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Five advisors from luxury real estate firm join top half of one percent of more than 1.1 million REALTORS® nationwide
Engel & Völkers, a European-based premium real estate brand, announced today that five of the firm’s United States real estate advisors have been named members of “The Thousand Top Real Estate Professionals,” by REAL Trends, and the The Wall Street Journal, a prestigious national awards ranking sponsored annually by the two respected publications. The real estate advisors include Paul Benson, Engel & Völkers Park City; Carol Sollak, Engel & Völkers Wellington; Shirley Gary, Engel & Völkers Buckhead Atlanta; Roxann Taylor, Engel & Völkers Dallas Southlake; and Lourdes Alatriste, Engel & Völkers Miami. Each one is also a Private Office advisor, an exclusive international network of Engel & Völkers’ top real estate professionals. “Engel & Völkers’ network has continued its rapid expansion in key North American markets as a direct result of the hard work of our premier real estate advisors, who truly represent the best of the best,” said Anthony Hitt, CEO of Engel & Völkers North America. “Paul, Carol, Shirley, Roxann and Lourdes each contribute to the collective strength of Engel & Völkers North America through their outstanding passion and dedication to providing exceptional service to leading buyers and sellers across the United States.” The Thousand is published each year and is based on independently verified data provided by U.S. brokerages and real estate associations throughout the United States. The list is comprised of categorized rankings that include the Top 250 Agents by Sales Volume and by Transaction Sides, and the Top 250 Teams by Sales Volume and by Transactions Sides, as well as two newly added categories based off of average sales price, which include Top 250 Agents by Average Sales Price and Top 250 Teams by Average Sales Price. Benson, Sollak, Gary and Taylor were ranked in the Top 250 Agents by Transaction Volume. Alastriste was ranked in the newly added Top 250 Agents by Average Sales Price. All real estate advisors are now ranked in the top one half of one percent of the more than 1,100,000 REALTORS® nationwide. “The best individual agents and teams were nothing short of phenomenal considering the recovering real estate market,” said Steve Murray, founder of Denver-based publishing and communications company REAL Trends, which compiled the list. The ranking of The Thousand can be found at: www.thethousandrealestateprofessionals.com About The Thousand This awards program was developed jointly by WSJ. Custom Studios (and is not affiliated with the Editorial Department) and REAL Trends, a leading source of analysis and information for the residential real estate brokerage industry. REAL Trends’ The Thousand honors America’s elite real estate agents and their companies and is compiled and analyzed by REAL Trends with a special ad section included in The Wall Street Journal. About Private Office Private Office is Engel & Völkers’ reserved brand of client service available exclusively to the company's most valued clients. In order to join Private Office, advisors within the Engel & Völkers network must be nominated by their brokers and are selected based on their consistent, year-after-year production, market expertise, notably high quality service and passion as real estate professionals. Clients are also asked to comment on their service experience as part of this process. Nominees are then submitted to a North American selection committee who decide which candidates meet all requirements for final submission to the head of Private Office in Hamburg, Germany. There are currently 31 Private Office Advisors in North America and 47 worldwide.
About Engel & Völkers
Since its beginning in 1977 as a specialty boutique providing exclusive, high-end real estate services in Hamburg, Germany, Engel & Völkers has become one of the world’s leading companies specializing in the sale and lease of premium residential and commercial property and yachts. Engel & Völkers currently operates a global network of over 5,500 real estate advisors in more than 560 residential brokerages and 65 commercial offices spanning 39 countries across six continents, offering both private and institutional clients a professionally tailored range of luxury services. It established its North America corporate headquarters in 2007 and opened its first brokerage in the same year. Committed to exceptional service, Engel & Völkers supports its advisors with an array of premium quality business services; marketing programs and tools; multiple platforms for mobile, social and web; as well as access to its global network of real estate professionals, property listings and market data. Engel & Völkers is an active supporter of the Fair Housing Act and the Equal Opportunity Act. Each brokerage is independently owned and operated.
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