Jumat, 21/09/2012

Keller Williams Realty, Inc. Announces Expansion into Indonesia and Southern Africa

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Keller Williams Realty, Inc. Announces Expansion into Indonesia and Southern Africa

AUSTIN, Texas: Keller Williams Realty, Inc., the second largest real estate company in the United States, announced today at its annual Mega Camp event that its continuing international franchise expansion now includes Indonesia and the Southern Africa region.

Mega Camp, held in Austin, TX, boasts more than 11,000 registrations across three major sessions (Mega Technology Camp, Mega Agent Camp, and Mega Leadership Camp) featuring interviews and panels with industry experts and top producing agents. KW Worldwide President, Chris Heller, announced the signing of the company’s latest overseas master franchisees.

“We are always looking for the right people to foster and grow the Keller Williams Realty mission, vision and culture. When we find the right leadership, our goal is to leverage our proven models, systems, and trainings to serve our international communities at the highest level,” said Heller.

“We welcome aboard our partners in Indonesia and the Southern Africa region, which includes South Africa, Namibia, Swaziland, Lesotho, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Mauritius, and Mozambique. We are excited to see them experience the same momentum and growth we have seen in North America.”

Preparations for the newest international market centers are already underway and are located in Pretoria, South Africa and Jakarta, Indonesia. “We are extremely excited and cannot wait for our opportunity to offer the South African real estate industry the Keller Williams value proposition,” said master franchisor, Johan Gouws.

“We simply cannot carry on in the South African real estate industry the way things are now. Keller Williams is the company of change for us; the company for agents, by agents. Over the past year [my master franchising partner, Niel Cronje] and myself have become very fond of our Keller Williams friends and their value system of ‘God, family, then business.'”

“This is not just another international brand,” added Cronje. “This a real American company with a uniquely nontraditional, interdependent model that is growing globally. This is the most innovative real estate brand in the world, the one that is committed to building ‘careers worth having, businesses worth owning, and lives worth living,’ and the only brand that is truly for the agents. We can certainly see that the Keller Williams culture will sit very well with our market.”

Gouws has over 30 years of experience in the South African real estate market including overseeing gated developments and land acquisition for commercial and residential developments in Pretoria. Cronje also brings extensive business experience to the team with over 21 years of experience in both national and international real estate, as well as setting up and running his own profitable franchise operation. “The missing link in my business,” he pointed out, “was Keller Williams.”

Tertius Zitzke, CEO and owner of AccTech Systems, is the partner responsible for managing the technology and will be integrating the South African and Keller Williams systems. Completing the master franchise team is real estate industry icon Stefan Swanepoel, the New York Times Best-Selling Author of Surviving Your Serengeti: 7 Skills to Master Business & Life and renowned inspirational speaker on topics including leadership, personal development, technology, and annual real estate trends.

The two new KW Worldwide teams, led by Gouws, Cronje, Zitzke, and Swanepoel in the Southern Africa region and Tony Eddy in Indonesia, join nearly 77,000 associates and 675 offices in the United States and Canada, where the company has been franchising since 1991. “We are proud to be joining a company with such a strong system of beliefs and policy of putting real estate agents first,” said Tony. “We are excited to see how we’ll thrive in the Indonesian market with the support of our new Keller Williams partners.” (PIT)