Game changing “Real Estate Commissions and Title Insurance Services for a Flat Fee” are beginning in Illinois

William B. Blanchard, Real Estate Attorney

William B. Blanchard, Real Estate Attorney

Website of Gaia Title, William B. Blanchard, General Counsel

Website of Gaia Title, William B. Blanchard, General Counsel

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William B. Blanchard, real estate attorney, spoke about "flat fees," a game-changing development of great significance to Realtors® and title agents in Illinois

Gaia Title, Inc. (N/A:N/A)

… [T]his is a game changer for Illinois residents, real estate agents and title agencies because Home Bay’s fees are significantly below prevailing rates in our market …”

— William B. Blanchard, Real Estate Attorney

ST. CHARLES, ILLINOIS, UNITED STATES, June 30, 2018 / — In light of Real Estate Commissions and Title Insurance Services for a Flat Fee that are beginning in Illinois, real estate attorney William B. Blanchard spoke about this game-changing development that will affect Realtors® and title agents in Illinois.

Home Bay, a California real estate technology company is expanding its operation to seven additional states including Illinois. Home Bay has been successful in the California real estate market by offering discounted flat fee brokerage commissions in the range of $2,500 to $3,000.

Home Bay announced this week that its getting into the title insurance and settlement services business by acquiring OnTitle, a full-service title insurance and settlement company. Mr. Blanchard stated, “this is a game changer for Illinois residents, real estate agents and title agencies because Home Bay’s fees are significantly below prevailing rates in our market. OnTitle is registered to provide title and closing services in 31 states including Illinois.” Home Bay’s spokesman says, “the flat fee platform will allow the company to become a one-stop-technology-shop for brokerage, title and escrow.” He went on to add, “the recent addition to our portfolio permits us to streamline the sales and settlement process.”

The question becomes, will Home Bay with the recent acquisition of OnTitle bring real savings to consumers, and Mr. Blanchard believes it will. “There is no doubt that consumers working with Home Bay in its current markets have realized lower commissions and settlement fees.” added Mr. Blanchard.

William B. Blanchard is General Counsel for Gaia Title, Inc. and a real estate attorney representing clients in the Western suburbs of Chicago in all types of real estate transactions including real estate closings, short sales, and real estate tax appeals. As General Counsel, Mr. Blanchard provides title insurance examinations, commitment and policy reviews, supervises closing activities and regulatory compliance issues. Mr. Blanchard's LinkedIn Profile is at

Mr. Blanchard received his Juris Doctor Degree from DePaul University College of Law in 1972, and was admitted to the practice of law in Illinois in 1973.

William B. Blanchard, Attorney at Law
Gaia Title, Inc.
(630) 560-4940
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News episode from ’60 Minutes’ describing a Flat Fee Listings and the impact on the Real Estate Market

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Charlotte Snyder.

Charlotte Snyder, Broker/Owner

Most Wanted Real Estate logo.

Certified Real Estate Team Specialist (C-RETS)

Certified Real Estate Team Specialist (C-RETS)

Charlotte Snyder, Broker/REALTOR®, is awarded the C-RETS Certificate

Quality is not an act, it is a habit.”

— Aristotle

HELENA, MT, USA, June 29, 2018 / — Charlotte Snyder with Most Wanted Real Estate, has been awarded the Certified Real Estate Team Specialist (C-RETS) certification, the premier team credential in the country. The C-RETS is conferred by the Real Estate Business Institute (REBI) and is an official certification of the National Association of REALTORS®. Charlotte joins an elite group of real estate professionals from around the world who have earned the C-RETS certification. All were required to successfully complete comprehensive coursework in team development and management, as well as subscribe to the REALTOR® Code of Ethics.

Charlotte was born and raised in Montana. After joining the Army Reserves and serving as a reservist for 4 years she went on active duty for the Reserves for another 4 years. She then joined the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department as a civilian employee. After 9 years with the department she moved back to Montana and became a real estate agent. In just two years she had completed the education and surpassed the minimum number of transactions to become a real estate broker. In 2007 she received the education and endorsement to become a Supervising Broker, allowing her to supervise and manage real estate salespersons.

She joined a team in 2010, working with Mike Liedle, another seasoned real estate agent. At the end of 2016 they opened their own company and named it Most Wanted Real Estate. They specialize in single family homes, land, and investment property. They work with buyers and sellers and have been involved in transactions that have dealt with a variety of loans, to include VA, FHA, RD, and commercial loans.

