Insider Insights: United, Compass, The Agency, and More Unveil Latest Brokerage Updates

United acquires a firm boasting 1,500 agents, while Compass secures a leading team in Pittsburgh.

Additionally, The Agency establishes its presence in Hilton Head, alongside notable developments at CB Warburg, John R. Wood Christie’s, and E&V Gestalt.

A large-scale brokerage forms an alliance with United.

Premiere Plus Realty, a prominent brokerage boasting 1,500 agents and headquartered in Naples, Florida, has officially joined forces with United Real Estate.

This strategic alliance marks a significant milestone for United, propelling its agent count in Florida by over 40% to nearly 5,000, and bolstering its nationwide agent tally by nearly 7% to 23,000. Despite the affiliation, Premiere Plus will maintain its distinct identity, leadership, and dedicated staff.

Eric Gallus, Owner of Premiere Plus, highlighted the pivotal decision, stating, “It became evident that if we wanted to take our company to the next level, we needed a strong, collaborative partner.” Gallus emphasized United’s commitment to supporting staff, agents, and families, aligning with their collective goals.

In 2023, Premiere Plus achieved remarkable success, boasting a sales volume exceeding $3.29 billion and facilitating 5,004 transaction sides. The brokerage secured the 88th spot in T3 Sixty’s 2023 Mega 1000 list based on its 2022 sales, underscoring its industry prominence. (Note: T3 Sixty and Real Estate News are founded by Stefan Swanepoel.)

Jillian Young, President of Premiere Plus, expressed optimism about the affiliation’s potential to foster growth while preserving the brokerage’s values and culture. “United is making us better versions of ourselves,” she affirmed.

Rick Haase, President of United, echoed these sentiments, emphasizing the mutual benefits of the affiliation. “The talent, knowledge, and people-centric approach they bring to our organization will enhance our competitiveness and elevate us as a company,” Haase stated confidently.

Expanding Horizons: Coulter and Castillo Group Embarks on a New Journey with Compass

“Pittsburgh’s Coulter and Castillo Group Joins Forces with Compass Realty’s South Hills Office”

Compass Realty’s South Hills office gains a valuable addition as Coulter and Castillo Group, prominent players in Pittsburgh’s real estate scene, join its ranks.

The team, spearheaded by Principal Agents Lauren Coulter and Dina Castillo, comprises dedicated professionals including Abby Daniels, Meagan Brannon, and Christi Fredrick. Together, they achieved an impressive $30 million in sales volume across Western Pennsylvania last year.

Lauren Coulter emphasized the team’s commitment to personalized service, stating, “Our entirely female team has the unique ability to provide thorough and conscientious service to all our clients, allowing them to find the homes they’re truly looking for with top-of-the-line service.”

Specializing in the luxury market, the Coulter and Castillo Group is renowned for their representation of historically and architecturally significant homes.

John Bilek, Pennsylvania regional VP for Compass, extended a warm welcome to the team, praising their diligent approach to marketing and client services. “We are thrilled to extend a warm welcome to the Coulter and Castillo Group, a renowned and diligent team known for their distinctive approach to marketing and client services,” said Bilek.

Dina Castillo underscored the team’s dedication to personalized service, adding, “At the heart of our team is a group of amazing women who are dedicated to providing personalized and attentive service to our clients. With our unique approach, we help our clients find their dream homes while offering top-notch support every step of the journey.”

The Agency Expands into Hilton Head: A New Chapter Begins

The Agency Expands Presence with New Hilton Head Island Office

Adding to its growing footprint, The Agency proudly announces the opening of its latest office on the picturesque Hilton Head Island in South Carolina.

Heading the charge at The Agency Hilton Head are Managing Partner Alison Melton alongside Managing Directors Sabeth Biangone and Paige Rose.

Expressing his excitement about this development, Mauricio Umansky, the CEO and founder of The Agency, remarked, “We are thrilled to continue The Agency’s expansion in the Southeast with the opening of our first office on beautiful Hilton Head Island.”

Alison Melton brings a wealth of experience to her role, boasting a decade of expertise in real estate. Her focus lies in prestigious private communities and equestrian properties, with a stellar career sales record surpassing $250 million.

