Fran Andersons

Select Realty merges with Bolte Real Estate

Press release from Bolte Real Estate

North Central Ohio Real Estate Firm Attains Tiffin Company

new nameBolte Real Estate, a fourth-generation, independently owned company based in Port Clinton, is pleased to announce its merger with Select Realty Group in Tiffin. With four offices currently throughout Ottawa and Sandusky Counties, the merger allows Bolte Real Estate to expand into the Seneca County area and strengthen its presence as a real estate leader in this region of Ohio.

Founded by Ann Bolte in 1936, Bolte Real Estate has maintained its commitment to excellence by taking a personal approach with its customers. With offices in Port Clinton, Clyde, Fremont and Catawba, the company has grown to become the largest independent brokerage in North Central Ohio.

Phillip Bolte and Renee Bolte-Stine, Ann’s great-grandchildren and current owners, bought the company in 2014 and have built a state-of-the-art real estate company while maintaining the family heritage and providing a distinctive personal approach to their business. In 2016, Bolte Real Estate achieved $93 million in real estate sales.

“What excites us about this merger is the opportunity for greater brand recognition throughout the region and access to more tools, training and a larger leadership team,” said Phillip Bolte.

“Also, we feel that our merger will allow us to better help our clients ever growing and evolving real estate needs while also giving back to the communities we represent.”

Co-owner Renee Bolte-Stine is a Tiffin native who graduated from Columbian High School in the early 1990s, along with her husband Cory Stine. “For my family, Tiffin is a part of our heritage so the expansion of Bolte Real Estate into this area is exciting from a business aspect and rewarding on a personal level,” said Renee Bolte-Stine.

Select Realty Group’s office at 23 S. Washington Street will remain open and the only noticeable change will be the name on the building. Owners Fran Andersons and Sara Riesen founded Select Realty in April of 2012 with three agents and quickly grew to be a dominant name in local real estate. Today, there are nine agents who work for Select. Both Fran and Sara will remain in leadership positions once the merger is complete.

Sara Riesen explained that even though the name Select Realty will change, their commitment to their clients will not. “Our team will remain the people that the community has come to know and trust,” she said.

All owners agree that the merger of Bolte Real Estate and Select Realty Group evolved because of a mutual respect among professional colleagues who became friends. Sara explained, “I’ve known Phillip and Renee for a long time but got to know Phillip even better when we served on the board of directors for the Firelands Realtor Association. They were very helpful to us when we began our business, offering advice and support. When the discussion eventually turned to the possibility of ‘teaming up’, it seemed like a natural fit for all of us.”

Philip added, “Our philosophy of working hard, treating people right and having fun will be strengthened by having a larger team across a larger area engaged in the real estate business and committed to our family’s heritage of excellence.”

Select Realty Group

SelectMeet Sara Riesen and Fran Andersons, owners of Select Realty Group, located at 23 S. Washington St. in Tiffin. Sara and Fran started their own business in 2012 and bring a combined 42 years of experience in real estate to the table.

Both owners are Tiffin natives. “I just like the small town community,” Fran said. “It’s a very warm and welcoming town. I like being downtown where we’re growing and improving.”

“It’s such a supportive community!” Sara said. “I love walking downtown and seeing everyone. We can walk across the bridge and get a glass of wine at Ralph’s, cheesecake next door, the best cup of coffee on the corner and now we have a nice view of the river.”

“We do things a little differently and do our own thing,” Fran said of their approach to realty. In fact, when they opened, they were the only realty office in town not to require “floor time,” instead, letting their agents come and go as needed.

They are also rolled out their own app earlier this month. “We like experimenting with new technology and social media,” Sara said.

Select Realty is composed of 12 agents, including Sara and Fran. “We have fun and we have a great group that works very hard and is very caring,” Sara said of the staff. “They are community conscious so they are out there.”

Some of the groups they are involved with include: Humane Society of Seneca County, Salvation Army, Tiffin Community YMCA, and The Ritz Theatre Board.

Select belongs to the Firelands Association of REALTORS. Both Fran and Sara serve on the Firelands board of directors, with Sara serving as president. Sara also recently won the Heidelberg School of Business – HSB Women’s Established Entrepreneur Award!

Stop by and see Sara and Fran, or call to make an appointment.

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