Canada’s Largest KW Firm Joins RE/MAX

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.

Ken McLachlan, of RE/MAX Hallmark Realty Group, posted a special video to announce the conversion.
Ken McLachlan, part of the RE/MAX Hallmark Realty Group leadership team, announced the Ottawa conversion on social media.

“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.”

The Hoopers, who have 47 years of real estate experience between them, have joined one of the RE/MAX network’s most successful, dynamic operations.

The Greater Toronto-based RE/MAX Hallmark, led by Ken McLachlan, Debra Bain and Steve Tabrizi, was the network’s sixth largest multi-office operation before the merger. The addition in Ottawa will push it even higher.

“This is an exciting step forward for us,” says McLachlan, who along with Bain received the RE/MAX Distinguished Service Award in 2012. “With the help of Jeff and Margie, we expect to see continued growth and success in the Ottawa market.”

McLachlan has known the Hoopers for many years. He says they share similar values, priorities and views on leadership – and he’s thrilled about the possibilities ahead.

“This is going to be fantastic,” says McLachlan, a 30-year member of the RE/MAX network. “We’ll do great things in Ottawa.”

Jason Pilon, the former KW brokerage’s No. 1 Team Leader, sees an abundance of competitive advantages in the move. One is that RE/MAX is far more visible than Keller Williams in Ottawa, in Ontario and in the entire country.

“This means opportunity. Market share. Networking. More training. More support. Building relationships across Canada. I think it’s all positive,” Pilon says. “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.

“This is great for everyone involved because it’s moving us forward in a very progressive way,” she says. “Everybody knows RE/MAX.”

Read the RE/MAX INTEGRA blog announcement.

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Many congratulations to Ken, Debra & the Hallmark Team and your continued growth…I too used to be KW and was thrilled to make the change to RE/MAX back in 2001, they are hands down the best for any Broker/Owner & Agents in the marketplace. Kudos to the Hoopers for recognizing the leadership with Hallmark and joining RE/MAX…cheers to everyone!

Congratulations ! I’ve been in real estate for 19 years and with Remax since 2005. If you need any client assistance in the Indian River county area let me know.
Re/ Max rocks!!
-Re/Max Crown Realty
Vero Beach area

SOOOOOO Excited for them…Congratulations! REMAX Wins! Inspiring for all of us! Wishing you continued Success!

REMAX is light years ahead of the world.! It is incredible for me to be a ReMax agent! I feel blessed! So will kW!

Welcome to RE/MAX! I’m in Cape Coral, FL (Lee County) if I can ever be of service to you! All the best!

Congratulations and WELCOME…great things are an everday event at RE/MAX. Wishing you all much success! Debbie Whitehouse, RE/MAX PROPERTIES, Montgomery and Prattville, ALABAMA!!

Congratulations! What a great announcement. Again and again RE/MAX is proving to be the real estate leader.

Big congratulations on this move. Just watch the energe flow from being associated with this dynamic force known as Re/Max. I was the first broker to open my Re/Max office in Windsor. Ontario back in 1982. Remember when interest rates were 19%? Probaly not. Try selling property with those kind of rates.. In closing welcome to the Re/Max family. Neil Jones Re/Max Capital Inc. 519-980-7126.

I love RE/MAX best decision I ever made! I left KW in 2010 and have not looked back! The significant cash flow increase has helped me expand my business and grow my team! It truly enabled me to afford the help I needed. Welcome to the RE/MAX family.

Congratulations and welcome to Re/Max!
I have been with Re/Max for 35 years! If you ever have anyone coming to Fort Myers, Cape Coral, North Fort Myers, Bonita or Estero give me a call.
And best wishes to you! you are now oart of the best real rstate family around!

Welcome and congrats on a big move and so much success to the Ottawa agents! See you at R4 2017!

Good choice KW agents! KW tried and failed here in Calgary. Although KW seems to be doing well in the US….. here in Canada it has really struggled to find traction. RE/MAX has been my brokerage for almost 20 years now and I love it! Welcome aboard! :0)

We were excited and nervous all at the same time come conversion day! We really didn’t know how many would stay once the announcement was made. The transition for the KW agents couldn’t have gone smoother! Within a day of becoming RE/MAX Hallmark agents they were wearing their RE/MAX pin proudly:)
They all see the possibilities of being with the best brand in Real Estate!

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