Travel and Explore the World with Huffines REALTOR Relations Program! Huffines REALTOR® Trips are legendary! Guests say each trip is better than the one before!
We sat down and chatted with Chellie Feathers-Meziere Director of Marketing with Huffines Communities to get the scoop on the legendary Huffines REALTOR® trips we hear about every year! The very first Huffines REALTOR® trip took place in February of 2016 – when 13 REALTORs® were awarded for Heartland sales — with a luxurious trip to Dreams Las Mareas in Guanacaste, Costa Rica.
Later that year, in October of 2016, they took a group of 17 to the Grotto Bay Resort on the beautiful isle of Bermuda for sales in Inspiration.
The 2017 trip was originally scheduled to take place in the Caribbean Island of Tortola but Hurricane Irma had other ideas. So, Chellie and team quickly shifted gears and took 50 people to the incredibly beautiful island of Maui in Hawaii. I mean you can’t go wrong with Hawaii!
The 2018 trip brought a big shift in direction for Huffines’ REALTOR® trip, as they embarked on their very first cruise on board the SilverSea Luxury Liner of Silver Wind, a 280 passenger sailing yacht. Forty guests enjoyed a grand adventure on this Caribbean cruise with stops on the islands of Grand Turks, St. Barth’s, Antiqua & Barbuda, British Virgin Gorda, and Puerto Rico
The 2019 earned trip will be remembered as ‘the bouncing ball’ trip, as everyone had to remain fluid! It was initially scheduled to take place in the Spring of 2020. It was postponed and rescheduled three times due to Covid and now is finally set to take placethis September 29th – October 6th. The 2019 was worth the wait, though! It’s a once-in-a-lifetime Rhine River cruise, embarking in Basel Switzerland with stops in Breisach Germany, Strasbourg France, Rudesheim Germany, Koblenz Germany, Cologne Germany, Kinderdijk Netherlands and disembarking in Amsterdam Netherlands.
I asked about REALTOR® based sales. Huffines communities sales involving REALTORs® average in the 80+% range. Huffines was among many real-estate-related companies who celebrated breaking sales records in 2020. Chellie noted that Huffines’ 2020 sales skyrocketed as people discovered that if they had to be housebound, they preferred to do it in a beautiful new home vs. a cramped apartment. So in addition to record home sales in 2020, those sales also helped break a record of the number of guests qualifying for the trip! The 2020 REALTOR® trip grew to a record 58 guests! Sadly, due to Canadian restrictions not allowing passage through International waters, the originally planned Alaskan Cruise had to be scrapped for a more tropical get-away to the breathtaking azure waters of the Turks & Caicos Islands. That 2020 trip just took place this July, and 54 people experienced paradise together at the Windsong Resort on the Isle of Provodentiales.
When Huffines Communities says they are taking REALTORs® on an all-expenses paid luxury trip – they really deliver! Each trip kicks off with a fun-filled “Ticket Party Reception” where Huffines’ guests are invited to a cocktail party to wine, dine and mingle with other guests. Lucky guests are presented with lots of goodies including a totebag, beachbag or backpack (depending on the destination) loaded with thoughtfully brainstormed items that will be helpful on the trip such as bug bands, sunscreen and chapstick, snacks, branded beach towels and beverage tumblers, and a folder containing travel tickets and information, luggage tags and more. Airfare, lodging, food and beverage, excursions and entertainment are all included on Huffines’ trips! Pretty much all REALTORs® need to bring is their suitcases and some spending money for souvenirs! Before the ticket party ends, a brief overview of the trip is provided by Chellie, and Arta Travel President/Owner, Steve McSwain who also travels to the destination with the group. Guests are on the trips to relax, but Chellie and her team, along with Steve, work tirelessly to make the trips the incredible success they have become year-after-year.
Builder partners often voice their appreciation for Huffines Communities team members going above and beyond the ‘norm’ of what a developer typically offers builder partners, so getting one-on-one time with our builders on the trip is a great opportunity to mix business with pleasure. Many great, new ideas have come from those casual get togethers on Huffines’ trips!
Bloomfield Homes has been involved in the trips almost since the beginning, sending either Mike McCord and his wife Rita, or Don Dykstra and wife Debbie. Debra Andrew with Gehan has found the trips to be such a great marketing opportunity that she has joined the trip for the past three years. Wanting in on the fun this year, Shaddock Homes’ Peter Shaddock brought wife, Julie, and four top executives along with their spouses to join the 2020 trip to Turks & Caicos!
The 2021 REALTOR® trip will take place June 5-10, 2022 and, due to popular demand, will be at the fabulous all-inclusive Secrets Resort in Guanacaste, Costa Rica! If you’re a REALTOR®, be sure to sign up with the Huffines REALTOR® Relations program – you will receive an eblast of available spec inventory and builder contact information.
Huffines is a big supporter of the DFW REALTOR® community. Keep an eye out for invites to other Huffines sponsored events.
Huffines also hosts several smaller events — such as brokerage offices annual awards ceremony, company party, monthly or quarterly meetings either at brokerage offices or hosted on-site at one of their resort-style clubhouses.
Small but mighty – Huffines is proud of how cohesive and efficient their small team is — with just 25 team members, they all wear many hats and work together seamlessly as a team including, Elvio Bruno, President; Sue Blankenship, Senior Vice President; Mark Edgren, Vice President; Office Manager Roxanne Cabrera; and Aaron Alcozer – their digital media guru who moved their master planned community websites towards a video-centric look. Get ready! For 2022, Aaron’s goal is to bring home the McSam award for Best Social Media Campaign.
Company owners, Phillip and Donald Huffines and CFO Jeff Winger, and their spouses, have also attended some REALTOR® Rewards Trips — enjoying the opportunity to get to know REALTORs® better and learn about what buyer trends REALTORs® are seeing in the new home market.
Keeping up with new trends has paid off for Huffines Communities! The company has received 70+ industry-based awards for everything from their grand entrances and resort-style clubhouses to Best Project Managers and more. The Marketing Department alone has taken home Dallas Builder Association McSam & Texas Star Awards for Best Use of Technology, Best Digital Promotion, Best Website, Best Video, Best Billboard, Best Special Event several times, and Marketing Professional of the Year.
Discover Huffines Communities today! Help them break a record again on the growing number of REALTORs® on their 2022 trip to Costa Rico!
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