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Submitted by Jeramia Trotter, WMCTV.com Monday, November 15th, 11:32 am In past years, the silent auction has raised thousands of dollars for the kids in Youth Village's care. Each year, the silent auction and raffle generates in excess of $10,000. The seventh annual silent auction and raffle starts on Monday, Nov. 15 and will include more than 300 gift baskets with items donated by Amit's Hallmark. There will be autographed sports items, local ticket packages including a pair of 2011 season tickets to the University of Memphis football games and gift cards galore. A Honda Motorcycle with a street value of $1,500 is also up for auction. Crye-Leike invites the public to come and shop and join their efforts in supporting Youth Villages. There will be lots of items that will make great gifts for the holidays, birthdays or any other occasions. Auction items will be on display from Monday through Friday at the Crye-Leike Corporate Headquarters located at 6525 Quail Hollow Rd. in Memphis. For more information, call the office at 901-756-8900. List of Items: ?OVER 300 BEAUTIFUL GIFT BASKETS with some items donated by Amits Hallmark ?AUTOGRAPHED PRINT - TITANS BY CORTLAND FINNEGAN ?2 $75 GIFT CERTIFICATES FROM THE DENT DOCTOR ?AUTOGRAPHED BASKETBALL - U OF M HEAD COACH PASTNER ?AUTOGRAPHED BASKETBALL - U OF M HEAD COACH PASTNER ?AUTOGRAPHED BASKETBALL - U of M HEAD COACH PASTNER ?(10) PICTURE NAME STRIPS by D & D signs ?(6) PREMIER PROPERTY SIGNS or 6 PERSONALIZED PANELS by Dee Signs ?(2) UNIVERSITY OF MEMPHIS FOOTBALL - 2011 SEASON TICKETS ?$50.00 FOLK'S FOLLY GIFT CARD ?1 NIGHT @ FITZ CASINO & HOTEL + LUNCH VOUCHERS ?$15 HUEYS GIFT CARD ?RIVERKING'S AUTOGRAPHED PENANT & GOODIE BAG ?(4) RIVERKING'S TICKETS - RED LEVEL FLEX PACK- 2010-11 SEASON ?(6) $25 INCREDIBLE PIZZA GIFT CARDS ?$50 MELTING POT GIFT CERTIFICATE ?$50 MELTING POT GIFT CERTIFICATE ?$50 LOWES CARD donated by American Home Shield ?6 TICKETS FERDINAND THE BULL FOR 2/8/2011 Orpheum Theatre ?2 HOURS OF BOWLING FOR 4 WITH SHOES,PIZZA AND SODA AT FUNQUEST COLLIERVILLE ?BOWLING BIRTHDAY PARTY AND FUNQUEST COLLIERVILLE ?(2) SUNDAY BRUCH FOR TWO AT HOLIDAY INN U OF M ?GRIZZLIE AUTOGRAPHED BALL BY ASSISTANT COAC H DAMON STOUDAMIRE ?GRIZZLIE XL T SHIRT AND BAG ?(4) MEMPHIS ZOO PASSES ?NASCAR AUTOGRAPHED PRINT BY DENNY HAMLIN ?TIN OF QUALITY STREET AND HERO'S (GOOD ENGLISH CHOCOLATE) ?(2) BOXES OF THORNTONS CHOCOLATE ?LEATHER WRITING PAD donated by Zebra Marketing ?ONE NIGHT STAY AT HORSESHOE CASINO expires 5/30/2011 with $50 dining dollars ?$100 HORSESHOE DINING DOLLARS ?8 PINK PALACE PASSES ?1 NIGHT STAY AT BALLY'S CALID UNTIL MAY 15 2011 ?8 MUSEUM PASSES TUNICA RIVER PARK ?1 SEASON SUBSCRIPTION 2010/2011 PLAYHOUSE ON THE SQUARE ?HANDED KNITTED BABY DRESSES ?$25 GIFT CARD donated by Home Services ?1971 HONDA CB 350 donated by Tracy Kirkley ?MISSISSIPPI STATE CHILD STOOL hand made by J D Clarkson ?UNIVERSITY PLAQUES hand made by J D Clarkson ?PEN SET hand made by Bill Edwards Mt Juliet office ?COFFEE Donated by Royal Cup Coffee Information provided by Crye-Leike.
Posted: Oct 27, 2010 5:20 PM CDT NASHVILLE, Tenn. - While still down, Middle Tennessee's real estate market fared better than larger cities during the recession. According to the Case-Shiller home price index, home prices are back where they were in 2003 nationwide and over the last year, home values in 20 of the country's largest cities grew 1.7%. The bad news is that in 15 of those 20 cities, prices dropped between July and August of this year. In Nashville that's not necessarily true, according to local realtors like Becky Meagher with Crye-Leike. "Ours has been much more [in the] middle of the road," Meagher explained. "If you look in areas like Las Vegas, they have had tremendous growth up and then down," she continued. In Middle Tennessee, according to Meagher, home values are dependent on where the house is located as values are better in some areas over others. "[Vanderbilt University] drives people to that area, no matter what the economy, you're going to have Vanderbilt and Music Row and people still want to be there," Meagher said, adding if you're in the market to buy a home, now is a great time. "The rates are the best in 40 years," she said. Crye-Leike's office in Green Hills will host a first time homebuyer's seminar on November 9 to educate people on everything you need to know before buying a home. The educational seminar begins at 5:30 p.m. and is free to attend.
SMYRNA, TN., - Realtors in Crye-Leike's Smyrna office are continuing their tradition of hosting a chili cook-off fundraiser this fall. This will be their seventh year to organize the event and proceeds from the luncheon will benefit the Dr. Snyder Foundation. "Dr. Snyder has graciously participated as a judge in our chili cook-offs over the last few years," said Crye-Leike Agent Debbie Michaelson. "All of the money raised from this year's chili cook-off will go to the "Cops and Kids for Christmas" program which is a benefactor of Dr. Snyder's foundation. Our agents felt that this program is a very deserving recipient of the large fund we hope to raise this year." Agents from the office will be dusting off their cook-books and preparing their best chili recipes in hopes of winning the honor as ?Best Chili Cook' and in hopes of helping raise lots of money for the "Cops and Kids for Christmas" program. "For our office and agents, this is our big fundraiser for the year, and a delicious one at that," said Michaelson. "It allows the agents to come together as an office and raise money for a special community organization. We invite the community to this fun annual event and hope to see many people stop by our office for a tasty chili lunch and join our efforts in supporting this wonderful charity." More About The Crye-Leike Smyrna Chili Cook-off More than a dozen different styles of chili will be served for lunch on Tuesday, October 26th from 11:00am to 1:00pm. Everyone who purchases a lunch ticket can sample different chili recipes, toppings, soups and soft drinks. Hot dogs and desserts will also be on sale to help raise money. Crye-Leike Smyrna's Seventh Annual Chili Cook-Off will be held in the front office parking lot located at 599 Sam Ridley Parkway in West Smyrna. Lunch tickets cost $4 dollars in advance and can be purchased for $5 dollars on the day of the event. In addition to the lunch fundraising, a silent auction will be held and additional monetary donations will be accepted. For more information on the Chili Cook-Off Fundraiser, contact Crye-Leike's Smyrna branch office at 615-220-1300. More About Crye-Leike, REALTORS Harold Crye and Dick Leike established Crye-Leike, REALTORS in 1977. Today, Crye-Leike?, the nation's 6th largest real estate company, has a network of more than 3,600 licensed sales associates based out of 130 corporate and franchise offices located through-out the nine-state southern region of Tennessee, Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Mississippi, North Carolina and Oklahoma. Crye-Leike is a full-service real estate company offering buyers and sellers services in: residential and commercial sales, mortgage, title, insurance, business brokerage and investments, property management, development and construction, builder resources, REO bank-owned properties, relocation, auctions, and home services. In 2009, Crye-Leike attained a sales volume in excess of $3.9 billion with 24,983 homes sold. More information is available at http://www.crye-leike.com.
By Nancy Mueller ? FOR WILLIAMSON A.M. ? October 1, 2010 COLUMBIA, Tenn. ? A lifelong love for Halloween has led real estate agent David Miller into a scary sideline. When he isn't selling houses in the Spring Hill area, he runs a growing enterprise called Miller's Thrillers that produces a Halloween experience venue, The Haunted Woods, at a farm in Maury County. Starting tonight, The Haunted Woods will be open to fright-seekers for "showings" 7-11 p.m. on all Friday and Saturday nights in October. The attraction also will be open on two Sundays, Oct. 24 and 31. Although The Haunted Woods is only in its third year, it has established a following. Miller says last year's Haunted Woods drew 2,900 customers and he expects to top that number in 2010. To prepare for this year's Halloween season, he and his team earlier this year attended the International Haunt Convention in St. Louis, where they picked up the latest ideas for scaring the wits out of their customers. "We'll be showcasing several of those new ideas in this year's haunt," Miller said. For a $10 ticket, The Haunted Woods offers an unguided outdoor trail that features two mazes through woods and a simulated swamp, leading up to a "barn of terror." The whole thing takes up more than five acres of a farm owned by Mark and Mary Voll on Greens Mill Road, just south of Spring Hill. Going through the feature, which includes some interactive experiences with actors, takes about 45 minutes. Miller, an accredited buyers' representative who is based with Crye-Leike Realtors in Spring Hill, said his enjoyment of Halloween merged with his business instincts a long time ago. "When I was a little kid, I used to grow pumpkins on my grandfather's farm and sell them," he said. "I sold them on a street corner (in Spring Hill) for $3 apiece. I remember one day, I made $80 in only about an hour." As a realty agent, he's working with somewhat bigger numbers. Miller's Thrillers is spending between $15,000 and $20,000 to create The Haunted Woods and Miller is hoping to gross $40,000 from ticket sales by the close of business Halloween night. As much as he enjoys creating a haunted experience for other people, Miller doesn't do haunted houses himself. "I was always too scared to go to a haunted house," he said. He says that he has never sold one to anybody, either.
An auction was recently held at the Crye-Leike, REALTORS Mt. Juliet sales office, but the Agents were not selling property. Instead of making competitive offers on a home, bidders were hoping to place the winning bid on one of the many delicious desserts up for auction. Crye-Leike Agents in Mt. Juliet put business on hold Tuesday morning September 21, 2010 to host the office's Seventh Annual Martin Cummings Sweet Tooth Auction. The agents host the auction every September during the company's United Way Campaign to raise money for local charities supported by United Way of Wilson County. This year's Sweet Tooth Auction brought in $5,020 to benefit local charities. A hearty breakfast was served to everyone who attended and was followed by the auctioning of many homemade cakes, cookies, pies and other sweet treats and items. "Thanks to all the support from Kathy Tomlinson from Realty Title and Dwayne Hampton from Magna Bank for the wonderful breakfast and thanks to the donations of auction items from local businesses, the public, agents from Crye-Leike offices and other Real Estate companies, and thanks to the auctioneers, the auction this year was a huge success!" said Crye-Leike Affiliate Broker Joann Pucciarelli. "A special thanks goes to our fabulous Mt. Juliet office because without all their support from baking, inviting others, bidding and being such a wonderful group of people this auction would not be possible." The Sweet Tooth Auction is named in memory of the late Martin Cummings who was the first Managing Broker of the Crye-Leike, REALTORS Mt. Juliet office. "Martin always stressed to us to give back to the community and that is what our office has always tried to do," said Joann. "We were very fortunate to have Martin's wife Camilla Cummings to join us in the fun at the auction this year. I know Martin would be very proud of the way the auction turned out and thrilled on how successful it grows every year."
Spring Hill, TN., - Spring Hill Real Estate Agent David Miller has earned the reputation as the scariest Realtor in Middle Tennessee, and he plans to uphold that reputation this Halloween as he gears up to open his Millers Thrillers Haunted Woods for a third season. This October, Miller will remain a Realtor by day but will scare up a very different kind of business when the sun goes down. "Millers Thrillers Haunted Woods is geared up for another Halloween season of scares, and we're very excited about opening night!" said Miller. "During our 12 night run, we will create an atmosphere that's both frightening and fun with concessions, a warm burning campfire and high energy music to get everyone's heart pumping before entering the unknown creations in the woods." Last year, Millers Thrillers had over 2,900 customers visit the haunted woods including locals and hundreds of others driving in from Nashville and surrounding cities. "We had a successful turnout last year with lots of great customer feedback," said Miller. "We gave locals a reason not to drive to Nashville for a good spook and had many folks drive in from Nashville. This year, we've heard even more people talking about driving in from Nashville and other areas because they've heard about our unique experience." Miller says he's ready for business and has invested time and money to become far more experienced and knowledgeable about how to scare people out of their wits. The same kind of hard work and dedication Miller puts into his daily real estate business has also been invested into his Haunted Woods. "Once again this March, my team attended the International Haunt Convention in St. Louis where we took classes, spent time with vendors and got to visit with other haunted house owners," said Miller. "People were excited to share the latest tricks and what works for their haunted homes, and we'll be showcasing several of those new ideas in this year's haunt." Miller adds, "I hate to ruin the surprise in our new scenes, but I can promise it will be things people have never seen at any other Middle Tennessee haunts!" The main haunt leads people on an unguided outdoor trial through woods and swampland. After a while, thrill seekers will enter a maze of trails with several of them making circles or having a dead end. People will then come to a giant maze made of plastic walls that they can actually walk through. "It's all kind of tough to describe, but there will be lots of new treats for our customers this year," said David. "If they make it through to the end of the maze; they'll enter the barn of terror. Words can't really describe what you're in store for - you just have to come out and be ready to be terrified." More About Millers Thrillers Haunted Woods Millers Thrillers Haunted Woods will open up for the 2010 haunting season on Friday, October 1st and will be open every Friday and Saturday in October and on Sunday, October 24th and Sunday, October 31st. The haunted woods will operate from 7pm until 11pm each night. Admission to the haunted woods is only $10 and the entire experience can last between 30-45 minutes. Free tickets will be given away on several Nashville radio stations including the Big 98, 101.1 the beat, 107.5 the river and 105.9 the rock. Most every customer who attends Millers Thrillers will receive a coupon for free or discounted food from Buffalo Wild Wings of Spring Hill. On October 23rd and 30th from 6-7pm, Millers Thrillers will have a special kids night. Parents may bring their children for a less spooky trail experience for younger kids before it gets dark. Each parent who brings a young child can get a ticket for themselves at half price. On October 24th from 7-10pm, Millers Thrillers will have a group discount night. Church groups and any other group of 10 or more people will receive tickets at a good discount. Millers Thrillers Haunted Woods is located off Highway 31 at 2499 Greens Mill Road in North Columbia. The woods are just south of Spring Hill High School and 5 miles north of Columbia. Visit Millers Thrillers Facebook page and become a fan for updates on discounts, rain delays and all news from the haunted woods. For rules, frequently asked questions, to contact Miller's Thrillers and for more information go to http://www.millersthrillers.net. More About Crye-Leike Agent David Miller Real Estate Agent David Miller is a licensed Realtor in Tennessee based out of Crye-Leike's Spring Hill office located at 5407 Main Street. He works with buyers and sellers in and around Maury and Williamson counties specializing in all types of residential real estate sales. Miller has his professional real estate designation as an Accredited Buyer Representative (ABR), and he is a member of the Williamson County Association of Realtors and the National Association of Realtors. In 2009, Miller ranked in the top 30 agents of all Crye-Leike's Middle Tennessee Realtors. He was also named the 2009 top agent for Crye-Leike's Spring Hill office and currently remains in that spot for 2010. Miller lives in the Spring Hill area and is currently serving a three year term on the Spring Hill Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors. For all your real estate needs or personal referrals, please contact Crye-Leike Agent David Miller directly by phone at 931-698-1664 and you can email him at firstname.lastname@example.org. Find David on the web at www.thedavidmiller.com. More About Crye-Leike, REALTORS Harold Crye and Dick Leike established Crye-Leike, REALTORS in 1977. Today, Crye-Leike?, the nation's 6th largest real estate company, has a network of more than 3,600 licensed sales associates based out of 130 corporate and franchise offices located through-out the nine-state southern region of Tennessee, Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Mississippi, North Carolina and Oklahoma. Crye-Leike is a full-service real estate company offering buyers and sellers services in: residential and commercial sales, mortgage, title, insurance, business brokerage and investments, property management, development and construction, builder resources, REO bank-owned properties, relocation, auctions, and home services. In 2009, Crye-Leike attained a sales volume in excess of $3.9 billion with 24,983 homes sold. More information is available at http://www.crye-leike.com.
