Crye-Leike Expands to New Market by Franchising

DECATUR, ALABAMA. – Crye-Leike, Realtors, recently entered the Decatur, Alabama market through its association with franchise affiliate Crye*Leike Alabama Real Estate Associates, located at 1404 6th Avenue South East (Hwy 31), making it the 29th Crye-Leike franchise company-wide.


Owned by husband and wife team Mark and Lynn Schroeder, Crye*Leike Alabama Real Estate Association (A.R.E.A) serves the needs of buyers and sellers in and around Morgan and Madison counties.  Crye*Leike A.R.E.A associates are qualified to provide specialized services including residential, commercial, land and lots, farms, vacation property and recreational property.


A real estate agent for nine years, Lynn holds CRS, GRI, ABR and e-Pro professional designations.  She is an active member of numerous professional organizations including the International Real Estate Federation (FIABCI), National Association of Realtors (NAR), Women’s Council of Realtors, and both Morgan County and Huntsville Association of Realtors.


“Our current facility will accommodate up to ten agents,” stated Lynn Schroeder.  “But, we are actively searching for land to build a state-of-the-art office, with hopes of increasing to a total of 30 agents and support staff.”  There is an additional two-year goal to open a second office in Madison, Alabama.


Mark Schroeder currently serves as owner and account manager, with assistance from Office Manager Tina Parker.  In addition to his Crye*Leike Alabama Real Estate Associates responsibilities, Mark recently celebrated 20 years with the Northrop Grummon Corporation.


According to the U.S. Census Bureau statistics, the combined population of Morgan and Madison counties has increased 20% from 338,955 in 1990 to 406,283 in 2004.


Located on the banks of the Tennessee River, Decatur is rich in history, dynamic in recreational opportunities, and home to such industrial companies as Boeing, General Electric, Purina, and a host of others that utilize the river transit system.


Crye-Leike began franchising operations in 1999 as Crye*Leike Franchises Inc., a real estate franchisor subsidiary of Crye-Leike, Realtors.  Crye*Leike Franchises is currently comprised of 29 independently owned and operated franchise brokers who are located in territories within the seven state southern region of Tennessee, Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky and Mississippi, with future plans to expand into contiguous states.  Crye*Leike Franchises, Inc. is led by President of National Franchise Sales and Development, Kevin Joiner.


Crye-Leike (, a full service real estate company for 29 years, is the nation’s 10th largest real estate company and the largest in the Mid-South.  It has a network of over 3,000 sales associates and 94 corporate and franchise offices located in 53 counties throughout a seven-state southern region in Tennessee, Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky and Mississippi.  In 2005, the Crye-Leike organization attained sales of $5.6 billion with 34,039 closed transaction sides.


For more information on Crye*Leike Franchises, Inc., contact Kevin Joiner at (615) 221-0449.  Homebuyers and sellers, and interested agents, should contact Crye*Leike Alabama Real Estate Associates at (256) 350-8444.