HGTV Aligns with LeadingRE and Luxury Portfolio for the HGTV Ultimate House Hunt 2020


– Annual online promotion spotlights extraordinary real estate listings –


CHICAGO – June 30, 2020 – Leading Real Estate Companies of the World® and Luxury Portfolio International® announce the launch of the HGTV Ultimate House Hunt 2020. This is the ninth consecutive year HGTV has worked exclusively with Leading Real Estate Companies of the World® and Luxury Portfolio International® for the popular online promotion, which generated more than one million votes last year.

This year’s Ultimate House Hunt runs from June 30 through August 4 on and features extraordinary homes for sale in eight categories: Amazing Kitchens, Beachfront Homes, Big City Digs, Countryside Retreats, Curb Appeal, Homes with a History, Outdoor Escapes, and Waterside Homes. A special Global Homes gallery is also featured, spotlighting beautiful properties from outside of the U.S. All featured homes are represented by members of Leading Real Estate Companies of the World® and Luxury Portfolio International®.

Consumers can tour the 89 homes selected as finalists by viewing photo galleries on and can then cast a vote for their favorite properties. A winner will be chosen in each category based on the highest number of votes received, and an overall favorite will be awarded for the listing receiving the most votes.

“We are delighted to join forces with HGTV for the Ultimate House Hunt again this year to highlight some of the extraordinary homes our members represent around the world,” said Paul Boomsma, President/CEO of Leading Real Estate Companies of the World®. “HGTV’s audience shares our passion for beautiful homes, and I am confident they will find inspiration in the exceptional designs and breathtaking locations showcased this year.”

This year’s finalists include 89 homes represented by 35 real estate companies: @properties; Allen Tate Company; Ansley Atlanta Real Estate; Baird & Warner; Chase International; Dickens Mitchener; Dunes Real Estate; Ebby Halliday Realtors; Edina Realty; Florida Executive Realty; Greenwood King Properties; Halstead Real Estate; Harry Norman, REALTORS; Hawaii Life Real Estate Brokers; Hilton & Hyland; Houlihan Lawrence; Locations; Long & Foster® Real Estate, Inc.; Long Realty Company; McEnearney Associates, Inc.; Pinnacle Estate Properties; Premier Estate Properties, Inc.; PureWest Real Estate; ReeceNichols Real Estate; Richardson Properties; Sibcy Cline Realtors; Silver Creek Real Estate Group; Smith & Associates Real Estate; Strand Hill Properties; The Group, Inc.; Village Properties/ William Raveis Real Estate; Williams Trew; Willis Allen Real Estate; and Windermere Real Estate – Utah.

The winning homes will receive editorial exposure on, as well as the prestige of being selected as fan favorites.

Additional properties featured in the Global Homes gallery come from 13 different countries or territories around the world and are represented by Bahamas Realty Limited; Barfoot & Thompson; Chas Everitt International Property Group; Immobiliere Le Lion; INS Portugal – Fine Properties; Jawitz Properties Ltd.; Oikos Immobiliare; REmexico Real Estate; Sea Glass Properties; Select Caribbean Properties; Servmor Realty; Sunshine Properties; and Turks & Caicos Property.

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About Luxury Portfolio International® (LPI)

Luxury Portfolio International® ( is the luxury marketing division of Leading Real Estate Companies of the World®, the largest global network of premier locally branded firms dominated by many of the world’s most powerful, independent luxury brands. Luxury Portfolio attracts a global audience of visitors from over 200 countries/territories every month and markets approximately 50,000 luxury homes annually. Well Connected.™


About Leading Real Estate Companies of the World®

Chicago-based Leading Real Estate Companies of the World® ( is a global network of top independent real estate firms, with 550 companies and 135,000 sales associates in 70 countries. In 2019, network members participated in over 1.1 million global transactions. LeadingRE supports its members with powerful connections to other market leaders and access to innovative, performance-driven programs. Its online learning platform, LeadingRE Institute, was named to Training magazine’s Top 10 Hall of Fame. LeadingRE is also active in commercial real estate, with 200 firms in 15 countries specializing in the commercial arena.

