Re/Max Associates, which became the first Re/Max franchisee in San Diego County in 1984, has grown to 14 offices to become one of the area's largest independently owned residential brokerages.
CEO Geoffrey Mountain bought in the business in 1989 after becoming tired of working for a corporation. He was joined by President Jason Hall in 1992, who moved into management in 2001.
Re/MAX Associates, which now has local headquarters in Mission Valley and Del Mar, is a full service real estate company with more than 450 sales associates with an average of 15 years experience. Hall was inducted into the Re/Max International Hall of Fame in 1995 and was honored in 2001 with the Re/Max Lifetime Achievement Award.
"We're always looking to grow," said Mountain, now Re/Max Associates chairman and CEO. "We want to add good, solid real estate agents to our staff."
Priority is given to residential sales that make up more than 95 percent of the firms' business.
While Mountain, like almost everyone in the real estate industry, worries about interest rates, he remains confident about the future. He figures that as long as he has high quality agents, his firm will weather any storm.
Re/Max stands for "real estate maximums." All told, Re/Max has more than 800 agents affiliated with 33 offices in San Diego County.
Re/Max Associates has one or more offices in Carlsbad, Clairemont, Del Mar, El Cajon, Encinitas, La Jolla, La Mesa, Leucadia, Mission Valley, Oceanside, Poway, Rancho Penasquitos, Torrey Highlands and Vista.