Top 10 Home Styles in the U.S.

We’ve all had that moment — driving down a street and we see a home we like specifically for the architecture and design elements. The United States is full of different home styles and architecture, and pinpointing a specific one can be difficult, especially when dominant home styles change from region to region. The homes below are examples of the most prevalent home styles found throughout the United States.

 

VictorianVictorian
Victorian homes give off a certain air and possess a very stately feel. Victorians are more about beauty than functionality, with complex designs, ornate trim, and large wraparound porches. The Victorian exterior is seen as a medium for decoration. These homes generally have gables, bay windows, towers, overhangs and many are known as ‘Painted Ladies.’ The Victorian style also has sub styles, the most notable being Gothic Revival, Italianate, Second Empire, Queen Anne and the Romanesque style.

CraftsmanCraftsman Bungalow
The Craftsman or Bungalow style is seen as an expression of structure and elements that rely heavily on simple, elegant design. The Craftsman is one of the most common and popular styles in the United States, with an incredible resurgence in the last five years. These homes are characterized by their wide front porches, low-pitched roofs and exteriors that use wood, stone and/or brick. The interior of the Craftsman also has an open floor plan with many built-ins throughout the house.

TudorTudor
Tudors are very distinct and based on English building traditions during the Tudor Era (1485 – 1603). Tudors are characterized by their asymmetrical exteriors with windows playing a large part in the design. These homes generally have stone and stucco walls with wood accents/framing, and Tudor roofs are steep-pitched. Tudor homes are one of the most recognizable styles in the United States due to their specific architectural components.

Cape CodCape Cod
Cape Cods were first built in the 1600s and took inspiration from Britain’s thatched cottages. Cape Cods have steep roofs, dormer windows and large chimneys — elements that helped the homes withstand harsh Northeastern winters. The Cape Cod style is most recognized for its dormer windows, which play a large part in the design of the home.

RanchRanch
Ranches are also known as ‘Ramblers.’ Ranches are characterized by their single-story construction and low pitched roofs. Ranches became very popular in the post World War II era, with a large resurgence in the 1960s as ‘mid-century moderns.’

ColonialColonial
Colonials are another home style that have a distinct appearance. Symmetry plays a large part in Colonials — evenly spaced shuttered windows, dormers, columns, and old Colonials will have many fireplaces. The most common Colonial in the United States is the Georgian Colonial, characterized by its strict symmetry, box shape, paneled front door below a decorative crown, simple or flattened columns, and the most notable feature of five shuttered windows across. Other notable Colonial styles in the United States are Dutch, Federal, and Spanish.

ContemporaryContemporary
Contemporary homes have an almost futuristic look to them, but many contemporary homes look to connect the indoors with the outdoors. Natural light plays a large part in the contemporary home, as do flat roofs and simple horizontal and perpendicular lines. Contemporary homes embrace industrialism and put an emphasis on the use of efficient and affordable materials, and the homes emphasize an importance of combining materials (steel, glass, wood, stone, etc.) to create a fluid space.

SpanishSpanish
Spanish style homes incorporate a fusion of design elements from European and Native American architecture. The Mission Revival style is the most popular, which has its roots in Spanish churches built by missionaries. Spanish style homes tend to have clay roof tiles, arcaded porches, arched corridors, bell towers, square pillars and quatrefoil windows (these windows resemble flowers).

MediterraneanMediterranean
The Mediterranean style became very popular in the United States in 1918 to 1940. This style is modeled after the hacienda style, where red tile roofs, arches, and plaster surfaces play a large part in the exterior of the house. Mediterranean style homes have become popular again, but the style has adopted more design elements like porticoes, balconies, and ornamental details that include heavy wood doors, tiles in multiple colors or designs, and balconies with ornate iron railings and embellishments.

Pueblo Revival Pueblo Revival
The Pueblo Revival is a style favored in the Southwest, highly influenced by the ancient Pueblo’s simple multifamily homes. This home style favors materials sourced from the earth — adobe, concrete, stucco or mortar, and wood beams — and the homes tend to feature enclosed courtyards and flat or sloping roofs. The Pueblo style is also characterized by rounded exteriors that exhibit square windows, weathered wood doors and exterior stone accents.

