Re/Max Professionals will hold a grand opening on Friday, Sept. 29, at 5 p.m. for its new office at 2667 Farragut Drive. The new office is next door to the original location, which opened in 1986.
The industry has changed significantly," said owner Jim Fulgenzi. "A traditional office layout doesnt really suit our needs anymore. Fulgenzi purchased the business in September 2021 from Al and Linda Young, who had owned the Springfield Re/Max franchise since 1986. Fulgenzi then purchased the Farragut property in October 2022 and began renovations.
We wanted a facility that was modern in design and had the features and amenities that people new to the business would be expecting so they can succeed, said Fulgenzi. When prospective Realtors come in, theyre interviewing us as much as were interviewing them. We want them to see were a different entity with a forward-thinking philosophy.
With the pandemic accelerating the trend of remote or hybrid work, Fulgenzi said, We dont have the same demand for office space, but theres a greater demand for common space." He noted that of the 64 agents current working for Re/Max Professionals, more than half of them dont have a desire for offices. But they do have a need when they come in to have work stations. They can come in with their laptop, plug in, knock out the things they need to do and take advantage of high-quality printing they cant do at home.
Fulgenzi said the new office has a large communal space in the core of the building, with a more residential feel to it. Its a more interesting and fun space, visually exciting, he said. When you walk in the door, youll know these people are serious about what theyre doing.