PRESS RELEASE: Sperry Van Ness International Corp. Adds Auction, Sales Franchise In Richmond, Va.

IRVINE, CA. — Sperry Van Ness International Corporation (SVNIC), a commercial real estate services franchisor, is proud to announce the addition of its newest franchise office, Sperry Van Ness/Motley’s in Richmond, Va. Known simply as “Motley’s” to many in the Richmond area since 1968, the full-service auction and realty group now joins SVNIC as it looks to further advance its success – and expose its listings to an even wider audience of potential buyers.

Managing Director Mark Motley has more than 30 years of experience with commercial real estate appraisals and dispositions. He was first exposed to real estate auctions at the age of 13, learning the business from his father. In 1988, Mark led the expansion of Motley’s to include an industrial division, providing liquidations and appraisals for the assets of brokerage corporations like SVNIC. A decade later, he entered the online auction market as a cofounder of the Auction Online Network. And in 2008, he added turnkey foreclosure and trustee services as an offshoot of Motley’s. Now in 2013, the company will grow yet again, with the support of SVNIC’s nationwide platform.

“We’ve really embraced the things that make SVNIC different from other commercial real estate companies,” said Motley. “SVNIC’s culture of collaboration allows us to further accelerate our auction services by reaching potential buyers from all around the country. Additionally, the social media support and transparency in promoting listings – even to competitors – will allow us to increase sales when it comes to marketing more traditional properties.”   

SVNIC is the only commercial real estate firm that markets all of its properties nationally to a 100,000-member brokerage and investment community. From 2010 to 2012, SVNICgave more than $200 million in shared commissions to its own competitors for bringing the highest bidder to the table, allowing advisors to see gains from closing more deals in less time. Advisors also reap the benefits of SVNIC’s cloud-based enterprise system that enables easy, on-the-go access to property listings and client contacts; real-time data sharing; and software that allows for the assembly of professional proposals and marketing materials.

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About Sperry Van Ness International Corporation

Sperry Van Ness International Corporation, a commercial real estate services franchisor, is the 10th most recognized commercial real estate brokerage in the U.S., according to the annual Lipsey Survey.The Sperry Van Ness organization includes more than 175 locations in 36 markets. With headquarters in Irvine, Calif., Sperry Van Ness Commercial Real Estate Advisors provide brokerage, tenant representation, consultation, asset management, property management, leasing, accelerated marketing and auction services. Sperry Van Ness advisors represent clients in office, multifamily, retail, industrial, self-storage, hospitality, marina and land transactions. All Sperry Van Ness offices are independently owned and operated. For more information, go to


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