CHICAGO – (8/25/11) – Prudential Gardner Realtors®, established in 1943 by New Orleans real estate icon Gertrude Gardner, announced today that the company is returning to its heritage as an independent full-service brokerage and affiliating with Leading Real Estate Companies of the World®. LeadingRE is the world's largest network of leading independent real estate brokerages, with 550 companies and 140,000 associates producing over $225 billion in home sales in over 30 countries worldwide. The transition from Prudential to LeadingRE will take effect August 29, 2011, when the company’s brand will change to GARDNER, REALTORS®.
With 25 offices and 800 associates representing over 100 communities in the Southeast Louisiana and Southern Mississippi region, GARDNER, REALTORS® is consistently ranked in the top 1% of real estate companies in the country.
“We are really excited about returning to our independent heritage and joining the ranks of the outstanding LeadingRE organization with so many of our friends and colleagues,” comments the company’s president of operations and fourth generation broker Glenn Gardner. He and partners Barbara Blades and Norris Songe envision strong competitive advantages by combining the strength of their local brand with the national and global connections and robust tools and resources provided by LeadingRE.
“It is such a pleasure to welcome this highly respected brokerage to our network,” said Pam O’Connor, president/CEO of LeadingRE. “Glenn, Sharon and Chip Gardner, Barbara Blades and Norris Songe, along with their outstanding associates and staff, represent a highly trusted local brand with a strong legacy in New Orleans, Baton Rouge, and their entire Gulf Coast footprint. We feel privileged to be able to support their continued growth within the LeadingRE family.”
GARDNER, REALTORS® is the latest of several membership additions to the network in recent months, including Santa Fe Properties, Santa Fe, NM; Hilton & Hyland Real Estate, Beverly Hills, CA; Joshua & Company, Aspen,CO; The Group in Ft. Collins, CO; and several leading firms in France, Germany, Switzerland and Costa Rica.
About Leading Real Estate Companies of the World®
Leading Real Estate Companies of the World® (www.LeadingRE.com) is the largest network of top independent local and regional brand-name brokerage firms in the residential sector of real estate. The 550 firms affiliated with Leading Real Estate Companies of the World® are represented by 4,600 offices and 140,000 associates in more than 30 countries worldwide. The organization's leadership is demonstrated by the fact that its affiliates comprise 15 of the top 25 real estate companies in the country. Collectively, LeadingRE affiliates produced nearly 800,000 home sales valued at $225 billion in the in 2010. In addition, LeadingRE locally-branded affiliates hold the Number One position in sales in 40% of the top 96 markets in the , more than any national franchise organizations.
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