Melton commented on the strategic alignment of the local community with The Agency’s collaborative culture, stating, “As we are looking to bring our business to the next level, there is no denying that our strong local community aligns perfectly with The Agency’s unique culture of collaboration.”

Sabeth Biangone, with over eight years in the industry, has amassed a sales portfolio exceeding $100 million. Specializing in the luxury market and private communities, Biangone brings a refined expertise to The Agency, Hilton Head.

Paige Rose, who serves as both a Managing Director and marketing accounts manager, enriches the team with her extensive background spanning over two decades in corporate and real estate marketing.

Commenting on the exciting prospects ahead, Rose emphasized, “There is undeniable synergy between our region and The Agency brand, and we look forward to showcasing Hilton Head Island and its surrounding regions to our new global network of Agency partners.”

With this new addition, The Agency continues its commitment to providing unparalleled service and expertise to clients across diverse real estate markets.

Experienced New York City Broker and Agent Bring Expertise to Coldwell Banker Warburg

“Esteemed Broker Kathy Kaye and Seasoned Agent Lorraine Baker Bring Their $200 Million Career Sales to Coldwell Banker Warburg in Manhattan

In a significant move, Coldwell Banker Warburg in Manhattan welcomes broker Kathy Kaye and agent Lorraine Baker to its esteemed ranks. With each boasting an impressive $200 million in career sales, their arrival signals a notable addition to the brokerage’s lineup.

Commenting on their expertise, Kevelyn Guzman, regional VP of Coldwell Banker Warburg, expressed admiration, stating, “Lorraine is a powerhouse in the Manhattan luxury scene, boasting almost two decades of expertise, and Kathy is synonymous with excellence. Her extensive knowledge of Manhattan luxury and new developments across the city makes her an unstoppable force.”

Kaye brings a wealth of experience, having previously served as president of Sotheby’s International Realty Development Advisors and as SVP at The Related Companies. Prior to joining Coldwell Banker Warburg, she was associated with Compass, further enriching her industry insights.

Expressing her excitement about the transition, Kaye remarked, “Throughout my career, I have always respected Warburg’s esteemed presence in the Manhattan market, and I am very excited to join the prestigious Coldwell Banker Warburg Global Luxury team.”

Baker, whose background includes nearly two decades of real estate experience in Manhattan, joins Coldwell Banker Warburg from Douglas Elliman. Her seasoned expertise and deep understanding of the local market are poised to further enhance the brokerage’s offerings.

In addition to Kaye and Baker, Coldwell Banker Warburg has recently welcomed a cohort of other brokers and agents with diverse experiences. This includes Andrea Saturno-Sanjana, Michael Yehuda, Alana Lindsay, Dan Ragone, Victoria Adamo, Corrina Drost, Christopher Hall, and Sally Chame, reflecting the brokerage’s commitment to assembling a team of top-tier professionals.”

John R. Wood Christie’s Announces Appointment of New President, Signaling Leadership Transition

Corey McCloskey Elevated to President Role at John R. Wood Christie’s International Real Estate, Southwest Florida

In a testament to her two-decade tenure and outstanding contributions, Corey McCloskey has been appointed as the new president of John R. Wood Christie’s International Real Estate, located in Southwest Florida.

Having been an integral part of the Naples, Florida-based company for 20 years, McCloskey previously held the position of executive vice president of operations before her recent promotion.

Throughout her illustrious career in real estate, McCloskey has garnered numerous accolades, including the prestigious Naples Association of Realtors’ Citizen of the Year Award in 2018. Her exemplary performance was further recognized when she was honored as NABOR’s 2023 Realtor of the Year.

Beyond her individual achievements, McCloskey remains actively engaged in the real estate community, serving on various committees at both the National Association of Realtors (NAR) and the Florida Association of Realtors.

Phil Wood, CEO of John R. Wood, lauded McCloskey’s exceptional qualities, stating, “Her dedication, strategic vision, and commitment to our mission have been exemplary.” Expressing confidence in her leadership abilities, Wood added, “As she begins this new role, I have full confidence in her ability to lead with integrity, drive, and innovation. I look forward to our continued collaboration and success.”

McCloskey’s elevation to the presidency marks a significant milestone for John R. Wood Christie’s International Real Estate and underscores the company’s commitment to fostering internal talent and excellence in leadership.

Matthew Graham
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