Executive Spotlight: Laura Harbison, Realty Executives of Nevada

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, honoring the ways they make a difference in the communities they serve and revealing what differentiates them from the competition.

HARBISON-Laura-72dpiLaura Harbison joined Realty Executives of Nevada in Henderson, Nevada 18 years ago because she needed the freedom and flexibility to grow her business “her” way. Today, Harbison brings nearly 30 years of experience to her real estate career and consistently achieves a host of commission-based achievements from Realty Executives International. She was recently honored for her 2014 productivity and ranks amongst our top 50 Executives based on commissions, out of thousands of Executives in hundreds of offices throughout our global network. In the following interview, Harbison shares how she keeps her clients and business on top, year after year.

Areas and cities served:
Henderson, Las Vegas, North Las Vegas, Boulder City, Pahrump, Laughlin

Specialties:
Residential Sales
Residential Leasing (Henderson & Las Vegas only)
Land Sales
Age Restricted Communities
Relocation
1031 Exchanges (residential & commercial)
Self-Directed IRA Investment
Foreclosure Sales

Designations:
Accredited Buyer Representative
At Home with Diversity
Certified Distressed Property Expert
Certified Residential Specialist
Graduate of the Realtor Institute
Senior Residential Specialist

Which factors most attributed to your success in 2014?
Being consistent in the services that I provide, plus being flexible enough to continually adapt to the changing market.

What led you to join Realty Executives?
The company that I was with previously was resisting the “Team Concept” that I was trying to develop, and Realty Executives was open to allowing me to grow my business in the direction that I knew it needed to go.

What differentiates you from your competition?
The strength of my support staff, my comprehensive marketing plan which encompasses many forms of media such as Print Ads, Magazines, Internet, Direct Mail, Television (HCTV) and more. My office is open 7 days a week (most are not in this area) and I am thorough and detail-oriented to ensure my clients receive superior service.

What is the best compliment you’ve ever received from a client?
Repeat business and referrals are the ultimate compliment. I connect on a very personal level with our team’s clients, so in addition to providing them with excellent service, they also know that I personally care about them and their transaction.

What are your top 3 lead generation sources? (Postcards, websites, social media, referrals, etc.)?
Farm mailings, past client mailings, and referrals from past clients are my top 3 lead sources.

How do you give back to the community you serve and the real estate industry?
“A Touch of Home” is a charity that I founded and operate. It benefits the Clark County School District and is dedicated to assisting the Homeless Education Division (Title 1) with the needs of the 3000+ homeless children that are attending school in our district.

I also volunteer time to Family Promise, which is a program designed to help homeless families get back on their feet.  Family Promise provides a place to stay, food, clothing, and childcare for up to 4 weeks — to allow the adults the opportunity to secure employment and get a fresh start. I am also active with Girls Scouts of America, and volunteer in my children’s schools. (I am a mother of seven children).

I am also a catechist at our church, and teach Religious Education Classes at the 7th grade level weekly.

Please tell us about your team:
I have a support staff that includes a Listing Coordinator, Marketing Coordinator, Escrow Coordinator, two full time Receptionists, an Accounting Coordinator, two Field Technicians, an REO Coordinator, an Administrative Assistant, and two Buyer’s Agents. The strength of my support staff is an incredible asset!

To contact Executive Laura Harbison, call 702-777-1234 or visit www.HarbisonRealEstate.com

Sandy Rubolotta receives national 2015 Volunteering Works award

Sandy-Rubolotta-gifFor Executive Sandy Rubolotta of Realty Executives Exceptional Realtors® Pompton Plains, in Pompton Plains, New Jersey, giving back to the community she serves could mean giving her neighbors the priceless gift of good health.

In 2008, Rubolotta founded the Greater Pompton Area Chapter of Deborah Hospital Foundation. Inspired by her own experience at Deborah®, Rubolotta made it her mission to raise awareness and funds for the local hospital that treats patients regardless of their ability to pay.

REALTOR® Magazine, the official magazine of the National Association of REALTORS®, recently recognized Rubolotta’s efforts and has gotten behind her cause in two significant ways.  Sandy is just one of five national recipients to receive the 2015 Volunteering Works award.  The New Jersey REALTOR® has been awarded a $1,000 grant and has been paired with a Good Neighbor mentor for her charitable work with Deborah®.  (REALTOR® Magazine’s Good Neighbor Award mentors have made an extraordinary impact on their community, or on the national or world stage, through volunteer work.)

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Realty Executives Northern Arizona lists North America’s tallest single-family home


Check out the views from the top! North America’s tallest single-family home and one of the world’s most unique residential properties is now for sale, listed by leading Prescott, Arizona brokerage, Realty Executives Northern Arizona.

Built on the slope of Thumb Butte, Prescott’s most famous landmark, the 6,200 square foot house, known as Falcon Nest, reaches 124 feet tall. The home was designed by its owner, Phoenix architect Sukumar Pal, who specializes in energy efficient homes. The Pal Residence has held four residential architecture world records, including top honors for its unconventional heating and cooling systems that utilize passive solar for winter heat and micro climate and convective cooling in the summer.

