If you’re buying or selling a home in Maryland, a real estate agent will be your greatest asset. And an agent is only as good as the brokerage or company behind them. Brokerages provide the institutional know-how of the real estate business, provide ongoing training for agents, and assist in the loads of paperwork associated with a home sale.
While you’ll want to fully vet your specific agent, you’ll also want to make sure they’re connected to a well-established, trusted brokerage or company. Here are seven of Maryland’s biggest and best real estate companies.
Keller Williams Realty, Inc.
Keller Williams Realty, Inc. is huge real estate franchise that operates in more than 700 worldwide markets. Founded more than 35 years ago in Austin, Texas, the company has more agents than any other real estate franchise in North America. Many attribute this success to its commission sharing strategy of a 70/30 split for agents.
When you choose a Keller Williams agent, you know you’ll have a company with a strong history behind you. They are the world's largest real estate franchise by agent count, and have more than 1,000 offices and 180,000 associates. The franchise is also number one in units and sales volume in the United States. In recent years, they’ve been more and more technology-driven.
Coldwell Banker has been around for more than 110 years and was founded in San Francisco. They are known for the thorough training of their agents and have more than 3,000 offices in almost 50 countries, more than 200 of which serve the Maryland area. Coldwell Banker is considered by some to be the original real estate start-up and changed the way people bought and sold real estate in the United States.
Coldwell Banker provides for its agents to specialize in certain areas like rental markets, new construction, luxury homes or vacation properties, as well as traditional residential real estate.
Long & Foster Real Estate Inc.
While they may not have a strong nationwide presence, Long & Foster Real Estate Inc is one of the larger real estate offices in the Greater Baltimore area, with more than 2,500 local agents. The company has a global relationship with Christie's International Real Estate, but mainly operates across the Mid-Atlantic and Northeast area of the United States.
Long & Foster agents specialize in luxury real estate and are tech-savvy and digitally connected. Their part ownership in Moxi Works, a real estate technology company, ensures their agents on the cutting edge.
Another big hitter is RE/MAX, short for Real Estate Maximums, and they’ve been around for more than 45 years. They now have more than 100,000 agents in more than 7,000 franchise offices in more than 100 countries.
With its roots in Denver, RE/MAX is seen as one of the country’s most productive real estate sales teams. RE/MAX prides itself on having agents who possess the most professional designations, which denote specialized training and education.
One of the most recognizable brands nationwide, Century 21 has more than 100,000 agents spread around the work in more than 7,000 independent broker offices around the globe. The company is very forward-thinking, a leader in e-marketing, and they capitalize on their online service. Because of this, their website has been the most visited real estate franchise online since 2012.
Berkshire Hathaway Home Services
From first-time home buyers to high-end residential markets, Berkshire Hathaway is the second largest real estate broker in the United States. The company, just one of 60 owned by billionaire Warren Buffett, has more than 1,330 franchised offices and more than 45,000 agents under the Berkshire Hathaway name. In 2017, Berkshire Hathaway Home Services reported $220 million in profits and acquired Long & Foster.
If you are interested in working with an agent from any of these companies and want a discount commission, reach out to Clever to connect you with one. Clever Partner Agents are top-rated real estate agents who come from these major brands and regional brokerages in Maryland. But only when you connect with them through Clever do you get a significant discount on commission — a flat fee of $3,000, or 1% if your home sells for more than $350,000.
In addition to helping you sell your existing home, Clever Partner Agents may also be able to help you uncover additional cost-saving opportunities when buying. Plus, in Maryland, you’re eligible for a $1,000 buyer’s rebate on any home you purchase for more than $150,000.