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5/16/2011
 

COLDWELL BANKER WRIGHT REALTY WINS NATIONAL RECOGNITION FOR APRIL 2011 PERFORMANCE

PARSIPANNY, NJ―Coldwell Banker Wright Realty of Conway, NH ranked #18 in performance out of 884 North American Coldwell Banker Affiliate Offices during the month of April 2011. The firm was recognized for being in the top 20 offices that fall in the category of 1-10 Sales Associates.

"An accomplishment of this nature distinguishes Coldwell Banker Wright Realty as a shining example of dedication and exceptional performance for the entire Coldwell Bankerfamily," wrote Jim Gillespie, CEO, Coldwell Banker. "Therefore, on behalf of Coldwell Banker Real Estate LLC, I commend you and your entire staff on this achievement.  It is through your combined efforts that Coldwell Banker remains at the forefront of the real estate industry."

"It's an honor to rank in the top 20 out of nearly 900 offices of our size," noted Rose Robinson, one of three principals Coldwell Banker Wright Realty. "During the downturn we've been experiencing for the last few years, we've gone through every facet of our business and made tremendous improvements. Now, it's really paying off."

Says Lindsey Maihos, another principal, "We've made great strides even in a difficult economy. But it's also apparent that the local market is improving. This is generally a slow period for real estate sales in this area. It'll be interesting to see what summer and fall bring. That's when the local market is at its peak."

"Home sales of most of our Associates, and my own sales have improved substantially over the same period last year," says Antonella Bliss, principal of Coldwell Banker Wright Realty. "This is a fantastic trend for us and the whole Valley. Hard work on behalf of our clients, and in improving our organization is definitely paying off."

  


 

 

Coldwell Banker Real Estate Ranked as Fastest-Growing Real Estate Franchise System by Entrepreneur Magazine
 
Brand Also Recognized as One of Top 100 Overall Franchises
 
PARSIPPANY, N.J. – April 25, 2011Entrepreneur Magazine recently ranked Coldwell Banker Real Estate LLC as the fastest-growing franchise among real estate companies for 2011 and the No. 14 fastest growing franchise in all business categories. Coldwell Banker Real Estate also was ranked No. 75 in the Entrepreneur 2011 Global Top Franchises list and No. 90 in thepublication’s 32nd annual U.S. Franchise 500® rankings.
 
"In the midst of a challenging market, we are proud of our expansion and recognition as an ever-growing franchise," said Budge Huskey, president and chief operating officer for Coldwell Banker Real Estate LLC. "We're always moving, and that means forging new relationships and gaining presence in new markets, while empowering our existing franchisees and their sales associates with the tools they need to continue to succeed."
 
Among these tools is the recently released Coldwell Banker Managing Broker Academy, an online learning portal for managers and brokers. The newest tool provides videos, podcasts and social learning aids focusing on long-term educational planning and timely educational tools.
 
Additional training and ongoing support Coldwell Banker offers offices and agents includes:
·         Intensive multi-day introductory training sessions offered at Coldwell Banker's headquarters and franchisee offices
·         Diverse classes and continuing education programs  available in person or online
·         National and local advertising, including television, online and mobile
·         Management conferences and regional training events
·         Field operation evaluations
·         Grand opening support
·         Weekly newsletters
 
Entrepreneur’s 32nd Annual Franchise 500® report is based on its own proprietary rankings formula using financial and statistical data from July 2008 through July 2010. For more information on the rankings visit: http://www.entrepreneur.com/franchises/franchise500/about.html
 
For additional information on Coldwell Banker visit the Franchising Opportunities section of www.coldwellbanker.com.

  

 


 

 4/12/2011

 

ROSE ROBINSON ATTENDED GENERATION BLUE EXPERIENCE TO LEARN THE NEWEST BEST PRACTICES IN THE REAL ESTATE INDUSTRY

 

LAS VEGAS, NV – Rose Robinson of Conway, NH, Owner/Broker of Coldwell Banker Wright Realty, was recently part of one of the largest real estate brand’s international events, the Coldwell Banker Generation Blue Experience. Held March 14 – 17, 2011 at the Mirage Resort & Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada, the Generation Blue Experience united Coldwell Banker sales associates / representatives, brokers, managers and employees for an intensive professional development program and awards ceremony.

