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United Country Auction Services Increases Portion Of Total United Country Real Estate's Sales Volume In Q3 »

October 30, 2014 at 12:17PM PDT | Source: United Country Real Estate

Division of United Country Real Estate increases total sales volume, land auctions, rural acres sold.
October 30, 2014 // Franchising.com // KANSAS CITY, Mo. - United Country Auction Services (UCAS), the nation's largest integrated organization of auctioneers and real estate professionals, today announced an increase in auctions completed and acres sold, leading UCAS to account for a upsurge in its portion of United Country Real Estate's total sales volume in Q3'14. UCAS, a division of United Country, increase its overall volume by 16 percent and its gross commission income by 9 percent.
"Our continued growth is largely tied to the support from United Country, and the extensive marketing programs delivered out of our home office," said Mike Jones, president, UCAS...

ServiceMaster Global Holdings, Inc. Reports Preliminary Third-Quarter 2014 Financial Results »

October 30, 2014 at 7:04AM PDT | Source: ServiceMaster Clean
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Revenue increased 8 percent to $664 million, with growth in each reportable segment
Including a loss on extinguishment of debt of $65 million and consulting agreement termination fees of $21 million, reported a net loss of $4 million or $0.03 per diluted share
Adjusted net income(1) of $61 million or $0.45 per diluted share versus $32 million or $0.35 per diluted share
Adjusted EBITDA(2) increased $29 million or 22 percent to $157 million

October 30, 2014 // Franchising.com // MEMPHIS, TENN - ServiceMaster Global Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: SERV), a leading provider of essential residential and commercial services, today announced preliminary unaudited third-quarter 2014 results. The company reported third-quarter 2014 revenue of $664 million, an increase of 8 percent compared to the same period in 2013...

Sotheby's International Realty Brand To Enter St. Martin »

October 29, 2014 at 7:32AM PDT | Source: Sotheby's International Realty

October 29, 2014 // Franchising.com // Madison, N.J. - Sotheby's International Realty Affiliates LLC today announced Pierres Caraibes in St. Martin has joined the Sotheby's International Realty® brand and now will do business as St. Martin Sotheby's International Realty.
The firm, which is owned by Lesley Reed, is located at Plaza Caraibes Bat A BP 144 Rue Kennedy, Marigot and 48 Rhine Road, Cupecoy, and is expected to open in November.
"St. Martin is a unique territory, with two countries, three currencies, three official languages and a multitude of cultures that spread over the 34 square miles of the island," said Philip White, president and chief executive officer, Sotheby's International Realty Affiliates LLC. "This Caribbean gem is outlined by sandy beaches, hillside valleys and a steady tropical climate...

Real Estate Industry A Hotbed For Entrepreneurs »

October 29, 2014 at 7:00AM PDT | Source: EXIT Realty

Industry Veteran to Host "Developing Your Inner Entrepreneur" Webinar Event
October 29, 2014 // Franchising.com // Woburn, MA – You know you want to. You can feel that itch, that need for something more, something of your very own. Many people consider taking more control of their career path but don’t know where to start; you simply know there is something more than the humdrum work-a-day world.
You’ve accomplished the first step by recognizing the spark. The next step is to navigate through the maze of possibilities. Thousands of entrepreneurial-minded men and women find the right fit in a career as a real estate salesperson or brokerage owner.
In an October, 2014 release to the media, National Association of REALTORS® President, Steve Brown, stated, "The real estate industry is competitive and REALTORS know that to be successful they must have a strong entrepreneurial spirit and the know-how to make a business thrive...

ServiceMaster Of North Texas Boosts Their Internet Marketing Strategy By Joining RestorationMasterFinder.com »

October 29, 2014 at 6:55AM PDT | Source: ServiceMaster Clean
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Dallas, TX (PRWEB) October 29, 2014 - ServiceMaster of North Texas is located in Garland, TX and they provide disaster restoration and cleaning services to homes and businesses in Dallas, Garland, Plano, TX and the surrounding communities. They are the most recent ServiceMaster franchise to boost their online marketing campaign by joining RestorationMasterFinder.com. RestorationMasterFinder, or RMF, was developed by Proceed Innovative as a lead generating website that provides cost-effective leads for ServiceMaster franchises.
The addition of ServiceMaster of North Texas to RestorationMasterFinder.com will help attract more internet traffic to their micro-sites which will result in a higher volume of calls and conversions. ServiceMaster is a nationally recognized brand and one of the most trusted service providers for disaster restoration and cleaning services...