Realtors in Crye-Leike's Dickson office are planning their 4th Annual Yard Sale and Bake Sale for United Way. All proceeds will benefit local charities supported by United Way. "While our local agencies are many, most of our donations go to the Dickson County Help Center, the Dickson Senior Citizen Center and the Meals on Wheels Program," said Beth Ahlheit, Crye-Leike Dickson Affiliate Broker and Office Co-Captain for United Way. "We have already had some donations, but we're still in need of more items." Agents at Crye-Leike Dickson are encouraging folks in the community to de-clutter their apartments, homes and offices and donate unwanted new and slightly warn items to the company's United Way Yard Sale. Donations of clothing, toys, furniture, books, and other household items can be dropped off at Crye-Leike's Dickson office located at 1904 Highway 46 South. The Realtors will be accepting donations until Friday, September 17th. The yard sale and bake sale will be in the front parking lot of the office on Saturday, September 18th from 8am to 4pm. "Through our yard sales the past few years, Crye-Leike Dickson has raised thousands of dollars for United Way." said Cindy Smith, Crye-Leike Dickson Affiliate Broker and Office Co-Captain for United Way. "We hope to see many people stop by our yard sale to find a good bargain and join our efforts in supporting United Way." For more information, contact Crye-Leike, REALTORS Affiliate Brokers Cindy Smith at 615-948-4316 and Beth Ahlheit at (931) 242-0067. More About Crye-Leike, REALTORS Harold Crye and Dick Leike established Crye-Leike, REALTORS in 1977. Today, Crye-Leike?, the nation's 6th largest real estate company, has a network of more than 3,600 licensed sales associates based out of 130 corporate and franchise offices located through-out the nine-state southern region of Tennessee, Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Mississippi, North Carolina and Oklahoma. Crye-Leike is a full-service real estate company offering buyers and sellers services in: residential and commercial sales, mortgage, title, insurance, business brokerage and investments, property management, development and construction, builder resources, REO bank-owned properties, relocation, auctions, and home services. In 2009, Crye-Leike attained a sales volume in excess of $3.9 billion with 24,983 homes sold. More information is available at http://www.crye-leike.com.
BELLA VISTA, AR., - Realtors work with buyers and sellers in the community everyday - and it's no surprise that many agents take time out of their schedules on several occasions during the year to give back to those same communities. Crye-Leike Realtors in Bella Vista are planning to give back to their community by hosting a blood drive for the American Red Cross. The Realtors want to give the gift of life in memory of their friend and Managing Broker Dave Mishler who recently passed away. "I know Dave would be very proud," said Crye-Leike Office Administrator Kathryn Weldon. "Every since he became the Managing Broker of our office, he always wanted to do some kind of event here to give back to the community, but he just ran out of time." Crye-Leike's "Dave Mishler Memorial Blood Drive" will be held on Friday, September 24th at the Bella Vista sales office located at 3463 Bella Vista Way. The Realtors are planning to make this drive an annual event and are hoping many people in the community will join their efforts in giving the gift of life. "We invite the public to stop by our office and donate blood," said Weldon. "The American Red Cross is in constant need of blood donations. Each pint of blood donated can save as many as three lives and also goes to help the Red Cross maintain a ready supply of blood for emergencies." Appointments are now being accepted for the "Crye-Leike Dave Mishler Memorial Blood Drive." The Realtors encourage the public to schedule an appointment by visiting www.redcrossblood.org and enter sponsor code CLRBV. "An American Red Cross Blood Mobile will be parked outside of our office with a full nursing staff ready to take good care of all our donors on September 24th," said Weldon. "This will be a convenient way for our agents to donate blood while honoring Dave's Memory, and we also hope to see many members of the community stop by our office to help us make this first blood drive a great success." Weldon adds, "The Red Cross has been advising the public that the parameters for donating blood have changed, so if you were ineligible in the past, please check with the Red Cross. Some medications that may have excluded you from donating will no longer make you ineligible." For more information call Crye-Leike's Bella Vista Branch Office at (479) 876-6800. More About Crye-Leike, REALTORS Harold Crye and Dick Leike established Crye-Leike, REALTORS in 1977. Today, Crye-Leike?, the nation's 6th largest real estate company, has a network of more than 3,600 licensed sales associates based out of 130 corporate and franchise offices located through-out the nine-state southern region of Tennessee, Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Mississippi, North Carolina and Oklahoma. Crye-Leike is a full-service real estate company offering buyers and sellers services in: residential and commercial sales, mortgage, title, insurance, business brokerage and investments, property management, development and construction, builder resources, REO bank-owned properties, relocation, auctions, and home services. In 2009, Crye-Leike attained a sales volume in excess of $3.9 billion with 24,983 homes sold.
The typical real estate purchase involves a pile of paperwork that's frequently faxed and often shared between parties as faded and hard to read documentation. In almost every case it's Realtors facilitating this shuffle ?back and forth' of contract changes and files between buyers and sellers, lenders, closing agents and others involved in the transaction. At Crye-Leike, REALTORS - the nation's 6th largest real estate firm - the days of faxing and sharing the mountains of paper files are fast becoming a thing of the past. The company has spent months ramping up and testing a new online transaction management system called TransactionPoint. Very soon, every person directly involved in a Crye-Leike real estate sale will be offered ?online access' to view files, contracts, mortgage documents, inspection reports and more from anywhere at anytime. "This is a revolutionary step for us," said Harold Crye, Cofounder & CEO of Crye-Leike, REALTORS. "TransactionPoint gives our sales associates a great leap forward in the service they can provide their clients and empowers our customers and business partners from start to finish on every real estate sale." In 2009 Crye-Leike, REALTORS partnered with TransactionPoint from Cyberhomes LLC, a division of Lender Processing Services, Inc. (LPS) to provide the platform for the real estate firm's NEW online document retrieval system. The ultimate goal is to introduce the automated transaction management system to Crye-Leike's entire network of nearly 130 corporate and franchise offices in its nine state southern US region. "By centralizing documents in a ?paperless' environment improves the accuracy and communication between all parties involved in a real estate transaction," said Gurtej Sodhi, Crye-Leike CIO & Corporate Executive Vice President. "Using this cutting edge transaction management technology platform to collaborate between real estate professionals, clients, the lender and the closing agent as well as appraisers, inspectors and other parties, we can offer greater transparency throughout the process and drastically reduces the paper documents." With Crye-Leike's NEW TransactionPoint, all parties involved in real estate sales can: Get the total picture of the real estate transaction any time - Easily access key settlement documents and notes - Have peace of mind knowing how the transaction in proceeding As an added value, final closing documents will be available for up to seven years online to clients who close with Crye-Leike's partner title company, Realty Title & Escrow. "The goal is for our sales associates to do less of the busy work of shuffling documents around, and in doing so, free up more quality time for them to spend with their clients and business partners," said Crye. "Those clients and business partners in turn will gain a peace of mind they never had before with their ability to stay in the loop on all the changes, updates and progress of a real estate sale anytime." About Lender Processing Services, Inc. (LPS) Lender Processing Services, Inc. (LPS) is a leading provider of integrated technology and services to the mortgage and real estate industries. LPS offers solutions that span the mortgage continuum, including lead generation, origination, servicing, workflow automation (LPS Desktop?) portfolio retention and default, augmented by the company's award-winning customer support and professional services. Approximately 50 percent of all U.S. mortgages by dollar volume are serviced using LPS' Mortgage Servicing Package (MSP). LPS also offers proprietary mortgage and real estate data and analytics for the mortgage and capital markets industries. For more information about LPS, please visit www.lpsvcs.com. More About Crye-Leike, REALTORS Harold Crye and Dick Leike established Crye-Leike, REALTORS in 1977. Today, Crye-Leike?, the nation's 6th largest real estate company, has a network of more than 3,600 licensed sales associates based out of 130 corporate and franchise offices located through-out the nine-state southern region of Tennessee, Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Mississippi, North Carolina and Oklahoma. Crye-Leike is a full-service real estate company offering buyers and sellers services in: residential and commercial sales, mortgage, title, insurance, business brokerage and investments, property management, development and construction, builder resources, REO bank-owned properties, relocation, auctions, and home services. In 2009, Crye-Leike attained a sales volume in excess of $3.9 billion with 24,983 homes sold. More information is available at http://www.crye-leike.com.
SMYRNA, TN., - It's a well known fact that when we work together toward a goal as a team we can accomplish much more than going at a task individually. Smyrna Realtor Heather Karl knows that from both her experience in the business of home sales and community service. Heather is taking the ?team approach' to heart during the month of September as the United Way Campaign Team Captain at the Crye-Leike Smyrna sales center. "Since the first year I volunteered as a United Way Team Captain I have been consistently amazed by how far the agency reached and what services it offers right here in our community," said Heather. "I had the opportunity to visit some of the community centers United Way donations support and learned that children in those centers sometimes have their only daily nutrition provided in one meal or snack during their stay. The need is very real." Heather carries on a long-standing relationship and tradition that Crye-Leike associates have supporting United Way during its annual September giving campaign. Since 2000 the company has made workplace giving fun for everyone - raising donations that support and sustain agencies that provide vital services to those in need. "Bringing donations to the Smyrna/LaVergne Food Bank you see that there really are people who depend on the assistance," said Heather. "The partner agencies and initiatives of United Way of Rutherford and Cannon counties cover everything from Alive Hospice, Salvation Army, domestic violence programs, youth services, Boys & Girls Club, Girl Scouts, Tennessee Poison Center, Legal Aid and more." In 2007, Heather helped organize and promote a Chili Cook-Off fundraiser at the Smyrna office to benefit United Way and the Masters Touch agency. "Giving even the smallest contribution makes it possible for so many agencies to exist and help those who need it most," said Heather. "Many people right here in our community have probably needed or used these services without knowing that it's possible because of the support of the United Way." All of the funds Crye-Leike Smyrna raises will stay in Rutherford and Cannon counties. United Way will disperse all funds collected based on a formula targeting approximately 28% for education, 22% for health, 16% for rebuilding lives and 34% for income assistance. "It's very rewarding to be a part of the campaign again this year," said Heather. "And it's always important to give back - it all comes full circle." More About Crye-Leike Affiliate Broker Heather Karl Crye-Leike Affiliate Broker Heather Karl is a licensed Realtor in Tennessee assisting buyers and sellers in and around Rutherford, Davidson and Wilson counties. She specializes in all types of residential real estate sales with a focus on investment properties, first-time homebuyers, relocation and new home construction. Heather is a member of the Greater Nashville Association of Realtors (GNAR) and the National Association of Realtors (NAR). As an Affiliate Broker, Heather has been honored with the Horizon Award, Team Club Excellence Award and is among Crye-Leike's Top 125 Sales Producers in Middle Tennessee. For all your real estate needs or personal referrals, please contact Affiliate Broker Heather Karl directly by phone at 615-613-2599 and you can email her at email@example.com. Heather is based out of Crye-Leike Smyrna located at 599 Sam Ridley Parkway West, Suite 101. More About Crye-Leike, REALTORS Harold Crye and Dick Leike established Crye-Leike, REALTORS in 1977. Today, Crye-Leike?, the nation's 6th largest real estate company, has a network of more than 3,600 licensed sales associates based out of 130 corporate and franchise offices located through-out the nine-state southern region of Tennessee, Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Mississippi, North Carolina and Oklahoma. Crye-Leike is a full-service real estate company offering buyers and sellers services in: residential and commercial sales, mortgage, title, insurance, business brokerage and investments, property management, development and construction, builder resources, REO bank-owned properties, relocation, auctions, and home services. In 2009, Crye-Leike attained a sales volume in excess of $3.9 billion with 24,983 homes sold. More information is available at http://www.crye-leike.com.
Watch The Story Online @ http://www.todaysthv.com/news/business/story.aspx?storyid=114772&catid=119 By Reporter Jessica Duff Home sales for July plunged to the lowest level in 15 years in the U.S., despite the lowest mortgage rates, and bargain prices in many areas of the country. But what does it mean for Arkansas as many continue to struggle to survive the economy? The Arkansas Realtors Association released the June 2010 Housing report Tuesday. The ARA has yet to release the state's July numbers, but Maurice Taylor with Crye-Leike Realty says Arkansas shouldn't be nearly as bad as the rest of the nation. "I think we'll probably be down just a little bit just because the tax credit actually. There was anticipation that the tax credit was gonna end. So some of that pent up demand may have closed in the month of July and may have spilled over at the end of June," Taylor says. The report shows a less than one (0.56) percent increase in houses sold in June this year compared to June last year. Saline (20.17%) and Sebastian (20.19%) counties saw the greatest increase. While Pulaski County saw a nearly 2 percent (-1.79%) decline. Since January, Arkansas has seen an 8.3% increase in sales state-wide. Saline County had the greatest increase at 22 percent (22.34%) while Pulaski County was just below one percent (-0.79%). Taylor says most regions are seeing a decline but that's not the case for the south. "The numbers show that the south out of all the areas in the nation had the least amount in drop in sales. Nationally numbers look pretty bad but here on a local level, we're not doing bad at all. And, like I said, this is a perfect time to put your house on the market or to buy a house, no better time than the present," Taylor adds. Just to give you some perspective, in Las Vegas, Nevada, 92% of homeowners are upside down on their mortgages. Their homes are not worth what they owe on them.
BRENTWOOD, TN., - As more consumers take their web access with them ?on the go' using everything from an IPhone to Blackberry to Droid? Crye-Leike, REALTORS is taking notice. The nation's 6th largest real estate firm has unveiled a mobile version of its award winning Crye-Leike.com website to meet the growing demand for an easy and fast way to access property pictures and information. Go to CL Mobile @ http://www.crye-leike.com/mobile/ "CL Mobile has been developed with the mobile customer in mind who's driving around and needs access to property information right then and there and of course quickly," said Gurtej Sodhi, Crye-Leike CIO & Corporate Executive Vice President. "CL Mobile will provide the consumer on the go with all the relevant information quickly on a mobile device." The main search features of CL Mobile include: ? Property Listing Details & Photos ? Open Houses ? Agent and Office Locations ? Tag Favorite Properties CL Mobile has been configured and tuned for the IPhone, Blackberry and Android platforms and automatically determines the screen format when accessed by a mobile phone to deliver the best view. "It's a great way to view photos of a home you like while you're sitting in the driveway," said Harold Crye, Co-Founder and CEO of Crye-Leike, REALTORS. "The more technology advances the easier it is for shoppers to find exactly what they're looking for? saving time and money." As fast as technology is changing, Crye-Leike is working hard to keep pace. At the start of 2009 the company introduced a 24/7 InfoLine with branded signs and phone numbers on its listings for shoppers to call for audio information. Crye-Leike has managed to integrate its new ?CL Mobile' with its established 24-7 InfoLine. "The InfoLine was set up so a caller sitting in front of a listed property could listen to an audio description and connect directly with a Realtor or mortgage loan officer," said Sodhi. "Now callers who opt to receive a text message on a property when they're using the Info Line will receive a link to the property detail page on CL Mobile." Not one to be totally satisfied? the Crye-Leike technology team is already moving forward to enhance the CL Mobile user experience even further. The company's IT specialists are developing ?location based' apps that will recognize geo codes/position locators and offer shoppers information that is proximity based. "Buyers in the current real estate market have many choices and come to expect great pictures and information to help them make the best decision," said Dick Leike, Co-Founder and President of Crye-Leike, REALTORS. "While we're really proud of our full service crye-leike.com? we're excited to offer a slimmed down version with ?CL Mobile' that offers our mobile customers just what they need as fast as possible. Go to CL Mobile @ http://www.crye-leike.com/mobile/ More About Crye-Leike, REALTORS Harold Crye and Dick Leike established Crye-Leike, REALTORS in 1977. Today, Crye-Leike?, the nation's 6th largest real estate company, has a network of more than 3,600 licensed sales associates based out of 130 corporate and franchise offices located through-out the nine-state southern region of Tennessee, Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Mississippi, North Carolina and Oklahoma. Crye-Leike is a full-service real estate company offering buyers and sellers services in: residential and commercial sales, mortgage, title, insurance, business brokerage and investments, property management, development and construction, builder resources, REO bank-owned properties, relocation, auctions, and home services. In 2009, Crye-Leike attained a sales volume in excess of $3.9 billion with 24,983 homes sold.
