Real Estate One’s History


Buying or selling a home is a complex process. You need someone to represent you who knows the market, the area, the people. Real Estate One is based in Michigan and has been in business since 1929. Through every kind of market, we have prospered. We are the largest broker in Michigan, and one of the largest brokers in the country. Michigan is more than our market. It’s our home.


Established in 1929 by Staunton Elsea, the company has long been known as an innovator. Many of the marketing tools common throughout the country started here. Real Estate One was the first company to have multiple offices, to create homes books, to create a computerized MLS, and to host Open Houses.

Today’s generation: Staunton’s son, Dick, who is currently the Chairman, and Dick’s sons, Stuart and Dan, Co-Presidents, still focus on innovative and efficient ways to serve our customers. Our Web site attracts over 1.8 million unique visitors a year and continues to grow at a rapid pace. Our Customer Care department makes sure that every Web inquiry is answered. Each year we are involved in over 16,000 home sales in Michigan.

Other brands also work under our Family of Companies. Johnstone and Johnstone, a well-respected Grosse Pointe firm established in 1919, and Max Broock Realtors, established in 1895, are now members of our company. For our client’s convenience, we also operate John Adams Mortgage Company, Capital Title Insurance Company, and Insurance One. We can truly support our clients through every aspect of their real estate transaction, saving time, money and stress.

Creative thinking, long term planning, and quality service have made this company what it is today. We look forward to assisting you in making your real estate transition smooth and rewarding.