“As Prescott’s leading brokerage, we are thrilled with the opportunity to showcase such an extraordinary home. The buyer will likely be as exceptional as the home itself and will appreciate the one-of-a-kind nature of this home,” said Realty Executives Northern Arizona owner, Don Bonnell.

Featured on HGTV’s Extreme Homes, the residence boasts commanding views of Thumb Butte and the San Francisco Peaks, located 90 miles away, and is priced at $2.8 million.

To contact Realty Executives Northern Arizona Prescott office, call toll free at 800-887-7891 or visit the website at www.RealtyExecutivesAZ.com. Realty Executives Northern Arizona holds the number one ranking in market share for the greater Prescott area, with high producing professional agents, including the group that has this exclusive listing. Contact The Ray Team at 928-379-3100 or via their website: www.PrescottAreaLiving.com.

To read more about Falcon Nest, click here.

Realty Executives Five Star Homes Readies Home for U.S. Veteran and Family

Realty Executives Five Star Homes in Festus, Missouri recently welcomed home United States Army Veteran, Chad Hembree and his growing family, to their new home. Together with Wells Fargo and the Military Warriors Support Foundation (MWSF), Broker/Owner Cindy Callahan and her team of Executives played an important role in providing a new home for the Hembree family.

group in front of home

In October 2014, Wells Fargo contacted Realty Executives Five Star Homes to coordinate and ready a home in Northwood’s Subdivision, Festus, for the veteran. Wells Fargo has pledged to donate 30 million dollars to support returning service members and veterans through the end of 2015. To meet their goal, Wells Fargo partnered with MWSF and Operation Homefront, organizations dedicated to enhancing the lives of returning combat-wounded veterans by providing transition assistance, financial literacy and homeowner education courses. The home was donated to MWSF who in turn donated the property, mortgage free, to the Hembree family.

Realty Executives Five Star Homes readied the home by coordinating new carpet and flooring, a new roof, all new appliances, fresh paint, new deck, and other needed repairs. Many partner affiliates and clients answered Realty Executives Five Star Homes’ call to “fill the pantry.” The team collected paper goods, cleaning supplies, canned and dry goods along with some gifts for the children. An Americana bench and wreath for the front porch was also donated to the family by Realty Executives Broker/Owner Cindy Callahan, along with several gift cards.

donations

“It is an honor to be a part of the support for this family. A simple ‘thank you’ does not seem enough for all the service men and women who defend our country every day do for us. May you find peace and we welcome you home to Festus with open arms,” Cindy Callahan said.

Military Warriors Support Foundation home front

An official Key Ceremony was held on April 1st, 2015, to turn over the keys to Chad and his wife Katherine, who have two young children and are expecting a baby in May.

 

 

Realty Executives International Announces 2014 Top Award Winners

 

Each year, the top Executives, Broker/Owners and Regional Developers across the Realty Executives International network build their businesses and create superior client experiences through excellence in real estate.

Once again, it’s the time of year we celebrate the achievements of the top real estate professionals throughout our company. These award winning Executives, Broker/Owners, Regional Developers and offices have demonstrated exemplary sales and production achievements in 2014.

2014 Award Highlights Include:

The Solo, Team, and Top Gun awards rank individuals, 2-person teams and groups throughout the entire Realty Executives International system.  There are two sets of awards, gross commissions and units sold. The Top in each category include:

TOP SOLO – Individual Executives

SOLO COMMISSION
Lyle Caddell
El Cajon, California

SOLO UNITS
Deanna Moen
Elkhart, Indiana

TOP TEAM – Two Executives working together

TEAM COMMISSION
Rick McCandless & Scott Waid
San Diego, California

TEAM UNITS
Cindy Cahill
Taylor Mill, Kentucky

TOP GUN – One or more Executives working with a team

TOP GUN COMMISSION
Williams Group
Phoenix, Arizona

TOP GUN UNITS
Laura Harbison
Las Vegas, Nevada

Realty Executives International also recognizes the top offices throughout our system, for top listings and sales, in various categories:

TOP LISTING OFFICE

NUMBER OF LISTINGS
Realty Executives Associates
Knoxville, Tennessee

DOLLAR VOLUME
Realty Executives Associates
Knoxville, Tennessee

TOP SALES OFFICE

NUMBER OF UNITS SOLD
Realty Executives Associates
Knoxville, Tennessee

DOLLAR VOLUME
Realty Executives Polaris
Edmonton, Alberta, Canada

The Realty Executives International Fastest Growing Franchise Awards are designated for the top Owners who recruit the most Executives during the year:

TOP FRANCHISE PERCENTAGE GROWTH
Realty Executives SELA
Tammy Randles
Metairie, Louisiana

EXECUTIVE COUNT
Tammy Randles
Realty Executives SELA
Metairie, Louisiana

Top Region in Executive Count Growth:

TOP REGION
Scott Gilmour
Realty Executives Ontario
Ontario, Canada

The Regional Developer of the Year, Owner of the Year and Rookie of the Year Awards are chosen internally by Realty Executives International senior management and are awarded for overall contributions to the company throughout the year:

TOP REGIONAL DEVELOPER

REGIONAL DEVELOPER OF THE YEAR
Ken Durkee & Zig Ziegelman
Southeast Region

TOP BROKER OWNERS

OWNER OF THE YEAR
Tammy Randles
Realty Executives SELA
Metairie, Louisiana

ROOKIE OWNER OF THE YEAR
Cindy Callahan
Realty Executives Five Star Homes
Festus, Missouri

Congratulations to all of the 2014 Realty Executives International Award Winners!

