RE/MAX International Inc. topped the list of real estate brokerage franchises in an annual survey by Entrepreneur Magazine, ranking 44th overall out of 500 companies. RE/MAX also ranked 38th overall on a list of the top 200 global franchises and 10th out of 100 top low-cost franchises -- the company was also the highest-ranked real estate franchiser in these categories. In last year's Franchise 500 survey, RE/MAX ranked 10th overall. In an announcement, the company reported that it sold more than 700 franchises worldwide in 2008 and has about 7,000 offices in 70 countries and territories. Financial strength and stability, growth rate, size of the system, number of years in operation and total time franchising, startup cost, litigation, percentage of terminations and other statistics factor into the franchiser rankings, according to Entrepreneur.com. The Franchise 500 survey revealed that RE/MAX had 4,122 U.S. franchises, 672 Canadian franchises, 2,194 foreign franchises an...
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