Friday, December 23, 2011

Distracted Driving

In a news article posted by NAR on 12/23/11:

NTSB Urges States to Ban Use of Electronics While Driving

On December 13, 2011, the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) unanimously approved a recommendation that states outlaw the use of all electronic devices while driving in an effort to address concerns over distracted driving. Under the NTSB recommendation both handheld and handsfree devices used by drivers would be banned unless needed for an emergency. Passengers would still be free to use the devices. It is important to note that this is merely a recommendation to state legislatures to pass distracted driver legislation—members should monitor activity in their states.

What does that mean for you? It probably won't be long until these "recommendations" become laws in
many states. Take heed of this message: electronic devices in drivers hands do indeed cause distracted driving accidents. Make it a personal rule in your vehicle: no electronic distractions while driving. Put the cell phone in the glove box or back seat. Check messages when you get to where you are going, safely.

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Real Living Aquires Prudential Real Estate

In a brief put out by Brookfield:

Acquisition creates global residential real estate and employee relocation services leader
(Chicago, IL) December 6, 2011 - Today Brookfield Residential Property Services ("Brookfield"), a Brookfield Asset Management Inc. affiliate, announced that it has purchased Prudential Real Estate and Relocation Services ("PRERS"), a recognized leader in employee relocation and real estate franchising from Prudential Financial, Inc. Prudential Relocation Services operates as Pricoa Relocation in Asia and Europe.
The addition of PRERS to Brookfield's existing residential real estate franchising and employee relocation services businesses establishes Brookfield as the world's second largest employee relocation services provider and the third largest residential real estate franchising business.
Under a licensing agreement, Prudential Real Estate brokerage affiliates will be able to continue to use the Prudential brand based on the terms of their franchise agreements.
"This transaction creates a global employee relocation services and real estate franchising leader," explained Graham Badun, CEO, Brookfield Residential Property Services. "We have now increased the breadth and depth of our service offering, keeping pace with the evolving needs of our clients around the world."
A North American & Global Leader
Through its various brands, Brookfield's residential real estate franchisees are now present in all 50 U.S. states, 10 Canadian provinces, Mexico and Portugal, with a network of approximately 80,000 real estate agents, 2,800 real estate brokerage locations and more than $150 billion in annual residential real estate transactions.
U.S.-based Brookfield Global Relocation Services moves nearly 85,000 families in and out of over 125 countries around the world each year. With the acquisition, more than one-third of Fortune 100 companies are its clients. In addition, Brookfield is now the largest provider of relocation services to government, with long term relationships with the U.S. and Canadian governments.
The acquisition greatly strengthens Brookfield's existing U.S. business and results in the expansion of its operations in nine countries, with a rapidly growing presence in China, Brazil and India.
"Today, Prudential's real estate and relocation services businesses join a global company with a track record of over 100 years of success," said Earl Lee, President of Prudential Real Estate and Relocation Services. "We're excited to become part of a company that is focused on and deeply immersed in the real estate sector and is in the business for the long-term."
Earl Lee will continue to lead the U.S. real estate business, and Rick Schwartz, President, Brookfield Global Relocation Services, will assume responsibility for the combined global relocation services business.
Brookfield's parent company, Brookfield Asset Management, is a global asset manager with approximately $150 billion in assets under management. Brookfield is co-listed on the New York and Toronto Stock Exchanges under the symbol BAM and on NYSE Euronext under the symbol BAMA.
About Brookfield Residential Property Services
Brookfield Residential Property Services is a leading global provider of real estate and relocation services, analytics and knowledge. The company's portfolio consists of leading brands, including Brookfield Global Relocation Services, the second largest provider of global relocation services, Prudential Real Estate and Relocation Services, Brookfield Real Estate Services, Royal LePage, Real Living, Via Capitale and Centract. Through its real estate brands, it has nearly 80,000 real estate professionals in more than 2,800 locations, who transact over $150 billion annually. Its global footprint spans North America, the United Kingdom, France, China, Singapore, India, Brazil and Australia, and includes more than 2,500 employees worldwide. It is a division of Brookfield Asset Management, a global asset manager with approximately $150 billion of assets under management.

Why do I care about what Brookfield Global is up to? My own company, Real Living Tidewater, is one
of Brookfield's many assets. They own my franchise. I do business with them. This is big, it matters.