HomeSmart International Founder and CEO Receives Power Broker Newsmaker Award

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Matt Widdows, CEO and founder of HomeSmart International, recognized by RISMedia for contributions to business and community.

HomeSmart CEO Matt Widdows

HomeSmart CEO Matt Widdows

“I knew that I had the means to go and help those in need during the hurricane, so I packed all the supplies I could and left." -- Matt Widdows, CEO and founder of HomeSmart International

Matt Widdows, founder and chief executive officer of HomeSmart International, has accepted the honor of RISMedia’s inaugural Newsmakers Award in recognition of his significant charitable contributions and the overwhelming growth that HomeSmart International saw in 2017.

Widdows will be honored for his humanitarian efforts during Hurricane Irma in September 2017. He was scheduled to speak at RISMedia’s Real Estate CEO Exchange in New York City, but instead, personally flew relief flights to evacuate families and make deliveries to areas that were severely affected by the storm. Widdows and his crew provided over 10,000 pounds of supplies including medical equipment, water and generators to relief workers and refugees throughout the eastern Caribbean including Turks and Caicos, St. Thomas and St. Maarten.

“I knew that I had the means to go and help those in need during the hurricane, so I packed all the supplies I could and left” said Widdows. “People were being forced out of their homes without their possessions, so to evacuate them to safety and provide them with the supplies they needed was my main concern.”

Widdows will also be recognized for the success and growth of HomeSmart International. Earlier this year, HomeSmart was recognized by RISMedia as the #5 largest brokerage on the 2018 Power Broker Top 1000 Report for transaction sides and #7 for sales volume.

HomeSmart International’s total network is currently made up of nearly 15,000 agents and 133 offices across 20 states throughout the nation.

“At HomeSmart we live each day with a focus on growth,” said Widdows. “Our entire staff works tirelessly to help our agents expand their individual businesses and it’s great when the industry takes note of that hard work and the results it brings.”

The Newsmakers Award includes a robust group of industry leaders. Matt Widdows and his company, HomeSmart International, are proud to be a part of this honorary achievement and plan to focus efforts on continued growth for the company.

About HomeSmart International:
Founded in 2000 HomeSmart International quickly became the fastest growing real estate brokerage firm in Arizona. HomeSmart International is ranked in the top 5 real estate brokerages in the United States and the number one brokerage firm in the Phoenix market. From its international franchising headquarters based in Scottsdale, HomeSmart International offers franchisees efficiency and innovation coupled with the systems and technologies necessary to succeed in today’s evolving real estate industry. Today, the brand has 133 offices in 20 states and nearly 15,000 agents nationwide. For more information on HomeSmart International and its franchise opportunities, visit

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