A History of Success


The RE/MAX story is one of passion and dedication.
It all started in 1973 when the real estate agents Dave & Gail Liniger founded RE/MAX in Denver, Colorado. Later, in 1995 RE/MAX lands in Europe. Walter J. Schneider and Frank J. Polzler bring the hot air balloon over the big pond. Today RE/MAX’s global organization supports over 103,000 sales associates worldwide and more than 14,000 sales associates in 33 European countries. Follow their journey around the world and in the community as RE/MAX is established as the "Leader in Real Estate.


RE/MAX is born. Gail and Dave Liniger, two 20-something real estate agents from Denver, Colorado, decide to develop a new real estate concept. They create RE/MAX, an acronym for "real estate maximums", a system that encourages quality real estate salespeople to realize and develop their outstanding business potential.

RE/MAX is growing. With a team of 42 Sales ssociates, Gail and Dave Liniger take the next step to make RE/MAX the success they envisioned.

A huge company milestone: the first RE/MAX franchise is established outside of Colorado.

On its 5th birthday RE/MAX boasts to 1,000 Sales Associates and launches its first widely recognized trademark: the RE/MAX hot air balloon. Up to this day the Hot Air Balloon trademark is well known all over the world.

RE/MAX grows beyond the US borders. Two Austro-Canadians, Frank J. Polzler and Walter J. Schneider, contact Dave Liniger. They want to bring RE/MAX to Eastern Canada. RE/MAX Ontario-Atlantic Canada is born.

The number of RE/MAX Sales Associates skyrockets to 20,000 and RE/MAX becomes the number one real estate organization in Canada.

RE/MAX lands in Europe. Walter J. Schneider and Frank J. Polzler bring the hot air balloon over the big pond. One year later the RE/MAX sign begins to appear in real estate offices in Spain, Israel.

The RE/MAX balloon lands in Italy!

RE/MAX celebrates its 25th birthday with 48,000 Sales Associates in 2,900 offices around the world. RE/MAX's global reach now extends to Australia and Singapore, Germany and Greece. Shortly afterwards Turkey, the Netherlands, Ireland and the UK also join the RE/MAX network.

Austria, Switzerland, Portugal and Southern France become part of the European RE/MAX family.

The millennium is celebrated with Norway, Sweden and Iceland joining the team and spurring the RE/MAX growth to more than 57,467 sales associates in 3,422 offices in 32 countries over six continents.

2002 - 2004
Belgium, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Luxembourg and Malta join the network and RE/MAX hits the 1,000 Sales Associates mark in Europe.

2005 - 2006
With RE/MAX signs in the Baltic States, Bulgaria, Finland, Hungary, Montenegro, Romania, Serbia and Slovakia, RE/MAX undoubtedly is the fastest growing real estate franchising company in Europe.

2007 - 2008
Poland, Macedonia and Slovenia are the latest addition to RE/MAX in Europe.

RE/MAX has now more than 7,000 independently owned offices with over 102,000 agents in 80 countries worldwide. RE/MAX Europe is represented by over 10,200 sales associates in more than 1,600 independently owned and operated offices in 36 European countries.

Newly opened European RE/MAX regions include Albania and Bosnia-Herzegovina. Currently, more than 11,000 sales associates operate out of over 1,480 offices, located in 33 countries, under the RE/MAX of Europe banner.

The familiar red, white and blue RE/MAX Hot Air Balloon can now be found in more than 80 countries around the world, an international presence greater than any real estate network.