Since 2002, when Crye- Leike Realtors opened its first offices in central Arkansas, the company's bright red "For Sale" signs have become a familiar sight for prospective homebuyers throughout the area.

 

During the past 13 years, Crye- Leike has expanded to include more than 350 sales associates and nine offices devoted to serving central Arkansas, including locations in Little Rock, North Little Rock, Maumelle, Benton, Bryant, Conway, Cabot and Hot Springs.

 

This year marks the third in a row for the company to be voted central Arkansas' top real estate company by the readers of the Arkansas Democrat- Gazette.

 

"We are excited and honored by this recognition," said Johnny McKay, managing broker for Crye- Leike's central Arkansas regional headquarters, located on Kanis Road in west Little Rock. "We appreciate our many central-Arkansas homebuyers and sellers that made this possible."

 

Crye- Leike Realtors, based in Memphis, Tennessee, was founded in 1977 by Harold Crye and Dick Leike. Today, the company is the nation's fifth- largest real estate company and the largest in the Mid- South. Crye- Leike has more than 3,000 professional sales agents and 138 corporate and franchise offices in nine states, including Arkansas, Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Mississippi, Missouri, Oklahoma and Tennessee.

 

Part of what sets Crye- Leike's service apart from the rest is the caliber of its agents.

 

The central Arkansas team of brokers, sales agents and support staff takes pride in exemplifying Crye- Leike's mission of "a passionate commitment to unsurpassed service," McKay said.

 

"We have an interview process that all prospective agents go through. We also do career and aptitude testing through our recruiting website," he said.

 

Realtors affiliated with Crye- Leike strive to personify the company's core values, including hard work, pride, integrity, respect, diversity and being a good neighbor.

 

"Once here, new agents can take part in our unique training, called Crye- Leike College, and a six- week start- up program, 'Blueprint for Success,'" he said, adding that the company's mentoring program allows new Realtors to learn from successful, more experienced agents.

 

The company offers the latest in real estate marketing tools, McKay said, including a 24/ 7 information line for current listings, automatic follow- up programs, an in- house appointment center, virtual home tours, a special 'luxury portfolio' program for upper-end properties and more.

 

"We utilize the latest in real estate information technology and offer our customers one of the best real estate websites in the nation," he said. "Crye- Leike is the No. 1 real estate company in central Arkansas, with a 2014 sales volume that exceeded $ 711 million."