CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. - Crye-Leike, Realtors announces that the Tennessee Association of Realtors, under the auspices of the National Association of Realtors, has awarded Vickie Vance the Graduate Realtors Institute (GRI) designation. The GRI designation is a national professional designation that signifies mastery of a specific and intensive program of classroom instruction in various aspects of residential brokerage.

 

Vickie Vance is affiliated with the Athens branch office, located at 580 South Congress Parkway. Serving the needs of the buyers and sellers in and around Sweetwater, Athens, Decatur, Englewood, Etowah, Loudon, Madisonville, Niota and Riceville, Ms. Vance specializes in residential, relocation, new home construction, farm, land, waterfront properties, retirement, and mountain real estate. She holds membership in the National and Knoxville Associations of Realtors, as well as the River County Board of Realtors, and has the designation of Crye-Leike Multi-Million Dollar Club (MMDC). Within her community, Ms. Vance is active in volunteering with Habitat for Humanity.

 

Through the Realtor Institute program, real estate professionals study marketing, ethics, contracts, finance, technology and other real estate topics. The GRI program provides real estate professionals with the skills needed to render greater and broader services to the public and to prospective clients. Successful graduation from the GRI program in Tennessee requires successful completion of at least 90 hours of course work and five written examinations on various aspects of the courses taken.

 

Interested buyers and sellers in the Greater Athens area may contact Crye-Leike associate Vickie Vance at (423) 746-0227.

 

The GRI program curriculum and standards are governed by the National Association of Realtors, the nation's largest professional trade association, representing members involved in all aspects of the real estate industry. Currently, approximately one in seven Realtors in Tennessee hold the GRI designation, with several thousand having taken one or more courses in the program series.

 

Crye-Leike? (www.crye-leike.com), a full service real estate company for 29 years, is the nation's 6th largest real estate company and the largest in the Mid-South. It has a network of over 3,500 sales associates and 105 corporate and franchise offices located in 56 counties throughout a seven-state southern region in Tennessee, Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky and Mississippi. In 2005, the Crye-Leike organization attained sales of $5.6 billion with 34,039 closed transaction sides.