Sir Grout Expands Its Services In The Midwest With The Introduction Of Sir Grout Of Southwest Missouri »

October 29, 2014 at 6:29AM PDT | Source: Sir Grout

Springfield, MO (PRWEB) October 28, 2014 - Sir Grout, leading innovator in the hard-surface care industry in America and abroad, is proud to announce the launch of a new franchise and fully featured website: Sir Grout of Southwest Missouri. Residents of Southwest Missouri can take advantage of the highest quality hard surface restoration services.
Founded in 2004, Sir Grout began franchising in 2007 and has quickly become one of the top service providers in its field, standing out for first-rate quality results due to its proprietary cleaning methods and outstanding work ethic. By adding the convenience of a franchise and website for Southwest Missouri residents, Sir Grout looks to build stronger relationships at a local level and make the business more accessible with relevant, easy-to-find information on a 24/7 basis...

EXIT Real Estate Gallery Expands »

October 29, 2014 at 5:42AM PDT | Source: EXIT Realty

New Office Opens
Jacksonville, Florida (Grassroots Newswire) October 28th, 2014 -- Colleen Forbes, President of EXIT Realty Florida is pleased to announce the expansion of EXIT Real Estate Gallery. Congratulations to Franchisees Stanley Bishop Sr., Stanley Bishop Jr., Ray Rivera, and Sonny Downey on the new office located in Jacksonville, Florida.
Bishop comments on future goals for growth and success: "We are looking forward to growing even more and providing the surrounding communities with exceptional real estate support."
About EXIT Realty
EXIT Realty is a proven real estate business model that supplies single-level residual income for agents, security, stability and direction; for agents' families, security in the form of beneficiary and retirement residuals...

Home Care Assistance – Toronto/York Region Announces Success Of Annual Convention »

October 29, 2014 at 5:11AM PDT | Source: Home Care Assistance

Toronto, Canada (PRWEB) October 29, 2014 - Home Care Assistance – Toronto/York Region (HomeCareAssistance-Toronto.com), the leading provider of non-medical, in-home senior care in the Greater Toronto Area, is addressing the details and success of its annual convention held in San Diego, California.
Home Care Assistance completed its annual convention at the end of September. The event celebrated the success of the company as a whole and featured different awards for caregivers and staff who provided above exceptional in-home senior care.
"It's a time for all of the Home Care Assistance franchises to get together and reflect on what we've accomplished," says Lester Fix, vice president of Home Care Assistance – Toronto/York Region...

Woman Entrepreneur Opens Caring Transitions Of Northeast Wyoming & Rapid City »

October 29, 2014 at 4:59AM PDT | Source: Caring Transitions

Amanda Lawson launches local franchise specializing in managing relocations for seniors and busy families as well as downsizing and estate liquidations.
Sheridan, WY (PRWEB) October 28, 2014 - Amanda Lawson is excited to be bringing her passion for service to her new small business, Caring Transitions of Northeast Wyoming & Rapid City.
Caring Transitions is America's largest resource specializing in managing relocations for seniors and busy families as well as downsizing and estate liquidations. In addition to the organizing, packing and move oversight, Caring Transitions can handle on-site and online estate sales, liquidations, and preparing homes for market. Caring Transitions of Northeast Wyoming & Rapid City serves Sheridan, Buffalo, Gillette, Rapid City, Spearfish and the surrounding communities...

College Hunks Hauling Junk Franchisee Revenue Grows 42.6% In Two Years »

October 29, 2014 at 4:54AM PDT | Source: College Hunks Hauling Junk

Average Revenue for College Hunks Hauling Junk Franchisees Grew Quickly From 2011 to 2013, Continues Climb
TAMPA, FL - (Marketwired - Oct 29, 2014) - Offering the "evergreen" service of moving and/or junk removal at reasonable prices is why College Hunks Hauling Junk continues to be one of America's most successful franchise operations, announcing revenue growth of 42.6% between 2011 and 2013.
In addition to being a valued service, College Hunks Hauling Junk also succeeds by being much more affordable in terms of start-up costs. Most College Hunks Hauling Junk franchises are up and running for between $95,000 and $207,950, and they are very easy to scale, in addition to having very turnkey startup financing options. Average revenue for franchise locations was $442,504 in 2013, which illustrates a great return on investment...

