Weichert Real Estate Affiliates, Inc. Opens First Franchise Offices in California
MORRIS PLAINS, N.J. – A two-office real estate agency in California’s Central Valley has become the first franchisee of Weichert Real Estate Affiliates, Inc. in the Golden State. Genaro Pulido is the owner.
WEICHERT, REALTORS® – Valley Associates, with offices at 3106 Geer Road in Turlock and 3641 Mitchell Road, Suite F, in Ceres, joins a rapidly growing roster that now includes more than 265 signed offices in 23 states.
The franchise arm of Weichert, Realtors®, Weichert Real Estate Affiliates launched its first independently owned and operated office in January 2002. It was the only real estate organization to be named in the Top Ten New Franchises 2005 by Entrepreneur magazine and also was on the magazine’s 2005 list of the Top 100 Fastest Growing Franchises.
In choosing to join the Weichert organization, John Wilson, the company’s broker of record, said they had looked at a number of franchise opportunities, but found that “for the quality of service and the systems, there’s nothing that comes even close to Weichert.” Pulido said, “I never saw anything like it in the industry.”
Weichert Real Estate Affiliates President Martin J. Rueter welcomed the new offices and said, “We are very excited to enter the growing California market and are especially pleased to do so with Genaro and John, whose dedication to the customer and enthusiasm for this business match the Weichert profile.”
Wilson, who comes from a real estate family, entered the field himself seven years ago. Pulido, also in real estate for seven years, has a marketing background. The two worked together at another agency before opening the Turlock and Ceres offices, which serve the Central Valley communities in and around Modesto, the Stanislaus County seat at the northern end of the San Joaquin Valley.
Pulido said that the company plans an ambitious recruiting program to add to its current 35-agent sales team.
WEICHERT, REALTORS® – Valley Associates can be reached at (209) 656-9447 in Turlock and at (209) 538-4415 in Ceres.
Weichert has 18,000 sales associates in more than 440 company-owned and franchised sales offices in key markets throughout the U.S. A family of full-service real estate and financial services companies, Weichert helps customers buy and sell both residential and commercial real estate, and streamlines the delivery of mortgages and home and title insurance. For more information, call Weichert’s customer service center at 1-800-USA-SOLD or visit Weichert’s Web site, www.weichert.com. Each Weichert franchised office is independently owned and operated.