Charlotte has served on a number of boards and committees, including several for the Helena Association of REALTORS®, such as the Membership Committee and the Professional Standards Committee. She currently chairs the Technology Committee and serves on the Communications Committee. She also handles a portion of the marketing for the Helena Association of REALTORS®. She is a current member of the American Business Women’s Association (ABWA) and served on the Salute to Women Luncheon Committee for three years. She is also currently the Chair for Western Montana SCORE, helping entrepreneurs start or advance their businesses.

C-RETS is wholly owned by REBI and focuses specifically on building, leading, and managing high performance teams. Formerly the Council of Real Estate Brokerage Managers (CRB), REBI is a not-for-profit affiliate of the National Association of REALTORS®. You may contact REBI by calling 800-621-8738, e-mailing, or visiting

Charlotte Snyder
Most Wanted Real Estate
406-422-3708 x101
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New Office Furniture Showroom Opens in Canberra

Aspect Furniture are pleased to open our latest showroom in Kingston, ACT

CANBERRA, ACT, AUSTRALIA, June 29, 2018 / — Aspect Furniture are pleased to invite their clients and friends to the opening of our very first ACT showroom in Kingston. Our showroom has a full display of our ranges covering workstations, collaborative furniture, seating & loose furniture.

Location: 82 Wentworth Avenue, Kingston ACT 2604
Opening Week: 8:30am to 6:00pm
Dates: Monday 2nd to Friday 6th July
RSVP: Grant Kennerley
Phone: 02 6262 8822

Come and be tempted not only by the furniture design but enjoy the subtle tastes and textures, tempting treats and gourmet delights by Pialligo Estate. Utilising ingredients from their award-winning smokehouse and farm produce, Pialligo tap into a wealth of culinary techniques to deliver quality cuisine. All dietry requirements will be catered for.

For anyone that would like to attend a viewing of the space, and meet the team please call today!

Grant Kennerley
Aspect Furniture Pty
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Commercial Cleaning Franchise Image One Gets Dirty for a Day in the Name of Charity

Image One team participated in exclusive 2018 Muddy Bunker Corporate Challenge to raise funds for Bunker Hill Charities

It isn’t often that I can say I literally ran through fire!”

— Tim Conn, President of Image One

ROLLING MEADOWS, IL, USA, June 28, 2018 / — 364 days of the year, Image One is laser-focused on ensuring facilities remain as clean as possible. June 9 was a slightly different day for the commercial cleaning franchise.

That’s because franchisees and members of the corporate team took part in a five-mile mud run on a 450-acre farm in northern Illinois alongside other businesses raising money for charity and building comradery every step (and climb) of the way.

The 2018 Muddy Bunker Corporate Challenge raised $125,000 for charities across Northern Illinois, including Bunker Hill Charities, the United Way, Crystal Lake Service League, MCC Student Vets of American and others.

Facing more than 30 obstacle courses, including jumping off a three-story platform during a “stunt jump” station, manually ziplining across a lake and scaling a tall mud trench in four-feet deep water, the team worked hard and got really wet and really, really, muddy.

“We had such a great time participating in the mud run and obstacles,” said Image One President and Co-Founder Tim Conn. “It was a really memorable experience that allowed us to be charitable and have a ton of fun with our team. I mean, it isn’t often that I can say I literally ran through fire!”

A franchise with around 100 franchise owners spread around Chicago and other cities around the U.S., Image One prides itself on giving back to the community and building deep relationships with franchise owners and team members. In addition to participating in events like this, franchise owners give time and resources to local charities and non-profits.

Moreover, Image One has a track record of providing great support to its franchise owners. The franchise itself has been recognized as a top low-cost franchise and one with high franchisee satisfaction according to third-party research.

After paying the Image One franchise fee, franchise owners pay minimal startup costs depending on whether they lease or rent equipment. Image One’s franchise program is ready-made to help owners hit the ground running operating their own commercial cleaning business. The resources available can help anyone over the age of 18 with a willingness to learn and a commitment to excellent customer service create a growth-focused, scalable cleaning business.

