Category Archives: Executives in the News

Culture: The force behind Realty Executives Tucson Elite’s success

Left to right: John Dwyer (President), Jeff Murtaugh (Owner), Mark Shinn (Senior Vice President).

Five years ago, with an agent count below 50, Realty Executives Tucson Elite was hardly a blip within the Tucson Metro market share statistics.

Fast forward to today, where after growing its agent count by 600%, the Tucson brokerage enjoys the #3 spot in both by market share volume and units. Continue reading

Realty Executives International Acquires the Realty Executives Southern Region

(Pictured above, L – R: Ken Durkee, Patrick van den Bossche, Jeff Walters, Zig Ziegelman)

Realty Executives International has acquired the Realty Executives Southern Region, its largest territory covering five states: Florida, Georgia, Tennessee, North Carolina and South Carolina.

This acquisition marks a year since corporate purchased the remaining shares of the company from former owner Rich Rector.

The purchase sets the course for an aggressive company growth strategy focused on acquisition of competitive brands, independent brokerages and Realty Executives Brokers who are looking to retire.

Realty Executives International purchased the Southern Region from their longtime Regional Developers Ken Durkee and Zig Ziegelman. Continue reading

Boston West named to Swanepoel top 1000 list

Alan Marks and his team at Realty Executives Boston West hit the jackpot recently, landing at No.777 on the Swanepoel top 1000 brokerages list.

Alan Marks- President/Owner Realty Executives Boston West

The achievement is Boston West’s first recognition on the list since opening its doors in 2005.

“I was really surprised,” Marks said. “I didn’t know what the sales revenue cutoff was  so when I saw it I was really surprised.”

The Swanepoel top 1000 list is created annually by the staff at T3 Sixty, the leader in analysis of annual trends and industry leaders. Continue reading

REALTY EXECUTIVES EXCEPTIONAL REALTORS® HONORED AS TOP PLACE TO WORK IN NORTH NEW JERSEY

Realty Executives Exceptional Realtors® has been recognized by Energage as the best mid-sized workplace in North New Jersey. The Top Workplaces program invited organizations across businesses, non-profits, and government offices to uncover the best places to work and provide valuable insight to employers. With offices throughout northern New Jersey and Pike County Pennsylvania, Realty Executives Exceptional Realtors® was recognized as the Top Workplace in the Midsize Category (150-399 employees) and also received a special award for direction.

Chief Operating Officer Kyle Poskitt called the recognition a “big deal” as the awards came directly from the firm’s people. Awards were based on a study which surveyed employees at participating workplaces and then ranked employers on the results of those 24-question surveys.

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Sandee Hernandez named to prestigious “Los Angeles Power Players of 2017” list

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Sandee Hernandez takes her job as a real estate agent very seriously. She prides herself on having a high level of integrity and always strives “to do an outstanding job.”

She was recently recognized for this by high-end luxury lifestyle publication Modern Luxury Angeleno, who named Hernandez a Power Player of Los Angeles. The curated list highlights influencers in various industries throughout Los Angeles, celebrating individuals who have had a notable impact on their market.

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Realty Executives Ranks in RISMedia’s 29th Annual Power Broker Report

RISMedia just announced the top 1,000 Power Broker firms in the U.S., and seven Realty Executives brokerages ranked among the best of the best. RISMedia’s Top 500 Power Broker Report based on 2016 sales volume was released earlier this spring in Real Estate magazine.  The Top 1,000 Power Broker report ranks firms by both 2016 transactions and sales volume.  In addition to the rankings, the report paints a clear picture of how the leading brokerages across the country are both setting and adjusting to trends, while gearing up for a low-inventory environment. Continue reading

Realty Executives Metro ranked no. 1 brokerage in Brooklyn for closed sales

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Realty Executives Metro is the top-producing office in Brooklyn, NY, closing $135 million in sales volume from April 1, 2016 to March 31, 2017, according to The Real Deal magazine. The outlet, which covers real estate news in the New York City market, analyzed MLS sales data for Brooklyn and then ranked the top 10 firms in the borough. Continue reading

Diana Bustamante: “The relationship is always more important than the sale”

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Diana Bustamante has been working in the real estate industry for over 25 years. “My first semester in college, I started working part-time as a receptionist at a real estate office. The manager offered to pay for my classes to get a real estate license but I found the ‘sales job’ too difficult because of the time limitations,” she explains. “But when I graduated from college I couldn’t find a job that would pay what I wanted, so I decided to try real estate.”

She then went from being an agent to a Broker and a real estate instructor. She specializes in corporate, military and retirement relocation, as well as commercial and investment real estate.

“Every day is different. You get to meet new people all the time and some clients become great friends,” she shares.

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Duane Washkowiak appointed treasurer of Arizona Regional Multiple Listing Service

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Duane Washkowiak, REALTOR® and Designated Broker of Realty Executives East Valley, has been elected to serve as the treasurer of Arizona Regional Multiple Listing Service (ARMLS). ARMLS has approximately 33,000 REALTOR® subscribers, making it one of the largest multiple listing services in the country.

“I am happy to serve ARMLS and work to improve services to subscribers,” says Washkowiak. “My focus will be on providing tools that our members need, along with making sure we continue to grow as a company.”

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Ramon Cardenas appointed president of Lynwood Chamber of Commerce

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Ramon Cardenas was studying finance at California State University when he discovered real estate. “My goal was to be a stock broker or personal banker,” he says.

“I was introduced to real estate during my last year at college, so I graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Finance and a minor in Real Estate.” He graduated top of the real estate class of 2007 and went on to become a top-performing agent, continuously placing in the top 20% of REALTORS® in Los Angeles County when ranked by sales volume.

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