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Fidelity hosting holiday networking event Nov. 14

The Lake Oswego branch of Fidelty National Title Company will hold its annual holiday networking vendor event Nov. 14 from 3:30 to 6:30 p.m.at the offices, located at 5400 SW Meadows Rd., suite 100. Real estate and mortgage lending industry partners are invited to attend.

The event kicks off the holiday season with shopping with local vendors, appetizers, desserts and other refreshments will be available.

Vendors include Kelly’s Jelly, Lume Footwear, Partylite Candles, Lia Sophia Jewelry, Silpada Jewelry, handmade glassware, Miche purses, Pretty Betty giftware, The Shed Christmas Store, Scentsy and traditional youth holiday wreaths.

Menashe takes over as Realty Trust Group’s principal broker manager

Joe Menashe is now the principal broker manager at Realty Trust Group, taking over from Sue Ann Bearden, who has led the Lake Oswego office for more than 10 years.

Menashe has worked from the Lake Oswego office since April 2013 as Realty Trust’s manager of agent acquisition. He has served as principal broker manager at another local firm and brings an understanding of traditional real estate practice and an interest in the benefits of new technology.

“Joe is a great managing principal broker and other agents value his opinion,” said Brian Pienovi, president of Realty Trust Group. “He’s a natural leader, a good listener and we look forward to the next chapter with him.”

Post transition, Bearden will remain in the office to continue her real estate practice onsite.

New way to search for homes

Windermere Real Estate and INRIX have announced a new way to search for homes: INRIX Drive Time, a feature on Windermere.com that allows buyers to search for properties based on the drive time between work and home.

On Windermere.com, buyers enter the maximum amount of time they’re willing to spend driving between work and home, their work address and preferred arrival time. The new search feature then automatically generates the drive time in 15-minute increments for each home. It can also be used to calculate drive times to and from other frequented destinations, such as schools.

INRIX Drive Time is powered by traffic information sourced from the INRIX Traffic Intelligence Platform, which analyses real-time data points from a combination of sources ranging from road sensors to real-time traffic speeds crowd-sourced from the company’s own network of millions of vehicles.

Real-time traffic information is updated by INRIX every minute and then analysed and compiled into a historical database that is updated on a regular basis, ensuring that Windermere Real Estate customers have the most current insight into actual drive times.