BEIJING, China, April 20 /PRNewswire-Asia-FirstCall/ -- IFM Investments Limited (NYSE: CTC) ("Century 21 China Real Estate" or the "Company"), a leading comprehensive real estate services provider and the exclusive franchisor for the CENTURY 21(R) brand in China, today announced that the Company has been awarded "2009-2010 China Outstanding Service Industry Franchiser Brand", and two of its regional sub-franchisors, in Chengdu and Tianjin, have each been awarded "2009-2010 China Outstanding Multi-unit (Regional Master) Franchisee" by the China Chain Store and Franchise Association ("CCFA") at the 12th China Franchise Convention in Beijing.
The "China Outstanding Service Industry Franchiser Brand" is awarded mainly based on the level of recent improvement in operations management of the franchise model, feedback from franchisees, and brand reputation during the previous year. The " China Outstanding Multi-unit (Regional Master) Franchisee" is awarded based on quality of service, operational efficiency and financial performance during the previous year.
CCFA is a national non-profit association and the official representative for the retailing and franchise industry in China. CCFA has hosted the annual franchisor awards for the past nine years to honor the outstanding franchise brands in China. Each year, CCFA ranks leading franchise brands across China from service industries based on their level of service quality, operations, management, organizational structure and franchisee size.
"We are honored to continue to be recognized with new awards from such a highly respected industry association in China," commented Mr. Donald Zhang, chairman and chief executive officer of Century 21 China Real Estate. "This demonstrates the success of our quality control from our nationwide training program and IT system developed over the years, improved operations management of our franchise services, and our leading position as a customer-oriented brand in China. We will continue to expand our nationwide footprint by further granting qualified regional sub-franchisors so as to provide ever-increasing value and convenience for more customers."
About China Chain Store and Franchise Association
China Chain Store and Franchise Association ("CCFA") is the official representative of retailing and franchise industry in China. CCFA participates in policy making and coordination and safeguard the interests of industry and members, and provides a series of professional trainings and industry information and data for our members and establishes platforms for exchange and cooperation. For more information please visit: http://www.chinaretail.org/ in English or http://www.ccfa.org.cn in Chinese.
About IFM Investments Limited
IFM Investments Limited ("Century 21 China Real Estate") (NYSE: CTC) is a leading comprehensive real estate services provider and the exclusive franchisor for the CENTURY 21(R) brand in China. Century 21 China Real Estate primarily focuses on China's fast-growing and highly fragmented secondary real estate market, providing company-owned brokerage services, franchise services and mortgage management services. Century 21 China Real Estate has experienced substantial growth since it commenced operations in 2000, supported by its information systems and training programs. Over the past ten years, it has received numerous awards and recognition for its service quality and business achievements, including "Highly Appraised Franchisor Award" by the China Chain Store and Franchise Association in 2008 and 2009, "Prominent Real Estate Services Provider" by Sina.com in 2008 and "Most Reputable Real Estate Services Provider" by Sohu.com in 2009. For more information about Century 21 China Real Estate, please visit http://www.century21cn.com/english .
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