Category Archives: Top Producer Spotlights

There’s a Yard Sign… So Why Are We Driving Past It?

homes on a street with yard signs in front of them

As Realty Executives’ Jeff Ross and Renee Gaun were driving clients around their well-loved city of Flagstaff, Arizona, they were asked a common question:

Why don’t buyers’ agents show every property displaying a yard sign?

It’s a legitimate question from many prospective buyers, and an often-unrecognized service provided by the realtor. Read on to learn why a realtor may skip some homes, and how working with an Executive simplifies your home search.

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Lisa Glombowski Named Eastern Thumb’s Realtor of the Year

Lisa Glombowski, Realtor of the Year
Lisa Glombowski of Realty Executives Home Towne

Realty Executives Home Towne of Port Huron, Michigan, is pleased to announce that Lisa Glombowski has been honored as the Eastern Thumb Association of Realtors® 2021 Realtor of the Year.  This award recognizes the behaviors and attributes that make a real estate professional shine: service to the community and the association, ethical behavior, commitment to bettering the profession, and participation in civic and charitable opportunities. Nominees for the award were submitted by peers in the association. The final selection was made by an anonymous vote by the Board of Directors.

Looking back, Glombowski says she carried an unexplainable attraction to real estate for years before deciding to make a career switch. Despite having multiple people try to dissuade her, she obtained her license in 2013. “I was working at an orthodontist office, my kids were off to college, and I felt that I finally had the time to commit to starting my own business,” she said. “What was the worst that could happen? No matter what, I was going to gain knowledge.”

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Realty Executives Sudduth Realty Recognized as Top Auction Firm

Mark, Donna, and Caitlin Sudduth at the Wichita Business Journal awards.
Donna, Mark, and Caitlin Sudduth at the Wichita Business Journal Awards.

Realty Executives Sudduth Realty and Auctions, Inc. has been honored as the 2021 Top Auction Firm with the Wichita Business Journal. As a full-service real estate brokerage led by Broker/Owner Mark Sudduth, this Augusta business takes client service to the next level by specializing in traditional sales and real estate auctions. Experiencing explosive growth in the past few years, the firm has become one of the leading auction firms in south central Kansas.

“Contrary to what some may believe, hosting an auction is not ‘giving away’ a property. In fact, effective marketing allows us to successfully increase visibility for unique homes, farms, ranches, and investment properties- properties that are often time incomparable to others in the area.  Although it isn’t appropriate for every client and property, an auction can be a great option to consider. We view it as an additional service that our Executives have in their arsenal,” says Sudduth.

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New Agent to Multi-Million Dollar Producer: Mary Giles Shares Her Success Story

Mary Giles, multi-million dollar producing real estate agent.
Mary Giles of Realty Executives Select Group Ohio.

According to the National Association of REALTORS® 2021 Member Profile, agents in the business for two years or less averaged three transactions in 2020- or roughly $400,000 in sales volume.  For most of those agents, their real estate work generated less than $10,000 in income.

Not for Mary Giles of Realty Executives Select Group in Sandusky, Ohio.

Despite a pandemic and inventory shortage, Giles decided to obtain her real estate license in November 2020.  Since that time, she has closed 20 homes, has four more under contract, and has closed over $2.5 million in sales volume in an area where home prices average $100,000. To jumpstart real estate careers for other new agents looking to become highly productive, Giles sat down with us to share her story, strategies, and recommendations.

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Realty Executives Earns Top Rankings in the Phoenix Business Journal Book of Lists

Realty Executives is pleased to announce that James Wexler has been named the #1 residential real estate agent by the Phoenix Business Journal Book of Lists. The prestigious ranking is based on total dollar volume for 2018 residential real estate sales in Maricopa County, which was $82.14 million for Wexler. Along with dollar volume for 2018, other information points for the rankings include number of transaction sides, most expensive home sold during the year, and agent email and website information.

In addition, Realty Executives Phoenix agent Scott Grigg was ranked #6 with $60.29 million total dollar volume and Rosie Derryberry was ranked #17 with $31.47 million total dollar volume. The publication also ranked real estate teams, Realty Executives of Phoenix teams recognized included: Williams Team of Realty Executives Phoenix, ranked #9 at $139.9 million, the Realty Network Group ranked #34 at $50.76 million and ONE Priority Team ranked #44 at $46.13 million. All rankings in these categories for the Book of Lists were based on total dollar volume for 2018 residential real estate sales in Maricopa County. The Book of Lists provides rankings of hundreds of the top local companies in their fields. It also provides the names of key decision makers, along with their titles and contact information. 

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Realty Executives Elite Announces Three Realtors® Certified as Accredited Commercial Practitioners

Realty Executives International is excited to announce that three Realtors from the Realty Executives Elite brokerage – Chris Budz, Jim Chipain and Maribel Salgado-Little – have recently been certified as an Accredited Commercial Practitioner (ACP) by the Mainstreet Organization of REALTORS®. The ACP certification is currently held by less than 100 brokers in the State of Illinois.

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Chad Arend: ‘An Executive is someone you can rely on’

As a former financial advisor, Chad Arend brings a unique skill set and background to the real estate market. He takes pride in his ability to work with data and contracts, and he enjoys the analytical and technological side of the job.

“I love being out in the field with buyers and talking marketing with sellers, but I also really enjoy putting together various systems to work with on an everyday basis so our team can be productive,” he explains.

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Bill Cole: ‘Like many of us who choose real estate, I wanted to be my own boss’

Realty Executives of Cape County downtown office

Fourteen years ago, Bill Cole decided to  joined his wife Susan Cole in the real estate industry. He left behind a successful career as a corporate controller for a multi-national construction company.

“For me, it was a complete career change,” says Cole. “Like many of us who choose real estate, I wanted to be my own boss and to pursue the entrepreneurial spirit I always had. Our joint decision meant me giving up a good job with a company car, insurance and retirement benefits at the same time our two children were in their sophomore and junior years in college.”

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Laura Harbison: ‘I am constantly reinventing my business’

Laura Harbison saw the value of working within a real estate team before the idea became trendy.

“The brokerage that I was with prior to Realty Executives discouraged team structures, and Realty Executives was supportive of my ‘out of the box’ dreams and goals for my business,” she says.

Harbison hasn’t looked back since joining Realty Executives in 1997 and launching her winning team, which has taken home the Realty Executives Top Gun Award since 1999. The Top Gun Award recognizes the peak achievements of the top-performing team lead in the Realty Executives network, and Harbison is the epitome of that.

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Deneen Ruffolo voted Most Valuable Executive in Great Lakes Region

Deneen Rufollo voted Most Valuable Executive

Deneen Ruffolo walked away with the coveted Most Valuable Executive Award at the Realty Executives Great Lakes Region awards banquet last month. Voted on by over 250 Executives across the region (which includes Illinois, Indiana, and Michigan), the peer award honors outstanding staff members who are held in high esteem by their coworkers.

“I try to treat people the way I want to be treated, and be as supportive as I can,” says Ruffolo. “It only takes a moment to help someone, put a smile on their face, or just make them feel like they belong to a great office.”

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