Read The Story Online @ http://www.memphisdailynews.com/editorial/Article.aspx?id=52301 Tuesday, August 24, 2010 JEFF IRELAND | Special to The Daily News Cautiously optimistic. That would be a pretty accurate phrase to describe the mood of condominium brokers who sell primarily in Downtown Memphis. Sales in the county's densest condo submarket totaled just eight in July, a 53 percent decline from 17 the same month a year ago, according to real estate information company Chandler Reports, www.chandlerreports.com. But 2010 has given Realtors a reason to remain optimistic despite last month's poor showing. Downtown has seen 87 condo sales through the first seven months of the year, a 28 percent improvement from 68 condos during the same span in 2009. "It's certainly picked up since last year," said Jason Durston of Crye-Leike Realtors Inc. "With things like tax credits and low interest rates, it's going good, but we're still not back to the heyday of the market. ? This past week I closed on three." Joel Hobson of Hobson Co. Realtors has sold 19 condos in the Goodwyn Condominiums at 127 Madison Ave. The building's 21 unsold condos had been foreclosed last fall, leaving the future of the historic building in doubt. But First Tennessee Bank NA hired Hobson to market and sell the remaining units, and the tower's turnaround has become a success story, even though the condos were sold at severely reduced prices. "There's always a demand for condos Downtown," Hobson said. "The problem has been oversupply. Prices have come down and some people have been willing to come down on their prices. But some have not been willing to do that and have decided to lease." Sue Tines, a broker for Downtown Condo Connection, has certainly sold her share of condos in the Downtown area. Over the last few years, many of those sales occurred in the South Main Historic Arts District, but in recent months Tines has been focusing on selling condos in the Pinch District at a new development called River Merchant Lofts, 497 N. Front St., near the Pyramid. When the University of Memphis and Memphis Grizzlies basketball teams quit playing in the Pyramid and moved to FedExForum, the Pinch District suffered. More than one restaurant closed and the area was no longer a hot spot. But Tines is hoping that when Bass Pro Shops moves into the Pyramid the area will be rejuvenated, thus improving the condo market there. "So far I've sold four of 19 units there," Tines said of River Merchant Lofts, which has been converted from an old river merchants' building, using much of the original design and materials. "I feel like the North End is about to pick up." When the economy is not going well, the trend is for people to rent instead of buy. For someone who's not sure where their next paycheck is going to come from, the prospect of a large down payment and a long-term commitment can be daunting. It's also tough for someone without a steady income to qualify to buy. That has led to more renters and, of course, increased the allure of Downtown apartment complexes like Metro 69 and The Washburn. But in a more traditional real estate market, which brokers hope is coming, there's still a place for buyers. "Usually you're either a renter or a buyer," said Durston. "It's two totally different groups. People who want to buy condos don't rent, and people who want to rent don't buy." Another positive sign for the Downtown condo market is the price for which units have been selling. Generally speaking, prices have remained steady or increased. Last month, the average selling price for Downtown condos was $227,813, up 8 percent from $210,523 in July 2009. The averaging selling price from January to July this year has risen slightly compared to 2009. The average price per square foot has dipped a little ($137.18 this year, $144.16 last year), but brokers believe things are headed in the right direction. "I sold two this week for full price," Durston said. "We went through some rough times with foreclosures, but I think it can be healthy. That got some inventory off the market. I'm a firm believer that there's a stressed market and a healthy market. I think we're getting back to a somewhat healthy market." Tines said plenty of people are still looking to live in Downtown, an area that offers unique amenities. "I don't think we're overbuilt right now," she said. "I've lived in Memphis my whole life and I've seen a lot of people who live in the suburbs for a while but want that urban feeling again."
Maumelle?s Crye-Leike office collects school supplies for foster children - Reported By The Maumelle Monitor
By Greg Rayburn / Staff Writer / firstname.lastname@example.org Friday, August 13, 2010 9:21 AM CDT On July 31, some Maumelle Realtors and brokers braved the heat and erected a tent to collect donations of cash and school supplies for the CASA program. CASA stands for Court Appointed Special Advocates and the organization's purpose is to look out for the needs of foster children who are within the judicial system. "We want the community to know that we aren't just about selling real estate," said Realtor Lisa Halloway-Sugg. "We want to do our part in helping the community." 2010 marks the first year Crye-Leike took part in a CASA school supply fund-raiser. Its tent was erected near the parking lot of NBA Bank on Country Club Parkway. The real estate agency's Maumelle office on Audubon Drive also provided a drop-off point for anyone who wanted to donate money or supplies. Halloway-Sugg said the CASA collection is one of four community projects Maumelle's Crye-Leike Office takes part in annually. The office also collects food for the Arkansas Foodbank Network. Crye-Leike also collects coats during the winter and also collects used bicycles and refurbishes them as part of the North Pulaski Board of Realtors' Spokes for Little Folks program. Real Estate broker Betty Coney said the Realtors' board collects bicycles from people who are getting ready to throw away and refurbishes them so they can be given to needy children at Christmas time. Amanda Butler of Crye-Leike said she knows it's very helpful when groups raise money to buy school supplies. Besides being a Realtor she also works as a teacher. "It's great when teachers get help with the school supplies for the children," Butler said. "A lot of money from teachers goes into school supplies for their children. Teachers make sure they won't let their children go without."
BRENTWOOD, TN., - While real estate agents stay pretty busy during the final days of the summer home selling season, the Realtors of Crye-Leike are definitely in a buying mood. Agents have been hitting the stores shopping for back to school items to donate to Middle Tennessee children in the care of Youth Villages. "This has been a wonderful tradition for us and we love it," said Kristin Pendergraft, Crye-Leike Spring Hill Managing Broker. "While the real estate market has slowed down, our agents have not when it comes to shopping for new school supplies for these children." Now in its 10th consecutive year, Crye-Leike is part of the Youth Villages ?Backpack Heroes Campaign' - to help ensure that the emotionally and behaviorally challenged kids in the agency's care get the same start to school as every other child. Everything that's donated goes to help local children in the Middle Tennessee area. "Most of these children live below the poverty line and can't afford new school supplies," said Harold Crye, Crye-Leike, REALTORS Cofounder and CEO. "These are kids with little or nothing at all, so getting something new goes a long way." Crye's late son Chris was a huge supporter of Youth Villages. Chris Crye was very involved with the Middle Tennessee agency up until his tragic death ten years ago. In his memory, the agents of Crye-Leike carry on a tradition of caring for kids who deserve every opportunity to learn and succeed. "Because of what Crye-Leike associates do, these kids get to attend school with new folders, paper, pencils and backpacks like every other kid," said Greg Schott, Youth Villages Development Manager. "It gives them the opportunity to have something brand new and shows them they can trust grown ups who are willing to help kids they don't even know." So from late July until early August Crye-Leike Associates and Employees across the Middle Tennessee region go school supply shopping. They effectively become agents of better education. "I know agents who all summer look forward to hitting the stores for these kids," said Crye-Leike Manager Pendergraft. "They will search high and low for that special backpack or certain kind of notebooks and pen or pencil set. It's very personal to us as we hope it is for the kids." This year Crye-leike is helping children in the care of Youth Villages across the Middle Tennessee region. From as far west as Cookeville, south to Columbia, north to Hendersonville and west to Dickson. "By providing school supplies for these children, we're letting them know that they are special to our community," said Harold Crye. "A solid education and great schools keep our children and communities thriving and strong, and we hope our small effort helps to make a difference in their lives." More About Youth Villages Youth Villages is a private nonprofit organization that serves emotionally and behaviorally troubled children and their families. Its mission is to help children and families live successfully. Most of the children in Youth Villages' care have had to be removed from their homes because of abuse and/or neglect and are in custody of the Tennessee Department of Children's Services. The organization helps these children by finding permanency for each one - either returning to his or her own home or, if not possible, finding a caring "forever" family through adoption. More About Crye-Leike, REALTORS Harold Crye and Dick Leike established Crye-Leike, REALTORS in 1977. Today, Crye-Leike?, the nation's 6th largest real estate company, has a network of more than 3,600 licensed sales associates based out of 130 corporate and franchise offices located throughout the nine-state southern region of Tennessee, Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Mississippi, North Carolina and Oklahoma. Crye-Leike is a full-service real estate company offering buyers and sellers services in: residential and commercial sales, mortgage, title, insurance, business brokerage and investments, property management, development and construction, builder resources, REO bank-owned properties, relocation, auctions, and home services. In 2009, Crye-Leike attained a sales volume in excess of $3.9 billion with 24,983 homes sold.
By Tom Bailey Jr. Memphis Commercial Appeal Posted August 4, 2010 at midnight One real estate agent goes paperless as often as possible, having clients sign digital contracts with a stylus. Another essentially carries his office in his smart phone, finding answers there to every conceivable question clients ask. Another stays connected to her clients on Facebook and Twitter. Still another regularly e-mails 1,500 past clients the latest sales data for houses in their neighborhoods. Crye-Leike Realtors held a tech fair Tuesday for agents, but for some, like these four, it was preaching to the choir. In the lobby of the agency's Quail Hollow office in East Memphis, vendors pitched their smart phones, cameras and computers. After all, Tammy Deane of Wolf Camera said, photographs of bathrooms and kitchens are better with a wide-angle lens. But just off the lobby in her office, agent Melissa Hayes was already plugged in, working at two computer screens. Every minute or so they emitted a sound that signaled an incoming message. (Any telephone voice messages are transcribed by Google Voice and sent to her by e-mail or text.) An agent for 23 years, Hayes now uses a new database management system that allows her to add the social media information for all her clients, showing her what each has been posting on Facebook and Twitter. Realizing Facebook is more social than business, Hayes uses a light touch in her postings. At 10:48 a.m. Friday, for example, she posted some good news about mortgage rates to her 889 friends: "15 year conventional is 3.75%. Seriously??? Incredible!!!" At 9:49 that night, a woman named Sandy responded: "Wow! What is a 20-30 year loan rate running?" In the lobby, the dapper Stanley Mills, a Bluetooth phone headset attached to one ear, stood in his seersucker suit at Apple's booth to hear about that company's sleek products. But Mills already has been using Apple's latest, the iPad. He was among the early agents to use computers and cell phones to make his work more efficient, and he's still riding the tech wave. He has been with Crye-Leike so long -- 34 years -- his ID badge is No. 16. His newest tech tool is a program to e-mail 1,500 former clients monthly reports about sales in their neighborhoods. Mills even tells them the price per square foot fetched in the latest neighborhood sales. A home is often a person's biggest investment, so keeping up with neighboring house values is like checking your stock prices, Mills said. "I haven't found anybody who said, 'I don't care what's going on in my neighborhood. Don't send it to me,' '' he said. The need for timely information and answers is why agent Chet Whitsitt keeps an iPhone in his pocket to access all his files. "People want information and they want it now," said Whitsitt, an agent with Crye-Leike since 1985. Even all the sales contracts he deals with are accessible. If, after a closing, a client calls asking how many days she has to move out of the house, Whitsitt can check his smart phone and tell her. If he's driving around with a client and the client expresses curiosity about a house they pass, Whitsitt picks up his phone, goes to realtor.com, types the address and shows interior photos of the house. If the client is still interested, they arrange to go inside. And since the phone has GPS, it shows every house for sale nearby. Whitsitt looked at the smart phone he held in his hands and said, "It's phenomenal what this has done." David Ernst, with less than six years' experience, is relatively new to real estate. To get his foot in the door, he specialized in selling expired listings. That's real estate's version of cold cases. Before long, he received other referrals. Ernst brought to Crye-Leike a passion for going paperless. He brings his tablet computer with him everywhere and uses paperless software. The multipage listing and sales contracts can be unwieldy, especially since multiple copies of each must be printed for all the parties. When it's time to sign a contract, Ernst opens his tablet computer and hands the client a stylus to sign with. It's like signing for a credit purchase at a department store. The technology also saves Ernst the trouble of hauling around copies of blank forms. As long as he has his computer, he never worries about forgetting to bring a form. Going paperless, he said, "alleviates so much heartache and headache." Each agent exploits technology his or her own way, said Landis Foy, managing broker at Crye-Leike's regional headquarters. But he identified one trait they have in common: They're all very successful. -- Tom Bailey Jr.: 529-2388
View the story online at: http://www.theleafchronicle.com/article/20100721/NEIGHBORHOODS01/7210341 Reader Submitted Melissa Spoonamore July 21, 2010 Sales Associates in Crye-Leike, REALTORS Clarsksville/St. Bethlehem office woke up early on Saturday, July 10th - but their motivation wasn't to make a sale. The Realtors inspiration to skip sleeping in that morning was a pancake breakfast fundraiser they planned and organized for United Way. Crye-Leike Clarksville's Pancake Breakfast held at Applebee's raised $977.00 for local charities. Each year the Realtors come up with a creative way to fundraise for charities supported by United Way. Thanks to several Crye-Leike associates including--Phil and Kathy Munden, Kimberly Newlove, Ann Marshbanks, Rita Knight, Aaron Moore, Tootie Louie, BJ Buckler, Jim Phillips, Larry Jackson, Susan Skirvin, Suzan Ping, Jennifer Emery, Glenda Gardner, and Kay Schillo-- all the pancakes got served to the breakfast guests and the fundraiser was a huge success. The Crye-Leike Clarksville/St. Bethlehem office extends a special thanks to Applebee's for helping host the event and thanks everyone who bought a breakfast ticket to support United Way.
View The Story Online http://www.todaysthv.com/news/local/story.aspx?storyid=109489&catid=2 By Reporter: Katherina-Marie Yancy Posted: July 18, 2010 The home buyer tax credit brought out buyers, boosting the market. The incentive is now over, but demand is still up due to historically low interest rates. While we can't predict how long the interest rate will stay below 5%, the lowest average since 1971, this latest incentive could help the housing market step toward recovery and help more families have a place to call home. Lock boxes are on doors, the open house sign possibly points to your next home and realtors say the housing market has returned to a buyers market. Karla Martin is a sales associate for Crye-Leike. She explains, "Interest rates are so incredibly low, they're under five-percent right now which allows a home buyer to get much more of a house for their money. Or buy a smaller house and have extremely low payments, lower than renting a property actually." Martin is showing a lakefront home with all the amenities. It's priced to sell but there is a lot of competition. She adds, "The inventory is higher." And because buyers know they're in the driver seat, they are taking their time, being more selective and putting in lower than normal offers because if they are denied, they know there are more choices. Martins laughs, "We call them low-ball offers. They are trying to get the best deal they can. The seller pretty much sticks to the price they have as far as what we've seen because it's already a good deal." As rates fall to a historic low, lenders are raising the bar, making it harder to qualify. Realtor Krista Tressner says, "I know it can be very discouraging if you don't get approved at the first bank you go to but we really encourage people to continue to look." Tressner is in the market for a home because of the mortgage rates. Although the tax credit gave folks immediate gratification, Tressner says, long-term, with rates this low, you can get more bang for your buck. She continues, "If you consider some people will own a home for 30 years and they'll pay that mortgage out. You're saving a lot more than $8,000 in that time." The game has changed a bit but there are still winners. Martin concludes, "We're still receiving phone calls, we're listing homes and we're still selling homes. It is really good." Martin says time will tell if the low mortgage rates will increase the housing demand once again.
