Richard Silver, a sales representative with Sotheby’s International Realty Canada in Toronto, appreciates being a member of REALM, an emerging international network of top-performing real estate professionals. “We were in competition for a high-end listing,” Silver says. “When we showed the client REALM’s worldwide reach, we secured the listing. It gives you an extra credential that sets you above your competition.”
REALM is the brainchild of Julia Faupel, who began building a lifestyle-oriented platform for top-performing agents in 2018. As co-founder of Jackson Hole Real Estate Associates in Wyoming, she was looking for a way to differentiate the brokerage, while giving high-end clients access to real estate opportunities around the world.
After selling the company to Compass last year, Faupel has focused on building the REALM network, while leading the eight-person Graham-Faupel-Mendenhall team in Jackson Hole to $300 million in 2021 volume. “We have clients all over the world, and wanted to provide them with access to opportunities, such as a new development in Grand Cayman or the Waldorf Astoria Towers in New York,” she says.