Monday, July 25, 2016

The Keyes Co. and Illustrated Properties Merge; Independently owned firms share nearly two centuries of industry experience in Florida

Mike Pappas (left) and Francis Fiske  'Bud' Adams
Miami, FL -- The Keyes Company and Illustrated Properties have announced the union of two of Florida’s longest-running and most accomplished family-owned real estate businesses.

Following the merger, Keyes and Illustrated are, together, the largest independently-owned real estate firm in Florida and a Top 25-ranked firm in the entire United States.

In Palm Beach County alone, the companies have in excess of 1,100 Sales Associates and produce double the volume of their closest competitor. Overall, Keyes and Illustrated generate more than $6 billion in annual revenue from their real estate service lines.

Keyes CEO Mike Pappas and Illustrated Chairman Francis Fiske “Bud” Adams, Jr. announced the merger to employees and agents from both companies on Wednesday, July 20.

“Our families have known each other for many decades and have always shared a mutual respect,” said Adams, Jr. “Our philosophies match, as our number one priority is taking care of our agents and customers. Real estate is a personal experience; it’s the relationships that make the difference.”

Both companies are continuing to operate under their existing brands and are maintaining their management teams and employees. The merger allows Keyes and Illustrated to utilize their infrastructure to greatly enhance the resources, leadership and technology supporting agents and customers alike.

Mike Pappas
This platform will continue to allow the companies to attract and retain top-tier Sales Associates.

“We are thrilled to align ourselves with another strong, family-owned company that also emphasizes a structure of trust and integrity with its Associates,” said Pappas. “With the radical changes in technology driving this business, this is a tremendous opportunity to leverage those shared resources.

“This allows us to provide even more services, support and benefits to our companies and clients.”

Illustrated’s impact on South Florida real estate dates back to the 1930s, when F.F. “Bud” Adams, Sr. began selling land in Hobe Sound and on Jupiter Island.

With the vision of becoming the top real estate company in Palm Beach County, Adams Jr. relocated to Palm Beach and founded Illustrated Properties along with Rodney Dillard.

 Today, the company has more than 500 agents in 21 offices throughout Palm Beach, Martin, St. Lucie, Volusia and Collier counties and is the exclusive broker for Lost Tree Village, John’s Island and Jupiter Hills.

For a complete copy of the company’s news release, please contact:

Paula Renaldo
Telephone:       954.914.4192


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