 

“It’s crucial to stay on top of the latest news, technologies and best practices so that we can do the best job possible as real estate professionals,” said Robinson. “That’s one of the benefits of being part of the expansive, global Coldwell Banker network. We are able to learn from each other as well as other experts in the field, so that we can always provide trustworthy, helpful counsel to our customers.”

 

Just a few of the event’s key note speakers included Jim Gillespie, chief executive officer of Coldwell Banker Real Estate LLC, Budge Huskey, president and chief operating officer, Michael Corbett, author of “Before You Buy” and host of Extra’s Mansions & Millionaires and Chris Brogan, president, Human Business Works and co-author of the New York Times best seller, “Trust Agents.” In addition, a variety of Coldwell Banker brokers and sales associates provided on-the-ground insight and advice on current topics, such as leveraging social media to help buyers and sellers, as well as honing in on traditional best practices to ensure extraordinary customer service at every step in the process.

 

The Generation Blue Experience was a huge success,” said Gillespie. “After three days of intensive, interactive programs and sessions, our network came away re-energized, enlightened and ready to take on what the real estate market has in store.”

 


 3/23/2011

 

Coldwell Banker Wright Realty Salutes Four Agents

Receiving Quality Service Awards

 

BEDFORD, NH Antonella Bliss, Dick Reuper, Skip Smith and Charlie Erff all received Quality Service Awards at the annual awards ceremony  held at the Country Inn & Suites in Bedford, NH. Bob Hegyi, Excecutive Business Consultant, was Master of Ceremonies. Nelson Bennett, Senior Vice President and Regional Director of 19 states in Coldwell Bankers' Northern Region, presented the awards.

"Antonella Bliss, Skip Smith, Charlie Erff and Dick Reuper have demonstrated the dedication and success embodied by the Quality Service Award," says Jim Gillespie, chief executive officer of Coldwell Banker Real Estate LLC. "With an extensive understanding of the real estate industry and community in  the Conway, New Hampshire area, these four agents are among the best Coldwell Banker has to offer. Because of associates like them, I'm confident Coldwell Banker will remain the Realtors of choice for years to come."

Rose Robinson, Owner/Broker, noted "I'm proud that we had 4 agents win awards for their hard work in sales during 2010. It was a difficult year, and this year is already looking considerably better for the real estate market in Carroll County." Lindsey Maihos, another principle of the firm confirmed: "Compared to the same period last year, we're already experiencing a much higher sales volume. New Hampshire has a 5.6% unemployment ratethe fourth lowest rate in the country. That has a major effect on real estate sales and values."
 


 

 

3/8/2011

Coldwell Banker Wright Realty Attends Annual Awards Ceremony

 

BEDFORD, NHAgents, staff and principals of Coldwell Banker Wright Realty attended the annual awards breakfast held at the Country Inn & Suites in Bedford, NH. Bob Hegyi, Excecutive Business Consultant, was Master of Ceremonies. Nelson Bennett, Senior Vice President and Regional Director of 19 states in Coldwell Bankers' Northern Region, presented the awards. Matt Ferrara was the guest speaker, providing a seminar on identifying and marketing to two fast-growing groups of consumers: Generation Y and Generation X.
Antonella Bliss, Dick Reuper, Skip Smith and Charlie Erff all received Quality Service Awards. "With so many agents leaving the industry," says Rose Robinson, Owner/Broker, "I'm proud that we had 4 agents win awards for their hard work in sales during 2010." Lindsey Maihos, another principle of the firm, noted, "With the market warming up, we already expect sales to improve during 2011. "
After the awards and presentations, a luncheon was held for brokers and managers with a roundtable discussion on how best to service buyers and sellers. Local real estate professionals discussed their observations in the current housing market. Matthew Ferrara, Nelson Bennett and Bob Hegyi provided expert advice on utilizing the newest tools available, and providing the highest level of service available through Coldwell Banker initiatives, and new development within the industry.

 

 


 1/7/2011

Coldwell Banker Wright Realty Adds Two New Realtors
 

NORTH CONWAY, NH— Coldwell Banker Wright Realty is growing, adding two new agents to start off 2011. Antonella Bliss, Lindsey Maihos and Rose Robinson, owner/brokers of the firm, say they're happy to be hiring new agents as inquiries are on the increase with an improving market

 

Bill Lydon has 9 years experience selling real estate. He has an ABR designation (Accredited Buyer Representative) and an RSPS (Resort & Second Home Property Specialist). Lydon is also the president-elect of the White Mountain Board of Realtors.

