DENVER--(BUSINESS WIRE)--RE/MAX International, Inc. announced today that it has added over 200 franchises to its global network in the first half of 2009. Despite a tough economy, RE/MAX has not only added franchises, but has created a presence in four new countries so far this year: Bahamas, Brazil, India and Jamaica.
"We credit a lot of our success today to conversions – competing brokerages converting over to the RE/MAX network because of our strong value proposition," said Dave Liniger, Chairman and Co-founder of RE/MAX International. "Broker/Owners and Sales Associates realize that in today's market, training and education, such as that provided by RE/MAX University, are more valuable than ever. By aligning with the RE/MAX brand, these former competitors know they are joining a network of nearly 100,000 Sales Associates worldwide, and a nationally recognized brand with more than 36 years of success behind it. We're thrilled to have each and every one of them working with us."
In recent months, RE/MAX has seen a number of agents and brokerages join the network all across North America:
"Clearly, successful agents are choosing to align with a company that knows how to perform in any real estate market," said Liniger. "RE/MAX is equipped to withstand the market conditions we are facing today, and there's no stopping our tremendous momentum."
RE/MAX Associates have taken the current real estate market by storm. Over 5,000 Sales Associates have received the Certified Distressed Property Expert designation, positioning themselves as foreclosure and Short Sale experts. Recently, a RE/MAX sales team was the highest-ranked real estate team, and RE/MAX teams overall held six of the top 11 spots in the prestigious Wall Street Journal-LORE Magazine Top 400 ranking. In the category of closed transactions by individual agents, RE/MAX Sales Associates captured three of the top 10 positions.
The performance of RE/MAX Sales Associates has also been recognized in two other recent surveys. Based on transactions closed in 2008, "The REAL Trends 500 Survey," found that RE/MAX Sales Associates averaged 13.2 transactions per agent, which was 36% higher than the second place competitor. In the "RIS Media Power Broker Survey," RE/MAX Sales Associates were also ranked the highest of all national real estate franchises, averaging about 12 transactions each, nearly 33% higher than the next ranked competitor. REAL Trends also said that RE/MAX Sales Associates have been the most productive in their survey for several years running.
RE/MAX was founded by Dave and Gail Liniger in 1973, who still manage the company's day to day operations. From a single office in Denver, Colorado, RE/MAX has grown to be a global network of nearly 100,000 Sales Associates in more than 70 countries. Nobody in the world sells more real estate than RE/MAX.
Remax.com offers consumers all home listings in thousands of U.S. cities and towns and is consistently ranked among the most visited real estate web sites.
RE/MAX has been honored as the leading real estate franchise for nine of the last ten years in the oldest and most respected ranking, "The Franchise 500 Survey," published by Entrepreneur Magazine.
RE/MAX International is proud of its Premier Community Citizenship, which has raised over $100 million for deserving organizations like Susan G. Komen for the Cure, Children's Miracle Network and The Sentinels of Freedom Foundation.