List of Real Estate Brokerage Firms and Companies
Here’s a handy list of some of the largest and best-known real estate companies in the US – useful if you’re an agent or a home buyer or seller
Founded in 1906 in San Francisco by Coldwell Banker and his two business partners, Coldwell Banker Real Estate LLC is one of the largest and most reputable real estate companies in the world, with more than 82,000 brokers and 3,100 offices in nearly 50 countries. Coldwell Banker is consistently rated as one of the top 10 real estate companies in the US, and has a strong reputation both domestically and overseas for providing an excellent and thorough service to clients, as well as top-notch training and support for its agents.Coldwell Banker Website
Re/Max International (which stands for Real Estate Maximums) is a real estate brokerage franchise founded in 1973 and has grown to more than 7,000 offices in 90 countries with more than 100,000 agents. It’s name and logo are probably the most recognized for any real estate company in the US, and has long had one of the best real estate sales forces in the nation, with its agents acting as independent contractors who own and operate their own franchises. Their agents get the benefit of in-house training and advertising services, as well as a free hand to run their franchises as they see fit in their areas.Re/Max Website
Founded in 1971 by two real estate agents in Orange County, California, Century 21 is one of the largest real estate companies in the US, with more than 7,100 independently owned and operated franchised broker offices in 74 countries and territories worldwide with over 100,000 sales professionals. A highly respected firm and brand, Century 21 also operates in Europe, Latin America, the Middle East and Asia. A leader in digital communications and marketing, www.Century21.com has been the most visited real estate franchise website for the past three years, and counting.Century 21 Website
Keller Williams Realty, Inc.
Keller Williams Realty, Inc. is an international real estate franchise with headquarters in Austin, Texas. Founded in 1983, it expanded from a single office to more than 700 offices and 100,000 associates worldwide. Keller Williams Realty is now consistently ranked as the number one agency in the U.S. by agent count, and is the largest real estate franchise in North America and the only privately held global residential real estate brokerage firm. The company has recently opened franchises in Vietnam, Indonesia, Southern Africa, the United Kingdom, Switzerland, Germany, Austria, Switzerland and Turkey.Keller Williams Realty Website
Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate
Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate LLC is an international real estate company with more than 7600 sales associates and 240 offices in Canada and the U.S. Founded in 1978 by the Meredith Corporation, Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate has become a respected brand, helped by sharing its name with the popular home design magazine. It also operates a franchise system with independent owner-operators, which has allowed it to grow significantly over the past few decades.
Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate Website
William Raveis Real Estate
Founded in 1974 by William Raveis in one room over a grocery store in Fairfield, CT, it has since grown to become the largest family-owned real estate company in the Northeast and the No. 8th real estate company in the country, according to REAL Trends. The company also operates Mortgage and Insurance divisions, and was the first real estate company in the nation to ask its customers for direct feedback with surveys, surveying over 180,000 customers who have consistently awarded the company with a 98% or higher customer satisfaction rating.William Raveis Real Estate Website
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices (a subsidiary of Berkshire Hathaway, one of the world’s largest and most admired companies) is a new real estate brokerage franchisee network that now operates in California, New England and the Midwest. The brand is among the few organizations entrusted to use the Berkshire Hathaway name, bringing to the real estate market a definitive mark of stability, strength and quality that Berkshire Hathaway is known for. The franchise operates in the high-end residential markets, entry-level neighborhoods, in commercial real estate, as well as the middle-market communities that are integral to society. The network’s aim is clear and succinct: “To be the best-recognized and most highly respected homeownership services brand in the United States and worldwide. To provide services and support that significantly increase the growth and profitability of the network’s affiliates and agents.”Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Website
ZipRealty, Inc. is an American real estate brokerage firm with licensed agents in offices nationwide, all of whom who sell real estate on their website www.ZipRealty.com. ZipRealty also maintains partnerships with local brokerage firms through its Powered by Zip (PbZ) division to allow the company access to markets where it has no presence. Founded in 1999, ZipRealty now operates in 35 metropolitan areas in 22 states and the District of Columbia. ZipRealty’s residential brokerage operations were acquired by the Realogy in 2014, the parent company of Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate, Century 21, ERA Coldwell Banker, and Sotheby’s International Realty. Realogy indented to integrate ZipRealty’s technology platforms with their existing real estate operations across the country. ZipRealty’s website and mobile app allow home buyers, sellers and agents to easily search for available properties in many areas of the country.ZipRealty Website
Howard Hanna Real Estate is large family-owned and operated real estate brokerage business, the 4th largest full-service real estate company in the United States. With more than 4,700 agents and affiliates, the company prides itself on “utilizing the industry’s most advanced and innovative marketing programs, assuring total satisfaction for home buyers and sellers”. Howard Hanna offers many programs for qualified clients, such as a 100% money back guarantee, appraisals, mortgages, insurance, relocation services, property management, land development, home warranties, Buy Before You Sell programs, multi-media marketing and exclusive and luxury property sales. The company also offers a complete training program for sales associates at all stages of their careers.Howard Hanna Website
Cushman & Wakefield
