SAN FRANCISCO – (Sept. 3, 2008) – Pacific Union GMAC Real Estate, specialists in local and global luxury real estate, is pleased to announce it has won an Americas Property Awards 2008 for Best Real Estate firm in California. The prestigious award is presented in association with The New York Times, and will be handed out a gala dinner November 7 at the Ritz Carlton in Orlando, Florida. In 2007, Pacific Union won the four-star International Property Award for providing best marketing and services in the luxury marketplace.“It is an honor to receive this highly-regarded award,” said Avram Goldman, President and CEO of Pacific Union, the exclusive affiliate of the Christie’s Great Estates international network of luxury real estate firms. “The Property Award is a symbol of excellence as a premier real estate firm in the San Francisco Bay Area, and we are gratified to be acknowledged as the leader in the luxury market space.”The Americas Property Awards includes 21 different categories. The two most outstanding entries in each category will be given a four-star award, while the best overall entry will receive the top-billing five-star honor. Every five-star winning entry will then be re-examined to determine the ultimate World’s Best Award. These outstanding international accolades will be announced at the presentation dinner in November.Entries were judged by a panel of independent professionals, chaired by Eric Pickles, British Shadow Secretary of State. Their collective knowledge of the property industry is second to none and unsurpassed by any other property awards. The judges panel includes: Helen Shield, editor-in-chief of International Homes magazine; Peter Bolton King, chief executive of the National Association of Estate Agents; Phil Spencer, property expert and presenter of Channel 4’s Location and Relocation TV shows; Imtiaz Farookhi, chief executive of the National House Building Council; Christopher Hall, past president National Association of Estate Agents; Gillian Farr, designer from Laura Ashley; Thijis Staff, International Consortium of Real Estate Agents Association (ICREA); Alejandro Escurdero, SIMA; Kirkor Ajderhanyan, French Real Estate Federation (FNAIM); Jonathan Price, FIABCI; Hans-Ulrich Berendes, FIABCI; Graham Norwood of the Daily Mail; David Hoppit, property writer; Jill Keene, editor of International Homes magazine; Diana Yakely, chairman British Interior Design Association; and Tad Zurlinden, Association of Relocation Professionals.Pacific Union GMAC Real EstateSince 1975, Pacific Union GMAC Real Estate has thoughtfully matched generations of buyers and sellers throughout the entire Bay Area. Pacific Union GMAC focuses on delivering outstanding quality and unparalleled service to a full spectrum of discerning clients. Pacific Union GMAC is the only firm in California to receive a distinguished four star International Property Award in association with CNBC Europe and the London Daily Mirror for superior marketing materials and client services in the luxury marketplace. A premier, locally managed brokerage with knowledgeable, experienced real estate professionals, Pacific Union GMAC takes a leading edge to new technology applications designed to enhance the client experience. Pacific Union is a GMAC Home Services company. For more information, visit www.pacunion.com.