 

Karl Siebel was the previous president of the White Mountain Board of Realtors. Karl is also an ABR. Seibel was a director for the North New England Real Estate Network, the MLS for New Hampshire, Vermont and parts of Massachusetts and Maine.

 

"It's always an excellent opportunity when you can hire 2 seasoned agents as business picks up," says Antonella Bliss, one of the principals of Coldwell Banker Wright Realty.

 

 

 


 9/8/2010

Local REALTOR Completes CBR-Certified Buyer Representative Program
 
Charlie Erff was recently certified by the State of New Hampshire, the White Mountain Board of Realtors, and RealNet Learning Services of McLean, Virginia, as a Certified Buyer Representative. Erff is a REALTOR with Coldwell Banker Wright Realty in  Conway, NH, and is now trained in the professional representation of home purchasers.
 
Buyer Representation is rapidly changing the face of real estate. Propelled by knowledgeable home purchasers, legislative action, and consumer watch dog groups, home buyer representation has gained momentum in the residential market in recent years and is now available nationwide. 
 
A Buyer Representative is a cooperating agent who legally represents the real estate buyer. They generally do so under a buyer representation agreement, much like a traditional real estate broker represents the seller under a listing agreement. The buyer agent’s role is to be the advocate for the purchaser in the real estate transaction. Each agent completes three days of extensive training (22.5 class room hours) to earn the CBR Designation.

 

 


 

7/26/2010

Cindy Uhl Joins Coldwell Banker Wright Realty

 
CONWAY, NH— Cindy Uhl has recently joined the staff at Coldwell Banker Wright Realty. Uhl has previous experience as a real estate office manager at Sheeran Sotheby's International Realty in Williamsburg, Virginia. Uhl supervised administrative employees and worked closely with the owners of the firm on marketing, listing and sales of real estate.
 
“I am excited to be working with such a dynamic firm as Coldwell Banker Wright Realty," stated Uhl. "Living and working in The White Mountains has been a long-time dream. I’m thrilled to be a part of the community.”
 
Uhl had her real estate license in Virginia, and handled the property management for Sheeran Sotheby's International Realty, as well as office manager. Prior to working in real estate, Uhl started as an administrative assistant in the corporate offices of Walmart and went to become Regional Operations Manager over 13 distribution centers. But she prefers working for small companies.
 
"Cindy Uhl is an excellent addition to our office," noted Rose Robinson, a principal of the firm. "She has an excellent background in all phases of office administration, and in the real estate industry. We're glad to have her onboard as market conditions begin to bounce back in the area."
 
Antonella Bliss, co-owner of Coldwell Banker Wright Realty remarked, "We've seen a dramatic uptake in new contracts and a substantial increase in inquiries just in the last several weeks. We're glad to have Cindy on our staff, and we're already benefitting from her organizational expertise."
 
"There's a lot of pent up demand," says Lindsey Maihos, owner/broker of the firm, "And, despite the ending of the Federal Homebuyer Tax Credit, we've seen a springback in the local market. Several factors are coming into play. Foreclosure properties are clearing out. Interest rates are at their lowest levels, ever. And, prices are stabilizing. We may have just passed the bottom of the market, and people are beginning to realize it's time to buy. Having Cindy on our staff will allow us to provide a superior level of service to our clients."

  


 

4/27/2010

Local REALTOR completes certification course

 
Charlie Erff of Coldwell Banker Wright Realty in Conway, NH has successfully completed the Massachusetts Association of Realtors Loss Mitigation Certification Course, sponsored by the New Hampshire Association of Realtors and held recently in Concord.
Today’s market presents unique challenges to Realtors, who in many cases are representing a buyer or seller in a transaction involving foreclosure, short sales, properties at auction or bank owned properties. This comprehensive one-day course was developed to educate Realtors on all the issues surrounding properties facing these complicated transactions.
 
The course is taught by experts in loss mitigation and is designed to equip attendees with the tools needed to deal with short sales on both the buying and listing side, including the process, ethics, laws, contracts and credit issues involved, and how to best approach lenders.  As importantly, the course also addresses the human element of these transactions as consumers potentially face losing their homes.
 
