Crye-Leike Opens Batesville Franchise

Memphis, Tenn. – Crye*Leike Franchises, Inc., the franchisor of Crye-Leike, Realtors, the nation’s 10th largest real estate company, has recently signed a franchise agreement in Batesville, Arkansas, joining 18 other franchises among Crye-Leike’s  franchise system.

The newest Crye-Leike franchise, Crye*Leike Batesville Real Estate Center, Inc., is located at 505 St. Louis Street in Batesville, Ark., Independence County. The franchise is owned by Jerry Kemp who will serve as principal broker.

Joining his sales team are Lackey Moody and James Schoonover who will serve the real estate needs of buyers and sellers of residential and commercial properties in Independence, Cleburn, Jackson, Izard, Sharp, Stone and White counties. They will specialize in relocation and vacation homes.

A grand opening and ribbon cutting ceremony were held by the Batesville Chamber of Commerce on Thurs., May 27, 2004.

Crye*Leike Batesville Real Estate Center is the second Crye-Leike franchise established in Arkansas, joining 11 other Crye-Leike branch and franchise offices in Arkansas within Craighead, Crittenden, Faulkner, Garland, Mississippi, Pulaski and Saline counties.

Kemp, a retired postmaster from the U.S. Postal Service in Imboden, Ark., knew he always wanted to own a real estate franchise. “It has been my dream upon retirement from the postal service to have my own real estate company,” said Kemp. “I have been in real estate part-time since 1967 and started by working with my father who owned his own real estate company in Lawrence County, Ark. When it came time to make the move, I researched many real estate franchises and the choice was clear [to go with Crye-Leike]; the decision was pretty easy for me.”

Batesville is known as the tourist gateway to the Ozark Mountains and is just 40 minutes from Greers Ferry Lake. It has a population of approximately 10,000, with a trade area of 15,000. Batesville is located 92 miles northeast of Little Rock and two hours from Memphis.

Crye-Leike (, a full service real estate company for 27 years, is the nation’s 10th largest real estate company and the largest serving Tennessee and the Mid-South.  It has a network of over 2,800 sales associates and 74 branch and franchise offices located in 40 counties throughout a six-state southern region in Tennessee, Arkansas, Mississippi, Georgia, Kentucky and Florida.  Crye-Leike attained sales of $3.66 billion and 24,953 closed transaction sides corporate wide in 2003.

Crye*Leike Franchises Inc., ( ), is the franchisor of Crye-Leike, focusing its marketing efforts on establishing franchise territories in smaller populated areas where it would not normally open a company office because of market size and location. Crye*Leike Franchises provides comprehensive training, management, administrative and marketing support for the Crye-Leike franchise system. Crye*Leike Franchises is comprised of 19 independently owned and operated franchise brokers in 18 counties and five territories in the United States: Tennessee, Arkansas, Mississippi, Kentucky and Florida, with future plans to expand into Alabama, Georgia and other contiguous states.



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