For more information, visit


About the Image One franchise:

Image One USA is a commercial cleaning services business. The Image One franchising model was formed on the principles of transparency, training, and top-notch financial and customer service support. It is regularly recognized as a top franchise by third-party franchise and business publications, including, and Franchise Business Review.

Image One franchisees work for themselves in a unique relationship with the franchise company. Image One provides them with customer support for their business, ongoing training, along with assistance with billing, equipment, and sales training. Image One has around 100 commercial cleaning franchise locations across the Midwest and Southeast, including Chicago, Cincinnati, Denver, Detroit, Fort Myers, Nashville and Orlando. Franchise territories are available nationwide.

For information on the franchise, visit

Bob Spoerl
Image One USA
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Highlights from Muddy Bunker Corporate Challenge

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Proper Insurance partners with industry leading tech

Proper Insurance Short Term Vacation Rental

Insurance Lloyd's of London

Proper Insurance has partnered with industry leading tech companies, NoiseAware and Flo to provide transparency and piece of mind to the vacation rental owner.

We are thrilled to partner with both NoiseAware and Flo, these products represent the consumer-first mentality and ethos that Proper Insurance has championed since it's inception in 2014.”

— Darren Pettyjohn, co-owner of Proper Insurance


Proper Insurance continues to operate on the cutting edge of technological advancement in the Vacation Rental Industry, partnering with companies such as NoiseAware and Flo to provide unparalleled protection and coverage to their clients.

The vacation rental industry is undergoing major changes, with billions of dollars funneled into vacation rental platforms like Airbnb and VRBO, people are seeing the economic potential and offering their homes as vacation rentals. Competition has never been greater, and neither has the risk involved in short term renting. Together with Proper Insurance, NoiseAware and Flo offer peace of mind for the owner and operator of the vacation rental business. These partnerships offer the customer unparalleled insight into their homes without violating the privacy of the guests or compromising their experience. Together with Proper Insurance, these innovative, reliable technologies offer the safety net you need when you short term your largest asset- your home.
NoiseAware effectively acts as a smoke alarm for noise, passively listening for decibel spikes at your home. Large, repeated decibel spikes often indicate a disturbance, or party, and the Short Term Vacation Rental owner is alerted via their phone and can take action before the neighbors are disturbed or the police called.
Flo helps prevent catastrophic water damage and monitor water usage at your property. This product is an all-in-one security system that can automatically shut off the water, detect leaks as small as a drop per minute, and proactively monitor the home's entire water supply, all with a single device. Flo allows the property manager or home owner to take control and maintain peace of mind by controlling the water to your property directly from your smartphone or web browser.
Proper Insurance offers all-inclusive insurance that replaces your homeowner's policy. It is a commercial package policy that is custom penned for the unique risks of vacation rental and short term rental properties. Along with property and liability coverage, Proper Insurance provides business income coverage with no time limit. Underwritten by Lloyd's of London, Proper Insurance is focused on education and firmly believes in the NoiseAware and Flo products.
With these proactive, reliable technologies, Proper Insurance has given clients the keys to complete security and transparency for their vacation rental. Visit to learn more about the products and coverages that exist for your Short Term Vacation Rental.

Michael Grimland
Proper Insurance
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My whole career has been helping Veterans and I love doing VA loans. I was elated when I found out that the NAR offered the Military Relocation Professional (MRP) Certification.”

— Sharon Greenwood

COPPERAS COVE, TEXAS, USA, June 27, 2018 / — Sharon Greenwood is an accomplished, caring, well-informed, extremely diligent and skilled Real Estate Agent with EXIT Heart of Texas Realty in Copperas Cove, Texas.

Sharon was born in Nuremberg, Germany, due to her father being stationed there, serving in the United States Army. Nuremberg is rich with history. The imperial courts met here, and every newly elected emperor was obligated by decree to hold his first Imperial Diet at Kaiserburg. The castle at the circular Sinwell Tower dates to the 14th century and there’s an observation platform at the top floor where you can marvel at the best panorama of the city. Sheltered in half-timbered houses in the courtyard below is the Tiefer Brunnen (Deep Well), which bores 50 meters into the sandstone. The Palas, which was used for the castle’s official functions, has been reworked several times since the Middle Ages and has a museum filling you in on Kaiserburg’s elevated position in the Holy Roman Empire.

