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Prudential Florida Realty Pinecrest Reinforces Its Commitment to Consumers

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RISMEDIA, August 27, 2009-Prudential Florida Realty Miami-Pinecrest has stepped up its commitment to real estate consumers by qualifying eight sales associates for membership in RISMedia’s Top 5 in Real Estate Network®, North America’s fastest growing network of leading real estate professionals providing leading real estate information to consumers. Prudential Florida Realty is the leader in real estate throughout 17 Florida counties.

With eight members, Prudential Florida Realty Miami-Pinecrest is now home to the largest number of Top 5 members per any one office in the United States. As its name suggests, the Top 5 in Real Estate Network® is exclusively reserved for only the most experienced, top producing real estate practitioners-membership is limited geographically based on local area population.

Carlos Villanueva

Carlos Villanueva

Carlos Villanueva, managing broker of the Miami-Pinecrest office, encouraged his leading agents to seek membership in Top 5. Villanueva joined Prudential Florida Realty elect after owning and operating a successful boutique real estate firm in Coral Gables. Prior to that, he had spent eight years as an award-winning manager with Coldwell Banker and as a top producing sales associate. He has served two terms on the Real Estate Board of Greater Miami & the Beaches (RAGMB) and on the Ethics Committee. In 1998, Villanueva was recognized with the prestigious International President’s Circle Award, one of the highest honors awarded to a residential broker.

Following, are the sales associates from Prudential Florida Miami-Pinecrest who have been accepted as Members of Top 5:

Ana Maria (Ani) Alexander
Dania I. Giffin
Mario Chirino
Stella Dormoy
Mildred Mercado-Emory
Jeannine Black
Matt Maxwell
Elizabeth Perez

As required by RISMedia, which has provided the real estate industry with leading-edge news for nearly 30 years via RISMedia.com and Real Estate magazine, each member of the Top 5 in Real Estate Network® must first meet a stringent set of criteria, based upon performance, experience and results, as well as educational and professional skills and service to the consumer. Members must also provide consumers with timely and relevant real estate content, as provided by RISMedia, the leader in real estate information systems.

“The Top 5 in Real Estate Network® is designed to meet the critical need for consumer education,” says Top 5 President and Co-founder Allan Dalton. “Top 5 Members will disseminate timely and relevant information to consumers through the Top 5 Real Estate Social Networking System, through the Top 5 Resource Center that will reside on members’ websites, through print materials, webinars, and much, much more.”

Equally as important, Top 5 will also help consumers identify the most professional real estate agents, based upon objective performance standards, Dalton adds.

“Lacking a means to gain a deeper understanding of the skills leading agents provide, consumers have come to not only expect less, but demand less as well,” he explains. “Consumers tragically choose an agent because of advertisements on shopping carts, postcards, milk cartons, benches or bus shelters because they don’t understand what skills leading agents offer.”

“Consumers today have an inadequate level of understanding about the process, opportunities and risks facing them in real estate transactions, and they badly need a New Deal in this area,” says RISMedia President and CEO John Featherston. “The Top 5 in Real Estate Network® will answer this call.”

The Top 5 in Real Estate Network® is open to all agents from all real estate firms in North America who meet the following five criteria for membership:

1. Experience (a minimum of three years as a residential real estate agent)
2. Results (Top 10% of production in their market area or multi-million dollar sales volume)
3. Commitment to advanced professional education-members must have or be working towards at least one industry designation (i.e., CRS, ABR, ePro), or have other relevant educational achievements.
4. Willingness to distribute important consumer education materials across multiple channels (including websites, social networking and other outlets).
5. Commitment to community service (active involvement in community service organizations).

As a member of the Top 5 in Real Estate Network®, agents will also benefit from the power of networking with other leading real estate agents throughout North America. Top 5 will host its first annual conference for members in New York City on September 9 and 10.

For more information on RISMedia’s Top 5 in Real Estate Network®, please visit www.top5inrealestate.com or contact Member Services at 203-853-2167 ext. 139.

RISMedia’s Top 5 in Real Estate Network® is a membership network of leading real estate professionals providing leading real estate information to consumers. To qualify for membership in the Top 5 in Real Estate Network, agents must meet specific criteria in five key categories: experience; results; education; information technology; and commitment to community. RISMedia, the leader in real estate information systems, has been providing the industry with news, trends and business development strategies for nearly 30 years through its flagship publication, Real Estate magazine, its leading website, RISMedia.com, and its renowned networking and educational events.

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