Local Real Estate Firm Announces Affiliation With ERA Real Estate Global Network

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

ERA Real Estate, a global real estate franchising leader, on Tuesday announced the affiliation of RE/MAX North Properties in the greater Chattanooga area. With one office and 20 agents, the firm will now do business as ERA Blue Key Properties.

Led by Sheila Shipley and her son Aaron Shipley, ERA Blue Key Properties serves the growing Chattanooga region which is widely known for its recent riverfront redevelopment initiative as well as its commitment to sustainability, walkability and livability.

Last year, the residential brokerage serving Tennessee and Georgia was responsible for $55 million in total sales volume.

“The addition of ERA Blue Key Properties to the ERA system marks entry into a new market for our brand,” said Charlie Young, president and CEO of ERA Real Estate. “The economic renaissance of the Chattanooga region creates tremendous potential for growth in the real estate sector and I am confident that under Sheila and Aaron’s leadership, the firm will capitalize on these opportunities.”

“As we looked to enhance our presence in this growing market, we knew we needed to tap into the innovative solutions that ERA Real Estate provides to its affiliates,” said Ms. Shipley, broker and co-owner of ERA Blue Key Properties. “As a member of the ERA system, we can leverage cutting edge training programs, a robust lead management platform and an expanded referral network to fuel growth and expand our footprint. We also become part of a uniquely collaborative community that is unlike any in the industry.” 


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