"We already help Fannie Mae sell bank-owned properties," says Antonella Bliss, an owner broker of Coldwell Banker Wright Realty. "As a full service brokerage, we can now help both banks and consumers to arrive at the best possible outcome. Charlie will be able to help many homeowners before they get to the foreclosure stage. We're working to make sure that the foreclosure problems in this area are minimized as much as possible."
 
 

 


3/26/2010

Skip Smith Presented Top Awards by Coldwell Banker

 
CONWAY, NH—Skip Smith a broker / sales associate with Coldwell Banker Wright Realty, has won several prestigious awards from Coldwell Banker. Skip has been named the top selling agent in New Hampshire for the number of properties sold. And, he has been named to the number 2 spot for the value of properties sold in New Hampshire within the Coldwell Banker system.
 
Skip has also been named to the Coldwell Banker International Diamond Society, a level achieved by only the top 5 percent of the approximately 96,600 sales associates / representative worldwide in the Coldwell Banker system.
 
 
“Skip Smith exemplifies everything that the International Diamond Society represents,” said Jim Gillespie, president and chief executive officer of Coldwell Banker Real Estate LLC. “His extensive understanding of the real estate market in the Mount Washington Valley and nearby Western Maine and dedication to his customers truly embodies the ideals of Coldwell Banker.”    
 
While this was a challenging year for the real estate industry, millions of people continue to buy and sell homes based on their lifestyles and needs. "This was undoubtedly a difficult year in our industry, but people need to remember that real estate is cyclical, and positive signs over recent months signal a tipping point for the residential real estate market," notes Gillespie.
 
"It is an honor to have the top selling Coldwell Banker agent in our office," said Rose Robinson, one of three owner/brokers at Coldwell Banker Wright Realty. Lindsey Maihos, another owner/broker says, "Skip has certainly earned these exceptional awards. He has incredible experience and dedication."
 
Skip Smith can be reached by email at Skip.Smith@coldwellbanker.com or by telephone at 603-447-2117 x306.

 

 

 


 

3/15/2010

Shae Tops Listings at Coldwell Banker Wright Realty

 
NORTH CONWAY, NH— Valerie Shae listed more properties than any other agent at Coldwell Banker Wright Realty during December of 2009 and January 2010. For her efforts, Shae was given a new "Flip" video camera which can be used to film properties, or areas of the Mount Washington Valley that would appeal to homebuyers looking to purchase property in Carroll County.
 
Licensed in New Hampshire, Shae has been representing real estate sellers and buyers throughout Carroll County since 1999. Says Shae, "It's not just about listing a property, but going beyond the yard sign. Innovative marketing strategies and constant follow up communication between the sellers and listing agent is what makes the difference."
 
Valerie Shae can be reached by email at Valerie.shae@coldwellbanker.com or by telephone at 603-447-2117 x307. Coldwell Banker Wright Realty is a full service real estate brokerage representing buyers and sellers in both New Hampshire and Maine for more than thirty years. Location: 481 White Mountain Highway (Rt 16) in Conway, NH, just after the TechVillage. For more information visit www.WrightRealty.com, email: Info@WrightRealty.com, or call (603) 447-2117

 

 

 


 

12/19/2009

COLDWELL BANKER WRIGHT REALTY SELECTS CASA FOR QUARTERLY DONATIONS

 
CONWAY, NH. Rose Robinson, Lindsey Maihos and Antonella Bliss, owners of Coldwell Banker Wright Realty, and members of CBTNH, LLC, a collective marketing company made up of New Hampshire Coldwell Banker Franchise owners, announced today that their company, along with CBTNH, LLC, has chosen to support the Manchester based Chapter of CASA of New Hampshire, Inc with quarterly donations for the year 2010. CASA is a statewide organization with a main office in Manchester and five regional offices throughout the State. CASA has over 400 volunteers who act as Court Appointed Special Advocates for abused and neglected children. More information on CASA can be found at their website: CASANH.org or by calling Kathy Vachon, CASA’s Director of Development, at 603-626-4600.
 
 “CASA was the perfect fit for Coldwell Banker Wright Realty. First of all, CASA means “house” in Spanish. That is something we know a lot about. More importantly, CASA has a great reputation, is assigned about 75% of the court appointed cases in the State, and provides a service to children in our County who need help finding a peaceful home environment. These are things Coldwell Banker Wright Realty cares deeply about,” Rose Robinson said.
 
