The largest Keller Williams brokerage in Canada – a two-office firm with nearly 300 agents in metro Ottawa, Ontario – converted to RE/MAX on April 28. The former Keller Williams Ottawa Realty aligned with RE/MAX Hallmark Realty Ltd., which at 625 agents and 13 offices was already one of the largest brokerages in Canada. A newly formed entity, RE/MAX Hallmark Realty Group, now comprises all 15 offices and 925 agents. “With this conversion, the RE/MAX footprint has expanded, allowing us to better serve the agents, and in turn, homebuyers and sellers in the greater Ottawa market,” said Effi Barak, COO, RE/MAX INTEGRA. Jeff and Margie Hooper, a husband-wife team who opened the KW office as the brand’s first Ontario franchise in 2001, will continue to lead the brokerage, rechristened “RE/MAX Hallmark Realty Group in Ottawa.” “The agents are going to see the value and the benefit of RE/MAX. This really is about them,” says Jeff Hooper, Broker of Record. “We want them to improve their careers and their lives. This means opportunity. Market share. Networking. More training. More support. Building relationships across Canada. I think it’s all positive. RE/MAX is very well known here, and it’s going to be nice to be part of that.” The power of the RE/MAX brand was one of many reasons Margie Hooper felt the time was right for a change.
- Above Magazine, May 2016