Chattanooga, Tenn. - Crye-Leike, Realtors, which has nine branch and franchise offices in the Greater Chattanooga area, was recently voted the No. 1 residential and commercial real estate company in the Greater Chattanooga area by readers of The Chattanooga Times Free Press newspaper during its first 2001 Readers' Choice awards.

Additionally, Crye-Leike sales associate Jo Peckinpaugh was voted as one of the top two residential real estate agents in Chattanooga. Peckinpaugh is affiliated with Crye-Leike's Hixson branch office.

The Chattanooga Times Free Press, which has a daily circulation of 75,000 and Sunday circulation of 106,000, based results of Readers' Choice on its readers casting their votes. Winners were verified by the certified public accounting firm of Henderson, Hutcherson and McCullough, PLLC of Chattanooga.

The newspaper established its premiere edition of Readers' Choice to continue to receive community involvement and heighten the competitive spirit, said a spokesman for the newspaper.

Crye-Leike of Chattanooga, Inc. entered Chattanooga's real estate market in December 1997. Its offices are located in five counties within the Greater Chattanooga area: Bradley, Hamilton, McMinn and Meigs counties, including Catoosa County in North Georgia. Branch and franchise offices are conveniently located in Athens, downtown Chattanooga, Cleveland, Decatur, East Brainerd, Hixson, Signal Mountain and Soddy-Daisy, including Ft. Oglethorpe, Ga. Sales associates within the Chattanooga area currently total over 260. Crye-Leike of Chattanooga sold 2,210 units in 2000 with a sales volume of $255 million.

Crye-Leike (, a full service real estate company, is the nation's 13th largest real estate company and the largest serving Tennessee and the Mid-South. It has a network of over 2,200 sales associates and 55 branch and franchise offices located in 27 counties throughout a four-state Mid-South region in Tennessee, Arkansas, Mississippi and North Georgia. Crye-Leike attained sales of $2.9 billion and 20,406 closed transaction sides corporate wide in 2000.