Category Archives: Top Producer Spotlights

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

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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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CAITLIN SUDDUTH: A YOUNG REALTY EXECUTIVES AGENT TO WATCH

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“I know that there is nothing stopping me from being the
best, and that’s what I strive for everyday.” ~ Caitlin Sudduth.

Caitlin Sudduth sold almost $2 million worth of real estate during her first year as an agent. At the time she was just 18 years old, going to college and also holding down a job at a bank.

“Making my first sale was incredibly hard. It took about five or six months. I worked open houses every weekend and followed up with every buyer,” reveals Sudduth, an Executive at Realty Executives Sudduth Realty in Augusta, KS.

“Eventually, I found a buyer for a small home with no central heating and air! It was a tough sell and very stressful putting it together, but I finally got it to closing and made my first paycheck, at which point I was hooked!”

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EXECUTIVE SPOTLIGHT: Chris Proctor, Realty Executives Devonshire Realty

Each year, Realty Executives International recognizes the leading Executives across our network through our annual awards program. As we celebrate 50 years of real estate excellence in 2015, we’re highlighting the achievements of some of our most successful agents (we call them Executives) sharing important keys to their incredible productivity in real estate, and honoring the many ways they make a difference in the lives of their clients.

Chris Proctor, Edmonton REALTOR, Realty Executives

REALTOR® Chris Proctor’s family has been in real estate since the early 1990s, spending more than 15 of those years at Realty Executives. So when it came time for him to join the family business, Realty Executives Devonshire Realty with Patti Proctor was a natural choice.

Areas served:
Edmonton, Alberta, Canada — all central Edmonton neighbourhoods

What are your specialties and designations?
Listing agent, buyer’s agent, accredited buyer’s representative®, and infill specialist

How many years have you been in the real estate industry? How many years with Realty Executives?
I’ve been in real estate for 6 years — all of them with Realty Executives. Continue reading

EXECUTIVE SPOTLIGHT: Dale’s Home Selling Team, Realty Executives Integrity

Each year, Realty Executives International recognizes the leading Executives across our network through our annual awards program. As we celebrate 50 years of real estate excellence in 2015, we’re highlighting the achievements of some of our most successful agents (we call them Executives) sharing important keys to their incredible productivity in real estate, and honoring the many ways they make a difference in the lives of their clients.

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Dale’s Home Selling Team of Realty Executives Integrity — Neil Miyashita, Nicole Brown, Vicky and Dale Schaechterle, Sarah Smart, Sharon Doyle, and Becky Wilde — offer first hand knowledge of the Lake Country, Wisconsin area where they live and serve clients and customers. We chatted with the team to talk about their decades of experience and how their agents stand out by providing three things better than the competition: real estate knowledge, earned trust and professional customer service.

Areas served:
Southeastern Wisconsin, specializing in the Lake Country area: Hartland, Delafield, Nashotah, Oconomowoc, Merton, Lisbon, Genesee, Dousman, Ottawa, Pewaukee, Chenequa, Okauchee, Wales, Sussex, Waukesha and surrounding communities.

Specialties and designations:
The members of Dale’s Team work with buyers and sellers of residential and investment property, including single family homes, new construction, lake homes, vacant land, condominiums, duplexes and multi-families.

How has your brokerage supported your success in 2014?
The support of Realty Executives Integrity has been incredible and we believe their support greatly attributed to our success. The leadership team is always there to support us in our business by providing the systems and tools we use on a daily basis.  Our front desk staff is professional and offers high-quality service to our team and our clients and customers. Continue reading

EXECUTIVE SPOTLIGHT: Scott Grigg & The Grigg’s Group, Realty Executives Phoenix

Each year, Realty Executives International recognizes the leading Executives across our network through our annual awards program. As we celebrate 50 years of real estate excellence in 2015, we’re highlighting the achievements of some of our most successful agents (we call them Executives) sharing important keys to their incredible productivity in real estate, and honoring the many ways they make a difference in the lives of their clients.