Realty Executives Phoenix Pro Helps Family Revive Dreams of Homeownership on HGTV


Their story is one that so many Americans can relate to.  Having once enjoyed a dual-income lifestyle, this family experienced two lay-offs and downsized into an apartment during the great real estate recession.

Executive Gina Lisy of Realty Executives Phoenix played an important role in turning this family’s story around — and shared the experience with us through HGTV’s popular program, House Hunters.  

With the dream of home ownership back in reach, watch as this New York Times best selling author, her husband and their children decide to return to Arizona (where their story as a couple began) and go on a real estate adventure with Lisy, who seeks to find them the perfect home in the Tempe, Arizona area. Mom, dad and the kids each have input on the ultimate real estate wish-list. Watch and see which of those priorities (and which of the 3 properties) comes out on top.

Gina Lisy appears in the episode which originally aired on January 22, 2015, while her business partner and mother Janice Lisy-Anderson helps guide the way behind the scenes.

REALTOR® Mary Johnson’s Charity ‘Kindness Above Everything’ (KAE) Wins Award

Mary Johnson
Mary Johnson (left) of Realty Executives Elite Ltd. receives the Ontario REALTORS Care Foundation Spirit Award at the Ontario Real Estate Association’s 2015 Leadership Conference in Toronto.

For Mary Johnson of Realty Executives Elite Ltd. in London Ontario, home is most definitely where the heart is.  Johnson has helped countless families find homes throughout her diverse, nearly 20-year career in real estate, and also mentors real estate professionals in her role as Owner of one of London, Ontario’s top brokerages.  Her consideration for others, attention to detail, tenacity and hard work extends beyond the everyday operations of Realty Executives Elite Ltd. and the London real estate market, and deep into the community Johnson serves.

“Mary has, for many years, been quietly helping people in need, always operating under the radar and not bringing any attention to herself,” said Carl Vandergoot, President of the London St. Thomas Association of REALTORS®.

At the Ontario Real Estate Association’s 2015 Leadership Conference in Toronto,  Johnson was awarded the Ontario REALTORS Care Foundation Spirit Award, in honor of the charitable work she does through an organization she founded, Kindness Above Everything (KAE), which exists “to improve the lives of local impoverished families through financial support.”  KAE connects with local agencies to find the hidden needs of families in the community, ranging from children to seniors.

For the full story, click here.

For more information about KAE, contact Mary Johnson at maryjohnson@realtyexecutives.com.

Realty Executives Premier to Restore 1927 Building

Mike and Pam TezakHistorical renovations are well underway at 310 E. Lincolnway in Valparaiso, Indiana, where Michael and Pam Tezak of Realty Executives Premier have operated their business for seven years.   Last month the Tezaks purchased the building and immediately began renovations, with plans to restore their office space to it’s original 1927 look.

The Chicago Tribune featured the Tezak’s story recently — click here for more.

Realty Executives of Simcoe Inc. Sponsors First Annual “Start Talking” Cup

Silence and stigma often cloud and prevent discussion about mental health issues in people of all ages.   Realty Executives of Simcoe Inc. in Barrie, Ontario recently sponsored the First Annual “Start Talking Cup” in Barrie, Ontario to help raise awareness and enact change in the community they serve.

The “Start Talking” Campaign seeks to change attitudes and patterns around mental health, especially concerning young athletes.
 start talking teams

To help raise awareness, a hockey match was held on January 7, 2015, between two youth teams, the Minor Midget AAA Barrie Colts and the Minor Midget AAA North Central Predators at the Barrie Molson Centre.  The event was held in cooperation with the  Canadian Mental Health Association,  Simcoe County Branch and the “Start Talking” Campaign.

Executive Don McAskin and Realty Executives of Simcoe Inc. were proud supporters of the event, which was a great success.  The match featured the son of Realty Executives of Simcoe Office Manager, Jill Peters.  Plans for future events are already underway and the Realty Executives office in Barrie looks forward to once again supporting the efforts and taking part.

Realty Executives Launches New Company Website

Realty Executives International has launched their new proprietary website hosted at RealtyExecutives.com!
 
Built from the ground up by Realty Executives International’s technology team, the new site represents a huge leap forward for Realty Executives, with a modern responsive design that is easy to use, mobile-friendly and showcases Realty Executives as a leader in real estate innovation.  The new technology is entirely owned and controlled by Realty Executives, giving the International franchising company a previously unprecedented ability to develop new features and incorporate new ideas into the site.
 
 

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