Enhance Property With Eye-Catching Shrubs: The Grounds Guys® Offer Tips For Shrubs In Residential And Commercial Landscapes »

October 28, 2014 at 4:34AM PDT | Source: The Grounds Guys

Residential and commercial property owners can spruce up their landscaping and add curb appeal with shrubs in various sizes, colors and textures.
WACO, Texas (PRWEB) October 27, 2014 - Residential and commercial owners looking for an easy way to spruce up their property while at the same time adding color, structure and even privacy should look no further than shrubs. Shrubs come in many varieties that offer broadleaf or needled foliage, colorful berries or cones, eye-catching bark or branches, or fragrant blooms that thrive in many areas and in different seasons.
The lawn experts at The Grounds Guys offer these tips on selecting shrubs to enhance residential and commercial properties’ curb appeal:
Select shrubs that are sized to fit the landscape...

Assisting Hands Home Care Opens In Wayne, New Jersey »

October 27, 2014 at 12:11PM PDT | Source: Assisting Hands Home Care (R)

October 27, 2014 // Franchising.com // WAYNE, N.J. - Assisting Hands Home Care has opened a new location in Wayne, New Jersey. Owner Gary Geresi opened this new in-home care business, located at 1211 Hamburg Turnpike, Suite #215, Wayne, NJ 07470, serving Morris and Passaic counties.
"I want to make a difference in people’s lives by offering a solution to families dealing with home health care limitations," said Geresi.
Assisting Hands Home Care-Wayne offers in-home, personal and companion care services to seniors, those with physical and developmental disabilities and those recovering from surgery or hospitalization. Geresi employs caregivers who provide services to clients in their residence, allowing them to maintain their independence, and not be forced to move into an assisted living or nursing home facility...

HomeVestors-LMM Best Markets Data Shows The Sun Is Shining Again On Florida's Real Estate Investment Market »

October 27, 2014 at 10:34AM PDT | Source: HomeVestors of America, Inc.

Texas and Western Cities Also Dominate Top 10 List as New England Markets Struggle
DALLAS - Oct. 27, 2014 /PRNewswire/ - Another sign of economic improvement? Real estate investment in Florida, hit by a hurricane of bad news during the recession, appears to be rebounding strongly, according to new quarterly data compiled by HomeVestors of America (the "We Buy Ugly Houses"® people) and Local Market Monitor, the national real estate forecaster.
The quarterly data, which is developed by Local Market Monitor, categorizes 300 U.S. markets according to different investor risk preferences including Dangerous, Speculative, Medium Risk and Low Risk. The list also ranks the markets 1-300 for attractiveness of investment opportunities...

Maid Brigade Says Healthy Living Starts In The Kitchen »

October 24, 2014 at 7:03AM PDT | Source: Maid Brigade

October 24, 2014 // Franchising.com // ATLANTA - Viruses, infectious disease, bacteria and mold oh my. Healthy living requires daily pursuit of these threats to family health. And in places you might not even think about.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), five to 20 percent of U.S. residents contract the flu each year and one out of every five outbreaks of food-borne illness is caused by food that people eat in their homes.
"The kitchen is where children do their homework, family and friends gather together, and food is prepared," says Marie Stegner, consumer health advocate for Maid Brigade, the leading maid service company. "A healthy kitchen is critical to avoid the spread of germs yet there are places in this space that rarely get cleaned...

U.S. Lawns Expansion Into Idaho »

October 24, 2014 at 6:00AM PDT | Source: US Lawns

(PRWEB) October 24, 2014 - KMVT Channel 11 and Fox 14 in Idaho featured U.S. Lawns on their segment about new businesses in the area.
U.S. Lawns now spans the state of Idaho, with recent new locations opening in Twin Falls, Boise and Idaho Falls. TV station KMVT caught up with franchise owner Scott deJong and U.S. Lawns Regional Franchise Advisor Eliazar Arebalo in the Magic Valley for insight into the decision to expand into Idaho.
"With the current growth rate of the Twin Falls area, now seemed the perfect time to enter the market," said Scott deJong. He grew up in the area, so the choice of location was as much emotional as it was a good business decision. The opportunities for growing his business are even better than he expected...

