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ALAIN PINEL REALTORS® MARKS RECORD-BREAKING 2015 WITH MORE THAN $12 BILLION IN TRANSACTIONS

February 12, 2016

Continuing to lead the real estate market as the fifth largest brokerage in the U.S. based on sales volume and the largest privately held real estate brokerage in California, Alain Pinel Realtors® (APR) today announces its 2015 transactions topped more than $12 billion for the year, exceeding the company’s 2014 transaction numbers by more than $1 billion.
“Twenty-six years ago we revolutionized the practice of real estate in California. What we achieved in 2015 demonstrates our continued leadership of the market,” said APR President, Founder and CEO Paul L. Hulme. “Alain Pinel Realtors remains the gold standard for professionalism and integrity in real estate by employing outstanding professionals and continuing to innovate with cutting edge technology, creative marketing and best practice tools that have been central to our success since 1990.”
With hundreds of millions of dollars transacted across each of the company’s 33 offices in 2015, four locations differentiated themselves by exceeding $1 billion in transaction volume in their individual markets, including:

  • Menlo Park with $1.726 billion
  • Los Gatos with $1.28 billion
  • Los Altos with $1.275 billion
  • Palo Alto with $1.219 billion

“Our international reach and affiliations with luxury networks, including Leading Real Estate Companies of the World® and Luxury Portfolio®, have distinguished Alain Pinel Realtors among the world’s most discerning buyers, sellers and investors,” noted APR COO Rainy Hake. “It’s that reach and reputation that provides our clients with a distinct advantage when buying or selling a home in key markets within Northern California. We continue to grow our business because our agents are sought by those looking for the finest service and properties in the state of California.”
Adding to APR’s record-breaking transaction volume in 2015 was the company’s investment property arm, APR Investment Group. The group ended the year with more than $290 million in closed transactions through the acquisition and divestiture of its clients’ investment properties that include multi-unit apartments, office buildings, retail centers, industrial properties, hospitality facilities and undeveloped land.

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Paul Hulme Named to 2016 Swanepoel Power 200

January 14, 2016

Paul Hulme, President and CEO of Alain Pinel Realtors, has been named to the Swanepoel Power 200 for the third consecutive year coming in at number 22. The Swanepoel Power 200 is an annual list that identifies and ranks thought leaders that influence, impact, and lead the residential real estate brokerage industry. To compile the list hundreds of hours are spent researching and analyzing individuals from all parts of the industry. In a testament to Alain Pinel Realtors continued influence in the real estate community, Mr. Hulme has risen 27 spots from his 49th ranking two years ago.
For more information about the Swanepoel Power 200 visit: www.swanepoel.com/power200/2016

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Jim Pojda of Alain Pinel Realtors Awarded “Mentor of the Year” by Buffini & Company

September 4, 2015

Local Director of Career Development Honored by Largest Real Estate Coaching Company


Jim Pojda, Regional Director of Career Development at Alain Pinel Realtors, was honored with Buffini & Company’s coveted 2015 “Mentor of the Year” award at their annual MasterMind Summit. Each year, the award honors one out of the 5,000+ Certified Mentors in the Buffini & Company Peak Producers Training Program for his or her high-level commitment to impacting and improving the lives of real estate agents. Buffini & Company is the largest real estate coaching and training company in North America.
“Agent success is the driving force that keeps me motivated each day and I’m grateful for all that they do to inspire me as I watch them develop and grow,” says Pojda, who has mentored over 100 agents through the Peak Producers program in the past four years. Peak Producers is a 16-week comprehensive business-coaching program to help agents prepare to be professional business owners and produce at a consistently high level.
“We believe one of the greatest things a person can do is to be a great role model and lift others up, helping them reach their full potential and create a truly great business,” says J’aime Nowak, Director of Corporate Development at Buffini & Company, “This is what Jim exemplifies and we are grateful for his tremendous advocacy and great service to his agents and our industry.”
As Regional Director of Career Development in the South Bay for APR, in addition to Pojda’s mentorship through the Peak Producers Program, he also coaches newly licensed agents through APR’s signature Master’s Success Program. Through the 1-year training program, Pojda has helped over 150 agents learn the skills to create successful businesses; totaling over 250 agents that he’s personally trained, coached and mentored between Peak Producers and the Master’s program since 2010.
“Jim has been a dedicated trainer, mentor, and inspiration to many of our agents and I’m not surprised to see his passion rewarded,” said Rainy Hake, Chief Operating Officer and Executive Vice President of APR. “We pride ourselves on providing superior training for our agents, and Jim has been an integral part of ensuring we have the highest caliber of agents with the tools necessary to provide exceptional service for our clients.”