BRENTWOOD, TN., - While he may still consider himself a newcomer to real estate sales, Don McConnell is behaving more like a veteran. He's become a student of the industry - striving to advance himself and his clients through education. "Since I am relatively new in real estate I'm seeking to expand my knowledge of the industry through various education programs to broaden my ability to attract new clients," said McConnell. "By sharpening my skills, I can better serve my clients in buying or selling their home while minimizing the impact on them." McConnell has been assisting clients as a licensed Realtor for the past three years - arguably in the midst of one of the most challenging economies and real estate markets in modern history. With a ?can do' attitude - the former Healthways Senior Vice President and Chief Information Officer is advancing on a steep learning curve. After earning his Realtor Internet Professional e-PRO certification to gain more expertise about Internet business principles, McConnell set his sights on the Graduate REALTOR Institute (GRI) certification. The National Realtor Association GRI program includes 90 hours of coursework on various topics such as marketing, servicing listed properties and real estate law. "The education is particularly beneficial to me in a distressed sale situation, which we see more and more frequently now," said McConnell. "Our skills as Realtors are paramount in leading our clients through the process with as little emotional and financial impact as possible." With his GRI, McConnell feels he's gaining the necessary awareness critical to anyone buying or selling in this challenging market. The rapidly evolving and changing standards and legal ramifications of every transaction have clearly given him the confidence to better serve his clients and customers. "When any of us buy or sell our house, it is an emotional rollercoaster," said McConnell. "We have to position ourselves in such a way as not to add to the stress already present in a real estate transaction." More about Crye-Leike Realtor Don McConnell Crye-Leike Realtor Don McConnell is a licensed Realtor in Tennessee, assisting buyers and sellers primarily in and around Davidson and Williamson counties. He specializes in all types of residential real estate sales with a special focus on relocation. He is a member of the Greater Nashville Association of Realtors, Tennessee Association of Realtors and National Association of Realtors. McConnell lives in Nashville and is based out of the Crye-Leike Brentwood - Old Hickory Blvd branch office located at 1187 Old Hickory Blvd., Suite 200 in Brentwood, Tennessee. For all your real estate needs and personal referrals you can contact Crye-Leike Realtor Don McConnell directly by phone at 615-594-6002, email: email@example.com and on the web at http://www.DonMcConnell.com. About Crye-Leike, REALTORS Harold Crye and Dick Leike established Crye-Leike, REALTORS in 1977. Today, Crye-Leike?, the nation's 6th largest real estate company, has a network of more than 3,600 licensed sales associates based out of 130 corporate and franchise offices located through-out the nine-state southern region of Tennessee, Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Mississippi, North Carolina and Oklahoma. Crye-Leike is a full-service real estate company offering buyers and sellers services in: residential and commercial sales, mortgage, title, insurance, business brokerage and investments, property management, development and construction, builder resources, REO bank-owned properties, relocation, auctions, and home services. In 2009, Crye-Leike attained a sales volume in excess of $3.9 billion with 24,983 homes sold.
Visit Crye-Leike On YouTube @ http://www.youtube.com/cryeleike1 BRENTWOOD, TN., - As the 2nd busiest search engine on the web, YouTube.com offers its users free reign to launch, browse and search through an ever expanding assortment of clips from music videos to news footage to amateur antics. With the audience of users on YouTube and other social media sites growing exponentially, Mid-South real estate giant Crye-Leike seized on what it hopes is a golden opportunity by joining in. "Our agents recognize over 90% of prospective buyers are looking online for properties and they expect quality photos, virtual tours and videos to enhance their search experience," said Keith Sullivan, Crye-leike, REALTORS Vice President and Chief Marketing Director. "By partnering with RealBiz360 we've accomplished just that by providing a video for all Crye-Leike listings on a newly launched Crye-Leike YouTube Channel." RealBiz360 is collaborating with Crye-Leike in both the creation and delivery of its property listings to YouTube and beyond. As it turns out, YouTube will be just one of many places for Crye-Leike and its agents to mass market their listings to every place possible on the web - from an agent's personal website to social networking site like Facebook and Twitter. "We are thrilled to be working with such a forward thinking partner like Crye-Leike who is committed to delivering their agents and customers with an enhanced visual experience over multiple online venues including YouTube and Social Networks," said Steve Marques, President, COO, RealBiz360 Inc. "We look forward to our combined success." "In surveying the landscape for a virtual tour provider, we were intrigued by the social media component offered by RealBiz360," said Sullivan. "With RealBiz360 virtual tours, the agents can advertise their listing's on their social media sites with just the press of a button." The new virtual tours on YouTube are provided at no cost to Crye-Leike agents - and are essentially a seamless mini music video along with a voice-over description of the property details including price. It will be up to agents to pay a small fee to cover the cost of transporting their tours to other social media sites and real estate web portals. "Agents will have the option of what we consider a very robust virtual tour offering to showcase their listings on the Crye-Leike website, their personal website, the MLS and through listing syndication to dozens of real estate websites," said Sullivan." "Best of all its hands free for the agent. They simply enter their property information and pictures into the MLS and the work is done for them by RealBiz360. It's that simple." "As a company, we have worked very hard to deliver what today's online buyer is asking for; rich media and lots of information," said Marques. "By automating the delivery, we believe we have created a measurable benefit for Crye-Leike Agents, not only in productivity but in listing exposure." Gurtej Sodhi, Chief Information Officer and Corporate Executive Vice President of the Crye-Leike Group of Companies, has been an ?agent of change' for the real estate leaders for many years. He has helped move the company from the days when individual pictures of properties for sale first made their way onto the internet - to today when in a blink of an eye big changes can occur seemingly overnight. "Even though there have been virtual tours available in the past, this program is a big step up to the basic/standard tours of the past," said Sodhi. "Using new technology, it enables a much more comprehensive view of the property by being able to zoom into details presented via high resolution images." To help its sales team keep up, in 2010 Crye-Leike began offering an in-house course to agents interested in learning more about social media. The company awards agents who complete the program a Social Networking Professional (SNP) designation after they complete the course work and establish a significant number of contacts on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn as well as other sites. "The unique and new aspect of our leap to YouTube and beyond is in the value proposition to our agents and customers which is the benefit of extended viewership of the properties," said Sodhi. "By automatically distributing the tours to a much wider audience through the use of social media sites we anticipate a very positive reaction that we hope translates into increased views and ultimately more sales for our listings." All of Crye-Leike's listed property videos are searchable by price, address and a Multiple Listing Service (MLS) number which will help someone just browsing or ideally a prospective buyer in their home search. "The new platform is just one more tool for our agents and a service to our customers to market their homes, condos, farms and land online," said Sullivan. "Additionally we will be monitoring the number of viewings, click-throughs, messages and feedback so we can make adjustments and improvements to what we already think will become a new standard for our industry." More About RealBiz360 RealBiz360, Inc.; a subsidiary of iseemedia Inc. is the industry's leading provider of automated, rich media creation and delivery for real estate companies today. RealBiz360's VuVista platform provides a complete suite of integrated imaging, marketing and social media tools for the seamless creation of high resolution media tours and videos featuring the exclusive iVuZOOM viewing experience. VuVista delivers maximum exposure for real estate listings with automatic posting to major search engines, YouTube, and Social Media Networks. For more information, please visit: www.realbiz360.com Visit Crye-Leike On YouTube @ http://www.youtube.com/cryeleike1 About Crye-Leike, REALTORS Harold Crye and Dick Leike established Crye-Leike, REALTORS in 1977. Today, Crye-Leike?, the nation's 6th largest real estate company, has a network of more than 3,600 licensed sales associates based out of 130 corporate and franchise offices located through-out the nine-state southern region of Tennessee, Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Mississippi, North Carolina and Oklahoma. Crye-Leike is a full-service real estate company offering buyers and sellers services in: residential and commercial sales, mortgage, title, insurance, business brokerage and investments, property management, development and construction, builder resources, REO bank-owned properties, relocation, auctions, and home services. In 2009, Crye-Leike attained a sales volume in excess of $3.9 billion with 24,983 homes sold.
MURRAY, KY., - CRYE-LEIKE Realty Services is changing the way folks across Western Kentucky get detailed information on homes and other properties listed for sale. A new service the company is calling its "24-7 Info Line" now allows buyers and shoppers access to the entire local "homes for sale" inventory from any telephone. In June CRYE-LEIKE Realty Services rolled-out its newly branded VoicePad technology "Info Line" to consumers on all its listings. "Buyers can easily receive instant information about the home they are interested in by calling our system where they have the option to connect directly with the agent and schedule an appointment to see the home," said Vicki Moore, Owner/Broker Crye-Leike Realty Services. "Home shoppers who call the Crye-Leike 24-7 InfoLine can also receive the estimated mortgage payment and opt to receive a text message with the home's features sent directly to their cell phone." CRYE-LEIKE Realty Services "For Sale Signs" now include a local number 270-761-INFO (4636) for home shoppers to call for immediate and detailed information on any home on the market, 24 hours a day and seven days a week. The technology also notifies the Realtor with the listed property - that a VoicePad inquiry has been made. "We spent a considerable amount of time researching competitive technologies and decided VoicePad best fit our needs as it provides a service to both our listing agents and our buyers agents, said Harold Crye, Cofounder & CEO of Crye-Leike, REALTORS. "Consumers are the real winners with this service as they can receive up to date property information on any area home listing - even our competitors - by using the "street search" feature, thus saving valuable time during the home search process." Crye-Leike agents can also register the buyers they're working with on the new Crye-Leike 24-7 Info Line. It enables a home shopper who's out on their own looking at homes to instantly alert their agent when they use the InfoLine to get more information on a specific property. "I've been most impressed by the amount of call activity we're already seeing with the system," said Moore. "By using the VoicePad technology, consumers are able to call a phone number and receive listing information on their phone within seconds. They are also able to receive a text message or email with complete listing information. For Realtors there's no need to ever refill a flyer box again while potential clients get everything they need with one simple phone call." More About VoicePad - Mobile IDX Audio Search Technology Standard Voice Networks, LLC (dba VoicePad) is a 6 year old privately held Louisville, Kentucky based technology firm serving the Real Estate industry. VoicePad provides hosted telephony-based audio search services in over 100 U.S. markets to 3 types of customers including real estate brokerages, MLS providers and mortgage companies. VoicePad is on the on the web at www.voicepad.com and by phone toll free at 888-595-7347. VoicePad has introduced a family of elegantly unique property marketing solutions that both quantify and enhance inquiry rates on current "curb," print and web advertising. Concept and automation have been intuitively combined in the creation of "Eve," VoicePad's automated speech platform. VoicePad has equipped Eve with an impressive vocabulary eloquently designed to describe inventory in both English and Spanish. Automation never sounded so good! More About Crye-Leike Realty Services CRYE-LEIKE Realty Services is an independently owned franchise of Crye-Leike, REALTORS. Located on the Murray Courthouse Square the company and its associates serve buyers and sellers in and around Calloway, Marshall, Graves, McCracken and Trigg counties in Kentucky. Now in its fourth year, Crye-Leike Realty Services sales associates offer well over 100 years of combined real estate industry experience - including multi-million sales award winners and two agents being named Murray's Most Favorite Realtors. For all your real estate needs and personal referrals contact CRYE-LEIKE Realty Services Owner/Broker Vicki Moore directly by phone at 270-752-0102 or 270-761-5700 or you can email firstname.lastname@example.org. About Crye-Leike, REALTORS Harold Crye and Dick Leike established Crye-Leike, REALTORS in 1977. Today, Crye-Leike, the nation's 6th largest real estate company, has a network of more than 3,600 licensed sales associates based out of 130 corporate and franchise offices located through-out the nine-state southern region of Tennessee, Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Mississippi, North Carolina and Oklahoma. Crye-Leike is a full-service real estate company offering buyers and sellers services in: residential and commercial sales, mortgage, title, insurance, business brokerage and investments, property management, development and construction, builder resources, REO bank-owned properties, relocation, auctions, and home services. In 2009, Crye-Leike attained a sales volume in excess of $3.9 billion with 24,983 homes sold.
BEAVER LAKE - ROGERS, AR., - Recognized as one of the finest striped bass fisheries in the country, Beaver Lake has been attracting fishing enthusiasts from all over the U.S. for decades. The lure of the Rogers lake resort area has netted another big fish of sorts. Crye-Leike, REALTORS recently purchased a small retail center on Highway 12 East in Rogers as its new Beaver Lake location. "Moving into our new Beaver Lake Office has been like a breath of fresh air," said Chuck Gay, Crye-Leike's newly named Beaver Lake Managing Broker. "The lake community is very special and even through the recession, demand for lake homes and real estate sales have remained fairly stable." Chuck Gay and six other associates, all previously affiliated with Harris McHaney Realtors, have come onboard to make up the new Beaver Lake team. They've all been specializing in lake property sales for many years. Chuck considers Crye-Leike's recent expansion and acquisition as a clear indication of a market and region on the upswing. "We have many out of state buyers looking for second homes around the lake," said Chuck. "The only problem we are experiencing is a shortage of lake homes to sell. This of course creates a great opportunity for sellers, as most of the lake homes do not remain on the market for a long period of time." Beaver Lake now represents Crye-Leike's 8th company owned sales center in Northwest Arkansas. Cofounder and CEO Harold Crye looks to a bright future for real estate sales in the area based on a strong economic engine he sees primarily fueled by Wal-Mart, Tyson Foods, J.B. Hunt Trucking and the University of Arkansas. "The real estate market is healthy, sales and new construction are picking up," said Crye. "We've seen phenomenal growth and sales that have exceeded our expectations since opening our first offices in the region just three years ago." With its recent Beaver Lake addition - Crye predicts the company is on track to finish 2010 as the largest real estate firm in Northwest Arkansas based on both the number of homes sold and gross sales volume. "Myself and the sales associates joining me are Beaver Lake Specialists," said Chuck. "We've all worked at the lake for many years and have worked together like a family for a long time. We have Harold Crye and his team to thank for keeping our family together and giving us a new home at Beaver Lake." More About Crye-Leike Beaver Lake and Managing Broker Chuck Gay The Crye-Leike Beaver Lake sales team includes Managing Broker Chuck Gay and his wife Patti, Vice President, Realtor Candice Martin, the husband and wife Realtor team of Broker Jim and Bea Keller and Realtor Peggy Arnold. In addition to serving the Beaver Lake Community, the team also assists buyers and sellers in and around Benton, Washington, Carroll and Madison counties. They specialize in all types of real estate sales with a special focus on lake properties, residential, lots and commercial properties. Managing Broker Chuck Gay is a licensed Executive Broker in Missouri and Arkansas, Vice President and an Accredited Buyer Representative (ABR) active in real estate sales for the past 42 years. He is a member of RELO and is a certified RELO agent for Wal-Mart. Since 1986, Chuck has been active in Rotary International and works as the "The Cabernet Team" with his wife Patti and Candice Martin. Crye-Leike Beaver Lake is located at 14566 Highway 12 East in Rogers. A formal Grand Opening celebration will be coordinated with the Rogers Chamber of Commerce. For all your real estate needs and personal referrals you can contact Crye-Leike Beaver Lake Managing Broker Chuck Gay directly by phone at 479-544-2712, in the Beaver Lake office at 479-925-1313 and you can email him at email@example.com. About Crye-Leike, REALTORS Harold Crye and Dick Leike established Crye-Leike, REALTORS in 1977. Today, Crye-Leike?, the nation's 6th largest real estate company, has a network of more than 3,600 licensed sales associates based out of 130 corporate and franchise offices located through-out the nine-state southern region of Tennessee, Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Mississippi, North Carolina and Oklahoma. Crye-Leike is a full-service real estate company offering buyers and sellers services in: residential and commercial sales, mortgage, title, insurance, business brokerage and investments, property management, development and construction, builder resources, REO bank-owned properties, relocation, auctions, and home services. In 2009, Crye-Leike attained a sales volume in excess of $3.9 billion with 24,983 homes sold.
