RealtyUSA acquires Lancaster firm

July 15, 2014 Updated Jul 15, 2014 at 9:13 AM EDT

By James Fink, Buffalo Business First

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RealtyUSA acquires Lancaster firm

July 15, 2014 Updated Jul 15, 2014 at 9:13 AM EDT

RealtyUSA has increased its footprint in the Lancaster and Southtowns market by acquiring Metro Homes and Land.

Under the terms of the deal, Metro Homes and Land, located on Transit Road, will continue to serve its core Lancaster marketplace from its present site, but will operate under the RealtyUSA corporate banner. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Metro Homes and Land was the 18th largest residential real estate firm on Business First's rankings of top residential firms. The agency, last year, reported its agents took part in 201 "sides" or deals, a 3 percent increase from 2012 when its agents were involved with 195 sides.

"RealtyUSA has the technology, strategies and overall professionalism that we are seeking," said Dianne Michlinski, Metro Homes and Land owner. "We are excited to be part of their exponential growth."

Merle Whitehead, RealtyUSA president and CEO, said acquiring Metro Homes and Land fits into his company's growth pattern.

"The highly respected agents from Metro Homes and Land are a perfect fit to our organization," Whitehead said.

With the deal, the Amherst-based RealtyUSA has more than 60 offices and more than 2,500 agents and employees.