Monday, April 1, 2013

Spotlight On: RE/MAX Alliance

RE/MAX Alliance is growing. On Monday, RE/MAX and Chase Custom Homes, both owned by John Chase, moved into their new, custom-built building at 290 Bridgton Road in Westbrook after spending 18 years in Windham. 

Chase, who as a builder, was developing relationships with other firms on the Chase side of the business, finally decided in 2011 to open his own real estate office to help work with his clients and to produce turn-key packages. 

“That’s a huge advantage,” Chase said. “There no risk (for the buyer) involved in building the home. We’re one of four or five in the whole State of Maine who do this,” he said. The Chase side of the business is a full construction company. They do things as simple as fixing doors and installing gutters to electrical and plumbing work. 

RE/MAX Alliance has a huge inventory of listings. Chase has been in real estate for 27 years. He feels that because each agent has a brick and mortar office, people know where to find them. 

“We know what we’re doing,” he said.

RE/MAX Alliance has and wants more quality brokers. “We’re known for top producing agents,” Chase said. He said his agents focus on what the houses are worth and have quality listings. They sell more homes because their houses are priced right, he said. Last year Chase himself sold 28 units. The state average was 16. 

There are no territories and RE/MAX Alliance has listings all over the greater Portland area and Lakes Region. “(RE/MAX went to court to say they’re number 1,” said Frankee Chapa, the social media and marketing manager. “They do things right every day.” 

Chase hopes to have 75 agents working for RE/MAX Alliance. The building they moved to will also house a law firm to do closings and an appraisal company. They also supply moving vans, said Chapa. 

“It’s most satisfying to see the young couples who have never had a home so excited that they now own a piece of America,” Chase said. “They own something that’s theirs. I was there to help them commence the deal.”

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