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United Country Named America's No. 1 Auction Company by The Land Report

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United Country Named
America’s No. 1 Auction Company
by The Land Report
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April 15, 2010 – (KANSAS CITY, Mo.) – The Land Report  recently named United Country Auction Services the top auction company in the nation in the article, “America's Top 25 Auction Houses.” The article appears in the Spring 2010 issue, released this month.

United Country earned the No. 1 ranking based on land auction sales for 2009. The company closed more than $172 million in the land category, nearly double the volume of the No. 2 ranked company, which recorded $88 million in land sales.

The Land Report article says the following about United Country:

In 2009, United and its affiliates conducted a staggering 1,100 auctions. Is it any wonder these guys are king of the hill? United Country is the nation’s largest integrated real estate and auction company and the only franchise system specializing in rural towns and cities. The organization has some 675 offices nationwide, and its affiliate program includes auction houses large and small. Thanks to this depth, the staff of United Country Auction Services includes multiple international and state auctioneer champions and Auctioneers Hall of Fame inductees.

“We currently have $18 billion of listed inventory nationally, much of which is land, and about 450 scheduled auctions in the next 90 days,” CEO Dan Duffy says. “We run and operate 1,000-plus web sites that generate 173 million hits, over 50 million page views, and 2.9 million visitors last month alone (December 2009).”

“United Country stands out from other auction and real estate companies for a number of reasons,”
said Mike Jones, president of United Country Auction Services. “One of the main differentiators is our blended network of conventional and auction real estate professionals – more than 4,000 in 45 states. Add to that our market-leading technology and unique value proposition and it’s easy to see why our franchise offices have the clear competitive edge in the markets they serve. It’s through these services that our franchise system has been awarded top honors by Dun & Bradstreet’s AllBusiness.com, the
Wall Street Journal and Entrepreneur magazine, to name a few. We’re very proud to add The Land Report to that list.”

About United Country

United Country Auction Services is a division of United Country Real Estate which is the largest fully integrated franchise network of conventional and auction real estate professionals in the United States. Based in Kansas City, Mo., the company has been an innovator in real estate marketing since 1925. United Country supports nearly 675 offices across the U.S. and in Costa Rica with a unique, comprehensive marketing program that includes one of the largest portfolios of property marketing web sites (more than 1,000 separate sites), seven proprietary real estate catalogs with a cumulative distribution of 1.5 million, an extensive, current buyer database and national advertising of properties to more than 90 million potential buyer prospects a week. United Country has been recognized by Dun and Bradstreet’s AllBusiness.com as the Top U.S. real estate franchise, the Wall Street Journal as a Top 1 percent franchise and among Entrepreneur Magazine's Franchise 500® top 100 global franchises.

2820 NW Barry Road, Kansas City, MO 64154
816-420-6200  www.unitedcountry.com

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Phone: 816.620.6241 or Email: asmith@unitedcountry.com
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