Playa Jaco Broker Named International Director of Resort Division

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Deborah Gauthier Receives Recognition, Advanced Real Estate Training at National Convention

Deborah Gauthier, broker and sales specialist with United Country – Resort Realty of Playa Jaco, Costa Rica, was named international director of United Country’s Resort Specialty Property Groups

I’m looking forward to assisting my fellow United Country team members in figuring out which avenue suits their sellers and show them how to deliver United Country expertise with our wide array of tools – be it marketing, traditional listings or auction

Deborah Gauthier, broker and sales specialist with United Country – Resort Realty of Playa Jaco, Costa Rica, was named international director of United Country’s Resort Specialty Property Group Division.

Gauthier’s duties in this role will be to consult with other United Country offices and provide suggestions, information and approaches to working with both luxury and resort sellers and developers.

“I’m looking forward to assisting my fellow United Country team members in figuring out which avenue suits their sellers and show them how to deliver United Country expertise with our wide array of tools – be it marketing, traditional listings or auction,” Gauthier said. “Helping other United Country offices win important luxury and resort listings is my goal and focus.”

Gauthier’s new position was recognized at the United Country’s annual training and awards convention in Fort Worth, Texas, from March 26 through the 28. The three-day conference brought together franchisees, managers and partners from across the nation, Costa Rica, Panama and resort areas of Mexico for advanced educational seminars, networking events and an awards banquet. Classes focused on new real estate technology, advanced marketing, listing strategies, farm and ranch management, agent tools for success and more. In addition, attendees also learned the latest techniques for conducting successful real estate auctions and participated in a high-energy Specialty Property Networking & Referral session.

“For me, this was the event of the year,” said Gauthier. “Combine expert speakers, relevant educational topics and cutting-edge marketing and technology, and you have the ideal formula for providing the best service for local property owners looking to sell their property in this market. The training provided new programs, concrete examples and practical ideas for innovation in real estate marketing, and I’m excited to put everything I learned to work.”

Also at the conference, the 2012 results were announced showing another year of dramatic sales increases for United Country, resulting in a 27.6-percent increase in annual sales volumes versus 2011.

“While we are pleased by a solid performance for the 2012 calendar year, we are especially excited about our growth in closed sales of larger ‘investment grade’ farm, ranch, recreational and timberland properties with sale values ranging from $1 million to $50 million,” said Dan Duffy, chief executive officer for United Country Real Estate. “In addition to this over 40 percent increase in land sales, we have seen a resurgence in sales of residential homes in the smaller city and towns we serve, which grew by over 12 percent. We also viewed large gains in residential auction sales – 41 percent better than 2011 – as this marketing method continues to gain in popularity.”

“News for international property owners is that the real estate market is growing again in United Country markets as evidenced by strong growth in 2012,” said Mike Duffy, president of United Country Real Estate. ”Now is the time for buyers to purchase real estate with historically low interest rates and prices. The unique and innovative tools launched at this year’s convention add to the already one-of-a-kind marketing offered by United Country Real Estate for the last 88 years.”

Gauthier and the United Country – Resort Realty team can be contacted by phone at 239-243-0791, 011-506-2643 5005 or by email at info(at)resortrealtycr(dot)com. Their full listings can be viewed at JacoCostaRicaProperty.com and ResortRealtyCR.com.

About United Country

United Country Real Estate is the largest fully integrated network of conventional and auction real estate professionals in the United States and Latin America. The company has been an innovator in real estate marketing since 1925. United Country supports nearly 550 offices across the U.S., Costa Rica, Panama and resort areas of Mexico, with a unique, comprehensive marketing program that includes one of the largest portfolios of property marketing websites (more than 3,500 separate sites and traffic of approximately 3 million visitors per month), multiple United Country real estate catalogs and third-party lifestyle magazines with national distribution , an extensive buyer database and other national advertising of local properties that reaches more than 90 million homes per week. United Country has recently been recognized by Franchise Business Review, AllBusiness.com, The Land Report, Entrepreneur and The Wall Street Journal as one of the top U.S. real estate companies.

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