November 03, 2016 // Franchising.com // DENVER – RE/MAX, the world’s most productive real estate network, continues its worldwide growth with a recent expansion into Norway and Saint Vincent and the Grenadines. With a presence in over 100 countries and territories, the RE/MAX network’s global footprint is unmatched by any other real estate brand.
RE/MAX is returning to the Kingdom of Norway with the acquisition of the RE/MAX Norway franchise rights from RE/MAX Europe by real estate veteran Silvan Zürcher. Zürcher, with more than six years of experience as a successful RE/MAX associate and broker/owner in Europe, believes there is a tremendous opportunity to grow the RE/MAX brand in the region. Successful entrepreneur and consultant Jon Zürcher, who lives in Norway, has been named Regional Director of RE/MAX Norway.
“I have seen the success of the RE/MAX business model firsthand as a real estate agent and also as a broker/owner in Switzerland,” Silvan Zürcher said. “Knowing that RE/MAX wanted to relaunch in Norway I began conducting market research and believe the RE/MAX model and our strategic plan will be the basis for another future RE/MAX success story in Norway.”
RE/MAX broker/owners Barbara and Michael Eardley brought the RE/MAX brand to Saint Vincent and the Grenadines this year with the opening of RE/MAX Results Realty in Kingstown. The couple has a combined 30-plus years of real estate experience within the RE/MAX network in the United States and Canada. After vacationing on the island country, they purchased a franchise and now play pivotal roles in organizing the local real estate market into a cohesive professional marketplace.
“In 2015, my husband and I fell in love with the natural beauty and lifestyle of the islands,” Barbara Eardley said. “We decided that we had the experience, dedication and drive needed to bring the RE/MAX brand to the country. Our goal is to be the dominant real estate organization on the islands while positively contributing to its socioeconomic framework.”
RE/MAX is in more countries than any other real estate brand. The franchisor’s global expansion beyond Canada began in 1991 with the sale of RE/MAX Cayman Islands and was followed with the opening of RE/MAX Mexico in 1993. In 1995, the RE/MAX Europe region was established. At the end of June 2016, the number of RE/MAX agents outside the United States and Canada reached nearly 28,000, resulting in an annual growth of over 15%. Across Europe, RE/MAX agent count surpassed 17,000.
RE/MAX was recently ranked the leading real estate franchise for the eighth consecutive year in the annual Franchise Times Top 200+® listing. Continued growth and a steady increase in the number of locations also pushed the global franchisor of real estate brokerages into the top 10 franchises included in the survey. RE/MAX ranked No. 8 overall, up from No. 11 in 2015, No. 12 in 2014 and No. 14 in 2013.
RE/MAX was founded in 1973 by Dave and Gail Liniger, with an innovative, entrepreneurial culture affording its agents and franchisees the flexibility to operate their businesses with great independence. Over 100,000 agents provide RE/MAX a global reach of over 100 countries and territories. Nobody sells more real estate than RE/MAX, when measured by residential transaction sides. RE/MAX, LLC, one of the world’s leading franchisors of real estate brokerage services, is a wholly-owned subsidiary of RMCO, LLC, which is controlled and managed by RE/MAX Holdings, Inc. (NYSE:RMAX). With a passion for the communities in which its agents live and work, RE/MAX is proud to have raised more than $150 million for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals® and other charities. For more information about RE/MAX, to search home listings or find an agent in your community, please visit www.remax.com. For the latest news about RE/MAX, please visit www.remax.com/newsroom.
SOURCE RE/MAX Network