In a move no one saw coming, Dar and Ed Walden, co-owners of the Anchorage-based Dar Walden Team at Keller Williams Realty-Alaska Group, are pleased to announce their acquisition of Fairbanks-based independent brokerage Madden Real Estate.

This merger and acquisition combines two mega real estate producing companies, catapulting the Waldens to the top-producing team in the state of Alaska as well as positioning them into the Top 50 producing teams in Real Trends and in the Wall Street Journal. The combination of the two power houses will create a professional organization that will cover the real estate needs of the Interior and South Central Alaska real estate markets.

Wes Madden, who will remain as a part of the leadership team and minority owner, said his business ran like a mega team, so although he spoke to other traditional brokerages about a merger, he thought the best fit was with the Walden Team of Keller Williams.

“The fact of the matter is, as the mega team that we basically were, Dar and Ed are best able to understand and provide the leadership and run the company,” said Madden. “I was not super confident that selling to a traditional broker would have been successful.”

Dar and Ed have been in the top 1 percent of real estate professionals in the nation for the 17 years they have been in real estate in Alaska.

Not only are they co-owners of  the Dar Walden Team at Keller Williams Realty in Anchorage, Alaska, they are also co-owners of Keller Williams brokerages in Reno and Sparks, Nevada, as well as a Business Center in Elko, Nevada.

“We have worked with Wes over the years, referring business from the Anchorage, Eagle River and Mat-Su Valley area as well as partnering in many professional marketing and business relationships,” said Dar.  “We are absolutely thrilled to introduce our franchise to the Fairbanks area and work with the incredible team Wes and Laura have built through the years!”

“This is the first true all-Alaskan real estate team; it’s never been done before,” said Madden.