Douglas Elliman is a name that might ring a bell for some people, but not for others. The truth is, it’s all about your perspective. Depending on where you live, you might be very familiar with the name or you might be hearing it for the first time right now as you’re reading this article. If you’re curious to learn more, you can find out ten more things in the list below.
1. The name does not refer to an individual
If you think that Douglas Elliman is a person, think again. In reality, this is a very successful company that's been in business for quite a long time. More will definitely be discussed about both in the following paragraphs, but for now, you need to know that this name refers to a real estate company that has been doing business with faithful customers for years.
2. The company does business across the country, but only in select areas
If you're wondering why you've never seen anything about a real estate company by this name in the past, it might have something to do with the part of the country you live in. This company does do business across the entire country, but they're fairly selective about the particular areas where they routinely represent clients. As a result, you're not likely to see them or even hear anything about them unless you live in New York, Connecticut, Florida, or California.
3. You'd be surprised how many offices they really have
Even though they're only active in a handful of states, they have a very large number of offices in those areas. As a matter of fact, they have more than 130 offices throughout the country, something that many larger real estate companies have yet to accomplish.
4. You might be even more surprised how many people they employ
If you're surprised by the number of offices operated by the company, just wait until you see how many people are employed by the company. At last count, there were more than 7,000 real estate agents working for this company. That's a staggering number and it just goes to show you how popular the company is in the states where it operates. As a matter of fact, it is considered the premier real estate agency in most of those locations.
5. They provide all kinds of services
At its core, the company is indeed a real estate service but it also provides a number of additional services to its customers, both residential and commercial. For instance, there is a large section of the company that operates rentals in their property management section, as well as an entirely separate section of the company that deals with titles an abstract. By the same token, the section that operates commercial real estate is part of the main company, yet operates as if it were its very own entity.
6. They have a rich and storied history
Perhaps the most interesting thing about this company, aside from the fact that it's been around since 1911, is the fact that it got started out of the basement of the founders own home. That's where the company operated out of for years. Throughout a very long history, there have been several name changes and a number of associations with other companies but today, this company is operating in its own rite with the same name that it carried when it first started.
7. This is a company that's very proud of its roots
As you might expect, the company is proud of its roots and it has a lot to be proud of. Merely surviving for more than 100 years is something to be proud of in and of itself but the fact that the company operates differently from most examples of corporate America is probably what it's most proud of. They still do business the old-fashioned way and they still treat people as if they were operating a single store out of the basement of their home.
8. Someone famous designed their west coast office
That office, located in Beverly Hills, was designed by none other than Patrick Tighe, the famous architect who has designed some of the most interesting and innovative buildings of this decade.
9. They have a major presence in the Northeast
The company definitely has an impressive presence in New York and Connecticut. As a matter of fact, it has a whopping 27 offices in Manhattan alone and another 22 on Long Island. That's why people that are from the area are routinely familiar with the company while others might not be.
10. They like to give back to the community
This is a company that likes to do good things for others and as a result, they routinely give money and time to the American Heart Association, the Southampton Hospital Association, and Big Brothers Big Sisters.
Written by Garrett Parker
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