NICKY ROBERTSHAW HITCHING | Special to The Daily News It's likely you've never met her, but you know who she is: The powerhouse real estate agent with the blonde helmet hairstyle and cell phone glued to her ear. After all, Judy McLellan's image has been a fixture at bus stops, in advertising and on billboards for years. While the no-swing hairdo might be a style throwback, McLellan's commitment to using the latest communication tools is strictly modern. She has embraced Facebook and Twitter to connect with the younger generation to promote her business, and is constantly looking for the next thing. "When I heard about Twitter, I said, ?I don't really understand it, but I want to do it,'" McLellan recalled. "It is so important to reach the next generation of homebuyers, and that's where they are." McLellan and her "JudyMac" team of four to five employees form a company within a company at Crye-Leike Inc.'s plush East Memphis headquarters. She promotes herself as "the #1 Realtor for the Mid-South's #1 Real Estate Company," and is managing to stay on top despite the worst real estate market of her career. She did $51 million in sales in 2009. "She's sincere and honest, and certainly gains folks' trust," said Dick Leike, president of Crye-Leike. "That's what it takes in this business. Plus, I don't know if anyone is as visible as she is." McLellan, who radiates good cheer yet is surprisingly mellow in person, focuses on working one-on-one with clients. She leaves the details to Mickey McLellan, her husband of 31 years and an experienced marketing executive who joined in the mid-1990s as business and marketing manager. The JudyMac team specializes in homes in East Memphis, Germantown and Collierville, with the bulk of their business in relocation. To that end, she has worked for FedEx Corp., International Paper and area hospital corporations. A big part of the job is selling Memphis to corporate executives, doctors and others who are considering a move to this area. It calls for out-chambering the Greater Memphis Chamber, and McLellan has become adept at that task. "I tell them, ?You are going to love this place, and let me tell you why,'" McLellan said. "Once I have an audience and can get with them, the rest is easy." McLellan and her team have had to adjust to the current real estate woes, as home values have dropped, mortgage lending has tightened up and new house construction all but stopped in 2007. Her operation has shifted from selling builder homes, which had been 30 percent of their business in 2006, to resales. In addition, her focus shifted from top-dollar homes to those in the $200,000 to $400,000 range, rather than the $417,000-plus purchases that require expensive jumbo loans. She sees signs that things are improving this year, including the return of multiple offers. "At open houses, we see that the consumer attitude is more upbeat," McLellan said. "Hearing that firsthand makes me feel much better." McLellan, who has been in the suburban residential real estate business almost 35 years, came into it naturally. She grew up in Germantown, where her mother, Frances Hall Blanton, was a real estate agent, and her father, Cecil Hall, was a builder. McLellan, who has also performed locally as a singer, began in 1976 working with her mother, who taught her the business and shared her commissions until McLellan got on her feet. "She was a wonderful, wonderful mentor," McLellan said. She joined Crye-Leike in 1985, and when her husband joined her in the mid-1990s, they made a commitment to taking the business to the next level. They hired a top national marketing firm, created a brand identity based on McLellan's image and papered it all over town. As a result, not only did she become a household name locally, she also became Crye-Leike's top agent in 1997, and has kept that No. 1 spot ever since. Her best year was 2006, when she did $75 million in sales volume. The McLellans said that they were the first in this market to use now-ubiquitous color-photo brochures, and among the first to embrace the Internet as a marketing tool. The McLellans clearly love what they do, and even on vacation - they often travel to California's Big Sur - eat, breathe and sleep real estate. "I may get tired," McLellan said, "but I never get tired of this business. I love the personal contact."
JONATHAN DEVIN | Special to The Daily News Reading the recovery of the commercial real estate market in the last year has been like picking a horse at the races with largely unknown odds, but Mack Browder is putting his money on an old favorite to pull through in the end. "The industrial market in Memphis has continued to improve," said Browder, an affiliate broker with Crye-Leike commercial division. "They just announced the lease of about an 800,000 square foot building down on Lamar called the Summit Distribution Center #2. "There's a continuing uptick in activity of people wanting more space," Browder said. "We're feeling real good about the industrial market being in balance here in town." The expansion lease by Technicolor created about 150 jobs, something market analysts in any major city would be glad to hear, and may indicate that existing commercial properties are learning to function with lowered property values. Browder, a native of Munford, Tenn., graduated from high school in Osceola, Ark., in the same class with Harold Crye, co-founder of Crye-Leike. He went to Arkansas State University at Jonesboro, Ark., on a full football scholarship and emerged with a accounting degree and a CPA certificate. Browder worked in public accounting for 35 years before becoming a real estate broker, something that came in handy in many of his business transactions. In the late 1980s he got involved in overseeing business mergers and acquisitions, whose negotiations often involved large pieces of real estate. "Mergers and acquisitions in this market is typically where a person 65 to 75 years old comes to you and says I've got a business over here and my children don't want to go into it, so I need to get all I can for it because this is 90 percent of my estate, it's my retirement," said Browder. "In representing them, you go out and find buyers for them and keep everything confidential until closing." In one deal involving a furniture company in northern Mississippi, Browder lost a substantial fee because of a licensing issue with his real estate broker. Then he decided to do the real estate work himself. "(Crye and I) were teenage friends and I was the accountant for his young company for years," said Browder. "Over the years we stayed in contact and when the opportunity came about there wasn't much debate about where I'd go." Browder avoided the residential side of the business from the start owing to the emotional nature of decisions surrounding the sale of a home. Commercial real estate has several major divisions - multi-family, retail, office, industrial and manufacturing and land for development. Multi-family properties struggled the least as more and more homeowners sought rentals after foreclosures and job losses. Land suffered the most with developers unable to sell their inventory. "There's blood in the streets for developers right now," said Browder. Retail and industrial real estate, while hit hard, seem to be making slow, steady recoveries though. Browder pointed to the closing of big box appliance giant Circuit City, which left massive buildings, some anchoring strip malls, vacant. "The fear was that the space would go unoccupied for an extended period of time," said Browder. "Well, over the last 90 days to six months, indications have been that more retailers are taking up that space, so retail is coming into balance." On the industrial side, the shock of major companies streamlining their businesses has started to wear off, and the leaner operations often rebrand with new products, which create the need for facilities and employees. That kind of recovery may come slower than the high-profit, high-risk bubbles of the last decade, but is more likely to last. "We're probably at what most people feel is close to the bottom of the commercial real estate market," said Dan Whipple, president/managing broker for Crye-Leike Commercial, who has worked with Browder for 10 years. "The capitalization rates in the investment markets are about the highest number we've seen in 10 years, maybe longer. Most of the information I read by commentators around the country seem to indicate that this quarter or next quarter is very likely the bottom of the commercial market." Whipple said that Browder's finance and accounting background is a resource not many brokers have. "His background gives him a great insight into the business and contracts," said Whipple. "It's very unusual to find a real estate broker who also has a CPA background." Last year, Browder was honored by the Memphis Area Association of Realtors with a Pinnacle Award for top sales in the industrial sector.
SMYRNA, TN., - Even though the housing tax credits that stimulated the market for months are gone, a buyer's market still exists. With interest rates still at a historical low and with a good selection of homes on the market to choose from, Crye-Leike Smyrna Realtor Heather Karl is working hard to show buyers why now is still a great time to purchase a home. Last year Karl hosted an educational workshop helping many homebuyers understand everything that's involved in the home buying process - and this year she is still dedicated to educating buyers. "It's important for the community to be knowledgeable about what's involved in the home buying process," said Karl. "I encourage people to come to the workshop and discover their best options for buying in this market. This is a wonderful time to stop throwing money away on rent and start investing in your future." The workshop will educate buyers on several important home buying topics including: how and where to start looking for a home, successful budgeting, improving your credit score, how to get pre-approved for a home loan and how to receive 100% financing. Potential buyers are encouraged to come ask questions and learn about the entire home buying process from searching for a home and making an offer to signing papers at the closing table. Magna Bank Loan Specialist Michele Ballard will be at the workshop answering buyers financing questions and providing help with getting pre-approved for a home loan. Real Estate Experts Paige Mayercik of Realty Title and John Richardson of AXA Advisors will also be at the workshop answering buyers questions. "I would like to extend an invitation to anyone who is even considering buying a home right now," said Karl. "Super low interest rates, rock bottom home prices combined with a great inventory of homes up for sale makes this buyer's market the best time to purchase a home. Sellers are also welcome to come ask questions and find out about what's happening in their local market verses what they hear in national media reports." Karl adds, "Members of the military and certain other federal employees have an extra incentive to buy right now as they have an extra year to buy a home and qualify for the homebuyer's tax credit through April 30, 2011." More About The Crye-Leike Smyrna Homebuyer's Workshop The workshop will be held at Crye-Leike, REALTORS Smyrna branch office located at 599 Sam Ridley Parkway on Thursday, June 10th, 2010 starting at 6:15pm. The event is free but an RSVP is encouraged to ensure there will be enough informational packets and refreshments for everyone. Attendees will receive a free informational packet with important home buying tips and budgeting plans and can sign up to receive new home listings e-mailed to them daily making their house hunting much easier and quicker. To RSVP for the workshop or for more information call Crye-Leike Realtor Heather Karl at 615-613-2599 or e-mail her at heather.karl@crye-leike. Find Karl on the web at http://heatherkarl.crye-leike.com/. About Crye-Leike, REALTORS Harold Crye and Dick Leike established Crye-Leike, REALTORS in 1977. Today, Crye-Leike?, the nation's 6th largest real estate company, has a network of more than 3,600 licensed sales associates based out of 130 corporate and franchise offices located through-out the nine-state southern region of Tennessee, Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Mississippi, North Carolina and Oklahoma. Crye-Leike is a full-service real estate company offering buyers and sellers services in: residential and commercial sales, mortgage, title, insurance, business brokerage and investments, property management, development and construction, builder resources, REO bank-owned properties, relocation, auctions, and home services. In 2009, Crye-Leike attained a sales volume in excess of $3.9 billion with 24,983 homes sold.
BRENTWOOD, TN., - For many years the Realtors in Crye-Leike's Brentwood West Regional Headquarters office have sponsored a blood drive for the American Red Cross - and this year they will keep that tradition alive in a time when many Nashville charities need the help of businesses and the public now more than ever. "Disasters like the unusual Nashville flooding shine light on why donating to organizations such as United Way and the Red Cross is such an important thing to do," said Crye-Leike Broker and Blood Drive Coordinator Jim Heidenway. "For these organizations, donations are vital to their survival and their ability to help those who need it most in times of terrible tragedy." The Realtors work with buyers and sellers in the community everyday and giving back to the community by supporting charities like the American Red Cross has always been an important goal for the sales associates in Crye-Leike's Brentwood West Sales Office. "For the past seven years we have hosted a blood drive for the Red Cross in the summer," said Crye-Leike Broker and Blood Drive Coordinator Lorie Layman. "During the summer months, the need for blood in local hospitals increases due to travel related injuries, outdoor accidents and scheduled surgeries while donations often decrease because regular donors are busy with travel and vacation plans." Crye-Leike, REALTORS in Brentwood will host its Eighth Annual Summer Blood Drive on Wednesday, June 9th from 10:00am - 4:00pm at the Regional Headquarters Sales Plaza located at 5111 Maryland Way. The office's goal is to have at least 80 donors because 800 pints of blood are needed each day in the Greater Nashville area. Each pint of blood donated can save as many as three lives and also goes to help the Red Cross maintain a ready supply of blood for emergencies. "We hope lots of people will join us in giving the gift of life in a time when donations are needed most," said Heidenway. "We encourage the public to join our efforts in supporting the Red Cross by calling our office to schedule an appointment time to give blood. This will ensure no one will have to wait in line." More About The Crye-Leike Brentwood Blood Drive On Wednesday, June 9th an American Red Cross Blood Mobile will be parked outside of Crye-Leike's Brentwood West sales office - located at 5111 Maryland Way - with a full nursing staff standing by to take good care of all the donors. For more information or to schedule an appointment to donate blood contact Crye-Leike's Brentwood West Sales Office at 373-2044 and ask for Brokers Jim Heidenway or Lorie Layman. All donors will be entered into a drawing with a chance to win dinner for two at Logan's Roadhouse. "In addition for a chance to win a nice dinner at Logan's, anyone who donates blood will have the satisfaction of knowing they are saving a life," said Heidenway. About Crye-Leike, REALTORS Harold Crye and Dick Leike established Crye-Leike, REALTORS in 1977. Today, Crye-Leike?, the nation's 6th largest real estate company, has a network of more than 3,600 licensed sales associates based out of 130 corporate and franchise offices located through-out the nine-state southern region of Tennessee, Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Mississippi, North Carolina and Oklahoma. Crye-Leike is a full-service real estate company offering buyers and sellers services in: residential and commercial sales, mortgage, title, insurance, business brokerage and investments, property management, development and construction, builder resources, REO bank-owned properties, relocation, auctions, and home services. In 2009, Crye-Leike attained a sales volume in excess of $3.9 billion with 24,983 homes sold.
The Realtors in Crye-Leike's Grove Oklahoma sales office are thankful to everyone who stopped by the office on Thursday, May 19th for a charity picnic luncheon. The sales associates put on their chef hats and grilled up hamburgers and hot dogs in hopes of raising big bucks for the Christian Help Center. Everyone who bought a $5 lunch ticket enjoyed a picnic lunch including side dishes, chips, desserts and drinks. Thanks to many purchased lunch tickets and some additional generous contributions, Crye-Leike Realtors in Grove raised $1,000 for the local Christian Help Center - an organization which helps any and all persons and families in need of food.
