From the news wire…
CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA (Feb. 8, 2010) – Charlottesville-based Nest Realty Group today announced its acquisition of Summit Realty Company. The move combines two of Charlottesville’s most successful real estate firms and expands the 1-year-old Nest Realty team to 14 full-time real estate professionals. It also paves the way for Nest to expand its services from a primary focus on residential real estate into commercial real estate and leasing.
“While other firms are cutting back, Nest is continuing to expand,” said Jonathan Kauffmann, Principal Broker, Nest Realty. “I believe this is a testament to our top-notch agents, the emphasis we place on technology and our dedication to client service. Our combined resources and expanded services will allow us to better serve our clients, something that is paramount to all of us.”
Founded in 1982, Summit Realty grew to be one of the most well-known and respected real estate companies and brands in Central Virginia. Owners Bob Hughes and Bob Headrick took over Summit in 2007 and are enthusiastic about joining forces with Nest Realty as Associate Brokers.
Bob Hughes has been a full-time Realtor since 1989. He is a consistent top producer, a past winner of the Charlottesville Area Association of Realtors’ Salesperson of the Year award and was named C-Ville Weekly’s Best Real Estate Agent in 2009.
Specializing in commercial and residential property for sale, purchase or lease, Bob Headrick brings an array of experience to Nest Realty. He also offers strong expertise in investment sales, corporate services, and both tenant and landlord representation.
“We are excited to be part of the Nest team. They are an aggressive, young company with a vision of how real estate will be marketed and sold in the future,” states Bob Hughes, Associate Broker, Nest Realty.
In 2009, the company’s first full year of operations, Nest Realty was awarded the prestigious Most Innovative Brokerage honor by Inman News at the Inman Connect Conference in San Francisco. Hewlett Packard also honored Nest Realty at the National Association of Realtors conference in San Diego with its 2009 Real Estate Technology Award, given to only five Brokers nationwide.
Nest Realty is known for its use of technology to better serve clients, both locally and nationally. The firm has received national accolades for its cutting-edge web site, www.NestRealtyGroup.com, which features interactive home search capabilities and detailed information for more than 175 Charlottesville neighborhoods. Jim Duncan, one of Nest Realty’s partners, was recently named to Inman News’ Real Estate’s 50 Most Influential Online.
In addition to a strong focus on technology and innovation, Nest Realty agents are held to a higher standard. All agents must have a minimum of three years experience, practice real estate full-time and earn their Broker’s license shortly after joining the firm. With almost $4.7 million in sales per agent and 13.75 transactions per agent, Nest Realty agents more than doubled the production for the average Charlottesville Realtor in 2009.
“We pride ourselves in having a team comprised of exceptional professionals, said Kauffmann. “We want consumers to know that if you work with a Nest agent, you are working with a true, full-time professional with high ethical standards. To date, we have had an extraordinary team; the addition of the Summit agents only enhances our strength. The combined experience and track record of Bob Hughes, Bob Headrick, and their entire team is a wonderful addition to the Nest family. We couldn’t be happier.”
About Nest Realty
Founded in 2008, Nest Realty Group is a full-service, residential real estate brokerage specializing in residential and commercial properties throughout Charlottesville and Central Virginia. Through a strong focus on technology, customer commitment, and the region’s most innovative and focused marketing strategies, Nest Realty has established itself as a top choice for buyers and sellers of residential and commercial property in Central Virginia.