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Local Alain Pinel Realtors Ranked Among Top Producing Agents in the Nation

June 29, 2015

Northern California Brokerage Dominates Annual National Rankings

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SARATOGA, California — REAL Trends, Inc., in conjunction with The Wall Street Journal, have published their annual report ranking the top real estate agents in the United States, including 29 Alain Pinel Realtors (APR) sales professionals. Nine individuals and 10 teams were included in the prestigious 2015 rankings which are based on 2014 sales numbers. In categories based on sales volume, APR had the strongest presence of any independent real estate firm in Northern California. In addition to ranking sales volume and number of transactions, the 2015 report also ranks agents by average sales price for the first time.
Topping the list for Average Sales Price are APR Menlo Park’s Mary and Brent Gullixson ranked #4 with an average sales price of almost $9.4 million. The Gullixson Team also was the #12 ranked team in the nation by sales volume with nearly $308 million. Notably, while many of the teams in the top 10 include several team members, The Gullixson Team is comprised of only two licensed individuals. By looking at agent productivity on teams, The Gullixson Team are among the top three in the nation. This is Mary Gullixson’s sixth consecutive year ranking in the top six in a category on the REAL Trends list, either individually or as a team with her son Brent. She has been represented in the top of the list each year since the list was created in 2006.
Leading the Top Agents by Sales Volume list is Keri Nicholas, from APR Menlo Park, ranked #38 with a closed sales volume of almost $181 million. Also included are Kathy Bridgman, from APR Los Altos, ranked #63; Judy Citron, from APR Menlo Park, ranked #73; Judy Bogard-Tanigami, from APR Los Altos, ranked #89; Joe Piazza, from APR Los Gatos, ranked #102; Zach Trailer, from APR Menlo Park, ranked #155; and Therese Swan, from APR Los Gatos, ranked #209.
Joining The Gullixson Team on the Top Teams by Sales Volume list are David Gunderman and Andrew Raskopf, from APR Oakland – Montclair Village, ranked #71; Carol Carnevale and Nicole Aron, from APR Menlo Park, ranked #144; and Caitlin and Gloria Darke, from APR Menlo Park, ranked #222.
In the new category of Average Sales Price by Individuals are Alireza Faghiri, from APR Menlo Park, ranked #87 and Sherry Bucolo, from APR Palo Alto, ranked #133. The Average Sales Price list by teams includes The Gullixson Team, ranked #4; Mara McCain and Samira Amid-Hozour, from APR Menlo Park, ranked #12; Anne Riley and Andrew Greenman, from APR Burlingame, ranked #44; Jolaine and Jack Woodson, from APR Menlo Park, ranked #73; Caitlin and Gloria Darke, from APR Menlo Park, ranked #87; Jim and Jimmy Nappo, from APR Los Altos, ranked #99; Carol Carnevale and Nicole Aron, from APR Menlo Park, ranked #133;  Jeff Stricker and Steve TenBroeck, from APR Los Altos and APR Palo Alto, ranked #131; and John Howmiller and Rick Ardizzone, from APR Los Gatos, ranked #221.
“Through their focus and determination, these agents earned incredible results in 2014, and are among the elite in the nation,” said Paul Hulme, President and CEO of APR. “We are so proud that they represent Alain Pinel Realtors in providing the highest quality of service to our clients.”
The REAL Trends/WSJ Thousand designees are recognized as the top one half of one percent of the more than 1,100,000 licensed REALTORS® nationwide. The list includes the top 250 agents or teams in six different categories, including top individuals ranked by closed transaction sides; top individuals ranked by closed sales volume; top teams ranked by closed transaction sides; top teams ranked by closed sales volume; and new this year, top individuals ranked by average sales price; and top teams ranked by average sales price. All rankings are verified from independent sources and are based on the calendar year 2014.
The achievements from these agents are in addition to the accolades APR has previously received based on their 2014 performance in which the firm closed a record sales volume of $10.8 billion making it the fifth largest real estate firm in the nation and the largest independent broker in California.

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Alain Pinel Realtors Named Best of the Bay!

June 24, 2015

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Thank you to all of our wonderful clients and fans who helped vote Alain Pinel Realtors (APR) the Best of the Bay! 

APR was named Best Real Estate company in the Silicon Valley in the San Jose Mercury News’ Best in Silicon Valley. The Best in Silicon Valley is an annual poll by the readers of the San Jose Mercury News in which the pick “the best” in over 100 categories.
APR was also named Best Broker in San Francisco in the SF Weekly’s Best of San Francisco. The Best of San Francisco is an annual readers poll in which SF Weekly readers fill out a blank ballot either online or in paper for variety of categories.
At APR, we pride ourselves on our ability to innovate, adapt, and most importantly, put our clients’ needs first and we are honored to have this recognized and acknowledged from the Silicon Valley to the City.
 

