Crye-Leike Agent Jean Smith Excels in Residential Brokerage

Chattanooga, Tennessee – Crye-Leike, Realtors announces that multi-million dollar producer Jean Smith of Crye-Leike’s Signal Mountain branch office was awarded the Graduate Realtors Institute (GRI) designation by the Tennessee Association of Realtors, under the auspices of the National Association of Realtors.

The GRI designation is a national professional designation that signifies mastery of a specific and intensive program of classroom instruction in various aspects of residential brokerage.

Through the Realtor Institute program, real estate professionals study marketing, ethics, contracts, finance, technology and other real estate topics. 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 successful completion of at least 90 hours of course work and five 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 over 750,000 members involved in all aspects of the real estate industry. More than 35,000 Realtors in North America hold the GRI designation. Currently, over 3,000 Realtors in Tennessee have earned the GRI designation, with several thousand more having taken one or more courses in the program series.

Smith, a Signal Mountain resident, is affiliated with Crye-Leike’s Signal Mountain branch office, located at 1210 Taft Highway. As an affiliate broker, she serves the real estate needs of buyers and sellers in and around Hamilton County.

With over 20 years of professional sales experience, Smith is a member of Crye-Leike’s Multi-Million Dollar Club, a level of distinction that recognizes her outstanding sales performance of selling annually in excess of $2 million. Her outstanding sales performance in 2003 ranked her No. 13 among Crye-Leike’s Top 25 agents in the Greater Chattanooga area.

Smith serves as president of the Women’s Council of Realtors, Chattanooga Chapter, an affiliate of the National Association of Realtors that is the 17th largest women’s professional organization in the United States, with over 14,000 members nationwide and more than 200 chapters.

She is a member of the National, Tennessee and Greater Chattanooga Associations of Realtors.  For real estate information, Jean Smith of Crye-Leike, Realtors may be reached at 423-886-2880.

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. Crye-Leike of Chattanooga has nine branch offices in five counties throughout its East Tennessee Region in Bradley, Hamilton, McMinn and Washington counties, including Catoosa County in North Georgia.  Crye-Leike sales associates within its East Tennessee Region currently total over 350.