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Buying a home can be a painful process without the right real estate agent. Learn more about the top 10 real estate franchises that can help you during your home search, and find out how Clever can connect you with one of these agents and offer you savings with a home rebate.
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Buying a new home can be extremely stressful, no matter how well-prepared you are. One of the first steps you should take to help streamline the selling process is to partner with a top real estate agent. Experienced agents can help you find the best listings that meet your criteria, help you find the right financing options, take you on home tours, handle negotiations and offers, and see you through until closing.

It’s important to team up with a top real estate agent who understands your local market well. If you’re still looking for an agent to work with, take a look at ten of the top real estate companies for buyers.

1. RE/MAX

Easily the most recognized name in the industry, this top real estate franchise has been buying and selling homes since the 1970s. Everyone can spot the red and blue RE/MAX logo and hot air balloon sign from a mile away, which will get your home noticed.

Pros

  • Well known brand
  • Agents across most local markets
  • Qualified agents

Cons

  • Must follow franchise rules

2. Keller Williams

Keller Williams is another top performing brand that’s been in business since 1983. They’re the largest privately owned real estate brokerage, so you can trust they know the industry inside and out.

Pros

  • Well known brand
  • Agents across most local markets
  • Qualified agents
  • Dedicated to continuously educating their agents
  • Top-of-the-line technology

Cons

  • Must follow franchise rules

3. Century 21

The third most recognized brand in the real estate industry is Century 21. This brokerage has been around since 1972 and has continued to lead the way in real estate innovation. Century 21 often partners with local brokerages around the globe, housing them under the Century 21 name to help better serve local communities.

Pros

  • Well known brand
  • Agents across most local markets
  • Qualified agents

Cons

  • Must follow franchise rules

4. Coldwell Banker

Coldwell Banker is one of the oldest real estate franchises and still remain one of the most trusted. Founded in 1903, Coldwell Banker has the experience to help sell in today’s market. This franchise paved the way for many now-standardized practices in real estate and has a high level of trust from clients.

Pros

  • Recognizable brand
  • Agents across most local markets
  • Qualified agents

Cons

  • Must follow franchise rules

5. ERA Real Estate

ERA was started in 1971 and was the first real estate franchise to utilize technological advances (at that time, the fax machine) to enhance realty services and speed up the sales process. ERA is also extremely focused on improving communities and understands all the local markets they sell, very well.

Pros

  • Qualified agents
  • Agents across most local markets
  • High level of customer satisfaction (98%)

Cons

  • Not available in every state

6. The Corcoran Group

This privately owned real estate group was one of the first to create an online presence and portal for the real estate industry. Headquartered in New York, this agency has offices in the Hamptons and South Florida.

Pros

  • Top recognized real estate name in NYC
  • Qualified agents
  • Dedicated to agent education
  • High quality service

Cons

  • Only available for sellers in NYC, the Hamptons, and South Florida

7. Sotheby’s International Realty

This international real estate powerhouse was formed in 1976 and reached a partnership with Realogy in 2004. Sotheby is well known for their luxury home sales, with prices typically falling into the million dollar range.

Pros

  • Qualified agents
  • Worldwide reach

Cons

  • Luxury homes, only

8. Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate

Many know the name from the popular magazine, but Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate is actually a top contender in the real estate industry. This real estate franchise was started in 1978 and continues to lead in media and marketing trends within the industry.

Pros

  • Recognizable brand
  • Qualified agents
  • Established online presence

Cons

  • Less experience in the industry than other competitors

9. Weichert Real Estate Affiliates

This real estate agency began in New Jersey during the 1960s but began franchising in the early 2000s. Since then, Weichert has expanded to create over 300 franchises and 100+ offices across the United States. Weichert is well known for both its commercial and residential real estate services.

Pros

  • Fairly recognizable brand
  • Qualified agents

Cons

  • Not as experienced as more established franchises

10. Zillow

Last, but certainly not least is a name anyone who’s searched for a place to buy or rent is all too familiar with: Zillow. This online property viewing portal launched in 2005 and has continued to grow ever since. Zillow has “Instant Offer” features to allow homeowners to sell directly to Zillow. They also now have teamed up with real estate agents across the country to provide better services to homeowners and potential buyers.

Pros

  • Well known brand
  • Easy to use; can be done completely online
  • Partnerships with lenders and agents make the buying process faster and easier

Cons

  • Relatively new service
  • Limited data from MLS (an agent would have full access)

Summary

Working with an experienced real estate agent from a top brand can help you find the home of your dreams, faster and for the best price. Luckily, you don’t have to choose which brand is right for you — Clever can help you find the right agent from one of these top companies.

Clever Partner Agents are all qualified buyer’s agents from many of the top real estate brands across the country. Clever has agents in every city, so no matter where you’re buying, we’ve got a qualified agent ready to help.

Best of all, Clever Partner Agents are full-service agents who have agreed to provide buyers with up to 1% of closing costs back at the time of closing (in states where this is legal). You can learn more about Clever’s Home Buyer Rebate by connecting with a Clever Partner Agent today.

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Andrew Schmeerbauch
Andrew Schmeerbauch

Andrew Schmeerbauch is the Director of Marketing at Clever Real Estate, the free online service that connects you top agents to save on commission. His focus is educating home buyers and sellers on navigating the complex world of real estate with confidence and ease. Andrew has worked on projects for the United Nations and USC and has a particular passion for investing and finance. Andrew's writing has been featured in Mashvisor, L&T, Ideal REI, and Rentometer.

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