In January 1973 Dave and Gail Liniger opened their real estate office in Denver, Colorado and in doing so, RE/MAX was born. With a system based on attracting productive agents and providing them with the support they need, brand awareness, opportunities to learn, and other competitive advantages, the Linigers have grown from their single Denver office to a global real estate network of franchisee-owned and operated offices with nearly 90,000 Sales Associates.
While there were those who said it couldn’t be done, the Linigers and their core group continued to build the foundations of the network with hard work, belief, and resolve. In 1975 the first franchised office opened outside Colorado, in Kansas City. Consistently growing at the rate of at least one new franchise office a month RE/MAX continued to attract serious real estate professionals. Then in 1997 RE/MAX went international, when the first Canadian RE/MAX brokerage office opened in Calgary, Alberta.
In 1978, the RE/MAX Hot Air Balloon made its maiden flight at the Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta, in a promotion conceived by the Regional Director in New Mexico. A year later, the balloon became the network’s official logo; a global brand was born.
1995 launch of RE/MAX Europe and regional operations in Spain, Italy, Germany and Israel. RE/MAX of Southern Africa debuted as well, marking the network’s first move onto the continent. Successful regions in the Caribbean, Australia and elsewhere spread the brand even farther. RE/MAX China is among the newest of the RE/MAX regional frontiers.
As RE/MAX celebrates its 40th Anniversary in 2013, it does so as a real estate network that has nearly 90,000 agents and more that 6,000 offices in over 85 countries. Over the years RE/MAX has created the industry’s largest sales force of educated, knowledgeable real estate agents, through training systems like the RE/MAX Satellite Network and RE/MAX University. As the real estate industry faced the challenges of recent years Dave Liniger and other RE/MAX leaders sought solutions that enabled their agents to assist struggling families in distressed property situations.