Barbara Ashby Excels in Residential and Non-Residential Brokerage

Chattanooga, Tennessee – Crye-Leike, Realtors? announces that its sales associate Barbara Ashby has been awarded the Graduate Realtors Institute (GRI) designation by the Realtor? Institute of the National Association of Realtors?. She joins more than 24,000 Realtors? in North America who hold the GRI designation, a nationally-recognized professional designation that signifies mastery of a specific and intensive program of classroom instruction in residential and non-residential brokerage. Currently, over 4,700 Realtors in Tennessee hold the GRI designation, with several thousand having taken one or more courses in the program series.

Ashby is affiliated with Crye-Leike’s Hixson branch office in Chattanooga. She has over 15 years of real estate experience, along with a mortgage banking background. Professionally, Ashby is a member of the Chattanooga Association of Realtors? where she currently serves as a member of its Public Relations Committee.

Through the Realtor? Institute program, real estate professionals study marketing, ethics, contracts, construction, appraisal, finance and other topics in residential and non-residential brokerage. The GRI program provides real estate professionals with the skills needed to render greater and broader services to the public and to prospective clients. Successful graduation from the GRI program in Tennessee requires completion of 96 hours of course work and eight written examinations on various aspects of the courses taken.

The GRI program curriculum and standards are governed by the National Association of Realtors, the nation’s largest professional trade association, representing nearly 720,000 members involved in all aspects of the real estate industry.  In Tennessee, this program was first offered in 1966 and is administered by the Tennessee Real Estate Educational Foundation, Inc. Courses of the Realtor Institute are offered statewide and sponsored by local boards of Realtors?.

Crye-Leike (, a full service real estate company, is the nation’s 13th largest real estate company and the largest serving Tennessee and the Mid-South. It has a network of over 2,200 sales associates and 54 branch and franchise offices located in 26 counties throughout a four-state Mid-South region in Tennessee, Arkansas, Mississippi and North Georgia. Crye-Leike attained sales of $2.9 billion and 20,406 closed transaction sides corporate wide in 2000.


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