FBI, state agents raid Borrego Community Healthcare Foundation and El Cajon billing contractor

State and federal agents raided the offices Tuesday of the Borrego Community Healthcare Foundation, a nonprofit provider in Borrego Springs that last year billed more than $300 million in medical, dental and other services to the U.S. government.

Dozens of agents turned up at the organization’s administrative offices on Palm Canyon Drive first thing in the morning, seizing computers and boxes of medical records and interviewing employees who were not alerted to the search in advance.

Investigators also closed off the Borrego Medical Clinic a few miles to the southeast of the downtown Borrego Springs area, carting away files and other material.

Separate search warrants were executed at the foundation’s administrative offices off Sky Park Court in Kearny Mesa and at the El Cajon headquarters of Premier Healthcare Management, a management services company that provides billing and other services to the nonprofit.

FBI spokeswoman Davene Butler acknowledged warrants were served

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How Do Real-Estate Agents Show Homes During Covid? With Face Masks, Gloves and Some Ingenuity

Heather T. Roy & Learka Bosnak

Ms. Bosnak: Heather and I have been working together for 15 years and we are very comfortable doing showings together. Then Covid shut everything down. We did a showing and I came back completely frustrated, because we were wearing masks. I felt muzzled. I was constantly running around saying, “I’m smiling under here!” This business is all about rapport, comfort level.

Ms. Roy: We’re like, “We need new skills. We need people to know what we’re thinking, and we also need to know what they’re thinking.” It was almost like we needed a body language expert. I am single and I had met with a couple of matchmakers in L.A. One had her clients meet with a body language expert—Mark Edgar Stephens.

Ms. Bosnak: Heather’s still single, but we love this guy.

Ms. Roy: So we called Mark and told him what we were

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Rocket Mortgage Introduces New Tech Platform to Empower Real Estate Agents

DETROIT, Oct. 12, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — Rocket Companies (NYSE: RKT) today launched “Rocket Pro Insight”, a new technology platform providing real estate agents real-time updates on the status of their clients’ mortgages. Through both a website and mobile app, real estate professionals will have transparency into the loan experience. They are now able to see where each loan is in the process, the terms of their clients’ loans, if additional documentation is needed and when it will close.

“Our team is constantly leveraging the power of technology to streamline and simplify the mortgage process. Rocket Pro Insight is the latest innovation in a long line of FinTech tools we have created to improve the experience and give added confidence to our clients and their partners,” said Jay Farner, CEO of Rocket Companies. “There is no doubt real estate agents are crucial in the home purchase process. They are the homebuyer’s

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Hawaii real estate agents report selling more homes sight-unseen than ever before

As a real estate agent, Catherine Pennell is used to taking a lot of phone calls. But since April, her phone has been ringing more often than during a typical year — she’s fielding two to three phone calls every day from people looking to move from the mainland U.S. to Hawaii.

“I think people are saying, ‘Life is short.’ It’s a lot of talk because they’re not here yet and they can’t get here yet, but I’ve done more sight-unseen sales than I’ve ever done during the pandemic,” said Pennell, who represents Kauai for KW Kauai Keller Williams. “I’ve done three in the last three months.”

Julie Peters, an agent with Island Boutique Realty on the island of Hawaii, said when wildfire season began in August, she was fielding at least one call each day from California residents wanting to escape the area due to smoke and fire danger.

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Are real estate agents financing their own demise?

“It was the best of times, it was the worst of times…”

The first sentence of A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens applies to our world today, just as it did in 1859. There is little doubt 2020 will go down in the history books for many reasons, including a tectonic shift in home buying and selling.

The slow migration from big cities like New York and San Francisco to so-called secondary cities like Austin and Denver accelerated to a rapid pace when Covid-19 hit in March—as did consumer demand for an entirely digital way to buy and sell homes. The only question now is this: will 2020 go down as the beginning of the end of the real estate agent?

The good news is that agents get to write their own ending.

