Long & Foster Gainesville's Top Producing Agent for 2013
Every year my Long & Foster office in Gainesville, VA has an awards ceremony. Before our current Managing Broker, Forrest Odend'hal took over, we would get paper awards in a navy folder. Forrest upped the awards. He felt like agents that really did well, deserved more than a pat on the back and a piece of paper in a folder. He gave, and still gives, actual awards that you can display in your home or office. It's a nice touch.
Today, the day after St. Patrick's Day, we had our annual awards breakfast. While Forrest is respectful and appreciate of his agents, he is also a man with confidence and a great sense of humor. Today, he handed out awards dressed in leprechaun garb. What a hoot!
While I known I had produced a lot of volume in our Gainesville Long & Foster office, I was a bit shocked by winning two awards for production. For starters, let me clarify, that there are top producing teams (those with multiple agents working toward one cumulative number) and top producing agents, who work alone. I fall into the latter category.
For 2013, I was named the Top Producing Agent. I knew where I stood and that didn't take me by surprise. Apparently, some of the agents I train were surprised. Makes sense I guess, since the conversation with those I train as a mentor revolves around them and what they need to know. They really don't have any interest in my sales volume as long as I am qualified to train them. So it was unexpected, when after the ceremony, my mentees expressed their appreciation for taking time out of my own thriving business to train them. One of them even wants a photo of me accepting that award to show her future clients that she is being trained by the best. Since I went to the breakfast in jeans and a sweater, I offered to take a picture with her, dressed for work of course, and she could write whatever she wanted. Would be much better than me in jeans and this leprechaun Broker.
The award that surprised me was the one for Top Selling Agent. That meant I brought in more volume on the buyer side than any other individual agent in the office. Amazing. I know how hard I work to best advise my buyers and get them under contract in this market that has been suffering with low inventory. This is just a recognition of that achievement. If one of my clients wants a house, I will be straight up with them about how to compete with multiple offers and how to make offers that sellers won't sit on.
So if you're looking for a Gainesville, VA area agent that knows their stuff and can list your home and help you turn around and buy, or either one of those, I think it's fair to say, I can help with that.
Chris Ann Cleland, Associate Broker-Licensed in VA, Long & Foster REALTORS®