New agents at IRG

Local real estate firm
International Realty Group has added Mario Sanchez and Trisha Johnson to its
team in anticipation of the long awaited upswing for the Cayman property market.

“There have been good signs of
market stabilization in late 2009, although I would still characterize the
situation as fragile right now,” said International Realty Group President and owner
Jeremy Hurst. 

“Even so, when the opportunity
arose to add two strong Caymanian professionals to our staff, we decided we
could not pass it up.”

Mr. Sanchez most recently worked in
the hedge fund services industry with local branches of Citi and Ogier.   He attended Cayman Islands High School
before pursuing a degree in architecture at the University of Miami.

 “Real Estate and architecture have always been
a passion of mine,” said Mr. Sanchez.

“IRG is known for its personal
service and professional attention to detail. 
I look forward to working with this talented team and learning from its
wealth of experience.”

Mr. Sanchez will be using his
corporate experience and relationships to provide additional support to the
commercial side of IRG’s business as well as use his local contacts to further
increase the company’s middle income residential market share.

Ms Johnson worked in the Florida
real estate market for several years specializing in the condominium and middle
income home sector, which she described as “quite the roller-coaster
ride”.  She said that real estate is not
a typical career choice for Caymanians but she encourages others to consider
the profession as it can be very rewarding.

“Working with a eight person team
at IRG is a great fit for me,” she said.

“Clients receive very personal and
professional service and that fits with my approach to the business.”

Trisha achieved top honours on the
Cayman Islands Real Estate Brokers Association exam, which local realtors are
required to pass to work in the industry. 
She will be focusing on the condominium and middle-income residential
market, an area that IRG is diversifying into after being known primarily as a
high net worth residential and commercial property firm.

 “IRG is proud to add two enthusiastic, well
trained individuals to our team,” said Mr. Hurst.

“They fit in perfectly with our
firm’s culture of hard work and excellence in what we do.  We remain cautiously optimistic about the
real estate market in Cayman during 2010 and believe these moves position us
well in the current market as well as for the next upturn.”