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Updated: 04/19/2012 08:00:25AM

Saunders wins awards

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Coldwell Banker Commercial released its annual sales recognition awards and for the third time since affiliating with Coldwell Banker Commercial in 2006 and three out of four years running, Dean Saunders earned the 2011 number-1 Global Sales Professional Award.

Saunders is the founder of the land real estate brokerage firm, Coldwell Banker Commercial Saunders Real Estate and is a partner in the commercial real estate brokerage, Coldwell Banker Commercial Saunders Ralston Dantzler Realty, both in downtown Lakeland.

For the 2011 sales year, he continues his standing in the top 2 percent category for sales worldwide for six years, every year since affiliating. The category has an elite membership recognized from the 3,000 brokers and agents worldwide, the organization said. The Top 2 percent is based upon the year’s sales numbers. Saunders also placed for the fifth time in the Circle of Distinction Platinum.

“As John D. Rockefeller once said, ‘the major fortunes in America have been made in land.’ The variable market challenges will only shift the buyer’s demographics but not the ability to get land sold. Right now, strong commodity pricing is affecting farmland and is where investors are placing their money. A real estate broker needs to know their market as it relates to the repositioning of buyer demographics to be successful in all economic times,” Saunders said.

Saunders also led the company overall to its fifth win of the “Commercial Elite Office” award. This is bestowed upon companies with sales numbers in the top 15 of all companies

In 2011, the firm’s year-end totals were $107 MM in land sales, 79 transactions, and 22,771 acres sold. The company’s success rests in the expert knowledge of the 15 broker associates and agent land professionals.

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