The Austin Elite 25 Announces 2015 New Members

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Exclusive Group of Luxury Real Estate Agents are Recognized for Producing Over $910 Million in Austin Luxury Home Transactions in 2014

The Austin Elite 25 along with our exclusive 2015 Announcement Party sponsors 5th & West Residences, are pleased to announce the qualifying members of the Elite 25 in Austin, Texas, were announced at the Austin Elite 25 Announcement Party on February 25. Representing Austin real estate agents who are in the top 1% of their industry, the Elite 25 serves as a national referral network for realtors in the high-end market. The 2015 Elite 25 represents buyers and sellers who together produced over $900 million in Austin luxury home transactions.

Those earning a spot as a member of the 2015 Elite 25 are: John Teinert with Austin Fine Properties; Charlotte Lipscomb with Austin Portfolio - KW Luxury; Eric Cooper, Francie Little, Jeannette Spinelli, Kathleen Bucher and Carole Martin with Austin Portfolio Real Estate – KWI; William Steakley with DEN Property Group; Anne Giles, Carol Burdette, Chris Long, Dana Dean, Laura Gottesman, Nicole Kessler, Robin Banister, Shannon Windham, and Stephanie Panozzo with Gottesman Residential Real Estate; Kirk Lewis with Homecity Real Estate; Debbie Harmon, Gary Dolch, Joe Longton, Kumara Wilcoxon, Susan Griffith with Kuper Sotheby's International Realty; Beth Carter, Clay McLaughlin, Cord Shiflet, Eric Moreland, Jim Hardie, Joanie Capalupo, and Anna Lee with Moreland Properties; Mark Clausen with Realty Austin; Roxan Coffman with Roxan Coffman Properties; Pat Tate with Tate Property; John Lairsen with Travis RE; Desmond Milvenan, Kathryn Scarborough Bechtol, and Michele Turnquist with Turnquist Parters Realtors; and Cindy Goldrick with Wilson & Goldrick Realtors.

Each member of the Elite 25 must re-qualify for membership every year based on their prior year sales. Because of the quickly growing luxury real estate market in Austin, the group has expanded beyond the original limit of 25. This year, the 2015 Elite 25 includes 38 members. Qualifying members were chosen based upon their total volume and number of residential property sales transactions valued over $1 million. At a minimum, applicants must have had over $9 million in $1m+ sales the previous year and at least five sales of more than $1 million for 2015 Membership. Individuals must have also earned a minimum of 2 percent commission for each transaction, or 4 percent for transactions in which they represented both sides of a deal.

“The Elite 25 is an earned designation that has shown Austin buyers and sellers where they can find the top luxury realtors for over twenty years in the Austin area” said Tony Trungale of First Choice Loan Services, who also serves the Elite 25 Advisory Board as director of the group. “Once a month, the top Austin Luxury realtors meet to network and discuss luxury residential properties in Austin. Our membership markets together and has really set the bar for success in the Austin Luxury Real Estate Market.”

Because of the meticulous selection process and twenty years of co-marketing, qualifying members experience the benefits of branding themselves with the Elite 25 logo to identify that they are the best in the business. Members often notice a significant increase in real estate leads in the high end, luxury markets once named one of Austin’s Elite 25.

“With Austin’s growth, we’ve also seen the need for luxury home specialists” said Trungale. “Our Members are literally the current ‘best of the best’ when comes to luxury home sales in Austin and they have to reapply every year. I’m really honored to be a part of this incredible group.”

The Elite 25 Announcement Party is a celebration of the highest-producing luxury realtors in Austin and is being hosted by Austin’s own Riverside Resources, the developer for downtown’s newest exclusive high-rise condominium, 5th & West Residences. With a total of only 154 condos, this 39-story property is perfectly positioned in the heart of Austin's Market District at the NE corner of 5th Street and West Ave, with a target delivery of Fall 2017. To learn more about ownership in 5th & West Residences, or to schedule an appointment with one of the sales associates, please visit

For more information on the Elite 25 of Austin, visit

About First Choice Loan Services Inc.
Headquartered in East Brunswick, New Jersey, First Choice Loan Services Inc. is a wholly owned subsidiary of First Choice Bank. Founded in 2009, the company is licensed to originate and close residential mortgage loans nationwide, excluding Arkansas and New Hampshire. With 14 locations across 8 states and over to 500 employees, First Choice Loan Services offers FHA and VA programs, Jumbo loans, fixed and adjustable rate loans, and refinancing and renovation programs. First Choice Loan Services Inc. is an Equal Housing Lender, NMLS #210764. To learn more about First Choice Loan Services, visit

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