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New Columbus, MS-based Brokerage Launches With Real Living Brand »

January 30, 2015 at 10:13AM PST | Source: Real Living Real Estate

Start-up brokerage now operating as Real Living Hearts and Home Realty
COLUMBUS, Miss. - January 30, 2015 - (BUSINESS WIRE) - Real Living Real Estate, one of the nation's leading real estate franchisors and a member of the HSF Affiliates LLC family of real estate brokerage networks, today announced the launch of Real Living Hearts and Home Realty LLC, a brand-new company.
The brokerage, founded by owner Angela Laster, serves the Golden Triangle area of Mississippi, including Columbus, Starkville and West Point. Hearts and Home Realty represents the first Real Living brokerage operating in Mississippi.
The launch of Hearts and Home Realty is the next step in a long and successful real estate career for Laster, who has been a licensed agent since 1999 and obtained her broker’s license in 2004...

Ted Proctor Creates His Own Freedom With Two Maids & A Mop Franchise »

January 30, 2015 at 7:12AM PST | Source: Two Maids & A Mop™

Former Salesman Uses Retirement Funds to Finance Business Purchase
Fort Worth, Texas (PRWEB) January 30, 2015 - Ted Proctor has always craved freedom - the liberty to make his own decisions, create his own schedule, and ultimately, control his own destiny. But after working in medical and dental sales for 15 years, he still didn't have the independence he desired, so he took matters into his own hands. Proctor left his day job and purchased a Two Maids & A Mop franchise.
"I'm excited to bring 'a cleaning service worth talking about' to my home town," he said. "I want to give customers what I would [wish for] in such a service."
Two Maids & A Mop provides a variety of cleaning packages for customers in the Fort Worth area, from regularly scheduled housekeeping services to one-time deep cleans to their customized Design with Time bundles...

Realty ONE Group Corporate Culture Responsible For 36 Percent Revenue Increase »

January 30, 2015 at 7:02AM PST | Source: Realty ONE Group

Fastest Growing Real Estate Brokerage Reports Unprecedented Growth
IRVINE, Calif. - January 29, 2015 - (BUSINESS WIRE) - Realty ONE Group, a full-service residential real estate brokerage, finished 2014 with its strongest year of financial growth and company momentum yet, with more than 27,000 transactions closed. The company brought in $10.4 billion in revenue this year – a 36 percent increase from 2013 – bringing its total sales volume to more than $30 billion in nine years of operation.
"Thanks to our now 6,000 agents across the country, 2014 was a monumental year for Realty ONE Group," said Kuba Jewgieniew, CEO and founder. "Our company will continue to grow and expand into new regions in 2015, and we're planning to be in all 50 states by the end of Q4...

ServiceMaster NCR Helped The Salvation Army Raise Money Over The Holidays With Red Kettles »

January 30, 2015 at 6:22AM PST | Source: ServiceMaster Clean
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ServiceMaster NCR, a ServiceMaster franchise that provides services to Alexandria, VA and the Washington, DC metro area, helped the Salvation Army raise over $1500 this past holiday season.
Alexandria, VA (PRWEB) January 30, 2015 - Over this past holiday season, ServiceMaster NCR, a provider of disaster restoration and cleaning services to Alexandria, VA and the Washington, DC metro area, gave back to their community by raising money for the local Salvation Army. Staff members of ServiceMaster NCR donated their time and effort into volunteering to collect donations for the Salvation Army with red kettles. The red kettles are a holiday tradition of the Salvation Army dating back to the turn of the 20th century and ServiceMaster NCR was able to raise $1,820...

Mr. Rooter Named In Top Plumbing Franchises In Franchise Business Review »

January 30, 2015 at 6:17AM PST | Source: Mr. Rooter

Franchise Business Review releases names of Top 200 Franchises of 2015
WACO, Texas (PRWEB) January 30, 2015 - Franchise Business Review released its annual list of the Top 200 Franchises, naming Mr. Rooter Plumbing a leader in the home service category for 2015.
The ranking is based on franchisee feedback and satisfaction, making it a unique list for franchise organizations to be included. According to Franchise Business Review, an independent national market research firm, 28,500 franchisees representing over 350 brands participated in the voluntary survey to answer questions about their respective franchise systems.
"This award means the most to us here at Mr. Rooter Plumbing as it comes from our franchisees," stated Mr...

