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


DALLAS, TEXAS — 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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