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Leading Real Estate of the World® Celebrates Successful Recruiting Year

CHICAGO – (1/12/11) – Leading Real Estate Companies of the World® (LeadingRE), the world's largest network of leading independent real estate brokers, continued to expand in 2010, with over 50 new offices and 2,300 sales associates added during the year. A strong pipeline of new member candidates ensures additional growth in early 2011.

Over a third of the new members are former long-time national franchisees that have recently transitioned to local brands. The new affiliates provide additional coverage in California, Pennsylvania, New Mexico, Alabama, Massachusetts, Ohio, New York, and Texas, as well as Calgary, Alberta in Canada, and Berlin, Germany.

LeadingRE attributes this expansion to its unique hybrid model, which combines the freedom, control and flexibility of a local independent brokerage with the national and global connections and diverse business resources available through Leading Real Estate Companies of the World®.

“While virtually all brokers are trimming expenses everywhere possible in this environment,” comments LeadingRE President/CEO Pam O’Connor, “those focused on future success are re-investing in growth strategies that enable them to better serve clients and customers in today’s ever-changing business world, and fortunately, LeadingRE is resonating with many of them.”

About Leading Real Estate Companies of the World®

Leading Real Estate Companies of the World® (www.LeadingRE.com) is the largest network of top independent local and regional brand-name brokerage firms in the residential sector of real estate. The 600 firms affiliated with Leading Real Estate Companies of the World® (LeadingRE) are represented by 5,000 offices and 150,000 associates in more than 30 countries worldwide. The organization's leadership is demonstrated by the fact that its affiliates comprise six of the top 10 real estate companies in the country. Collectively, LeadingRE affiliates produced nearly 1 million home sales valued at $250 billion in the U.S. in 2009. In addition, LeadingRE affiliates hold the Number One position in terms of sales or volume in more of the top markets than any other organization.

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Contact: Kimberly Ecker / Leading Real Estate Companies of the World® / 161 N. Clark St., Ste. 1250 Chicago, IL 60601/ 312.424.0400 x158 / kecker@LeadingRE.com

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