PLACE in the Press

A collection of recent news coverage, press releases, and announcements about PLACE

PLACE Media Coverage


President of PLACE, Chris Stuart, Recently a Guest on Global Luxury Real Estate Mastermind Podcast

September 3, 2021

On episode 183 of GLREM, Chris Stuart discusses the measures it takes to be successful in the real estate industry. including the importance of having a clear vision, surrounding yourself with strong leaders, and working in an organization that will push you and provide you the tools necessary to grow.


Chris Stuart shares the key to sustainable real estate teams

June 14, 2021

Industry veteran and newly minted Place, Inc. President Chris Stuart shares his thoughts on real estate teams, simplifying the consumer experience and creating a winning business strategy…


Chris Stuart, President of Place Inc. on Command Your Morning Podcast

June 9, 2021

Catch PLACE President Chris Stuart talking about PLACE on “Command Your Morning” with Nick Baldwin & Jessie Newquist. Learn about why Chris decided to join PLACE and what’s next…

Why Building Lifetime Engagement is Critical for Your Real Estate Business

May 30, 2021

You may have heard the often-cited National Association of REALTORS® (NAR) statistic that 90% of homeowners would use their real estate agent again, but only 12% actually do. What you may not know is the reason behind it.

According to Chris Stuart, president of PLACE, Inc., the real estate industry spends more on customer acquisition than any other industry but doesn’t invest the same amount in customer retention. The numbers back him up, with companies like Southwest and Marriott spending less than 3% of their marketing budget on customer acquisition, while the real estate industry spends a whopping 20% of its marketing dollars to add customers, only to lose them as they leave the closing table.

Of course, retention in real estate is made more difficult by the fact that the average time between real estate transactions is five to seven years, not just a few weeks or months as it would be for retail or travel companies…


Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices CEO steps down to lead Place

May 24, 2021

Place, Ben Kinney’s back-end technology platform, has tapped BHHS CEO Chris Stuart to lead the company as its new president, Inman has learned exclusively

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Ben Kinney & Chris Suarez Make RISMedia 2021 Real Estate Newsmakers List

Feb 5, 2021

Ben Kinney and Chris Suarez co-founded PLACE, Inc., a full-service real estate and technology platform that provides accounting, HR, legal, marketing, talent acquisition and industry services…

Real Estate Almanac
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PLACE Co-Founder Ben Kinney Once Again Named on Stefan Swanepoel’s The Power 200

Jan 27, 2021
The Power 200, (SP 200) from the Real Estate Almanac, ranks the most powerful and influential leaders in residential real estate. “A multidimensional leader, Kinney operates a diverse real estate empire through his company Ben Kinney Companies, which includes a real estate team, brokerage, coaching and technology firm…”

Ben Kinney, Chris Suarez launch new brand-agnostic platform

Feb 12, 2020
Place Inc. will handle a variety of business tasks for teams, which will be able to keep their existing branding and remain in their brokerages. Ben Kinney and Chris Suarez, who both lead growing real estate companies in the Pacific Northwest, Wednesday announced the launch of a new platform meant to help teams deal with an array of business tasks while also allowing them to keep their existing branding.

Press Releases


Chris Stuart exits his current role as Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices CEO to join PLACE Inc. as President

May 24, 2021

PLACE, an end-to-end real estate technology platform that exclusively partners with top real estate teams and brokerages, announced today that Chris Stuart is joining its executive leadership team as the company’s first president…

Real Estate Almanac
2020 letter to partners from Ben Kinney and Chris Suarez

Ben Kinney and Chris Suarez launch PLACE Inc, across 50+ cities, 23 states and provinces

Feb 12, 2020
Ben Kinney of Ben Kinney Companies and Chris Suarez of Xperience Real Estate Network announced the launch of PLACE Inc. PLACE launches on day one with 41 of the top producing teams across the US and Canada from a variety of brokerage brands. In 2019 these teams produced a combined $41 million in revenue, $1.5+ billion in closed sales volume, and helped over 4,500 homeowners.

Partner Announcements

Silicon Valley Powerhouse Joins PLACE as a Growth Leader

PLACE Welcomes Anne Kennedy Bellingham, WA, August 12, 2021 -- PLACE, a tech-enabled real estate platform that partners exclusively with top producers to empower business growth and profitability, announced today that Anne Kennedy has joined the network as a Growth...

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PLACE Grows Network with Georgia Top-Producer

Brittany Purcell & Associates joins the PLACE network Bellingham, WA, August 9, 2021 – PLACE, a tech-enabled real estate platform that partners exclusively with top producers to empower business growth and profitability, announced today that Brittany Purcell &...

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PLACE Expands to Minnesota with The Big Life Team

Darcie Novak, CEO of The Big Life Team, joins the PLACE network Bellingham, WA; July 30, 2021 -- PLACE, a tech-enabled real estate platform that partners exclusively with top producers to empower business growth and profitability, announced today that The Big Life...

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