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Hi I’m Josh Gidcumb of CU Realty Group, LLC. Our commitment to exemplary customer service has positioned our firm as a leader in the Champaign-Urbana real estate market.

We specialize in residential and commercial real estate, our team is committed to providing our clients with measurable, value-driven results. Let us help you with your next real estate endeavor.

If you are considering a career in real estate, we are currently seeking agents and brokers in central and southern Illinois areas. Contact Josh at (217) 202-0571.


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Keller Williams Realty is Now #1 Real Estate Company in the United States by Agent Count


Keller Williams Realty Now #1 Real Estate Company in the United States by Agent Count
Company also announces franchise expansion into Germany, Austria, Switzerland, and Turkey
DALLAS, TEXAS (February 17, 2013) — Keller Williams Realty, Inc. announced today that it is the largest real estate franchise company by agent count in the United States, with approximately 80,000 associates. In recent years, Keller Williams Realty has posted record growth numbers, surpassing RE/MAX, Century 21, and now Coldwell Banker to secure the industry’s top position. The news, based on publically available information as of February 6, 2013, was announced in front of more than 10,000 Keller Williams associates during the company’s annual convention in Dallas, Texas.
During his standing-room-only, annual State of the Company address, CEO Mark Willis made the announcement, stating, “Keller Williams associates: We are one family. We have one destiny. We share one thing…We are America’s #1 real estate company by agent count!”
Willis also reported strong productivity gains by Keller Williams associates in 2012. Year over year, per-agent units increased 23 percent, closed volume was up 31 percent, and gross commission income rose 28 percent. Moreover, a record 91 percent of the company’s offices were profitable for the year. The company also announced its final profit share total for the year, which added up to more than $55 million in profits distributed to Keller Williams associates – an increase of 44 percent over the previous year.
Keller Williams Realty President Mary Tennant updated attendees on the company’s charitable 501(c)(3) entity, KW Cares, which in 2012 awarded $2.7 million in grants to associates and their families in need.
And finally, Keller Williams Worldwide President Chris Heller announced plans to expand into two new regions: (1) Germany, Austria, and Switzerland; and (2) Turkey. The company previously announced global franchise agreements in Vietnam, Indonesia, and Southern Africa. Heller also extended a big welcome to more than 70 international guests who were visiting from 18 countries.
“One of the keys to Keller Williams Realty’s phenomenal success has been our ability to grow organically – from agent to agent, from market center to market center, from country to country – earning our reputation one person at a time,” Heller said.
Willis’ presentation was followed by a 30th anniversary party. The No. 1 announcement and celebration capped a remarkable year for the Austin, TX-based company:

  • J.D. Power and Associates ranked Keller Williams “Highest in Customer Satisfaction” among both home buyers and home sellers.*
  • Keller Williams was ranked No. 9 on America’s Top 150 Workplaces – the only national real estate company on the list.
  • And in April, Keller Williams co-founder and bestselling author Gary Keller will publish his latest book, The ONE Thing: The Surprisingly Simple Truth Behind Extraordinary Results.
Willis thanked associates and implored them to “Never back down” from their new position as the largest real estate company in the United States: “Let’s celebrate tonight, but watch out, competition. Tomorrow we’re going to be working harder than we’ve ever worked before. The real prize we’re pursuing is to be #1 in agent count and transactions and volume all across the world!”
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*Disclaimer: Keller Williams received the highest numerical score among full service real estate firms for home buyers and home sellers in the proprietary J.D. Power and Associates 2012 Home Buyer/Seller StudySM. Study based on 2,994 total evaluations measuring five firms and measures opinions of individuals who bought or sold a home between March 2011 and April 2012. Proprietary study results are based on experiences and perceptions of consumers surveyed March-May 2012. Your experiences may vary. Visit
About Keller Williams Realty, Inc.: Keller Williams Realty Inc. is the largest real estate franchise company in the United States, with approximately 700 offices and 80,000 associates around the world. The company has grown exponentially since the opening of the first Keller Williams Realty office in 1983, and continues to cultivate an agent-centric, education-based, technology-driven culture that rewards associates as stakeholders. The company also provides specialized agents in luxury homes and commercial real estate properties. For more information or to search for homes for sale visit Keller Williams Realty online at ( For more information about KWWorldwide, please visit (
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Happy Valentine’s Day from Josh Gidcumb & CU Realty Group!