Homes can take any shape or size, and many homes built today embrace two or more styles. The United States has many other home styles not featured. If you’re looking for a home in a particular style, your agent will be able to help find that perfect property.

If you’re interested in learning more about home styles, you can find more information here: This Old HousePopular House StylesDIY Network


10 Tips to Prepare for A Home Sale

10 Tips to Prepare for A Home Sale

We are in the middle of summer — one of the busiest times for any real estate market — with thousands of homes and properties going up for sale in every town and city throughout the United States. Getting the most for a home is always a seller’s top priority; heeding these ten tips and tricks when considering putting your house on the market will help toward getting your top dollar.

1. Paint Color:
When choosing an exterior paint color, stick with what’s popular in the neighborhood, goes well with the surroundings of the area, or fits the style of the home. Picking a paint color that is not common or completely clashes with the rest of the neighborhood is a very risky decision, especially when thinking about listing a home. When it comes to paint, choose safe colors for the biggest return on investment. The same should be considered for interior paint — big, bold, bright colors might work for your current design scheme, but when buyers walk through a home, and the main living space is four different colors, it’s likely all they’ll see is dollar signs and time spent repainting.

2. Landscaping:
Landscaping can make or break a home sale, or turn it into a long, laborious process. When thinking of landscaping, consider the plants or trees before anything gets planted — trees and roots can wreak havoc with lawns, foundations and pipes; take into consideration how large a plant or tree will get and how far the root system will travel over time.

Front Door3. The Front Door:
The front door is one of the first things potential buyers see — a strong and visual front door can leave a great first impression to potential buyers. If the door is broken, doesn’t work properly, or is in desperate need of a makeover, a buyer may see these things as weak points and consider offering less.

4. Upgrades:
Don’t assume you’ll recoup every investment, especially when it comes to large upgrades. Pools are notorious for poor return on investment, as are other large home additions. If you’re considering upgrading your home before putting it on the market, look to areas that are sure to make you money: kitchens and bathrooms, if tastefully done, will always add to the value of a house.

5. Fireplaces:
Fireplaces appeal to a large majority of buyers, but changing out the aesthetics of a fireplace can either be a great investment opportunity, or drastically lower a buyer’s offer. It’s best to take trends into consideration when making updates or changes to a fireplace — painting over exposed brick can be a huge deal breaker for some buyers, especially when a majority of people like exposed brick fireplaces.

6. Old Appliances:
Potential buyers look at the appliances in a home to gauge their age and how well they’ve been taken care of. Appliances play a large part in any home, and if they are old, outdated and no longer working can create hesitations in potential buyers. If it’s a classic that still works, don’t worry about replacing it; if you can’t get the door clean, or the oven temperature doesn’t rise above 350 degrees, it’s probably time to replace it. There’s no need to go all out on the latest and greatest technology either — while a beautiful stainless steel fridge might be alluring, it’s likely you won’t recoup the cost through the home sale, and it’s more likely you’ll want that classy fridge in your new home.

7. Deep Cleans and Small Stuff:Clean
Most buyers have an eye for the small details of a house. An initial deep clean of the house, and continued maintenance thereafter, shows potential buyers that the house has been maintained. The small details matter: windows and window tracks, light switches, molding, a garbage disposal, tile, grout, sinks, ovens and appliances are all looked at by buyers. Make sure these items are not overlooked when the house goes on the market — potential buyers will appreciate the time you took to address them.

8. Trends:
Trends can be quite alluring for those looking to dabble in interior decorating. Some buyers like trends, but the majority of buyers look for classic, neutral colors on walls and fixtures. While a chevron pattern may be the perfect accompaniment to your current sofa or bedspread, most buyers will see the pattern, when applied to walls, as a potential paint job. If you’re considering listing your house, consider accessorizing with drapes, pillows and some pictures. These are simple ways of adding personality, and buyers will appreciate a neutral color scheme on the walls.

