May 13, 2008 // Franchising.com // Moncton, NB – Before a sell out crowd and among the nation's most recognizable franchise brands, PropertyGuys.com took home the top prize in Canadian franchising – the Award of Excellence. The honour was bestowed upon the Moncton based company at a ceremony held at the Deerhurst Resort in Huntsville, Ontario by the Canadian Franchise Association (CFA). The company was recognized for its excellence in franchise relationships.
"It's great to win this award because it's the ultimate prize in Canadian franchising. It's kind of like taking home the Oscar for Best Motion Picture, but better, since it was our franchise owners who were the ultimate judges," says Ken LeBlanc company president and CEO. "Although we're excited to be recognized by our peers, we dedicate this award to our franchise owners. Without all their hard work, dedication and belief in our system, the success we enjoy would not be possible."
PropertyGuys.com is the first Atlantic Canadian company to win this award. Previous Award of Excellence recipients include two-time winners Expedia CruiseShipCenters, Wendys Restaurants of Canada and M&M Meat Shops.
PropertyGuys.com is growing at an incredible rate and has over 100 franchise units that cover some 600 Canadian markets. Their system allows home sellers to effectively market to a wide audience of buyers over the internet. Sellers can then communicate more effectively, keep negotiations on track and close their own deals – all this without paying a commission. "We continue to be bombarded with franchise requests for territories all across the country," states Matt Eldridge, Director of Franchising. Not bad for a company going head-to-head against the nation's top real estate brands. "People are recognizing that our system represents the future of real estate," adds Eldridge.
It is estimated that 80% of buyers begin their home search online. The company predicts that the private sale segment of the Canadian market will grow to 50% within the next few years. That's a double from where it stands today. "This is a clear sign that the way people buy and sell real estate is changing," adds LeBlanc.
PropertyGuys.com is unlike any ordinary real estate company. In fact, we're not agents or brokers. That's because from day one, we knew we could be something different – something much better. We've become a number one source of private sale information and the most recognizable name in the business. Simply put, we combine the power of the internet with local experts to provide a safe and practical way for buyers and sellers to connect and avoid the high cost of commission. Instead of commission, we charge an affordable, one-time marketing fee (as low as $349) and collect absolutely no commission when your property sells. You keep the money. That's the PropertyGuys.com way. Sell your house. Pay Yourself. That's fair right?