals at One Hour Heating & Air Conditioning®, heating systems are more likely to fail during times of heavy use and stress on the system. What you need to know to stay warm.
SARASOTA, Fla. - Feb. 27, 2015 /PRNewswire/ - As cold temperatures stretch into another weekend, your heating system may be stretched too. According to Dave Borowski, Director of Technical Training at One Hour Heating & Air Conditioning, heating systems are more likely to fail under two peak events, when they are first turned on for the season and during times of intense use. Because of the ongoing cold in recent weeks, some heating systems have been in use constantly. Many One Hour Heating & Air Conditioning locations have seen an increase in calls for service from customers dealing with heating systems or furnaces that have failed or are not working properly...

Don't Be Left Out In The Cold: Christmas Decor Highlights The Benefits Of Scheduling Outdoor Holiday Light Displays Now »

February 26, 2015 at 11:51AM PST | Source: Christmas Decor

LUBBOCK, TX - (Marketwired - Feb 26, 2015) - While home and business owners may be thinking about spring sales and summer vacations, the memories of the recent holiday season are still fresh -- and for some, those memories include hours of preparing, putting up, maintaining, taking down, checking, repairing and storing their outdoor holiday decorations. For those who climbed, moved and climbed a ladder over and over again as they struggled with tangled lights and broken fasteners and told themselves, "Never again," holiday decorating specialist Christmas Décor has a suggestion: Contact a professional holiday decorating firm now to plan and schedule a 2015 holiday display where all you need to do is flip a switch.
It may seem extreme to be thinking about the year-end holidays before spring has even started, but, according to Brandon Stephens, president of Christmas Décor, Inc...

Sotheby's International Realty Network Reports Significant Gains For 2014 »

February 26, 2015 at 11:27AM PST | Source: Sotheby's International Realty

February 26, 2015 // Franchising.com // Madison, N.J. - Sotheby's International Realty Affiliates LLC today reported that in 2014 its affiliated brokers and sales professionals achieved $70 billion in U.S. home sale transaction volume (transaction sides multiplied by average sale price). This is the highest sales volume performance in the history of the brand's franchise system, and marks a 17% increase from the prior year. Driven largely by an 11 percent gain in transaction sides, the growth experienced by Sotheby's International Realty far outpaced the overall U.S. housing market as compared to the one percent increase in sales volume and a three percent decrease in home sales reported by the National Association of Realtors®.
Global Growth
The Sotheby's International Realty brand also reported growth in its global network, which now encompasses 60 countries and territories worldwide...

Coldwell Banker Real Estate Brings Big Data To The Kitchen Table With CBx Application »

February 26, 2015 at 10:50AM PST | Source: Coldwell Banker

New Home Listing Experience Uses Big Data to Identify Who and Where Potential Buyers of a Specific Home Are, Helping Sellers More Accurately Market Their Properties
February 26, 2015 // Franchising.com // Madison, N.J. - Coldwell Banker Real Estate LLC, the original San Francisco Bay area real estate start-up founded in 1906, continues its push to create exceptional experiences for home sellers. On the heels of its new digital platform allowing sellers to actively participate in the marketing of their home, the real estate brand is now launching an exclusive iPad application for its sales associates visualizing who a home’s potential buyers are, from where they are moving and other market dynamics based on data from multiple public and private sources...

Home Care Assistance Of St. Louis Welcomes Mark B. Rogers, BSBA, As Director Of Business Development »

February 26, 2015 at 8:31AM PST | Source: Home Care Assistance

Mark B. Rogers joins Home Care Assistance in a period of incredible growth to further develop company programs such as Hospital to Home Care and the Cognitive Therapeutics Method™
St. Louis, MO (PRWEB) February 26, 2015 - Home Care Assistance of St Louis, a leading provider of in-home care for seniors, welcomes Mark B. Rogers, as the new Director of Business Development. Mark will play an integral role in developing key partnerships with healthcare and senior care professionals across the greater St. Louis area. His role will be focused on growing company programs such as Hospital to Home Care and the Cognitive Therapeutics Method™, an innovative approach to in-home dementia care, in addition to Home Care Assistance’s core in-home assisted living services...

