Universal Realty of Hermiston and KD & Associates (doing business as John L. Scott Real Estate in Milton-Freewater) announced a merger.

They will operate as KD & Associates doing business as John L. Scott Hermiston starting Monday.

According to a news release from the business, John L. Scott will operate in the same location as Universal Realty, 985 N. First St.

“We are excited to become part of the Hermiston community and the fact we are carrying on a legacy established by Charlotte Dack in 1964,” owner Dennis Gisi said in a statement.

Last year, Dack was named Realtor of the Year by the Columbia Basin Board of Realtors at age 94. She said in a statement she was glad to partner with a company that has been around the industry “longer than I have” (John L. Scott was established in 1931 in Seattle) and has so much to offer in regards to technology and training.

Eight agents — Donald Brewer, Kim Fife, Melinda Newman, Dalia Villegas, Debora Wood, Phil Otto, Natallee Turner and Pam Wilson — will be available. The company footprint will include four John L. Scott franchises in Washington and Oregon’s Columbia Basin region, bringing “a synergy and knowledge of the area like no other real estate company in the Columbia Basin Region.”

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