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Top 5 Members Recognized on the Wall Street Journal/Lore Top Agent Rankings for 2009; Simon & Schuster Publishes Top 5 Member’s Life Story

RISMEDIA, June 23, 2009-RISMedia, the leader in real estate information systems, is proud to announce that two of its Top 5 in Real Estate Network® members were named America’s top real estate professionals by the The Wall Street Journal and LORE magazine.

Congratulations to Top 5 Member Michele Kolsky-Assatly of Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage / NRT in Fort Lee, New Jersey, was honored on the Individual Sales Volume list and to Top 5 Member Michelle Genovesi of Michelle & Company, William Raveis Real Estate, Mortgage & Insurance in Westport, Connecticut, for being honored on the Team Professionals Sales Volum list. They are now members of the “Real Estate Top 400,” and ranked in the top one half of one percent of the more than 1.1 million Realtors® nationwide!

kolsky-assatlyphoto1About Michele Kolsky-Assatly: Michele Kolsky-Assatly, of Coldwell Banker’s Fort Lee, N. J., office, has been Coldwell Banker New Jersey and Rockland County’s top agent for more than 16 consecutive years and was ranked fifth among the 61,000 sales agents in the family of NRT, Coldwell Banker’s parent company, in 2008 with an unparalleled $93 million in closed transactions. She has closed more than $860 million in business since 1993.

About Michelle Genovesi: Always thinking outside the box, Michelle raises the standards for all in the industry and has been recognized by Forbes, NY Times and The Wall Street Journal as an innovative leader. Her unique marketing technique and innovative advertising, along with her uncompromising integrity, dedication, impeccable reputation for quality and results, has helped obtain top dollar for her clients in her 25 years in the business. The result: One billion in sales! Michelle works to win for you and has an entire team of licensed professionals dedicated to making your experience the best it can be.

michelle_genovesi_lowres“Becoming a member of such an elite group as The Real Estate Top 400 is an incredible accomplishment in any market, but what these real estate professionals have done during these challenging times is impressive on so many levels,” said Marti Gallardo, vice president of classified advertising for The Wall Street Journal. “Their efforts topped 99.99 percent of the more than 1.1 million REALTORS nationwide.”

Simon & Schuster Publishes Top 5 Member Valerie Fitzgerald’s Life Story in New Book Now in Book Stores!

In other national news, RISMedia also is proud to announce that worldwide book publisher Simon & Schuster has published a new book by Top 5 in Real Estate Member Valerie Fitzgerald, owner of The Valerie Fitzgerald Group in Beverly Hills, CA, titled, “Heart and Sold: How to Survive and Build a Recession-Proof Business,” ( which hit book stands May 19.

“Through her absorbing stories and life experiences Valerie gives advice to anyone looking for a new beginning in their life or business. A great read.” — Larry King

fitzgerald_vRISMedia recently published an in-depth Q&A with Valerie about her success in real estate and the inspiration for her new book. To read the article, click here!

See how Valerie has integrated the Top 5 Resource Center on her website!

For more information about Top 5 in Real Estate Network® visit