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Entrepreneur Magazine’s 37th Annual “Franchise 500” Names Company

A Top Franchise Organization for Two Consecutive Years


MORRIS PLAINS, N.J. – January 27, 2016 – For the second year in a row, Weichert Real Estate Affiliates, Inc. has been ranked the #2 traditional real estate franchise and the #3 company overall in the Real Estate category by Entrepreneur magazine in its 37th annual 2016 “Franchise 500®” list, a ranking of America’s top franchise opportunities. The full list appears in the January 2016 issue of Entrepreneur magazine and reveals the newest franchise trends and the industries poised for growth.


To further celebrate its consistent appearance on this prestigious publication’s list, Weichert Real Estate Affiliates, Inc. also showed significant advancement in its overall ranking, moving up the list by 99 spots to #137 this year.


“We are honored to be recognized on this highly esteemed list for the 12th consecutive year,” said Martin J. Rueter, president of Weichert Real Estate Affiliates, Inc. “The hard work and dedication of our network of professionals that represent the Weichert® brand across the country is evident in our continued success and achievements year after year.”


In the past year, Weichert Real Estate Affiliates, Inc. has added 60 new affiliate offices to its ever-growing network. Affiliates receive support through comprehensive marketing tools, best-in-class technology and incomparable training, as well as a top online presence and lead generation. Currently, the independently owned and operated Weichert affiliates serve over 300 markets in 39 states.


Weichert Real Estate Affiliates, Inc. entered the franchise arena in 2001 as a division of Weichert, Realtors®, opening its first affiliated office in January 2002.  In 2005, it was identified among Entrepreneur’s “Top 10 New Franchises” as one of the fastest growing U.S. franchises, and was the only real estate organization to be included. 


Entrepreneur’s Franchise 500® issue is published every January and is considered the world’s most thorough and comprehensive franchise ranking. This year’s rankings encompassed 462,000 individual businesses, spread across 17 categories. Rankings are determined by objective, quantifiable measures of a franchise’s operations and include factors such as financial strength and stability, growth rate and size of the system, years in business and startup costs.


More information about Weichert Real Estate Affiliates can be found at or by calling (877) 533-9007.


About Weichert Real Estate Affiliates, Inc.

Weichert Real Estate Affiliates, Inc. has grown steadily since Jim Weichert, co-president and founder of Weichert, Realtors, named Martin J. Rueter as president. The two collaborated in 2001 to create a business model for franchisee ownership candidates described as “a clearly defined operating system for marketing and managing a real estate business.” Weichert Real Estate Affiliates, Inc. announced its first affiliate in 2002, was identified in 2005 by Entrepreneur magazine as one of the fastest growing U.S. franchises, and is ranked the #2 traditional residential real estate franchise in Entrepreneur’s 2016 Franchise 500. Weichert Real Estate Affiliates, Inc. has offices serving over 300 markets in 39 states. For more information about Weichert, visit or for information on franchise opportunities visit

Each WEICHERT® franchised office is independently owned and operated.


About Weichert, Realtors

Since 1969, Weichert, Realtors has grown from a single office into one of the nation’s leading providers of homeownership services by putting its customers first. A family of full-service real estate and financial services companies, Weichert helps customers buy and sell both residential and commercial real estate, and streamlines the delivery of mortgages and home and title insurance. Weichert leverages its customer website,, one of the most visited real estate websites in the nation, to help families and individuals realize the dream of homeownership through quick and easy access to listing information and the services of its real estate professionals nationwide. For more information, Weichert's customer service center can be reached at 1-800-USA-SOLD.