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Leading Real Estate Companies of the World® Announces New Advisory Council Members

Leading Real Estate Companies of the World® has announced its new Advisory Council officers and members.The LeadingRE Advisory Council is a leadership group comprised of business development and relocation professionals who provide guidance on key initiatives for the global real estate community of 565 market-leading firms in over 70 countries.
The Advisory Council works closely with the Leading Real Estate Companies of the World® management team on integral relocation, business development and lead generation programs. Council members also mentor other affiliates and serve as ambassadors for the organizations diverse program offerings. Members are elected by fellow council members to serve a three-year term and are chosen based on the merits of their professional experience and reputation.Catharine Pappas, director of Relocation for Dickens Mitchener (Charlotte, N.C.), has been elected to a one-year term as Advisory Council chairperson.Pappas has led the relocation department at Dickens Mitchener for more than 25 years, bringing a depth of experience relating to all areas of relocation.Kimberly Barkoff, executive director, Relocation/Referrals for Halstead Real Estate (New York, N.Y.), has been elected vice chairperson.

Barkoff has more than 18 years of experience, including expertise in property investment and management, real estate and corporate relocation.Joining the Advisory Council are Michele Barnes, director of Relocation at PARKS Realty (Brentwood, Tenn.); Marie Lawrence, VP, Corporate Relocation Services, ARC Realty (Montgomery, Ala.); and Tammy Young, relocation director, Sibcy Cline Realtors® (Cincinnati, Ohio).We are so fortunate to have such an esteemed group of industry leaders serving on our Advisory Council. Their commitment to our network helps us ensure we deliver highly-effective, market-responsive relocation and business development programs for our members worldwide, says LeadingRE Executive Vice President, Member Services Kate Reisinger, CRP.

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New Leader Emerges in ‘Nation’s Largest Real Estate Firms’ Report

Overall, 2018 proved to be a good year in real estate.The nation’s 500 largest residential real estate brokerage firms closed more than 3.2 million residential sales transactions last year. Furthermore, in 2018, there were 297 firms recording more than $1 billion in residential sales.
There were representatives from every major brand and several independent firms on this year’s Top 500 list.REALTOR® Magazine’s 2017 Franchise ReportTo earn a spot on this year’s list, firms needed at least 1,992 transactions, up from a minimum of 1,899 transactions a year ago.“Leading firms are finding a way to grow despite challenges from low inventory, affordability issues, and intensifying competition,” says Scott Wright, vice president of REAL Trends and editor of the report.

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