Zillow and Opendoor both dropped a bomb on real estate agents within the last month,

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Top Agents Branden, Rayni Williams Launch Luxury Real Estate Firm

There’s a major shakeup coming to the high-end Los Angeles real estate market. Dirt has learned that Branden and Rayni Williams, the married co-founders of the Williams and Williams Estates Group — one of L.A.’s top-producing realtor teams — will soon depart their longtime Hilton & Hyland brokerage home for a new firm they are founding, according to industry sources.

Public records show an entity called the Beverly Hills Estates Inc. filed as a California corporation in late July, with Branden Williams named as CEO and Director. Rayni Romito Williams is listed as CFO. Internet data also shows the Williams and Williams team has registered an accompanying online domain, thebeverlyhillsestates.com. The listed broker of record is Greg LaPlant.

The Beverly Hills Estates lists an address in Pasadena on corporation records. Sources also told Dirt that the Williams and Williams team has already secured office space in prime West Hollywood, on

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Awards, new jobs and Emeritus status for veteran agents

Sarasota Herald-Tribune

Cindy Quinn, of Re/Max Alliance Group, has received the Re/Max Platinum Club Award and placed among the top Re/Max agents in the state of Florida.

The Platinum Club Award recognizes Re/Max agents for outstanding sales performance. In 2019, only 6 percent of all active Re/Max agents received this award.

Quinn also ranks No. 49 among all Re/Max Florida agents, based on combined residential and commercial sales.

She has 20 years of real estate experience and is based in the Anna Maria Island office of Re/Max Alliance Group.

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Trent Compton has joined the Anna Maria Island office of Michael Saunders & Company.

Compton, who moved to the island from Dallas-Fort Worth, has three years of real estate experience.

He has an extensive background in customer service and the food industry.

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Stock Signature Homes has promoted William Pitt to warranty manager and hired Mike Susik as the

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Real estate agents get creative with buyer incentives

In five years as a San Francisco real estate agent, Emily Beaven has never experienced such a dry spell. She has several condos on the market right now that she’s representing and she has no offers and zero showings scheduled for them.

She decided it was time to get creative.

“We’re not even getting calls on things. It’s a bit of a ghost town. Then I started to see the incentive trend happening, ” Beaven said. “When you’re not in a super-strong seller’s market, when properties need that extra boost, that’s when [incentives] happen. We’re entering a period of desperation.”

Incentives are designed to entice the buyer or the buyer’s agent to get a property sold as soon as possible. Pre-pandemic, a higher commission for the buyer’s agent was a common incentive, as were restaurant gift cards, but when Beaven saw roundtrip tickets to Paris advertised recently as an agent

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Real-Estate Agents Move Mountains to Sell High-Altitude Homes

Q: What obstacles have you encountered while selling homes in the mountains?

Kristina Bergstand

Real estate broker, Compass in Lake Tahoe

I was showing a house under construction to some clients. There were contractors in the house working, but they had left their lunch in the living space. We walked in and it was not one bear, but three bears, in the house eating their lunch. Literally three huge bears, in the house. We screamed, we ran and jumped in the car. I think it was a mama and two cubs, but they were not small cubs. They were large.

Finally the contractors saw them somehow, or maybe heard us scream, and kind of shoed them out. They meandered out, one by one, and went on their merry way. It was crazy. In the middle of the day. We hung out and waited for them to leave and then we

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New agents at Re/Max Platinum, Re/Max Alliance and Premier Sotheby’s

Sarasota Herald-Tribune

Tracy and Erick Jones, of Re/Max Platinum, have expanded their services to Sarasota. They have been full-time residential real estate brokers in northern Indiana for over 22 years combined. 

In addition to selling real estate, Tracy Jones managed three offices for the No. 1 company within the Century 21 franchise and led one of its larger offices to receive one of Century 21’s top office awards. 

Erick Jones is licensed to teach prelicensing in both Florida and Indiana. 

Erick and Tracy Jones both hold Federal Aviation Administration Part 107 drone licenses, giving them the ability to capture aerial photos and video for their residential listings. 

They have received many awards, including Real Trends America’s Best List, Re/Max Hall of Fame, Re/Max Lifetime Achievement, Re/Max Platinum Club and Centurion Sales Award. 

Designations include Certified Luxury Home Marketing Specialist, Accredited Buyer Representative, Certified Residential Specialist, At Home With Diversity,

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