Jim Weichert

Founder and Co-President, Weichert Realtors

Overall Rank: 19
Category: Power Brokers
Category Rank: 6

Weichert founded his firm in 1969 in Chatham, New Jersey, and has grown it into one of the three largest family-owned firms. The company is a full-service real estate and financial services firms in the country with an em-phasis on a one-stop-shop approach to real estate service. He hustled from the start, handing out business cards at the local train station to generation business and a name. He quickly learned the maxim he has applied through-out his career: “People buy people before they buy your product or service.”

Weichert is actively mentoring his son, James Weichert, Jr., to take over leadership of the firm. The company does not participate in annual surveys, but is estimated to have approximately 500 company-owned and franchised offices in 37 states, and 15,000 sales associates. It provides real estate, financial services, mortgages and home and title insurance services.