“As a collaborative marketing organization, CBTNH is continuing to develop their online presence as well as making an impact on their respective local communities. We are excited about the strength we have as a group, both for marketing and charitable giving. Together, we can be far more effective than as individual companies,” Antonella Bliss went on to say.
“This support from Coldwell Banker is significant in so many ways and we are so grateful. Connecting the CASA of NH name with 13 offices of Coldwell Banker throughout the state will go a long way in increasing awareness about the important work that CASA volunteers perform everyday on behalf of hundreds of New Hampshire’s children” states Marcia Sink, President/CEO CASA of New Hampshire.
CBTNH, LLC is the combined force of 13 independently owned and operated Coldwell Banker franchises in the State of New Hampshire. Their website,ColdwellBankerTeamNH.com provides a direct link to each Coldwell Banker office in the State and can be used for statewide property searches, buyer and seller information and regional stories and articles from across New Hampshire. The Coldwell Banker brand continues to be one of the real estate market share leaders in the New Hampshire.
 

 

 

 


 

11/24/2009

Coldwell Banker Wright Realty Adds Five New Realtors

 
NORTH CONWAY, NH— Coldwell Banker Wright Realty is growing, adding five new agents over the last 5 months. Antonella Bliss, Lindsey Maihos and Rose Robinson, owner/brokers of the firm, say they're happy to be hiring new agents as the real estate market picks up in the area. Lisa Brouillette,  Jackie Mercer, Charlie Erff, Mary Cleveland and Brian Clark have recently joined the Coldwell Banker Wright Realty team.
 
Lisa Brouillette has 10 years experience selling real estate in the North Conway area and has recently teamed up with Skip Smith, a veteran broker and former owner of Coldwell Banker Wright Realty. "Lisa is a great partner to work with," says Smith. "Together we've quickly increased our efficiency, and provide our clients with exceptional service." Brouillette has GRI and CRS designations. 
Jackie Mercer has extensive sales experience in many areas, including real estate. "I will work hard at helping my clients through every step of their real estate transaction - whether it is buying or selling - particularly if they're relocating from out of state," Mercer comments. "It can be overwhelming, and I'd like to make it easier for people to move into this beautiful area."
Charlie Erff has more than 30 years of marketing and sales behind his real estate experience. " We are currently in a very exciting time in real estate. Plentiful inventory, very attractive pricing, and record low interest rates make this an ideal time for a real estate investment," quips Erff. "It's not too difficult to see that the glass is more than half full!"
"Mary Cleveland is building our new rental division," says Rose Robinson, one of the owners of Coldwell Banker Wright Realty. "She has extensive experience in the rental industry, and likes to sell homes, too."

Brian Clark has a 15 year background in property management and plans to put that experience to work for his clients, especially in the purchase of condominium units.
Coldwell Banker Wright Realty is a full service real estate brokerage representing buyers and sellers in both New Hampshire and Maine for more than thirty years. Located at 481 White Mountain Highway (Rt 16) in Conway, NH, just after the TechVillage. For more information visit www.WrightRealty.com, email: Info@WrightRealty.com, or call (603) 447-2117. 

 

 

 

 

11/21/2009

COLDWELL BANKER TEAM NH, LLC. ESTABLISHES 2010 STRATEGIES FOR MARKETING AND CHARITABLE SUPPORT

 
Conway, NH. Antonella Bliss, owner of Wright Realty and member of CBTNH, LLC, a collective marketing company made up of New Hampshire Coldwell Banker Franchise owners, is pleased to announce that the members of CBTNH, LLC have developed further collaborative marketing strategies for 2010 and have chosen a charity with local and national ties to support in the new year.
As a collaborative marketing organization, CBTNH is continuing to develop their online presence as well as making an impact on their respective local communities. The group has developed a strategy for giving to a statewide charity (to be announced in 2010) and has strengthened their ties as a cohesive group. 
 CBTNH, LLC is the combined forces of 13 Independently owned and operated Coldwell Banker franchises in the State of New Hampshire. Their website, ColdwellBankerTeamNH.com can be used for statewide property searches, buyer and seller information and regional stories and articles from across New Hampshire.
Through a continued cohesive marketing and online presence, Coldwell Banker continues to be one of the market share leaders in the New Hampshire. In 2008, the Coldwell Banker Brand in New Hampshire was involved in almost $800 million worth of residential real estate transactions.