We’re Local, and Global as Members of Leading Real Estate Companies of the World®
The leadership team of Virginia Cook, Realtors® attended the 2017 Leading Real Estate Companies of the World® Annual Conference held at the iconic Fontainebleau Hotel in Miami Beach this month 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 20 percent of all companies that apply to be a member 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 550 brokerages across the U.S. and in 55 countries. These firms produce more sales than any other real estate network with over 1 million transactions valued most recently at $321 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 2017 LeadingRE Conference, members had many opportunities to network with each other and share ideas about what their companies are doing to ensure impeccable client service and maintain leadership in their markets.
With the amazing Fontainebleau Hotel and Miami Beach vibe as the backdrop, attendees also took in inspiring insight and information from business notables like the visionary Stefan Swanepoel, innovation leader Josh Linkner, and John Foley, former lead solo pilot of the Blue Angels.
“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 recently established a London office 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."
Factors motivating international buyers to invest in North Texas include the strength of the pound and euro against the dollar, and the stability and strength of the U.S. and Texas economies.