11 new faces in Elite 25, Austin’s exclusive luxury real estate club

Austin’s exclusive club of luxury home agents has 11 new faces on its roster this year, Elite 25 announced.

The club will celebrate its class of 2018 at a private dinner party in Austin on March 8.

This year, 34 agents and brokers made the cut. The number of members in Elite 25 varies from year to year based on the advisory board’s criteria.

Overall last year, the club’s members sold 389 properties under the luxury category — homes with prices more than $1 million, said Tony Trungale, managing director of Elite 25 LLC.

Elite 25 was started in 1994 as a way to recognize the top-performing luxury real estate agents in Austin. Agents have to submit settlement statements for sales of homes over $1 million, and go through a “stringent” verification process, Trungale said. For the sales to qualify, agents have to show they earned at least 2 percent commission.

The voluntary program doesn’t draw every luxury agent in Austin, but the list is widely advertised and it is seen as a status symbol that can elevate an agent’s profile in a crowded market.

The group’s members meet monthly for catered luncheons to network, listen to speakers, discuss market trends and get a preview of new properties often before they’re listed on the MLS. Members pay $3,000 annually to belong to the club.

Brokerages that always have a strong representation in Elite 25 include Gottesman Residential Real Estate, Moreland Properties and Kuper Sotheby’s International Realty. Austin Portfolio Real Estate — the luxury division of Keller Williams Realty — also is well represented. And, of course, there are always a few lone rangers who make the cut every year.

Here is the full list of Elite 25 members for 2018. New members have an asterisk (*) next to their names.

• Anna Lee, Moreland Properties

• Amy Rung, Wilson & Goldrick

• Beth Carter, Moreland Properties *

• Charlotte Lipscomb, Austin Portfolio Real Estate

• Chris Long, Gottesman Residential Real Estate

• Cindy Goldrick, Wilson & Goldrick

• Clayton Bullock, Moreland Properties *

• Cord Shiflet, Moreland Properties

• Crystal Olenbush, AustinRealEstate.com *

• Dara Allen, Gottesman Residential Real Estate

• Darin Walker, Kuper Sotheby’s International Realty*

• Debbie Lowe, Moreland Properties *

• Dru Brown, Wilson & Goldrick *

• Eric Cooper, Austin Portfolio Real Estate

• Eric Moreland, Moreland Properties

• Gary Dolch, Kuper Sotheby’s International Realty

• Greg Walling, Moreland Properties

• Jana Birdwell, Kuper Sotheby’s International Realty

• Jeannette Spinelli, Austin Portfolio Real Estate

• Joe Longton, Kuper Sotheby’s International

• Kathleen Bucher, Austin Portfolio Real Estate

• Kathryn Scarborough, Engel & Volkers

• Kumara Wilcoxon, Kuper Sotheby’s International Realty

• Laura Gottesman, Gottesman Residential Real Estate

• Megan DeLeeuw, Gottesman Residential Real Estate*

• Nicole Kessler, Gottesman Residential Real Estate

• Robin Banister, Gottesman Residential Real Estate

• Shannon Windham, Gottesman Residential Real Estate

• Stephanie Panozzo, Gottesman Residential Real Estate

• Trey Phillips, Moreland Properties *

• Wade Giles, Moreland Properties *

• Will Steakley, DEN Property Group.

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