9. Hard to Clean Surfaces and Floors:
Buyers always look at the floors and counters in a potential home, and these surfaces can be huge selling points. If the counter tops are stained, hardwood floors scratched up, carpet damaged, or the tile is breaking, consider cleaning or finding a quick replacement. If a solid counter top is stained, a buyer will no doubt see dollar signs. If you have hardwood floors, some products can actually dull the wood over time. If the wood needs a little TLC before the house is listed, consider having the floors buffed — this will add some life, and buyers will see that they’ve been cared for.

Small Spaces10. Small Spaces:
Kitchens and bathrooms are undoubtedly some of the biggest selling features of a house or property. If either of these areas is small, consider revamping to make them look larger. A small bathroom with no windows is going to look like a cave if the color scheme is on the darker side. Bigger in a small space is always best — stick with neutral, light colors to help make the room look larger. Update any light bulbs that are reaching the end of their life; upgrading to a higher wattage or lumen can help enhance a small area too.

Selling a home is a large task, and every seller hopes to make money on their home sale. Prepping your home before a sale will always result in better viewings and interested buyers, and the end result will be a happy seller and an even more excited buyer.

 


Featured Blog of the Week: CENTURY 21 All Islands

C21 All Islands Welcome PageAs a provider of technology and web-based services, Reliance Network is able to work with some of the biggest real estate companies in the United States. This week we highlight CENTURY 21 All Islands. A Hawaii-based real estate company with more than 30 years in the Hawaii real estate market, C21 All Islands prides itself on its dedication to the distinct communities that make up the Hawaiian Islands.

Fully embracing the spirit of blogging, C21 All Islands uses its blog to provide real estate information, tips and ideas; mortgage information and guidelines; Hawaii community information by island, and also provides an excellent look into Hawaii real estate, with posts highlighting a range of properties available through C21 All Islands. With a blog that offers useful information to those looking into Hawaii real estate, and the easy to use Market Watch function on their website, CENTURY 21 All Islands goes above and beyond to offer incomparable service to those looking into Hawaii properties and real estate.

 


Reliance Network and INRIX Team Release Nationwide Search for Homes by Drive Time

Bellevue, Wash.: July 16, 2014 – Today, Reliance Network, one of the largest suppliers of enterprise-level real estate sites in the country, and INRIX, Inc., a leading provider of traffic information, launched a new tool to the Reliance RE/MAX sites that helps consumers find the perfect home based on desired travel time in traffic to and from work.  Called INRIX® Drive Time™, the tool goes beyond providing distance to work in miles or travel times based on speed limits and offers home buyers actual drive times in traffic throughout the day for every day of the week.

The Reliance platform hosts over 55,000 RE/MAX sites nationwide, and with INRIX® Drive Time™ provides prospective home buyers with the ability to identify and compare home listings based on preferred travel times in traffic rather than distance to work.

“We’re committed to providing the industry’s most innovative new web services, particularly in providing home buyers and sellers with access to insightful and timely market information,” said Sean McRae, CEO of Reliance Network. “In this fast-paced technology market, the combination of INRIX and Reliance Network means real estate brokers can offer customers the ability to find properties that meet their needs faster, ultimately shortening the sales cycle and improving the overall home buying and selling experience.”

According to the National Association of REALTORS®, 73 percent of all home buyers consider drive time to work a key buying criterion.  In 2013, 61 U.S. metro areas saw increased traffic congestion, a big shift from 6 in 2012.  Buyers who have access to drive time information are better informed and able to conduct a more focused search.

“We’re helping take the guesswork out of an important part of the home buying process.  Until now, home buyers had to rely on inaccurate estimates based on distance or speed in uncongested driving conditions,” said Kevin Foreman, General Manager of GeoAnalytics at INRIX. “With INRIX Drive Time and Reliance Network, real estate brokerages can now help their home buyers find their perfect home not only based on desired number of bedrooms or price, but also their ideal drive time to work in traffic.”

