Last year, RealtyUSA employed about 12 agents. In a short time span - just over a year - it now has 38 agents to serve its residential and commercial clients.
"We outgrew our space," said Mark Re, vice president and general manager for the Central New York region.
RealtyUSA recently moved into its new Manlius location on West Seneca Street. Located in the center of the village, the agency purchased the former Manlius Health Center and changed its name to Manlius Center. The 23,000-plus square-foot building fulfills Re's vision for the CNY region: to grow the agency's market share in the eastern suburbs.
"The new 4,500-square-foot office provides the latest in technology, accommodates our sales team comfortably and the building allows for much anticipated future expansion," Re said.
In addition to the relocation in Manlius, RealtyUSA opened a new office in Cazenovia, at 87 Albany St., also in the center of its village.
"Cazenovia is a fantastic market," Re said. "We went into a small 700-square-foot space with the intent not to stay there, but to expand from there." Currently three agents work out of that office and Janet Wenzel manages both the Cazenovia and Manlius locations.
RealtyUSA is the largest real estate company in New York with 58 branches statewide. The central region has 10 branches spanning from Auburn to Cazenovia and north to the Thousand Islands. It is rated the No. 1 residential company in the entire state, according to Real Trends Magazine.
Re said he believes the reason behind its success lays in the company's core values that begin at the top with president and CEO Merle Whitehead. They include being agent friendly, agent driven and giving back to the community.
"We have great facilities but it's more than bricks and mortar," he said. "If you give out good you get good back. All real estate companies have great tools and we have great tools. But in addition to the great tools, we have the core values which I believe makes a marked difference."