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AZ Business Magazine May/June 2013

AZ Business Magazine May/June 2013

Good economic news abounds

Michael GossieThis is one of those issues of Az Business magazine that
was really fun to put together because it’s brimming with positive economic news.

We learn in the residential real estate outlook — that runs in conjunction with the announcement of the winners of the Arizona Real Estate Achievement (AREA) Awards — that we can expect Phoenix-area home prices to keep soaring in 2013.

“The residential market continues to improve,” said Elliot Pollack, CEO of Elliott D. Pollack & Company, a real estate and economic consulting firm. “The excess supply is dwindling. While population flows are still way below normal, demand is increasing. The result — higher resale and new home prices — helps the economy because fewer homeowners are under water and people feel better off (the wealth effect). These positive trends should continue over the next year and beyond.”

In our Arizona Small Business Association supplement, we learn that big banks are approving small business loans at the highest rate in more than two years. “With an improving economy, Wells Fargo is … providing more dollars to help small businesses stay competitive today and for the long term,” said Jennifer Anderson, business banking manager for Wells Fargo Arizona.

Now that’s a pretty good sign about our economic recovery.
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Michael Gossie, Managing Editor

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AREA Awards 2013 Winners and Finalists

The Arizona Real Estate Achievement (AREA) Awards — selected by a panel of industry experts — honor the state’s best and brightest real estate companies, real estate agents, real estate brokers, mortgage companies, bankers, home builders, individuals who give back to the community, and those in the real estate business whose careers have left an indelible mark on the community and on the industry.

Here is a look at the winners and the finalists for the 2013 AREA Awards, who were honored at a reception at the Ritz Carlton on  May 9, 2013.

Congratulations to the 2013 AREA Award winners and finalists:

RESIDENTIAL REAL ESTATE AGENT

Brian Bair
Liberty Properties & Associates, Gilbert

In 2008, Bair capitalized on the market downturn with Bridgeport Financial Services, which focused on the acquisition, renovation and resale of REO and distressed properties. In 2012, Bair singlehandedly acquired more than half Arizona’s retail inventory for one of the world’s largest hedge funds. He closed 630 sales in 2012 for a total of almost $75 million.

FINALISTS

  • JoAnn Callaway, Those Callaways, Scottsdale
  • Allen Willis, Deseret Fine Homes, Mesa

REAL ESTATE COMPANY (SMALL)

Heidi Quigley, designated broker
United Brokers Group, Chandler

Quigley, named Entrepreneur of the Year by the Women’s Council of Realtors, launched United Brokers Group in 2009, when the Recession’s impact on the housing market was at its greatest and quickly became profitable. In 2012, Quigley helped lead United Brokers Group to more than 1,000 transactions with more than $222 million in sales.

FINALISTS

  • Donna Doglione, Kiva Fine Properties
  • Kuldip Verma, Vermaland, Phoenix

REAL ESTATE COMPANY (LARGE)

Matt Widdows
HomeSmart International, Phoenix

Founded by Widdows in 2000, HomeSmart International is the fastest growing real estate brokerage firm in Arizona with a network of more than 7,500 agents in more than 37 offices. Phoenix-based HomeSmart is ranked as one of the largest brokerages in the United States with more than 7,500 agents nationwide.

FINALISTS

  • Dan Gonen, RE/MAX Excalibur Realty, Scottsdale
  • Realty One Group

BROKERAGE OF THE YEAR

RE/MAX Fine Properties, Scottsdale

Since RE/MAX Fine Properties was founded in 1997, this single-office is the highest volume office in the Valley. In 2012, the office closed 1,445 transactions for more than $474 million. On top of its statistical success, the office optimizes the agent-first mentality with exceptional customer service, agent training, business planning and an accessible designated broker and dedicated staff.

FINALISTS

  • West USA Realty, Scottsdale
  • HomeSmart International, Phoenix

MORTGAGE COMPANY OF THE YEAR (ARIZONA-BASED)

Academy Mortgage

Academy has the advantage of being a direct lender — all loan processing, underwriting, closings, and funding are handled locally. As a result, loans close in a matter of days rather than months. In 2012, Academy helped make the dreams of 3,212 homeowners come true, lending a total of almost $600 million.

