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Real Estate Agencies

     Depending on you location, you will have a wide variety of real estate agencies available to you. Though most real estate agencies do essentially the same thing, some may have individuals that specialize in special transactions such as land purchasing, commercial development or enhanced marketing. The following is an alphabetical list of the top five residential and commercial real estate agencies in North America and abroad.

Century21 (www.century21.com)
     The largest real estate agency in the world, Century21 has over 6,600 offices in more than 30 countries and territories worldwide. They have real estate agents that specialize in new constructions, fine homes and estates, a retiree relocation, recreational properties, as well as commercial properties and international real estate; both residential and commercial. They have a multi-faceted web site that allows users the opportunity to search local, national and international real estate listings as well as locate any Century21 office in the world. They provide a variety of free real estate information and have links for those interested in joining their team or opening a franchise.

Coldwell Banker (www.coldwellbanker.com)
     Coldwell banker is an international real estate service provider that is divided into two sister companies, Coldwell Banker residential and Coldwell Banker commercial. They are affiliated with over 200 lending institutions around the world and provide a vast number of services for owners, buyers and sellers of residential and commercial real estate. Their web site has links to international real estate listings as well as a database full of information relating to all aspects of real estate. They have formed alliances with some of the world's premier property agencies and as such offer services far beyond that of a typical real estate agency.

Grubb & Ellis (www.grubb-ellis.com)
     Rated number one among the top 10 commercial real estate agencies in the world, Grubb and Ellis have more than 200 offices in over 30 countries worldwide. Grubb & Ellis are affiliated with the property consulting giant Knight Frank, and provide services pertaining to the sale of industrial, retail, and hospitality properties around the world. They also specialize in property development for multi-residential and commercial land. Services they provide include, asset management, consulting, engineering, facility management, financial services, agency and tenant representation, law services, property management, lease administration, retail services and many many more.

HomeLife International (www.homelife.com)
     HomeLife International is a residential and commercial real estate service provider that has offices all over North America, Europe and Asia. Each geographical location has its own web site that provide links to real estate listings, homeowner, buyer, and seller information, as well resources for agents. HomeLife is also a financial service provider and offers an array of services to all those interest in obtaining a residential or commercial loan. You may apply for pre-approval online and have a response within 24 hours.

RE/MAX (www.remax.com)
     RE/MAX realty is perhaps one of the most recognized names in the real estate industry. Their agents average more production and more advancement in real estate education than other agents. With close to 5000 independently owned offices in 47 countries, RE/MAX caters to residential, commercial, estate, resort and international clients worldwide. Their interactive web site allows users to search available properties, access current real estate information and locate offices and agents around the globe. You can also apply for financing as well as pre-approved mortgages through their lender, Bank of America.