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A native Phoenician, Executive Scott Grigg of Realty Executives Phoenix worked his way up to become a top ranked REALTOR® in the Phoenix metro area before forming the Grigg’s Group in 2008, which consists of Grigg, Kevin Petruska, Nathan Niemira and Kimberly Johnson. In the years since, Grigg has built and maintained a reputation of providing exceptional service to a variety of clientele and cited referrals as key to his success: “I always believe in doing the best for our clients the first time and the referrals will come.”

Areas served:
Paradise Valley, Scottsdale, Biltmore and Arcadia

What are your specialties and designations?
Listing agent, buyer’s agent and builder representative

How many years have you been in the real estate industry?  How many years with Realty Executives?
I’ve been in the real estate industry 11 years; seven of those years have been with Realty Executives.

Did you have an “aha” moment in life – an experience that made it clear to you that real estate was the right career path for you?
When I realized that it is one of the few jobs that the more you work the more you can make. Your income level can go up as much as you want it to.

What led you to Realty Executives?
Realty Executives has the best opportunities as far as growth. I really liked that they have a satellite office program which fit well for my business. Continue reading

EXECUTIVE SPOTLIGHT: Lauren Ellington, Realty Executives Phoenix

Each year, Realty Executives International recognizes the leading Executives across our network through our annual awards program. As we celebrate 50 years of real estate excellence in 2015, we’re highlighting the achievements of some of our most successful agents (we call them Executives) sharing important keys to their incredible productivity in real estate, and honoring the many ways they make a difference in the lives of their clients.

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Real Estate Agent Lauren Ellington of Realty Executives Phoenix made the switch from a corporate career to real estate more than a decade ago when she made the leap from her home state of Texas to Phoenix, Arizona. Now, Lauren is sharing a little bit about how she’s learning life/work balance, why her broker answers her calls on his motorcycle and why NBA players love her style.

Areas served:
Paradise Valley, Scottsdale, Phoenix, Fountain Hills, Chandler, Gilbert, Mesa

How many years have you been in the real estate industry?  How many years with Realty Executives?
12 years in real estate and 12 years with Realty Executives

Did you have an “aha” moment in life – an experience that made it clear to you that real estate was the right career path for you?
Right out of college I worked in the corporate world. I wanted a career that didn’t have a cap on how much you could earn. I love people, houses, design and business so real estate was the perfect fit! Continue reading

EXECUTIVE SPOTLIGHT: Renee Revson, Realty Executives Williams-Sykes Realty

Each year, Realty Executives International recognizes the leading Executives across our network through our annual awards program. As we celebrate 50 years of real estate excellence in 2015, we’re highlighting the achievements of some of our most successful agents, (we call them Executives) sharing important keys to their incredible productivity in real estate, and honoring the many ways they make a difference in the lives of their clients.

REVSON_Renee-72dpiLicensed Associate Real Estate Broker Renee Revson of Realty Executives Williams-Sykes Realty in Poughkeepsie, New York has a host of specialties to her credit, having worked extensively with both buyers and sellers for over sixteen years (nine with Realty Executives). With a keen understanding of the ebb and flow of the real estate cycle and market, Renee shares with us how the Realty Executives business model coupled with full-time brokerage support and shifting market conditions helped shape another meteoric year in her real estate career.

Areas Served:
All of Dutchess County, New York including East Fishkill, Fishkill, Wappinger Falls, Hopewell Junction, Lagrange, Millbrook, Pawling, Pleasant Valley, Poughquag, Rhinebeck, Stormville, Poughkeepsie, Beacon, and Hyde Park

Specialties and designations:
Accredited Buyer Representative including First Time Home Buyers, Luxury Move Up Buyers, Downsizers, and New Construction.  Sellers Agency including expert negotiator, premier marketing, technology expert.

Which factors most attributed to your success in 2014?
1) The Realty Executives Business Model
2) The 24/7 support of my Broker/Owner Matt Williams
3) An extremely favorable interest rate environment
4) An improving job market
5) A continued shift in demographics

Did you have an “aha” moment in life – an experience that made it clear to you that real estate was the right career path for you?
I knew real estate was my calling when the vast majority of my clients told me they had purchased or sold homes before, but never had the service or results that they experienced with me. When one person tells you that, you just don’t know their previous experience. When everyone tells you that, you know you picked the right career path.

