In July, longtime Payson Realtor Tudy Martin took the first steps of a four-year journey.
Martin sold her Century 21 Woodland company to Charles McLean and Phil Mercurio. The name of the company became Century 21 Metro Alliance and Martin became a branch manager. The changes are Martin's four-year plan for retirement.
"It's the largest Century 21 firm in the state," Martin said. "It's a great opportunity for the agents and company to grow and expand."
There are 15 Century 21 Metro Alliance offices throughout the state, she said.
"With 15 offices with the firm, it brings referrals and cross sales. It's a great thing for Payson agents and sellers to have that association."
Martin oversees 21 agents.
McLean said Payson was a real natural addition to the Metro Alliance family. "We like the area and have had lots of clients who want to get into a cooler area. Tudy has a great office and a lot of good people," McLean said.
The purchase has allowed the firm to market Payson in the Phoenix area and help people wanting to move to the Valley.
"It works great and we're very excited about it," he said. "I'm a small town guy and want to get up to Payson myself."
She and Liz Alexander established the original office of Woodland Realty Investments, Inc. in 1989. The two women then purchased the Century 21 Fetters company and changed the name to Century 21 Woodland. Martin bought out Alexander in 1998 and relocated the company to its current address at 1006-A S. Beeline Highway. In 2001 she merged with Payson Real Estate and now she has sold the firm to Century 21 Metro Alliance.
Martin has been in the real estate business for 26 years, obtaining her license in 1978. She and her husband moved to Payson in 1981 from Indianapolis, Ind. She said they made the move because her husband wanted to be closer to hunting and fishing opportunities.
Martin has seen a lot of changes in Payson and the area's real estate industry over the years.
"The biggest change has been the growth of the (real estate) board and the additional offices," she said. "There were only 5,000 people when I came here."
The growth has brought the normal associated problems, Martin said.
"The benefit is to be able to live in a place of your choice," she said. "But you have to have a job to live here and jobs aren't that plentiful."
Martin said she sees the community continuing to grow.
"As Phoenix grows, we grow too. More people from Phoenix are moving here and commuting," she said, pointing out it takes as much time to get across the Valley as it does to drive there from Payson.
Century 21 Metro Alliance is at 1005-A S. Beeline Highway. The office is open from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Saturday, and from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Sunday.
For more information, call (928) 474-1610.