Homie grabs No. 2 realty spot, adds buyer-side services

SALT LAKE CITY — It’s taken real estate tech company Homie less than 18-months to climb to the No. 2 spot in the state for residential real estate listings, offering a start-to-finish package for home sellers that dispenses with commissions in lieu of a flat fee, regardless of the property’s value.

Now, the Draper-based company has launched a buyer-side package that rebates the standard 3 percent commission back to the client and has also added in-house financing through its Homie loan program.

“Since we launched, our focus has been on helping people sell their homes, though we’ve had opportunities to assist buyers as well,” Homie co-founder and CEO Johnny Hanna said. “Now, we’re excited to officially introduce our buyer-side package.”

Hanna said Homie provides the same services as a traditional purchaser’s real estate agent, with assistance on finding comparably priced properties, putting offers together, negotiation, lining up inspections and appraisals and working through title and escrow requirements.

“Our end game is to automate the whole process,” Hanna said. “By doing that, we save the client money at almost every step in the process. It really makes sense to open up our services to buyers, because most people are doing the work of finding their new home anyway.”

What does differentiate the process, according to Hanna, is how costs are assessed. Instead of keeping the typical 3 percent of the home price as a buyer-side fee, Homie rebates the fee, which can be used to cover closing costs or buy down the purchaser’s loan interest rate. The only requirement, Hanna said, is that the buyer pre-qualify for a Homie loan. While it doesn’t obligate the applicant to finance through the company, Hanna believes many will opt to go with Homie for their financing, as well.

“We’re confident that buyers will see, if they shop …read more

Source:: Deseret News – Business News

Mentoring With a Time Horizon of Seven Generations

Suzan Shown Harjo, a Cheyenne-Creek elder, has been one of the most public faces in the campaign urging Washington’s NFL team to change its name, and for other high school, college, and pro teams across the country to do the same. Harjo’s activism has much deeper roots: She has been fighting to advance the rights of Native Americans for five decades, having worked with both President Carter and President Obama.

Over the years, Harjo has also been a mentor to Jodi Gillette, who is Lakota and a member of the Standing Rock Sioux tribe. Gillette served as senior policy adviser for Native American affairs under President Obama—a position she credits Harjo with helping her reach. Before she worked in the White House, she led Native American voter-outreach efforts in North Dakota, and during her time serving under Obama, worked to increase accountability for violence against Native American women and girls, among other things.

For The Atlantic’s series on mentorship, “On the Shoulders of Giants,” I spoke with Gillette about how Harjo’s support helped her get a job in the White House, what she learned from growing up on a Native American reservation, and how Harjo has led her to see the value of radical honesty. This interview has been edited for length and clarity.

B.R.J. O’Donnell: How has your understanding of mentorship been informed by Native American ideas and thought?

Jodi Gillette: I think with mentorship, one of the things is that we have to take a multigenerational, long view of this earth. We are in a society that looks at the 140-character tweet, the 10-second sound bite, and clicks. The long view is that we have seven generations before us, and seven generations after us—and that is your scope of responsibility. That’s a Native American view of how …read more

Source:: The Atlantic – Business

HAFB visits Comic Con to recruit for STEM workers

SALT LAKE CITY — This weekend, representatives from the state’s largest military installation are “boldly going” where few like them have gone before — to the center of the comic book and science fiction fantasy world in hopes of finding willing “recruits” for real jobs in the real world of science, technology, engineering and math.

Hill Air Force Base is searching for candidates to hire for hundreds of current and future civilian positions, explained Alison Sturgeon, civilian engineer and STEM outreach program manager at Hill. She said to fill all the positions that will be coming online over the next several years, the base will need to hire 200 to 300 people annually.

Statewide, there are about 7,000 open STEM jobs, she noted. With such a dearth of qualified people to fill scores of available high-tech positions, Sturgeon and a team of colleagues from Hill are targeting their efforts toward the Salt Lake Comic Con show at the Salt Palace Convention Center to find worthy candidates.

She noted that while the three-day event typically attracts thousands of sci-fi and comic geeks, they are hoping to find some STEM nerds as well. After reaching out to convention organizers, they were able to get their booth for free. Then it was up to the team to develop a plan to recruit.

For the Salt Lake Comic Con, the Hill crew received support from local aerospace and engineering groups. Sturgeon is hopeful the effort will provide exposure to a new audience.

“I have a philosophy that I will try most anything once,” Sturgeon said. “This was the perfect opportunity to see if this could be worth our time.”

She said the outreach program supports about 115 events annually throughout Utah in search of STEM-skilled workers.

“We’ll send people out to science fairs giving career presentations and have people who mentor …read more

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