Tuesday, September 4, 2018 / by Abio Properties, Blogger
Is BIGGER better when it comes to real estate brokerages?
That’s the BIG industry debate at a time when national brokerages are gobbling up smaller agencies to create behemoth firms. Most recently, New York-based Compass purchased Paragon Real Estate Group and Pacific Union International, both based in San Francisco.
The combined firm will become the nation’s third largest residential retail brokerage.
Yet this wave of consolidations isn’t crushing boutique brokerages. It’s fueling their fire and highlighting their passion for providing profoundly local, personal, and concierge-level services to agents and their clients.
In fact, Abio Properties, with offices in Oakland and Lafayette, was created in direct response to the big guys getting too big.
Abio co-founder Linnette Edwards previously worked a decade at the fourth largest brokerage in the Bay Area and knew she wanted something different.
“Most brokerages ha ...
Thursday, October 5, 2017 / by Abio Properties, Blogger
We get asked a lot about why many of us at Abio Properties left large brokerages to open a specialized boutique real estate agency in the East Bay.
Here’s Our Big Why: We are passionate (obsessed even?) about creating the most open, creative, energetic and fun company culture possible.
Is culture really that important? Heck yeah!
Too many U.S. companies foster a cutthroat, high-pressure culture to drive their financial success. But a growing body of research finds that high-pressure environments can crush spirits, productivity and the company bottom line.
A report in the Harvard Business Review revealed that health care expenditures at high-pressure companies are nearly 50 percent greater than at other organizations. Across the U.S., 550 million workdays are lost each year due to job stress, according to the American Psychological Association. Stress leads to absenteeism, mistakes and high turnover.
On the flip side, many studies found evidence tha ...