MARINETTE — In its first year of operation, Assist 2 Sell Buyers and Sellers Realty of Marinette already is one of the top franchises in the organization.

Assist 2 Sell, 3110 Gilbert St., owned and operated by Broker Francine Kitkowski, ranked No. 5 for total sales in the small market division for all franchises for 2019. Kitkowski, with nearly 30 years of local real estate experience, opened her office in February of last year.

Barry Wardell, senior vice president of Assist 2 Sell franchise operations, said it’s extremely rare for a first-year franchise to have such an immediate impact, especially since the Marinette office wasn’t in operation for all 12 months.

“This is something to cheer about, and it is also a testament to the exceptional quality of service and results they provide to their clients,” Wardell said.

Kitkowski said, “My team and I worked very hard last year, so I am really proud to accept the award for being in the Top 10 of all small market Assist 2 Sell offices in North America. It’s something that will help keep us motivated going forward in 2020. Last year, we focused on providing great customer service and saving home sellers a lot of money. We’re going to keep focusing on those things again this year.”

Wisconsin had five franchises in the top 10 for small markets in 2019. A franchise in Lewiston, Idaho, was the No. 1 selling office. 

With its flat fee rate system, the local office was able to save clients more than $264,000 in commission fees in 2019.

Kitkowski is joined by Realtor Patty Hassemer and office manager Nicole Smith. Assist 2 Sell serves buyers and sellers in Wisconsin and Michigan. 

Assist 2 Sell, based in Reno, Nevada, and founded in 1987 by Lyle Martin and Mary LaMeres-Pomin, has hundreds of offices in more than 35 states and Canada.