Keller Williams Realty on Pace to Exceed 2010 Profits

Associates Recognized at Mid Year Awards Ceremony in Lakewood Ranch, Florida

Lakewood Ranch, FL, September 05, 2011 --( Keller Williams Realty Sarasota-Lakewood Ranch achieved more than $135 million in closed sales volume in the first seven months of 2011, with profitability up almost 56% over the same period in 2010, according to figures released at its Mid Year Awards ceremony held in August.

The franchise is the No. 1 Keller Williams franchise in North Florida based on number of sales associates, transaction sides and transaction volume.

“I am excited about the opportunity we have here in Sarasota County with the right people lining up in all the right ways,” said Paul Cornuke, Operating Principal for Keller Williams Realty Sarasota-Lakewood Ranch. “As the market rebounds, the education and training we offer will propel our agents to fantastic success.”

Keller Williams Realty also recognized the highest producers for the first half of 2011. The group with the highest closed gross commission income (GCI), the most listings and the highest closed sales volume was The Soda Group, followed by Team DuToit (Steve DuToit) in second place and Tierney’s Team (Tierney Foster) in third place.

The husband/wife team with the highest GCI was Craig and Brenda Wilson, followed by Scott and Ashley Bromby in second place and Scott and Kelli Nold in third place. The Nolds had the most listings, with the Brombys in second place and the Wilsons in third place. The Wilsons had the highest closed sales volume, with the Nolds in second place and the Brombys in third place.

Individuals with the highest GCI were Carol Marra (first), Betsie Taber (second) and Maureen Legac (third). Individuals with the most listings were Robin Jones (first), Charlie Lersch (second) and Maureen Legac (third). Marra had the highest closed sales volume, followed by Legac and Taber.

The Wilsons achieved the highest GCI in a single closing.

The Rising Star awards went to John and Anja Buetergerds, Keren Mizrahi and Holly Pascarella. The Top Trainer was Maureen Legac. The Leadership awards were presented to Gary Dromsky, Tierney Foster, Vikki Keyser, Maureen Legac, Carol Marra, Mary Mastro, Kelli Nold and Shari Norwick.

"All of our agents are performing with intensity and focus, and any one of them could be the top agent in any given month,” said Kevin Cahill, CEO/Team Leader. “We are especially proud of our agent leaders who choose to give of their time and serve our associates and organization with care and commitment. I appreciate them every day.”

Nationally, Keller Williams Realty was the only real estate franchise to grow every year in the past five years. It is the fastest growing real estate company in the United States, increasing from 8,000 agents in 2000 to more than 80,000 agents currently. Keller Williams is now the second-largest real estate franchise in the United States based on the total number of sales professionals, according to research conducted by REAL Trends, a leading source of analysis and information in the residential real estate industry.

Evidence that Keller Williams Realty is gaining ground during one of the most pronounced market corrections in history underscores the models upon which the company was founded, leading the industry trend toward a more agent-centric culture. No other brokerage offers agent profit sharing and an Agent Leadership Council, where top agents help to set the policy on how associates will be treated. The Keller Williams model was the topic of a 2007 Stanford Graduate School of Business case study taught in MBA programs throughout the country.

Keller Williams Realty Sarasota Lakewood Ranch is the largest single real estate office in Sarasota, with more than 190 agents. Address: 6710 Professional Parkway West, Suite 301, Sarasota, Florida 34240. Telephone: (941) 556-0500.

Each Keller Williams office is independently owned and operated.

About Keller Williams® Realty Inc.
Keller Williams® Realty Inc. is an international real estate franchise company with more than 80,000 real estate agents, operating in more than 700 market centers (offices) across the United States and Canada. In 2010, Keller Williams Realty announced its expansion beyond North America.

Founded in 1983 by Gary Keller and Joe Williams with the mission to build careers worth having, businesses worth owning and lives worth living® for its associates, Keller Williams Realty has been among the fastest growing real estate franchises in North America since its founding. The company began franchising in 1989.

Keller Williams Realty ranked as the No. 1 real estate franchise on the 31st Annual Franchise 500 list by Entrepreneur magazine. Built on the philosophy that people matter most, Keller Williams Realty puts its agents and owners at the center of every strategic decision the company makes – literally. Keller Williams Realty is governed by the International Agent Leadership Council (IALC), which helps to guide the growth and direction of the company.

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