The Enterprise 20 accounts for the full scope of the US’s largest real estate companies. It ranks the US’s largest real estate enterprises, also known as holding companies, by full-year 2022 sales volume and transaction sides and by year-end agent count.
The ranking considers the production of both a company’s owned and franchised offices. Some companies only have owned operations, some only have franchised operations and some have both.
The makeup of some of the largest real estate enterprises follows:
- Anywhere Real Estate: Production for Anywhere Real Estate includes that of its brokerage wing, Anywhere Advisors, and its six franchise brands: Coldwell Banker Real Estate, Sotheby’s International Realty, Century 21 Real Estate, Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate, ERA Real Estate and Corcoran Group.
- Keller Williams: Production for the holding company centers exclusively on its franchise brand Keller Williams Realty. It operates no brokerages at the holding company level.
- RE/MAX: Production for the holding company RE/MAX also centers exclusively on its franchise brand RE/MAX; it owns no brokerages.
- HomeServices of America (HSA): Production for HSA includes that of its brokerage subsidiary of the same name and its franchise brand Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices.
While many real estate holding companies could own a number of different businesses such as title and mortgage companies, the Real Estate Almanac ranks the companies by their real estate brokerage stats.
The Franchise 20 ranks the US’s largest franchise brands by full-year 2022 sales volume and transaction sides and by year-end agent count.
A real estate franchise brand is the distinct brand that real estate brokerages can affiliate with; instead of providing brokerage services directly, franchise brands license their systems and brand to brokerages. A franchisor is the legal entity that owns one or more franchise brands. The franchise brands table ranks individual brands. For example, all of Anywhere Real Estate’s brands are considered separately.
The Franchisee 20 ranks the US’s largest franchisees by full-year 2022 sales volume and transaction sides and by year-end agent count.
Franchisees are brokerages who affiliate with one of the industry’s real estate franchise brands. They own and operate their own companies, but leverage the systems, processes and other support provided by the brands with which they affiliate.
The public companies portion of the Real Estate Corporations release includes a list of key details of all firms with significant residential real estate brokerage or technology operations traded on a public exchange such as the New York Stock Exchange and the Nasdaq. The companies are organized by their predominant offering in residential real estate, whether brokerage or technology, and presented alphabetically.