This news is hot off the presses this morning:
Aurora, ON (October 7, 2013) – The leadership team at RE/MAX Hallmark Realty Ltd. has been hand-picked by RE/MAX York Group Realty to take the company to the next level. RE/MAX Hallmark Realty Ltd. will acquire the company, one of the oldest RE/MAX franchises in Ontario, effective October 7.
The acquisition of RE/MAX York Group, home to more than 50 dedicated real estate professionals, brings the total number of sales associates under the Hallmark banner to well over 600. Moving forward, the former RE/MAX York Group franchise will operate as RE/MAX Hallmark York Group Realty. RE/MAX Hallmark now has 10 offices throughout the Greater Toronto Area, as well as the Muskoka Region.
“RE/MAX Hallmark is thrilled at the opportunity to drive a whole new chapter of success,” says Debra Bain, Broker/Owner, RE/MAX Hallmark Realty Ltd. “In fact, the timing could not have been more opportune, given the renewed strength of the residential real estate market. Considering the tremendous growth trajectory of the 905 area code, we’re definitely excited by the future.”
Just over 11,500 homes changed hands in the first eight months of the year in York Region, comprised of East Gwillimbury, Georgina, King, Markham, Newmarket, Richmond Hill, Vaughan, and Whitchurch-Stouffville. Average price hovers at about $615,000 in the area, up about four per cent over year-ago levels. Days on market are typically 26, but quality listings will move much quicker. Balanced market conditions exist in much of the region.
Veteran Broker-Owner and Realtor Bill Jenkins and his wife, Brenda, will remain at RE/MAX Hallmark York Group Realty, choosing to concentrate on serving new and existing clientele in a sales capacity. Renowned trainer and industry veteran, Barbara Brindle, will join RE/MAX Hallmark York Group’s leadership team.
“We’re constantly evolving at RE/MAX Hallmark,” says Co-Broker/Owner, Ken McLachlan. “We drive our business forward through careful strategic direction, investment and advancement on several levels. Ultimately, our goal is to provide unparalleled excellence and results to the lifeblood of our franchise—our Realtors and their valued clientele. That commitment has made us a premier force in our marketplace for many years. Bringing the right people on board to support that is imperative, and on that front, we’re glad to welcome Barbara Brindle to the Hallmark team.”
RE/MAX Hallmark will implement plans to foster and support the ongoing progression of its Realtors operating under the Hallmark banner, with specific goals for the RE/MAX Hallmark York Group location in Aurora. It will bolster its team’s competitive advantage through professional development and spearhead improvements in framework, processes and infrastructure, including the integration of enhanced technology. As a result, clients will benefit from an optimized buying and selling process, further elevating efficiency, service and results.
“These two franchises—RE/MAX York Group and RE/MAX Hallmark—have demonstrated an unprecedented commitment to their stakeholders,” says Gurinder Sandhu, Executive Vice President, Regional Director, RE/MAX Ontario-Atlantic Canada. “Over the years, both have climbed to the pinnacle of success and contributed to building the RE/MAX brand. Each company is renowned for its trailblazing leadership and team of award-winning Realtors who generate industry-leading results. Sharing a similar vision and exceptional level of dedication made York Group and Hallmark an ideal fit. I’m certain the Aurora location will continue to thrive under its new banner—RE/MAX Hallmark York Group Realty.”
The RE/MAX Hallmark team specializes in residential, recreational and commercial real estate. RE/MAX Hallmark is firmly entrenched in the communities it serves. It is the leading contributor to Children’s Miracle Network in Canada through the RE/MAX Miracle Home Program and grassroots fundraising initiatives with over a $1 million raised by the franchise and its associates since 1992. RE/MAX Hallmark is also a leader in in-house training and is a member of RE/MAX International’s Chairman’s Leadership Advisory Board—an association of 75 of the leading RE/MAX broker-owners worldwide. In 2009, strategic expansion secured RE/MAX Hallmark a RE/MAX International Award recognizing the company as the largest multi-office franchise in the country.