Weichert® Affiliated Agents Earn National GRI Designation

— Michele Watson

Fran Wynn

HICKORY, N.C. / Jan. 14, 2020 — Weichert, Realtors® – Team Metro is proud to announce that Fran Wynn and Victoria Lyford were recently awarded the highly acclaimed national Graduate Realtor® Institute (GRI) designation.
Wynn and Lyford are licensed real estate agents at the Weichert® affiliate, located in Hickory.
In completing the required curriculum, Wynn and Lyford join other top Realtors in the residential real estate industry from across the nation who hold this designation.
“Fran and Victoria continuously strive to better themselves as real estate professionals and improve the level of service they provide their clients,” said Kim Smith, the broker/owner of Weichert, Realtors® – Team Metro.
Victoria Lyford

Smith added: “Fran and Victoria continue to raise the bar for real estate excellence here in our office and we’re extremely proud of each of them for earning this highly acclaimed national designation.”
Wynn and Lyford each earned the GRI designation by attending an intensive series of classes covering a variety of subjects including professional standards, legal issues, sales and marketing, finance and risk reduction, technology and social media.
GRI designees are members of the National Association of Realtors® who have obtained a professional educational foundation on which to base their services.
The Institute is designed to educate practitioners about local, state and national real estate practices that affect them, their clients and customers. Only members of the Realtor Association may earn the GRI designation. The Realtor Institute is more than 25 years old and has graduated thousands of Realtors nationally.
Weichert, Realtors® – Team Metro is an independently owned and operated Weichert affiliate. The office serves the Hickory metro area.
For more information about Weichert, Realtors® – Team Metro, located at 1144 Lenoir Rhyne Blvd. SE in Hickory, contact Kim Smith at 828-304-1000 or visit

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