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<lst>The Virginia Association of Realtors, Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage, and Kitty Bernard, manager of The Kitty Bernard Team of Reston, announce that two of their top producing members have been awarded the Graduate, Realtor Institute (GRI) designation. Both Julie Beth Bernard and Alexis C. Norton received the nationally recognized GRI designation Sept. 17 by completing 90 classroom hours of real-estate instruction with emphasis on topics such as legal liabilities, professional standards, construction and new home sales, and specialized areas such as appraisal, financing, real-estate investments and taxation. Nationally, only 19 percent of Realtors hold this designation, while in Virginia, GRI's represent only 15 percent of the Realtor population. Additionally, both have the ABR (Accredited Buyer Representative) designation and are principal members of The Kitty Bernard Team.

Shimon Hye, with National Realty LLC in Reston, has been awarded the Accredited Buyer Representative (ABR) designation by the Real Estate Buyer's Agent Council Inc., of the National Association of Realtors. Hye joins more than 30,000 real-estate professional to earn the designation.

The Herndon/Reston Long & Foster office announces Virgilio Vasquez as the top producer, top seller and the agent with the most new listings with a sales volume of $7,351,074; and Kanaka Sastry as the top lister for August.

Additional, the Reston Long & Foster office, announces Yusef Khatib as the top producer and the top seller with a sales volume of $6,411,311; Boofie O'Gorman as the top lister; and Cookie Lipin as the agent with the most new listings.

Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage announces its top producers for the month of August include, from the Reston/Sunrise Valley office, Evan Johnson; and from the

Reston/Town Center office, Anita Nilsen.