Top 10 Real Estate Firms in 2018
The home-buying process can seem incredibly stressful, regardless of whether you’re a first-timer or a seasoned veteran. Fortunately, you can find a real estate agent who’s willing to do a lot of the grunt work for you.
To learn more about the 10 companies:
Short for Real Estate Maximums, RE/MAX
From a single office that opened in 1973 in Denver, Colo., RE/MAX, LLC has grown into one of the leading global real estate franchisors, a subsidiary of RE/MAX Holdings (NYSE: RMAX) with over 120,000 agents in more than 100 countries and territories.
The global network of franchisee-owned and -operated offices are run with the world’s most productive real estate sales agents. Through their efforts, they’ve made it possible to say that nobody in the world sells more real estate than RE/MAX when measured by residential transaction sides.
Still based in Denver and led by CEO Adam Contos, its parent company, RE/MAX Holdings Inc., is publicly traded on the New York Stock Exchange as RMAX. Dedicated to innovation and change in the real estate industry, RE/MAX launched Motto Mortgage, a ground-breaking mortgage network, in 2016 and acquired booj, a real estate technology company, in 2018.
For more than 45 years, RE/MAX agents help Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals® support millions of kids each year.
Customer service – built on a foundation of drive, experience and education – is the cornerstone of RE/MAX success. The RE/MAX track record built over the past 45 years is proof that a focus on the customer’s needs, backed by the ability to deliver, remains as important as ever.
2. Century 21
Did you know 51% of people have regrets about the real estate process and 68% don’t trust real estate agents?* We were stunned by those statistics too and believe it’s time to change the game.
With more brand awareness** than any other real estate brand, Century 21 Real Estate is poised to make these changes. To do this, we are reinventing what the CENTURY 21® brand means in the hearts and minds of those who are buying, selling and working in real estate today.
|8000 Franchise Broker Offices|
|80 Countries Worldwide|
|118,000 Affiliate Sales Associates|
This starts with our new mission – to defy mediocrity and deliver extraordinary experiences – and comes to life in our identity as a brand and the services we develop for our system members. #jointherelentless
3. Coldwell Banker
Since 1966, Coldwell Banker First Equity, REALTORS® has provided outstanding service to our clients and community. For over 50 years our brokers and agents have been leaders in the local, state, and national real estate industry. Collectively, our brokers and agents have more than 825 years experience of working in the Amarillo real estate market. There are few, if any, real estate problems or situations that we haven’t seen and resolved. That’s the kind of
experience and wealth of talent that buyers and sellers deserve. Every business decision made or action taken passes through the same decision tree: Client first, agents second, employees third, and company last.
Coldwell Banker agents will greatly enhance the sale of your home. In the United States, 90 percent of homes are sold by real estate agents, and agent-listed homes sell almost twice as fast as owner-sold homes. Our knowledgeable and experienced Amarillo Realtors do all the work for you, eliminating the hassle and uncertainty of the by-owner selling process. With Coldwell Banker, your home will receive unparalleled exposure. Coldwell Banker is a household name; we are affiliated with the oldest and largest national real estate company in the United States.
Our national advertising campaign reaches literally millions of people each year. Obviously, these ads are not marketing specific properties, but they predispose purchasers to consider Coldwell Banker properties. Additionally, the 3000 Coldwell Banker offices and 100,000 agents located throughout North America generate over 125,000 office-to-office referrals annually.
Multiple Listing Service
Within 72 hours of your property being listed for sale it will be entered in the Amarillo Association of Realtors’ Multiple Listing Service database. Over 800 Amarillo Realtors will have access to information on your property.
For Sale Sign
Shortly after your property is listed for sale, our nationally recognized For Sale sign will be placed on your property. Over 90% of unattached (non-represented) prospect calls received in our office are a result of the prospect calling from our For Sale sign.
Some properties are prime candidates for Open House activities. You and your agent may discuss the possibility of having an Open House. Nevertheless, your property will benefit from the promotion of numerous open houses scheduled each Sunday by our agents. Often, purchasers of non-opened homes are generated from open house activities
88% of home buyers rate the internet as “very useful” in their research of possible homes to purchase accoring to the 2017 National Association of Realtors’ Profile of Home Buyers and Sellers.
“Direct Feeds” of your listing information from the Multiple Listings Service are provided to the following web sites: amarillohomesearch.com, realtor.com, coldwellbanker.com, and amarillorealtors.org. Many other real estate sites including Zillow and Trulia receive “indirect feeds” by way of syndication.
4. Keller Williams Realty, Inc.
Keller Williams Realty (commonly referred to as Keller Williams) is an American technology and international real estate franchise with headquarters in Austin, Texas. It is the number one franchise in the United States by sales volume, ranking number one in agents and units sold in 2017. It is also the largest real estate franchise by agent count in the world, and one of the largest privately held global residential real estate brokerages.