FINALISTS

  • Nova Home Loans
  • Peoples Mortgage Company

HOMEBUILDER OF THE YEAR

Meritage Homes

An innovator in production homebuilding with more than 4,000 home sale closings in 2012, Meritage was recognized for its continued leadership in protecting the environment. Meritage received the EPA’s 2012 Energy Star Leadership in Housing Award and is also the only large national homebuilder to earn the EPA’s Energy Star seal of approval on every home it has built since 2009.

FINALISTS

  • Rosewood Homes
  • Fulton Homes

ENVIRONMENTAL RESPONSIBILITY

PulteGroup

PulteGroup has been building in Arizona for more than 55 years and has been a leader in building energy efficient homes and environmentally sensitive communities – with features such as solar and third party energy certification, to rainwater harvesting and meaningful natural open spaces.

FINALISTS

  • Kitchell Custom Homes
  • Nathan Day, Sterling at Silverleaf

COMMUNITY IMPACT

Kiran Vedantam
Kiran and Associates Realty, Chandler

Vedantam pursues his goal of bringing compassionate and personable hospice care to his community by volunteering his time and resources to Sacred Heart Hospice. Vedantam’s contributions help Sacred Heart provide physical, emotional and spiritual services to patients and their family members.

PHILANTHROPIST OF THE YEAR

Kuldip Verma
Vermaland, Phoenix

In 2012, Verma made charitable donations of $1.2 million through the Verma Charitable Foundation. The gift will be used to establish scholarships for underprivileged students and to build a religious retreat center in the Phoenix metro-area.

LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD

Ira A. Fulton

Fulton is the founder Tempe-based Fulton Homes, but his biggest impact on the world may have come through his philanthropy. BusinessWeek magazine has listed Fulton among its 50 Most Generous Philanthropists. According to BusinessWeek, Fulton and his wife have given away a staggering $265 million, approximately 60 percent of their net worth.


Photos by Cory Bergquist


AZ Business Magazine May/June 2013

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AREA Awards 2012 Winners, Finalists & Photos

A night full of networking, laughs and recognition, the first annual Arizona Real Estate Achievement, AREA Awards ceremony was held on May 3, 2012 at the Ritz-Carlton in Phoenix.

The Arizona Real Estate Achievement (AREA) Awards are selected by a panel of industry experts and honor the state’s best and brightest real estate companies, real estate agents, real estate brokers, mortgage companies, bankers, home builders, individuals who give back to the community, and those in the real estate business whose careers have left an indelible mark on the community and on the industry.

Comedian Travis Thurman made a special appearance at this year’s AREA Awards as our opening introduction. And the keynote speaker, Paul Blue, Chief of Staff for the Office of the Mayor informed the attendees of the importance of the real estate industry, neighborhood safety, education and much more.

Congratulations to all of the finalists, honorable mentions and winners!


View photos from the event on our Facebook:

AREA 2012 Snapshots

Photos: Cory Bergquist

Congratulations to all of our winners:

RESIDENTIAL REAL ESTATE AGENT OF THE YEAR

Winner: Russell Shaw, Realty One Group
Honorable Mention:
Curtis Johnson, Curtis Johnson Realty

REAL ESTATE BROKER OF THE YEAR

Winner: Deems Dickenson, Russ Lyon Sotheby’s International
Honorable Mention:
Dale Hillard, West USA Realty

REAL ESTATE COMPANY OF THE YEAR—SMALL

Winner: TEAM Investments
Honorable Mention:
Kirans & Associates

REAL ESTATE COMPANY OF THE YEAR—LARGE

Winner: Keller Williams Legacy One Realty
Honorable Mention:
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage

