What does it exactly mean to be a “Top Agent”?
Many agents sell themselves as “Top Agents” but few truly have the stats to back it up. For Laurin LaLima, being a “Top Agent” means being the #1 producer in her office, Century 21 Mack Morris Iris Lurie for 13 consecutive years along with the #1 sales agent and the #1 listing agent. For Laurin, it means being consistently ranked in the Top 10 of Century 21 agents in the State of New Jersey (ranked #7 in 2019) and consistently ranked better than 99% of all Century 21 agents in the entire nation (ranked #158 of over 52,000 in 2019). For Laurin, it means over a quarter of a billion in real estate sold throughout her career and having been on nearly 600 transaction sides. Having received the NJAR Circle of Excellence Platinum Level sales award (the highest and most prestigious award a REALTOR in New Jersey can receive) 6 times, Laurin has set a new bar for what it means to be a “Top Agent”.
She earned her bachelor’s degree and graduated from Rutgers University with a double major in communication and sociology. Although she initially planned to pursue real estate on a part-time basis, she quickly interested in all facets of real estate, and it was clear there was no turning back. “I decided to go full force into real estate and just kept with it,” she said. “I quickly learned that in this business you get back with you put in. The more time I spent working, the better I became and the more I realized I had found my true passion. With my constant desire to be the best, I continued to push myself to the top.”
“I am always on the MOVE, I never stop, I work 24/7 for all my clients. My passion and determination makes me one of the best agents in the industry,” top real estate agent Laurin LaLima explains. “I want my clients to feel comfortable with me, I’m never pushy and I always get the job done.” Laurin possesses every quality one seeks in a REALTOR®. Being compassionate, understanding and patient, combined with her aggressive work ethic, have helped Laurin achieve great heights in her career. Ambition, integrity and success, it appears, is Laurin’s driving force.
Over the last 16 years, she’s perfected her craft and saw that one of her strengths was in the luxury homes subset. Laurin sold actress Queen Latifah’s 8,000 square foot estate. As far as a specialty goes, Laurin doesn’t limit herself to just one area, preferring instead to serve a diverse client base from first time home buyers to highly experienced investors. Some of her designations and specialties include ABR (Accredited Buyer Agent), SRES (Senior Real Estate Specialist), Effective Negotiator, Networking & Referrals, as well as being an elite Cartus Relocation member. Laurin is also one of the few real estate agents that hold a broker’s license, a testament to her willingness to go above and beyond what is expected of her. “I constantly learn whatever I can to better myself and stay a step above the rest,” Laurin says. Referrals and repeat clients make up the bulk of her business, as she continually impresses all who work with her.
Laurin works hard to ensure her clients are cared for, resulting in them leaving glowing reviews about their time with her. As one client put it “Laurin is without a doubt one of the best agents I’ve dealt with. Her expertise and marketing plan for selling our house was phenomenal. Her response time to my texts, phone calls and emails were within minutes, and that’s even in the evening/night time. She is super knowledgeable and has kept us in the loop the entire process and always answered all of our questions. Buying and selling have been stressful but Laurin has made it much easier. Even my lawyer has commented on how she has done a great job. Without hesitation I would hire her in a heartbeat. She is a true professional and excellent at what she does.”
Great sales statistics are very important, but to Laurin being a “Top Agent” means even more. It means as a first priority, that she is representing her clients by ensuring their interests are her number one responsibility. Laurin works extremely hard to ensure clients receive or obtain a fair price in their transaction and works to balance any other factors that are important to them such as a quick closing, winning a bidding war and obtaining the home of their dreams or just flat out finding them something that other agents could not. For Laurin, being a “Top Agent” means continuing her real estate agent education and staying abreast of all industry trends such as interest rate swings that impact the mortgage market or utilizing analytics to look at housing inventory supply in local markets to advise sellers in price setting. For Laurin, being a “Top Agent” means consistently coming up with new ways to market homes in unique ways. Her social media following has grown exponentially in the last few years. Laurin has over the years grown a network of experts she can call upon, from mortgage brokers, real estate attorneys, local expert agents and title companies all to help ensure a smooth transaction for her clients.
For Laurin, being a “Top Agent” isn’t just another honor, another ranking or another accolade, it’s EVERYTHING!
For more information about Laurin LaLima of Century 21 Mack Morris Iris Lurie call 732-261-7288 or email [email protected]