I recently returned from the Luxury Portfolio International and Leading Real Estate Companies of the World Annual Conferences in Las Vegas with Chris Meyers and several other members of our management team. More than 2,000 brokers, agents, relocation, marketing and technology personnel from all over the world were in attendance. Across the board, we heard that most markets considered themselves to be “nearly recovered,” with home prices rising and markets improving overall.
The conference had outstanding educational sessions, and we learned from some of the best: Matthew Ferrara, Steve Harney and Mike Staver, to name a few. But the highlight was Houlihan Lawrence being honored with the following awards:
• Most Outgoing Closings Award for the Million Dollar Club
• 2012 Award of Excellence for Outgoing Sales Production
• WQC – Website Quality Certification
Congratulations to all of our sales associates for helping us achieve these milestones and the global recognition it brings to Houlihan Lawrence. Our agents are simply, THE BEST!
I recently returned from the Global Workforce Symposium held by the Worldwide Employee Relocation Council in Washington DC. The conference was attended by relocation service providers and corporate HR representatives from 51 countries around the world and boasted the highest number of attendees in seven years.
Michael Washbourn of Pfizer Inc and Kay Kolakowski of Northrop Grumman Corp talk about varying policy to meet business needs.
With talent mobility being the future of our global workforce, the sessions focused on trends in international assignments and leading approaches to leveraging talent mobility investments. In my role at Houlihan Lawrence, a real estate service provider in this arena, it’s important to keep up with the ever-changing industry and stay on top of new initiatives and tax laws. The conference also provided an opportunity to network with representatives from the many corporations, relocation management companies and brokers that entrust Houlihan Lawrence with their transferees and clients.
The vibe was very positive and examined the pace of corporate relocation picking up around the globe. For corporations moving employees into and out of the New York Metropolitan area, we stand ready to assist.
Though I returned from our annual Leading Real Estate Companies of the World Conference over three weeks ago, the excitement has yet to wear off. Over 800 real estate brokers from around the world were in attendance at the brand new Cosmopolitan Hotel in Las Vegas for nearly a week of outstanding educational sessions and fun networking opportunities. The event culminated with an awards dinner and I’m proud to say Houlihan Lawrence was recognized for numerous achievements.
Here are the highlights:
Our COO, Chris Meyers, was appointed to LeadingRE’s Board of Directors, joining an illustrious group of market leaders who oversee LeadingRE, Luxury Portfolio, and the many programs and services that help independent brokers like Houlihan Lawrence, deliver truly global marketing solutions to their clients.
Karen Benvin Ransom, of our Katonah Brokerage, won the Top Blogger Award for her significant contributions to our agent blogs which include: GuideMeHome2Westchester and GuideMeHome2HudsonValleyNY.
In the luxury market, Houlihan Lawrence was awarded the Most Outgoing Closings Award for the Million Dollar Club, which is presented to the one member with the most outgoing closed referrals with a sales price of $1 million or greater.
Our website, HoulihanLawrence.com, earned the Website Quality Certification (WQC), presented to LeadingRE companies that have demonstrated excellence in website design, functionality and execution.
And finally, yours truly received the LeadingRE Hall of Fame Award for my contributions to the network throughout the years. It was a delightful surprise!
Not a company to rest on our laurels, we are busy working toward even greater achievements in 2011.
Elizabeth Nunan, Vice President of Global Business Development at Houlihan Lawrence and Andrew Lafreniere, Director of Information Technology, were both presenters at last week’s 2011 Leading Real Estate Companies of the World (LeadingRE) conference March 8-10, at The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas in Nevada. The conference was attended by over 800 top real estate brokers, managers and relocation professionals from around the World.
Andrew Lafreniere and Liz Nunan
Nunan presented in two educational sessions: It’s About Marketing – Getting Agents to Use Technology and Social Networking 201 – The Newest Recruiting and Business Development Strategy.
Lafreniere presented on Houlihan Lawrence’s community video series in a session titled How We Did That: Practical Applications of Technology.
“We applied our 2011 conference theme of ‘Engage. Innovate. Lead’ quite literally to develop a program that inspires our members to compete at a higher level, create better ways to connect with consumers, and generally raise the bar in the real estate industry,” notes LeadingRE President/CEO Pam O’Connor. “Ongoing shifts in the housing market, technology and the way people communicate make it essential for real estate professionals to continuously build their competence. This annual showcase event brings together the best minds in the business to do just that.”
This is the time of year when everyone is buzzing about awards…did their favorite movies get nominated and who will win the Oscar?
Well, the awards that we’re buzzing about are the Annual Awards presented by Leading Real Estate Companies of the World. Leading RE is a global network of 600 premier real estate firms with 5,000 offices and 150,000 sales associates in more than 30 countries around the world. I’m proud to say that Houlihan Lawrence has been nominated for the following Awards:
- 2010 Award of Excellence – Sales Production
- 2010 Award of Excellence – Referral Production
- 2010 Performance Awards – Peak Producers Pinnacle Award (Recognizes the top member sending the highest quantity of outgoing revenue-generating closings)
- 2010 Million Dollar Award (Presented to the member with the most outgoing closed referrals with a sales price of $1 million or greater)
Congratulations to our Global Business Development Team and all of our Houlihan Lawrence agents for another outstanding year within the Network! The awards will be presented in March at the Leading Real Estate Companies of the World Annual Conference.
You’re about to join a world-wide community of roughly 6 million Americans who live and work in a foreign country. An international assignment is one of the most exciting life experiences that an employee and his/her family can have. The challenges and frustrations are many, but the rewards and personal growth are limited only by the preparation of the entire family and the enthusiasm you bring to the experience.
Preparation is key. Even if you consider yourself a veteran of domestic corporate relocations, you will find an overseas transfer to be very different from any other move you have made. One of the first things you will need is an overview of the specific country you’ll be calling home. It’s important to read up ahead of time so you’ll have an understanding about business etiquette, cultural manners and other protocol.
While you may think a real estate brokerage can only assist you with the housing aspect of an international move, be sure to inquire as to their other services and/or tools that could prove helpful. For example, at Houlihan Lawrence, our global relocation division can supply you with timely tips in preparing for your international move. It lists things you’ll need to do six months, three months and one month prior to the move. Additionally, we offer a reference guide that highlights conversions in everything from clothing sizes to measuring distances and weights.
Expect the experience to be rewarding, anticipate the opportunity of a lifetime and enjoy the fulfillment of personal and family growth. And look to a real estate brokerage that can help you find appropriate housing as well as be your go-to source for information and assistance.
Have you ever moved overseas for a job assignment? What did you find to be your biggest challenge?