MORTGAGE BANKER OF THE YEAR

Winner: Bill Rogers, Homeowners Financial Group
Honorable Mention:
NOVA

MORTGAGE COMPANY OF THE YEAR

Winner: AmeriFirst Financial
Honorable Mention:
CNN Mortgage

LAW FIRM OF THE YEAR

Winner: Tiffany & Bosco
Honorable Mention:
Nussbaum Gillis & Dinner

HOME BUILDER OF THE YEAR

Winner: Lennar

CUSTOM HOME BUILDER OF THE YEAR

Winner: Cullum Homes

PHILANTHROPIC CONTRIBUTOR OF THE YEAR

Winner: Erica Curtin, HomeSmart Realty
Honorable Mention: Kent Rini, CrimeBusters AZ

LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD

Winner: Walt Danley, Walt Danley Realty

COMPANY LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD

Winner: Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage


Finalists:

  • Erica Curtin, HomeSmart Realty
  • Walt Danley, Walt Danley Realty
  • Don Dickinson, Russ Lyon Sotheby’s International Realty
  • Dale Hillard, West USA Realty
  • Curtis Johnson, Curtis Johnson Realty
  • Tanya Marchiol, TEAM Investments
  • Kent Rini, Crimebusters of AZ
  • Russell Shaw, Realty ONE Group
  • Kiran Vedantam, Kirans & Associates
  • Keller Williams Legacy One Realty
  • AmeriFirst Financial Inc.
  • Coldwell Banker
  • CNN Mortgage
  • Cullum Homes
  • Homeowners Financial Group
  • Lennar Arizona, Inc.
  • NOVA Home Loans
  • Nussbaum Gillis & Dinner, P.Cc
  • Tiffany & Bosco

Presenting Sponsor:

Great American Title Agency

 

Event Partner:

Phoenix Association of Realtors WEMAR

AREA Awards

AREA Awards 2012: Real Estate Company Of The Year, Small

The Arizona Real Estate Achievement (AREA) Awards — selected by a panel of industry experts — honor the state’s best and brightest real estate companies, real estate agents, real estate brokers, mortgage companies, bankers, home builders, individuals who give back to the community, and those in the real estate business whose careers have left an indelible mark on the community and on the industry.

AREA AWARDS: REAL ESTATE COMPANY OF THE YEAR — SMALL

Winner: TEAM Investments

AREA Awards: Tanya MarchiolAs founder and President of TEAM Investments, Tanya Marchiol has built an empire on coaching others how to make money and prosper. Marchiol teaches professional athletes, entrepreneurs, investors and individuals how to not only maintain their current financial status but also create generational wealth. Her business acumen, sharp strategies, personalized approach, and attention to detail have earned her a reputation for excellence. A sought after expert and motivational speaker, Marchiol’s repertoire includes experience as a host and special correspondent for Sirius Satellite Radio, NFL Networks, Fox News, CNN, FOX Business News, and most recently a recurring personality on HGTV.


Honorable Mention: Kirans & Associates

AREA Awards: Kiran VedantamKiran Vedantam, a first-generation immigrant from India, came to Arizona in 1988 to pursue his Master’s degree at ASU. After working for eight years as a software engineer at Intel, he followed his dream of becoming an entrepreneur. He used his engineering background to develop a dynamic loan modification software that has the intelligence of a professional loan modifier. He started his own real estate company in 2010, and in 2011 — just his second year in business — he ranked No. 4 in Maricopa County for the most short sale closings.


Arizona Business Magazine May/June 2012

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AREA Awards 2012: Residential Real Estate Agent Of The Year

The Arizona Real Estate Achievement (AREA) Awards — selected by a panel of industry experts — honor the state’s best and brightest real estate companies, real estate agents, real estate brokers, mortgage companies, bankers, home builders, individuals who give back to the community, and those in the real estate business whose careers have left an indelible mark on the community and on the industry.

