Top Alaska indie brokerage merges with Keller Williams mega team

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Top independent brokerage Madden Real Estate in Fairbanks, Alaska, owned by Wes Madden, has been sold to Ed and Dar Walden, heads of  The Walden Team, a division and mega agent team of Keller Williams Alaska Group. Madden Real Estate has been the top real estate team in Alaska since 2009 and in the top 50 producing teams in Real Trends and in the Wall Street Journal for the same amount of time. Madden will retain a minority shareholding in his company, which has 13 agents and 10 administrative staff members, for several years to ensure the successful transition. "It's important to me that the company is successful and our legacy is carried on," he said. "It's a great company with amazing people and culture; I would put it up against any in the country in terms of systems and processes," he added. Madden formed the Madden Team under his first brokerage, Coldwell Banker Gold Country in 2007 then went independent in 2009 as Madden Real Estate. They have completed...