The real estate market has finally turned the bend. Business journals and economists are reporting an upswing in number of home sales and the average sale price over 2012, and some of California's top producing real estate companies are turning this into great news for home owners looking to sell. In fact, according to the Wall Street Journal, 10 of the top 25 grossing REALTORS hail from California.
National Full Service Firms
One of California's top producing real estate companies is Keller Williams Silicon Valley. Keller Williams won the J.D. Power and Associates awards for "Highest in Overall Satisfaction for Buyers and Sellers Among National Full Service Real Estate Firms" for 2012, and the Silicon Valley franchise boasts some of the most motivated and productive agents available in California. Among them is Jim Holt, who is using new tools, including websites like www.lessthan6percent.com to promote his services and listings online.
Representing the American Riviera, Santa Barbara, is Sotheby's Santa Barbara Coastal, which houses several of the top grossing REALTORS in the country. Sotheby's, a brand which specializes in fine and unique properties, is best known for its auction houses, but has been steadily developing its international real estate reputation. Not only is Sotheby's known for providing top notch real estate marketing and representation, but their agents participate in Conservation International's "Protect an Acre" program to help protect precious rainforest acres and the species they contain.
With perhaps the most top grossing REALTORS on the Wall Street Journal's list, Coldwell Banker makes an astounding impression on anyone seeking real estate representation. Six of the top 25 agents come from various California Coldwell Banker offices, which means that wherever you live, there's a reputable Coldwell Banker brokerage ready to help you sell your home for profit. The oldest, most established residential real estate franchise in North America, Coldwell Banker has an international network of real estate professionals to promote your listing worldwide.
Independent Real Estate Firms
There are a number of benefits associated with choosing an independent real estate firm to handle the sale of your property. Often, you'll be able to do business with the company's direct founder, so you know that you're always getting the best information direct from the source. Independent real estate firms are also free of corporate rules, making them a good choice for a long-term real estate partner.
If you're in the South Bay Area and looking to go independent, Shorewood Realtors is the firm for you. With the top grossing real estate salesperson in the entire state of California on staff, Shorewood Realtors is equipped to handle your entire real estate portfolio. They handle properties for sale or for rent, and are actively involved in their community. In business for over 50 years, Shorewood has more than 350 highly trained real estate professionals available to work with you, making even the most complex real estate transactions trouble-free.
Alain Pinel Realtors, in Saratoga, also brings the results. Two of their real estate professionals were on the Wall Street Journal's top 25 list, and they've been in business for the last 20 years. Since opening their doors, Alain Pinel Realtors has averaged no fewer than five awards for service per year, including Best Broker for Luxury Homes by San Jose Mercury News. They have in-house mortgage advisors, relocation and client services, a proprietary investment group, and an international network of referring real estate agents. Now you can take your confidence with you, wherever you go.
Making the Right Call
The California Association of Realtors has just launched a new TV, Web, radio, and print campaign which highlights the positive impact of REALTORS in California's economy. Regardless of whether you decide to go with a nationally-recognized brand like Coldwell Banker, or a powerful independent firm like Shorewood Realtors, make sure that you choose a real estate professional that is a licensed REALTOR, educated in the ways to save you money and hassle, and registered with www.lessthan6percent.com, so you know that you're being connected with a top agent from a top firm.
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