Crye-Leike Moves into New North Little Rock Office

Little Rock, Ark. – Crye-Leike, Realtors’ North Little Rock branch office is now in a better position to serve Pulaski County with its recent move into a new $2 million state of the art facility, announced David Goldstein, managing broker and sales manager of Crye-Leike’s North Little Rock branch office.

The office moved its current sales force of 27 sales associates in May 2004 into a new company-owned business park, located at 3400 John F. Kennedy Blvd., on the most popular corridor that enters North Little Rock.

A grand opening of Crye-Leike’s new North Little Rock branch office was held on Fri., June 4, 2004. A ribbon cutting ceremony was conducted by representatives from the North Little Rock Chamber of Commerce.

Crye-Leike sales associates and staff were holding temporary business operations in the smaller of two one-story buildings that were purchased and rebuilt by Chief Executive Officer Harold E. Crye of Crye-Leike, Realtors, the nation’s 10th largest real estate company. He had purchased the old Park Hill Shopping Center in June 2003.

The new Crye-Leike North Little Rock office occupies 6,069 square feet of the 12,098 sq. ft. strip center, leaving enough room to expand its sales force to 54 seasoned agents, noted Goldstein.

Company officials plan to lease the remaining space, which includes 6,069 sq. ft. in the main building, plus 4,000 sq. ft. in the smaller building, to real estate related businesses such as a mortgage company or title & escrow company, a deviation from current market trends for strip center tenants, said local sources.

Andrew Hicks served as architect, Bell-Corley Construction Company as the contractor and National Bank of Arkansas provided the construction financing.

Crye-Leike’s new facility utilizes “smart technology,” said Goldstein. “By far, the most sophisticated high tech real estate space in Central Arkansas. Every Crye-Leike agent becomes easily accessible through our company’s advanced voice messaging system and every work space in our new building is designed to accommodate the needs of our independent agents who are tech savvy.”

All of Crye-Leike’s agent offices, desks and workstations have computer accessibility to the Internet, high speed DSL. Agents can bring their own personal computers or Palm Pilots, or utilize the firm’s own personal computers. A network card allows the agents’ personal computers to blend with the Crye-Leike system, interacting with the company’s Intranet and Internet.

Along with the convenience of being open seven days a week for its customers, Crye-Leike’s North Little Rock office also offers the real estate community the convenience of using its appointment center, the only one of its kind in the area that captures every potential showing opportunity.

Crye-Leike’s appointment center is staffed and equipped to handle receiving a sales call from any real estate agent in the area who wants to show a Crye-Leike property and is able to coordinate those showings for the agent from 8 a.m. until 8 p.m. each day of the week. Crye-Leike’s centralized appointment center receives an average of 1,500 calls daily. Crye-Leike’s appointment center currently services Tennessee, Arkansas, Georgia and Mississippi and spans 40 cities.

Crye-Leike entered Central Arkansas’ real estate market in June 2002, with its regional headquarters established in Little Rock. Since then, seven other branch offices have opened in Hot Springs, West Little Rock, North Little Rock, Conway, Bryant, Maumelle and Benton, joining established offices in Jonesboro and West Memphis as well as franchise offices in Blytheville and Batesville.

Since Crye-Leike established its North Little Rock office in September 1, 2003, Crye-Leike reports that its real estate sales force has generated over $16 million in sales volume over the past seven months, representing over 129 closed transaction sides.

Crye-Leike’s managing broker attributes his office’s growth to Crye-Leike’s business philosophy and model of providing customers with a one-stop home buying and selling experience.

“In addition to being a residential and commercial real estate brokerage, Crye-Leike and its many companies offer consumers instant access to a full menu of personalized pre- and post-occupancy services,” said Goldstein.  “Simply put, when you deal with a Crye-Leike sales associate, you are dealing with a team member who has the ability to offer services like mortgage, title, insurance, home warranty, and home services, essentially everything a client needs to complete a real estate transaction.”

Crye-Leike’s Web site (www.crye-leike.com) has become the national resource for real estate, displaying over 70,000 residential and commercial properties for sale a day within six states Crye-Leike has a market presence. Those states include Tennessee, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky and Mississippi.

Crye-Leike’s Web site has unique on-line search capabilities that have contributed to increasing its Web traffic to well over 20 million hits a month and 500,000 unique visitors a month, noted Gurtej Sodhi, chief information officer.

Such search features include Crye-Leike’s own “Virtual Agent,” whereby consumers enter their personal search criteria and whenever a new listing meeting their search criteria becomes available, they immediately receive an e-mail notification. “That way, they literally know a property is on the market the moment it becomes available, when hours and even minutes can mean the difference between getting the home of your dreams or seeing someone buying it instead of you,” said Sodhi.

Crye-Leike Web browsers can also get a sneak preview of the inside of a property without ever leaving their desks through the use of “virtual tours,” an Internet enhancement agents use when listing properties on Crye-Leike’s Web site. A virtual tour offers a 360-degree panoramic movie tour of a property, giving consumers a wall-to-wall view of every featured room from the convenience of their computer.

Crye-Leike’s “one-stop shopping” business model has set it apart from the rest and has escalated the company to become one of the nation’s fastest growing real estate companies of today, ranking the Memphis-based company as 10th among the country’s largest residential real estate brokers and No. 7 among independent firms.

Crye-Leike (www.crye-leike.com), a full service real estate company for 27 years, has a network of over 2,800 sales associates and 74 branch and franchise offices located in 40 counties throughout a six-state southern region in Tennessee, Arkansas, Mississippi, Georgia, Kentucky and Florida.

Crye-Leike of Arkansas, Inc. has 10 branch offices and two franchise offices with a sales force of over 200 sales associates who market residential, commercial, investment property, farms and acreage sales in eight (8) counties in Arkansas: Craighead, Crittenden, Faulkner, Garland, Independence, Mississippi, Pulaski and Saline.

For assistance in buying or selling real estate, or to join Crye-Leike’s sales team, call 501/975-2100. For leasing information on this property, contact David Goldstein.

 

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