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LeadingRE Selects Paradym for Solutions Group Program

– Company offers suite of automated and custom marketing tools –

CHICAGO June 8, 2020 – Leading Real Estate Companies of the World® has welcomed Paradym to its Solutions Group, a collection of preferred business resources curated for its network of 550 real estate firms. Paradym connects real estate agents and brokers virtually with clients through a suite of automated listing and social media marketing.

Paradym Marketing provides agents with automated tools to promote listings, including Virtual Open House tours, property websites, YouTube videos, social media campaigns, and print marketing. Reach Social provides agents with original content that is automatically shared to social media.

“Paradym’s focus on helping agents and brokers connect with clients virtually is especially timely,” said LeadingRE Vice President, Corporate Marketing Robin LaSure. “Their on-demand virtual tour experience and 3D model and zoom integration offer compelling solutions for home tours, and we look forward to sharing these tools with our members.”

“As a leader in real estate marketing for over 20 years, the team at Paradym is pleased to partner with LeadingRE. For many years Paradym has worked closely with LeadingRE brokerages and agents to provide industry-leading virtual tour marketing and social media solutions. The commitment within LeadingRE to provide agents access to the best tools and technology is a perfect complement to what Paradym has to offer,” said Chief Executive Officer Steve Jarrell.

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About Paradym

Paradym is an industry-leading provider of automated listing and marketing solutions for real estate professionals. For over 20 years, their technology and coaching have made it easy for real estate pros to create and share stories about properties, places, and people so they can win more listings and grow their online sphere. Learn more at

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LeadingRE looks to expand across EMEA

Hristo Bushev named LeadingRE Director of Business Development (EMEA)


Global real estate network, Leading Real Estate Companies of the World (LeadingRE), has announced it is expanding services in the EMEA region with the appointment of Hristo Bushev as Director of Business Development (EMEA). Hristo, who is based in Sofia, Bulgaria will be responsible for expanding LeadingRE’s network across Europe, the Middle East and Africa with a particular focus on eastern European countries.

In his most recent role, Hristo worked for AG Capital, the parent company of Unique Estates in Sofia, Bulgaria specialising in brand partnerships and research. His impressive employment history also includes jobs at The Ministry of Energy of Bulgaria and advertising giant Saatchi & Saatchi. Growing up in the family of a UN ambassador, Hristo has lived in the US, Mexico and India and is fluent in English and Spanish as well as his native Bulgarian tongue. His postgraduate degree took him to the world’s leading energy business school Energy Delta Institute in Groningen, Netherlands.

Chris Dietz, Executive Vice President of Global Operations at LeadingRE said: ‘‘We are delighted to welcome Hristo to the LeadingRE family. He brings over 15 years of professional real estate experience and a wealth of knowledge across sales, research and business brand-building to the role. EMEA is a very exciting market and I’m looking forward to working with Hristo as we look to expand our presence in these regions – particularly eastern Europe. His out-of-the-box thinking and ability to speak three languages will make him a great addition to the global team, especially during these difficult economic times.’’

Hristo Bushev commented: ‘‘I am thrilled to be joining LeadingRE, a business with an outstanding reputation across the international real estate industry. I am passionate about building global partnerships and cannot wait to bring my energy and enthusiasm to help LeadingRE expand in the EMEA region. I believe that, by actively exploring new business opportunities, markets and cultures, we can positively contribute to our corporate experience, personal development, and to society as a whole.’’

This announcement follows the appointment of Jojo Romarx Salas as Director for Global Research and Business Development (APAC) last year.

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The New Home Etiquette

By Chris Dietz, executive vice president global operations at LeadingRE

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The devastating COVID-19 outbreak has resulted in mandates requiring much of the work force to work remotely until the virus can be slowed, and this certainly applies to real estate professionals. The impact means the world of work has changed – for the short-term and perhaps forever – as countless offices and shops close their physical premises for weeks if not months. The good news is much of the tech that underpins remote working, such as the video-conferencing service Zoom and workplace apps such as Microsoft Teams and Slack, are reliable and relatively intuitive.

