September 1, 2014
3:27 am

Real Estate Merger Creates Mega-Firm

Two independent real estate firms on opposite sides of the Michigan-Indiana border have announced today they have reached an agreement to merge, thereby creating the largest real estate staff in Southwest Michigan and Northern Indiana.

Meredith & Kamp Realtors of Stevensville and Cressy & Everett Real Estate of South Bend will become one as a result of the merger.  The deal blends a South Bend firm founded in 1946 with a Stevensville agency launched originally in 1978.  Both have been powerhouse performers in their own right, and pose a formidable presence with this new combo.

Steve Deane is President of Cressy & Everett.  He says that his crew had been, "Looking to team up with a strong brokerage in the St. Joseph/Lakeshore area.  With Meredith & Kamp continuously in the top ten agencies since 1978 (including many times as first or second), they demonstrated their success was the result of teamwork, professional agents and licensed administrative staff, as well as Don functioning as a working broker/manager."  Don was the top producer in both listings and sales last year, and he will continue to work as a full-time buying/selling broker, and as a mentor to help current and new agents through the transition.  The combined operation will be located at the current Meredith & Kamp offices at the corner of Red Arrow Highway & John Beers Road in Stevensville.  The office will be managed by Shawn Ashley.

Kamp, who is the sole owner of Meredith & Kamp, tells us, "When Steve suggested the idea of a merger, we were impressed with their strong ability to manage five Michigan offices, including the inland lakes market, plus their three offices in Indiana.  That administrative support behind our people increases our ability to focus on the needs of both buyers and sellers in our core market area and in inland lakes."   He added, "As with all mergers, this one ultimately made sense because of our similar core values: customer service through administrative and sales professionalism.  That high level of commitment over the years built a loyal customer base for Cressy & Everett and for Meredith & Kamp.  Each organization has a deep appreciation for the real estate business, for their long-term reputation, and for establishing a name on which people can depend.  A merger of equals is always the best kind."

Cressy & Everett is a privately owned, independent real estate firm currently employing more than 150 agents across the region serving the commercial and residential markets.  The firm is consistently ranked by REAL Trends as one of the top 300 brokers in the nation.

Meredith & Kamp employs listing and selling agents and brokers serving residential, commercial and agricultural markets and specializes in waterfront properties along Lake Michigan in Berrien County.

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