John Giffen, Phillip Cantrell, Mike Nichols and Shelia Lunsford
At Benchmark Realty we love it when our agents get the recognition they so richly deserve. We have been past recipients of some pretty prestigious awards like: Named "Best Places to Work" by the Nashville Business Journal THREE TIMES Multiple Year Winner of Greater Nashville House Home and Garden’s- Favorite Real Estate Company. CEO, Phillip Cantrell was awarded WCAR’s highest honor by being named Realtor® of the Year for 2013 Pick of Williamson- #1 Best Real Estate Company Nashville Business Journal- Impact Award Winner Greater Nashville House Home and Garden- Favorite Real Estate Company Nashville Post- Fast 15 Award Best Real Estate Company in Tennessee We are currently in the running for two categories through the Tennessean's Toast of Music City awards. We would appreciate your vote for "Best Real Estate Company" (VOTE HERE) and "Best Employer" (VOTE HERE) We encourage you to vote in both categories. You can vote once per day through July 22nd. We are proud to have assembled a team of the the brightest, accomplished, driven agents who operate within our very high standards of moral, ethical and legal conduct. We are even prouder to say that other's are taking notice too and recognizing our team with these prestigious awards. If you would [...]
Our agents are some of the happiest and most successful in the industry and they haven't been shy about sharing their Benchmark experience with others. They have recently nominated Benchmark Realty; and we have been awarded with the Nashville Business Journal's BEST PLACES TO WORK designation for the THIRD TIME. We are extra proud of this award because this was based on feedback from the people who work here. From the NBJ website: “Employees of nominated companies were asked to complete an online survey conducted by Quantum Workplace. The employee survey measures 10 key engagement categories, including team effectiveness, trust in senior leaders and manager effectiveness. Responses from each question of each completed survey are compiled and evaluated. Companies are ranked and winners are chosen in each size category according to their overall composite score.” Wow! Don't take our word for it. Here is what some of our agents have to say about a career with Benchmark Realty. Sound like a team you would want to be a part of? Let's talk. Please fill out the form below or call 615-371-1544 for a completely confidential meeting.
Last week, Benchmark Realty, LLC celebrated our 8- year anniversary. Our company was launched in 2006 in the front room of a house in downtown Franklin by CEO, Phillip Cantrell and his wife Amanda. Benchmark's 100 % agent commission model swiftly struck a chord with frustrated agents in Middle Tennessee. Since our re-launch in 2008, we have quickly grown to 3 offices, Midtown Nashville, Cool Springs, and Murfreesboro attracting much attention along the way. Benchmark Realty, LLC Milestone Last week we achieved a huge milestone. We signed our 500th agent! That's quite an accomplishment considering how picky we are. Our agents are thoroughly screened, with only 6 out of 10 potential candidates meeting our criteria. All Benchmark Agents have to be experienced (or be under the mentorship of an experienced agent) and must have a reputation of operating morally, ethically and legally. Being choosy doesn't slow down quality growth though; we have already added 6 more agents just this week. Benchmark Realty AWARDS After 8 years of hard work building a new real estate brokerage from the ground up and then pausing mid-stream to reevaluate and start all over again with just 5 agents, it's nice to be recognized as doing some [...]
Being selected by his peers for the Williamson County Realtor® Association’s “most prestigious award of the year” is an honor which completely caught Benchmark CEO Phillip Cantrell by surprise. At the annual WCAR Board of Director’s Installation Banquet at pretty Lillie Belle’s in downtown Franklin, Cantrell shared in the honor of being named WCAR’s Realtor® of the Year with a great representation of Benchmark agents, his wife, Amanda, and two of his children, Gus and Libby. Benchmark CEO Phillip Cantrell, his family and several members of the Benchmark team after being awarded WCAR "Realtor® of the Year." “It is the pinnacle achievement of my career and I’m very grateful to the association and the board members for be chosen,” Cantrell said. “There are so many amazing people in our profession giving back to our industry which does so much for our community. I’m proud to be a part of it,” Cantrell said. Outgoing president of WCAR Matt Ligon said in his presentation, Cantrell was chosen based on a criteria such as activities and leadership in “WCAR, state and national association levels, civic and community service, business accomplishments and other awards and activities…He believes it is important to [...]
Few people are immune from the dream of home ownership, but many don’t have the means to take the leap. Fortunately, programs from the Tennessee Housing Development Agency promote affordable housing; they also facilitate the use of federal and state housing programs for first-time homebuyers and military veterans. As Realtors®, it’s our job to help everyone we can to realize their dreams of home ownership – and agents like Wesley Willoughby use the THDA to live up to the standards that make up Benchmark Realty’s foundation. Willoughby received the THDA Top Sales Agent award because of his proactive stance on helping first-time homebuyers and veterans. So how did he do it? Promoting Affordable Housing Programs Willoughby and his preferred lending partner, Michael Hampton of Peoples Home Equity, host monthly seminars to help first-time homebuyers and veterans take advantage of THDA programs. By advertising these free classes through radio, television and print, the pair hosts between 15 and 25 people each month; as a result, they’ve helped people who were having a tough time breaking through the barriers to home ownership. “This class gives us the opportunity to meet face-to-face with homebuyers to answer the questions they may not be able [...]
It's a great time to be a real estate agent in the Nashville area. If you are on Facebook, Twitter, or get a newspaper you can't have missed all the GREAT PRESS Nashville has gotten lately. Here are just a few of the articles/posts: Nashville is NOW-ville- Forbes Magazine Nashville's Big Hit Could be the city itself- New York Times Metro Nashville leads the Nation in job growth- Nashville Business Journal Nashville is America's new Boomtown- Business Insider Tennessee Tops 10 Best States for Retirees- ABC News (image via Zazzle.com) According to ABC NEWS- "Tennessee's cost of living was one of the main drivers behind its place at the top of the list. It has the second-lowest cost of living in the country, behind Oklahoma, according to data collected by the Council for Community and Economic Research. In addition, its local and state taxes are the third-lowest in the nation, in the context of its income, sales and property tax levels, according to the Tax Foundation." Klipinger has voted Nashville #1 among Great Affordable Places to Live citing, Southern hospitality, gently rolling hills with big, affordable homes and a mild climate. Add to all these factors record low mortgage interest rates and [...]