Jonesboro, Ark. - Crye-Leike, Realtors' Jonesboro branch office was recently voted the No. 1 real estate agency in the Greater Jonesboro area by readers of The Jonesboro Sun newspaper during its Third Annual 2003 Best of the Best under the Sun awards.

The Jonesboro Sun, which has a daily circulation of 28,000 and Sunday circulation of 30,500, based the results on its readers casting their votes.

The newspaper established its readers' choice awards program to garner community involvement and heighten the competitive spirit, said a spokesman for the newspaper.

Crye-Leike, Realtors in Jonesboro has 43 sales associates who sell residential and commercial real estate to buyers and sellers in Craighead, Poinsett, Cross, Lawrence and Greene counties. Its sales associates generated $55.21 million in year-end sales volume in 2002, up 12.11 percent from $49.25 million through December 2001, and handled 768 closings in 2002, a 45 percent increase from one-year prior.

"As a full service real estate company, Crye-Leike attracts a sales force of quality people while preserving the small company spirit it began with 26 years ago," says Joyce Isbell, co-manager of Crye-Leike's Jonesboro branch office. "The result is a strong feeling of ?family' that makes Crye-Leike a uniquely supportive and dynamic environment in which to work."

"Crye-Leike's goal is to provide our sales associates with the proper marketing tools they need to sell real estate for the highest possible price in the least amount of time," says Cathi Nisenbaum, co-manager. "Our associates can choose from the many different tools and techniques available from our in-house marketing department, like SmartLine, an automated 24-hour information phone line which allows potential buyers instant access to information about the home 24/7; or, our visual marketing program which offers 360 degree virtual tours of homes on our company's Web site, a popular way to shop for homes which averages over 5 million hits a month and over 110,000 visitors a day."

Crye-Leike of Arkansas, Inc. established its Jonesboro branch office in December 1999, becoming Crye-Leike's second branch office in Arkansas. In May 2002, Crye-Leike established its fifth regional hub office in Little Rock, Ark., joining Memphis, Nashville, Chattanooga and Johnson City. Today, Crye-Leike has seven branch offices and one franchise office in Arkansas.

"Today's consumers want the home buying process to be quicker and more streamlined," says Harold E. Crye, chief executive officer of Crye-Leike. "Hence, Crye-Leike gives its home buyers the option of one-stop shopping, like offering a wide variety of financial services such as home mortgages, insurance, title insurance and home warranties through its parent company and its subsidiaries and affiliates. This commitment to offer a wide range of services is one more way Crye-Leike services its sellers and buyers better than any other real estate firm in the Mid-South and Arkansas."

As a full service real estate company, Crye-Leike offers real estate and related services, including: residential real estate services; relocation services; commercial business and investment real estate services; property leasing and management services; development and construction services; REO foreclosure services; mortgage lending facilities; insurance services; title services; home services; auction services; apartment locator services; franchise sales and builder resource services.

Crye-Leike (www.crye-leike.com), a full service real estate company for 26 years, is the nation's 10th largest real estate company. It has a network of over 2,400 sales associates and 65 corporate and franchise offices located in 36 counties throughout a six-state southern region in Tennessee, Arkansas, Mississippi, Georgia, Kentucky and Florida.

For information on real estate as a career, or to inquire about joining Crye-Leike, Realtors' sales team in Jonesboro, please contact co-managers Joyce Isbell or Cathi Nisenbaum at 870/935-0701.