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Congratulations to Katy Freshour for achieving the Million Dollar Guild (GUILD) lifetime achievement awarded by the Institute for Luxury Home Marketing.  The Million Dollar Guild recognition is awarded to residential real estate professionals in the Institute preforming in the million-dollar and above market.  This recognition requires extensive formal training specific to the high end market and documented performance in the million-dollar and above housing market.  Only 1.2% of the real estate professionals nationally have achieved this recognition. (July 2016)
Congratulations to Katy Freshour for obtaining the Certified Luxury Home Marketing Specialist (CLHMS) designation.  Agents who have obtained this designation have documented performance in the TOP 10% of their markets, and have successfully demonstrated their expertise in the luxury home and estate market. (June 2016)

Congratulations to Katy Freshour for obtaining the Certified Residential Specialist (CRS) designation.  Obtaining this professional designation requires a proven track record and a significant number of transactions and extensive classroom training.  Less than 3% of all real estate agents in the country have obtained this designation.  Katy is the 3rd generation in the family to be awarded the CRS designation.  She follows her grandfather, Bill Woolsey, and her mother, Laura Duggan, who received their designations in 1990.  (May 2016)

Laura Duggan and Katy Freshour have been chosen to present at the Agent Success Summit, an organization  providing professional training for real estate agents.  Their presentation is titled, “Building a Family Team:  Challenges and Rewards.” Over 12,000 real estate agents are expected to attend.  (July 2016)

Congratulations to Katy Freshour for obtaining her Real Estate Broker’s License.  Katy is now the third generation family member to receive this designation.  Less than 15% of all Texas real estate agents qualify for this license from the Texas Real Estate Commission. (February 2016)

Laura Duggan and Katy Freshour attended the international Real Estate Success Rocks Conference in Seattle.  The conference was attended by more that 400 selected real estate agents. Laura presented “Working with Seniors, Their Unique Real Estate Needs”  Laura and Katy were also selected to participate in group workshops after the Conference consisting of the 100 top real  agents to brainstorm application of best practices. (September 2015)

Katy Freshour was selected to participate in the 2015 Emerge Class of Leadership Austin.  Katy was one of 55 Austinites selected.  During the year, the Emerge class will meet monthly in various locations around Austin to discuss regional issues, enhance their community leadership skills, and develop strong relationships to encourage innovative, collaborative solutions to the challenges facing Central Texas. (September 2015)   Emerge Participants

Laura Duggan has been selected to be a presenter at the international Real Estate Success Rocks Conference on September 27, 2015 in Seattle, Washington.  Her topic is ” Working With Seniors, Their Unique Real Estate Needs and Their Unique Personal and Family Concerns.”  The Conference is attended by over 400 selected real estate agents. (July 2015)

Laura Duggan has been chosen to present at the Success Calls Second Annual Conference of the Mastermind Network, an organization  providing professional training for real estate agents.  Over 12,000 real estate agents attended.  (July 2015)

Laura Duggan and Katy Freshour  attended, Engaging Home Staging led by Abby Vasek, Accredited Home Stager and HGTV Design Star. Staged homes sell on average for 17% higher price and 67% faster according to the National Association of REALTORS. (February 2015)

Laura Duggan has been accepted into the 2015 Spring Class of Experience Austin, a program developed by Leadership Austin. One of two Leadership Austin Alumni participating, the program is an intense and condensed overview of all of the important issues facing our city. Presented by Austin’s top leaders and executives, the program includes Icons and Issues, Economics and Education, Land Use and Sustainability, Healthcare for Central Texas and Creativity, Innovation and Community. Laura graduated from Leadership Austin in the 1989-90 class. (February 2015)

Katy Freshour served on the planning committee for the Annual Awards Celebration of the Austin based I Live Here, I Give Here.  A nonprofit organization that promotes the culture of personal philanthropy.  Last year the noon-profit raised over $5.6 million for local organizations.   (September 2014)

Laura Duggan attended the Real Estate Vision Conference in Burlington, Vermont. The conference brought together 200 selected agents from 150 US metro areas to exchange ideas and share latest technology.  (September 2014)

Laura Duggan and Katy Freshour completed the certificated course on “Understanding and Dealing with Appraisals. (August 2014)

Laura Duggan has been chosen to present at the Success Calls Annual Conference of the Mastermind Network, an organization  providing professional training for real estate agents.  Over 10,000 real estate agents are anticipated to attend.  (July 2014)

Stephanie Finch of Houston was chosen as one of the 30 top Realtors under the age of 30 by the National Association of Realtors. As Stephanie stated, “She started by working as the assistant to an inspiring broker, Laura Duggan, while attending college in Austin, Texas.”  Congratulations Stephanie,we are so proud of you.  (May 2014)

Laura Duggan was one of 17 real estate agents across the US to present at a three day virtual on-line training event for real estate agents.  The Agent Generation Summit reached over 7,200 agents.  (March 2014)