ERA Real Estate Promotes Chris Trick To Chief Marketing Officer  »

January 29, 2015 at 11:50AM PST | Source: ERA

January 29, 2015 // Franchising.com // MADISON, N.J. - ERA Real Estate, a leading global real estate franchisor, today announced the promotion of Chris Trick to chief marketing officer. Trick's previous title was senior vice president of marketing and product development.
"Chris's invaluable contributions to our 2014 reimaging campaign - from strategy to execution - truly moved the needle for ERA Real Estate," said Charlie Young, president and CEO of ERA Real Estate. "His in-depth understanding of branding within a franchise environment and his ability to articulate the benefits and ROI to multiple stakeholders across the organization resulted in a seamless transition and renewed excitement among our customers and the real estate industry...

Two Men And A Truck Wraps Up Successful 2014, Fuels Future Expansion In 2015 »

January 29, 2015 at 11:01AM PST | Source: TWO MEN AND A TRUCK®

Thriving Franchise Brand Maintains 61 Straight Months of Growth; Signs 30 Agreements in 2014
LANSING, Mich. - Jan. 29, 2015 /PRNewswire/ - Two Men And A Truck, the industry's leading moving services franchise, enters 2015 with confidence after wrapping up strong fourth quarter results in 2014, most notably posting 61 straight months of growth and 45 consecutive months of record growth, positioning the nationally-recognized brand for continued upward momentum in 2015.
Two Men And A Truck reported a solid fourth quarter of 2014 with impressive results, disclosing revenues totaling more than $350,000,000, a 13.68 percent growth over the previous year. December proved to be a highly successful month for the brand, netting more than $25,000,000 in revenue, a 17...

Right At Home Continues European Expansion; Opens Office In The Netherlands »

January 29, 2015 at 7:16AM PST | Source: Right at Home

Master Franchise Partner Expands Brand Internationally to Provide Simple Solution for Shifting Healthcare Landscape
OMAHA, Neb. - January 29, 2015 - (BUSINESS WIRE) - Right at Home, a leading in-home care franchise, continues to position itself at the forefront of the global in-home care industry, starting 2015 off by celebrating its newest opening in The Netherlands, led by Master Franchise Partner and in-home care advocate Peter van de Burgt. Right at Home Nederland will begin offering services to the swiftly expanding elderly Dutch population on 29 January - services that immediately address the need for home care in The Netherlands. The office, located at Alphen a/d Rijn, will support the care needs of the rising elderly adult population, which is expected reach 24...

ServiceMaster Of Salt Lake Expands Services To Provide Hoarding Cleaning To Salt Lake City And Surrounding Towns »

January 29, 2015 at 5:16AM PST | Source: ServiceMaster Clean
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Salt Lake City, UT (PRWEB) January 29, 2015 - Hoarding is a major concern for many people living in the U.S. It is considered a disorder and while it starts out as modest collecting, it gradually develops into a complete inability to throw anything away including garbage, food containers, and newspapers. ServiceMaster of Salt Lake has recently expanded their services to include hoarding cleaning services for Salt Lake City and the surrounding towns of Orem and Provo, UT. Because hoarding is caused by a mental disorder, it is the responsibility of a friend or loved one to contact ServiceMaster of Salt Lake for hoarding cleaning services before the hoarder creates dangerous living conditions inside the home.
Cleaning up the home of a hoarder is a serious business as a hoard of collected items can not only block off some areas of the home but also harbor bacteria and other biohazard material which can have serious health implications...

Decor&You Shares 4 Ways To Keep Clutter From Overtaking Your Life »

January 29, 2015 at 4:16AM PST | Source: Decor&You

National Interior Decorator Offers Effective Strategies for the Silent Majority Who Experience Clutter
SOUTHBURY, CT - (Marketwired - Jan 28, 2015) - Have you ever heard the expression "too much of a good thing?" While the expression often refers to overwhelming feelings from eating too much of a delectable dessert or having close family stay at your home one day too long, it's also appropriate in a variety of other contexts - especially aspects of the décor process. For example, homeowners may find themselves idealizing the idea of storage space and seizing any opportunity for more without considering whether more storage space is really necessary.
Decor&You, one of America's leading, full-service interior decorating franchises, challenges homeowners to take a step back and evaluate the items overcrowding their storage...

