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Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate LLC, a franchise network that is a part of Realogy Corp., today announced that Rand Realty has signed a long-term franchise agreement to operate under its name. Rand Realty -- which ranked 60th among U.S. real estate companies with $1.3 billion in closed sales volume and ranked 111th in closed transaction sides in 2008, according to research and information company REAL Trends -- will now operate as Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate Rand Realty. Based in New City, N.Y., Rand Realty has 800 agents and 19 offices serving Rockland, Westchester and Orange counties -- building the franchise network to a total of about 2,165 sales associates and 73 offices. The company was previously affiliated with Prudential Real Estate. Sherry Chris, president and CEO, Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate, said in a statement, "We have highly complementary business cultures and, together, we form a powerful combination." Greg Rand, Matt Rand a...