BY JIMMY SETTLE THE LEAF-CHRONICLE May 25, 2010 In Clarksville and across the nation, the homebuyer tax credit helped to incentivize sales of new and existing homes. Now, that tax credit has expired, and sellers, prospective buyers and Realtors are looking ahead to a new kind of marketplace ? or at least a return to familiar days. Homebuyers rushed to take advantage of the government incentives and record-low mortgage rates in April, giving the nationwide housing market its biggest boost in five months. In Clarksville, the homebuyer tax credit has been described as an effective business tool, although many here say this market is so unique compared to the nation, that the tax credit itself had lesser impact here than in other areas of the country. "In general terms, our market has always been good to stand on its own," said David Greene, vice president of the Clarksville Association of Realtors, and managing broker for Crye-Leike Realtors' Sango office. "Actually, our market here is down about 10 percent over this time last year," Greene said, "not that that's a bad thing, but inventory has dwindled some and that's the reason." Now that the homebuyer tax credit has expired, U.S. market watchers say any improvement in the post-recession market will depend mainly on the lure of historically low mortgage rates. Some economists say that won't be enough. "Although mortgage rates have fallen sharply, the combination of high unemployment, heavy indebtedness and tight credit suggest to us that demand will stumble," said Paul Dales, an economist at Capital Economics. The tax credit's impact is expected to linger for a while, however. While homeowners had to have a signed sales contract by April 30, buyers have until the end of June to complete their sales. The federal government offered first-time buyers a tax credit of up to $8,000. Homeowners looking to upgrade were able to qualify for a credit of up to $6,500. Sales were up in all parts of the country except the West. The gains were led by a 21.1 percent jump in the Northeast and a 9.9 percent rise in the Midwest. Sales also rose 8.6 percent in the South. The Associated Press contributed to this report. Jimmy Settle, 245-0247 Business
Local organizations including Second Harvest Food Bank and United Way need the help of businesses and the public now more than ever. Disasters like the unusual Nashville flooding shine light on why donating to organizations such as United Way and Second Harvest is such an important thing to do. For these organizations, donations are vital to their survival and their ability to help those who need it most in times of terrible tragedy. For the second year in a row, Crye-Leike, REALTORS Starwood sales office is hosting a rummage sale to benefit Second Harvest Food Bank. Last year the office of Realtors raised $800 for Second Harvest at their First Annual Rummage Sale. This year Crye-Leike Starwood will host its Second Annual Rummage Sale Charity Bazaar with all proceeds going to United Way and Second Harvest Food Bank. "Last year's rummage sale was great and brought in many donations; however, we are hoping to raise even more money this year in a time when Nashville charities need it most," said Crye-Leike Affiliate Broker and Starwood Office Administrator Wanda Batson. "Our office hopes to have the public's help with creating a larger rummage sale this June." Crye-Leike Starwood encourages the public to bring donations for the rummage sale to its office from 8:00am to 5:00pm during normal business hours. Donations can be dropped off at Crye-Leike's Starwood sales center located at 12647 Old Hickory Boulevard in Nashville. "Our office is accepting rummage sale donations of furniture, clothing, household items, appliances, lawn furniture and much more," said Batson. "We are also collecting monetary and non-perishable food items for Second Harvest and United Way." Crye-Leike Starwood invites everyone to stop by the rummage sale on Saturday, June 5th, from 8am to 5pm where the office parking lot will turn into one big charity bazaar. There will be a rummage sale, refreshments, games, fun for kids including a balloon artist and face tattoos, and fun for all ages. Cash for gold and silver will be given away from 10am-5pm courtesy of Goldgirl Events - www.goldgirlevents.com. Goldgirl Events Representative Jenny Thayer will be at the rummage sale purchasing the public's gold or silver and donating 15% of the proceeds to Second Harvest Food Bank and United Way. "It will be a fun day for everyone and a great way to donate to two wonderful Nashville charities," said Batson. Sales Associates in Crye-Leike's Starwood Branch assist buyers and sellers in and around Davidson, Rutherford and Williamson counties specializing in all types of residential real estate. For more information please contact Crye-Leike Starwood Office Administrator Wanda Batson at 615-641-6305. About Crye-Leike, REALTORS Harold Crye and Dick Leike established Crye-Leike, REALTORS in 1977. Today, Crye-Leike?, the nation's 6th largest real estate company, has a network of more than 3,600 licensed sales associates based out of 130 corporate and franchise offices located through-out the nine-state southern region of Tennessee, Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Mississippi, North Carolina and Oklahoma. Crye-Leike is a full-service real estate company offering buyers and sellers services in: residential and commercial sales, mortgage, title, insurance, business brokerage and investments, property management, development and construction, builder resources, REO bank-owned properties, relocation, auctions, and home services. In 2009, Crye-Leike attained a sales volume in excess of $3.9 billion with 24,983 homes sold.
Deadline nears for incentive By RICHARD CONN/ firstname.lastname@example.org Colene Dooley said Thursday may have been "the busiest day in any real estate agent's career in Columbia." Dooley, managing broker and vice-president of Crye-Leike Realtors said there was a rush of folks in her office this week who were looking to take advantage of a federal tax credit of up to $8,000 available to first time homebuyers that expires at midnight Friday. Dooley said one of her Realtors had written two contracts in the last couple of days and was working on another one Thursday to beat the deadline. "There were several of them in Tuesday's sales meeting who were talking how busy they are with just the tax credit thing," Dooley said. The tax credit is available to buyers who haven't owned a home for three years and is valued at 10 percent of the purchase price, up to $8,000. Another credit, for up to $6,500, was available to those who have owned a home for at least five years. Kasey Cox, a Daily Herald employee, said the availability of the tax credit prompted her and her husband into purchasing their first home. They've had the contract signed since March. "We were planning on doing it anyway, but, you know, that's $8,000 free money," Cox said. "So we were really trying to find something by then." To qualify, buyers had to have a signed contract in hand by the deadline and must complete the deal by June 30. "It's been very busy this week ? and last week," said Becky Thomas, a Realtor with Re/Max of Columbia. Thomas recalled the rush of purchases with the arrival of the Spring Hill Saturn plant's workforce. "The other busiest time was when Saturn was first announced twenty-something years ago," Thomas said. "But, these are first-time homebuyers, so it's been very busy and fortunate." While saving $8,000 is enticing for prospective buyers, Thomas said it is more important for people to be happy with their purchase. "You want it to be a good house for them, too. You want it to be a good experience," Thomas said. "So if they can't find what fits their needs and what they really want, I hope that they would look at something the next week, or the next week, not just to buy something just to save the $8,000." Local Realtors said they were hopeful business would continue to boom after the deadline for the tax credit expires. Dooley said she would have like to have seen the deadline extended. "There is life after the tax credit, but it would certainly be wonderful if it was continued," she said. Story created Apr 30, 2010 - 14:03:19 EDT.
Posted: Friday, April 30 2010, 08:10 PM CDT By Reporter Sky Arnold Story Web Link: http://www.fox17.com/newsroom/top_stories/wztv_vid_3465.shtml Buying a home is a big decision and Angela Weakley wasn't sure she was ready for it. "I wasn't sure if it was really an option with my finances," said Weakley. What changed her mind is the $8,000 she's getting under the Federal Stimulus First Time Home buyers credit. "It's made it possible really because it's gonna help me cover the cost of down payment when I'm reimbursed for it," said Weakley Weakley's decision was more last minute than most. She started looking at homes Sunday and put an offer on a townhouse Wednesday. She had to rush because the tax credit expires at midnight. "We had to pull together a lot of financial info for her very quickly so she could make a good decision so yes it's been stressful," said Crye-Leike Realtor Joyce Wright. Wright had to work with an out-of-state seller and there were some tense moments with the counter offer. "Yesterday they were supposed to let us know about noon and three o'clock I hadn't heard and I thought maybe this wasn't going to happen so that was stressful," said Weakley. A big stress that's now over with not many hours to spare.
Web Story Link: http://www.wsmv.com/houseandhome/23270231/detail.html Reported By Larry Flowers POSTED: 4:08 pm CDT April 26, 2010 MURFREESBORO, Tenn. -- Residents who are in the market to buy a house have only a few days left to take advantage of the $8,000 home tax credit. Jessica Hogue and her husband Todd will be closing on their new home on Friday. The first-time homebuyers started looking for a home about a month ago when they realized they could get $8,000 of free money just for buying a house. "We're right at the deadline. The reason we started looking when we did is to take advantage of the tax credit, and we're very excited, and we'll put the money to great use," said Jessica Hogue. Michael Osborne of Crye-Leike Realtors in Murfreesboro said residents still have time to capitalize on the credit if they're considering buying a house. He said the tax credit has been beneficial in starting to turn the housing market around. There are two types of tax credits that potential homeowners can quality for. "The ($8,000) tax credit is available to a first-time homebuyer or a buyer who has not owned a home within the past three years -- that includes the person or their spouse," said Osborne There's also a $6,500 tax credit for those who are selling then buying another house. "The $6,500 credit is good for anyone who has currently resided in that house for five consecutive years," said Osborne. Even though the tax credit deadline is Friday at midnight, once a home buyer works at a deal on a house, they don't have to be in a hurry to pack up and move. "You need to get negotiated and signed off on your deal Friday at midnight. As long as you're signed off by Friday at midnight, you have until June 30 to actually get the house closed and get you moved in," said Osborne. Local Realtors said after the April 30 tax credit deadline, they expect the momentum of buying and selling homes to continue.
The Realtors in Crye-Leike's Hendersonville office recently put business on hold for a few hours and transformed the sales center into a Chapel of Love. Crye-Leike Hendersonville Assistant Office Administrator Diane Simpson married David Curtis a high school classmate from the Maplewood High School class of 1964. The two had not seen each other since graduating high school in 1964 until they met up 45 years later at a monthly Class of 64 dinner and gathering on July 17, 2009. Diane and David had originally opted for a simple wedding at a local county office. When word spread of their intent they were encouraged and inspired to have the ceremony at the Crye-Leike office where Diane has worked for the past six years. It was truly a Crye-Leike Wedding with Hendersonville Realtor and Sumner County Commissioner Jim Vaughn marrying the two classmates turned soulmates on April 23, 2010. "We feel like kids again," said Diane & David. Crye-Leike offers its sincere congratulations to newlyweds Diane and David as they embark on a new journey together celebrating with a honeymoon in Gatlinburg.
Reported by: Kelly Dudzik Email: email@example.com Last Update: 5:45 am How does an eight-thousand dollar tax credit sound? If you buy a new home by Friday, and you're a first time home buyer it could be yours. You have to meet income requirements, and the home has to be less than 800-thousand dollars, but we met one family Sunday that's really thinking about it. "I just love this fireplace. It's just beautiful," said Carole Collins. The Collins family wants to buy a new house, not today, but maybe by Friday. "There is kind of a window of opportunity here, so we're looking at this house. This is a house we really, really like," said Mike Collins. They're seriously thinking about moving into this Saline County neighborhood. "A lot of times, you see a large house that's so chopped up that you don't really get much use out of the extra size," says Mike Collins. That's not the case in this three bedroom home built ten years ago. The asking price is $269,900. You can get it for eight-thousand less than your final offer though when you get your tax credit. This isn't just a first time home buyer tax credit, people trying to sell their homes can get 65-hundred dollars when they buy a new home. "A lot of them don't even know about it because I guess it gets to be like something you've heard over and over," said realtor Diane Barsotti. Get the paperwork done now, and you don't have to close until July first to still get the money. "If you're really in the market, it's eight-thousand dollars that you get as a credit and when you put it into perspective of how much more home you can buy, it's about six dollars a thousand, so you can do the math, it's really a lot more home for the money," she adds. "You get several hundred square feet, perhaps a thousand more square feet because of all the credits and everything that are occuring, right now," says Mike Collins. And daughter, Jana, isn't opposed to that. "It's bigger than what we have now, and all my friends live around here, so I'll get to hang out with them all the time instead of just like having to come up over here to their houses, I can be over here at my own," she says.
Web Story Link: http://www.todaysthv.com/news/local/story.aspx?storyid=103451&catid=2 Reported by: Katherina- Marie Yancy Time is running out to cash in on the $8,000 federal tax credit and that has Arkansas realtors keeping busy these days. The housing credit is set to expire at the end of this week, April 30. Advertisement For the next week, there are 8,000 reasons to get under contract for a house. And with a lot of activity expected, economists predict April's home sales numbers will end on a high note. As realtors set up open houses, time is of the essence for potential buyers. Karen Crowson with Crye-Leike of Benton says, "We are starting to see a lot of offers. I know over the last week my office has been very busy with offers coming in." Crowson has been a realtor for more than 20-years and says this is an opportunity of a life time. She adds, "Because there are some great homes on the market and it's not too late, they need to be under contract by April 30." It's good news for buyers and sellers. First-time home buyers receive an $8,000 tax credit and repeat buyers who have lived in a house for five years receive $6,500. Nationally, the median sales price has risen to $214,000. That is up more than 4% from a year ago. Crowson explains, "The market has not caught up as far as pricing goes and with interest rates down, I still feel like it's a great time for people to get out and buy a home now." The National Association of Realtors estimates 30% of home buyers would not have purchased a home if it wasn't for the tax credit. Crowson explains, "From March and April 2009, there were 83 sold transactions in the Benton, Bryant area. The same period for this year we have actually 126 that have sold to date. We feel that's a good indication that tax credit is actually helping us." The real estate industry has been lobbying Washington to extend the tax credit once again, but the market place may be ready to stand alone. "I'm afraid some buyers have held off thinking they did one extension, so maybe they're going to extend it again and I don't think that's going to happen right now," Crowson concludes. Interest rates and sale prices are low. If you miss the tax credit deadline, Crowson says don't let that keep you from continuing your search because there are great deals to take advantage of. According to data released Friday, The Commerce Department reports sales of newly built homes shot up 27% in March. That is the largest monthly gain in nearly five decades.
Story Link: http://www.newschannel5.com/Global/story.asp?S=12360691 By Eric White Posted: Apr 22, 2010 8:44 PM CDT NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Months ago Emmaly Carr took notice as a homebuyer tax credit deadline crept closer. "You realize this is about to end. You should really jump on it," said Carr. The Nashville woman has never owned a home. The government's first-time homebuyer $8,000 tax credit was Carr's motivation. Homebuyers have to have a contract signed by April 30 and close on the property by June 30 to be eligible for the tax credit. To this point Carr has not been successful. "I'm very, very particular," said Carr. The two homes Carr was interested in already had contracts drawn up. Crye-Leike Broker Becky Meagher is Carr's agent. Meagher said she and Carr are frantically searching to find the perfect home. "I think this is the last chance for that gift of $8,000," said Meagher. Meagher said the government tax credits have given the real-estate industry a big boost. "In my office we've been extremely busy because of the first time homebuyer credit," said Meagher. She added it is not likely the government will extend the tax incentive. With time running out, Carr said her search for the perfect house will continue. E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
April 15, 2010 9:42 AM Kevin Sims There are just two weeks left to take advantage of one of the government's most popular programs. The tax credit for first-time and existing home buyers ends on April 30th. Real estate agent Lisa Whittle is bracing for a busy few weeks. She's been bombarded with phone calls from first-time home buyers. "It was like the light switch came on and people started calling and saying 'We're ready to buy, we're ready to buy! We want to take advantage of the tax credit! We want to start looking!' says Whittle. Those house-hunters are racing to beat the clock to get in homes. First time buyers have until the end of this month to sign on the bottom line and get $8,000 back. Existing homeowners who have lived in their house for at least five years can get $6,500 back. "Some thought that they had to be closed by April 30th," says Whittle, "but you just have to be under contract by then." That can put a lot of pressure on those looking to buy. Whittle doesn't want anybody to rush in and says there is plenty of homes on the market to choose from. It's a buyer's market she says and there is built-in protection past that April 30th deadline. The home still has to meet the appraised value, the buyers have to be approved for suitable financing and the home has to pass inspection. "That's three opportunities they have to say 'whoops, nope I don't think it's going to work'" says Whittle. So there may be no better time to find a new house to call home. Especially as more and more people feel more comfortable making such a big purchase. "I think people feel better now" says Whittle. "They feel more confident in the economy. They feel more confident about what's happening in Chattanooga." And while Whittle would like to see the tax credit extended like it was last year, she's encouraging potential buyers not to count on it.