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Alain Pinel Realtors Sales Rank 5th Largest in the United States

June 15, 2015

Record Year for Bay Area Real Estate Firm

SARATOGA, California — Alain Pinel Realtors (APR) closed sales volume in 2014 places them as the fifth largest residential real estate company in the United states for a fourth consecutive year, according to a notable recent research report produced by REAL Trends. Despite constrained inventory, APR had a record year with a closed sales volume of over $10.8 billion. Of the top five brokers, APR had the highest average sales price ($1.3 million).
The REAL Trends report also confirms APR’s position as the largest privately-owned real estate company in all of California. APR’s 2014 sales figures place it well ahead of all other Bay Area based brokerages, closing over 60% more volume than the closest competitor.
“Despite being a local, family-owned brokerage operating in only the Bay Area and Lake Tahoe, our results continue to achieve national accolades,” says Rainy Hake, APR’s Executive Vice President. “While the strength of our brand and the professionalism of our agents are without question, we also have benefitted from our increased focus on international marketing and reaching buyers from around the globe.”
In 2014, APR launched a comprehensive global marketing initiation that includes attending targeted events in China, increased advertising in international publications and online, closer relationships with affiliate offices in China, personalized international client assistance, and the launch of a manually-translated, Chinese website hosted in China – China.APR.com.
APR also achieved impressive results in RISMedia’s Power Broker report, another publication that ranks the largest brokerages in the United States. APR was similarly ranked number five in the nation based on sales volume and number 56 based on closed transaction sides with 8,283.
According to Hake, APR is on pace to break their sales record again in 2015. The firm currently has a $1.5 million average sales price year-to-date.
 
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Paul Hulme Named to Swanepoel Power 200

January 15, 2015

Paul Hulme, President and CEO of Alain Pinel Realtors, has been named to the Swanepoel Power 200 for the second consecutive year coming in at number 24. The Swanepoel Power 200 is an annual list that identifies and ranks thought leaders that influence, impact, and lead the residential real estate brokerage industry. To compile the list hundreds of hours are spent researching and analyzing individuals from all parts of the industry. In a testament to Alain Pinel Realtors continued influence in the real estate community, Mr. Hulme has risen 25 spots from his 49th ranking last year.
For more information about the Swanepoel Power 200 visit: www.swanepoel.com/power200
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Alain Pinel Realtors Ranks #2 on The List from SF Business Times

September 25, 2014

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The San Francisco Business Journal has unveiled its annual list of Largest Bay Area Residential Real Estate Firms, confirming Alain Pinel Realtors (APR) is the number one independent real estate firm in the Bay Area based on 2013 closed sales volume. When all firms are considered, APR places #2 with over $7 billion in closed sales in its 22 Bay Area offices. This represents an almost 22% increase over APR’s sales volume in 2012, outpacing the average increase (19%) among the Top 25 firms on the list. APR also ranked #2 on the list for its unit sales with 6,160 closed transaction sides. APR’s average price of home sold comes in at over $1.1 million.
For the list calculations, the SF Business Times defines the Bay Area only as Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, San Francisco and San Mateo counties and the city of Palo Alto. Earlier this year, Alain Pinel Realtors was named the #5 largest residential real estate firm in the nation based on its company-wide, record-breaking 2013 sales volume of over $10 billion.

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Alain Pinel Realtors Ranked Among Top Real Estate Professionals in U.S.

June 27, 2014

Nationwide report based on sales volume

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SARATOGA, California (June 27, 2014) — The Wall Street Journal and REAL Trends, Inc. have announced the 2014 rankings of the top real estate professionals in the entire country based on 2013 sales volume. Ten Alain Pinel Realtors (APR) sales professionals were included in these prestigious rankings, with four individuals and three teams listed as the top producing agents in the country.
Topping the list for Top Teams by Sales Volume are APR’s Mary and Brent Gullixson from the APR Menlo Park office, ranked #6 with a sales volume of over $323 million. This is Mary Gullixson’s fifth consecutive year ranking in the top six by sales volume, either individually or as a team with her son Brent. She has been represented in the top of the list each year since the list was created in 2006.
The Top Agents by Sales Volume list includes:

The Top Teams by Sales Volume list includes:

“Through their determination and hard work, these agents earned incredible results in 2013, and are among the best in the entire nation,” said Paul Hulme, CEO & President of APR. “We are proud that they represent Alain Pinel Realtors in providing top quality service to our clients.”
The Wall Street Journal Top 1000 designees are recognized as the top one half of one percent of nearly one million licensed REALTORS® nationwide. The list includes the top 250 agents or teams in four different categories, including top individuals ranked by closed transaction sides; top individuals ranked by closed sales volume; top teams ranked by closed transaction sides; and top teams ranked by closed sales volume. All results from the study are based on calendar year 2013.
Visit http://www.realtrends.com/products/rt1000 to see the full lists.