Starck Real Estate launches fourth annual Diaper Drive

For the fourth straight year, Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Starck Real Estate is rolling out its February diaper drive to support The Diaper Bank of Northern Illinois.

Previous diaper drives have delivered more than 20,000 diapers plus cash donations to support the cause. Over 5 million low-income families with babies and toddlers look to diaper banks across the U.S. for help in obtaining a regular supply of diapers. Those in need of these services also include the disabled and elderly.

According to Phyllis Mueller of the Northern Illinois Diaper Bank, “We are thrilled with the support that Berkshire Hathaway Starck Real Estate provides to us! This is the fourth year they have collected diapers and dollars for the Diaper Bank of Northern Illinois, and they always collect the specific sizes we need the most. The generous cash donations they have collected for us also have allowed us to purchase sizes that we need most into the spring months.”

Starck is also donating to the Willow Creek Care Center and the Bloomingdale Township Pantry.

“We are enormously proud of what our offices are doing,” states Aaron Starck, president of Starck Real Estate. “Every year our brokers outdo themselves in collecting more diapers

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Kmart launches a range of COLLAPSIBLE kitchen gadgets

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Kmart Australia has launched a range of collapsible kitchen items – including a colander, drink bottle, travel cup and salad bowl.

The convenient design is suitable for camping, commuting and for saving cupboard space at home. 

The budget buys are made from silicone and thermoplastic rubbers to create the collapsible function.

Save benchtop space in the kitchen with the 1.5L blue foldable kettle priced at a mere $13 and made with a lockable lid. 

Both the $8.50 collapsible 500mL drink bottle and $5 travel cup will be handy for sipping water and coffee while on the go and will save bag space. 

Another 1L foldable drink bottle is also included in the range for

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Real Estate Executive Council Launches Diversity Partners Program

CHICAGO, Feb. 3, 2021 /PRNewswire/ — The Real Estate Executive Council (“REEC”), the pre-eminent trade association for commercial real estate (CRE) professionals of color, is pleased to unveil REEC’s Diversity Partner Program and announce its initial membership, which comprises a wide spectrum of well-respected commercial real estate organizations.  Through the Diversity Partner Program REEC partners with firms and organizations to improve diversity, racial equality and inclusivity both in the partner firms and across the CRE industry.  The growing list of REEC’s Diversity Partners (below) underscores the recognition that a focused diversity plan and partnership are critical to driving change in the CRE industry.  In addition to their commitments to establish meaningful goals for diversity and inclusion in support REEC’s mission, each partner has agreed to provide REEC sustaining financial support of up to $100,000 over a period of up to four years.

“The lack of diversity in the CRE industry, and the disparities that exist in access to capital and credit for African Americans and other people of color, are systemic problems that need a multifaceted approach. None of us can do this alone. Coming together to tackle the challenge through industry partnerships such as REEC’s Diversity Partner Program

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Fintech Cadre Launches $400M Fund Targeting Individual Investors And Will Back Underrepresented Real Estate Operators

Ryan Williams got his start in real estate investing as a student at Harvard University in the years during the financial crisis, sourcing capital from his network to opportunistically buy distressed properties in areas like the Atlanta suburbs. A decade later, after time at Goldman Sachs and Blackstone, Williams was at the helm of his own fast-growing real estate company, backed by some of the biggest names in investing and business, and facing a new economic storm to navigate.

Last spring, as the Coronavirus pandemic ravaged the U.S. economy and all but froze real estate and financing markets, Williams’s real estate financial technology company Cadre saw revenues drop sharply. To ensure survival, Williams battened down the hatches, laying off a quarter of Cadre’s then over 100-worker staff, cutting redundant staff and extraneous growth projects. The move proved overly conservative as financial markets came roaring back and changes generated by the pandemic positively impacted Cadre’s $3 billion real estate portfolio of multi-family

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Taylor Spellman Launches Discovery+ Show

Photo illustration of Taylor Spellman (Discovery+, iStock/Illustration by Alexis Manrodt for The Real Deal)

Photo illustration of Taylor Spellman (Discovery+, iStock/Illustration by Alexis Manrodt for The Real Deal)

Taylor Spellman, a veteran of New York City’s interior design and home-staging game, is launching a new show on Discovery+.

The premise of the series, “One Week to Sell” is simple: Spellman’s interior design firm swoops into a sad home that’s languishing on the market and gets one week and a $10,000 budget to transform it into a must-buy.

The show debuts today with the release of the first three episodes. New ones come out weekly on Wednesdays.

The properties featured in the show are in New York’s tri-state area, where sales have soared since the pandemic began last year, as buyers sought bigger homes with outdoor space.

But some of the homes Spellman works on are in dire shape. A dank, dark brick kitchen, misshapen rooms, ghastly carpeting and dated wallpaper are some of the challenges she confronts each episode.

“Once I give this the hug it deserves, it’s just going to be money,” Spellman says in one episode after she salvages a rickety, run-down table from the roadside and refurbishes it as a buffet table for a dining room.

“It’s about creating a place

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Snaidero USA Launches Luxury Line Of Metal Framed Glass Cabinets For Modern Kitchens

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LOS ANGELES, Jan. 27, 2021 /PRNewswire/ — Snaidero USA is introducing a luxury line of metal framed glass cabinets for modern kitchens. The new product – made in Italy and available exclusively for the Americas – was created by the company’s President, Dario Snaidero in response to market demand.

