Duane Fouts joins Zillow Team

I am pleased to announce that Duane Fouts, formerly owner of Dan Schwartz Realty in Phoenix will be joining the Zillow team as director, partner relations starting Monday, April 16.

In his new role with Zillow, Duane will be focused on increasing communications and building stronger cooperative relationships with the brokerage community, a group he has been part of and understands well through his 25 years of experience in brokerage ownership and operations.

I have known Duane for five years and worked with him in two major capacities.  In 2009, he was president of Arizona Regional MLS, the MLS system I was fortunate enough to lead for four years.  In 2011, he was president of the Arizona Association of Realtors® and was one of the principal reasons that a statewide multiple listing service was nearly created that year.  Duane began his real estate career in 1987 when he joined Dan Schwartz as a sales agent.  In 1994, he became a manager and part owner of the company, which he purchased in its entirety in 2001.  Under Duane’s guidance, Dan Schwartz Realty grew to become one of the three largest firms in Arizona based on agent count and sales volume.  In November 2008, he sold the brokerage to HomeSmart International and agreed to continue with the new company as an associate broker.

I asked Duane to comment about his new relationship with Zillow:

I am truly excited to be joining the Zillow Partner Relations team. I look forward to working with brokers and industry leaders around the country in an effort to build strong, mutually beneficial relationships. Being able to share the new products and programs that Zillow has in development with brokers, agents, associations and MLSs, is exciting to me. I believe that in the end, if those products and programs make the job of the brokers and agents, who are serving the consumer, a little more efficient and a little easier… it is a win-win for brokers, agents and consumers.”

Duane complements the Zillow partner relations and industry outreach team that also includes Andrew Wild, director of brokerage sales, Sara Bonert, director of broker services, Brad Andersohn, industry outreach manager, and recently added fellow Phoenix broker Jay Thompson, director of industry outreach and social media.

I am personally very excited about the possibilities that lie ahead for Zillow to pursue with this extraordinary team of experienced industry executives.  Zillow has a number of new programs in development, and our partner relations team will be traveling far and wide to talk with brokers, franchise organizations, agents, associations of Realtors® and their MLSs.  The outreach teams will be busy previewing these ideas with brokers and agents,  explaining to all how Zillow can become a broker’s and agent’s most trusted partner by providing valuable tools that can help can grow their business. We welcome your feedback on how Zillow can be a better industry partner to all.

In the meantime, we look forward to having Duane on the Zillow team. Welcome, Duane!