Cushman & Wakefield, Inc. is a global private commercial real estate services company headquartered in New York City that provides leasing, sales and acquisitions, debt and equity financing, investment banking, corporate services, property management, facilities management, project management, consulting, valuation, appraisal and property tax services. With approximately 250 offices, the company operates in 60 countries and has more than 16,000 employees. Cushman & Wakefield was founded in 1917 and is now controlled by Exor, the investment arm of the Italian Agnelli family. The firm aims “to be the world’s preferred real estate firm, providing the most creative and innovative services on a consistent basis, to drive meaningful value to our clients.Cushman & Wakefield Website
John L. Scott Real Estate
John L. Scott is the largest private real estate brokerage company in the Pacific Northwest. A family owned business founded more than 80 years ago, the company now has over 100 offices and 2,600 agents throughout the states of Washington, Oregon and Idaho. The company has a reputation for focusing on and serving its clients, whether buying, selling, or investing in real estate. By investing heavily in the education of its brokers, they have used that knowledge and expertise directly to serve clients. John L. Scott has recently developed some innovative and award-winning marketing programs and strategies, integrating technology with traditional business values.John L. Scott Website
Long & Foster Real Estate
Long & Foster is the largest real estate company in the Mid-Atlantic region, with over 200 real estate sales offices and over 11,000 sales associates in the states of Virginia, Maryland, Washington, D.C., Pennsylvania, New Jersey, West Virginia, Delaware, and North Carolina. Founded in 1968, the company grew grown from a single, 600-square-foot office in Fairfax, Virginia, to one of the largest privately-owned real estate company in America. Long & Foster aims to focus on providing clients with best service and ultimately the best home ownership experience. They also assist clients with mortgage, title, and insurance, as well as offering relocation and settlement services.Long & Foster Website
Crye-Leike Real Estate Services
Crye-Leike is a real estate franchise with more than 3,000 agents and 112 offices with more than $5.3 billion annual sales volume. Established in 1977, Crye-Leike also offers auctions, business brokerage, insurance, property management, relocation, home warranty, and mortgage services. The company also offers training services for agents and affiliates through real estate schools. The company operates in the states of Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kansas, Kentucky, Mississippi, Oklahoma, Tennessee and Virginia.Crye-Leike Website
Realty Executives, more than 50 years old, has stood for integrity and quality throughout all the changes in the many U.S. and overseas markets. Realty Executives is known for providing a high level of service to clients. Agents are provided with the latest marketing and selling tools and resources to provide the best support for their clients. Catering to all buyers and investors, Realty Executives is a brokerage firm with a major presence and substantially yearly sales.Realty Executives Website
Sotheby’s International Realty
If its a taste of the high life you crave, look no further than Sotheby’s International Realty. Sotheby’s Auction House was founded in 1744, and Sotheby’s International Realty was established 1976 to cater to high net worth customers who demand the very best properties all around the globe. In 2004, Sotheby’s began expanding further worldwide by offering franchises to qualified existing real estate brokerages. Regarded as a luxury and prestigious brand, Sotheby’s offers properties ranging from tens to hundreds of millions of dollars. The Sotheby’s international franchise has nearly 14,000 sales associates located in approximately 680 offices in 49 countries.Sotheby’s International Realty Website
Founded in 1973 with seven agents and one office on the Upper East Side of New York, today The Corcoran Group is one of New York City’s largest, privately-owned residential real estate firms. The name Corcoran has become synonymous with living well, thanks in part to the company’s “Live Who You Are” advertising campaign, featuring the varying lifestyles of high-profile clients. Corcoran’s website, first launched in 1995, was one of the first online portals for the real estate industry. Today Corcoran has 32 offices with 2,200 agents in the New York City and Hamptons area, and over $18 billion in annual sales. The company is also affiliated with over 1,900 independent agents all across the US.Corcoran Group Website
Knight Frank LLP is one of the leading global residential and commercial property consultancies, founded in London in 1896. The company is affiliated with the New York-based Newmark Grubb Knight Frank, and operates 335 offices with more than 12,000 employees in many locations around the globe, handling more than $817 billion in real estate sales annually. Known for providing the highest standards of quality and service in global residential and commercial property advisory and brokerage markets, Knight Frank’s reputation for uncompromising professionalism is earned by advising clients ranging from individual private investors and homeowners to major developers and investors worldwide, and has resulted in a multitude of awards and recognitions for the company in the UK and elsewhere over the world.Knight Frank Website
Christie’s International Real Estate
Drawing upon their reputation and success as one of the world’s oldest and most respected auction houses, Christie’s began an innovative expanse into real estate in 1995. Integrating centuries of experience with a hand-selected network of experienced brokers, Christie’s International Real Estate was formed to satisfy the requirements of wealthy and highly discerning clientele. By cultivating this unique balance of worldwide scope with a personal touch, Christie’s International Real Estate has become a global authority on the marketing and sale of luxury properties, providing extensive client support and truly innovative marketing. Completely personalized service and a long business history (dating back to 1766) have made Christie’s one of the largest brokers of international luxury properties.Christie’s International Real Estate Website
These are just a few of the largest real estate brokerage companies. To see even more, take a look at Realtor Magazine’s list of top 100 real estate companies.
Please Note: Company logos are shown here for educational and informational purposes only. The above links are not affiliate links or paid advertisements.