The Johnson City Press
RE/MAX Checkmate Realtor is family owned and operated and that is something broker and owner Larry S. McClanahan is very proud of.
Larry moved to Johnson City with his wife and two children in the early 70s eager to start a career in real estate. At that time, he only dreamed of one day starting his own company.
After years of working for someone else, he opened Checkmate Real Estate as an independent firm in 1983 with only three agents. Realizing he need to offer more benefits to his agents and more service to their customers, Larry franchised with a national company after only a few years.
Since that time, he has joined the RE/MAX organization, which has more than 7,000 offices and more than 119,300 associates in 65 countries. RE/MAX is one of the most recognized names and corporate logos in the world. Larry said some of the reasons he franchised with RE/MAX is that “they lead the industry in brand awareness, have the most productive sales force and the most professional designations earned by agents.”
Larry has always had a love for real estate. He also enjoys the development said of the business. He has been involved in many residential and commercial developments over the years.
Rhonda Sampson, Larry’s daughter, has been licensed for over 25 years and, after years of working with buyers and sellers, now manages the office full-time.
“I enjoy the agents I work with and it’s great working together in a family atmosphere within our office,” Sampson said.
Larry’s wife, Janice, and his son, Mike, work as a sales’ team within the office.
Locally, Larry has grown his office to the largest real estate company in Johnson City as well as the No. 1 production company in the Tri Cities area. Larry says he is proud to be associated with the 70-plus agents in his office.
“They are an extended part of our family,” he said. “They are the reason we are the number one company in the area. It is due to their hard work, dedication and commitment to their customers needs.”
Wanting to offer a full service company, RE/MAX Checkmate is proud to have the addition of a strong commercial division to focus on the commercial needs in our region. Offering a large network of advertising through multiple websites such as Loopnet, CMLS, local Economic Development sites and more.
“The addition of Checkmate Auction Company is a huge plus to our firm as well,” stated McClanahan, in-house auctioneer with over 40 years of experience with combined real estate and auction experience. Checkmate Auction Company has concentrated its time and talents on conducting successful auctions of residential, land, commercial and estate sales.
This year, RE/MAX Checkmate is excited to improve its website to a state-of-the-art site. You can visit the new site at checkmaterealtors.com. They have also added a new mobile app that allows their customers to search anywhere… any time.
“We recently renovated all 8,000 square feet of office space,” Larry said. “We hope to better serve our agents and the needs of their customers with the renovation.”
He invites you to stop by any time for a tour of their facility, which is located at 904 Sunset Drive.
The company’s agents sell more than any other agency in the Tri-Cities market and are known for their professionalism, commitment to service, and staying up-to-date on current trends.
Everyone at RE/MAX Checkmate is extremely proud to have been chosen Best Real Estate Firm in the area again this year.
“We want to thank our clients, customers, friends, and family who voted,” Larry said. “It’s a huge honor, and I would like to personally thank everyone who has placed their trust in us. We want to be your real estate choice from generation to generation. We know family matters.”
RE/MAX Checkmate strives to offer the highest level of customer satisfaction in the industry. When you are ready to move, as a seasoned investor or a first-time home buyer, RE/MAX Checkmate will help you understand the ever-changing market. RE/MAX Checkmate will be there every step of the way.
This article originally appeared in The Johnson City Press.