Happy Valentine's Day!


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February 14, 2013 · 7:12 pm

Great New Price! Prime location for retail, food or office space.

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 Priced to sell, offered at 64,900! This parcel has lots of flexibility. Great investment potential.

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Centrally located in high traffic count area near primary school, restaurants, gas station, 4-way stop and fronts Highway 14 East.

 Ready to make an offer? Contact Josh today at (217) 202-0571!

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CU REALTY GROUP, LLC is currently adding extremely energetic Buying and Selling Agents to serve in Central and Southern Illinois.

Top Producing Commercial & Residential Real Estate Brokerage Team,

CU REALTY GROUP, LLC is currently adding extremely energetic Buying and Selling Agents to serve the following areas:

Central Illinois:

Champaign-Urbana, Savoy, Tolono, Pesotum, Philo, Monticello, Rantoul, Mahomet, Farmer City, Danville, and Paxton

Southern Illinois:

Mt. Vernon, McLeansboro, Dahlgen, Opdyke, BelleRive, Macedonia, Benton, Broughton, Eldorado, Harrisburg, Wayne City, Carmi, Dale, Salem, Centralia, Nashville, Benton, Pinkneyville, Vandalia, Mattoon, Charleston, Arcola, and Effingham


• Extensive list of contacts or leads

• Ability to generate client leads, service transactions, close, and develop more residential and commercial business

• Previous sales experience preferred

• Must be client service oriented, personable, approachable, flexible and open to a changing environment at all times

• Currently possess or are willing to obtain Illinois Broker’s license

• Obtain your REALTOR designation and join Champaign County Association of REALTORS

• Enjoy having fun and working at the same time, because that what our team is all about!


• Proven internet and local marketing and advertising systems in place to utilize to put you on the fast track

• Access to a robust and experienced team that provides administrative, marketing, and compliance support

• Industry leading tools, training, technology, and support.

• MLS access to thousands of listings currently for sale

• Active listings submitted to 350+ top search engines, and gain listing exposure on 75,000 websites GLOBALLY!

• Commercial & Residential comparables reporting and presentations tailored for you meetings

• An opportunity to be in business for yourself, but not by yourself

• Unlimited earning potential

• Quite frankly…..we have fun!

We firmly believe that customers in the real estate market today deserve much more than a sign in the yard and a picture of their home in the local newspaper. Differentiate yourself from other agents and join a team that is committed to providing the outstanding service model that customers are seeking. For more information about this exciting opportunity, please contact, me directly at 217.202.0571.


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Don’t take our word for it…

See for yourself why Keller Williams is positioned at the top of the real estate market and recognized as the 2nd largest firm in the United States before you decide to join another firm.


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Check out MSN’s 10 Most Haunted Homes… including the McPike Mansion in Alton, Illinois

It’s Halloween season, which means it’s time for the obligatory haunted house articles. This NBC News story breaks down what it says are the 10 most haunted homes in the United States. Don’t worry, it’s all in fun. There’s no such thing as haunted houses. Or is there?

The McPike Mansion in Alton Illinois

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Don’t miss out on this GREAT NEW PRICE!! Commercial Investment Opportunity in McLeansboro, Illinois!

Currently utilized as an auto repair service center and towing business, but has also been an operational car dealership. 7500+ sqft finished, flexible, ideal for storage/warehousing/distribution/retail/office or parts store enterprises.

Commercial investment opportunity in McLeansboro, Illinois! Located one-half block off city square of McLeansboro, in the county seat of oil/coal/and natural gas developing Hamilton County. Sale includes very large lots for additional parking, plenty of office space and a showroom floor ready for inventory.

Trade fixtures & equipment not included in sale of real estate, but Seller open to offers to purchase these items outside of closing.

For information about the TIF and Enterprise Zone Incentives available, please contact City of McLeansboro City Clerk, Rita Crain at (618) 643-2723.

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