What Is Watson Realty?

Watson Realty may refer to Watson Realty ERA, operating in Bakersfield and Kern County, California, or Watson Realty Corp., operating in northeastern and central Florida and southern Georgia. Watson Realty ERA is a subsidiary of ERA Real Estate, and Watson Realty Corp. operates a number of financing, title-servicing and property-management affiliates.

Watson Realty ERA began operations in 1943 and is the largest realty provider in the Kern County area, as of 2015. Its parent company, ERA Real Estate, operates approximately 2,300 offices in 46 states and 33 countries and is the corporate sponsor for the Muscular Dystrophy Association, raising close to $35 million for the organization.

William A. Watson Jr. founded Watson Realty Corp. in Jacksonville, Florida, in 1965. The company acquired Palm Coast Home Realty in 1999. Subsidiaries of Watson Realty Corp. include Watson Mortgage Corporation, Watson Electric, Watson School of Real Estate, Watson Realty Corp. Property Management and Watson Realty Corp. Association Management.

The organization is a family-owned business, with Watson as the chairman of the board. The Jacksonville Business Journal awarded Watson the lifetime Ultimate CEO achievement award in 2013. Leading Real Estate Companies of the World has awarded the corporation multiple Diamond Awards. Watson Realty Corp. operates the charitable group Watson Cares.