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The HomeSmart Story

In 2000, Matt Widdows, founder of HomeSmart, believed that the real estate industry had been left behind in technology and systems to support real estate agents in their day to day business needs. Agents and their clients lived and communicated on-line, and they now expected to find answers and resources at their fingertips. Matt wanted to combine traditional real estate concepts with innovation and a technology approach. This thought gave birth to the HomeSmart “low-fee, high-value” brokerage model.

Matt believed in the opportunities the real estate industry provided and wanted a brokerage model that welcomed every individual. His vision was to utilize technologies that supported systems and services to make both the agent and the brokerage successful. This approach would provide long-term growth and stability for the brokerage and ensure success for the agent.

“Low-fee, high-value” brokerage services has deeper meaning to our mission. It’s who we are and guides everything we do. See, anyone can charge low fees, but it’s the way that we are able to consistently deliver high value that is the real “secret sauce” that makes HomeSmart special.

Technology That Makes Real Estate Easy

HomeSmart's technology stands apart from anything else offered in the real estate industry! Our systems minimize redundancies to make life easier for the agent and for the brokerage.At HomeSmart, we take pride in streamlining our technologies making it available to the end user with -- our favorite term -- "a click of a button"! With HomeSmart, technology and SMART execution is a way of life. It's taking the time to do things right no matter how big or small the task, so our agents and brokerages have time to provide the best services available to their clients.

Agent Tools

HomeSmart helps our Agents stay ahead of the rest by creating an ease and comfort with new technologies. Agents receive their own SmartSites to brand their individual business and optimize their listings. SmartBlog, SmartPanel and SmartFax are additional resources designed to help agents operate a successful business.

Listing Tools

Our technology tools enable Agents to efficiently market their current listings. In addition, HomeSmart offers other great marketing tools such as SmartFlyers, SmartTube, SmartCodes and SmartCapture. All designed to make your listings stand out.

Selling Tools

These technology tools are designed to help Agents sell their properties quickly and efficiently. SmartSearch is a powerful home search tool, enabling clients to quickly and easily find homes that match their criteria. SmartTour creates custom websites for buyers in minutes.

Support & Training

HomeSmart University provides real estate agents with the best possible training and support. KickStart is specifically designed to provide real-world training for new licensees. SmartAgent provides professional transaction coordinating and HomeSmart's 24/7 broker support provides timely and accurate assistance when needed.
  • September 2015

    HomeSmart launches a national affiliation with Buffini & Company and kicks it off with a nationwide event with over 1000 agents in attendance. This amazing experience featured the great mentor and trainer, Brian Buffini who personally motivated the agents on how to become Peak Producers™.

  • April 2015

    Corporate office moves into new Worldwide Headquarters. In spring of 2015, HomeSmart moved its corporate office into a new state-of-the-art Worldwide Headquarters in Scottsdale, AZ. The new office features a 3000 square foot training facility, a tech lab, a fully functioning branch office for agents, a marketing store, and more!

  • December 2014

    HomeSmart ranks on Entrepreneur Magazine. HomeSmart ranks as one of the top 500 franchises in the world by Entrepreneur Magazine’s Franchise 500®, coming in at #376.

  • November 2014

    New lighted yard signs debut on Real Estate cover. Matt Widdows is featured on the cover of Real Estate Magazine, presenting the industry’s very first lighted yard sign.

  • March - April 2014

    HomeSmart ranks on RISMedia Power Broker Report & Real Trends 500. HomeSmart ranks #14 for transactions and #17 for sales volume on the prestigious RISMedia Power Broker Report, and ranks #12 for transactions and #15 for sales volume on Real Trends 500.

  • September 2013

    Phoenix Business Journal ACE Awards HomeSmart ranked for "Top Privately Held Companies in AZ" and for "Fastest Growing Companies in AZ"

  • June 2013

    An explosive growth year for us resulted in over 7500 agents worldwide in 13 states and 3 countries!

  • April 2013

    HomeSmart grows to 31 franchises across the U.S. reaching the East Coast in Florida and Georgia.

  • November 2012

    Matt Widdows was included in the "Most Powerful Men" by Arizona Foothills Magazine

  • July 2012

    First international franchise opens in China

  • May 2012

    HomeSmart ranks in Inc 500|5000

  • March 2012

    14 new franchises open tripling the previous number of offices in 2011

  • March 2012

    Phoenix Business Journal ranked HomeSmart as the number one brokerage achieving $3.2 billion in sales volume

  • February 2012

    HomeSmart becomes the largest brokerage in Phoenix and has 5,700 agents worldwide!

  • July 2011

    3rd franchise opens in Carlsbad, CA

  • August 2010

    Biltmore corporate office opens at 32nd and Camelback with over 12,000 sq. ft. office space

  • March 2009

    HomeSmart agent count grows to over 4,000

  • November 2008

    Corporate office moves into 7000 sq. ft. in Phoenix

  • June 2008

    Grew from 1700 agents to over 3100 did $2.51B in sales

  • February 2008

    HomeSmart acquires Dan Schwartz Realty

  • September 2007

    HomeSmart Helps begins by giving back to our communities to foster a spirit of philanthropy through various children's charities.

  • April 2007

    5 offices throughout the valley - closed over $1.55B in sales volume

  • September 2006

    Tech Alert: Paperless transactions adopted in Arizona by AAR using barcodes, this advancement created by Matt Widdows revolutionized the paperwork process!

  • February 2006

    First franchise opens in 2006, Temecula, CA

  • October 2005

    Tech Alert: First version of SmartTools launches with RealSmart Broker and RealSmart Agent

  • February 2005

    Tech Alert: First Developer hired to write formal code for SmartTools products

  • March 2004

    3rd branch office opens in Mesa expanding into East Valley. Agent counts double to 821 by year-end!

  • May 2003

    Corporate headquarters expands into 16th St. & Missouri doubling office space to 3200 sq. ft.

  • May 2002

    First Branch office opens in Scottsdale

  • January 2001

    Tech Alert: Virtual Reception launches

  • July 2000

    1200 sq. ft. corporate office opens at 16th St. and Bethany Home

  • January 1999

    HomeSmart is born with only 2 agents

  • January 1999

    Matt Widdows launched his vision to make real estate simple! The "Why" behind HomeSmart: 100% Commission and Zero Annual Fees - a model that will become the most efficient, most profitable and will serve the best product delivery by being the first technology driven real estate firm in Arizona!

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