Suriname is newest addition to network
16 November, 2010 -
RE/MAX has expanded its global reach into the South American country of Suriname.
New Region Owner Yasser Riedewald wanted to introduce an international real estate organization to his homeland, and RE/MAX offered the services and support he was looking for.
The entry of RE/MAX into the real estate market will bring more recognition to Suriname, Riedewald says.
“A lot of international investors are taking note of Suriname and the opportunities in our country,” says Riedewald, adding that there are numerous ecotourism developments sprouting up in Suriname’s rainforest landscape.
“The RE/MAX maximum commission concept will change the way we do business, and the RE/MAX offices I sell in Suriname will create a more centralized brokerage model that will encourage agents to work together. This is a whole new way of thinking about real estate.”
RE/MAX Suriname will be headquartered in the country’s capital city, Paramaribo, on the coast. With existing connections to the Netherlands and to Dutch-speaking territories in the Caribbean such as Bonaire and Curacao, Riedewald is looking to extend Suriname’s reach to other parts of the world through the RE/MAX network.
Suriname, which has a population of nearly 500,000 people, is bordered by Brazil, Guyana and French Guiana. It was a Dutch colony for more than 300 years before gaining its independence in 1975; Dutch is Suriname’s official language, but English is widely spoken there.
William Soteroff, RE/MAX Senior Vice President of International Development, says the addition of Suriname tops off “miraculous growth” for RE/MAX in South America.
“We have had unbelievable success in South America over the years,” Soteroff says. “RE/MAX has gained a strong foothold in countries such as Argentina and Brazil, and other regions continue to flourish. We warmly welcome Suriname to the RE/MAX family; Yasser’s leadership will grow the region into another RE/MAX success story.”
By Deborah Ball Kearns, RE/MAX Times Online Associate Editor