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Outstanding Local REALTORS®, Brokers, and Agents for 2021

A real estate services company or a full-service CRE firm provides expertise in development, investments, management, maintenance, sales, and leasing of property.

By: Sylvia Slezak | Apr 2021

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These outstanding real estate professionals assist with the purchase, rent, or sale of properties; offer advice about market conditions, conduct walkthroughs, provide guidance and assistance through the process of buying, selling, or leasing properties. They are being recognized for their contribution to their customers, consumers, clients, and their local community.

Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Nevada Properties - Las Vegas, NV

Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Nevada Properties has been in operation in Las Vegas since 1983. A Customized Home Marketing System was designed by the Nevada Company to assist clients in differentiating their home from others in their marketplace.

Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Nevada Properties set standards beyond the competitors by engaging new and recent technologies, inventive and innovative marketing programs, and a National and International networking system that delivers results. No other company can compare to the franchised systems connected to numerous sales executives throughout the United States and around the world, in different languages, and different countries, securing Berkshire Hathaway’s brand throughout the planet.

In constant pursuit of bringing new real estate executives to the market, Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Nevada Properties also launched Nevada Real Estate Academy, an intensive pre-licensing school that provides eighty hours of classroom time to help new realtors prepare for the state licensing exams.

Carpenter Realtors® - Indianapolis, IN

Since 1970, Carpenter Realtors® has been helping Indianapolis-area families with their real estate needs. The employee-owned company has thirty-three offices and seven hundred agents from Crawfordsville to Greenfield, Lebanon to Bedford. With that experience behind them, Carpenter agents have extensive local knowledge with the expertise necessary to be prepared for the unexpected.

Many real estate companies in Central Indiana struggled to survive the 2008 recession. Thanks to a conservative outlook and roots throughout the region, Carpenter pulled through relatively unscathed and didn’t terminate a single employee or close a single office. Carpenter Realtors® helps more Indiana families sell a house and buy a new home quickly and hassle-free.

David Caveness, President and CEO of Carpenter Realtors®, brings over forty-two years of residential real estate education, marketing and management experience to the company. David has been married to his college sweetheart, Anne, for over forty-one years. They live in Carmel, Indiana and have two grown daughters.

Imagination Realty® - Celebration, FL

Owner-Broker of Imagination Realty®, Kathleen S. Carlson has over thirty-five years of Real Estate and Relocation Industry experience. She specializes in listing and selling homes in Celebration and Central Florida. Her specialties include residential, primary homes, second homes, vacation homes, condos, lots, and investments. Kathy works with international buyers and sellers and has resources to assist with financing, marketing and securing value pricing for buyers and sellers. She is a Cornell University Graduate and is fluent in French.

Imagination Realty® was selected by more than twenty-eight thousand home purchasers in the Orlando area for three years as the "Best in Client Satisfaction" according to Florida ORLANDO magazine.

Some of Kathy’s clients had the following to say about her and her team:

“Kathleen, We greatly appreciate your efforts and hard work in getting this sale completed. It was a long process and you and your entire team were fantastic partners: professional, patient, responsive and extremely positive and supportive. We could not have done it without you. We will refer all of our friends and family in the Celebration community to you and your amazing team. Thank you again” — Andrew and Laurie M. (March 2021)

“Kathy and her team are by far the best realty agency out there. Kathy is both professional and super knowledgeable in all aspects of finding you a home. She is caring, trustworthy and honest. I can't say enough good about her. A pure pleasure to work with her, Ann and Sheila. I wouldn't trust or go to anyone else but her! If you need to buy a home Kathy is the one to call. Thank you Kathy for all your help.” — A. Varone (September 2020)

Platte River Mortgage & Investment, Inc. - Denver, CO

Based on the principle that a more favorable model could be developed for structuring mortgage loans and providing a higher level of service, Platte River Mortgage & Investments, Inc. was founded in 2005 as a boutique mortgage company. It has grown the business through referrals from existing clients, real estate partners, and financial advisors.

Founding Partners of Platte River Mortgage & Investments, Inc., mortgage professionals and Colorado natives, Sean Sedita and Scott Martin have been providing their clients with a personalized mortgage experience since 2001.

Sean truly appreciates and takes pride in the fact that he has fostered long-lasting relationships through the trust he has earned with personal referrals, loyal clientele, and repeat clients. He began his mortgage finance career with Horizons Real Estate Group, where he excelled as a loan officer and investor relations professional. Sean holds a B.S. in Business Management from Colorado State University.

Scott has shifted away from the “What” of his career and now focuses on the “Why.” The “Why” is what drives him and keeps the clients coming back. Scott holds a Masters Degree in Research & Statistical Methodology and has worked in the financial industry for most of his professional career.

The Platte River Mortgage & Investments team loves to call Colorado home and proudly supports the following charities: Kenzi’s Causes, Every Child Succeeds, Heart & Hand Center, Memorial College Fund, and the Birch Memorial Fund. showcases thousands of incredible businesses in more than 300 industry/professional categories that are located in over 100 major U.S. cities. The Outstanding Local Business Award (OLBA) is given to locally-owned and operated businesses in recognition of their services to the local community and have met all of the Criteria listed on

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