AREA AWARDS: RESIDENTIAL REAL ESTATE AGENT OF THE YEAR

Winner: Russell Shaw, Realty One Group

AREA Awards: Russell ShawHe’s most recognizable for his television commercials in which he proclaims: “I’m not bragging. I’m applying for a job. I want to be your Realtor. And if you’re not happy, fire me!” Russell Shaw, a native of Phoenix, backs up those words as he has been selling real estate since 1978. As Associate Broker of the 16-member Russell Shaw Group in Phoenix, Shaw is a GRI, a CRS, past President of the Arizona Certified Residential Specialists and a Lifetime Member of the President’s Roundtable. In 2011, Realty One Group had 331 sales totaling $48.886 million and collected $629,418 in fees. “Many agents think their most important job is satisfying the customer,” he says. “I don’t think that’s true. I believe that satisfying the customer is simply the minimum requirement for staying in business … Our objectives are to get you the most money in the least time, and with the fewest hassles.”


Honorable Mention: Curtis Johnson, Curtis Johnson Realty

AREA Awards: Curtis JohnsonConstantly analyzing current market conditions and trends, Curtis Johnson likes to stay one step ahead of his competitors. Combined with his extensive knowledge of the local real estate market and his proprietary “89 Step System” he and his team use to market their clients’ homes, Johnson and his team were ranked No. 57 of 1.2 million realtors by the Wall Street Journal for their production in 2008, selling 300 homes. One of the most in-demand real estate brokers in the state, Johnson provides “proven, practical, and usable marketing strategies” for his clients. A designated broker, Johnson holds advanced professional designations including GRI, ABR and CRS.


Arizona Business Magazine May/June 2012

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AREA Awards 2012: Mortgage Company Of The Year

The Arizona Real Estate Achievement (AREA) Awards — selected by a panel of industry experts — honor the state’s best and brightest real estate companies, real estate agents, real estate brokers, mortgage companies, bankers, home builders, individuals who give back to the community, and those in the real estate business whose careers have left an indelible mark on the community and on the industry.

AREA AWARDS: MORTGAGE COMPANY OF THE YEAR

Winner: AmeriFirst Financial

AREA Awards: AmeriFirst FinancialAmeriFirst Financial is a mortgage bank licensed in Arizona, California and Washington that has thrived over the last five years in spite of the downturn in the economy and in the real estate industry. AmeriFirst Financial offers its customers the best mortgage tools available to match them with the best loan programs and most current rates available, together with the assistance of an experienced live loan officer to guide them through the often difficult and confusing process of choosing and getting the exact loan to meet their specific needs. AmeriFirst Financial has also received an A+ rating from the Better Business Bureau.


Honorable Mention: CNN Mortgage

Founded in 1997, CNN Mortgage is an Arizona-based company that has built a strong reputation as an outstanding mortgage firm, serving the lending needs of real estate professionals, builders and individual home buyers throughout the Southwest. CNN is a full-service mortgage company with an experienced staff that offers expertise in every area of mortgage lending — from purchase to refinance to new-builder lending. As a company, CNN provides regular market and industry updates to help homeowners — and future homeowners — better understand their options. CNN currently employs 93 people in Arizona — including loan officers in Prescott and the White Mountains.


Arizona Business Magazine May/June 2012

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AREA Awards 2012: Custom Home Builder Of The Year

The Arizona Real Estate Achievement (AREA) Awards — selected by a panel of industry experts — honor the state’s best and brightest real estate companies, real estate agents, real estate brokers, mortgage companies, bankers, home builders, individuals who give back to the community, and those in the real estate business whose careers have left an indelible mark on the community and on the industry.

AREA AWARDS: CUSTOM HOME BUILDER OF THE YEAR

Winner: Cullum Homes

AREA Awards: Cullum HomesCullum Homes, now in its 26th year, is a full-service design/build/remodel company that designs and builds custom and semi-custom homes, primarily in northeast Phoenix, Scottsdale and Paradise Valley. In its history, Cullum has built home ranging from $125,000 to more than $10 million. In the depths of the recession, Cullum refocused its organization to cater to clients who were looking for energy-efficient, easier-to-maintain homes. The result has been the company’s most significant project: The Village at Paradise Reserve. After models opened in March 2011, four homes in The Village closed escrow. The total value of the four homes sold was $9,244,696 — an average price of $2,306,174.