HouseMaster's Dan Mayfield Honored At Home Inspection Franchisor's Annual Conference »

February 26, 2015 at 8:27AM PST | Source: HouseMaster

CHATANOOGA, TN - (Marketwired - February 26, 2015) - HouseMaster, the first and most experienced home inspection franchise company in North America, recently honored Dan Mayfield of the local Chatanooga, TN franchise with The Home Inspection Excellence Award at the company's annual conference held October 16-18 at the Charleston Marriot in Charleston, South Carolina.
The Home Inspection Excellence Award is given to honor those owners who reach the milestone of being in business for 20 years.
"It was very gratifying to be recognized at our conference this year," said Dan Mayfield. "In today's competitive real estate market, the services we offer as part of the HouseMaster family are more important than ever in helping both sellers and buyers make educated real estate decisions...

ServiceMaster Global Holdings, Inc. Reports Preliminary Fourth-Quarter And Full-Year 2014 Financial Results »

February 26, 2015 at 4:38AM PST | Source: ServiceMaster Clean
ServiceMaster Clean Opportunities Available

Fourth-quarter 2014

Revenue increased 8 percent to $577 million with growth in all segments
Net income of $20 million or $0.15 per share versus net loss of $18 million or $0.20 per share a year ago
Adjusted net income(1) of $32 million or $0.23 per share versus $9 million or $0.09 per share
Adjusted EBITDA(2) increased 28 percent to $114 million

MEMPHIS, Tenn. - February 26, 2015  - (BUSINESS WIRE) - ServiceMaster Global Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: SERV), a leading provider of essential residential and commercial services, today announced preliminary unaudited fourth-quarter and full-year 2014 results. The company reported fourth-quarter 2014 revenue of $577 million, an increase of 8 percent compared to the same period in 2013...

Five Star Painting COO, Phillips, Obtains Franchise Executive Designation »

February 25, 2015 at 11:33AM PST | Source: Five Star Painting Inc.

Certified Franchise Executive Designees Honored at International Franchise Association Convention
WACO, Texas (PRWEB) February 25, 2015 - Matt Phillips, chief operations officer for Five Star Painting, one of the fastest growing residential and light commercial painting companies in North America , and a subsidiary of global franchise company, The Dwyer Group, has earned his Certified Franchise Executive (CFE) designation.
The three-year program is a comprehensive course of study in franchise management offered by the Institute of Certified Franchise Executives (ICFE), an academic branch of the International Franchise Association’s (IFA) Educational Foundation. "I have always felt that continuing education is critical to stay current and relevant in our industry, so I knew earning my CFE was a priority," stated Phillips...

Oxi Fresh 'Cleans Up' In 2014 - Experiences Best Year Since 2006 »

February 25, 2015 at 10:18AM PST | Source: Oxi Fresh
Oxi Fresh Opportunities Available

February 25, 2015 // Franchising.com // LAKEWOOD, Colo. – Since its launch in 2006, Oxi Fresh Carpet Cleaning® has been steadily becoming an industry leader, earning numerous awards and reaching important growth milestones. In 2014, the company experienced levels of growth and success unmatched in the company's nine-year history.
Recognized as one of the nation's fastest-growing carpet cleaning franchises, Oxi Fresh Carpet Cleaning opened an impressive 55 locations in 2014, which is more than the total number of new locations from the previous two years combined.
This remarkable growth wasn't restricted to the United States. In 2014, Oxi Fresh launched its international expansion plans and opened its first two Canadian locations...

Home Care Assistance’s Book, The Handbook Of Live-In Care, Proves To Be A Valuable Resource For Caregivers »

February 25, 2015 at 10:11AM PST | Source: Home Care Assistance

Written specifically for the growing number of family caregivers, The Handbook of Live-In Care provides practical, how-to guidance on caring for a senior loved one.
Palo Alto, CA (PRWEB) February 25, 2015 - Home Care Assistance, North America's premier provider of in-home senior care, is proud to offer expertise on live-in care to family caregivers through The Handbook of Live-in Care. The second of eight books in the Home Care Assistance senior wellness series, The Handbook covers topics ranging from the psychology of homebound seniors to caregiver tips on nutrition, exercise and oral healthcare for seniors. The book draws on the combined 28 years of experience in senior care from authors Dr. Kathy N. Johnson, Dr. James H. Johnson and Lily Sarafan of Home Care Assistance – the result is a first-of-its-kind definitive resource for family caregivers...

