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Realtors Land Institute: 3 of 7 Awards Go to Fla. Brokers

The NAR affiliate’s APEX Awards recognize land-sale pros, and Fla. brokers took top honors in three of seven categories, including commercial and residential land.

WASHINGTON – The Realtors® Land Institute (RLI), an affiliate of the National Association of Realtors (NAR), announced the winners of its 2019 APEX Awards Program, which recognizes the top-producing land real estate professionals in the country. The program’s most prestigious award – the APEX 2019 Top National Producer – was awarded to Andy Flack of Homeland Properties in Texas.

RLI, in conjunction with The Land Report, also recognized professionals with the APEX 2019 National Broker of the Year. It included seven distinct land categories, and Florida brokers earned top honors in three out of seven categories this year – agricultural land sales, commercial land sales and residential land sales. Florida’s honorees are:

  • Ag Land Sales – Ranches: Dean Saunders, ALC, CCIM, SVN Saunders Ralston Danzler, Fla.
  • Commercial Land Sales: Ryan Sampson, ALC, CCIM, Eshenbaugh Land Company, Fla.
  • Residential Land Sales: Marty Domres, ALC, GRI, Domres Real Estate Inv., Inc., Fla.

Other National Broker of the Year award winners include:

  • Ag Land Sales – Crops: Troy Louwagie, ALC, Hertz Real Estate Services, Iowa
  • Recreational Land Sales: Joey Bellington, Whitetail Properties, Texas
  • Timberland Sales: Andy Flack, ALC, Homeland Properties, Texas
  • Auction Land Sales: Steve Bruere, Peoples Company of Indianola, Iowa

To be considered for the award, real estate pros needed at least $4 million of qualifying dollar volume in closed land sales in 2019. The 20 highest producing agents were awarded as an APEX 2019 Top 20 National Producer, and the winners were announced on March 30 during RLI’s Virtual 2020 National Land Conference.

“The APEX 2019 Award winners are the cream of the crop when it comes to conducting land transactions,” says RLI’s CEO Aubrie Kobernus.

RLI recognized Troy Louwagie of Hertz Real Estate Services in Iowa with the APEX 2019 Wrangler Award for largest number of transactions closed in 2019.

RLI recognized professionals who earned its Accredited Land Consultant designation with two ALC-to-ALC networking awards. An award for the largest ALC-to-ALC transaction went to Ryan Sampson, CCIM, and Bill Eshenbaugh, CCIM, of Eshenbaugh Land Company in Florida.

The RLI APEX Awards Program had a record 105 applicants for 2019, covering more than $2.65 billion in qualifying transaction volume and 3,535 sides.

Source: Realtors® Land Institute

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