Connect Realty Announces John Costigan as the New Regional Director of Southern California

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John Costigan brings his connections with businesses and people within the community, as well as his creative marketing ideas and coaching abilities, to the Connect Realty team.

Connect Realty’s San Diego office introduces John Costigan as the new Regional Director of Southern California. Proven, experienced, and results-oriented, John has been working in San Diego County as a Real Estate Agent and Broker since 1988, including 22 years as a REO Broker. John Costigan brings his connections with businesses and people within the community, as well as his creative marketing ideas and coaching abilities, to the Connect Realty team. He has sold over 800 properties cumulative, including more than 260 REO properties from 2008 until 2010. His achievements have resulted in numerous recognitions and awards. Some of his recognitions include: multiple awards for unit production; Chairman Circle Diamond and Platinum for four years straight; an excess of 100 transactions achieved a year; and, became one of the top 100 agents for Prudential National (PREA) for three years straight.

John decided to join Connect Realty for the opportunity to work for himself and build up other agents. As the new Regional Director of Southern California, John is working with lenders and other business entities to build relationships that will differentiate the San Diego office from other real estate companies in the area. In addition, he is implementing unique marketing strategies that continue to set Connect Realty apart from the area’s Big Box Real Estate offices. With Carmen Cooley Graham, John is assisting and coaching agents to help them build their business, marketing the team’s listings, and working on compliance and business development aspects.

Through his 25 years of experience, John has acquired extensive knowledge that he is using to the team’s advantage. His tenacity and consistent work ethic, coupled with his hospitality background in the hotel/restaurant industry, continue to result in success. Today, he is looking forward to building momentum in Connect Realty’s Carlsbad office.

Licensed for 13 years, Carmen Cooley Graham is another asset to our San Diego team. A firm believer in RISE (Respect, Integrity, Service and Excellence) values, Carmen decided to transition into Real Estate to ensure homebuyers and sellers were protected and receiving the highest level of service possible. This service, coupled with her extensive knowledge about the real estate process and the San Diego market, has propelled her to unparalleled levels of success and has resulted in a business that is almost 100% referral-based. As one of our first San Diego agents, Carmen was attracted to Connect Realty because of the family atmosphere and its innovative technology. She appreciated the opportunity to work for a company where you are part of a family and not just a number, and yet is still competitive in the market.

With Carmen and John’s partnership, Connect Realty’s San Diego office has been making great strides, beginning with their recent Open House to introduce the Carlsbad office. This event attracted many respected real estate agents within the community and active members of the Board of Realtors, among others, including lenders, neighbors and title companies. As a result, our San Diego office has established great relationships with several companies, and has developed a number of impressive alliances.

Actively involved with the Military and Veterans in San Diego, John and Carmen have implemented a Veteran and Military Program where active duty Military and Veterans will receive an enhanced premier service at significantly reduced commission rates for sellers and commission rebates for buyers. This program reduces agent’s commission to 1% for sellers, and provides additional services, including a Connect Realty Signature Services agent to manage the sale of your property; listing syndication to major national real estate websites & local MLS services; electronic key boxes for greater security for your family; high quality professionally taken photographs to showcase your listing; and high quality custom brochures to be sent to potential buyers. Buyers will receive exceptional services, as well, including, a Connect Realty Signature Services agent to manage the purchase of your property; a commission rebate of 1%; customized proactive search profiles with immediate notification of new listings and price reductions; neighborhood, community, and utility information; contract preparation and review; and affordability analysis.

Connect Realty’s San Diego office continues to expand rapidly. Carmen’s extensive training, coaching and mentoring have generated confident agents who are acquiring premier listings everyday. Not to mention, with a number of partnerships, Connect Realty agents receive an abundance of marketing assistance and can devote their focus to building their business. For those interested in pursuing a career in Real Estate or looking for a change, Connect Realty, San Diego is actively recruiting and interviewing new agents daily.

Founded in 2008, Connect Realty is a full service brokerage headquartered in The Woodlands, TX and currently providing services in over 100 markets. Connect Realty is not yesterday’s real estate company. Their primary philosophy is that the real estate professional is their customer. They have reinvented real estate by simplifying the process and providing the best value proposition in the industry. Today, Connect Realty offers their agents industry leading technology; multiple commission plans; an innovative lead generation platform; instrumental coaching, training and development; and the products and services necessary to make a successful “client centered” independent real estate professional a reality, all at an affordable price. If you are an agent or a brokerage looking for a company that is re-inventing real estate, contact us at 866-898-8051.

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