Brightway Insurance Recognized With Two National Awards »

January 29, 2015 at 4:12AM PST | Source: Brightway Insurance

JACKSONVILLE, FLA. (PRWEB) January 28, 2015 - Brightway Insurance, Inc., a national property/casualty insurance retailer selling through a network of franchised independent agencies throughout the country, has been named a Top 500 Franchise by Entrepreneur magazine for the second year in a row. The company has also been named to the Franchise Gator Top 100 list.
Brightway, the only property/casualty insurance agency franchisor on the list, landed the #252 spot in Entrepreneur magazine’s ranking (up from #277 in 2014) based on financial and statistical data from July 2012 to July 2014.
The most important factors, according to Entrepreneur, are financial strength and stability, growth rate and the size of the system. Also considered are the number of years a company has been in business, the length of time it’s been franchising, startup costs, litigation, percent of terminations and whether the company provides financing...

Miracle Method Included In Franchise Business Review's Top 50 "Best Of The Best" List For 10th Consecutive Year »

January 29, 2015 at 4:08AM PST | Source: Miracle Method Surface Refinishing

Top-Performing Franchise Company Is One of Only 10 in FBR Hall of Fame
Colorado Springs, CO (PRWEB) January 29, 2015 - Miracle Method, the largest bath and kitchen refinishing company in the US, announced today that the company again made the Franchise Business Review (FBR) Top 200 list in the publication's 10th annual Guide to Today's Top Franchises. Also for the 10th year in a row, Miracle Method was included in the FBR Top 50 "Best of the Best" list, which elevated the company to Hall of Fame status, an achievement matched by only nine other franchise businesses ranked by FBR.
"People like to talk about sales revenue, new store openings and ROI, and that's important," said Chuck Pistor, President of Miracle Method. "But the real indication of franchise company success is what franchisees say about the job the franchisor is doing and how satisfied they are with their franchise...

Coldwell Banker Real Estate Promotes Sean Blankenship To Chief Marketing Officer »

January 29, 2015 at 4:03AM PST | Source: Coldwell Banker

January 29, 2015 // Franchising.com // Madison, N.J. - Coldwell Banker Real Estate LLC today announced the promotion of Sean Blankenship to chief marketing officer from his prior role as senior vice president of marketing for the firm. In this expanded role, Blankenship is responsible for the development and expansion of the Coldwell Banker® global brand architecture, including the luxury home program Coldwell Banker Previews International. He will continue to oversee the brand’s holistic marketing platform, which includes advertising, media, public relations, product development, promotions and marketing communications.
"Sean has more than 24 years of experience in shaping brands and telling their stories," said Budge Huskey, chief executive officer for Coldwell Banker Real Estate LLC...

Army Veteran Opens New Fresh Coat Painters Business In O'Fallon »

January 28, 2015 at 7:46AM PST | Source: Fresh Coat

The new business, Fresh Coat Painters of O'Fallon, offers residential and commercial painting services including interior and exterior painting, wood staining and finishing, and other services for nearly every protective coating application.
O'Fallon, MO (PRWEB) January 28, 2015 - David Anthony is looking forward to bringing the dedication he learned in the military to his new business, Fresh Coat Painters of O'Fallon.
Fresh Coat Painters of O'Fallon offers residential and commercial painting services including interior and exterior painting, wood staining and finishing, and other services for nearly every protective coating application. They use quality, environmentally safe materials and offer a 24/7 customer service center, online scheduling, in-home color design consultations, and detailed quotes...

ServiceMaster Of North Texas In Dallas, TX Expands Their Digital Marketing With RestorationMasterFinder.com »

January 28, 2015 at 5:04AM PST | Source: ServiceMaster Clean
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Adding a Plano, TX Location
Dallas, TX (PRWEB) January 28, 2015 - ServiceMaster of North Texas is a ServiceMaster franchise in Garland, TX that provides disaster restoration and cleaning services to Garland, Dallas, and the surrounding communities. They are members of the lead generation website RestorationMasterFinder.com and they recently expanded their digital marketing through this website by adding a new location to their micro-site for Plano, TX. This new location will help those that need disaster restoration and cleaning services in Plano, TX find their service pages much easier through major search engines and local based searches.
By including Plano, TX as a location on their micro-site on RestorationMasterFinder.com, ServiceMaster of North Texas has expanded their online marketing outreach to help generate more calls and conversions in their service area and reach a bigger pool of potential customers...

