CENTURY 21 Affiliated Celebrates 40 Years of Service



Madison, WI (Grassroots Newswire) 4/2/2018 -- For the last 40 years, CENTURY 21 Affiliated has been the local leader in real estate, providing homebuyers and sellers with services that have helped them make informed real estate decisions. This year, CENTURY 21 Affiliated is excited to celebrate it’s 40th anniversary as a CENTURY 21 franchise.

Founder Bill Kessler purchased a Century 21 Franchise in 1978 after taking out a loan on his carpeted blue “hippie” van and created CENTURY 21 A-K realty with partner Gene Anderson.

After the market crash in the early 1980’s, Kessler proposed the merger of three local Century 21 companies, creating CENTURY 21 Affiliated. Soon after in 1986, Judi Kessler, wife of Bill, joined CENTURY 21 Affiliated and supported the brokerage as an instrumental leader for over 30 years.

Following many years of service, Kessler shared the reigns with family friend, Dan Kruse. From 2009 to 2015, Kessler and Kruse co-lead the ever-growing brokerage, and in 2016 Kruse took on the dynamic sole leadership role of President and CEO.

Recognizing the value of professional services that CENTURY 21 Affiliated offered, Thomas Bretz and Adam Freeman joined the Affiliated family as Principals. Bretz and Freeman’s vision and leadership resulted in the large expansion into Illinois and Indiana. Their combined experience and hard work have helped CENTURY 21 Affiliated become one of the top ten fastest growing real estate companies in the United States, with one of the largest increases in closed transactions between 2013 to 2017 based on the recent REAL Trends report.

In 2014 CENTURY 21 Affiliated partnered with Jasen Schrock to grow the Affiliated brand in the state of Michigan. Most recently CENTURY 21 Affiliated has expanded their footprint in the Tampa, Florida area with four new offices, bringing the total office count to 110.

“When I started the company with one agent, the goal even then was to be big, successful, respected, and to create an entity beyond myself that would carry on after my retirement,” said Bill Kessler. “Dan and the team have grown Affiliated far beyond my 1978 idea of “ big” and have done it with respect and caring. I could not be more thrilled with the result.”

Throughout the last 40 years, CENTURY 21 Affiliated’s strong, creative team became the framework to achieve future endeavors and kept them positioned as a world leader. Some of CENTURY 21 Affiliated’s major accomplishments have included:

  • Being named in the 250 Real Estate companies in the United States, from 1998 to present
  • Breaking the CENTURY 21® transaction record 2015, 2016 and now again in 2017 with 20,000+ transactions
  • Being honored as the #1 CENTURY 21® firm in both transactions and AGC in 2016 and 2017
  • Being named as the #15 brokerage in closed transactions in the United States according to the RISMedia 2018 Power Broker Report
  • Establishing the Affiliated Foundation in 2015 to support local charities including Easter Seals


“I’m extremely proud of what CENTURY 21 Affiliated has accomplished over the last 40 years. Beginning with one office and one agent to the rise of 100+ offices across five states and now becoming the largest Century 21 company in the world is incredible,” said Dan Kruse, President and CEO of CENTURY 21 Affiliated. “This success would not have been possible without a consistent vision, outstanding leadership and the best real estate professionals in the industry. This is an exciting time for CENTURY 21 Affiliated reflecting on the past 40 years and looking forward to the next 40 years of success. “

From humble beginnings to the #1 CENTURY 21® in the world, CENTURY 21 Affiliated is proud of their consistent success in real estate.

About Century 21 Real Estate LLC

CENTURY 21 Affiliated is a member of multiple listings services in Florida, Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota and Wisconsin with over 2,200 sales professionals and 100+ offices. CENTURY 21 Affiliated also specializes in worldwide relocation. At CENTURY 21 Affiliated, the customer comes first. The complete commitment to this philosophy is what has made CENTURY 21 Affiliated such a powerful force in the real estate industry. CENTURY 21 Affiliated has been ranked the number one CENTURY 21® franchise in the world for the fourth year in a row, and had over 20,000 transactions in 2017. Visit www.Century21Affiliated.com to learn more.

©2018 CENTURY 21 All Rights Reserved. CENTURY 21® and the CENTURY 21 Logo are registered service marks owned by Century 21 Real Estate LLC. Each office is independently owned and operated.

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