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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 jdpower.com
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 (www.kw.com). For more information about KWWorldwide, please visit (www.kwworldwide.com).
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You’ve heard the phrase that one man’s trash is another man’s treasure. You might even think of how that could apply to real estate – maybe that run-down distressed property can be rehabbed into a dream home.

Nit Whit RidgeBuilt by Arthur Harold Beal, aka Captain Nitt Wit or Der Tinkerpaw, the 90-year-old two-and-a-half acre home on the outskirts of Cambria, California. Beal, a local trash hauler, embarked on the project in 1928. A hoarder decades before obsessive collecting hit the reality TV circuit, the rubbish lover saved everything he could get his hands on. Over the course of nearly a lifetime, he taught himself basic construction skills, and, using trash, built and intricate network of terrace gardens, ornamental stone arches, buildings, fountains and walkways.

Read more about this unique piece of architecture and how it was built here.

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January 21, 2013 · 8:39 pm

Working with People Like You Makes My Business A Great Joy!

Happy clients are vital to the success of my business as are repeat business and referrals.

When someone takes the time to recount a positive experience, it speaks volumes.

And so I would like to request a small favor… a testimonial that will give others a sense of the experience and service I strive to provide with each and every transaction, and I sincerely hope that describes your experience with me.

To help you with this request, the following questions may prompt some thoughts for you:

  • What would you say is unique about me, my services or my way of doing business?
  • In what way did I add value to the service for which I was engaged?
  • In what ways did I make it easy for you to do business with me?
  • Would you recommend me to others?
  • Should the opportunity arise, would you use my services again? 

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OPEN HOUSE: This Sunday, November 18th from 2:00 – 4:00 pm.

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Open This Sunday |  November 18, 2012 | 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm

715 Bailey Lane – BENTON, IL 62812

Offered at $98,699 by Josh Gidcumb, Broker/Owner of CU Realty Group, LLC with Keller Williams Realty.  For more information, or to make your next real estate investment call Josh 217-202-0571.

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Study Shows 25 Percent of Americans Would Delay Home Purchase until After Election

The online survey was conducted in early September among 2,570 U.S. adults age 18 and over and 13 percent said that if they were considering purchasing a home, they would delay their purchase until after the election because of the uncertainty it creates. Another 12 percent said they would take the election into consideration, and it might cause them to delay buying a home. Continue reading

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In the News: Coal Mine Transforming McLeansboro

HAMILTON COUNTY — A major transformation in McLeansboro is underway in anticipation of new jobs coming to the area. White Oak Resources plans to open a new coal mine next year. McLeansboro officials say that means the city’s economy will boom. Looking at the McLeansboro’s square, you’ll notice empty store fronts and boarded up windows. It appears the town is barely holding on. But if you look closer, you’ll see that’s all about to change. “We’re seeing a lot of development,” said Mayor Dick Dietz. “They’ve really made a couple buildings down here really nice,” said resident Patricia Irvin.Irvin is noticing the change first hand as she prepares to open her first restaurant. She says one key thing prompted her to open in the town square.”We know that the coal mines are coming in, we know that they’re hiring from town, yes, absolutely big incentive,” she said.Just a few miles out of town, the underground coal mine is preparing to open for business. Mayor Dietz said once it does, it means hundreds of new jobs for the area and hundreds of new residents to serve. So he’s working to completely revamp the town.

“This has opened up a lot of opportunity for more businesses, more sales tax,” said Dietz.

For the past ten months, Mayor Dietz has worked closely with independent developer and realtor Josh Gidcumb. Since then, sidewalks have been replaced, vacant buildings have been sold and an old hospital and business have been torn down to make way for a new park.

“You can see the improvements, you can see our square changing,” said Dietz.

And Gidcumb said the changes are just beginning.

“(Next year) you should notice a lot of these older buildings, renovated back to what they were initially in the early 1900s so you’ll start seeing facades on the buildings,” said Gidcumb.

Gidcumb is working on attracting more small retail and manufacturing businesses to finish filling up the downtown and preparing to give the courthouse square a facelift. Hopefully restoring McLeansboro to the place life long residents, like the mayor, remember fondly.

“I’m just tickled to death to see the downtown renovated to where it was back when I grew up as a kid,” said Dietz.

The coal mine is expected to open sometime next spring, and will soon be looking to hire miners. City officials are anticipating a boom in real estate with the new jobs.

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