Even with the correct tools, there are many other challenges we face when we switch from an office to home working. Plenty of people fantasize about working from the comfort of their own home, foregoing their commute in favor of more sleep, family or exercise time. But working remotely is a double-edge sword. Whether it’s a pile of laundry that suddenly looks more appealing than your bosses’ to-do list, or a quick Netflix binge, staying productive at home can take a little extra effort. It can also quickly become lonely or isolating for those used to working with people in their career, like property professionals. Here are my top ten tips to successfully work from home during the coronavirus pandemic and beyond.

  • Keep motivated
    Loneliness, disconnect, and isolation are common issues, especially for jobs such as real estate agents which require working with people every day. If you are on a team, make sure to check in regularly just like you would in the office. Create to-do lists to keep yourself organized and share the status of your lists with your manager so they know you’re on top of your work. It’s a good idea to set up regular check-ins via phone or video conferencing like Skype, FaceTime, or Zoom. And remember to stay in touch with your sphere in meaningful ways. A chat with a client to see how they are doing not only strengthens that relationship, but also reminds them of your value.
  • Maintain regular hours
    Set a schedule, and stick to it. Having clear guidelines for when to work and when to call it a day helps maintain work-life balance. Working irregular shifts can be draining, and that applies to remote workers, too. That said, working remotely sometimes means extending your day or starting earlier to accommodate others.
  • Set ground rules
    Set ground rules with other people in your home on how you will share the work space. If you have children who come home from school while you’re still working or are attending “virtual” school classes, they need clear rules about what they can and cannot do. Additionally, just because you’re home and can attend to household responsibilities doesn’t mean other family members or housemates should assume you will always do it.
  • Schedule breaks
    Know your company’s policy on break times and take them. It’s important to give yourself adequate time during the day to walk to away from the computer screen and phone. A lunch hour and two 15-minute breaks is standard for most employees.
  • Be flexible and adaptable
    Many people will be working from home for the first time during the Covid-19 outbreak and may not realise all the equipment they need as soon as you start working from home. Some companies have a budget for home office equipment, but at a time when most businesses are controlling expenses it may be best to make do with what you have. Talk to colleagues or friends who are used to working from home to learn new ways to operate. For example, instead of scanning a document for signature, use a program like DocuSign. Take business calls from your computer or your cell phone. Adjust to working from your laptop screen instead of dual monitors.
  • Keep a dedicated workspace
    In an ideal world, remote employees would have not only have a dedicated office, but also two computers, one for work and one for personal use. It’s more secure for the employer, and it lets you physiologically separate your work and personal lives. But not everyone has a separate office in their home, and keeping two machines isn’t always realistic. Instead, dedicate a space in your home for work use only. This will help keep focus and also make it easier to switch off at the end of the day.
  • Resist the urge to multitask
    This may seem like a convenient time to catch up on chores around the house, but it’s easier than you’d expect to get distracted. Don’t let chores distract you from being productive. If you meal prep or pack snacks ahead of time for the office, do the same at home so you don’t get preoccupied in the kitchen. You probably don’t watch TV at work either, so try not to leave it on, even if it’s just background noise.
  • Let there be light (and some fresh air)
    Since experts advise to cease contact with others, you’re likely going to spend a lot of time indoors. Open your windows to let in as much natural daylight and fresh air as possible, and take short walks (maintaining social distancing)— and be sure to wash your hands as soon as you return home.
  • Get dressed
    It’s hard to get motivated if you’re still sporting pyjamas at your desk. Make it part of your routine to get up, shower and dress in clothes appropriate for your video conferences. You’ll feel motivated and more ready and able to work.
  • End your day with a routine
    Just as you should start your day with a routine, create a habit that signals the close of the workday. It might be a sign off on a business messaging apps, an evening dog walk, or a 6 p.m. yoga class. You might have a simple routine such as shutting down your computer and turning on a favorite podcast. Whatever you choose, do it consistently to mark the end of working hours.

