Luxury Brokers and Real Estate Professionals Convene for Global Real Estate Conferences in Arizona


SAVANNAH, GA – (April 10, 2009) - Cora Bett Thomas, CEO / Founder of Cora Bett Thomas Realty & Associates and Meg Albertson, Vice President of Marketing, recently attended the 2009 Leading Real Estate Companies of the World® conference and Luxury Portfolio Workshop at the Westin Kierland Resort & Spa in Scottsdale, AZ. The event attracted top real estate brokers, managers, relocation professionals, sponsors and guests from the U.S. and eight countries around the world participated in the annual event.

Attendees examined trends in luxury home and lifestyles, with an emphasis on how even high-end markets are adapting in today’s economy. “Like all market segments, the luxury market is experiencing unique challenges,” said Paul Boomsma, president of Luxury Portfolio. “But there are tremendous opportunities for consumers and for the savvy real estate professionals who are adapting to the needs of consumers.”

Other popular workshop topics that were addressed ranged from lead management, the brokerage of the future, social media, inspirational leadership, short sales and strategic right-sizing. “With an emphasis on how to take control of the opportunities that exist in this market, the conference focused on ways real estate professionals can serve home buyers and sellers in this new era of real estate,” notes Leading Real Estate Companies of the World® President/CEO Pam O’Connor.

“The conference shared new, accurate and exciting information. I emerged empowered with new ways to engage and assist consumers with their real estate needs,” said Cora Bett Thomas, Founder and CEO of Cora Bett Thomas Realty. “In this changing real estate industry we strive to be on the forefront of change and the market leader in coastal Georgia and the South Carolina Lowcountry.”


Luxury Portfolio Fine Property Collection® has grown to include over 15,000 of the world’s most remarkable properties and attracts over 1.2 million high-net-worth visitors a year. The first to promote luxury properties in multiple languages and currencies, Luxury Portfolio is unmatched in the global arena, with members in 17 countries and website visitors from over 200 countries every month. The site’s total inventory of available properties exceeds $35 billion. Please visit for luxury homes and luxury homes for sale throughout the world.


Leading Real Estate Companies of the World® ( is a global real estate network comprised of nearly 700 of the best-known local and regional real estate firms. With more than 5,500 offices and 170,000 sales associates in the United States and 38 countries abroad, LeadingRE affiliates sell nearly $370 billion in home sales representing 1.2 million transactions annually. Six of the United States’ top 10 real estate firms are LeadingRE affiliates, and our members are the Number One firms in 44% of the top 88 markets in the United States, representing a powerful force in American real estate.


With listings for the area’s finest residential and commercial properties, Cora Bett Thomas Realty & Associates, is an exclusive affiliate of Christie’s Great Estates (Savannah, Ga. and Bluffton and Hilton Head Island, S.C.) and Mayfair International Realty and a longtime member of Who’s Who in Luxury Real Estate, The Board of Regents, Luxury Portfolio, and Leading Real Estate Companies of the World (formerly RELO). The firm dominates the luxury real estate market along the Georgia and South Carolina coast, with offices based in Savannah, Ga. and Bluffton and Beaufort, S.C. Under the leadership of founder and CEO Cora Bett Thomas, the company features an expert team of agents who specialize in historic homes, luxury condominiums, commercial real estate, investment property, land and waterfront property. For additional information, please visit online or call 912.233.6000.