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The leadership team of Virginia Cook, Realtors® attended the 2018 Leading Real Estate Companies of the World® (LeadingRE) Annual Conference held at Wynn Las Vegas January 31-February 2 as invited members of the prestigious global organization.
“This was an exceptional experience that confirmed we are connected to the highest quality of residential real estate companies in the U.S. and around the world,” said President Sheila Rice, noting that only a small fraction of all companies that apply to be members are accepted based upon stringent criteria for quality performance standards.
“What that means to our valued customers here in North Texas is that we can connect them to the very best real estate firms and agents in any city or country where they need expert assistance in buying or selling property,” she said.
According to LeadingRE, membership is comprised of the top 565 “best-in-class” brokerages across the U.S. and in 65 countries. These firms produce more sales than any other real estate network with over 1.1 million transactions valued at $368 billion closed annually.
“And, just like Virginia Cook, Realtors®, these firms are fiercely local, independently owned and able to turn on a dime in today's fast moving market. You can say that we’re local, and global!” said Sheila.
During the 2018 LeadingRE Conference, members networked to share ideas about what their companies are doing to ensure impeccable client service and maintain leadership in their markets.
With the energy and excitement of Las Vegas the backdrop, attendees also took in inspiring insight and information from business notables like life coach and bestselling author Darryl Davis, award-winning journalist Celeste Headlee, and Steve Murray, editor and president of REAL Trends.
“One of the most valuable aspects of the conference was spending time with the people of the most successful firms in our industry,” said Maggie Hall, Relocation director of Virginia Cook, Realtors®. “It is very inspiring to be affiliated with these leaders who are committed to the highest levels of professional conduct and performance.”
Virginia Cook, Realtors® also maintains an office in the upscale Mayfair District of London to ensure both a local and global presence in the residential real estate industry.
"The UK, and London in particular, is considered a gateway to the international buyer," said Sheila. "Rather than waiting for these buyers to reach out to us, we now go to them through our London office and staff who understand the dynamics of serving foreign and ex-Pat American clients."
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Simone Jeanes was honored by Virginia Cook, Realtors® as 2017 Company Top Individual Producer at the Annual Business Meeting held January 26 at the Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden. She also earned the locally-owned firm’s Company Top Producer Award in 2015.
Simone began her career as her company’s Rookie of the Year in 1982. She earned her real estate license while still in college and knew real estate was her calling and would be her new career. A business graduate of the University of Texas at Austin, Simone has loyal clients, individual and corporate, from coast to coast. Her clients have learned that they can expect Simone to listen carefully to their needs and then develop a proactive home buying or selling strategy. With well-honed communication and negotiation skills, she carefully guides each transaction to a smooth and successful closing.
Simone believes that the real estate industry is about relationships, and her continuous networking enables her to find properties not currently on the market. “Her professional ‘no pressure’ attitude allows clients to experience her true commitment to service,” adds Sheila Rice, President of Virginia Cook, Realtors®. “Clients say that the service Simone delivers makes them feel as if they are her only client.”
As a multi-generation Texan serving home buyers and sellers for more than 35 years, Simone has experienced the many cycles of real estate, and she knows how to respond. Her unrivaled skills are complemented by an extensive knowledge of Dallas, Tarrant, Collin, Denton and Rockwall Counties. An involved and informed parent of children who attended Greenhill School and the Episcopal School of Dallas, she also provides valuable insight into the private and public school systems of North Texas.
“Simone never ceases to amaze us as she maintains a phenomenal track record in residential sales,” says Sheila. “Her focus on client needs is boundless. Any action that she can take at any time to advance the objectives of her client is always undertaken with verve and skill.”
An industry leader who has been named a Top Residential Real Estate Producer and Best Residential Real Estate Agent by local and state publications for the past 10 consecutive years, Simone is a native Dallasite who has consistently been ranked among the Top 10 professionals in her company throughout a distinguished career spanning three decades.
When not working or volunteering, she cherishes time with her family, which includes her attorney husband Wes; her daughter Meredith, a Dallas attorney; her daughter Melanie, an equestrian of Lexington, Kentucky; Ruby her Cavalier King Charles Spaniel and Jewel, her West Highland Terrier.
Whether you are a home buyer, seller or agent, knowledge is power in today’s fast-moving real estate market. That's why Virginia Cook, Realtors® will continue to expand an already extensive professional development and training program in the New Year.
“We are committed to providing educational opportunities for sales associates at every stage of their career, from the industry newcomer to the top producing veteran,” says Sheila Rice, president of the locally owned, independent brokerage.
In 2016, the company ramped up its educational focus by welcoming industry leader Denaige Pizzutello as Senior Vice President of Professional Development. Under her leadership, the company became an approved Continuing Education Provider by the Texas Real Estate Commission.
Many of the classes offered by Virginia Cook, Realtors® are approved for Continuing Education Credit, and the majority are free of charge. “To help make education convenient, the company brings classes to each of our six offices on established days throughout the year,” adds Rice.
The company has also set the benchmark for new agent training with KickStart, a free week-long program launched to put agents on the fast track to reaching their earning potential.
Taught by company and industry leaders, KickStart provides instruction on how to successfully secure listings and facilitate sales. A popular segment is Conversations with Rock Stars, where Virginia Cook Top Producers share their insight with attendees. Even veteran agents with the company audit KickStart to keep up with a myriad of subjects including legal issues, marketing, and the ever-changing technology and tools like DocuSign® and zipForm®.
“The response to KickStart was so phenomenal that we expanded the curriculum in 2017 to offer three follow-up workshops,” says Rice.
The first full-day KickStart Workshop focuses on serving with buyers; the second addresses working with sellers; and the third dives deeper into business development. The workshops are led by the company’s management team and include real-world advice, more Conversations with the Rock Stars, and role playing with scripts where practice creates ease of presentation.
In 2018, Virginia Cook, Realtors® will take education even further with a new Three-Year Referral and Relocation Certification program spearheaded by Relocation Directors Maggie Hall and Jill Johnson
Agents who complete the comprehensive program will be qualified to serve transferring executives and employees referred by corporations, third party relocation companies, and Leading Real Estate Companies of the World, of which Virginia Cook, Realtors® is a member.
"The collaboration throughout the company to bring our associates the best possible professional development is amazing,” says Pizzutello. “It is exciting and inspiring to know that this high caliber team is working so hard to ensure that the clients and customers we assist benefit from the most advanced knowledge.”
The next week-long KickStart session for new agents is March 19-23. The first KickStart Buyers Workshop for 2018 is January 19; the KickStart Sellers Workshop is February 16; and the KickStart Business Workshop is March 16.