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LeadingRE Welcomes Constellation1 to Solutions Group Program


– Real estate tech company offers full technology suite, individual modules, and data services. –

CHICAGO April 16, 2020 – Leading Real Estate Companies of the World®, a global network of more than 565 top real estate firms, has named Constellation1 to its Solutions Group, a collection of preferred  business resources. Constellation1 provides real estate technology services to brokerages and MLSs across North America. The Solutions Group relationship will incorporate Constellation1’s back office solutions, data services and relocation management software.

“As so many brokers are taking this time to evaluate systems and efficiencies, we are happy to present Constellation1’s solutions, which include flexible options like their robust back office accounting software, powerful real estate data services and web-based relocation software, Relocation Specialist,” said LeadingRE Vice President, Corporate Marketing Robin LaSure.

“We have a unique opportunity to partner with LeadingRE members who value investing in their future,” said Doug Fisher, Vice President of Sales at Constellation1. “Our ongoing commitment to research and development and our position in the industry as a stable, long-term partner demonstrates our investment in not only our future, but also that of our clients. Additionally, the power of our data services, our strength in normalizing data from more than 500 MLSs across the country, and the expertise of our team further enhances this partnership and represents a true win for all.”

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LeadingRE Names New Advisory Council Members

Kimberly Barkoff, LeadingRE Advisory Council Chairperson and Halstead Real Estate Executive Director, Global Services Division


– Halstead Real Estate’s Kimberly Barkoff elected chairperson of leadership group. –


CHICAGO – (April 10, 2020) – Leading Real Estate Companies of the World® has announced its new Advisory Council officers and members. The LeadingRE Advisory Council is a leadership group comprised of relocation and business development professionals who provide guidance on strategic initiatives for the global real estate community of 565 market-leading firms in over 70 countries.

The Advisory Council works closely with the LeadingRE management team on vital programs relating to relocation, business development and lead generation. Council members also mentor other affiliates and serve as ambassadors for the network’s expansive offerings. Members are elected by fellow council members to serve a three-year term and are chosen based on the merits of their professional expertise and reputation.

Kimberly Barkoff, Executive Director of Global Services Division for Halstead Real Estate (New York, N.Y.), has been elected to a one-year term as Advisory Council Chairperson. Barkoff, who previously served as the Advisory Council Vice Chairperson, has more than 18 years of industry experience in property investment and management, real estate and corporate relocation.

Tammy Young, Relocation Director for Sibcy Cline Realtors (Cincinnati, Ohio), has been elected Vice Chairperson. Young has 17 years of experience in relocation and has earned numerous industry designations including the Certified Relocation Professional (CRP®) designation. She is a member of Worldwide ERC® and Relocation Directors Council (RDC).

Joining the Advisory Council are Shannon Brown, Relocation Director, Fazendin Realtors (Wayzata, Minn.); Kathleen Hollerbach, Relocation Director, The Group Inc. Real Estate (Fort Collins, Colo.); and Barrett Matheny, VP Relocation Services, John L. Scott Real Estate (Bellevue, Wash.).

“We are so thankful to have such an accomplished group of industry leaders serving on our Advisory Council. By sharing their time and expertise, they help us deliver highly-effective, market-responsive programs that drive business opportunities for our members around the world,” said LeadingRE Executive Vice President, Member Services Kate Reisinger.

Also serving on the council are Immediate Past Chairperson Catharine Pappas, Dickens Mitchener, (Charlotte, N.C.); Michele Barnes, Parks Realty (Nashville, Tenn.); Judy Bissell, Watson Realty Corp., (Jacksonville, Fla.); Shane Bronson, Lamacchia Realty (Waltham, Mass.); Marie Lawrence, ARC Realty (Birmingham, Ala.); Ashley McEvers, Willis Allen Real Estate (La Jolla, Calif.); and Karen McRae, Harry Norman Realtors (Atlanta, Ga).

