OOLTEWAH, TN. - Crye-Leike, Realtor Cathleen Hughes, of the Ooltewah New Homes Division, has received the prestigious designation "Graduate, Realtor Institute" (GRI) awarded by the National Association of Realtors.

"As a graduate of the Realtor Institute, I'm making a commitment to provide a high level of professional services to my clients," said Hughes. "The GRI curriculum helps to keep me up to date on the latest real estate trends and issues."

Developed for members of the National Association of Realtors and offered through State Realtor Associations, the GRI program includes 90 hours of coursework on topics from marketing and servicing listed properties to real estate law.

Hughes lives in Ooltewah and is a licensed Realtor in Tennessee and Georgia. She has been active in the real estate industry since 2004, working with buyers and sellers in and around Hamilton County. Hughes specializes in residential real estate, new home construction and working with first-time homebuyers.

Hughes is a member of the Chattanooga Association of Realtors, the Tennessee Association of Realtors and the National Association of Realtors.

Prior to obtaining her Real Estate License, Hughes was an Administrative Team Manager with ADT Security.

Crye-Leike, Realtors was established in Memphis in 1977 by Harold Crye and Dick Leike, and within three years, the company grew to be the largest in the city. Today, Crye-Leike?, the nations 4th largest real estate company, has a network of more than 3,900 sales associates and 125 corporate and franchise offices located in 65 counties through-out the eight-state southern region of Tennessee, Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Mississippi and North Carolina.

Crye-Leike is a full-service real estate company offering buyers and sellers services in the following areas of specialty: residential sales, mortgage lending, title, insurance, commercial business and investments, property management, development and construction, builder resources, REO bank-owned properties, relocation, auctions, and home services referrals. In 2006, the Crye-Leike organization attained sales of $6.1 billion with 35,498 closed transaction sides.