Kevin Boudreaux, Century 21 Roo Realty Sales Associate, Earns Ruby Masters Award For 2014 Sales Production »

January 28, 2015 at 4:15AM PST | Source: Century 21

Orlando, Florida (PRWEB) January 28, 2015- Century 21 Roo Realty is pleased to announce that Century 21 Real Estate LLC recently recognized Kevin Boudreaux, sales associate with the office, as a top-producer nationwide when it honored him with the coveted Century 21® Ruby Masters Award.
Ruby level status is awarded to a C21® sales affiliate who has met minimum sales production of $113,000 or 33 closed transaction sides within a calendar year. The sales affiliate also receives a trophy and a personal invitation to attend the annual Century 21 Top Agent Retreat.
"Kevin places his real estate wisdom and passion for life into his everyday business, helping to make clients more comfortable with the real estate transaction as they make what may be the most significant purchase of their lives," said Edward Hru, broker/owner of Century 21 Roo Realty...

Brightway Insurance Announces Its Agency Of The Year And New Agency Of The Year »

January 28, 2015 at 4:10AM PST | Source: Brightway Insurance

Brightway, a national insurance retailer selling through franchised locations, names its Agency of the Year and New Agency of the Year.
JACKSONVILLE, FLA. (PRWEB) January 27, 2015 - Brightway Insurance, Inc., a national property/casualty insurance retailer selling through a network of franchised independent agencies throughout the country, has named the Boca Raton agency owned by Eric Rand its Agency of the Year.
This designation, awarded annually, goes to the agency open for more than one full year with the most new business written premium.
Rand, new to the insurance industry, opened his agency in January 2010. By January 2014, he grew it into a $14.6 million agency. In 2014, he and his seven-person team added another 2,600 customers, driving his agency’s written premium to more than $17 million, making his the largest agency in the Brightway system...

Senior Care Franchise, Home Care Assistance, Expands To Australia »

January 27, 2015 at 9:24AM PST | Source: Home Care Assistance

Palo Alto, CA (PRWEB) January 27, 2015 - Home Care Assistance, North America's premier provider of in-home care for seniors, is excited to announce its expansion to Australia. As the baby boomer generation reaches retirement age, senior care is and will continue to be one of the fastest-growing industries worldwide. Home Care Assistance carefully researched the Australian market and determined that it was the ideal place to launch the company's international efforts. Australians now claim the fourth-longest life expectancy in the world, and current forecasts suggest that by 2020 nearly 16.8% of Australians will be 65 years or older and that one in ten people over the age of 65 will be diagnosed with dementia. Thus, there will be a growing and sustained need for high quality home care options across the continent...

Demand For Functional Home Improvements Leads To Record Growth Year For ShelfGenie »

January 27, 2015 at 9:16AM PST | Source: ShelfGenie

"Cabinet Whisperer" Expands Into 21 New Territories in 2014; Experiences a 24 Percent Increase in Retail Sales
ATLANTA - January 27, 2015 - (BUSINESS WIRE) - Consumer spending on functional home improvements is on the rise. Not only are people looking to add value to their home, but they are seeking ways to improve accessibility and organization of spaces utilized on a daily basis. As homeowners are progressively transforming often-overlooked places, such as cabinets, it has led to a record growth year for ShelfGenie, the industry leader in custom designed, pull-out cabinet shelving solutions.
With more than 160 locally owned and operated franchise locations operating throughout 22 states and Canada, ShelfGenie closed out 2014 with the addition of nine new franchise owners and expansion into 21 new territories across North America...

Entrepreneur Magazine Names National Property Inspections, Inc., A Top 500 Franchise Of 2015 »

January 27, 2015 at 9:03AM PST | Source: National Property Inspection
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NPI/GPI has made the Entrepreneur Franchise 500® every year for more than a decade.
January 27, 2015 // Franchising.com // Omaha, Neb. -  National Property Inspections, Inc., parent company of National Property Inspections in the United States and Global Property Inspections in Canada, is once again pleased to be included in Entrepreneur Magazine’s Franchise 500®, which ranks the best franchises based on objective, quantifiable measures of a franchise operation.
The most important factors in the Franchise 500® formula include financial strength and stability, growth rate and size of the system. Entrepreneur also considers the number of years a company has been in business and the length of time it’s been franchising, startup costs, litigation, percentage of terminations, and whether the company provides financing...



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