Although Sharon was born and raised in Germany, she was considered to be an American and did not have dual citizenship. She grew up speaking both English and German fluently and being bi-lingual, this served her well. She says, “I love Germany and never wanted to leave. There are so many experiences that I had growing up that I cherish to this day. I feel very blessed to have been able to grow up there as a ‘Military Brat’ and to be able to travel to the United States when my father got orders.”

Sharon’s family moved frequently to different areas for different duty-stations including Fort Carson, Colorado and Fort Benning, Georgia before moving back to Germany where Sharon graduated from Nuremberg American High School, while her father was in Vietnam.

Sharon says, “We lived 30 minutes from the base and my Oma Frieda lived with us on the economy. There were no government quarters available, so I was able to grow up with horses, which I love dearly and I still own horses today. My dad retired from Active-Duty and then worked for the Army-Air Force Exchange Service (AAFES) and always stayed connected to the Military.”

Sharon met her future husband, Charles Greenwood, at a Country Club in Nuremberg called “The Nashville.” He was briefly stationed at O’Brien Barracks in Schwabach and also was from Michigan, just like her father. They got married in Germany and then Charlie got orders to go to Fort Hood in Texas where they lived for 18 months before PCS’ing back to Germany where Charlie was stationed at the U.S. Military Base in Darmstadt for 4 years. He was also deployed to Bosnia one of those four years.

Sharon and Charlie have three children – Steve, Charlene, and Scott. When Charlie completed his Military service, the family moved to Michigan where he got his water-well drilling license and Sharon worked at a water testing lab. Charlie re-enlisted in the Army and was again, assigned to Fort Hood, Texas, as a mechanic working on Army vehicles. Sharon got her Real Estate license here in 2004 and they bought several properties.

During this time, Charlie was deployed several times to the Middle East. Their final duty-station was in Hawaii where Charlie served at Fort Shafter and Schofield Barracks. Sharon says, “I loved living in Hawaii, it was truly paradise. The water, mountains, oceans, temperature, it was so beautiful. I even had a pineapple patch and went to hula dancing classes every week on the post!”

Because the Greenwood’s owned commercial and residential properties in Texas, they decided to live there permanently after Charlie retired from the Army after 20+ years and Sharon, once again, did Real Estate full time. She says, “My whole career has been helping Veterans and I love doing VA loans. I was elated when I found out that the National Association of Realtors offered the Military Relocation Professional (MRP) Certification and I was very proud to earn it. I wish that I had an MRP when we bought our houses the first time to help guide us. It’s so important to have an agent who understands each individual situation. Now, I am the one who can honestly say that I can assist Active-Duty families and Veterans in all of their Real Estate needs, whether they are buying or selling a home. Being a “Military Brat” and “Military Spouse” I want to give the best possible service to those who are serving and have served. It is an honor, a privilege and joy for me to be able to do so and living in the Fort Hood community are ideal for me to do what I do.”

Due to Sharon’s love of horses and Real Estate knowledge, one of her specialties is locating horse properties. “If you own horses and you’re looking for property to keep your horses, I’m your expert. You want to contact me!”

Fort Hood is located in Killeen, Texas, situated between Austin and Waco, about 60 miles from each city. Its origin was the need for wide-open space to test and train with World War II tank destroyers. As originally constructed, Fort Hood had an area of 158,706 acres with billeting for 6,007 officers and 82,610 enlisted personnel. Fort Hood is the most populous U.S. military installation in the world. The main business area is in Bell County, with the training countryside area of the post in Coryell County. Fort Hood has over 45,414 assigned soldiers and 8,900 civilian employees with Fort Hood covering 214,000 acres.

The communities that Sharon serves in Central Texas are Copperas Cove, Killeen and Harker Heights. She is always available to assist Veterans and Active-Duty families who are moving to or from Fort Hood.

For more information about “Military Friendly Agent” Sharon Greenwood, please visit these important websites:

Media Contact:
Sharon Greenwood
EXIT Heart of Texas Realty
(254) 319-7390

Sharon Greenwood
EXIT Heart of Texas Realty
(254) 319-7390
email us here

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Revolution Precrafted Forays into Europe, to Supply $52M Worth of Hotel Villas in Spain

Revolution Precrafted Founder and CEO Robbie Antonio pose with Gabriel and Jordi Barba of Barba Estudio Architects

MADRID, SPAIN, June 27, 2018 / — Revolution Precrafted, one of the strongest unicorns in Asia, continues its expansion campaign, this time, landing its first-ever it deal in Europe.

