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Hope White, 2012 Realtor of Year, focuses on service rather than selling

Hope White, ERA Courtyard Real Estate in Oklahoma City, says 94 percent of her business comes from repeats and referrals
FROM STAFF REPORTS Published: May 11, 2013

Hope White seldom has new customers, which might sound odd for someone named as Realtor of the Year.

But it's because of long-standing relationships with homebuyers she's done business with time and again over the years.

“I enjoy marketing and meeting new people, yet 94 percent of my business comes from repeats and referrals,” said White, AAA, an agent with ERA Courtyard Real Estate in Oklahoma City. She was honored as Realtor of the Year in 2012 by the Oklahoma Association of Realtors.

White said she makes it her practice to focus on service rather than selling. That's why her relationships with her clients continue long after closing papers have been signed.

She has been a member of the state Realtors group for 33 years. She was president of the association 2011, is a past president of Oklahoma's Certified Residential Specialists chapter, is a member of the board of directors for the National Association of Realtors was named Realtor of the Year by the Oklahoma City Metro Association of Realtors in 2006.

“Hope deserved to win this year's award because she doesn't view real estate simply as her job, but as a way to connect with people in her community and make a difference in their lives,” said Joe Pryor, president of the Oklahoma Association of Realtors and an agent with Redbud Realty & Associates in Edmond. “We are lucky to have Realtors like her in our state.”

White's focus on serving others causes her to look beyond the needs of her clients and into the needs of her community.

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