APR Nominated for Prestigious National Real Estate Award

SARATOGA, CAAlain Pinel Realtors is proud to announce it was a nominee for the Leading Real Estate Companies of the World® Diamond Award. Only 23 of 700 member real estate firms received this honor. The Diamond Award is presented annually to the member company that has most actively participated in all of LeadingRE’s business offerings.

“To be nominated for this award is a true distinction,” notes Pam O’Connor, President/CEO of Leading Real Estate Companies of the World®. “These firms represent some of the finest in the industry – those that are progressive, engaged and committed to delivering the most comprehensive and responsive service to their clients.”

“We are excited to be a member of this great network of independent real estate firms around the world and honored to be chosen for this high honor,” said Larry Knapp, President and COO of Alain Pinel Realtors.

As a member of Leading Real Estate Companies of the World®, Alain Pinel Realtors is affiliated with the finest real estate firms worldwide. The relationship enables Alain Pinel Realtors to assist individuals relocating to virtually any community in the U.S. or abroad, with services including real estate assistance, destination orientation programs, mortgage assistance, household goods transportation and more. The affiliation also allows Alain Pinel Realtors to manage corporate employee relocation accounts through RELO Direct®, Leading Real Estate Companies of the World’s corporate relocation company.

APR Los Gatos Manager Jeff Barnett Named SILVAR Realtor of the Year

Jeff Barnett of Alain Pinel Realtors (APR) was named Realtor of the Year by the Silicon Valley Association of Realtors (SILVAR) at the Menlo Circus Club in Atherton, CA. This is Barnett’s second time winning this prestigious award; he was also the recipient in 1998.

Barnett is a highly regarded and well-respected realtor and a long-time member of SILVAR. He has served as past president, and has been involved with many of SILVAR’s boards at the local, state and national levels. SILVAR, one of the largest trade associations in the Silicon Valley, represents over 4,500 realtors and affiliates.

Barnett, regional manager for APR in Los Gatos, serves on SILVAR’s Board of Directors, on the Board of Directors of MLSListings Inc., and the newly-formed Board of Directors of the National Association of Realtors Credit Union. He has also served twice on the California Association of Realtors Executive Committee.

Barnett joined APR in 1991 as one of its original sales agents. His astute knowledge of the business, marketing savvy and boundless energy quickly earned him a top spot in the emerging company and led to his transition from a highly successful sales agent to Vice President of the Los Gatos office and later, Manager of the South Bay. As Vice President and Manager of the South Bay, Barnett utilizes his 18 years of experience to oversee and streamline operations for APR’s Los Gatos Office and surrounding areas.

APR Wins Recognition in Luxury Real Estate Marketing Contest

SCOTTSDALE, AZAlain Pinel Realtors earned the First Place Award for Company Brand in the Luxury Portfolio Fine Property Collection® Marketing Contest, held in conjunction with the Luxury Portfolio Conference at the Westin Kierland Resort & Spa in Scottsdale.

The award-winning entry in the Company Brand category was chosen based on professionalism of design, effectiveness in addressing the luxury audience and overall presentation. Alain Pinel Realtors was given the award at the Luxury Portfolio Awards Luncheon, where the network’s achievement awards were presented.

“We received very positive feedback on our image campaign this year and it is a great honor to have the program recognized by this distinguished international group,” said Larry Knapp, President and COO of Alain Pinel Realtors. “Our membership in Luxury Portfolio is a great benefit to our agents and to our clients”.

“The companies affiliated with Luxury Portfolio are renowned for their expertise in marketing luxury homes,” notes Paul Boomsma, president of Luxury Portfolio. “To earn distinction among this group is a significant honor, and I salute Alain Pinel Realtors for their achievement.”

Launched in 2005, Luxury Portfolio Fine Property Collection® has grown to include over 15,000 of the world’s most remarkable properties and attracts over 1.2 million high-net-worth visitors a year. The first to promote luxury properties in multiple languages and currencies, Luxury Portfolio is unmatched in the global arena, with members in 17 countries and website visitors from over 200 countries every month. The site’s total inventory of available properties exceeds $35 billion. Please visit www.luxuryportfolio.com for luxury homes and luxury homes for sale throughout the world.

APR Ranked Eighth Among Nation’s Largest Real Estate Firms

(REAL Trends, Inc.- Denver)Alain Pinel Realtors (APR) was ranked the eighth largest real estate firm in the United States based on its sales volume in 2008 according to REAL Trends 500, a compilation of a nationwide study of leading residential real estate companies. The firm had a sales volume of $5.7 billion in 2008 ($1.1 million per transaction) and served 5,300+ clients through its 30 offices.

While APR is a regional company with offices only in the San Francisco Bay Area, it is the largest privately-owned and independent residential real estate firm in California and one of the top three in the country. Alain Pinel Realtors has been consistently ranked in the Top 10 firms in the United States. A locally owned family business, the firm was founded in 1990 by Paul Hulme, current Chairman and CEO, and is based in Saratoga, CA.

“This is a great compliment to the terrific people we have working with us here at Alain Pinel Realtors. 2008 was a very challenging year but our great group of people simply got the job done,” said Larry Knapp, President of Alain Pinel Realtors. “As a local company we are proud to be among the top firms in the nation.”

According to a recent research report produced by REAL Trends, the 500 largest residential real estate brokerage firms in the nation closed 1,891,368 home transactions with a value of over $560 billion during 2008. The transactions represent close to 30 percent of all new and resale transactions completed by brokers during the year, yet the REAL Trends 500 represented less than three-fifths of one percent of all brokerage firms.

The 2009 REAL Trends 500 represents the most comprehensive collection of data assembled on the leaders of the residential brokerage industry. Numbers are documented by outside accounting firms. Due to 58 ties, there are actually 558 companies listed in the top 500. REAL Trends, Inc. is a research, publishing and communication company located in Denver serving the information needs of the residential real estate industry.

Facebook Phishing Scam – Beware!

areps.atIt’s getting a bit repetitive, but scammers continue to exploit FacebookFacebook reviewsFacebook reviews with very formulaic phishing scams that more or less do the same thing.

Today’s is from a site called “Areps.at,” and like other scams before it (see FBAction.net, FBStarter.com, etc), it simply asks for you to input your Facebook username and password, with a design that looks similar to that of Facebook.

Don’t give this site your information. If you do, it will proceed to send all of your friends a message telling them to go to Areps.at, and hence, the scam will continue to spread like wildfire.

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