Christie's Great Estates Strengthens Presence in Atlanta, GA with Harry Norman, Realtors

Posted by Lisa Bessone — April 29, 2009

New York, New York- Christie’s Great Estates announces that Harry Norman, Realtors, of Atlanta, Georgia, the area’s oldest and largest residential brokerage firm, has been awarded exclusive affiliate status. Harry Norman, Realtors recently joined forces with Jenny Pruitt & Associates, Realtors, a Christie’s Great Estates affiliate since 1998. Retaining the name of Harry Norman, Realtors, the combination of these two longstanding and venerable brands creates a powerhouse in the Atlanta marketplace, with more than 1,300 real estate professionals and the largest volume of sold market share in the region. Wholly owned by Christie’s, the world’s leading art business, Christie’s Great Estates is represented in more than 40 countries. Affiliates in luxury enclaves of Italy, Canada, Mexico, and North America have also been invited to the network this year. Harry Norman, Realtors joins this carefully selected organization of brokerages with proven records of success in both high-end property sales and exemplary client service.

“Transitioning the affiliation to Harry Norman, Realtors will be seamless,” says Kay Coughlin, President & CEO of Christie’s Great Estates. “Harry Norman, Realtors and Jenny Pruitt & Associates share the highest standards of professionalism and strong core values of exceptional client service. The consolidated new company will be a tremendous addition to our international network.”

“Our combined companies—and across-the-board-talent—have unprecedented strength and breadth to serve the residential real estate market in greater Atlanta and beyond,” said Dan Parmer, CEO of Harry Norman, Realtors. Martha Hayhurst, the company’s president, adds, “With the alliance of these two companies and our new affiliation with Christie’s Great Estates, we are poised to become the leading international luxury real estate organization in Atlanta.”

“Harry Norman, Realtors has embraced the Christie’s Great Estates affiliation as enthusiastically as Jenny Pruitt & Associates has these past years,” says Rick Moeser, Christie’s Great Estates Vice President. “Now the company’s 1,300 sales associates will have the capability to serve Atlanta with the programs and services that have successfully sold fine real estate around the world for more than 20 years.”

ABOUT CHRISTIE’S GREAT ESTATES

Christie’s Great Estates is the largest international network of real estate companies dedicated to the sale and marketing of luxury homes and is a subsidiary of Christie’s, the world’s leading art business. Christie’s clients who buy and sell works of art often request real estate services. To satisfy this demand, Great Estates, founded by Kay Coughlin in 1987, was acquired by Christie’s in 1995. Today, the Christie’s Great Estates global network spans more than 40 countries with 900 offices and approximately 36,000 brokers. Committed to the auction house’s two-century-old tradition of exceptional customer service and expertise in high-value marketing, the network achieved total combined sales in excess of $128 billion.

Admittance to the Christie’s Great Estates network is offered by invitation only to those real estate companies with proven records of success in high-value home sales and who exemplify Christie’s traditional value of service. Once awarded affiliate status, brokers may then display the coveted Christie’s brand and use the proprietary marketing services of Christie’s Great Estates, which has successfully marketed high-value real estate around the globe for more than 20 years. Exceptionally skilled local real estate specialists, a client-focused approach, and strategic global marketing to a qualified audience of proven luxury consumers are the hallmarks of Christie’s Great Estates. For additional information about Christie’s Great Estates, please contact Lisa Bessone, Director of Communications, at +1 505 983 8733 or lbessone@christiesge.com.

ABOUT Harry Norman realtors

Founded in 1930, Harry Norman, Realtors is Atlanta’s oldest and largest residential real estate firm with 13 sales offices, various franchise and satellite offices, and more than 1,300 real estate professionals. Harry Norman, Realtors is a wholly owned subsidiary of HomeServices of America, Inc., a Berkshire Hathaway affiliate. HomeServices is the second-largest full-service independent residential real estate brokerage firm in the U.S. Through its affiliation with HomeServices, Harry Norman, Realtors is part of a real estate family of 20,000 sales associates spanning 19 states.

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