Arizona Business Magazine May/June 2012

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AREA Awards 2012: Home Builder Of The Year

The Arizona Real Estate Achievement (AREA) Awards — selected by a panel of industry experts — honor the state’s best and brightest real estate companies, real estate agents, real estate brokers, mortgage companies, bankers, home builders, individuals who give back to the community, and those in the real estate business whose careers have left an indelible mark on the community and on the industry.

AREA AWARDS: HOME BUILDER OF THE YEAR

Winner: Lennar

AREA Awards: LennarLennar has been developing master planned communities in Arizona for nearly 40 years. Since 2000, Alan M. Jones has been at the helm of Lennar in Arizona. In 2011, Jones and Lennar shook things up with a new, multi-generational home concept “Next Gen — The home within a home.”  Next Gen was developed to meet the needs of ever-evolving, multi-generational family dynamics. Whether it is an elderly parent living with their grown child’s family, a young adult “boomeranging” back to live in mom and dad’s house, or the in-laws from out-of-town visiting for extended periods of time during the winter months in the Valley of the Sun, Lennar’s Next Gen floor plans are designed to accommodate the trend that has seen more than 51 million Americans living in multigenerational households.

Arizona Business Magazine May/June 2012

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AREA Awards 2012: Company Lifetime Achievement Award

The Arizona Real Estate Achievement (AREA) Awards — selected by a panel of industry experts — honor the state’s best and brightest real estate companies, real estate agents, real estate brokers, mortgage companies, bankers, home builders, individuals who give back to the community, and those in the real estate business whose careers have left an indelible mark on the community and on the industry.

AREA AWARDS: COMPANY LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD

Winner: Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage

AREA Awards: Coldwell Banker Residential BrokerageProud to be named Arizona’s No. 1 Real Estate Company again by “Ranking Arizona,” Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage is Arizona’s largest full service real estate firm with offices throughout the state. As part of a 105-year-old company, its roots run deep in helping solidify the dreams of homeowners across the state and throughout our great country. Owned and operated by NRT, Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage Arizona is part of the largest real estate company by volume of transactions in the world. The firm handles homes, condominiums, and land sales as well as providing property management and relocation services. Also, its luxury market expertise is second to none with sales associates and offices in 50 countries and territories throughout the world. Coldwell Banker is supported locally by President and COO Malcolm MacEwen; Regional Vice President Les Boomer; Regional Vice President, Tucson, Greg Hollman; Designated Broker Martha Appel; and an experienced team of branch managers, and sales associates. With Coldwell Banker behind them, clients have always been able to rest assured that they are represented by a professional team of top notch experts.

Arizona Business Magazine May/June 2012

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AREA Awards 2012: Real Estate Company Of The Year, Large

The Arizona Real Estate Achievement (AREA) Awards — selected by a panel of industry experts — honor the state’s best and brightest real estate companies, real estate agents, real estate brokers, mortgage companies, bankers, home builders, individuals who give back to the community, and those in the real estate business whose careers have left an indelible mark on the community and on the industry.

AREA AWARDS: REAL ESTATE COMPANY OF THE YEAR, LARGE

Winner: Keller Williams Legacy One Realty

AREA Awards: Keller Williams Legacy One RealtyMelissa Debnar is a realtor at Keller Williams Reality Legacy One and co-owner of AE3Q, an energy auditing company. Her experience extends to more than 11 years in environmental building science. Her professional certifications include CIEC, AHERA, and BPI. She is also a member of IAQA, ASBA, and Efficiency First. In addition, Debnar is a committee member for Keller Williams and SEVRAR Education Committees.