The cabinets are an application of ELEGANTE Bespoke RIQUADRO, a GOOD DESIGN™ award-winning luxury sideboard and storage system that Mr. Snaidero developed and launched in 2019, conceived first for freestanding furniture pieces. The entire RIQUADRO collection is designed by Italian architect, Mario Mazzer.

The (metal framed glass cabinets) can be used for low, tall and wall units to add aesthetic lightness and variety to the designed space. They offer a very elegant solution to display fine china, glasses, and other objects as part of the growing use of open shelves and glass doors in the kitchen.

The units are designed to integrate easily into any of the company’s ELEGANTE Bespoke and Signature kitchen cabinetry lines. The wide range of available finishes helps complement the cabinetry of choice to produce the

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Compass Launches Business Tracker For Real Estate Agents

The new tech tool is aimed at helping Compass agents manage their pipeline “from lead to active client to close.”

Compass is adding a new tool to its suite of agent-facing products. The company announced Monday the launch of a business tracking tool that integrates directly into the company’s existing technology platform.

The business tracker, which is available on desktop, iOS and Android, is “designed to help Compass agents save time by managing their pipeline from lead to active client to close, while providing a centralized view of an agent’s active leads, clients and listings.” according to a company release.

Screenshot of the Compass business tracker | Photo credit: Compass

Within the tool, agents can organize their sales pipeline and manage leads, clients and listings and see potential sales volume to forecast their business, according to Compass. Agents can opt to view their entire pipeline or go in-depth about each specific client or deal.

The business tracker also integrates into other parts of the Compass platform, including the company’s customer relationship management tool (CRM), marketing materials, Compass Collections and listing insights.

Transaction management tools and business trackers have become a key component to the technology platforms that real estate brokerage

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Real Estate Disruptor Homie Launches Brokerage In Boise

BOISE, Idaho, Jan. 26, 2021 /PRNewswire/ — Homie, a disruptive real estate company changing the way homes are bought and sold, today announced the launch of their brokerage services in the Boise Metro region. Homie is the #1 listing brokerage office in the state of Utah and has offices in Arizona, Nevada, and Colorado, with plans to grow across the nation.

Homie is a different breed of real estate company, founded on the belief that the use of modern technology, coupled with the expertise of dedicated, local agents is the way of the future. The company saves clients thousands on their real estate transactions while simplifying the process.

Homie does not charge a percentage-based commission. Instead, it offers sellers a $2,500 flat fee, regardless of the home’s sale price, to market and sell a home. Homie sellers receive professional photography, signage, lockboxes, and their home is listed on the MLS. Traditional agents charge up to 6{ac967ad544075fb2f6bcea1234f8d91da186cac15e616dc329e302b7c7326b8c}, and home-buying tech companies and iBuyers charge up to 14{ac967ad544075fb2f6bcea1234f8d91da186cac15e616dc329e302b7c7326b8c} of the price of the home. For buyers, Homie offers up to $2,500 toward closing costs, new furniture, or a home improvement project.

“Home values in Boise keep increasing,

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Nancy Fire launches niche design firm

NEW YORK — Tastemaker, trend authority and design doyen Nancy Fire is starting 2021 with the official debut of her eponymous firm, Nancy Fire Design.

Creative director and co-founder of Design Works International with husband and business partner Neil Breslau, Fire’s new, multi-disciplined firm offers a range of services, including interior design, product development, retail design conceptualization, trend research and color consultation.

“Today more than ever, clients require astute attention to their individual businesses and bespoke design services that meet their unique demands,” Fire said. “As an experienced designer, unifier and creative collaborator, I understand and embrace this evolution, which is why I launched Nancy Fire Design as a think tank studio founded on customization.”

Fire may be best known for her work with HGTV Home, where she served as design director from 2011 to 2020. She was also a 2020 Style Spotter for High Point Market Authority.

The launch of Nancy Fire Design syncs with Fire’s appointment this month to the 2021 board of directors of the Sustainable Furnishings Council and the Bienenstock Furniture Library.

Fire also serves on the advisory boards of Fashion Institute of Technology and the Oswego State University of New York School

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Pandemic Pivot: Vending and catering company launches ghost kitchen

Torpedoes Sub Shop is slated to be the latest of several restaurant concepts Trolley Eats will offer when the sub shop goes live in mid-January. The ghost kitchen, which launched in December, plans to add more concepts to its lineup in the future. (Images courtesy of Trolley Eats)

As all three wings of its business have been getting shellacked by the coronavirus pandemic, a local vending company is looking to the ghost kitchen concept to ride out the storm.

Trolley House Refreshments, which provides breakroom and vending refreshments for workplaces, launched Trolley Eats in mid-December. Trolley Eats operates a handful of restaurant concepts without a physical dining space, a relatively new culinary concept known as a ghost kitchen. The model relies strictly on delivery service, and it has become increasingly popular in the Richmond area in recent months.

Trolley House owners Scott Halloran and Michael Calkins hit on the ghost kitchen idea to create a new revenue stream tailor-made for times that are less friendly to their other ventures. Trolley House also owns and operates catering company Groovin’ Gourmets and Parterre Restaurant at The Linden Row Inn downtown.

“We’re kind of in the bull’s eye of COVID across

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