By Michael Lollar Posted April 12, 2010 at midnight For these home sellers, their hopes and dreams rise and fall with each uptick or downturn in the economy. They keep their azaleas neatly clipped, their yards mowed and edged. And across Greater Memphis, they were eager for the Realtors' "Nationwide Open House," a weekend of home shopping that brought out potential buyers, people who were "just looking" and others who wanted a peek at their neighbors' things. Some of those looking on Saturday and Sunday are trying to find a house before tax credits up to $8,000 expire April 30. Mortgage interest rates had been in the 5 percent range before starting up again last week. Buyers hope to get in before rates go higher. Owners don't say much about it, but they are hostage to an economy that seems to sputter even as it slowly gets back into gear. At 186 S. Belvedere, Bill Buchanan said his sister has a liver ailment that has added a sense of urgency to selling the 4,100-square-foot house on the edge of Central Gardens. It was appraised at $494,000 and went on the market for $454,000 four months ago. The asking price is now $369,000. "My sister has $475,000 tied up in this house, so she's losing $75,000 to sell," said Buchanan, a psychological therapist who has shared the house while caring for his sister. Their real estate agent, Justin Sharpe with Crye-Leike Realtors, said the price makes it one of the most affordable houses in Central Gardens. He split his time Sunday at other open houses, including one in High Point Terrace where 15 people toured a small family home that was another "major bargain." He didn't make a sale on the spot Sunday, but Sharpe said he expects the open-house weekend will help, as will interest rates and tax credits. "All of those things are getting people out there and creating some excitement in the market. I think we're going to see home sales go up." Each house has a story to tell. At 1367 Peabody, owner Lee Harris bought his foursquare house in 2006 and spent about six months renovating it and a garage apartment in the back that rents in the $600-a-month range. "It's a tough market, and I don't know why," said Harris, a real estate developer. Harris said the house was assessed at $350,000. He's asking $299,900 through Keller Williams Realty. Dan Blickhan was touring the home with two friends Sunday, and they said Harris' house "still needs work." They said the garage apartment looked like the "maid's quarters." Agent Jessica Schreiber with George Humphreys, Inc., Realtors, welcomed six lookers in the first hour of the open house at her own home at 103 N. Fernway in East Memphis. She is selling because she has already bought another house near a new job in the Wilmington, N.C., area. She tells lookers that the house is in the Richland-White Station school district. "I can tell them stuff about it," she says of the advantage of selling her own home. The disadvantage: "They may not believe me."
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Reported by: Kevin Holmes Email:email@example.comLast Update: 11:18 am MEMPHIS, TN - A nationwide drive to sell homes before April 30th is on, in order to qualify for an $8,000 tax credit. Jerry Modesto has been selling homes for 12 years. With low prices and even lower interest rates, he expects potential buyers to take full advantage of the opportunities. "When you put all that together things are looking, I think things are looking very well." One thing that's not looking so well is the pool of potential home buyers. Another problem is keeping people in those homes. In Memphis, the foreclosure rate for February grew to 2.09 percent. That's up from 1.38 percent in February 2009. With a down economy Modesto says it's become tougher for potential home buyers to qualify for a loan. "Because of previous lending tactics and things of that nature. But it is incredibly difficult to get a loan. You got to be qualified. You've got to have a good credit score. Your credit has to be in excellent shape. You've got to have between 3 and 5 percent down and that's kind of tough." Experts say the first thing you should do is go to the mortgage company and tell them what you're interested in. Then allow the bank or credit agency to tell you what you qualify for. You must have a down payment and money to cover closing costs. "It's kind of the reverse of a couple years ago, when it was free and easy," says Modesto. "Well it's not free and easy anymore." Experts say those looking to buy a home after 2010 could face an uphill battle. Economists expect interest rates to climb. They say a 1 percent increase in the interest rate can raise the total cost of the purchase price by 19 percent.
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By Jonathan Devin Posted April 12, 2010 at midnight Switching gears mid-career from commercial real estate to residential came with its challenges, but Jeff Moore has tackled bigger issues. A former NFL wide receiver, Moore found his first love in selling property even before he went to the Super Bowl. "It was an incredible experience for me to get exposed to the Super Bowl as a rookie," said Moore, 52, a native of Memphis. "I can remember like yesterday how star-struck I was." Moore was drafted from the University of Tennessee Knoxville by the Los Angeles Rams as a wide receiver, but before heading off to training camp, he earned his real estate license. "My mom always put a lot of emphasis on education so we'd be prepared when football was over," said Moore, whose brother also played professional football. "That was a prerequisite for our being able to play." In January 1980, the Rams met Pittsburgh in Pasadena. They lost, but Moore went on to play professionally for two-and-a-half more years before settling down. "I'd had my first child and needed to make a living," said Moore. "I'd been working in a real estate office in the off-season even during the first year I was on the team." Moore began working fulltime for Herbert Hawkins Real Estate and later moved to New Direction Investment Properties, where he gained expertise in the area which carried him through most of his career, commercial investment properties. "I always thought that real estate was just selling houses," said Moore, noting that his father sold houses in Memphis for 45 years. "I never realized you could sell office buildings or apartment buildings or shopping centers," said Moore. "I was fascinated by that." He found a particular niche in multi-family buildings and brought his experience with him when he returned to Memphis in 1993 and joined Crye-Leike's Collierville office. Sometimes apartment building tenants were less than cooperative with inspections and showings, but Moore enjoyed the challenge of working with them. "It takes a lot of finesse to make it come together," said Moore. But early in 2009 the game changed again during the credit crunch when even well-qualified commercial buyers had difficulties securing loans. Moore's volume dropped significantly, so he rebranded himself as a residential real estate agent. "With residential you're more connected to the buyer, it's a more personal experience for the buyer," said Moore. "With multi-family investment it's strictly an economic decision." Moore's wife, Juliette, is also a residential real estate agent and their daughter LaToya works with them as an assistant. "It took a while for me to get my feet on the ground and understand that to do the kind of volume I did in commercial with residential was going to require a lot more transactions," said Moore. Moore is also the author of two real estate books, the second of which, titled "Realistic Strategy for Real Estate Investing" will be released at the end of May. He calls it a warning about mistakes commonly made in real estate investing. Jeff Moore Profession: Real estate agent with Crye-Leike Education: Bachelor's degree in business emphasizing real estate and urban development from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville Family: Wife, Juliette; sons Kendrick and Keith; daughters, Stefanie and LaToya Age: 52 Hobbies: Football
Posted: Apr 11, 2010 8:44 PM CDT Updated: Apr 12, 2010 5:33 AM CDT By Trang Do - Bio | Email HUNTSVILLE, AL (WAFF) - Thousands of realtors across the country held open houses this weekend. It was part of an effort to encourage people to take advantage of two homebuyer tax credits that are set to expire at the end of the month. Realtors say now is a great time to buy, not only because of these tax credits, but also because interest rates are pretty low right now, but won't stay that way for long. Buying a home is often the most expensive purchase a person will ever make -- that's why many people, like Renae Bishop, are scrambling to find their perfect home before some tax credits being offered by the federal government run out. "There's a lot of good things out there," Bishop said. "It just depends on what you're looking for. I have a certain type house in mind, and I think it's going to be an opportunity too good to miss." Bishop is looking to take advantage of the up to $8,000 tax credit for first time homebuyers. To qualify you must have not owned a home in the past three years. Crye-Leike Realtor Lea Ellison said Huntsville has a lot of great options for first-timers, but that those in the market need to act quickly. She spent Sunday showing a home in Southeast Huntsville that's on the market for $143,000. "What I would say to a first-time homebuyer is that it's a wonderful time to buy," Ellison said. "Sellers are willing to negotiate, most of them are very, very aware of the bloodbath that has happened in the market in the last couple of years." There's also an tax credit of up to $6500 available for previous homeowners looking to upgrade or downsize. The catch? You must have lived in your home for five consecutive years in the past eight years. Both tax credits require that you have a contract on a home by April 30, and you have to close the deal and move in by June 30. There are other stipulations. For single buyers, you cannot make more than $125,000 a year. Couples buying cannot bring in more than $225,000 a year. The purchase price of the home you're buying can't be more than $800,000.
By Tom Bailey Jr. Posted April 10, 2010 at midnight The solar system seems aligned for the Realtors' "Nationwide Open House" this weekend: Depressed prices, still-low interest rates, a fast-approaching deadline for homebuyer tax credits, and even sunny skies and temperatures in the mid-70's. On a typical weekend in the Memphis area, Realtors stage 250-400 open houses. But with the coordinated event, this weekend is hardly typical. "As of now we have more than 1,200 scheduled for this Saturday and Sunday, and that number has been going up every time I've checked today," said Scott Shearin, spokesman for Memphis Area Association of Realtors. House hunters can drive around looking for blue balloons that mark homes participating in the sales event. A Realtors' site, midsouthopenhouses .com, is a guide to area open houses; The Commercial Appeal's 44-page Homefinder section, in the Sunday edition, also will include hundreds of open-house listings to assist buyers. And many individual real estate agencies have open-house information on their Web sites. The largest agency in the Memphis area, Crye-Leike, normally has 40-50 open houses, but will host 120 this weekend. "We're seeing more folks out there looking right now," said that agency's co-founder and president, Dick Leike. "Open houses are pretty effective, especially if we can have a pretty weekend." House hunters might come to an open house because the exterior seems appealing and they're curious. But the real estate agent inside is hoping to form a working relationship whether the prospect ends up choosing that house or not. "The agent is out there trying to do the best they can to reach buyers, and if that buyer would like that house, that's just a home run," Leike said. "But at least maybe establish a rapport with the buyer." With so many more open houses to choose from, this weekend offers an ideal situation for lookers. "It's a lot easier way than setting up an appointment and so forth," Leike said. "This will get your answer for you." Glenn A. Moore, president of the Memphis Area Association of Realtors, said last month of this weekend's event, "For the serious buyer, the opportunity to tour dozens of homes in one weekend is a real time-saver, and others who don't think they could afford a home might be drawn into the market by affordable prices and low interest rates." A federal tax credit of up to $8,000 is available for first-time homebuyers who have a purchase contract in place by April 30. Existing homeowners could qualify for up to a $6,500 credit if they purchase another house by the same deadline. Just this week, a real estate information company, Clear Capital, reported the Memphis area's sales prices declined more -- 18.1 percent -- than in any other major city in the nation over the past four months. -- Tom Bailey Jr.: 529-2388
Submitted by Nordia Epps on April 9, 2010 - 8:13pm. It's getting down to the wire for buyers and sellers trying to get the Homebuyer Tax Credit. Up for grabs...as much as $8,000 dollars for first time owners or $6500 hundred for those moving up. There's a big push underway to qualify. After six years, the Ha's have outgrown their East Ridge home. It's been on the market for a year and a half. But things are looking up...thanks to the homebuyer tax credit. Christy Ha, Homeowner, "You can really tell the showings on our house and everybody looking really picked up with in the last few weeks. We had showings everyday and I think people are just trying to get that tax credit." Their realtor Charlotte Mabry tells me the local housing market is red hot right now as folks try to meet the approaching deadline. Charlotte Mabry, Keller Williams Realty, "It's a great opportunity. I don't think we'll ever see something like this again." At stake up to 8 thousand dollars for first-time home buyers, and there's a credit for owners who're moving up too. Mabry, "If you've been in your home for 5 years of the past 8, there's a $6,500 dollar tax credit for moving up. The key is you have to be under contract by April 30th and close by June 30th or you don't qualify." Across the nation and here in town realtors are making a big push this weekend with open houses...showing off thousands of homes like this three bedroom two bath on Autumn Leaf in Ooltewah. Janice Robertson, Crye-Leike Realty, "What I'm finding is more and more houses that I'm trying to show are having contracts put on them quicker." Karen Miller, Crye Leike Realty, "With the inventory that we have right now, nearly record low interest rates and with this tax credit it's never been a better time." That's definitely true for the Has. They accepted an offer for their house Saturday, made one on a new house Friday morning, and by that evening got the good news. Christy Ha, "They accepted our offer, so not only will the people getting our house get their credit but we will too." Once again you must be under contract by April 30th and close by June 30th to qualify. There is an extension until next year for Military members oversees.
Sunday, March 28, 2010 By: Tamara Best firstname.lastname@example.org Local Realtors say this year looks promising for the Chattanooga housing market with prices for homes starting to rise. "There's no doubt that we've seen the worst of it," said Jay Bell, owner and agent of Bell Development. "It's not just my hunch. The evidence is there." Mr. Bell said one of the most significant changes since the housing meltdown of 2009 has been the overall attitude of buyers. "A year ago, a lot of the offers that we were getting weren't real offers; they were people who were shopping for distressed properties or looking to get a deal that was unrealistic," he said. "Now we are seeing people in the market who are genuine buyers." Harold Crye, co-founder of Crye-Leike Realtors, said despite improvements, a reduction in the number of foreclosures and inventory is needed for the market to "clean up." Mr. Crye and Mr. Bell said the first-time homebuyers market has grown in part because of the homebuyer's tax credit, which expires April 30 and offers firsttime buyers an $8,000 credit. Mr. Bell said the credit might help push "on the fence" buyers to purchase homes. Realtors said low interest rates combined with a drop in home prices over the last year makes it a prime time for potential buyers. In December the median home price in Chattanooga was $128,250, down 5.2 percent from December 2008 when it was $135,000, according to the Multiple Listing Service of the Chattanooga Association of Realtors. Randy Durham, president of the Chattanooga Association of Realtors, said that the increase in pending home sales indicates that "the market has gained sufficient momentum on its own," with a surge to occur this spring. Kathy Tucker, a Crye-Leike Realtor, also noted that the Chattanooga market has weathered the recession better than others nationwide. "Our real estate market here has always been very steady. We haven't had the ups that the other parts of the country have, but we don't have the lows either," she said. Realtors said the ramp up for Volkswagen will also help drive home sales. With people ready to purchase homes, Realtors said the biggest challenge is securing financing for homes, but they are confident that local developments will be able to keep pace with the demand. "We're selling houses again ? at a pretty good pace. If things continue like this, this may be the best year I've ever had," Mr. Bell said.
Posted: Mar 31, 2010 2:55 PM CDT NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Potential homebuyers only have one month left to take advantage of a big tax credit aimed at stimulating the housing market First time homebuyers can receive a credit of up to $8,000 and repeat buyers can get up to $6,500. Buyers have to ink sales contracts by the end of April and close before the first of July to see the refund. Lisa Byrd, a realtor at Crye-Leike, told News 2 she is noticing a big difference in the local housing market, which means good things for buyers and sellers. "The phones are ringing, so as a real estate agent, most of us are really busy right now. That is a great indicator of what's to come," she said. It's not only the credit that's pushing buyers to purchase homes. With lower interest rates and lower home prices, now is the time to find the best deals around, according to Byrd. For example, a foreclosure in the Richland historic area near West End Avenue would normally be priced around $850,000. It's now on the market for half that. "This home has been completely added on. It was originally the 1,200 square foot bungalow but they have added over 4,000 square feet and all the modern amenities one would expect in a new construction home," Byrd said. The property has generated multiple offers and a lot of interest. While the looming deadline has people rushing to buy, Byrd hopes the excitement lasts past the April deadline. Read more about the homebuyer tax credit at Crye-Leike.com.