What led you to join Realty Executives?
After six successful years in the business, the next logical step was to start my own business. Through online research, I learned about the Realty Executives business model, and quickly realized that instead of opening a brand new unknown business name, I would go with Realty Executives, employ their branding, and reap the benefits without having to start a business from the ground up. And I was exactly correct. The best career move I ever made was in June of 2006, when I called Matt Williams of Realty Executives Williams-Sykes Realty.   The results I experienced in my first year exceeded my expectations, and I have grown my business significantly every year since.

How has your brokerage supported your success in 2014?
Real estate is one of those businesses that you can’t just do from 9-5, Monday through Friday. If your support is limited to that, you are not doing all you can do to close deals. My broker is literally available 24/7. We find solutions outside of office hours and by morning we are executing them. Continue reading

EXECUTIVE SPOTLIGHT: WMW Homes, Realty Executives Saskatoon

Each year, Realty Executives International recognizes the leading Executives across our network through our annual awards program. As we celebrate 50 years of real estate excellence in 2015, we’re highlighting the achievements of some of our most successful agents, (we call them Executives) sharing important keys to their incredible productivity in real estate.

WMW_Homes-72dpiThe WMW Homes team consists of three REALTOR® teammates, Kris Miazga and brothers, Morgan Wotherspoon & Blaine Wotherspoon of Realty Executives Saskatoon in Saskatchewan, Canada. Working together since 2010, the trio has scored a host of commission-based achievements and attributes their success to keeping customer service as their top priority.  In the following interview, they tell us why Realty Executives Saskatoon was the perfect match for their entrepreneurial team culture… and share about how clients, (even as young as four years old!) continue to refer friends and family to WMW Homes.

Areas and cities served:
Saskatoon, Warman, Martensville and surrounding areas

What are your specialties and designations?
We specialize in residential real estate. Resale homes, new builds and acreage developments are our main focus.

How many years have you been in the real estate industry? How many years with Realty Executives?
The three of us have a combined 18 years of experience, with 6 years each. We have been operating as the WMW Homes team for almost 5 years with Realty Executives. Morgan Wotherspoon started with Realty Executives from the beginning of his career and his friend, Kris Miazga and brother, Blaine Wotherspoon later joined a year into their real estate careers.

Which factors most attributed to your success in 2014?
We see our real estate practice more like a relational business, as opposed to a one-time transaction based sale. We’ve developed a business plan and system for our success. Over the years we have changed the original plan, adding to it, and taking elements out as needed — all the while, maintaining growth and keeping up with the latest technology trends. Our main focus, which we rely on hugely, is customer service. We have learned from our clients that customer service is the one attribute they value the most.

Did you have an “aha” moment in life – an experience that made it clear to you that real estate was the right career path for you?
We each left our steady mainstream Monday-Friday careers, and realized that an “entrepreneurial spirit” lied within each one of us. For me (Morgan Wotherspoon) being able to work with your best friend and brother and be successful makes every single day rewarding. I (Morgan Wotherspoon) was told by a mentor of mine, “find something you enjoy and that you’re good at, and then find a way to make money doing it.” We just sincerely love what we do and are appreciative of this.

What’s your Realty Executives story? What led you to Realty Executives?
Leaving the profession of teaching, it was important for me (Morgan Wotherspoon) to choose a brokerage that cared about its people, that cared about its future and its brand. Most importantly, we looked for a brokerage that offered training, education, and coaching to build a solid foundation for a successful real estate agent. After interviewing almost all of the local brokers in the city, it became apparent, that our Broker, Wayne Zuk of Realty Executives Saskatoon, offered everything we were looking for and more. It was an easy decision.

How has your brokerage supported your success in 2014?
The team that Wayne Zuk has built at Realty Executives Saskatoon is like no other. He is one of the few brokers in the city – perhaps the only –- who isn’t a Broker/Realtor but instead, Wayne’s pure focus is about being a broker and offering education, training, coaching, and most importantly, retention. Our brokerage offers weekly sales meetings, which include up-to-date market stats and trends, the latest news, and other unique information only found at our office. Apart from this, there are weekly and monthly training sessions available to us all. Additionally, there is a huge support staff that assists in marketing and development and conveyancing that is like no other — it is a fail proof system. All of this absolutely contributed to the success of our team. Continue reading