Laura Duggan was one of 125 agents selected nationally to attend the three day Real Estate Pilgrimage in New York City.  Laura also Chaired the session on “Marketing and Selling Luxury Properties” and also presented on “Community Market Reports and Offer Letters.” (September 2013)

Laura Duggan’s Master Mind Interview on the “Best Strategies to Market a Home in Todays Market” was distributed to over 8,000 real estate agents.  (June 2013)

Laura Duggan and West Austin Properties were Platinum sponsors of Leadership Austin’s Annual Awards Celebration.  Laura was a member of the the 1989 Leadership Austin class.  (June 2013)

Laura Duggan was selected to be an author for the official CRS Business Resource Center by the  Certified Residential Specialist Association. (May 2013)

Laura Duggan was selected the 43rd Master Mind Agent, recognizing real estate agents nationally who have demonstrated superior leadership and performance.  The organization provides leadership training to real estate agents internationally (March 2013)

Laura Duggan attended Inman Technology Conference in New York (January 2013)

Laura Duggan presented at CRS Sellebration in Las Vegus (January 2013)

Laura Duggan was selected as a reviewer of the Texas real estate sales and broker licensing examinations by the Texas Real Estate Commission  (September 2012)

Laura Duggan releases Market Report Builder for agents in US and Canada.  MRB allows agents to build local statistical market reports for buyers and sellers.   (September 2012)

Laura Duggan presented technology and marketing training at National Raincamp Conference (September 2012)

Laura Duggan speaker at national real estate Breakthrough Conference in Las Vegas.     (July 2012)

West Austin Properties continues its support of Hospice Austin. (April 2012)

Laura Duggan was a general session panel presenter at Inman 2012 Innovation conference in Austin, February 2012

Laura Duggan highlighted in TOP Agent Magazine, February 2012, Article

Laura Duggan and Katy Duggan attended the international real estate technology Inman Conference in New York City, January 2012

Laura Duggan selected to be National Advisor to international real estate organization AREA, November 2011

West Austin Properties supports HUGS, program to welcome returning Fort Hood soldiers, July 2011

Laura Duggan and Katy Duggan speakers at national Star Power conference in San Diego, July 2011

Laura Duggan quoted in national Realtor News on Gen Y, June 2011, Article

West Austin Properties nationally recognized for website and search capacities, May 2011 , Real Estate Rama

Laura Duggan presents on national panel on “Best Real Estate Websitesin Orlando, February 2011

Laura Duggan to present at Certified Residential Specialist (CRS) national convention in Orlando. CRS Conference Program February 2011

West Austin Properties presents on Real Estate Radio.com. Program description.

West Austin Properties hosts Webinar with Todd Kurio of Capstar Lending. Picture February 2011

Laura Duggan’s Article onSuccessful Staging Strategiespublished by international Broker/Agent magazine. January 2011

West Austin Properties presents on national Webinar for Certified Investor Agent Specialist members. program January 2011

Katy Duggan represents West Austin Properties at first Austin Gorilla run. Picture January 2011

West Austin Properties hosts agents attending the Institute for Luxury Home Marketing in Austin. November 2010

West Austin Properties was part of first class in nation to receive the Certified Investor Agent Specialist Designation November 2010

West Austin Properties blog post “Tax Credit Hangover” was recognized as one the most visited blogs on the Agency Logic Blog site Click here to see the posting: Agency Logic Blog August 20, 2010

Laura Duggan presents at Star Power National Convention in Tennessee Topic: Using latest technology tools to position properties for sale July 2010

West Austin Properties presents with Stars at Star Power National Convention in TennesseeTopic: Technology Innovations that add Value to Buyers and Sellers July 2010

West Austin Properties joins Star Power for Habitat for HumanityView home being built July 21st, 2010

Laura Duggan presents at national convention of Certified Residential Specialists Click here to see the description: CRS Sell-a-bration July 20, 2010

West Austin Properties presented with plague from Star Power CEO Alex Charfen and Adam Pedowitz Starpower of the Month agents’ plaque June 2010

Austin Board of Realtors Congratulates Laura for Star Status May/June 2010 Edition of Austin REALTOR   ABoR Recognition

Katy reaches new heights at the construction of the Austonian high rise downtown Austonian pre-sale condos April 2010

West Austin Properties Meets Carl Bosse March 2, 2010  Associated Realty of the Americas

Using Social Media to Boost Your Bottom Line Interview February 25, 2010   Secrets of Top Selling Agents

Agency Logic Blog Features West Austin Marketing February 25, 2010   Ways to Market Your Listing: Tip No. 2

Laura Duggan Honored as Star Power’s Star of the Month January 2010  Star Power: Star of the Month

West Austin Properties’ Listing on Front Page of Yahoo! April 24, 2009    The Institute of Luxury Home Marketing: Luxury Insights Blog

Good Morning Real Estate Interview Host: Justin Zimmerman and Laurie Moore Moore,  April 8, 2009  21+ Luxury Market Secrets Revealed

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Laura with Howard Britten, Founder of StarPower Howard and Laura November 2009