“We all have moments in our lives when we have to choose whether to give up and admit defeat or press on. It could be a medical problem, the loss of a loved one, or a professional situation like the real estate downturn we all went through,” Liniger says. “The thing to always remember is that you can get through it. It’s not easy, but with the right attitude, determination and people around you, you can reach any achievable goal you set for yourself.
“During the worst housing market in decades, our agents chose to get training on distressed properties and return to the basics that helped make them successful in the first place. And they made it through. That’s one of the main things I love about RE/MAX people—they never, ever give up. They always find a way.”
That top-down resiliency permeates the RE/MAX organization. A can-do confidence has always been a RE/MAX strongpoint, and it shows in the performance of the sales force, which has kept RE/MAX No. 1 in the United States since 1997 and No. 1 in Canada since 1987.
The 2013 RISMedia Power Broker Report of the 1,200 largest U.S. brokerages that chose to participate provides a good snapshot of current trends. RE/MAX agents in the report averaged 16.8 transaction sides in 2012, more than double the 8.1 average of all others. No other national franchise topped 11. What’s more, when the 1,200 firms are ranked by transaction sides per agent, 90 of the top 100 are with RE/MAX.
40 Years of Success, Evolution
In addition to the return of Dave Liniger, the 2013 R4 gathering also marked the 40th anniversary of RE/MAX. Other networks have come and gone over the past four decades, but RE/MAX has pushed forward while staying true to its roots.