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Leading Real Estate Companies of the World Honors Top Performers

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CHICAGO – March 26, 2020 – Leading Real Estate Companies of the World® paid tribute to top-performing member firms and individuals at its recent conference in Las Vegas. Winners were recognized in a variety of areas, ranging from referral excellence to business leadership.

According to LeadingRE President/CEO Paul Boomsma, the opportunity to recognize the network’s members during these uncertain times is especially meaningful. “The world is certainly a different place than when we came together for our conference. Celebrating those who work so hard on behalf of the communities they serve, as well as for our global network, reminds us of the strength of our community.”

The Diamond Award, LeadingRE’s top company honor, went to one company in each size category based on superior engagement and performance in all of LeadingRE’s business programs. Receiving the Diamond Award were Allen Tate Company (Charlotte, NC); Realty Austin (Austin, TX); Kentwood Real Estate (Denver, CO); Dickens Mitchener (Charlotte, NC); WK Real Estate (Boulder, CO); Haring Realty Inc. (Mansfield, OH); and Vista Encantada REALTORS (Albuquerque, NM).

The prestigious Leadership Award, celebrating brokers whose leadership skills and achievements have drawn the attention and admiration of others, was presented Jonathan and Yvette Boatwright, co-owners of Realty Austin (Austin, TX). The Customer Experience of the Year Award went to Mary-Jean Gianquinto, Halstead Real Estate (New York, NY), and the Referral of the Year was presented to Julie Rice, Dennis Realty & Investments Corp. (Lutz, FL).

Among the top marketing awards were the Best Overall Website, presented to @properties (Chicago, IL), and the Most Innovative Brokerage Award was given to deasy penner podley (Pasadena, CA). Most Innovative Office Design was awarded to two firms: Greenwood King Properties (Houston, TX) and Realty Austin (Austin, TX).

The Crown of Excellence referral awards were given in seven company size categories: Allen Tate Company (Charlotte, NC); Realty Austin (Austin, TX); Beverly-Hanks & Associates (Asheville, NC); Dickens Mitchener (Charlotte, NC); Platinum Group, REALTORS (Colorado Springs, CO); Marx-Bensdorf Realtors (Memphis, TN); and Vista Encantada REALTORS (Albuquerque, NM).

Earning the Million Dollar Award for Highest Valued Outgoing Closings was Houlihan Lawrence Real Estate (Rye Brook, NY). The Global Alliance Club Award for Most Outgoing International Referral Closings was presented to Macdonald Realty Ltd. (Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada) and Reality Realty (San Juan, Puerto Rico). Awarded for having the Top 5 Most Closed Outgoing Closings, in order of units, were:  WEICHERT, REALTORS® (Morris Plains, NJ); Long & Foster Real Estate Inc. (Chantilly, VA); Howard Hanna Company (Pittsburgh, PA); Allen Tate Company (Charlotte, NC); and Houlihan Lawrence Real Estate (Rye Brook, NY).

The Top 5 Global Referral Award, recognizing members from outside the U.S. that sent the most outgoing referrals in 2019, was presented to: Ginesta Immobilien (Kusnacht, Switzerland); CIR REALTY (Calgary, Alberta, Canada); Dexter Realty (Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada); Macdonald Realty Ltd. (Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada); and Bosley Real Estate Ltd., Brokerage (Toronto, Ontario, Canada).

The firms recognized with the Pinnacle Award for having the most outgoing revenue-generating referrals were: Long & Foster Real Estate Inc. (Chantilly, VA); Lyon Real Estate (Sacramento, CA); Kentwood Real Estate (Denver, CO); Greenwood King Properties (Houston, TX); WK Real Estate (Boulder, CO); Marx-Bensdorf Realtors (Memphis, TN); CamTaylor Realtors (Columbus, OH); and Premier Living Properties (Saint Charles, IL).

