Coldwell Banker Real Estate Corp. has recognized Coldwell Banker Apex as a top firm in closed sales nationwide.

“Coldwell Banker Apex continues to grow and earn recognition as one of the top Coldwell Banker firms in the nation,” says Tom Lainson, business consultant for Coldwell Banker Real Estate Corp. “They perform consistently and at top levels even in a more challenging real estate market.”

Coldwell Banker Apex was recognized as the fifth largest Coldwell Banker affiliate in the United States for the first quarter of 2008 based on closed sales for the period.

“We want to congratulate each of our hardworking sales associates for the dedication it takes to achieve this level of production,” says Lori Arnold, president of the firm. “Our associates represent the best of the best in the real estate industry, and we are proud of each and every one of them.”

In addition to the top sales performance, the company’s listings and closed sales also represented strong levels.

“We are hearing so much that is negative about the real estate market in the national media,” says Mickey Fletcher, manager of the Plano office. “The real estate market is such a local thing that the much of the national news being reported does not accurately reflect the Dallas-Fort Worth and surrounding markets. We have found our 2008 market to be strong even though requiring a little more creativity and skill.”

Mr. Fletcher attributes the success to several factors.

“Our local economy is strong and is being fueled by good interest rates,” Mr. Fletcher says. “The inventory of available homes is among the best it has been in many years, making it a great time to purchase a home. Our associates are also benefiting from an array of leading technology tools implemented by Coldwell Banker that are helping our associates excel in the current market.”

Since 1906, the Coldwell Banker organization has been a premier provider of full-service real estate. In 2006, Franchise Times magazine’s Top 200 issue ranked the Coldwell Banker system No. 1 in real estate for the seventh straight year and No. 8 among all franchisors. The Coldwell Banker System has more than 3,800 residential real estate offices and 123,700 sales associates in 31 countries and territories.

Coldwell Banker Apex Realtors has received local and national recognition as a top-producing firm, ranking as the 87th largest firm in the U.S. based on the Power Broker Survey. The company has nine offices with the recent addition of the McKinney office and more than 425 associates.