For 29 years, Real Trends has been providing comprehensive lists of who’s doing what in residential real estate. Whereas the numbers qualifying firms across the country to even be considered have changed, the bragging rights have not.

In 2015, firms needed to closed a minimum of 1,702 transactions to for the 2016 list consideration. These are the top five firms from the Los Angeles area.

No. 22: Rodeo Realty

Total Volume in 2015: $5,005,349,582
Rodeo Realty has its roots in the garage of the firm’s president, Syd Leibovitch, from when he was just 23 years old. But out of that garage rose a promising institution that now operates with over 1,000 agents and 11 offices in Los Angeles and Ventura.

Attributing to the success of the firm is all of the in-house offerings: Printing services, public relations, and the offices are available to all of the agents. Rodeo Realty also operates its own real estate school.

No. 23: Keller Williams – Forward Management

Total Volume in 2015: $4,885,668,560
Forward Management is the second largest Keller Williams brokerage (the largest being in Texas) and the 28th largest brokerage in the United States. Forward Management’s CEO is Paul Morris, who founded the firm in 1990 and has grown it to manage 11 offices and approximately 2,500 agents.

No. 27: Re/Max Estate Properties

Total Volume in 2015: $4,050,000,000
A portion of Re/Max Estate Properties’ mission statement reads: “To establish an environment for the real estate agent that is positive, professional, challenging and energetic.”

This mission is driven home by the 600 agents operating out of the 16 regional offices.

No. 68: John Aaroe Group

Total Volume in 2015: $2,336,484,000
Core offices in Beverly Hills, Brentwood, Sunset Strip, Baldwin Hills/View Park, Sherman Oaks, Studio City, Toluca Lake, Downtown LA and Pasadena give John Aaroe Group neighborhood-specific knowledge with top-of-the-line customer service.

No. 249: Gibson International

Total Volume in 2015: $848,473,778
Founded in 2008 by Scott Gibson, Gibson International has grown nearly tenfold in less than a decade. With its 135 agents, the Brentwood-based firm prides itself on the “personal touch,” which could be seen as tending to the subtle idiosyncrasies unique to each of its individual prospective clients.

No. 297: Keller Williams Realty Larchmont

Total Volume in 2015: $739,753,132
The Keller Williams Realty Larchmont office opened in 2009. Since then, it has opened a satellite location to help its 315 agents better serve the Los Angeles market.

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