INRIX® Drive Time™ is freely available to users of RE/MAX sites on the Reliance platform.  To use this new feature as part of their home search, potential home buyers simply enter their work address, preferred time of day and desired length of commute into the INRIX Drive Time search box along with other search criteria. Home buyers can save an address to their profile and the INRIX Drive Time tool will automatically generate a graph on each listing, showing how times vary by different departures throughout the day.

INRIX® Drive Time™ is powered by traffic information sourced from the company’s traffic intelligence platform, which analyzes data from various public and private sources ranging from government road sensors, official accident and incident reports to real-time traffic information crowd-sourced from a nearly 100 million vehicles. The INRIX Traffic Intelligence Platform accounts for common traffic-impacting factors, such as day of week, season, holidays, weather, accidents and road construction, to help drivers save time, fuel and avoid frustration every day 1. Real-time traffic information is updated by INRIX every minute and then analyzed and compiled into a historical database that is updated every 90 days, ensuring that Reliance Network and its brokerage licensees always have the most current insight into actual commute times.

1 INRIX real-time traffic information has been found accurate within 3 mph of actual traffic speeds under all driving conditions 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Source: I-95 Coalition Validation of INRIX Data: Two Year Summary Report

About Reliance Network
Reliance Network, is the industry’s go-to source for competitive real estate marketing, website and productivity software development, and full service support – including real estate company and agent websites (Real Estate Web Site Solutions), contact and lead management (Real Estate CRM) and full service training, support and virtual assistance. With deep roots in large real estate brokerage operations, Reliance has a core understanding and proven track record of developing innovative products for the world’s leading real estate companies. The cooperative goal is to help modern real estate brokerages realize the added financial, competitive and operational benefits afforded by a reliable technology partner. Founded in October 2001, with its roots dating back to 1995, Reliance Network operates in over 700 MLS markets, serving more than 100 leading brokers and 110,000 real estate agents, receives over 4.8 million unique site visits per month, and sends out over 27 million CRM emails per month from agents to consumers. For more information, visit www.RelianceNetwork.com

About INRIX
INRIX is one of the fastest growing big data technology companies in the world. The company leverages big data analytics to reduce the individual, economic and environmental toll of traffic congestion. Through cutting-edge data intelligence and predictive traffic technologies, INRIX helps leading automakers, fleets, governments and news organizations make it easier for drivers to navigate their world. Our vision is simple – to solve traffic, empower drivers, inform planning and enhance commerce.

Whether through an in-car or smartphone navigation application, a local newscast or our INRIX Traffic app, our up-to-the-minute traffic information and other driver services reach more than 150 million drivers to help them save time, fuel and frustration. INRIX delivers traffic and driving-related insight, as well as sophisticated analytical tools and services across six industries covering more than 4 million miles of road in 40 countries. For more information visit us at www.INRIX.com. 


Reliance Network Announces the Launch of the new Gagliardorealty.com

Gagliardo Realty – Turning Dreams into Reality since 1958

Portland, Ore. – July 14, 2014 – Reliance Network, one of the largest suppliers of enterprise-level real estate websites in the country, has just launched the new website for Gagliardo Realty – Gagliardorealty.com – the foremost trusted Illinois real estate office, representing owners and buyers in River Forest, Oak Park, Chicago and surrounding communities since 1958.

Key features of the new website include Seller Reports, fully-integrated MLS search capabilities, and Market Watch – wherevisitors can search for any address or area in an MLS by simply selecting a property address, neighborhood or city of their choice and receive a dynamically generated market report.

The Gagliardo name, a prominent mark of excellence in the real estate industry, is one that has been established for more than 50 years, providing high quality services to their clients. “Gagliardo has always been focused on the buyer and the seller; that’s all,” says Andy Gagliardo. “We know the market, we know the business, and we know how to work successfully with our clients. Our clients become our neighbors and our friends. They come back to us for future real estate expertise and guidance. They recommend Gagliardo to their friends, co-workers and family.” Andy attributes this continued success to the generations of relationships his family business has forged over the past 50 years. There is no better choice – Gagliardo Realty is the finest.