The prop-tech company has entered an agreement with BC Estudio, a leading architecture, design and propery management company, to supply hotel and residential units along the Ebro Delta, situated in the province of Tarragona, Catalonia Region, Spain.

“We’ve always wanted to expand to Europe but we wanted a unique and high-impact project that would showcase our expertise and product portfolio. At the same time, we wanted a project that would shine a light on Europe’s ecotourism potential. We are very happy to partner with BC Estudio in spearheading a development that would further strengthen Spain’s tourism,” said Robbie Antonio, Founder and CEO of Revolution Precrafted.

Spain becomes the 13th international market for Revolution Precrafted, which is in the middle of a global expansion mode. It currently has projects in the Philippines, Myanmar, Indonesia, United Arab Emirates, Japan, Ecuador, Puerto Rico, Trinidad, Guyana, Jamaica, Bahamas and Bahrain. The company expects to be present in 25 countries by the end of 2018.

The partnership between Revolution Precrafted and BC Estudio came about following the former’s recent business roadshow in Europe this June.

Antonio said Revolution Precrafted and BC Estudio have agreed to build 50 units of hotel villas on a 12-hectare lakefront plot. This represents the first phase of what is envisioned to be a 260-unit development project on a total of four plots along the Ebro Delta.

As part of the initial phase, Revolution Precrafted will build around 40 1-bedroom villas measuring 30 square meters each. It will also build an additional 10 2-bedroom villas on the lakefront plot. Each unit costs a minimum of $200,000.

The villas on the initial phase, will be accompanied by a main clubhouse measuring 700 square meters.

Gabriel Barba and Jordi Barba partners at BC Estudio said the tourism potential of the sites are significant considering their location. BC Estudio will work in collaboration with local partner office in the delta del Ebro, Actua B Arquitectura.

The Ebro Delta is one of the largest wetland areas in the Western Mediterranean region. A large part of the delta was designated as a natural park to protect the wide variety of flora and fauna identified in the area. The Delta is composed of a mosaic of coastal and wetland habitats. It also has some 95 breeding species of birds. The wetlands are considered highly important for over 300 species of a wide range of transient and overwintering species and serves as an essential stopover point for large numbers of migratory birds and waterfowl.

On top of these, the Ebro Delta is also popular among tourists for its amazing beaches, sand dunes, rivers and lagoons. It is also one of the best fishing and water sports areas in Europe.

“We are very excited about this partnership with Revolution Precrafted. We have always wanted to create elegant, design-driven homes and villas that would cater to the thousands of tourists that visit the Ebro Delta all year-round,” Barba added.

Meanwhile, Antonio said the development of the masterplan will take several months while the construction of the hotel villas will start in early 2019.

“We are keen on completing the plans for this project by the 3rd and 4th quarter of this year with the intention of starting land development in early 2019.


Revolution Precrafted is a global supplier of designer, limited edition homes, pavilions, retail spaces and related structures.

Over the past six months, it has bagged over $7.36 Billion worth of big tickets projects including the $3.2 Billion partnership with Seven Tide, for “The World Islands” in Dubai, and the $1.2 Billion Okkyin project in Myanmar with KT Group. Last month, it signed a $300 million dealership agreement with Novo Development Ltd. to build at least 1,000 homes in the Caribbean nations of Trinidad and Guyana, Jamaica and the Bahamas. It also landed a deal to build 85 luxury resort villas in Okinawa, Japan and 2,000 housing project in Puerto Rico with Grupo Cacho. It also recently announced its franchise agreement to supply mid-income homes in Ecuador and a 500-unit project in Bahrain.

In the Philippines, it partnered with Century Limitless Corporation for the $1.1 Billion Batulao Artscapes in Nasugbu Batangas, the $750 Million Revolution Flavorscapes in Mexico, Pampanga and the $125 Million Puerto Azul residential project.


BC Estudio Architects is an architectural firm located in Barcelona with 40 years of international experience in the world of architecture design and pioneers in Green Architecture. It currently has business presence in North and South America, Europe and Asia. On top of its architecture, interior design and landscape architecture services, it also conducts real estate advisory and management for select clients.

