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The REAL Trends/WSJ Thousand list for 2016 has been unveiled


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You can’t have a conversation about the best real estate agents in the United States without mentioning The Thousand.

What’s The Thousand? It’s the REAL Trends/Wall Street Journal‘s list of America’s top 1,000 real estate sales agents and sales teams.

The Thousand is sliced into four categories, each with 250 designees. Those categories are:

Individual agent – sales volume Individual agent – transaction sides Agent team – sales volume Agent team – transaction sides

How do the entities compile the list? According to the methodology outlined in the press release, it works like this: “Rankings are compiled based on surveys from virtually every national branded network, state and local associations of Realtors, multiple listing services, all applicants from past years’ rankings, and the 900 largest brokerage firms in the United States. Verification from an independent source is required for all submissions. In addition, REAL Trends senior staff reviews every submission for completeness and accuracy.”

With no further ado, here are the top five designees in each category.

Individual Agent – Sales Volume Ben Caballero,, Inc., Addison, Texas John Burger, Brown Harris Stevens, New York Serena Boardman, Sotheby’s International Realty/NRT, New York Joanne Nemerovski, Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Koenig Rubloff Realty Group, Chicago Mauricio Umansky, The Agency, Beverly Hills, California Individual Agent – Transaction Sides Ben Caballero,, Inc., Addison, Texas Jeff Perry, Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Results Realty, St. Cloud, Florida Alexander Chandler, Alexander Chandler Realty, Fort Worth, Texas Ranae Stewart, EXIT Realty N.F.I., Pensacola, Florida Gina Gargeu, CENTURY 21 Downtown, Baltimore, Maryland Individual Agent – Average Sales Price Brenda S. Powers, Sotheby’s International Realty/NRT, New York Elizabeth L. Sample, Sotheby’s International Realty/NRT, New York Alireza Faghiri, Alain Pinel Realtors, Menlo Park, California Setsuko Hattori, Douglas Elliman Real Estate, New York Karen Kemp, The Corcoran Group/NRT, New York Agent Team – Sales Volume The Leonard Steinberg Team, Compass, New York Tami Pardee, Halton Pardee + Partners, Venice, California The Creig Northrop Team, Long & Foster Real Estate, Inc., Clarksville, Maryland The Eklund Gomes Team, Douglas Elliman Real Estate, New York The Serhant Team, Nest Seekers International, New York Agent Team – Transaction Sides Rhonda Duffy, Duffy Realty of Atlanta, Alpharetta, Georgia John Murray, Key Realty, Rockford, Illinois Ryan O’Neill & The Minnesota Real Estate Team, Re/Max Advantage Plus, Bloomington, Minnesota Ronnie & Cathy Matthews, Re/Max Legends, Spring, Texas The Creig Northrop Team, Long & Foster Real Estate, Inc., Clarksville, Maryland Agent Team – Average Sales Price Mandile/Knapp Team, Sotheby’s International Realty/NRT, Beverly Hills, California Richard Steinberg Team, Douglas Elliman, New York Sal Capozucca and Jeanette Colegrove, Brown Harris Stevens, Brooklyn, New York Julie Siff and Ghislaine Absy, Brown Harris Stevens, New York Mary and Brent Gullixson, Alain Pinel Realtors, Menlo Park, California

“The real estate sales professionals ranked in The Thousand have proven they have the skills to grow their business year after year,” said Steve Murray, president of REAL Trends and publisher of The Thousand, in a statement.

“The average real estate agent in the U.S. sold seven homes in 2015. The average agent ranked in The Thousand sold 202 homes and the average team sold over 433 homes. These kind of results show that those who commit to being full time professionals can build meaningful businesses and succeed beyond anyone’s expectations.

“Achieving this level of results is simply incredible.

“In total, this year’s professionals in The Thousand closed 159,589 sides and sold more than $72 billion in 2015 — a new record for sales volume with a nine percent increase over last year,” added Murray. “It is incredible to consider that 1,000 sales professionals and teams could accomplish so much in an industry that is still recovering.”

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