Century 21 (real estate)

Century 21 Real Estate LLC is an American real estate agent franchise company founded in 1971. The system consists of approximately 9,400 independently owned and operated franchised broker offices in 80 countries and territories worldwide with over 127,000 sales professionals.[5] Century 21 Real Estate is headquartered in Madison, New Jersey.[6]

Century 21 Real Estate LLC
TypeSubsidiary of Realogy
[1]
IndustryReal estate
FoundedCalifornia, USA (1971)
FoundersArt Bartlett
Marsh Fisher
HeadquartersMadison, New Jersey, U.S.
Number of locations
80 countries and territories
Key people
Michael Miedler, President and CEO[2]
Greg Sexton, COO[3]
Cara Whitley, CMO[4]
RevenueCurrent information not available
OwnerApollo Global Management
Number of employees
127,000
ParentTrans World Corporation (1979–1985)
MetLife (1985–1995)
Hospitality Franchise Systems (1995–2006)
Realogy (2006–present)
Websitewww.century21.com


The first CENTURY 21 office in Canada opened its doors in British Columbia in February, 1976.

HistoryEdit

Century 21 Real Estate (Century 21) was founded in 1971 by two real estate agents, Art Bartlett and Marsh Fisher, in Orange County, California.[7]

Here Bartlett reveals how they decided on the name:

We were brainstorming at lunch one day - my former VP and I - and I said the name had to sound like it had been around for a long time. [...] My former VP suggested 20th Century Realty. I thought it would be impossible to get the name registered. He said 21st Realty, but I didn't like that. He then said, "How about Century 21?" I liked it, though it sounded futuristic. [...] I called Marsh and told him, but he thought it was too futuristic. He wanted Green Valley. Well, we finally agreed on Century 21, and we incorporated the company.

— Art Bartlett[8]


 
Logo from 1991 to 2018
 
A Century 21 Real Estate office in Gillette, Wyoming

Century 21 was acquired by Trans World Corporation in 1979, when Trans World Corporation decided to focus on hospitality and housing. In 1985, MetLife acquired Century 21 from Trans World Corporation.[9][10] When MetLife decided to leave the housing business, Century 21 was sold to Hospitality Franchise Systems (later Cendant) in 1995.[11] When Cendant split in 2006, Century 21 became part of Realogy.

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ NASDAQ (3 February 2019). "Realogy Holdings Corp. Common Stock (RLGY) Quote & Summary Data". NASDAQ. Retrieved 3 February 2019. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  2. ^ Bloomberg (3 February 2019). "Company Overview of Century 21 Real Estate LLC". Bloomberg. Retrieved 3 February 2019. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  3. ^ Bloomberg (3 February 2019). "Company Overview of Century 21 Real Estate LLC". Bloomberg. Retrieved 3 February 2019. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  4. ^ Bloomberg (3 February 2019). "Company Overview of Century 21 Real Estate LLC". Bloomberg. Retrieved 3 February 2019. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  5. ^ "Company Profile". Retrieved 30 June 2015. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  6. ^ "Company Profile". Retrieved 30 June 2015. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  7. ^ Alejandro Lazo (6 January 2010). "Co-founder of real estate giant Century 21". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 30 September 2012. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  8. ^ Hayes, John P. (1990) Art Bartlett: The Man Who Redefined Franchising
  9. ^ FURLONG, TOM (1985-05-29). "Transworld Plans Sale of Its Century 21 Unit : Price for Real Estate Subsidiary May Reach $200 Million; Parent to Buy 11% of Own Stock". Los Angeles Times. ISSN 0458-3035. Retrieved 2015-01-04. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  10. ^ BERKMAN, LESLIE (1985-08-21). "Metropolitan Life Will Purchase Century 21". Los Angeles Times. ISSN 0458-3035. Retrieved 2015-01-04. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  11. ^ "Century 21 Is Sold To A Hotel Company Metlife Is The Seller, Hospitality Franchise Systems The Buyer. Some Franchisees Don't Expect Much Change Locally. - Philly.com". Retrieved 2015-01-04. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)

External linksEdit

  Media related to Century 21 Real Estate at Wikimedia Commons