Duane Fouts, who left his consulting position with Zillow in August after a year of leading the portal’s efforts to strengthen its relationship with brokers, has joined Phoenix-based brokerage and franchisor West USA Realty Inc. as managing broker and head of its “Internal Broker Alliance” program.

Before joining Zillow in April 2012, Fouts owned and ran Phoenix-based Dan Schwarz Realty Inc. for 14 years and has served as president and vice president of the Arizona Association of Realtors.

West USA Realty, which maintains five offices in Arizona and claims to have 2,000 real estate agents affiliated with the brand nationwide, was the 17th-largest brokerage in 2012 with 13,389 transaction sides, according to Real Trends.

Source: West USA Realty Inc.

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