The Ashton Real Estate Group of RE/MAX Elite
Gary Ashton is the team leader for the #1 ranked RE/MAX team in Nashville and in the state of Tennessee. The team is also ranked #6 in the USA and #9 in the world!
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Gary Ashton Bio
Gary Ashton acquired his real estate license in March 2001 and has had a rapid rise to become the number one realtor for Nashville.com, one of the top 1% of realtors in the United States, the number 1 team with RE/MAX Elite and the official real estate agent for the Tennessee Titans.
England to the States
Born in England, Gary spent most of his time pursuing a musical career, first playing drums with the Leeds Middle Schools Orchestra, then the Yeadon Town Brass band, and then moving more towards the rock and pop bands. This eventually led to playing in a local Leeds rock/pop band called Officer Dibble.
At the time Gary was working at an advertising agency and had clients who were selling cars or homes. This was to come in useful later! As the local success of the band grew, the attention of the music business came to them. The band was signed by Chris De Burghs management and as a result the band subsequently opened for Chris De Burgh and Tears for Fears.
His family owned two bed and breakfast hotels, and after leaving the band, Gary helped with the family business. Eventually the hotels were sold and the family emigrated to Clearwater Beach, Florida, where they operated a motel for 10 years.
When developers began approaching the Ashton’s and other local hotel owners, Gary put together a team to handle the negotiations. This was his introduction to the world of real estate, and although the deal fell through, the decision to sell and move to Nashville was made.
In October 2000, Gary came to Nashville to once again pursue a musical career
From Florida to Tennessee
In 2001, Gary obtained his real estate license and became an agent at Crye-Leike in Hendersonville. It seemed the best of both worlds – part time Realtor, part time musician. However, it soon became clear that music didn’t pay the bills and real estate did!
From Part Time to Full Time
Gary eventually became a buyers’ agent for Steve Shrum, one of the top agents at Crye-Leike and one of the few agents in Hendersonville who actually had a website up and running. Gary’s background in advertising had been useful in developing a website for the hotel, and so he applied this knowledge in an effort to enhance the lead generation from Steve’s web site
When Gary began applying the principals he had learned from Steve and ideas he generated from working on the web site, he decided it was time to move out on his own. In 2004, he was asked to join a local real estate group, Bob Parks, making him the Number 1 agent for Sumner County. Then within 6 weeks, he was approached by the owners of Nashville.com to become the exclusive agent for the real estate section. It then became obvious that he would need the branding of a nationally known company, and RE/MAX was the only choice for Gary’s concept and business model.
As the number of leads generated through Nashville.com swamped Gary, he took on buyers agents to help with the over flow. During the past 4 years he has continued to refine and enhance the lead generation process creating, on average, 35 inquiries a day.
In 2007 Gary made "Top 3" Realtors in sales and earnings for the RE/MAX Elite group of over 400 Nashville area realtors. He is also the number one agent for the Nashville.com Real Estate Team since 2004.
This was a banner year for Gary and his team, notably the first time Gary was recognised for his sales achievents by being honored by RE/MAX as a member of the "Chairmans Club"
As the country started to see the effects of some questionable loan practises that seemed to has reverberations for credit institutions around the world, the market in Nashville was also taking a hit. Sales were down but Gary's team was stilled recognised as being the top team with RE/MAX Elite in Nashville TN
Again a trying tme for real estate sales in the US but with every cloud there is a silver lining. The collapse of the real estate market actually created an environment for some amazing deals and the strong positioning of Gary's team online meant that 2008 was still a succesful year for the team.
The downturn in sales also was seen by Gary as a team to regroup and to focus his attention on redesigning the website in conjuction with Morgan Carey of Real Estate Webmaster and his design team. The result is the site you are viewing now!
The release of the new website has been met with numerous coomets of approval but the proof of the pudding is in the eating. Since the new site was released the number of registrations has nearly tripled and as a result 2010 looks like it will be a banner year for Gary and TAREG.
This saw a change in the ownership of RE/MAX Elite and with that a new momentum was brought to the team and saw Gary start to really focus on developing the team structure and developing the presence of the team within in the local community.
Gary became the official real estate agent of the Tennessee Titans, which brought full circle the great relationship he already had with the organization agetr working with Mike Rinefeldt and Cortland Finnegan. As a result of this new venture with the Titans, Gary and the team have effectively become the relocation department for the Titans organization and have helped numerous players and coaches find a place to live in Nashville. This has been a wonderful relationship with one of the worlds most recognised brands , the NFL, and Gary and the team are all very proud to be associated with the team and the Titans organization.
If you are visiting any of the Titans home games, remember to stop by our Titans Tailgate see: www.TAREGTailgate.com
Also in 2011 Gary and the team became the exclusive real estate company as part of a business networking platform called ACCELERENT. This allows Gary to further promote the team and all the benefits of working with the #1 RE/MAX real estate team in Tennessee. Also, this brought about the ability to work with the members employees and offer them exclusive benefits through the Hometown Move program
This was another great year for for TAREG and saw the addition of Debra Beagle to the team as a broker and a listing force who was previously the #1 agent with Coldwell Banker in Murfreesboro. Debra also has a passion for teaching and sharing her extensive knowledge which has become a perfect complement to our existing listing guru Jonny Lee.
Through out the year, the team continued to grow in size to reflect the growing stature of TAREG in terms of the number of transactions and volume of sales which actually resulted in sales of just under $85 million. This represented a huge step forward for the team and really put the team on the national map as they were listed in the top 250 real estate teams in the USA in the Wall Street Journal.
This was another year of growth for the team as they solidified their associations with both the Accelerent organization and the Tennessee Titans. This year also represented a growth in the team agents to just under 50 for the first time and allowed the team to really become a fantastic resource for anyone looking to buy or sell ahome in the Nashville area.
By the end of 2013 the team had a cumulative total of just over $150 million in sales and just over 560 transactions. To capitalize on being the new force in Nashville real estate Gary looked to take the team to the next level by becoming the exclusive agent for the "Radio and Television Experts" and started to plan a radio commercial campaign designed to really allow the presence and marketing power of the team to really benefit people looking to sell their home in Nashville using the guaranteed sale approach that has taken many other agents to the "Mega Agent" level.
So far this has been a great start to the year for the team, as the new construction divsion has kicked into top gear with new developments coming online and custom homes been built to really cater to the whole range of the new construction demands in Nashville.
To complete the diversity of the team, Gary now has 3 Spanish speaking agents on the team, and is looking to develop a greater presence within the Hispanic community in Nashville. Gaby Lira is the latest Bi Lingual agent to join the team and she is also the President of the Board at NAHREP-Great Nashville
With a revamped website ready to be launched in late February, and numerous other developments within the actual team, 2014 is again looking to be a banner year for TAREG
Real Estate and the Internet
Gary has taken advantage of the Internet as a way of reaching home buyers who are actively using the Web to find out more information about the Nashville area, and homes and properties that are available through the Middle Tennessee Regional Multiple Listing Service (MTRMLS).
If you have ever had any contact with Gary, you'll probably recognize this image as being very representative of just about every hour of his working day!
Gary Ashton in a familiar pose :)
In keeping with Gary's interest with real estate, architecture and the visual aspect of the internet this developed in to a photography hobby where Gary has managed to blend the interests in travel and photography. Gary has actually won a couple of photography awards working with the Ujena swim wear company based in California.