Launch of Sonoma-Napa Chapter
San Francisco, CA (5/4/10) – Top Agent Network (TAN), the private online business community for local top real estate agents, announced today that it is launching a chapter in Sonoma and Napa Counties in May. Supporting the launch are several leading Sonoma-Napa real estate agents acting as Charter Members.
Membership in Top Agent Network will allow top-ranked real estate agents in the Sonoma-Napa region to share exclusive, non-MLS real estate information via the network’s sophisticated online communications platform. TAN’s continuous circulation of “The Collective Knowledge of the Top”SM — market-leading information on private listings, motivated buyers and local resources — gives member agents and their clients an exclusive, 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 5% of agents typically account for 30-50% of the total real estate transactions and service provider referrals locally.
Sonoma-Napa Charter Members
The launch of Top Agent Network’s Sonoma-Napa 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 in TAN’s Sonoma-Napa market are:
· Cyd Greer (Coldwell Banker, St. Helena)
· Ann Harris (Coldwell Banker, Sebastopol)
· Peg King (Coldwell Banker, Petaluma)
· Robert Pursell (Sotheby’s International Realty, Sonoma)
· Doug Swanson (Pacific Union International, Santa Rosa)
· Maurice Tegelaar (Pacific Union International, Sonoma)
The Sonoma-Napa chapter introduction comes on the heels of TAN’s highly successful launches in the Marin, San Francisco and Mid-Peninsula markets.
Membership in Top Agent Network is restricted to the top 150 agents in each local market based on past two-year MLS sales. Only one agent in twenty qualifies.
Members are promoted publicly via TAN-sponsored marketing designed to drive homebuyers and sellers to TAN member agents.
TAN’s benefit to Sonoma-Napa Home Buyers and Sellers
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 Sonoma-Napa area can find a listing of local TAN member agents on the TAN website: www.topagentnetwork.com 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 Sonoma-Napa region interested in becoming members of Top Agent Network may contact Membership Director Suzanne Crawford at 415-692-7877 or email supporttopagentnetworkcom Top Agent Network performs sales-based qualification verifications and admits all candidates meeting TAN’s Membership Criteria.
Currently TAN offers its private web-based services to member agents in the Marin, San Francisco, Mid-Peninsula and, now, Sonoma-Napa markets. Top Agent Network plans to expand its presence to other California and US markets in 2010 and 2011.