Nation’s top real estate team is now a brokerage to be reckoned with

Baltimore area's Creig Northrop Team building on its momentum while remaining loyal to Long & Foster brand

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The nation's no. 1 real estate team by sales volume has entered a new league as a full-fledged brokerage. Having earned the top slot on the 2010, 2011 and 2017 Real Trends' rankings, the Baltimore area's successful Creig Northrop Team needed more room to grow and had reached the five-office ceiling for teams at its brokerage, Long & Foster Real Estate. Northrop and his team, which he started in 2000, will continue to operate as part of Long & Foster, a large mid-Atlantic player that was acquired by HomeServices of America in September but still operates under its own name. Last year, the Northrop team, which serves Maryland and Washington, D.C., booked $800 million in sales volume and 1,772 transactions with 100 agents, and when Northrop wanted to give his agents more opportunities to grow out of state, he approached the leadership team and Jeffrey Detwiler, CEO and president of the Long & Foster Companies, parent company of Long & Foster Real Estate. "We had ...