Big brands dominate real estate deals

Survey: NRT, HomeServices, Long & Foster rank highest in '05 transactions, sales

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Big-brand real estate companies dominated the list of top real estate brokerage offices in the latest annual Real Trends 500 report.

Real Trends, a real estate publishing and communications company, ranked NRT Inc. of Parsippany, N.J., as the top real estate brokerage in the nation in closed sales volume and in the number of closed transactions in 2005. HomeServices of America, based in Minneapolis, Minn., was second in both categories, followed by Fairfax, Va.-based Long & Foster Cos.