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.
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.
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™.
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!
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.
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.
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.
Phoenix Business Journal ACE Awards HomeSmart ranked for "Top Privately Held Companies in AZ" and for "Fastest Growing Companies in AZ"
An explosive growth year for us resulted in over 7500 agents worldwide in 13 states and 3 countries!
HomeSmart grows to 31 franchises across the U.S. reaching the East Coast in Florida and Georgia.
Matt Widdows was included in the "Most Powerful Men" by Arizona Foothills Magazine
First international franchise opens in China
HomeSmart ranks in Inc 500|5000
14 new franchises open tripling the previous number of offices in 2011
Phoenix Business Journal ranked HomeSmart as the number one brokerage achieving $3.2 billion in sales volume
HomeSmart becomes the largest brokerage in Phoenix and has 5,700 agents worldwide!
3rd franchise opens in Carlsbad, CA
Biltmore corporate office opens at 32nd and Camelback with over 12,000 sq. ft. office space
HomeSmart agent count grows to over 4,000
Corporate office moves into 7000 sq. ft. in Phoenix
Grew from 1700 agents to over 3100 did $2.51B in sales
HomeSmart acquires Dan Schwartz Realty
HomeSmart Helps begins by giving back to our communities to foster a spirit of philanthropy through various children's charities.
5 offices throughout the valley - closed over $1.55B in sales volume
Tech Alert: Paperless transactions adopted in Arizona by AAR using barcodes, this advancement created by Matt Widdows revolutionized the paperwork process!
First franchise opens in 2006, Temecula, CA
Tech Alert: First version of SmartTools launches with RealSmart Broker and RealSmart Agent
Tech Alert: First Developer hired to write formal code for SmartTools products
3rd branch office opens in Mesa expanding into East Valley. Agent counts double to 821 by year-end!
Corporate headquarters expands into 16th St. & Missouri doubling office space to 3200 sq. ft.
First Branch office opens in Scottsdale
Tech Alert: Virtual Reception launches
1200 sq. ft. corporate office opens at 16th St. and Bethany Home
HomeSmart is born with only 2 agents
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!
Bobby Lieb has been our Realtor for many years, and we recommend him to anyone who is looking to buy or sell. He makes the process very easy because he gets to know exactly what you’re looking for and sends only good fit options, so you’re not wasting your time running around.- Patty and Paul
We chose HomeSmart because of the model, system, and tools. HomeSmart offers franchise partners a competitive advantage over all other brokerages. After the initial training with HomeSmart, we knew we were destined for success if we emulated SMART execution.- Roger
Operational efficiency is a driving force behind the successful growth of our models. The HomeSmart technology platform is the missing component we need to dominate the Irvine, California marketplace.- Randy
I was committed to joining a company that embodied the elements important to me in growing my business and serving my clients. I chose HomeSmart for its exceptional agent support, technology, and brand recognition. HomeSmart is on the cutting edge of technology, service, and the real estate market, which means that I am too.- Michael
After 17 years at Realty Executives, I decided to move to HomeSmart. I should have joined years earlier! The technology we are given is first class, and immediate access to the brokers allows me to get quick answers to today’s challenges. I feel right at home at HomeSmart.- Bobby