PHOTO:  Only McDonald’s, 7-11, Dunkin’ Donuts and The UPS Store ranked higher.

Global brand RE/MAX, one of Australia’s leading real estate franchises, has ranked fifth among the 500 franchise companies included in this year’s Entrepreneur Franchise 500 ranking.

More than 1,000 franchisors applied for the annual ranking produced by Entrepreneur print and online magazine.

Entrepreneur said that the franchises in the top spots reveal the newest business trends as well as the industries that keep going strong decade after decade.

RE/MAX rose five spots to finish fifth this year, its highest ranking in the survey.