April 08, 2003 11:00 pm

Two local real estate companies have come in for their share of honors recently.

Betty and Dave Driggers recently returned from San Diego, Calif., where their firm of ERA Driggers and Associates was named a top 100 ERA real estate affiliate.

This achievement places the local firm in an elite group of ERA members called the President's Circle, according to a news release.

ERA president and and chief operations officer Brenda W. Casserly said the President's Circle members epitomize professionalism and excellence in real estate.

"Through its dedication, ERA Driggers and Associates leads our local real estate market by providing its clients with the most comprehensive products and services," Casserly said. "ERA Driggers truly exemplifies dedication to hard work and customer satisfaction," she said.

She said ERA has a commitment to making the process of buying or selling a home a positive experience for its customers.

"By using the latest ERA real estate products and services, our sales associates and staff have provided excellent customer services and this award recognizes that achievement," Casserly said.

Betty and Dave Driggers, who operate out of offices at 1702 Fourth St., La Grande, began in the real estate business in 1987. They bought out Lester Coldwell Banker in March.

The other company getting some national recognition was Century 21 Eagle Cap Realty at 2307 Adams Ave., La Grande.

Roger Goodman, the principal broker, and Kent Coppinger and Bill Bushlen have been awarded the Accredited Buyer Representation designation by the Real Estate Buyer's Agent Council of the National Association of Realtors.

"Today's real estate brokers and agents want to provide a full menu of services for their clients, whether they are buyers or sellers," said Terrance M. McDermott, REBAC president.

"The ABR designation, the benchmark of excellence in buyer agency service, demonstrates to clients that the agent has taken steps to continue their education in the field of buyer representations, and as the proven experience and training to deliver ethical and professional service to real estate buyers," McDermott said.

A news release said Goodman, Coppinger and Bushlen join more than 24,000 real estate professionals in North America who have earned the ABR designation. The requirements for the designation include a comprehensive two-day course in buyer representation, a written examination on legal and practical aspects of client representation and practical experience in the field of buyer representation.

Further, Century 21 Eagle Cap Realty has recently earned the 2002 Quality Service Award.

"The receipt of this award is a great honor for us," Goodman said. "It's the result of our hard work and the quality customer service that we diligently provide to each of our customers."

The award is an integral part of the Century 21 system's commitment to excellence and recognizes an office's dedication to this commitment based on customer feedback received from a quality service survey among people who bought homes, who respond by e-mail or postcard, according to news release.

To earn the award, an office must receive responses from at least 25 percent of the customers surveyed and must get a survey score of at least 90 percent, the company said.

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