MORRIS PLAINS, N.J.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--
More than 1,000 Weichert® real estate professionals recently met in Atlantic City, N.J., for a three-day convention, themed “The Way Forward.” Members of both Weichert Real Estate Affiliates, Inc. (WREA), the franchise division of N.J.-based Weichert, Realtors®, and sales professionals from Weichert’s company-owned offices gathered for a packed schedule of informative breakout sessions and guest speakers.
WREA President Martin J. Rueter kicked off the convention with a welcome address that spelled out how the Weichert brand’s unique programs, tools, training, and the use of technology all work to further the organization’s commitment to its customers and clients. In addition, WREA Senior Vice President Bill Scavone presented the company’s plan for accelerated national expansion and introduced the latest in training, marketing, management and technology.
The convention agenda also included five top keynote speakers: Terry Watson, a licensed real estate agent, legendary speaker and motivational mentor; Mark Leader, a real estate coach, public speaker and founder of Leader’s Choice, a real estate training company; Darren Hardy, publisher and founding director of SUCCESS magazine; motivational humorist, business strategy consultant and author Karel Murray; and Tommy Lasorda, former manager of the Los Angeles Dodgers and a member of the Baseball Hall of Fame.
Some of the other highlights of the Weichert National Convention include:
- Rueter reviewed the recent history of the housing market and overall economy, and presented his much-anticipated predictions for the future health of the real estate market.
- As winner of the Weichert Convention National Anthem Contest, Laura McCutcheon, a sales associate with Weichert’s Media, Pa., office, presented the national anthem to a standing ovation.
- Seven Weichert offices were recognized with the Model Office Award. WEICHERT, REALTORS – ABG Properties in Louisville, Ky.; WEICHERT, REALTORS – Excel in Bingham Farms, Mich.; WEICHERT, REALTORS – The Franzese Group in Brooklyn, N.Y.; WEICHERT, REALTORS – Graham-Welch, LLC in Overland Park, Kan.; WEICHERT, REALTORS – McKee Real Estate in Long Grove, Ill.; WEICHERT, REALTORS – Nickel Group in Oak Park, Ill.; WEICHERT, REALTORS – Pikes Peak Group in Colorado Springs, Colo.; and WEICHERT, REALTORS – Points East/Yankee Trader in Portsmouth, N.H., were honored for their office’s overall functionality, signage and curb appeal, interior décor and design, communication and other electronic resources.
Convention attendees brought home both positive news about the future of real estate and a reminder of the various tools and services that Weichert offers to help them grow their business. The experience can best be summed up by Wayne Murray, owner and founder of WEICHERT, REALTORS® - Wayne Murray Properties in Houston. When discussing his time at the convention in Atlantic City he said, “It was great to come together with agents, brokers, managers and staff from Weichert offices all across the country. We shared experiences and learned how to maximize Weichert’s unstoppable formula for moving forward regardless of market conditions. I couldn’t be prouder to be a member of the Weichert family.”
Weichert Real Estate Affiliates, now in its 13th year as a home to a growing roster of independently owned and operated offices across country, is headquartered in Morris Plains, N.J. In January 2013, the company was ranked #2 by Entrepreneur magazine among all other competitors in the real estate category in the “Entrepreneur 2013 Franchise 500®” list, an annual ranking of America’s top franchise opportunities.
More information about Weichert Real Estate Affiliates and its 243 member offices can be found at www.weichert.com or by calling (877) 533-9007.
Since 1969, Weichert, Realtors has grown from a single office into one of the nation's leading providers of homeownership services by putting its customers first. A family of full-service real estate and financial services companies, Weichert helps customers buy and sell both residential and commercial real estate, and streamlines the delivery of mortgages and home and title insurance. Weichert leverages its customer website, www.weichert.com, one of the most visited real estate websites in the nation, to help families and individuals realize the dream of homeownership through quick and easy access to listing information and the services of its real estate professionals nationwide. For more information, Weichert’s customer service center can be reached at 1-800-USA-SOLD. Weichert franchised offices are independently owned and operated.
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