Crye-Leike Agents in West Tenn. & Miss. Excel in Marketing Premier Properties

Memphis, Tenn. –  Crye-Leike, Realtors announces that seven of its sales associates were recently awarded the company’s certified premier properties specialist (CPPS) designation which signifies excellence in marketing higher priced and estate properties in the Greater Memphis area. They are among 85 Crye-Leike sales associates company wide who have achieved this distinction.

They are:

Dick Leike, founder and president of Crye-Leike, who is affiliated with Crye-Leike’s Quail Hollow branch office;

John Criswell, managing broker of Crye-Leike’s Arlington – Highway 64 branch office;

Cheryl Lamghari of Crye-Leike’s Cordova branch office;

Billye Bryan of Crye-Leike’s Germantown Poplar branch office; and,

Landis O. Foy, Jr., managing broker, Jeanette Hollowell and Larry Webb, all of Crye-Leike’s Olive Branch, Mississippi office.

“The CPPS designation, the benchmark of excellence in premier properties services, demonstrates to the public and to prospective clients in this high end market that our agents have taken steps to continue their education in marketing premier properties, and have the proven experience and training to deliver the highest level of ethical and professional service,” said Harold E. Crye, chief executive officer.     Crye-Leike’s Certified Premier Properties Specialist Program includes completion of a highly specialized two-day training course on architecture, custom construction, insurance, appraisal, finance issues and interior and exterior design. Sales associates also must meet strict elective and experience requirements, one of which includes selling higher priced and estate properties.

The luxury home market appears to be expanding, according to a recent report by the Harvard University Joint Center for Housing Studies. They report that the number of “million-dollar” homes in the last decade grew 150 percent more than the total number of U.S. homeowners. Luxury, condos, coops and secondary residences were not included, indicating that the true growth rate of “million-dollar” homes is much higher.

Crye-Leike (, a full service real estate company for 27 years, is the nation’s 10th largest real estate company and the largest serving Tennessee and the Mid-South.  It has a network of over 2,800 sales associates and 71 branch and franchise offices located in 38 counties throughout a six-state southern region in Tennessee, Arkansas, Mississippi, Georgia, Kentucky and Florida.  Crye-Leike attained sales of $3.66 billion and 24,953 closed transaction sides corporate wide in 2003.