After years of working as competitors, two of Ripon’s real-estate firms have joined forces.

First Look Realty has become a part of Century 21, joining the nation-wide realty earlier this summer. The sale was completed July 1.

And it comes at a time when Century 21 Properties Unlimited — located at 1194 W. Fond du Lac St. in the Pick ’n Save/Kmart shopping plaza — already is being honored for its overall strength as well.

First Look joins Century 21

The consolidation of First Look Realty into Century 21 Properties Unlimited is not a spur-of-the-moment decision.

“I’ve been talking with Heidi [Schwanke, owner of First Look] for about a year now to join us,” said Tony Dolgner, owner of the Ripon franchise of Century 21. “I just thought they would be a nice fit.”

Schwanke has been thrilled with how the choice has benefitted her customers.

“It seemed to be a good fit, so we decided to join teams,” she said. “And all my listings came with me, which I am thankful for.”

Read the full story in the Sept. 2, 2010 edition of the Ripon Commonwealth Press.

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