AUSTIN, TEXAS (May 19, 2009) —According to two of the industry’s most comprehensive annual surveys, Keller Williams Realty brokerages continue to defy the pervasive downturn in the industry by growing and expanding.
RISMedia’s Power Broker Report and REAL Trends’ REAL Trends 500 rank the largest residential real estate brokerages in the U.S. based on transaction sides and sales volume. This year, Keller Williams Realty had more brokerages on both lists than any other real estate brand.
In the REAL Trends 500 report, Keller Williams Realty dominated, with its offices comprising more than a quarter of the entire list. Of all the major brands represented in the report, Keller Williams was the only company to boast growth in both number of agents added to its ranks and in total transactions closed.
Within RISMedia’s Power Broker Report, Keller Williams Realty again had the largest majority on the list – accounting for 35 percent of all the brokerages listed. The report also ranked Keller Williams Realty #1 in number of agents and total closed transactions.
“These results prove what we already knew – Keller Williams Realty is experiencing the next phase of our growth during this shift,” said Mark Willis, CEO of Keller Williams Realty, Inc. “Our agents and offices are capitalizing on the opportunities presented in today’s market and powering forward.”
“Two years ago, when the market began to shift, we mobilized to make sure our people would have the training, support and technology to tackle the market and they have truly blown us away with their accomplishments,” he added.
Within the past 18 months, Gary Keller, co-founder and chairman of the company, released his latest book, SHIFT: How Top Real Estate Agents Tackle Tough Times which became the No. 1 selling real estate book for agents in 2008. The launch also included a nationwide seminar tour which is slated to visit more than 50 cities throughout North America by the end of the summer. Other initiatives included the delivery of affordable health care options for KW associates through the new Keller Williams Health Providers Program and the launch of the company’s commercial arm, KW Commercial.
“When we do what we do best – coach and train our associates to higher levels of personal productivity and profitability – growth takes care of itself,” said Mary Tennant, president and COO of Keller Williams Realty, Inc. “Keller Williams Realty, the franchise company, didn’t rank on these lists – our people did.”
“We’re confident we’re in businesses with some of the most talented and focused individuals in the industry and we are so proud of all they’ve achieved,” added Willis.
Founded in 1983, Keller Williams Realty Inc. is the third-largest real estate franchise operation in the United States, with 679 offices and 73,000 associates in the United States and Canada. The company, which began franchising in 1990, has an agent-centric culture that emphasizes access to leading-edge education and promotes an economic model that rewards associates as stakeholders and partners. 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).
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