NAR report on franchises shows Keller Williams is largest brand

National Association of Realtors | September 25, 2019

The number of real estate brokerages affiliated with a franchise brand dropped to 11% this year from 13% two years ago, according to a report from the National Association of Realtors. That study, based on a poll of NARs 1.2 million members who are known by the trademarked term Realtors, also saw a drop in the share of individuals associated with a franchise. About 42% of respondents said they were affiliated with a franchise, down from 43% two years ago. The report covered 28 franchise brands, including Century 21, Coldwell Banker, Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices, and ERA.

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CIP Real Estate LLC | November 17, 2022

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The Real Brokerage Inc. Completes Acquisition of LemonBrew Lending

Real | December 12, 2022

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Kimco Realty Corporation Announces Holding Company Reorganization

Kimco Realty | December 19, 2022

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