HomeSmart International Enters Minnesota

Hyper-Growth Real Estate Franchisor Opens HomeSmart Sapphire Realty

(Edina, Minnesota) – HomeSmart International is pleased to announce HomeSmart Sapphire Realty, the newest brokerage to join the national brand. The franchise opened its doors in April and is the first HomeSmart brokerage in Minnesota.

Managed by Owner and Broker Jeff Byrd, HomeSmart Sapphire Realty will serve agents, buyers and sellers in the Minneapolis/St Paul greater metropolitan area. HomeSmart Sapphire Realty agents will have access to HomeSmart International’s 100-percent commission model, training, support and proprietary tools and technology.

“A HomeSmart franchise allows me to offer the RealSmart Agent productivity platform, a fully-integrated online system which empowers agents to take control of their business and maximize their profits,” said Jeff Byrd. “I am bringing this high-value, low-fee model to Minnesota to allow agents and teams to reinvest those extra earnings in themselves and build their business that much faster while at the same time bringing them superior technology, tools, training and broker support.”

Byrd has been in the real estate industry for more than 40 years. Before buying the HomeSmart franchise, he managed and owned the largest Century 21 franchise in the five-state region in the eighties, was president of an eight-office Coldwell Banker franchise in the nineties, owned and operated an independent real estate company, and more recently, was a managing broker for one of the largest RE/MAX franchises in the world.

“HomeSmart is focused on providing the best service and support to our agents and consumers and Jeff’s extensive background will allow him to do exactly that in Minnesota,” said HomeSmart International COO Wendy Forsythe.

HomeSmart Sapphire Realty is located at One Corporate Plaza 7400 Metro Blvd, Suite 270, Edina, MN 55439.

About HomeSmart International:

Founded in 2000 by entrepreneur Matt Widdows, HomeSmart International quickly became the fastest growing real estate brokerage firm in Arizona and still holds that distinction today. HomeSmart International is ranked in the top 5 real estate brokerages in the United States, and was recently ranked as the number one brokerage firm in the Metropolitan Phoenix market and Colorado. From its international franchising headquarters based in Scottsdale, HomeSmart International began franchising in 2010, and continues to grow by offering franchisees efficiency and innovation coupled with the systems and technologies necessary to succeed in today’s evolving real estate industry. Today, the brand has nearly 170 offices in 28 states and more than 16,000 agents nationwide. For more information on HomeSmart and its franchise opportunities, visit Follow HomeSmart International on Facebook at, on LinkedIn at and on Twitter and Instagram @HomeSmartIntl.