Launch Of Santa Barbara Chapter
San Francisco, CA (11/11/10) – Top Agent Network (TAN), the private online business community for local top real estate agents, announced today that it is launching a chapter in Santa Barbara, California. Supporting the launch are several leading Santa Barbara area real estate agents acting as Charter Members.
Membership in Top Agent Network will allow top-ranked real estate agents in Santa Barbara to share exclusive, non-MLS real estate information via the network’s sophisticated online communications platform. TAN’s continually circulating information about private listings, motivated buyers and local resources gives member agents and their clients an unprecedented competitive advantage in their local markets.
“Sharing non-MLS real estate information with one another is something that top agents have been doing forever,” says Top Agent Network Founder and CEO David Faudman. “Unfortunately, this sharing was very haphazard and inefficient. That’s why I created Top Agent Network. As soon as an agent becomes a member, they start making connections that lead to home sales and to happier clients.”
Private sales account for 10-15% of all real estate transactions in each local market. Furthermore, the top 10% of agents typically account for more than 60% of the total real estate transactions and service provider referrals locally (source: MLS).
Local Charter Members
The launch of Top Agent Network’s Santa Barbara chapter is being supported by a group of visionary, top-producing agents serving as local Charter Members. Charter Members consult with TAN staff prior to launch on issues specific to each local market and make formative connections possible as the market is being seeded. In exchange, Charter Members receive bonus promotional benefits.
Charter Members of TAN’s Santa Barbara Chapter are:
· Gail Shannon (Village Properties)
· Gary Goldberg (Coastal Properties)
· Linda Lorenzen-Hughes (Coldwell Banker)
· Michael Calcagno (Sotheby’s International Realty)
· Randy Glick (Prudential California Realty)
· Steve Epstein (Coldwell Banker)
Membership in Top Agent Network is restricted to the top 10% of agents in Santa Barbara based on past two-year MLS sales. Members are promoted publicly via TAN-sponsored marketing designed to drive homebuyers and sellers to TAN member agents.
The Santa Barbara chapter introduction comes on the heels of TAN’s highly successful launches in Marin, San Francisco, San Mateo, Sonoma-Napa, Monterey and Contra Costa (South) Counties.
How Santa Barbara Home Buyers and Sellers can benefit from TAN
Local home buyers and sellers represented by member agents of Top Agent Network appreciate that their agent is “dialed in” with special access to information not available to the general public. Access to non-MLS information can result in faster sales at more advantageous prices, and showings that are less invasive for the seller, fast-tracked for the buyer. The exclusive information shared by TAN agents also makes clients feel more confident in their home buying and selling decisions. Top Agent Network information is not available to home buyers and sellers directly.
Finding a Top Agent Network Member Agent
Buyers and sellers of homes in the Santa Barbara area can find a listing of local TAN member agents on the TAN website. Buyers and sellers may want to check for updated rosters as the launch proceeds and membership expands.
Becoming a TAN member agent
Real estate agents in the Santa Barbara region interested in becoming members of Top Agent Network may contact Membership Director Suzanne Crawford at 415-692-7877 or email membershiptopagentnetworkcom. Top Agent Network performs sales-based qualification verifications and admits all candidates meeting TAN’s Membership Criteria.
About Top Agent Network, Inc. and Founder/CEO David Faudman
Top Agent Network was founded by CEO David Faudman, for the past twenty years a top-producing realtor himself in Marin County, California. Mr. Faudman started Top Agent Network in 1995 as a private email list for Marin County’s premier agents. The company re-launched TAN as private online application in June 2009.
In addition to founding Top Agent Network in 1995, Mr. Faudman founded CleanOffer.com in 2002. CleanOffer, also an online platform, allows home buyers and sellers to have access to the same MLS data as their agent. Prior to his entrepreneurial pursuits, Mr. Faudman worked as a senior management consultant for Boston-based Bain & Company.
Mr. Faudman has an MBA from Stanford University and a BS in Engineering from Tufts University. He lives in Larkspur, California.
Currently TAN offers its private web-based services to member agents in the Marin, San Francisco, San Mateo, Sonoma-Napa, Monterey, Contra Costa South and, now, Santa Barbara markets. Top Agent Network plans to expand its presence to markets across the United States in 2011 and 2012.