Revolution Precrafted
Revolution Precrafted
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IBS Investment Bank Acquires South Florida's SOBE Builders, LLC

IBS Investment Bank (IBS, N.A.) today announced its direct equity investment in Davie, Florida-based construction management company, SOBE Builders, LLC.

FORT LAUDERDALE, FL, USA, June 26, 2018 / — Private equity firm IBS Investment Bank a division of Institutional Banking Services, N.A. CORP (IBS, N.A.) today announced its direct equity investment in Davie, Florida-based construction management company, SOBE Builders, LLC (SOBE).

The announcement comes on the heels of the firm’s 2017 commitment to invest $50MM in emerging South Florida-based companies, through the form of direct equity investments. Initially sourced by IBS, N.A. senior member Ciro “Gino” Piompino as a request for debt-financing, SOBE received a direct equity investment led by the firm’s Chief Investment Officer, Jason Jackson. “I am excited to focus on my talent and passion of constructing the vision of others. I am a builder. With the IBS team’s expertise and capital backing our industry-leading skills, I can now lead my team in full confidence”, said SOBE Builders, LLC CEO, Antonio Deligio.

In step with its 2015 launching of subsidiary IBS Real Estate Investment Company, the transaction, cements IBS, N.A.’s commitment to CRE financing, investment and acquisition. The firm is expected to leverage its investment in SOBE to add enhanced value for real estate investors seeking a financial partner for the reposition and construction of real estate throughout the Southeastern United States. The firm is also expected to leverage its robust lending platform to provide progress billing and others forms of trade finance for SOBE.

“The skilled-trade industry suffers from lack of capitalization. Financiers are overly-critical of credit requests centered upon providing gap-financing to cover progress billing. This sort of in-the-box thinking, adversely impacts thousands of blue collar, American workers. We approach every credit request on a case by case basis ensuring we understand our client, their needs and our collectively ability”, said IBS, N.A. Chairman and Chief Investment Officer Jason Jackson told reporters.

About IBS Investment Bank
IBS Investment Bank a division of Institutional Banking Services, North America CORP (IBS, NA®) is a privately held institutional banking firm dedicated to providing investment management and advisory, corporate finance, real estate finance, acquisition and management, and human capital services to its institutional clients. For more information visit or or

About SOBE Builders, LLC

SOBE Builders, LLC has built up a stellar reputation as one of the foremost experts in quality retail and luxury construction management nationwide with over 30 years of construction experience. SOBE Builders has become known for its incredible attention to detail and superior standard for both quality and safety metrics.
For more information, visit

Natalie Jackson
IBS Investment Bank
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IMT and DOE Reveal 2018 Green Lease Leaders at BOMA International Conference & Expo

IMT and the DOE Better Buildings Alliance announce innovative firms whose energy-aligned leasing practices drive shared building energy savings & sustainability


Chris Potter, Institute for Market Transformation, (240)244-7568;

U.S. Department of Energy Press Office,

Today, the Institute for Market Transformation (IMT) and the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Better Buildings Alliance announced the 2018 Green Lease Leaders at the BOMA International Conference & Expo in San Antonio, Tx., a conference which brings together thousands of commercial real estate professionals every year and covers the latest industry trends, building innovations, and operational best practices. Green Lease Leaders recognizes leading-edge companies and real estate practitioners who break down barriers to high-performance buildings by revolutionizing leases to include energy efficiency and sustainability.

To achieve major reductions in building energy usage requires better collaboration between landlords and tenants. With this in mind, Green Lease Leaders, now in its fifth year, continues to elevate industry standards and visibility for real estate leaders who are implementing green, also known as high-performance or energy-aligned leases. Working across a diversity of real estate owners, tenants, brokers, and other stakeholders, green leasing sets terms up-front, and provides a framework for landlords and tenants to ensure building efficiency practices and investments are mutually beneficial and properly executed—helping move past historical road blocks to better building performance and return on investment caused by most standard lease structures.

IMT estimates that green leases can help reduce utility bills by up to $0.51 per square foot (11-22 percent) in U.S. office buildings alone, and if all leased office buildings executed green leases, the market could save over $3 billion in annual cost savings. Lease clauses that 2018’s Green Lease Leaders have implemented address a range of important issues such as energy and water efficiency, health & wellness, employee engagement, indoor air quality, data center efficiency, and zero net energy buildings. Restrictions on HVAC hours, required plug load management, submetering utility data, and periodic retro-commissioning to optimize operations and equipment are just a few of the terms that are currently being fulfilled.

