John Aaroe Group and Pacific Union International join forces

Strategic West Coast Expansion Focuses on Firm of the Future

SAN FRANCISCO and LOS ANGELES, Dec. 14, 2016 /PRNewswire/ --  San Francisco's Pacific Union International, Inc., the ninth largest real estate brokerage in the U.S. by sales volume, and John Aaroe Group, a leading Southern California luxury brokerage, announce their merger. This strategic business collaboration links two of the strongest residential real estate firms on the West Coast, supporting combined 2015 production of $10.5 billion.

"Pacific Union has been aggressively looking to partner with a top-tier brokerage with clear momentum on the West Coast," Pacific Union CEO Mark A. McLaughlin says. "John Aaroe Group is a premium brand that embraces our culture of teamwork, trust and innovation. The combination will permit Pacific Union to continue to invest in marketing and technology programs to support our real estate professionals in this highly competitive market."

Real estate leader Pacific Union International CEO Mark A. McLaughlin and John Aaroe, president of John Aaroe Group announce the merger of their West Coast residential real estate brokerages. The collaboration links two of California's strongest real estate firms supporting combined 2015 production of $10.5 billion.

"This strategic collaboration with Pacific Union delivers on our brokerage's mission to expand our international reach and accelerate the adoption of the most advanced technology and innovative thinking for our real estate professionals in the industry today," John Aaroe, president of John Aaroe Group says.

The combination of Pacific Union, The Mark Company, John Aaroe Group, and Chartwell Escrow seamlessly link the Northern and Southern California offices of these two brokerages. The combined organization results in 1,100 real estate professionals operating in 38 offices. Northern California markets include San Francisco, Marin, Contra Costa, Alameda, Napa, and Sonoma counties, Silicon Valley, and the Lake Tahoe region. Greater Los Angeles markets include Beverly Hills, the Westside, Downtown, and the San Fernando and San Gabriel Valleys.

Pacific Union vigorously executes against a unique, high-performance vision for the development of the real estate firm of the future. Key to this vision is its Innovation Lab, led by 25 agile real estate professionals who accelerate technology development unsurpassed in the industry. The technology stack created through this initiative includes a robust array of proprietary tech tools that connect the cloud to the street, putting faster business analytics into the hands of elite real estate professionals and creating the ideal road map for the ultimate client experience.

Pacific Union's international reach includes an award-winning Chinese Concierge program established in 2013 in Beijing, with extensive marketing outreach to Chinese investors -- a key success driver in the Los Angeles and San Francisco markets.  

Through this merger, John Aaroe Group, noted for brokering the largest sale in Beverly Hills, at $70 million, will extend its strength into Los Angeles' highly competitive new-condominium market with urban sales and marketing authority, The Mark Company. The Mark Company was acquired by Pacific Union in 2015, and leads the West Coast in the development of new, luxury high-rise residential condominium projects, which are powerfully transforming downtown residential markets in San Francisco, Los Angeles, and Seattle.

About Pacific Union

Founded in 1975, Pacific Union is the San Francisco Bay Area's premier luxury real estate brand operating in nine regions. With more than 25 offices and nearly 700 of the region's top-performing real estate professionals, Pacific Union is the ninth largest residential real estate brokerage in the U.S. based on 2015 sales volume of $8.22 billion. The company offers a full range of personal and commercial real estate services, including buying, selling, and relocation, and it founded a unique concierge program for Chinese homebuyers. In addition, the company operates joint-venture businesses that provide rental and commercial property management, urban residential marketing and sales, and insurance services. Locally owned, Pacific Union operates with an entrepreneurial mindset and unwavering commitment to deliver exceptional service and expertise. For more information, please visit us at www.pacificunion.com.

About John Aaroe Group

John Aaroe Group is a leading real estate brokerage specializing in high-end property in the greater Los Angeles area. The company has represented some of the region's most prestigious properties, including the highest-priced sale in the history of Beverly Hills. John Aaroe Group offers in-depth knowledge through its nine offices in Beverly Hills, Brentwood, Downtown Los Angeles, the Sunset Strip, Baldwin Hills, Toluca Lake, Sherman Oaks, Studio City, and Pasadena. It also serves an international clientele through Aaroe Estates. In 2015, the firm participated in 2,834 closed transactions with a combined market value of over $2.3 billion. www.aaroe.com