Stephanie Anton, left, and Renee Grubb host client appreciation cocktail party.

Stephanie Anton, left, and Renee Grubb host client appreciation cocktail party.

(Village Properties Realtors)

Santa Barbara’s booming real estate market is a cause to celebrate, so that is what Village Properties Realtors did at with a client appreciation cocktail party Aug. 27 at the Santa Barbara Club.

The event was attended by 150 guests who came out to raise a glass with the Village Properties team headed by owner/broker Renee Grubb.

“What a delight it was to share that time and to give thanks to all these people in our community who’ve worked with us,” said Grubb, whose team attained more than $1 billion in sales last year, with an average of $1.4 million per sale.

“Giving thanks is our pleasure,” she said.

Grubb and Village Properties executive director Leanne Wood hosted the soiree along with special guest Stephanie Anton, president of Luxury Portfolio International (LPI). LPI is the luxury marketing division of Leading Real Estate Companies of the World, the largest network of premier locally branded real estate companies.

LPI is Village Properties’ referral network, with 4,300 offices and 130,000 associates producing $254 billion in sales last year among the top 500 U.S. firms, 1 million transactions in 70 countries.

Village Properties is the only Santa Barbara real estate company with exclusive membership in LPI, exposing its listings to the world’s largest global network of locally branded brokerages.

Forging lasting personal relationships with customers is at the core of Village Properties’ mission statement. “We pride ourselves on keeping clients for life,” Grubb said. “We’re firm believers in developing and sustaining these long-term relationships.”

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— Jennifer Goddard for Village Properties.