“With leased space representing more than half commercial building energy usage in the U.S., DOE and IMT are working side-by-side with real estate industry leaders on ways to bring building energy efficiency and affordability in leased spaces forward,” said Kathleen Hogan, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Energy Efficiency at DOE. “This year’s Green Lease Leaders demonstrate that by using mutually beneficial lease language to collaboratively address building performance, landlords and tenants are achieving higher energy savings and improving tenant satisfaction.”

“As building owners, developers, tenant companies, and other real estate decision makers strive to keep up with evolving market pressures, leading-edge companies are using the lease as a powerful instrument to create higher-performing buildings that not only save energy and money but also provide healthier and more attractive work environments,” said Cliff Majersik, Executive Director for IMT. “IMT and DOE’s Green Lease Leaders program has made a significant impact over the past five years by setting the bar for green lease agreements and putting a much needed spotlight on the growing number of innovative companies that use their lease to achieve ambitious energy, sustainability, and business goals. We are thrilled to recognize this year’s impressive recipients who are pushing the envelope on building performance and energy-aligned leasing.”

“BOMA International is pleased to have once again hosted this year's Green Lease Leaders awards ceremony,” said BOMA International Chair Rob Brierley, BOMA Fellow, managing director of Real Estate Management Services and executive vice president of Colliers Boston. “As a long-time supporter of green leasing in the commercial real estate industry, BOMA offers resources, including its recently updated Green Lease Guide, to help property professionals work together with tenants to achieve sustainable, high-performing properties. The 2018 Green Lease Leaders demonstrate the value of these efforts, and BOMA congratulates them on their achievements.”

The 2018 Green Lease Leaders are:

Landlord Gold Recognition

-Brixmor Property Group
-CommonWealth Partners
-Digital Realty
-Federal Realty Investment Trust
-Forest City
-Ivanhoe Cambridge
-JBG Smith
-Kilroy Realty Corporation
-Kimco Realty
-The Tower Companies

Landlord Silver Recognition

-Manulife | John Hancock
-Weingarten Realty

Tenant Gold Recognition

-TD Bank

Tenant Silver Recognition

-Ulta Beauty

Team Transaction Recognition

-Rocky Mountain Institute, with Morgan Creek Ventures, Packard Dierking, Holland & Hart, Coburn


Chris Potter
Institute for Market Transformation
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Premier Nationwide Lending Launches New Website, Logo

Premier Nationwide Lending launched a new logo and website this week.

Premier Nationwide Lending, a leading mortgage lender for more than two decades, has launched an updated logo, website, and branding suite.

DALLAS , TEXAS , UNITED STATES, June 26, 2018 / — Premier Nationwide Lending, a leading mortgage lender for more than two decades, has launched an updated logo, website, and an overall company rebrand. The new platforms can be viewed at

Announced earlier this year, Premier’s rebranding efforts have been steered by Murdock Richard, the organization’s founder and CEO, in partnership with The Richards Group, one of the nation’s foremost design and branding agencies. Anisa Johnson, a longtime veteran of the mortgage industry, was hired as VP of Marketing to help spearhead the project.

According to Richard, the new website will improve both customer experience and satisfaction.

“The time and resources that have been invested in our new system will enable us to provide more responsive customer service by making our loan process easier,” Richard said. “It will provide timely customer updates and permit us to consistently market to our ever-expanding client base. One of our most important developmental goals is to help establish a lifetime customer base, earned by providing exemplary service one client at a time.”

The website and new branding suite will also better reflect Premier’s reputation for providing stellar customer service and exceeding expectations during the mortgage process according to Kyle Purdy, brand manager at The Richards Group.

“Their new branding more accurately reflects the company’s culture of innovation, creativity, and commitment to customer service. Implementing such a bold change requires courage and foresight, and their decision to do so will catapult them to a premier leadership position in the industry,” Purdy said. “Clean, intuitive, and consumer-friendly – a very simple interface for both customers and their loan officers. We at The Richards Group are very fortunate Premier chose us to help them bring this to the market.”

To view the elevated look that now matches their standard of service, visit

Anisa Johnson
Premier Nationwide Lending
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