United Country Affiliates Support 2014 ACF National Conference

Foresters, Timber Specialists Joining International Real Estate Firm

July 10, 2014 // Franchising.com // KANSAS CITY, Mo. – United Country affiliates from across the nation attended and supported the 2014 Association of Consulting Foresters National Conference in Savannah, Ga., June 21 through 24. United Country Real Estate, the largest national traditional and auction, lifestyle and rural real estate company, was a proud co-sponsor one of the receptions and participated in the exhibitors expo to share the lifestyle firm’s story with attendees.

"Overall, United Country was well-represented at the event and participated in many conversations with professional land brokers from around the country," said Scott Lindsey, international director of Timberland for United Country Real Estate. "Our ability – as an international real estate company – to uniquely support foresters in their timberland sales created a lot of interest throughout the event."

United Country has seen an increasing number of timber specialists joining its ranks to better serve buyers and sellers of timberland properties. In the past six months nearly 20 foresters from all across the U.S. have joined forces with United Country as an agent in one of the firm’s existing offices while several others have elected to join by owning their own franchise. One recent example is PETERS Forest Resources, Inc., a company that has provided forestry consulting and appraisal services to clients for more than 30 years before joining the United Country team to offer real estate sales as well.

"For some time, we have felt we could leverage our expertise in forestry, timberland and recreational property management to build a strong rural real estate brokerage business. After all, who knows timberland property better than a forester?" said Warren E. Peters, president of PETERS Forest Resources, Inc. – headquartered in Baton Rouge, La. "We thought about building the business alone and looked at other national brands. In the end, we felt United Country offered the best opportunity to grow our business as well as maximize service for our clients. We are looking forward to combining our knowledge and experience with United Country’s support and marketing expertise to grow our business."

Similarly, Mike M. Breedlove, Jr., broker and owner of United Country – Breedlove Real Estate, LLC, (who also attended the event) joined the United Country team for what the nearly 90-year-old lifestyle real estate firm offered in the way of innovation.

"The technology at United Country blew me away," Breedlove said. "I have my own website, my own business consultant, and my agents even get their own website for free. In addition, the free leads allow me to continue to service my forestry clients and not spend all of my time prospecting for new clients. When I researched other franchises in comparison to United Country, no one could provide half of what United Country provides for consultant foresters. Other companies I looked at were more concerned about promoting their own brand than promoting my agency and my listings. United Country helps me promote my listings and ultimately get more properties sold in less time."

For more information about United Country Real Estate, call 800-999-1020 or visit their website at UnitedCountry.com.

About United Country

United Country Real Estate is a division of United Real Estate Group, the largest fully integrated network of conventional and auction real estate professionals globally. The company has been an innovator in real estate marketing since 1925. United Country supports nearly 600 offices and 4,000 real estate professionals across four continents, with a unique, comprehensive marketing program that includes: one of the largest portfolios of property marketing websites (more than 3,500 separate sites and traffic of approximately 3 million visitors per month), the largest real estate marketing services company serving non-urban markets, an extensive buyer database of nearly 550,000 opt-in buyers and national advertising of local properties that reaches more than 90 million homes per week.

National Headquarters
2820 NW Barry Road
Kansas City, MO 64154
816-420-6200
www.unitedcountry.com

Media Contact:

Stephen Kretsinger
Public Relations Department
skretsinger@unitedcountry.com

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