Honorable Mention: Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage

AREA Awards: Coldwell Banker Residential BrokerageProud to be named Arizona’s No. 1 Real Estate Company again by “Ranking Arizona,” Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage is Arizona’s largest full service real estate firm with offices throughout the state. As part of a 105-year-old company, its roots run deep in helping solidify the dreams of homeowners across the state and throughout our great country. Owned and operated by NRT, Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage Arizona is part of the largest real estate company by volume of transactions in the world. The firm handles homes, condominiums, and land sales as well as providing property management and relocation services. Also, its luxury market expertise is second to none with sales associates and offices in 50 countries and territories throughout the world. Coldwell Banker is supported locally by President and COO Malcolm MacEwen; Regional Vice President Les Boomer; Regional Vice President, Tucson, Greg Hollman; Designated Broker Martha Appel; and an experienced team of branch managers, and sales associates. With Coldwell Banker behind them, clients have always been able to rest assured that they are represented by a professional team of top notch experts.


Arizona Business Magazine May/June 2012

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AREA Awards 2012: Philanthropic Contributor Of The Year

The Arizona Real Estate Achievement (AREA) Awards — selected by a panel of industry experts — honor the state’s best and brightest real estate companies, real estate agents, real estate brokers, mortgage companies, bankers, home builders, individuals who give back to the community, and those in the real estate business whose careers have left an indelible mark on the community and on the industry.

AREA AWARDS: PHILANTHROPIC CONTRIBUTOR OF THE YEAR

Winner: Erica Curtin, HomeSmart Realty

AREA Awards: Erica Curtin, HomeSmart RealtyCurtin displays a deep sense of civic responsibility toward the community. She is a founding board member for the Enriching Spaces Foundation, which is dedicated to supporting educators through grants and fund-raising events. Curtin rallied support for the foundation from Walmart, Compass Bank, Office Max, Sprouts, Great American Title, and other businesses. Among the fund-raising events Curtin has helped organize are “No More Broken Pencils,” a back-to-school supply drive; “Warm Wishes,” a clothing drive that support Children’s First Academy Charter School for homeless students; “No Forgotten Child,” which raises funds to help the children of drug-addicted parents; “Raise the Curtain,” which raises money for the arts in schools; and “Metro Green Movement,” an environmental awareness club at Metropolitan Arts Institute.


Honorable Mention: Kent Rini, CrimeBusters AZ

Kent Rini graduated Summa Cum Laude in communication from Arizona State University and recently earned his Doctor of Divinity from Logos World University.  He is an entrepreneur and owner of CrimeBusters security services, a board member of Silent Witness and the Arizona Alarm Association.  Kent is an inspirational speaker that is deeply involved in several community causes and non-profit organizations’ fund raising efforts.  He is an advocate in supporting and stimulating our local economy. Rini is committed to improving opportunities for safety within our communities. For the last 15 years, he has conducted block watches meetings and safety seminars free of charge to improve safety in our neighborhoods. Rini has also volunteered for Habitat for Humanity and the Arizona Coalition for the Aging.


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AREA Awards 2012: Mortgage Banker Of The Year

The Arizona Real Estate Achievement (AREA) Awards — selected by a panel of industry experts — honor the state’s best and brightest real estate companies, real estate agents, real estate brokers, mortgage companies, bankers, home builders, individuals who give back to the community, and those in the real estate business whose careers have left an indelible mark on the community and on the industry.

AREA AWARDS: MORTGAGE BANKER OF THE YEAR

Winner: Bill Rogers, Homeowners Financial Group

AREA Awards: Bill RogersHomeowners Financial Group is led by President and CEO Bill Rogers. On a collaborative leadership level, HFG created a program to help with the current housing and economic crisis for Valley employers called the Homeowners Benefits Program (HBP). It was apparent that Valley employees were and still are struggling with issues such as credit repair, foreclosure prevention and debt management, along with traditional home financing. The HBP provides Arizona companies a web-based solution with the education, tools and resources to help employees with their real estate and financial needs. Rogers and COO Bob Kennedy have also lobbied as part of the Mortgage Bankers Association, pushing to implement new laws to help stabilize housing in Arizona.