New Business Serves Seniors, Families In Colorado Springs »

October 24, 2014 at 5:53AM PDT | Source: Caring Transitions

Colorado Springs, CO (PRWEB) October 23, 2014 - Patrick McCombie is looking forward to bringing senior relocation and estate liquidation services to the area through his new small business, Caring Transitions of Colorado Springs.
Caring Transitions is America's largest resource specializing in managing senior relocations, downsizing and estate liquidations. In addition to the organizing, packing and move oversight, Caring Transitions can handle on-site and online estate sales, liquidations, and preparing homes for market. This local franchise, Caring Transitions of Colorado Springs, serves the Colorado Springs and Monument areas as well as the surrounding communities.
"I saw two aunts go through relocations and it was a struggle...

Kathy Thompson Joins EXIT Realty In Montgomery »

October 24, 2014 at 5:24AM PDT | Source: EXIT Realty

Montgomery, AL (Grassroots Newswire) - October 22, 2014 - EXIT Hodges Real Estate in Montgomery announced the addition of Kathy Thompson to its team of real estate professionals.
"We're excited to welcome Kathy to EXIT Realty," says Paul Hodges, Broker of EXIT Hodges Real Estate. "EXIT is growing and attracting quality business people like Kathy each and every day."
My name is Kathy Thompson. I am from Dothan, Alabama. I have lived in Prattville, Alabama for the last ten years. I am married with two beautiful daughters. We also have two dogs who keep us on our toes. I have a passion for selling Real Estate! Seeing the joy in new home owners' faces is so rewarding. I specialize in assisting buyers and sellers in the River Region area of Montgomery, Alabama...

Coldwell Banker Real Estate Announces Award Winners »

October 24, 2014 at 4:32AM PDT | Source: Coldwell Banker

October 24, 2014 // Franchising.com // MADISON, N.J. - Coldwell Banker Real Estate announced the winners of the brand's most prestigious awards during the company's annual conference, the 2014 Generation Blue Experience. The Chandler Barton Spirit, Preserving the Trust, and Coldwell Banker Hero of the Year awards recognize the sales associate, manager, and broker/owner affiliated with the Coldwell Banker® brand who best exemplify generosity, leadership and excellence. The winners were nominated by their peers and selected from approximately 85,000 Coldwell Banker professionals worldwide.
"These passionate and inspiring brokers and agents affiliated with the Coldwell Banker system had monumental success in 2014, and we're thrilled to honor their achievements," said Budge Huskey, president and chief executive officer of Coldwell Banker Real Estate LLC...

The Dwyer Group Announces The Fall 2014 Women In The Trades Scholarship Winners »

October 24, 2014 at 4:03AM PDT | Source: Dwyer Group, The

Women in the Trades program continues to advance education and career opportunities for women in the service trades across the country.
October 24, 2014 // Franchising.com // WACO, Texas – The Dwyer Group®, a holding company of seven service-based franchise brands, has announced the recipients of the fall 2014 Women in the Trades Scholarships. These scholarships are awarded to women working towards a career in the trades, to students studying for a career in the trades, or to front-line female employees at franchise locations for any of The Dwyer Group service brands.
"We are very proud of this semester’s recipients, and we look forward to watching them achieve their career goals in the service industry," said Dina Dwyer-Owens, Co-Chair of The Dwyer Group...

Aire Serv® Adds New Franchise Locations »

October 23, 2014 at 11:51AM PDT | Source: Aire Serv Heating and Air Conditioning, Inc.

8 New Franchises Set to Open in the U.S.
October 23, 2014 // Franchising.com // WACO, Texas - Aire Serv, a leading HVAC Repair and Maintenance Franchise, announced the purchase of eight new franchise locations in the 3rd quarter of 2014. Year to date, Aire Serv has welcomed the addition of 19 new franchise locations.
"Many people get into their own HVAC business because they are good at heating and air conditioning work. We help them take that business to the next level by helping them with the business side of their company. Ultimately, it's about helping people achieve their personal and professional goals," said Doyle James, President of Aire Serv. "We are very pleased that we have the opportunity to do that for eight more franchisees...



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