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America’s top real estate agents and agent teams closed more transaction sides and handled more sales volume in 2012 than they have at any time in the the seven-year history of survey-based rankings compiled by Real Trends with The Wall Street Journal.

Agents and agent teams ranked in the annual survey closed 140,955 transaction sides on $50.2 billion in sales, averaging 140 transactions and $50 million in sales volume, according to results released today. That compares to the U.S. average of fewer than 10 closed transactions and less than $1.2 million in closed volume per agent or team, Real Trends said.

The rankings are based on applications by agents and national real estate brands solicited by Real Trends, with statistics independently verified by third parties.

The report includes four categories with 250 agents ranked in each: individual agent sales volume, individual agent transaction sides, agent team transaction sides and agent team sales volume.

The top-ranked individual agents by sides in 2012

RankName, LocationCompanySides
1Ben Caballero, Dallas/Fort Worth metroHomesUSA.com2,267
2Ayoub Rabah, ChicagoGreat Street Properties661
3Jeff Perry, St. Cloud, Fla.Prudential Results Realty653
4Joe Kadaf, Dearborn Heights, Mich.Re/Max Leading Edge646
5Michael Balsitis, Caledonia, Mich.Bellabay Realty LLC559

Source: Real Trends/Wall Street Journal

The top-ranked individual agents by volume in 2012

RankName, LocationCompanySales Volume
1Ben Caballero, Dallas/Fort Worth metroHomesUSA.com$668,422,746
2Serena Boardman, New York City, N.Y.Sotheby’s International Realty/NRT$393,742,540
3Mauricio Umansky, Beverly Hills, Calif.The Agency$378,941,197
4Kurt Rappaport, Beverly Hills, Calif.Westside Estate Agency$346,340,554
5Jade Mills, Beverly Hills, Calif.Coldwell Banker Real Estate/NRT$338,961,845

Source: Real Trends/Wall Street Journal

The top-ranked team of agents by sides in 2012

RankName, LocationCompanySides
1John Murray Team REO, Rockford, Ill.Key Realty1,232
2The Minnesota Real Estate Team, Lakeville, Minn.Re/Max Advantage Plus1,105
3Team Rasmus, AtlantaRasmus Real Estate Group1,098
4The Creig Northrop Team, Clarksville, Md.Long & Foster933
5Ronnie & Cathy Matthews’ Team, Spring, TexasRe/Max Legends931

Source: Real Trends/Wall Street Journal

The top-ranked team of agents by volume in 2012

RankName, LocationCompanySales Volume
1The Jills – Jill Eber and Jill Hertzberg, Miami Beach, Fla.Coldwell Banker Real Estate/NRT$480,819,374
2The Creig Northrop Team, Clarksville, Md.Long & Foster$428,550,634
3Carrie Chiang/Janet Wang, New York City, N.Y.The Corcoran Group/NRT$388,906,508
4Mary and Brent Gullixson, Menlo Park, Calif.Alain Pinel Realtors$265,578,186
5The Deborah Grubman Team, New York City, N.Y.The Corcoran Group/NRT$251,840,500

Source: Real Trends/Wall Street Journal

Brokerage and franchise giant Realogy Holdings Corp. reported that of the top 1,000 agents and teams ranked in the report, 332 were affiliated with one its brands. Of the top 250 agents ranked by sales volume that the firm highlighted, 119, or 48 percent, were affiliated with a Realogy brand.

Similarly, Denver-based franchisor Re/Max pointed out that agents and teams affiliated with its brand represented close to a fifth of all firms represented in the transaction side of the rankings.