Crye-Leike Cofounders Rally Middle Tennessee, Kentucky and North Alabama Sales Associates With Hopes For Improving Home Sales In 2010

Crye-Leike Cofounders Rally Middle Tennessee, Kentucky and North Alabama Sales Associates With Hopes For Improving Home Sales In 2010
Crye-Leike, REALTORS Co-founders Harold Crye and Dick Leike celebrate their top selling agents for 2009 at the company?s annual kick off meeting.

NASHVILLE, TN., – Despite a global recession and falling home prices, many Crye-leike agents saw their fortunes rise in 2009. At the company’s annual Kick-Off meeting, held Tuesday, January 12 at the Sheraton Music City Hotel in Nashville, company Cofounders Harold Crye and Dick Leike celebrated their top producing agents with hopes for a ?less worse’ economy in 2010.


“The best thing we can say about 2009, is thank goodness it’s over,” said Harold Crye. “We’re all due for a better year and even though sales are down from where they were just a few years ago, there’s lemonade to be made.”


Cofounder & CEO Harold Crye, joined by his Cofounder and company president Dick Leike, addressed more than 400 agents in a packed Nashville hotel conference center ballroom. As much as the meeting was about alerting agents to the realities of the current home sales market – it was also a time to celebrate top selling associates.


“I’ve talked to many agents who say their business in 2009 was better than 2008,” said Leike. “There’s always somebody out there with record breaking sales and many of our agents are among them.”


Crye-Leike, REALTORS, and many other established real estate firms, has a level of home sales business today as it did ten years ago. Aided by historically lower interest rates, reduced home prices and the federal homebuyer tax credit – some agents actually saw their business grow in 2009.


“The number of agents competing with us in our markets has been greatly reduced in this recession,” said Crye. “So consider those still in the business as the real pros working hard to make sales.”


Crye and Leike are accepting that this current market is the ?New Normal’ – and that there are still many opportunities to help sellers and buyers make the most of it.


“It’s been a character building economy,” said Leike. “We’re not seeing the sales and may never see the sales we had in the ?hay days’ of 2005 & 2006. From low rates to tax credits? there is plenty here for us to be successful.”


Leike says since mid 2009 the company has been tracking month-to-month sales increases. He says the key to knowing the market is bouncing back is when they see year-over-year increases.


“The bottom line is we have to take care of the customer,” said Leike. “If we do that our share of the business will respond accordingly and grow.”


More About Crye-Leike, REALTORS Kick-Off

Crye-Leike, REALTORS annual ?first of the year’ Kick-Off meeting is held in each of the company’s key regional hubs that include: Nashville, Memphis, Chattanooga, Atlanta, Little Rock and Northwest Arkansas.  In each region Cofounder & CEO Harold Crye conveys the past year’s goals and achievements and lays out goals for the New Year.  In 2010 Crye has set ?A Return To Profitability’ as a top priority for the company.


The meetings are also an opportunity for the owners and managers to recognize the Top 25 Sales Producers and Top Producers for each branch office from the previous year. Those honored achieved the highest volume of home sales for the company.


In addition to motivating testimonials and recognition, Harold Crye & Dick Leike also take time to honor a select group of company agents with Crye-Leike’s most prestigious award, the Diamond Circle of Excellence Award.


Crye-Leike, REALTORS Circle of Excellence, founded in 1987, is one of the highest levels of professional and personal achievement in the U.S. real estate industry. Sales associates who have been tapped into Crye-Leike’s elite Circle of Excellence are awarded the honorary title, Vice President of Crye-Leike. In order to receive this honor, each real estate professional must meet stringent requirements of the program, showing exemplary performance in the areas of advanced education, ethics, loyalty, sales volume and service to the community and real estate profession.


About Crye-Leike, REALTORS

Harold Crye and Dick Leike established Crye-Leike, REALTORS in 1977.  Today, Crye-Leike?, the nations 6th largest real estate company, has a network of more than 3,500 licensed sales associates based out of 124 corporate and franchise offices located through-out the nine-state southern region of Tennessee, Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Mississippi, North Carolina and Oklahoma.


Crye-Leike is a full-service real estate company offering buyers and sellers services in: residential and commercial sales, mortgage, title, insurance, business brokerage and investments, property management, development and construction, builder resources, REO bank-owned properties, relocation, auctions, and home services.  In 2009, Crye-Leike attained a sales volume in excess of $3.9 billion with 24,983 homes sold.