Tag: Builders

Who’s Who in Real Estate: Residential Brokers, Builders Ride a Roller Coaster

A recent KB Home project in California

Photo by Eric- AP LLC


Founded: 2012 
Headquarters: New York 
Regional President: Kamini Lane 
Top Agents: Chris Cortazzo, Sally Foster Jones, Aaron Kirman 

Just five years after entering the Los Angeles market, Compass is the largest residential brokerage firm in L.A.

Compass’ growth has been driven in part by big deals, including the 2019 acquisitions of Patterson Realty Inc. and Central Coast Realty Group and the 2018 purchases of Pacific Union International Inc. and Paragon Real Estate. Pacific Union had acquired Partners Trust in 2017 and John Aaroe Group Inc. in 2016.

Compass generated $12.6 billion of sales volume in 2019, up from $8.4 billion the year before, and ranked No. 1 on the Business Journal’s most recent list of residential brokerage firms.

While the company experienced a slowdown when Covid-19 first hit, it has regained its footing.

“This year for

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Central Minnesota Builders Association appoints new executive director

The Central Minnesota Builders Association will welcome a new executive director in 2021.

Wanda Schroeder will take over the position after Executive Director Bonnie Moeller retires, according to a Sept. 23 press release from CMBA. Moeller has been with the CMBA for 38 years.

a person posing for the camera: Wanda Schroeder

Wanda Schroeder

Schroeder has worked for Cellular 2000 (purchased by Verizon Wireless) and Marco. 


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CMBA is a nonprofit trade association established in 1971. It aims to improve the Central Minnesota building industry.

Dubow will add another facility as business increases

Dubow CEO said the business’s orders have doubled since last year and are expected to grow further.

A Sept. 1 news release said the company has already added a 4,000-square-foot facility for inventory and is planning to add a 23,500-square-foot facility as well as demand for its product increases. Other changes have been made to increase printing capacity and speed.

“We’re particularly

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Why Master Builders walked out on big business, big union stitch-up

Before the working groups started meeting, in a sign of good faith, Master Builders did not oppose the government’s decision to no longer pursue the Ensuring Integrity Bill, despite it being a key priority of our members.

This bill would have provided a further mechanism to stop bullying by law-breaking construction unions on building sites around the country. These tactics are deployed by building unions to force workplaces into adopting union pattern enterprise bargaining agreements that reduce productivity, increase construction costs and embed the toxic culture of militant unions.

Giving militant unions yet another lever to double down on the daily practices deployed against our members is a step too far.

It is small businesses that bear the brunt of construction union bullying, which is why the government fought so hard to bring back the Australian Building and Construction Commission. It is this bullying that the ACTU secretary has defended.

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Central Valley Builders Supply Named ‘Best Places to Work’ in San Francisco North Bay – Press Release

NAPA, Calif. – Central Valley, a U.S. top-100 building supply company, announced today that it was been honored to be named one of “The Best Places to Work in the North Bay” by the North Bay Business Journal. This marks the second consecutive year that Central Valley has received the award, a significant highlight as the survey was conducted in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic. 

“We are proud that Central Valley has been recognized for its strong and dynamic culture – something we work hard at to achieve,” said Steve Patterson, President and CEO of Central Valley. “Today, it is less about attention-grabbing perks, and more about the day-to-day best practices and the employee experience.”

“During the current pandemic, we have made a concerted effort to ensure that we increased our connection with employees – increasing the cadence of check-ins, communicating with authenticity and transparency; conveying that we are

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