About Gagliardo
Gagliardo Realty pioneered the real estate industry in the western suburbs of Chicago. The company was established in 1958 by Josephine Gagliardo and her son, Joseph. Josephine and Joseph were smart business people who were well liked by their employees and respected by their competitors. The business steadily grew by establishing sales benchmarks and repeatedly surpassing personal sales records. The Gagliardo name is synonymous with professionalism, fairness, community leadership, and financial success. Now in its fifty-third year, Andy Gagliardo, Josephine’s grandson, runs a leading and top-rated agency. Andy has made his own contributions to the firm, keeping it an industry leader through continuous investment in advanced computer advertising and technology.

About Reliance Network
Reliance Network, is the industry’s go-to source for competitive real estate marketing, website and productivity software development, and full service support – including real estate company and agent websites (Real Estate Web Site Solutions), contact and lead management (Real Estate CRM) and full service training, support and virtual assistance. With deep roots in large real estate brokerage operations, Reliance has a core understanding and proven track record of developing innovative products for the world’s leading real estate companies. The cooperative goal is to help modern real estate brokerages realize the added financial, competitive and operational benefits afforded by a reliable technology partner. Founded in October 2001, with its roots dating back to 1995, Reliance Network operates in over 700 MLS markets, serving more than 100 leading brokers and 110,000 real estate agents, receives over 4.8 million unique site visits per month, and sends out over 27 million CRM emails per month from agents to consumers. For more information, visit www.RelianceNetwork.com


Reliance Network announces the launch of the new Keyes.com.

Updated 12-7-13: New Market Watch and Community data has been launched on Keyes.com, complete re-defining the way users of the Keyes Company’s award winning web site can view local data. For an example of the data available for the Lighthouse Point Keyes real estate office, view the new Lighthouse Point Real Estate Market and Community Page.

Portland, Ore.: Reliance Network, one of the largest suppliers of enterprise-level real estate sites in the country, has just launched the new web site for The Keyes Company – Florida’s premier real estate company spanning residential and commercial services, as well as mortgage and title offerings.

Keyes.com encompasses a wide area of Southern Florida – from Miami-Dade County through Broward, Palm Beach, Martin and Volusia Counties as well. Every listing on the residential and commercial market resides directly on their new web site, including one-touch at-a-glance-information such as area schools, price history of the listing, investment statistics and demographic details.

A particular feature key to the customer service so important to The Keyes Company, is the Market Watch. Merging together property, school and community information, along with statistics including price changes and time on the market, the system displays an interactive map for the user to custom define their radius area. This map feature is simple and easy to navigate, but includes a significant amount of data specific to that address or neighborhood. Users of this new system have shown much higher rates of interactivity and satisfaction when researching the local real estate market which is exactly what the new site is designed to achieve.

The Keyes Company has a long standing tradition of excellence and is recognized throughout the country as a leader in their industry. Because of these values they hold close, they partnered with Reliance Network to build a powerful, engaging, and easy to use system of web sites. Filled with points of interaction as well as more facts and figures than most other real estate sites, the new Keyes.com was launched with the idea of serving their clients and displaying the true excellence they pursue.

About The Keyes Company
Since The Keyes Company’s (www.keyes.com) founding in 1926 in Miami, Florida, its team of professionals has cultivated a well-respected reputation for meeting the diverse real estate needs of families, investors and businesses owners.  The remarkable longevity of this independently-owned family business is a testament to its performance and success within the full range of market conditions.  Keyes’ network of 30 offices, 1,900 professional associates and strategic partnerships serve customers regionally, nationally and internationally.  The company consistently ranks among the Top 100 real estate companies in the country, as measured by both sales and transaction volume, as is a founding member of Leading Real Estate Companies of the World, a global network of over 500 premier real estate firms.

