HomeSmart International Welcomes Franchise in Ohio

Real estate franchisor expands presence in Ohio with HomeSmart Real Estate Momentum

CLEVELAND ⎼ HomeSmart International is pleased to announce HomeSmart Real Estate Momentum, the newest franchise to align with the fast-growing real estate brand. This follows the 21 new franchise locations added nationwide in 2018.

Led by broker/owner duo Marianne Drenik and Greg Pernus, the new brokerage will serve agents and consumers in Northeast Ohio including Lake, Geauga, Cuyahoga and Ashtabula counties.

“We’ve worked in real estate for more than four decades, collectively,” said Drenik. “After vetting other business models, we opened HomeSmart Real Estate Momentum to grow our business, enrich the lives of agents and give them what they deserve.”

HomeSmart International prides itself on being a career brokerage with a model that provides opportunities for anyone at any level of real estate, from a new agent to a top-producer to a broker/owner. The franchisor offers a path to franchise ownership to agents who have that as a goal for their own real estate career.

“Marianne’s and Greg’s passion for the industry combined with their track record of success makes them an ideal fit to be HomeSmart franchise owners as they create the next chapter in their careers,” said Wendy Forsythe, COO of HomeSmart International.

With individual agent and team leader experience since 1995, Drenik and Pernus will provide Northeast Ohio’s markets with a strong local presence. It’s the first 100% commission, one low monthly fee brokerage model in the area that also provides agents with a professional office environment.

“I am excited about the opportunity to naturally progress my career and those of our agents with HomeSmart,” said Pernus. “Since opening in early September, I’ve already seen how the model provides agents and our clients with unparalleled support, high-quality services and the best integrated technology platforms in real estate. I am grateful for the opportunity to become a franchise owner of a model that outperforms any other in the industry.”

HomeSmart Real Estate Momentum is located at 8518 Mentor Ave, Suite C Mentor OH 44060. To learn more, visit

About HomeSmart International:

Founded in 2000, HomeSmart International quickly became the fastest-growing real estate brokerage firm in Arizona. HomeSmart International is ranked in the top 5 real estate brokerages in the United States and the number one brokerage firm in the Phoenix market. From its international franchising headquarters based in Scottsdale, HomeSmart International offers franchisees efficiency and innovation coupled with the systems and technologies necessary to succeed in today’s evolving real estate industry. Today, the brand has 140 offices in 24 states and nearly 16,000 agents nationwide. For more information on HomeSmart International and its franchise opportunities, visit Follow HomeSmart International on Facebook at and on Twitter and Instagram @HomeSmartIntl.