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Weichert Real Estate Affiliates, Inc. recently announced that Tovar Realtors, LLC, an independent real estate agency started by Rion Tovar, has joined the national Weichert® franchise network. The new office, now known as WEICHERT, REALTORS® – Tovar Properties, is an independently owned and operated Weichert affiliated office in Loves Park, Ill.

“Owning my own agency was always a dream of mine since I started working in real estate ten years ago,” says Tovar, the managing broker/owner of Weichert, Realtors® – Tovar Properties. “I also have aspirations to expand the business, bring on more agents and possibly open a second office one day. But doing those kinds of things requires resources that many small, independent agencies don’t have access to.”

Realizing the challenges facing smaller, independent agencies like hers, Tovar began thinking about partnering with a larger brokerage firm that could provide the necessary resources to grow the business that she started seven years ago. However, Tovar did not want to abandon the values and attention to personal detail that her office had become known for if she decided to go with one of the bigger national realty brands.

Tovar was approached by a representative from Weichert around the same time and asked if she ever considered franchising to take advantage of the different business tools and marketing support that a national brokerage firm could provide to help her office grow its market presence. The representative also talked about Weichert being a family-owned business, which was something that struck a chord with Tovar.

“I was immediately impressed with everything that Weichert could provide when I met with them a few months ago,” adds Tovar, a mother of two who has lived in Poplar Grove, Illinois for 20 years. “All of their business resources and tools, the different trainings for agents, the cutting edge technology. These are all the things I need. But more importantly, I needed to know that the company I decided to partner with has integrity and strong values. I feel that Weichert has those same family values.”

Talking about the layers of business support and Weichert family values was all Tovar needed to hear. She made the decision to join Weichert and officially became a part of its national franchise network earlier this month.

Weichert Real Estate Affiliates, Inc. President Martin J. Rueter welcomed the Loves Park affiliated office to the Weichert network. “We are pleased to welcome our new friends at Weichert, Realtors® – Tovar Properties and their clients to the Weichert family. Weichert, Realtors® – Tovar Properties is highly regarded in Illinois, shares our client-first philosophy and is rooted in the region it serves.”

Weichert, Realtors® – Tovar Properties is a member of the Mainstreet Organization of REALTORS, the Illinois Association of REALTORS and the National Association of REALTORS. The eight-person office serves Boone and Winnebago County.

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