Stone Fort Properties, owned by Gerald McCormick, pictured above, is joining forces with Second Story Real Estate Management. (Photo: Staff)

Two local real estate agencies have recently joined forces and will be operating under one name.

Stone Fort Properties, owned by Gerald McCormick, announced this week that it will be operating under Second Story Real Estate Management immediately.

“We’re honored to have Gerald McCormick and his team at Stone Fort join us,” Second Story CEO Tiffanie Robinson said in a prepared statement. “Our staff is focused on solving problems for our customers, and we know our success depends on strong networks and customer service. With the addition of the Stone Fort team and their inventory of available properties, we are better positioned than ever to grow and serve our clients throughout the region.”

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McCormick will be joining Second Story as a senior adviser at the company. All of the Stone Fort brokers will also become part of the Second Story team.

McCormick started his firm in 2013 under the name McCormick & Company Commercial Real Estate before changing the name to Stone Fort Properties in 2016. The company was named after the Fleetwood building where its offices resided as the building was the site of the original Stone Fort limestone quarry location, according to a news release.

“Leading this talented team over the last five years has been an honor for me and has given me many opportunities to work with fantastic business owners in Chattanooga,” McCormick said. “Partnering with Second Story allows all of us to focus more on our clients’ needs and connecting buyers and sellers as the real estate market locally continues to grow.”

Since opening in 2016, Second Story has continued to grow; most recently with the addition of five new staff members, according to a news release.  The company also expanded its properties and now oversees 1.5 million square feet of regional commercial and mixed-use property.

Updated @ 10:30 a.m. 2/8 to correct a word in the headline.

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