Honorable Mention: NOVA

Personal commitment to professional excellence and a strong desire to help others is the common thread among the loan officers at NOVA. Loan officers pride themselves on the relationships they forge with clients and their families. NOVA has served its customers since 1980 and are able to originate loans in 19 states. In 2001, the company merged its flexibility as a mortgage broker with the efficient service of a mortgage bank to create a better way of lending. Efficiency and teamwork are the keys to the company’s accelerated loan delivery. Loan applications are handled in-house from start to finish — eliminating the need to ship applications around the country for underwriting, approval and document preparation.


Arizona Business Magazine May/June 2012

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AREA Awards 2012: Law Firm Of The Year

The Arizona Real Estate Achievement (AREA) Awards — selected by a panel of industry experts — honor the state’s best and brightest real estate companies, real estate agents, real estate brokers, mortgage companies, bankers, home builders, individuals who give back to the community, and those in the real estate business whose careers have left an indelible mark on the community and on the industry.

AREA AWARDS: LAW FIRM OF THE YEAR

Winner: Tiffany & Bosco

AREA Awards: Tiffany & BoscoSince 1967, Tiffany & Bosco has served its real estate and banking clients with experienced, innovative service. The firm’s real estate services involve the purchase, sale, financing, planning, zoning, development, construction, management, and leasing of land, subdivisions, and improved real property. The firm’s real estate clients include investors, lenders, developers, builders, contractors, property managers, and those providing services to them, including brokers, appraisers, engineers, planners, architects, and title companies. Projects include apartment, hotel, office, retail, commercial and residential condominiums, industrial, residential, and telecommunication properties.


Honorable Mention: Nussbaum Gillis & Dinner

Although the firm was only founded in 2008, the partners of Nussbaum Gillis & Dinner are well-seasoned and well-respected in the law community, having been peer review rated AV-Preeminent by Martindale-Hubbell. The firm has assisted more than 1,000 client in real estate-related matters, including short sales, foreclosure defense, modifications, and bankruptcy. Through lectures, seminars, and published articles, Nussbaum Gillis & Dinner attorneys have provided educational and practical information for Realtors and the public.


Arizona Business Magazine May/June 2012

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AREA Awards 2012: Lifetime Achievement Award

The Arizona Real Estate Achievement (AREA) Awards — selected by a panel of industry experts — honor the state’s best and brightest real estate companies, real estate agents, real estate brokers, mortgage companies, bankers, home builders, individuals who give back to the community, and those in the real estate business whose careers have left an indelible mark on the community and on the industry.

AREA AWARDS: LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD

Winner: Walt Danley, Walt Danley Realty

AREA Awards: Walt Danley, Walt Danley RealtyWalt Danley began his career in real estate in 1977 and has single-handedly grown his business into a multi-million dollar luxury boutique firm in Scottsdale. In 2006, Danley was named one of the “35 Most Influential in Luxury Real Estate” by Unique Homes Magazine, a list that included Donald Trump and Chairman of the Federal Reserve, Ben Bernanke. That same year, Danley sold more real estate than any other agent in the state of Arizona.

In 2011, The Walt Danley Group — previously affiliated with Coldwell Banker and Realty Executives — established its own brokerage firm and renamed itself Walt Danley Realty. This independence allowed Walt Danley Realty to become an exclusive affiliate with Christie’s International Real Estate, a move that has given Danley’s team of agents unprecedented exposure on a global level. The firm continues to earn some of real estate’s most coveted awards and consistently completes the highest dollar amount of transactions compared with other Phoenix-area realtors.

Walt Danley Realty is considered an industry leader among real estate professionals due to Danley’s longevity and inspired success for more than 30 years in the residential real estate industry. Specializing in finding talented agents with varied backgrounds, Walt Danley Realty has helped former CEOs, businessmen and businesswomen find their passion in the real estate industry by mentoring them. The agents are each involved in professional and charitable organizations where they serve as panel members, board members, event organizers and volunteers. As a leader in the industry, Walt Danley Realty is a go-to source among media members, both on the regional and national level, who want the highest level of knowledge and insight into the local market.

Arizona Business Magazine May/June 2012