RE/MAX London And GoCoin Partner To Accept Digital Currency For Property Rentals »

February 25, 2015 at 9:37AM PST | Source: RE/MAX

Can Now Offer Instant, Frictionless Lease Payments
LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM - (Marketwired - Feb 25, 2015) - RE/MAX London, the London region of the worldwide property leader in residential sales, today announced a pilot program with GoCoin to accept digital currency for property rentals across the UK. GoCoin is a global leader in Blockchain payments and the first platform for processing Bitcoin, Litecoin and Dogecoin at checkout.
Thanks to the partnership with GoCoin, RE/MAX is the first estate agency in the UK to offer to its clients and consumers the possibility to make payments for property rentals through digital or cryptocurrency.
RE/MAX has an established presence in the UK, with 180+ associates and 46 offices, 16 of which are in London...

Century 21 Real Estate Survey Reveals "Binge Watching" TV Programs Brings People Together In The Home »

February 25, 2015 at 6:44AM PST | Source: Century 21

62% Of Co-Bingers Have or Would "Binge Cheat" on a TV-Binging Partner
Millennials Largest Demographic of Binge Watchers, Living Room Most Popular Viewing Location for Binging
February 25, 2015 // Franchising.com // MADISON, N.J. – Century 21 Real Estate, the iconic brand and franchisor with the largest global network in the residential real estate industry including approximately 6,900 independent offices worldwide, today announced the results of the Century 21® commissioned "Binge Watching Survey" which was conducted online by Harris Poll on their behalf in January among over 4,000 U.S. adults. In anticipation of this week's release of the hit Netflix series, House of Cards, Century 21 Real Estate sought to gain insight into the prevalent practice of binge watching, which consists of viewing multiple episodes of a television program in rapid succession and is an increasingly common method of television consumption...

Century 21 Affiliated’s Loretta Alonzo To Receive Illinois Realtor® Of The Year Award »

February 25, 2015 at 5:50AM PST | Source: Century 21

Chicago, IL (PRWEB) February 25, 2015 - Loretta Alonzo, managing broker of Century 21 Affiliated in La Grange Park, has been named by the Illinois Association of REALTORS® (IAR) as the 2015 Illinois REALTOR® of the Year. The IAR is a voluntary trade association composed of 43,000 members that honors a REALTOR® with this distinction annually.
Alonzo has been chosen to receive the award because of her exemplary career and leadership in the real estate industry, as well as her dedication to improving her community through charity and civic service.
Alonzo began a career in real estate 38 years ago as a way to balance work and family life. After becoming acclimated to the industry, Alonzo sought out a management role and became broker-owner of Century 21 Alonzo & Associates in La Grange Park in the early 1990s...

Keller Williams Realty Expands Into Costa Rica »

February 25, 2015 at 5:23AM PST | Source: Keller Williams Realty

World's largest real estate franchise opens first region serving Central America.
Austin, TX (PRWEB) February 24, 2015 - Keller Williams, the world's largest real estate franchise by agent count, announced that it has awarded its first region in Central America to a group of business leaders led by Allen Lungo.
"Over the past six years, I've talked with hundreds of Keller Williams agents and all of them have said it is the best company with which they have ever worked and they could never imagine leaving it," Lungo said. "I am convinced it is the right choice for me, our real estate company and Costa Rica."
Trained as an architect, Lungo holds an MBA from UCLA and has compiled an impressive track record of business success in management, design, construction and finance in cities including New York, Los Angeles and Chicago...