About Reliance Network
Reliance Network, which includes BrokerTec Systems, is the industry’s go-to source for competitive real estate marketing, website and productivity software development, and full service support – including real estate company and agent websites (Real Estate Web Site Solutions), contact and lead management (Real Estate CRM) and full service training, support and virtual assistance. With deep roots in large real estate brokerage operations, Reliance has a core understanding and proven track record of developing innovative products for the world’s leading real estate companies. The cooperative goal is to help modern real estate brokerages realize the added financial, competitive and operational benefits afforded by a reliable technology partner. Founded in October of 2001, with its roots dating back to 1995, Reliance Network operates in over 600 MLS markets, serving more than 100 leading brokers, 110,000 real estate agents, receives over 4.8 million unique site visits per month, and sends out over 27 million CRM emails per month from agents to consumers. For more information, visit RelianceNetwork.com.


Prudential Northwest Properties Launches Area-Exclusive Market Watch Feature

Powered by Reliance Network, the website of leading Portland and Vancouver real estate company Prudential Northwest Properties launches the innovative Market Watch trends and reporting system as a way for agents to better service their clients and prospects.

Portland, OR (PRWeb) June 6, 2013 — Prudential NW Properties, one of the leading Portland and Vancouver real estate companies in the greater northwest (See Portland Homes for Sale here), has launched their new Market Watch trends activity reporting system. Built as the premier way for agents to stay in touch with both clients and prospects, this proprietary system focuses all the multiple listing service data for a pinpointed address, neighborhood or city and displays the data in several methods in weekly emails or through a client-accessible web portal.

Merging together school and community information, along with statistics including price changes and time on the market, the system displays an interactive map for the user to custom define their radius area. This map functions as a simple pull-out from the initial radius center. Prospects and initial users of this new system have shown much higher rates of interactivity and satisfaction than previous campaigns.

Another unique feature is the way the data is parsed. Instead of the system trying to guess at the user home value based solely on random numbers much like some national web systems, it displays all the data so the user and their Real Estate agent can effectively determine a market price for both buyers and sellers.

Prudential NW Properties’ website is powered by Reliance Network, the national leader in Real Estate website development services. The Market Watch trend reporting has proven itself throughout the country and is quickly becoming the leader in client CRM reporting tools for mid-size and large real estate companies.

Prudential NW Properties again is proving itself as the go-to source for Portland and Vancouver area client-based technology. Those interested in learning more about the revolutionary Market Watch feature can visit Prudential Northwest Properties.

About Reliance Network 
Reliance Network, which includes BrokerTec Systems, is the industry’s go-to source for competitive real estate marketing, website and productivity software development, and full service support – including real estate company and agent websites (Real Estate Web Site Solutions), contact and lead management (Real Estate CRM) and full service training, support and virtual assistance. With deep roots in large real estate brokerage operations, Reliance has a core understanding and proven track record of developing innovative products for the world’s leading real estate companies. The cooperative goal is to help modern real estate brokerages realize the added financial, competitive and operational benefits afforded by a reliable technology partner. Founded in October of 2001, with its roots dating back to 1995, Reliance Network operates in over 600 MLS markets, serving more than 100 leading brokers, 110,000 real estate agents, receives over 4.8 million unique site visits per month, and sends out over 27 million CRM emails per month from agents to consumers. For more information, visit RelianceNetwork.com.


Reliance Network Passes 120,000 Client Count

Reliance Network, the nation’s leader in real estate intranets and integrated MLS/search technology, has crossed 120,000 clients and 100 major Real Estate companies across the United States and in Europe.

Since the merger between Brokertec Systems and Reliance Network in the Fall of 2013, client excitement has been taken to an all-time high. New technologies are being released consistently, including small brokerage (WordPress-based) platforms as well as new managed SEO services and upgraded HTML 5 mobile interfaces.

Now Reliance offers in-house creative and marketing services as well, including customized CRM content and design, as well as full feature layouts for every scale of the existing platform. With the addition of staff from the former real estate agency, The Brick House Project, some of the best creative, content and SEO services are now available in one location.

For a list of all search-related functions built into the custom MLS system, click here.


Responsive Design and Mobile Marketing

Does Responsive Design really answer all the questions you should ask when considering your mobile strategy? Ken Elmer, our VP of Creative Services and SEO, posted an article recently on his blog addressing this question. Reliance Network takes mobile search strategy just as seriously as desktop/traditional browser strategy, and encourages our clients to do the same.

