LinkedIn, Zillow, Yelp. What do they have in common? They were all Inc. 5000 honorees before they went public. Every year Inc. magazine ranks the 5,000 fastest-growing privately held companies in the U.S. This year, 15 real estate companies made the top 500 cut, while 190 made the 5,000 list.

  • Every year Inc. magazine ranks the 5,000 fastest-growing privately held companies in the U.S.
  • This year, 15 real estate companies made the top 500 cut, while 190 made the 5,000 list.
  • Companies who applied and were selected for the list are ranked based on revenue growth from 2012 to 2015.

LinkedIn, Zillow, Yelp. What do they have in common? They were all Inc. 5000 honorees before they went public.

Every year Inc. magazine ranks the 5,000 fastest-growing privately held companies in the U.S. This year, 15 real estate companies made the top 500 cut, while 190 made the 5,000 list.

While being featured is an accomplishment in itself worth celebrating, the success measured here — growth in revenue — might be one telling sign in a firm’s crystal-ball as evidenced by the big names who have graced the list and moved on via acquisition or public offering.

Companies who applied and were selected for the list are ranked based on revenue growth from 2012 to 2015. To be considered, firms must be independent, not subsidiaries or divisions of other companies; for profit; and had to have revenues in 2012 of at least $100,000 and revenues in 2015 of at least $2 million.

The highest ranking company in the real estate industry this year is Addison-Texas-based S2 Capital, which “acquires and renovates multifamily properties turns them into investment platforms” and came in 14th.

San Diego’s Big Block Realty claimed a rank of 26 as a 100 percent Realtor commission brokerage and according to Inc. “emphasizes training, compensation, and a creative culture for its brokers.”

Residential brokerage HomeSmart International (Scottsdale, Arizona) which spoke with Inman about its aggressive growth plan, made the top 5,000 with a ranking of 611. Re/Max Titanium (Rosemead, California — 682) and Re/Max Insight (Salem, New Hampshire — 689) made the list.

At least five Keller Williams providers ranked in the 5,000: The Loken Group (1,058), Philly Living (1,864), The Heyl Group (2,008), Keller Williams Capital Properties (2,835) and Keller Williams Realty International (3,966),

A company that develops low-income housing in mostly Missouri and Texas, YourPark.com, was also ranked, coming in at 142.

Inc. noted that on this year’s list, you’ll find businesses that “push the boundaries of virtual reality.”

Visit Inc.com to view all the real estate companies that made the 5,000 list. The 15 select industry companies on the 500 list are shown below.

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Source: Screen shots from Inc.com.

Email Caroline Feeney

Editor’s note: This story has been updated to include additional providers at Keller Williams that made the list. 

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