Receiving the Chairman’s Service Award for their contributions and talent over many years were Carol Bulman, Jack Conway & Company (Norwell, MA); Frank Morrice, Servmor Realty (Panama City, Panama); and Diane Ramirez, Halstead Real Estate (New York, NY). Earning the President’s Service Award were Tonya Krebs, Shorewest, REALTORS® (Brookfield, WI); Marie Lawrence, ARC Realty (Birmingham, AL); Dima Lorenz, Ark Properties Shanghai (Shanghai, China); and Michael Mabutol, Pinnacle Real Estate Consulting Services (Makati City, Philippines).

“Just as these members and all of our other award winners shined in 2019, we are confident that even in these challenging times they will continue to lead with excellence as they serve their communities,” Boomsma said.

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Leading Real Estate Companies of the World Inducted to Training Magazine’s Elite Hall of Fame


– Distinction recognizes the organizations with the most successful learning and development programs in the world. –

CHICAGO – March 24, 2020 – Leading Real Estate Companies of the World® (LeadingRE) was inducted into the Training Top 10 Hall of Fame, joining only 16 other companies from a variety of industries named to the Hall of Fame since its inception in 2008. LeadingRE earned the distinction after ranking in the Training Top 125 for four consecutive years, including 1st in 2018, 2nd in 2019, 3rd in 2017 and 9th in 2016.

LeadingRE was formally inducted into the Top 10 Hall of Fame at this year’s Training Top 125 Gala, held February 24 during the Training 2020 Conference & Expo in Orlando, Fla. LeadingRE will remain in the Hall of Fame for a minimum of three years or longer by adhering to specific standards for training excellence. Representing LeadingRE at the event were Chief Learning Officer Mike Staver; Executive Vice President, Kate Reisinger; Executive Director of Institute Content Cecelia Chott; and Assistant Isabel Santoyo, who head the company’s learning initiatives along with other key staff members and Institute Deans Matthew Ferrara, Dan Elzer and Debbie Maier.

The award comes in recognition of LeadingRE’s world-class training and educational offerings, which are key drivers in the continued international growth, high performance, productivity, and profitability for the global network of 565 top independent real estate brokerages.

LeadingRE’s learning and development offerings include the robust “LeadingRE Institute,” an online learning portal/ learning management system (LMS) that hosts over 300 courses and numerous certifications. In addition, LeadingRE provides extensive live training and networking events, timely webinars, leadership development programs such as MAESTRO, CEO mastermind groups, and targeted offerings for multiple audiences within its member brokerages.

As a privately held company owned by visionary brokers, LeadingRE is nimble and responsive to the needs of its membership and has long prioritized learning and development resources. “Our structure allows us to develop programs on the most timely and relevant topics, and we are committed to delivering the most impactful information in digestible, easily accessible formats,” said LeadingRE Executive Vice President, Member Services Kate Reisinger. “At a time when remote learning is more important than ever, we are especially proud of our industry-leading Institute platform, which will keep our members fully engaged and highly skilled.”

Other Hall of Fame members include noteworthy companies such as Ernst & Young, PriceWaterhouseCoopers, IBM and Verizon. To see all Hall of Fame members, visit To see the winners of the 2020 Top 125, visit

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Greenwood King Properties Awarded Prestigious RELO Quality Certification

LeadingRE’s Sue Sparks (center) joins Greenwood King’s Sandy Benson, Dana McAlister, Renée Eads, and Lorraine Abercrombie to celebrate their RQC recognition.


CHICAGO 3/06/20 – Greenwood King Properties has been awarded the prestigious RELO® Quality Certification from Leading Real Estate Companies of the World® (LeadingRE), a global network of 565 market-leading real estate firms. The only program of its kind, the RELO® Quality Certification (RQC) quantifies and qualifies relocation service excellence. Modeled after the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award, it was created by LeadingRE to provide measurable standards for the pursuit of relocation excellence.