See the full story here – Does Responsive Design Answer the Mobile Question.


BrokerTec Systems and Reliance Network Merger Expands Services to Over 110,000 Real Estate Professionals

The culmination of a relationship that began more than 15 years ago has resulted in the leading real estate website-services provider, Reliance Network, joining forces with the industry expert in custom, integrated application development, BrokerTec Systems. The merger puts their clients at the forefront of sophisticated real estate marketing and lead acquisition technologies while still providing the high-end service they’ve come to appreciate.

Seattle, WA – January 9, 2013 – Leading application and website service provider Reliance Network and custom application development and systems integration company BrokerTec Systems are pleased to announce their merger which creates one of the real estate industry’s largest, full service website development and sales productivity software companies.

The merger results in a 50 percent increase in size as combined they now provide services to more than 110,000 real estate agents across North America. The company’s product line includes full-featured company and agent websites, business intranets, CRM tools, lead acquisition, lead management, website design, search engine optimization and automated email marketing services. The company also handles one of North America’s largest MLS inventories, with nearly 700 managed MLS and property databases.

“This is an exciting event and a positive step for our clients, our employees and our companies. Our greatest assets have always been our people, and by joining forces we are making a huge increase in the quality of that asset,” said Mike Bujnowski CEO of Reliance Network.

Reliance Network is one of the oldest and largest website application-service providers in the real estate industry today, now combined with BrokerTec Systems, the resulting firm is positioned to service agencies of every size in every location. The company will remain privately owned, which is a rarity in their industry. It also allows them to make decisions based solely on what will benefit their clients.

According to Mike Soroker, Chairman of Reliance Network: “This is a merger of two highly compatible firms. Our relationship dates back to the 1990s, and we have developed longtime personal friendships based on mutual respect. We share the same values and philosophies on doing business, with a common goal of producing excellent products for our clients, built on a foundation of honesty and integrity.”

Since their founding in 2008, BrokerTec Systems rapidly expanded as a full service systems integrator and application developer, delivering custom tailored software products and services to real estate brokerages and agents in the U.S., Europe and Pacific Rim. BrokerTec develops strategic partnerships with many of the industry’s top technology and software providers to help offer brokers more choice in products, research, education and support. These valued partner relationships are enhanced by the official formation with Reliance Network. Going forward, Reliance Network and BrokerTec Systems will work to expand their service offerings to clients nationwide.

“This merger is a perfect fit for our valued clients and our company’s strategic growth plans.  It is a true reflection of our business philosophy, which is all about building smart, innovative products that provide real value for today’s modern consumers and real estate professionals. This will be among the keys to success for the future of our industry,” said Sean McRae, Founder of BrokerTec Systems and President of Reliance Network.

Reliance Network’s corporate headquarters has recently relocated from 108 Sydney, Holland, PA 18966 to 3633 136th Place SE, Suite 100, Bellevue, WA 98006; while the BrokerTec Systems division, administrative and accounting offices are located at 6830 SW Atlanta, Suite 100, Portland, OR 97223.

About Reliance Network
Reliance Network, which includes BrokerTec Systems, is now the industry’s go-to source for competitive real estate marketing, website and productivity software development, and full service support – including everything from company and agent websites to contact and lead management to full service training, support and virtual assistance. Reliance was founded in October of 2001, with its roots dating back to 1995, and now serves over 110,000 real estate agents, receives over 4 million unique site visits per month, and sends out over 6 million emails per month from agents to consumers. For more information, or to order online, visit www.reliancenetwork.com

About BrokerTec Systems

BrokerTec Systems specializes in the unique challenges and opportunities of integrating business technology in the real estate industry. With deep roots in large real estate brokerage operations, our principle partners have a core understanding and proven track record of developing innovative products for market leading real estate companies. Today, we offer one of the most successful and comprehensive product lines in North America.  Our extensive catalogue of services is purposely designed to capitalize on the integration of distinctive real estate sales and marketing products with full service delivery and support. Our cooperative goal is to help modern real estate brokerages realize the added financial, competitive and operational benefits afforded by specialized technology development and integration.