Founded in 1983 by Gary Keller and Joe Williams, it grew from a single office in Austin to approximately 940+ offices with over 180,000 associates worldwide as of May 2018. It is an Inc. 5000 company and has been recognized as one of the highest rated real estate companies by numerous publications, including Entrepreneur and Forbes. In 2018, it was listed as one of the “happiest companies to work for” by Career Bliss.
5. ERA Real Estate
6. Sotheby’s International Realty
Founded in 1976 to provide independent brokerages with a powerful marketing and referral program for luxury listings, the Sotheby’s International Realty network was designed to connect the finest independent real estate companies to the most prestigious clientele in the world. Sotheby’s International Realty Affiliates LLC is a subsidiary of Realogy Holdings Corp. (NYSE: RLGY), a global leader in real estate franchising and provider of real estate brokerage, relocation and settlement services. In February 2004, Realogy entered into a long-term strategic alliance with Sotheby’s, the operator of the auction house. The agreement provided for the licensing of the Sotheby’s International Realty name and the development of a full franchise system. Affiliations in the system are granted only to brokerages and individuals meeting strict qualifications. Sotheby’s International Realty Affiliates LLC supports its affiliates with a host of operational, marketing, recruiting, educational and business development resources. Franchise affiliates also benefit from an association with the venerable Sotheby’s auction house, established in 1744.
7. The Corcoran Group
Real estate mogul Barbara Corcoran used a gimmick known as the one day sale to sell 81 apartments within a 24-hour period. Her tactic was to take an assortment of properties around the city and sell them all at the same price to her agents’ best friends.
In 1995, the Corcoran website debuted and became one of the first online portals for the real estate industry. Corcoran is now one of New York City’s largest, privately owned residential real estate firms. It now has offices in South Florida and the Hamptons and has more than 1,900 independent agents in 25 different offices.
8. Camden Property Trust
Camden Property Trust, incorporated in 1933, is a real estate investment trust (REIT). The Company is engaged in the ownership, management, development, redevelopment, acquisition and construction of multifamily apartment communities. As of December 31, 2016, the Company owned interests in, operated, or were developing 159 multifamily properties, which consisted of 55,366 apartment homes across the United States. The Company also owns land holdings, which it may develop into multifamily communities. The Company’s properties typically consist of mid-rise buildings or two and three story buildings in a landscaped setting and provide residents with a range of amenities common to multifamily rental properties. The 152 operating properties in which it owned interests and operated, as of December 31, 2016, averaged 953 square feet of living area per apartment home. As of December 31, 2016, 137 of its operating properties had over 200 apartment homes.
The Company’s properties include Camden Copper Square, Camden Foothills, Camden Legacy, Camden Pecos Ranch, Camden San Paloma, Camden Crown Valley, Camden Main and Jamboree, Camden Sea Palms, Camden Landmark, Camden Tuscany, Camden Caley, Camden Interlocken, Camden Lakeway, Camden College Park, Camden Fair Lakes, Camden Fallsgrove, Camden Monument Place, Camden Potomac Yard, Camden Russett, Camden Aventura, Camden Doral, Camden Plantation, Camden Portofino, Camden Lago Vista, Camden Town Square, Camden Montague, Camden Westchase Park, Camden Fourth Ward, Camden Peachtree City, Camden Ballantyne, Camden Fairview, Camden Grandview, Camden South End, Camden Crest, Camden Manor Park, Camden Cedar Hills, Camden Lamar Heights, Camden Breakers, Camden Belmont, Camden Cimarron, Camden Legacy Creek, Camden Valley Park, Camden City Centre II, Camden Greenway, Camden Oak Crest, Camden Post Oak, Camden Stonebridge, Camden Travis Street and Camden Whispering Oaks. The Company’s properties are located at Arizona, California, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, North Carolina, Washington District of Columbia (DC) Metro and Texas, among others.
Zillow is the leading real estate and rental marketplace dedicated to empowering consumers with data, inspiration and knowledge around the place they call home, and connecting them with the best local professionals who can help.
Zillow serves the full lifecycle of owning and living in a home: buying, selling, renting, financing, remodeling and more. It starts with Zillow’s living database of more than 110 million U.S. homes – including homes for sale, homes for rent and homes not currently on the market, as well as Zestimate home values, Rent Zestimates and other home-related information. Zillow operates the most popular suite of mobile real estate apps, with more than two dozen apps across all major platforms.
Zillow launched in 2006 and is headquartered in Seattle.
10. Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate
Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate was originally launched in 1978 by the Meredith Corporation – a leading purveyor of quality media and marketing in the U.S. Since then, the real estate firm has emerged as one of the more reputable brands, partially because of its kinship with a magazine sharing the same name. In 2008, Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate entered into a new franchise system, which is helping to catapult it further up the ranks.