Window World Announces The Auction Of Its One-of-a-Kind IndyCar The Stinger »

February 25, 2015 at 4:11AM PST | Source: Window World

NORTH WILKESBORO, N.C. - Window World®, America's largest replacement window and exterior remodeling company, announced the upcoming auction of The Stinger car. This priceless salute to a century of excellence is scheduled to be auctioned at Mecum Auctions' Indianapolis event in May.
The Stinger combines Window World's passion for auto racing with its spirit of philanthropy in a platform that provides inspiration and hope. In celebration of 100 years of racing legends, Window World's charitable foundation, Window World Cares®, presented The Stinger as a modern-day interpretation of the 1911 Marmon Wasp, with the goal of raising funds for St. Jude Children's Research Hospital®.
Over the past four years, The Stinger has traveled across the U...

Brad Reeser Team Named Top 5 In Keller Williams »

February 24, 2015 at 12:00PM PST | Source: Keller Williams Realty

Edmond, Oklahoma real estate team recognized for stellar performance in 2014.
Edmond, OK - February 23, 2015 - (PR.com) - The Brad Reeser Real Estate Team of Keller Williams Central Oklahoma has been named the #4 Keller Williams Team in 2014, and #5 in Keller Williams for the number of units sold.
The Brad Reeser team was recognized for their outstanding achievements at the Keller Williams Annual National Convention in Orlando, Fla. Feb. 7-11, 2015, with more than 10,000 Keller Williams associates and guests in attendance.
The Brad Reeser team also received the distinguished honor of the Keller Williams Double Platinum Award for outstanding performance on gross closed sales income (GCI) and units sold in the past year.
"It was a great honor for our team to receive recognition from Keller Williams for our achievements, and to be able to bring national awards home to Edmond, Oklahoma," said Brad Reeser...

New Leadership Comes To Intero Willow Glen »

February 24, 2015 at 10:13AM PST | Source: Intero Real Estate Services

Cathy Jackson, Top Agent to become Top Management
February 24, 2015 // Franchising.com // Cupertino, California – Intero Real Estate Services, Inc., a Berkshire Hathaway affiliate and wholly owned subsidiary of HomeServices of America, Inc., announced that Cathy Jackson, a founding Realtor of Intero has been appointed as Vice President and Managing Officer of Intero's Willow Glen Office on Meridian Avenue in San Jose, CA. Jackson replaces Robert Doucet, who has taken a position as the Regional Vice President for Intero Franchise Services' Sacramento region headed by David Bicknell. Jackson's new position was a natural progression due to the list of accolades and achievements she collected in her 12 year legacy with Intero. It begins with being a successful agent ranking within Intero's top 1% nationwide...

HouseMaster's Mark Thompson Honored At Home Inspection Franchisor's Annual Conference »

February 24, 2015 at 10:01AM PST | Source: HouseMaster

ALPHARETTA, GA - (Marketwired - February 24, 2015) - HouseMaster, the first and most experienced home inspection franchise company in North America, recently honored Mark Thompson of the local Alpharetta, GA franchise with the Sales Achievement Award for Largest Percent and Dollar Fee Increase at the company's annual conference held October 16-18 at the Charleston Marriot in Charleston, South Carolina.
The Sales Achievement Award is presented to the HouseMaster franchise owner that experienced significant growth in their businesses during the twelve-month period from July 2013 through June 2014.
"I work very hard to provide the best inspection service possible to my customers. I'm grateful for their confidence in me and I'm also grateful for the opportunity to work with the excellent Real Estate Professionals in my area," said Mark Thompson...

Pop-A-Lock Canada Offers New Online Key Duplication Service »

February 24, 2015 at 8:49AM PST | Source: Pop A Lock

TORONTO - February 24, 2015 - (BUSINESS WIRE) - Pop-A-Lock Canada, part of North America's largest system of locksmiths, has just announced its new online store for making duplicate car keys and auto remotes. Whether vehicle owners want an extra key for "key insurance," or if they have lost their only copy and need a replacement one right away, the new store will make it easier for vehicle owners to obtain the keys they need.
With the recent trend towards online commerce, it is becoming more essential for businesses to provide a platform for customers to take care of their purchasing needs online. Pop-A-Lock recognizes this demand, and its expansion into the world of online key duplication is one way that it can help meet customer needs more efficiently...



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