Brokerage companies ZipRealty Inc. and Hanna Holdings Inc. took big strides in the latest annual rankings of top brokerage companies by Real Trends, a real estate publishing and communications company. The 2009 Real Trends 500 rankings, published this week, feature two lists: one is based on a brokerage company's closed transactions sides for 2008, while the other is based on dollar volume of sales during 2008. In a real estate sale there are two sides that agents can represent -- the buyer's side and the seller's side. The top three real estate brokerage companies in transaction sides held their positions compared to their rankings in last year's report, and the top six brokerage companies in sales volume held their positions compared to the previous year (see Inman News). Pittsburgh, Pa.-based Hanna Holdings, which operates Howard Hanna Real Estate Services, leapt to seventh in the latest sales-volume rankings, compared to 14th last year, and also moved into fourth for t...
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