Chattanooga, TN: Broker and Career Development Director Susan Barnette, of Crye-Leike Real Estate Services Chattanooga- East Brainerd, is now a Sterling R investor in the REALTORS Political Action Committee (RPAC).

RPAC is a national bipartisan grassroots-based political advocacy organization. As a Sterling R investor, Barnette will work with RPAC to help protect the real-estate industry and the dream of homeownership for the Greater Chattanooga and Cleveland residents, and across the country.

Barnette has been a long time supporter of the organization prior to becoming an investor. I support RPAC because it is important for me to assist in protecting personal property rights of my customers and clients, said Barnette.

Since 1996, Barnette has been a member of the National Association of REALTORS and holds several designations to include, Graduate Realtor Institute (GRI), Accredited Buyer Representation (ABR), Instructor Training Institute (ITI), and Performance Management Network (PMN). Additionally, Barnette is a Certified Residential Specialist (CRS) and a Senior Residential Specialist.

A seasoned professional in the real estate industry, Barnette is also a member of the National Association of REALTORS Professional Development Committee and the TN REALTORS Residential Forms Committee along with being a Trustee on the TN Real Estate Education Foundation. She is an active volunteer with the Womens Council of REALTORS, having served a two year term as the local Network President; Barnette will take over as the Tennessee President of the (WCR) in 2018.

Barnettes experience working as a Crye-Leike Broker and vast real estate knowledge will be an asset in helping RPAC to continue their work towards preserving the Mortgage Interest Deduction and preventing the use of guarantee fees charged on Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac-backed loans to fund non-housing programs.

With the many years I have worked in real estate, I truly feel that supporting RPAC is the best way I can help influence the long term growth and stability of my industry, said Barnette.

ABOUT CRYE-LEIKE: Crye-Leike Real Estate Services (, a full service real estate company for 40 years, is ranked as the fifth largest independently-owned real estate firm in the nation and the largest serving Tennessee, Arkansas, Mississippi and the Mid-South. Crye-Leike has more than 3,100 sales associates, 800 employees and 126 company-owned and franchise offices spread across nine states. It generated $6.36 billion in sales volume and 32,788 closed transaction sides corporate wide in 2016 its biggest year ever - and is on track to achieve the companys goal of $6.7 billion in sales volume this year.