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Realty ONE Group made good on its promise last year to start painting the globe gold and open new offices internationally. One of the fastest-growing U.S. franchisors announced late last year that it secured the rights to Realty ONE Group in Western Canada and now, in less than three months, that region has opened its first office.

Realty ONE Group Insider, located in Leduc, Alberta, celebrated with a soft launch opening on Jan. 17. The office is the inaugural international office for the Laguna Niguel, Calif.-based franchisor and is co-owned by Dan Rowland and Merrick Duggan.

“Opening the doors of our first international office is a tremendous milestone, but we’re really just getting started,” says President of Realty ONE Group Affiliates Vinnie Tracey. “We have the vision and strategy in place to grow rapidly in the U.S., Canada and beyond, especially when we pair our proven business model with talented franchise owners like Dan and Merrick.”

Rowland and Duggan had the help of Realty ONE Group of Western Canada President and Regional Director Shami Sandhu, combining 25 years of real estate experience to open the new office that will serve southern Edmonton, Leduc County and Wetaskiwin County.

“There’s really no limit to what Dan and Merrick will be able to do,” says Sandhu. “This is truly what the local real estate market needs and the ‘you-first’ culture will attract leagues of others. It’s why people are excited to open Realty ONE Group franchises and join the movement.”

Realty ONE Group Western Canada also secured the rights to Manitoba, Saskatchewan, Alberta and British Columbia and offices are expected to open over the next several months.

Realty ONE Group has expanded on its mission to paint the globe gold. The company now has more than 160 offices in 35 states and in Canada. Because of its untraditional approach to real estate franchising and its unique business model, Realty ONE Group has been on the Inc. 500 Fastest-Growing Companies list for seven consecutive years and was named a top five Real Estate Franchise by Entrepreneur magazine.

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