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April 22, 2012

Business briefs: April 22, 2012

Awards received

PLATTSBURGH — Kathy Bennett and Michelle Fowler of RE/MAX North Country have been awarded the Accredited Buyer's Representation (ABR) designation by the Real Estate Buyer's Agent Council (REBAC) of the National Association of Realtors (NAR).

Bennett and Fowler joined more that 30,000 real-estate professionals in North America who have earned the ABR designation. All were required to successfully complete a comprehensive course in buyer representation and an elective course focusing on a buyer-representation specialty, both in addition to submitting documentation verifying professional experience.

REBAC, founded in 1988, is the world's largest association of real-estate professionals focusing specifically on representing the real-estate buyer. There are more that 40,000 active members of the organization worldwide. NAR, "The Voice for Real Estate," is the world's largest professional association, representing more than a million members involved in all aspects of the real-estate industry.

Contact Bennett and Fowler at RE/MAX North Country, Clinton County's No. 1 real-estate company in residential sales for 2009 through 2011, at 563-1200.

New associate

PLATTSBURGH — Joyce Samonek has joined Coldwell Banker Whitbeck Associates as a full-time sales associate working out of the Plattsburgh office.

Prior to joining Coldwell Banker Whitbeck Associates, Samonek met the New York real-estate licensing requirements and completed the comprehensive Coldwell Banker training program, including Coldwell Banker Springboard and Coldwell Banker e-faststart.

"We're happy to have Joyce on our team," said Peter Whitbeck, broker/owner.

"She has an excellent background and is extremely knowledgeable about the North Country market."

Samonek is a long-time Chazy resident. She is a private business owner of a local bed and breakfast as well as an antique store, past editor of Chazy's Town Talk and has a degree in Interior Decorating and Design.

Coldwell Banker Whitbeck Associates is located at 20 Miller St. in Plattsburgh and 2577 Main St. in Lake Placid.

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