Real Living Again Ranked Fifth-Largest Brokerage in Nation

Posted by — March 31, 2004

COLUMBUS, OHIO - (April 1, 2004) - The 2004 REAL Trends 500 Survey again ranked Ohio-based Real Living as the fifth-largest residential real estate brokerage in the nation, based on closed transaction sides. The survey also ranked Real Living seventh by closed sales volume.

The 2004 REAL Trends 500 Survey rankings originate from surveys distributed by Real TRENDS, a publishing and communications company providing news, research and information-based services to the residential real estate industry. The annual survey ranks brokerage firms according to closed sales volume and closed transaction sides. Results are verified by the ranked companies' accountants, auditors and/or franchises.

"In our rapidly consolidating industry, I'm extremely proud that Real Living has again been ranked #5 in our industry" said Harley E. Rouda, CEO and managing partner of Real Living. "We owe our continued growth and success to our family of nearly 5,000 real estate professionals who serve the needs of consumers each and every day."

2004 REAL Trends 500's Top 10 Rankings are as follows:

Top 10 by 2003 closedtransaction sides 1. NRT, Inc.2. HomeServices of America, Inc.3. The Long & Foster Companies, Inc.4. Weichert, Realtors5. Real Living, Inc.6. Prudential Fox & Roach Realtors7. GMAC Real Estate-Company Owned Operations8. Howard Hanna Holdings9. John L. Scott Real Estate10. Crye-Leike, Inc. Top 10 by 2003 closedsales volume1. NRT, Inc. 2. HomeServices of America, Inc. 3. Weichert, Realtors 4. The Long & Foster Companies, Inc.5. GMAC Real Estate-Company Owned Operations 6. Prudential Fox & Roach Realtors 7. Real Living, Inc. 8. John L. Scott Real Estate 9. Prudential Douglas Elliman Real Estate 10. Prudential California/Nevada/Texas Realty

Rouda credited the firm's success to the hard work, teamwork and professionalism of its agents. He also explained that Real Living's industry-leading marketing and technology tools help drive agent productivity and efficiency.

"We look forward to continuing to provide our agents with the industry's best marketing technologies to help them remain among the most productive agents in the business," he said.

Helping clients sell a home every 15 minutes and attracting millions of Web site visitors each year, companies within the Real Living Network reported real estate sales of nearly $7 billion in 2003. More than 5,000 associates serve the Real Living Network, and the company operates more than 100 offices throughout Ohio, Kentucky, Indiana, New Jersey and Florida. The company is also in the process of opening up additional offices throughout the United States.

Consumer-friendly and agent-driven, Real Living Web sites meet consumer demands for quick, convenient access to real estate information. State-of-the-art tools support the firm's sales force, including individual agent Web sites with up-to-the-minute "Real-Time Listings," automated marketing and other industry-leading technologies that are changing the home purchase and sale processes.

About Real Living, Inc. The largest independently-owned, residential real estate firm in the Midwest and the fifth-largest in the country, Real Living boasts nearly 5,000 sales associates and employees, nearly $7 billion in annual sales, and more than 100 offices throughout its network of independent and company owned branches. Real Living also offers a full range of core business services, including home financing, title insurance and settlement services, relocation, corporate relocation management, auctions and home warranties.For more information, visit www.realliving.com

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