Greenwood King earned the certification following a rigorous application process, overseen by a committee of leading industry professionals. All aspects of the company’s relocation operations were evaluated, using specific criteria to evaluate performance, staffing, training and education, quality and scope of services for relocation clients, program marketing, customer satisfaction, technology resources, office facilities, and more.

“We are pleased to award the RELO® Quality Certification to Greenwood King based on their success in providing superior relocation services to individual families, as well as corporate clients. They join a prestigious group of companies that have earned this distinction, signifying proven leadership in the relocation industry,” said LeadingRE Executive Vice President, Member Services Kate Reisinger, CRP.

“Greenwood King Properties is privileged to have earned the Leading Real Estate Companies of the World® RELO® Quality Certification. We are proud to be an independent brokerage for the past 35 years in Houston and a member of LeadingRE. Proven dedication by agents and staff committed to providing a stellar customer experience are the building blocks of our company.  This achievement exemplifies Greenwood King Properties as a leader in the world of global relocation,” said Renée Eads, CRP, SGDS, GMS, GRP, Greenwood King’s Vice President of Global Services, Referrals & Relocation.

Founded in 1984, Greenwood King is one of Houston’s most resourceful, responsive and respected real estate firms. One of only a handful of privately-owned firms in Houston, the company is a leader in the city’s high-end market with yearly sales exceeding $1.2 billion. With three offices in the Houston area, Greenwood King is one of the first “boutique” firms to open the city’s only full-service real estate resource center, The Lobby. The Lobby’s primary mission is to meet the homeowner needs of Houston city residents. To learn more, visit For more information about Greenwood King’s relocation services, contact Renée Eads: or 713-914-8720

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LeadingRE Announces Two Hires as it Expands in Asia Pacific Region

José Romarx, LeadingRE Director for Global Research and Business Development (APAC) and Denise Julienne Diano, LeadingRE Manager for Global Member Services (APAC)


Leading Real Estate Companies of the World® (LeadingRE), the global community of 565 real estate companies, has announced two experienced new hires as it continues its expansion in the APAC region.

José “Jojo” Romarx Salas has joined the LeadingRE global team as Director, Global Research and Business Development (APAC), where he will be responsible for spearheading the expansion of the business into new countries in the APAC region. He brings over 20 years of commercial real estate experience to the role and will be involved in the firms’ expanded commercial initiatives. He will also deliver market research and reports and represent the LeadingRE at global industry events.

Jojo is one of less than 300 Licensed Real Estate Consultants in the Philippines and has previous experience working as Director of China Fortune Land Development (CFLD), where he oversaw product development. Other roles included working as Director for Research at Pinnacle Real Estate Consulting Services in the Philippines, where he ran the consulting side of the business for over four years. Previously, Jojo worked at CGAM (SPV-AMC) Inc., where he managed a significant property portfolio.

Chris Dietz, Executive VP, Global Operations at LeadingRE, commented: ‘‘Jojo has an impressive background in commercial property, and part of his role will be to advise on our commercial real estate initiatives, which we plan to expand next year. Jojo holds important roles at key associations across Asia, and his experience in coaching leadership teams, training brokers and speaking at various international industry events will be hugely beneficial to our community.’’

Also joining LeadingRE is Denise “Jules” Julienne Diano, who will serve as Manager, Global Member Services (APAC). Jules will be responsible for providing day-to-day support to the LeadingRE members in Southeast Asia, India, China and Japan. She has already spent time supporting members at the LeadingRE Global Symposium in Athens earlier this year. Both Jules and Jojo will be based out of Manila, Philippines. They join Parikshat Chawla, who recently moved into a new role as Director Global Project Marketing, overseeing LeadingRE’s International Project Marketing Program. Together, they create a powerful team ready to serve members and clients in this dynamic growth market.

Chris Dietz added: ‘‘The experience of both Jojo and Jules will give our company a real boost in the APAC region as we continue our strategic global expansion. By recruiting knowledgeable and skilled professionals in key locations, we bring our members enhanced global connections, as well as international events and our core development training programs. We are thrilled to have them join our team.’’


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