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Envirian plants new name on real estate radar

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If you haven't heard of Envirian, you will. The technology-focused real estate company, which launched its first franchise office last year in Pennsylvania, now has 53 franchises either open or in the process of opening. As the real estate market cools in many real estate markets across the country, Envirian is gearing up for expansion. By the end of the year, company founder and CEO Lee Konowe said he expects that the number of franchise offices will double. Konowe, a former forensic profiler who worked with the intelligence community in the Washington, D.C., region, and wife Denese, a former restaurateur, took up a career in real estate as a husband-and-wife team in 1995. They worked for several real estate companies before setting out on their own. In 1999, the Konowes launched Reston-Homes Realty, a brokerage company based in Reston, Va. And in 2001, Konowe launched e-Agent, a company that provides online marketing products and services for real estate professionals, including lea...