The Dallas Morning News

‘Local and global’ as members of LeadingRE


The leadership team of Virginia Cook Realtors attended the 2018 Leading Real Estate Companies of the World (LeadingRE) Annual Conference, held Jan. 31 to Feb. 2 at Wynn Las Vegas, as invited members of the 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 Rice.

During the 2018 LeadingRE Conference, members shared 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 as 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 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 Rice. “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 expat American clients.”

Learn more at the website www.virginiaco­

 ??  ?? From left: Maggie Hall, Sue Sparks (LeadingRE), Chad Hayes, Sheila Rice, Denaige Pizzutello and Liz Miller.
From left: Maggie Hall, Sue Sparks (LeadingRE), Chad Hayes, Sheila Rice, Denaige Pizzutello and Liz Miller.

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