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Simonsen, Metrowide team joins Weichert

Broker Mark LaQua, co-owner with realtor Beth LaQua, of Weichert, Realtors - Advantage in Woodbury, has announced that the Edina-based Metrowide team under the direction of Tom Simonsen has joined the Weichert agency.

Broker/manager Simonsen has added himself, his staff and sales team to Weichert, Realtors - Advantage.

The combination of forces effectively triples the Weichert company's sales population and expands the its brand's presence with four more locations throughout the market.

"We are excited to join Weichert and are eager to take advantage of the growth that the company is experiencing, as well as to access the systems and training that will benefit our agents in the field," Simonsen said, speaking for the Metrowide team and the decision to become part of the Weichert franchise.

"Tom's group has a history of a strong market presence, and we are honored to have them join forces with us to help people experience 'the Weichert way'of delivering superior service," Mark LaQua said.

Weichert, Realtors, one of the nation's largest privately -owned providers of real estate and home ownership services, was founded by Realtor Jim Weichert 40 years ago. Its franchise arm, Weichert Real Estate Affiliates, opened the first affiliated agency in January 2002 and currently has some 300 franchised offices in 36 states.

According to Entrepreneur magazine in 2008, "WREA remains among the fastest growing franchises in the nation."

Together with the Weichert, Realtors company-owned offices, there are nearly 18,000 Weichert sales associates serving key markets in approximately 500 locations coast to coast.

The LaQuas joined the Weichert franchise network in December 2007.

Woodbury-based Weichert headquarters remains the same, at 1687 Woodlane Drive, Suite 208, Woodbury.

The logistic diagram for the expanded Weichert, Realtors - Advantage includes a new Edina office at 4530 77th Street West, home to the company's relocation department, along with an office at 4901 West 77th Street, No. 125, Edina.

Two more locations will be announced at a later date, in Maple Grove and Lakeville.

For more information, call LaQua at (651) 702-1499.