Weichert, Realtors® – Ron Neff Real Estate Joins Weichert® National Franchise Network

— Michele Watson

Ohio Brokerage Becomes First Weichert® Franchised Office in Ross County

CHILLICOTHE, Ohio / June 24, 2022 – Weichert Real Estate Affiliates, Inc. is pleased to announce that Weichert, Realtors® – Ron Neff Real Estate, formerly known as Real Living Ron Neff Real Estate, has joined its national franchise system. The new affiliate is the thirteenth Weichert® office in Ohio.

 Lon Fout

The brokerage was started by Ron Neff 48 years ago, in 1974, as Ron Neff Real Estate and continues to serve real estate buyers and sellers in South Central Ohio.  The current broker/owners are Lon Fout and Charlene Schrader, who have a combined 70 years of experience. They both worked for Ron Neff Real Estate and bought the company in 2009 when Ron Neff retired. Fout, who has been in the real estate business for 40 years, started with the brokerage as a general manager at Ron Neff Real Estate. Schrader entered the business 30 years ago after a career in customer service.

Charlene Schrader Headshot
Charlene Schrader

The two owners are looking forward to the future as part of the Weichert family. “Lon and I are confident that this is the right move for us at the right time,” said Schrader. “We were looking for a company that would support our agents and our recruiting efforts, and we decided that the Weichert core values best aligned with ours.”

“Our office is set up for our agents to succeed,” added Fout. “In some offices, agents end up competing with the broker they work for, but that’s not how we work. Charlene and I feel that we exist to help and support our agents. We are looking forward to seeing more growth, adding more agents to our roster, and benefitting from the genuine support available from Weichert® and its entire franchise family.”

As part of the Weichert franchise network, the team at Weichert, Realtors® – Ron Neff Real Estate has access to in-depth training programs, the latest technology and the most powerful sales and marketing tools in the industry to help provide their clients the best possible real estate service.

Weichert Real Estate Affiliates, Inc. President and COO Bill Scavone was pleased to welcome the newest affiliate. “I know that adding Weichert, Realtors® – Ron Neff Real Estate to the Weichert® franchise family is going to be an all-around win,” said Scavone. “This new affiliate is headed up by two real estate veterans who have a history with the agency and a commitment to the area they serve. We look forward to working with them as they grow their business, provide opportunities to their family of agents, and deliver expert real estate services to the home buyers and sellers they serve.”

Weichert, Realtors® – Ron Neff Real Estate is a member of the National Association of REALTORS®, Scioto Valley REALTORS®, and Ohio REALTORS®. The company is an independently owned and operated Weichert affiliate located at 75 West 2nd Street in Chillicothe. For more information, contact Charlene Schrader at 740-773-4670.

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 About Weichert Real Estate Affiliates, Inc.: Weichert Real Estate Affiliates, Inc. is a top real estate franchisor established in 2001 by Jim Weichert, president, chairman and CEO of Weichert Companies, which has been in operation since 1969. The company provides a clearly defined business model for operating, managing and marketing a real estate brokerage, along with industry-leading technology, marketing tools and coaching. Its first affiliate opened in 2002, and the franchise network has since grown to over 370 offices, serving markets in over 40 states. The company has been named one of the top traditional residential real estate franchises by Entrepreneur magazine for 18 straight years and identified by Franchise Business Review as a top franchise for owner satisfaction seven years in a row. For more information about Weichert, visit or for information on franchise opportunities visit

Each Weichert® franchised office is independently owned and operated.

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