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There is more to a Real Estate professional than just helping you buy properties. Our company has been in the business for over 33 years. We started out small in Wasilla, Alaska with the goal of providing the Wasilla area with its own professional real estate agency. Since then, we have grown through the years and have expanded our operations in various US states too.
We provide variety. We offer a broad spectrum of real estate options available in all our locations. Our list of properties includes family homes, apartments, commercial areas, condominiums and raw lands. Our property listings are top-of-the-line, yet we cater to everyone—from all walks of life—who needs good real estate properties to start their business or rear their family. We make sure that we can match our clients with the right real estate property that they desire.
We are led by a good leader. On the helm of the company is our founder, Kristan Cole, who is considered as one of the top real estate brokers in the country. She has won different achievements such as the Realtor of the Year (1996) awarded by the Valley Board of Realtors. She is also the recipient of the Best Real Estate Agent Frontiersman Reader’s Choice Award from 2004 to 2006.
We are all seasoned experts. Behind each agent person is a great team.The company is also supported by a team of experts who know the ins and outs of the real estate market in areas where they serve. The team behind Kristan Cole are highly trained real estate agents who have been molded and forged in the industry for years and years. We believe that Experience Matters and it has helped us get relevant insider information so we can match the best real estate properties according to the demands and needs of our clients.
We embrace growth. We understand that the real estate market scene 20 years ago is different from what we have now. To meet the demands of our clients, our company has expanded over the years and we are now currently providing professional real estate service in several locations across the entire United States. Moreover, we are constantly seeking ways on how to improve our services rendered to our clients.
At Lifestyle Homes Worldwide, we don’t strive to be better. We strive to be the best!
What is ABR? CRS? CLHMS? During your search for a REALTOR®, you have probably come across many of these acronyms, but what do they mean? Each abbreviation represents a real estate designation, meaning the person holding these distinctions has gone above and beyond what is needed to get and maintain a real estate license. They have taken additional courses, classes and exams to earn these designations and provide their clients with more experience and resources. Read below for more information on the designations earned by The Kristan Cole Team.
ABR: An Accredited Buyer Representative is a salesperson who is qualified to provide buyer representation and who is familiar with buyer brokerage and buyer agency issues. To get and maintain this designation, an agent is required to complete a 12-hour course, be an active member in Real Estate Buyer's Agent Council (REBAC), and have five or more documented sales during the previous 18-month period. The Buyer Representatives on The Kristan Cole Team sell an average of 25 properties per year.
CCIM: A Certified Commercial Investment Member is a specialist in the commercial real estate and investment market. A CCIM can provide valuable information to anyone buying, selling or investing in commercial real estate. This designation is presented by the Commercial Investment Real Estate Institute (CIREI) after the agent completes a graduate-level course of study and has applied this knowledge in the field. Kristan is one of the only two CCIMs in the Mat-Su Valley.
CLHMS: A Certified Luxury Home Marketing Specialist is a member of The Institute for Luxury Home Marketing. Members of this organization have demonstrated their skills and expertise in the luxury home market as well met rigorous performance guidelines, including selling luxury homes over $500,000.
CDPE (Certified Distressed Property Expert®) - Foreclosure wrecks havoc on families, finances, and believe it or not, health. Real estate agents who earn the CDPE designation from the Distressed Properties Institute understand the delicacy of the situation. Agents are experts in helping clients review their options and how to implement effective strategies, reveal short sales and discuss how foreclosure affects credit rating.
CRS: A Certified Residential Specialist is the "master's degree of residential real estate.” Every CRS must have a proven track record in the business, as well as additional education courses in finance, technology, marketing and other real estate-related subjects. This designation is presented by the Residential Sales Council.
REALTOR®: A REALTOR® is a real estate licensee and a member of the National Association of REALTORS® (NAR) who has agreed to abide by the high ethical standards set by NAR. Not every real estate agent is a REALTOR®. Look for the REALTOR® logo or ask an agent if they are a REALTOR®.
Howard Brinton Star Power Star: The "Star Power" organization is a hand-picked group of approximately 150 of the most successful REALTORS® in the country. "Stars" typically average more than 200 transactions per year and have the opportunity to share their knowledge and experience with other “Stars” through various conferences and summits.
Each Allen F. Hainge CyberStar® is a leading sales associate in his or her marketplace. A CyberStar® must adhere to four basic standards before selection. First, the associate must complete 50 or more transactions or $5+ million in closed volume during the past year. Secondly, the associate must have a professionally designed custom website. The associate must also have demonstrated commitment to using technology in their marketing efforts. And finally, they must be willing to share real estate technology and ideas with other CyberStars® through efforts online and during various CyberStar® meetings.
Kristan Cole has an impressive list of credentials and experience to better serve her buyers and sellers in the Wasilla, Palmer, Eagle River, Anchorage and Girdwood real estate markets. Below are her professional and personal achievements.