JACKSON, TN., - Realtors know the importance of teamwork. Each transaction demands the involvement and cooperation of dozens of people to have a successful property sale or purchase. That work experience and a genuine spirit to give back to the community has motivated a group of local Realtors to launch their 1st annual 5K Run/Walk to benefit the American Cancer Society. "We've formed a task force in our office and call ourselves the "Crye-Leike Cancer Crushers" which came pretty naturally to most of us," said Neill Bartlett, a Realtor with Crye-Leike Blue Skies Real Estate. "Many of us, if not all of us have been affected by this dreaded disease and in the past year I lost both my father and uncle to cancer." Bartlett's desire, to turn his personal experience into something positive, led him and others at Blue Skies to get behind the Run/Walk. All the money they raise will go towards the American Cancer Society's annual ?Relay For Life' fundraiser. "This event makes perfect sense since for many years the Central West Tennessee Association of Realtors (CWTAR) has been a long-standing partner and fundraiser for the Relay For Life which funds cancer research and support services for those battling the disease and their families," said Bartlett. "If one person can make a difference then there's no telling what an entire office of Realtors can do." Bartlett believes in the power of fundraisers to offer both a sense of hope for those waging the fight to beat cancer and to generate money to pay for the often expensive treatments and services. "A very good client of our office and a personal friend of mine was diagnosed with colon cancer last year," said Bartlett. "After many fundraisers and much personal strength displayed by him he is now cancer free. There is always hope." During the course of any given year the Realtors of Crye-Leike Blue Skies support many causes as a way of giving back to the community that supports their livelihoods. This time, the motivation seems far more personal to them and to so many in the greater Jackson community. "As Realtors we are not just here to be a service to our clients," said Bartlett. " We are here to be of service to our communities and our office is totally behind ?Crushing Cancer' at every opportunity we get." Blue Skies agents have already secured their first corporate donation for the upcoming event. TruGreen lawn care franchise owner Michael Cook is committing a gift of $1,000 toward the ?fighting cancer' cause. "Michael is a valued client and friend of Blue Skies," said Bartlett. "We appreciate both his support and very generous donation to get behind the fight against cancer and give back to the community." More About The Crye-Leike Blue Skies 5K Run/Walk The Crye-Leike Blue Skies 1st Annual 5k Run/Walk will be held Saturday, March 27th with a 9:00am start-time at the Blue Skies office located at 3021 Highway 45 Bypass, (next to Super Storage & First Class Limousines.) Pre-Registration is $20.00 and the day of the event is $23.00. Trophies will be awarded in many categories and an event t-shirt is available to the first 100 people who register. For more information contact "Crye-Leike Cancer Crushers" Team Leader Neill Bartlett directly by phone at 731-928-0266 and you can email him at email@example.com. About Crye-Leike, REALTORS Harold Crye and Dick Leike established Crye-Leike, REALTORS in 1977. Today, Crye-Leike?, the nations 6th largest real estate company, has a network of more than 3,600 licensed sales associates based out of 130 corporate and franchise offices located through-out the nine-state southern region of Tennessee, Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Mississippi, North Carolina and Oklahoma. Crye-Leike is a full-service real estate company offering buyers and sellers services in: residential and commercial sales, mortgage, title, insurance, business brokerage and investments, property management, development and construction, builder resources, REO bank-owned properties, relocation, auctions, and home services. In 2009, Crye-Leike attained a sales volume in excess of $3.9 billion with 24,983 homes sold.
MT. JULIET, TN., - Giving back to the community they serve has always been a priority for the sales associates in Crye-Leike, REALTORS Mt. Juliet and Lebanon branch offices. Both of the offices recently held a blood drive for the American Red Cross. On Wednesday, March 3, Crye-Leike's Lebanon agents invited a blood mobile to their office encouraging the public to join them in giving the gift of life. "With all of the tragic events in the world currently, God just laid it on my heart to have a Blood Drive," said Tracy Bowman, Crye-Leike Lebanon Realtor and Blood Drive Coordinator. "I felt this was something that we could do to really help the community and possibly save some lives." Crye-Leike's Lebanon Blood Drive brought in 16 donors and collected 16 pints of blood with a chance to save as many as 48 lives. "The Red Cross folks were great to work with from start to finish, and we hope to host another blood drive in the future," said Bowman. Only one day later on Thursday, March 4, Crye-Leike's Mt. Juliet agents held their annual spring blood drive. Each fall and spring the Realtors invite the American Red Cross Blood Mobile to park outside of their sales office with hopes of increasing the number of donors they had at the previous blood drive. "Our office staff and agents work very hard to make it easy for the community to give blood by hosting a drive twice a year," said Betty Robinson, Crye-Leike Mt. Juliet Realtor and Blood Drive Coordinator. "I am always amazed when I come into the office the day after a blood drive and the agents and staff ask me ?how many donors did we get.' That makes me know our office really cares!!" Crye-Leike Mt. Juliet's Spring 2010 blood drive brought in 27 pints of blood with each pint able to save as many as three lives and help the American Red Cross maintain a ready blood supply for emergencies. "We had a terrific blood drive and a fantastic day for it," said Robinson. "The days prior to the blood drive were cold and gloomy days but the day of the drive the sun came out and the temperature climbed to 50 degrees bringing lots of folks out to give blood!" As a way of thanking all the donors, the Realtors and office staff always pool their monies, time and talent together to provide a nice lunch for everyone who donates blood - and this spring's blood drive was no exception. "We make it easy for the public to stop in and donate during a busy day by rewarding them with a fresh and hot meal for lunch," said Robinson. "This time we served up our favorite comfort foods including beef stew, cabbage stew, white chili, chicken and dumplings, cornbread cakes, and several dessert cakes." Crye-Leike's Mt. Juliet Realtors are already looking forward to their next blood drive they plan to host in the fall of 2010. "I was thrilled to have 27 pints of blood donated to start the year off with," said Robinson. "If we get 43 in the fall we will have a record 70 pints donated for this year. That would be the most we have ever had - and that's our goal!" Crye-Leike Realtors in Lebanon and Mt. Juliet extend a special thanks to everyone who stopped by the offices to donate blood. About Crye-Leike, REALTORS Harold Crye and Dick Leike established Crye-Leike, REALTORS in 1977. Today, Crye-Leike?, the nations 6th largest real estate company, has a network of more than 3,600 licensed sales associates based out of 130 corporate and franchise offices located through-out the nine-state southern region of Tennessee, Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Mississippi, North Carolina and Oklahoma. Crye-Leike is a full-service real estate company offering buyers and sellers services in: residential and commercial sales, mortgage, title, insurance, business brokerage and investments, property management, development and construction, builder resources, REO bank-owned properties, relocation, auctions, and home services. In 2009, Crye-Leike attained a sales volume in excess of $3.9 billion with 24,983 homes sold.
COOKEVILLE, TN., - While the global recession has caused many to rethink or ?put off' a major move, the business of relocating individuals and a company's entire workforce still requires large and small firms to move talent around the corner or across the globe. Mindful of the opportunities as well as the challenges of capturing the available relocation business is Crye-Leike Cookeville Broker Judd-Christian Dyle recipient of an ?Exceptional Performance Sales Award' from the Realty Alliance. "I am honored to be included in a group that represents some of the most successful Realtors in the business," said Dyle. "The Realty Alliance is a huge network of Realtors and firms from all across North America, networking and working together to achieve the goals of their clients." For Dyle that means assisting buyers and sellers relocating to practically anywhere in the country? helping them realize a seamless relocation process through the combined efforts of Broker members of the Realty Alliance. "In the current challenging market, today's relocating customer needs a team of people who can educate them on the market they are in as well as the market they are moving to," said Dyle. "Although all markets are different, we are seeing statistically that the indexes for home sales and pending sales continue to rise over previous years' numbers." Additionally Dyle says record low interest rates and incentives like the first time and move-up buyer tax credits along with very competitive home prices continue to fuel the ongoing ?buyer driven' market. "As sales continue to rise we will see this window begin to close as incentives are phased out, interest rates rise and we move back into an appreciation cycle," said Dyle. "Real estate investments like all investments are cyclical and buyers purchasing now will be getting the best prices and can enjoy the rise in values in the coming years." More About Crye-Leike Broker Judd-Christian Dyle Crye-Leike Broker Judd-Christian Dyle is a licensed Broker in Tennessee based out of the company's Cookeville branch office located at 1400 Neal Street. He assists buyers and sellers in and around Putnam, Overton, White, Jackson, Cumberland and Dekalb counties - specializing in all types of residential real estate sales with a special focus on relocation and bank owned properties. Dyle is a Short Sale & Foreclosure (SFR) certified Realtor by the National Association of Realtors (NAR), a member of NAR and is an active member of the Upper Cumberland Association of Realtors (UCAR) in which he serves on the Education Committee. When he's not assisting clients, Dyle is active in the Upper Cumberland Wish Makers Association in which he serves as its Board President - working closely with the national ?Make A Wish' Foundation. For all your real estate needs and personal referrals, please contact Crye-Leike Broker Judd-Christian Dyle directly by phone at 931-261-7620, email: firstname.lastname@example.org and you can find him on the web at http://www.JuddTheRealtor.com. More About The Realty Alliance The Realty Alliance is a network of North America's elite real estate firms. Members serve most every major market on the continent. Through The Realty Alliance its members access the best and latest ideas and solutions to make them among the most qualified to provide expert analysis and guidance to their clients. About Crye-Leike, REALTORS Harold Crye and Dick Leike established Crye-Leike, REALTORS in 1977. Today, Crye-Leike?, the nations 6th largest real estate company, has a network of more than 3,600 licensed sales associates based out of 130 corporate and franchise offices located through-out the nine-state southern region of Tennessee, Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Mississippi, North Carolina and Oklahoma. Crye-Leike is a full-service real estate company offering buyers and sellers services in: residential and commercial sales, mortgage, title, insurance, business brokerage and investments, property management, development and construction, builder resources, REO bank-owned properties, relocation, auctions, and home services. In 2009, Crye-Leike attained a sales volume in excess of $3.9 billion with 24,983 homes sold.
Little Rock, AR., - Many first-time homebuyers have already taken advantage of the $8,000 tax credit that began stimulating the struggling housing market in 2009. For those first-time buyers who waited and for current homeowners looking to buy in this challenging market, there is new hope in 2010 with the extension and expansion of the tax credit. "As part of its plan to stimulate the U.S. housing market and address the economic challenges facing our nation, Congress passed new legislation that will extend the $8,000 first-time homebuyer tax credit until April 30, 2010," said Crye-Leike Executive Broker Allison Harper. "The new legislation also expands the credit granting up to $6,500 to current home owners purchasing a new or existing home between November 7th, 2009 and April 30th, 2010." In order to help potential buyers learn how they can take advantage of the tax credits, Crye-Leike, REALTORS Little Rock Baseline Road branch office is hosting a free homebuyers' seminar to educate buyers on how the tax credits will work for them. "With the tax credits that are being offered to those who qualify, this is the perfect time to educate the public on how their lives and their biggest assets can be impacted by the legislation that is now in effect to benefit them and our economy." said Harper. "Our office is hosting this seminar to explain the process of buying a home from start to finish and we will discuss all the important details including contracts, negotiating, inspections, financing and insurance." The buyers' seminar will explain both the $8,000 first-time homebuyer tax credit and the new $6,500 tax credit for current homeowners purchasing a new or existing home. Topics that will be discussed include: who qualifies for the tax credits, how each credit works and all the rules that apply, the deadline for the tax credits, how to apply for the credits and also how to get pre-approved for a home loan. "We would like to extend an invitation to anyone who is even considering buying a home right now," said Harper. "With the tax credits available, with interest rates still at a historical low and with a good selection of homes on the market to choose from, now is a great time for anyone to purchase a home. At the seminar we will talk with the public about all of the steps, all of the people who are involved, and what to expect on their journey in purchasing a home and we'll illustrate to them how their dreams of homeownership can become a reality." Crye-Leike's Little Rock Baseline Road office will also conduct a free sellers seminar later that day. The purpose of this seminar is to educate anyone selling a home on what things they can do to sell their home faster at a top dollar sales price. The Realtors will educate sellers on topics including home staging, financing, home inspections, energy audits and the home appraisal process. "The process of buying or selling a home can be extremely stressful and Education is the key to the successful purchase or sale of your home," said Harper. "Without the knowledge and help from real estate professionals, many buyers and sellers flounder making costly mistakes and bad decisions due to their lack of information." Harper adds, "As a real estate professional, I take great pride in the ability to educate others about the real estate market and how they are affected by it in their daily lives. We encourage the public to come ask questions and learn about the great opportunities available in this current housing market and discover their best options for this challenging market." More About Crye-Leike's Homebuyers/Sellers Seminars Crye-Leike, Realtors in the company's Little Rock / Baseline Road office will host a Free Homebuyers' Seminar answering buyers questions on the homebuyer tax credits currently available on Saturday, March 6 from 10:00am to 12:00pm. The second part of the day, the Realtors will be conducting a free seminar for anyone selling or considering selling their home in this challenging market. The home sellers seminar will be from 2pm to 4pm. The Realtors invite the public to come and get all the answers from the local experts. In addition to the agents from Crye-Leike's Baseline Road office, guest speakers, real estate loan specialists and other professionals will be at the seminar answering all of buyers and sellers questions on home financing and more. Both seminars will be held at the North Little Rock Chamber of Commerce at 100 Main Street in North Little Rock AR. For more information on the seminars and to register call 501-975-2228. About Crye-Leike, REALTORS Harold Crye and Dick Leike established Crye-Leike, REALTORS in 1977. Today, Crye-Leike?, the nations 6th largest real estate company, has a network of more than 3,600 licensed sales associates based out of 130 corporate and franchise offices located through-out the nine-state southern region of Tennessee, Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Mississippi, North Carolina and Oklahoma. Crye-Leike is a full-service real estate company offering buyers and sellers services in: residential and commercial sales, mortgage, title, insurance, business brokerage and investments, property management, development and construction, builder resources, REO bank-owned properties, relocation, auctions, and home services. In 2009, Crye-Leike attained a sales volume in excess of $3.9 billion with 24,983 homes sold.
MT. JULIET, TN., - Realtors work with buyers and sellers in the community everyday - and it's no surprise that many agents take time out of their schedules on several occasions during the year to give back to those same communities. Giving back to the community has always been an important goal for the sales associates in Crye-Leike, REALTORS Mt. Juliet and Lebanon offices and they are at it again. Crye-Leike Agents in the company's Lebanon office will kick things off hosting a blood drive for the American Red Cross on Wednesday, March 3rd from 10:00am until 3:00pm. The Agents in Crye-Leike's Mt. Juliet office will host their first of two blood drives for 2010 on Thursday, March 4th from 11:00 am until 4pm. An American Red Cross Blood Mobile will be parked outside of each office providing a convenient way for the Realtors and the community to give the gift of life. "We feel this is a very worthy cause for our community," said Mt. Juliet Blood Drive Coordinator and Crye-Leike Realtor Betty Robinson. "It's been my pleasure to organize the blood drives for our office the past few years. With the help of our entire office and the public who come out to donate, the blood drives we have are always a huge success." Appointments are now being accepted for the blood drives and Realtors are encouraging the public to call the offices in advance for an appointment so they can accommodate as many donors as possible and ensure no one will have to wait in line. "We want to encourage the public to stop by our offices and give the gift of life," said Robinson. "Each pint of blood donated can save as many as three lives and also goes to help the Red Cross maintain a ready supply of blood for emergencies. Locally, 800 pints of blood are needed each day in the Greater Nashville area." More About The Crye-Leike Lebanon Blood Drive On Wednesday, March 3rd, The American Red Cross Blood Mobile will park outside of Crye-Leike's Lebanon sales office located at 1432 West Main Street with a full nursing staff on board to take good care of all the donors. To schedule an appointment time for donating blood and for all your real estate needs and personal referrals, please contact Crye-Leike's Lebanon sales office at (615) 444-8200. More About The Crye-Leike Mt. Juliet Blood Drive On Thursday, March 4th, The American Red Cross Blood Mobile will park outside of Crye-Leike's Mt. Juliet sales office located at 1285 North Mt. Juliet Road. A full nursing staff will be standing by to take good care of all the donors. Thanks to Crye-Leike's Mt. Juliet Realtors and the public who stopped by the office to donate last November, 36 pints of blood were donated to The American Red Cross. Last March, 31 units of blood were donated at Crye-Leike's Spring 2009 blood drive. As a way of celebrating the success of past blood drives and to reward and thank this year's donors, the Mt. Juliet Crye-Leike team will provide lunch and snacks for everyone who donates blood. To schedule an appointment time for donating blood and for all your real estate needs and personal referrals, please contact Crye-Leike's Mt. Juliet sales office at (615) 754-8999. About Crye-Leike, REALTORS Harold Crye and Dick Leike established Crye-Leike, REALTORS in 1977. Today, Crye-Leike?, the nations 6th largest real estate company, has a network of more than 3,600 licensed sales associates based out of 130 corporate and franchise offices located through-out the nine-state southern region of Tennessee, Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Mississippi, North Carolina and Oklahoma. Crye-Leike is a full-service real estate company offering buyers and sellers services in: residential and commercial sales, mortgage, title, insurance, business brokerage and investments, property management, development and construction, builder resources, REO bank-owned properties, relocation, auctions, and home services. In 2009, Crye-Leike attained a sales volume in excess of $3.9 billion with 24,983 homes sold.