Our Story

Take a trip through history and see how we have grown to be the #1 in the world!

CENTURY 21 Affiliated's Story
Bill Kessler Opens CENTURY 21 A-K Realty.

Bill Kessler purchased a Century 21 Franchise after taking out a small loan and forming CENTURY 21 A-K realty with partner Gene Anderson. After the market crash in the early 80’s, he proposed the merger of three local Century 21 companies, creating CENTURY 21 Affiliated.

Fun Fact: Using his Blue Volkswagon van as collateral, Bill Kessler was able to obtain a loan in order to purchase a CENTURY 21 franchise in 1978.

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1978
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1992
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CENTURY 21 Affiliated honored as the most productive CENTURY 21 office in the world.

CENTURY 21 Affiliated honored as the most productive CENTURY 21 office in the world, out of 6,234 brokerages. This is a trend that will continue throughout the years. Fun Fact: The CENTURY 21 franchise is the most recognized name in real estate (according to a study by Kantar).

CENTURY 21 Affiliated Begins Expansion

CENTURY 21 Affiliated begins expanding, with its first acquisition in Stoughton, WI, and first branch office in Waterloo, WI. CENTURY 21 Affiliated's Stoughton office still remains part of the organization today

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1993
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2002
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CENTURY 21 Affiliated Is Named Top 10 Broker In The Nation

CENTURY 21 Affiliated is named Top 10 Broker in the Nation. CENTURY 21 Affiliated's drive to help clients help them be a leader in the real estate industry

This Year CENTURY 21 Affiliated Has 26+ Locations And 400 Professionals

This year CENTURY 21 Affiliated has 26+ locations and 400 professionals. All of these offices and agents were based out of Central Wisconsin. Within a few years, the company would expand into new states. Fun Fact: CENTURY 21 Affiliated has offices in six states - Michigan, Minnesota, Illinois, Indiana, Florida and Wisconsin!

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2004
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2005
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Dan Kruse Officially Started Working For Affiliated

Dan Kruse started his journey with CENTURY 21 Affiliated as a Regional Manager running two offices in South Central WI. His success would lay the foundation for his future endeavors with CENTURY 21 Affiliated. Fun Fact: Both of Dan's parents are Real Estate professionals with CENTURY 21 Affiliated

Dan Kruse Becomes A Partner And Named President Of CENTURY 21 Affiliated

Dan Kruse officially became a partner with Kessler and was named President of the organization.

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2009
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2011
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Bill Kessler and Dan Kruse form a partnership with Tom Bretz and Adam Freeman

Dan Kruse forms a partnership with Tom Bretz and Adam Freeman and expand into the Chicago Market with the startup of an office in downtown Chicago. The idea of a regional franchise quickly became a reality for CENTURY 21 Affiliated. Fun Fact: The partnership between Dan, Tom and Adam was discussed over a round of golf.

Affiliated Continues To Expand Into The Chicago Markets

Century 21 Affiliated continued its growth mode mainly through Mergers and Acquisitions throughout the greater Chicago marketplace. Offices range from the north in Waukegan, to downtown Chicago, to the south in Homewood.

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2012
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2013
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CENTURY 21 Affiliated Is Named #1 In The World And Continues To Grow Into Indiana

CENTURY 21 Affiliated is Named #1 In The World for the first time ever and continues the growth of the company into Indiana with our 54th office. CENTURY 21 Affiliated would go on to open several offices in the northwest part of the state, spanning from Schererville to Elkhart. Fun Fact: CENTURY 21 Affiliated's 100th office to join the Affiliated Family was in Portage, IN.

CENTURY 21 Affiliated Partners With Jasen Schrock And Opens Offices In Michigan And Is Named #1 In The World In Units Sold

CENTURY 21 Affiliate partners with Jasen Schrock and opens offices in Michigan. CENTURY 21 Affiliated would go on to open offices on the coast of Lake Michigan, in Ann Arbor and Grand Rapids, along with many other locations. Fun Fact: Before joining CENTURY 21 Affiliated, Jasen Schrock used to work for CENTURY 21 Real Estate LLC.

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2014
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2015
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CENTURY 21 Affiliated Named #1 In The World And Breaks Transactions Record

CENTURY 21 Affiliated boasts 75 offices in four states, is named the #1 CENTURY 21 in the world for the second time, and breaks the CENTURY 21 world record with 12,063 closed transactions. This is a major milestone for both the company and the franchise.

CENTURY 21 Affiliated Named #1 CENTURY 21 Franchise In The World

CENTURY 21 Affiliated was recognized as the #1 CENTURY 21 franchise in the world in AGC and units sold for the third time. This is a first for any CENTURY 21 franchise, and CENTURY 21 Affiliated continues to hold the record for most transactions in one year. CENTURY 21 Affiliated was honored at the CENTURY 21 Global Conference in Las Vegas with many Affiliated Agents in attendance.

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2016
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2017
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CENTURY 21 Affiliated Named #1 CENTURY 21 Franchise In The World

CENTURY 21 Affiliated was recognized as the #1 CENTURY 21 franchise in the world in AGC and units sold for the fourth time. This is the second year in a row CENTURY 21 Affiliated achieved this milestone and is a first for any CENTURY 21 franchise. CENTURY 21 Affiliated was honored at the CENTURY 21 Global Conference in Orlando, FL with many Affiliated agents in attendance.

CENTURY 21 Affiliated Expands Into Florida

CENTURY 21 Affiliated expands into Florida with the acquisition of an office in Tampa. CENTURY 21 Affiliated would go on to open six offices in Florida, both on the Atlantic Coast and in the Gulf of Mexico.

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2017
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2018
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CENTURY 21 Affiliated Celebrates 40 Years Of Service

For the last 40 years, CENTURY 21 Affiliated has been the local leader in real estate, providing homebuyers and sellers with services that have helped them make informed real estate decisions. In 2018, CENTURY 21 Affiliated was excited to celebrate it’s 40th anniversary as a CENTURY 21 franchise. Fun Fact: In the summer of 2018, Bill Kessler visited all 100+ offices in 100 days.

CENTURY 21 Affiliated Named #1 CENTURY 21 Franchise In The World

For the fifth time in a row CENTURY 21 Affiliated Named #1 CENTURY 21 Franchise in the World. CENTURY 21 Affiliated was honored at the CENTURY 21 annual One21 Event Las Vegas with many Affiliated agents in attendance and thousands of franchise members.

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2018
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2019
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CENTURY 21 Affiliated Opens Its First Office In Minnesota

CENTURY 21 Affiliated opens its first office in Lake Elmo, Minnesota. This new office, just 20 minutes from St. Paul, allows for a broader range of covererage within the eastern part of Minnesota.

CENTURY 21 Affiliated Named #1 CENTURY 21 Franchise In The World

CENTURY 21 Affiliated was recognized as the #1 CENTURY 21® franchise in the world for the sixth time in a row. This is the third year in row that CENTURY 21 Affiliated has broken the record in AGC and units sold with 100 Million in AGC and almost 21,000 closed units.

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