The annual list ranks brokerages and residential real estate companies by transactions. To make the cut for this year’s list, a firm had to close at least 1,899 transactions in 2017.

New Jersey’s NRT LLC, a subsidiary of Realogy, once again took the crown on the 2018 REAL Trends 500 list of the top 500 residential real estate companies in the United States.

The annual list ranks brokerages and residential real estate companies by transactions. To make the cut for this year’s list, a firm had to close at least 1,899 transactions in 2017.

“While we know that many incumbent firms are under pressure from new, low-cost models, the REAL Trends 500 shows that leading brokerage firms of all sizes are still growing and expanding,” Real Trends President Steve Murray said in a statement. “The national organizations such as Keller Williams and eXp have previously not been among the top 10 in REAL Trends 500. This year, they are both represented, as is RE/MAX, alongside a few traditional, independent brokerage firms.”

The 500 biggest brokerages in the country closed a total of 3.2 million residential sales transactions worth $1.1 trillion in 2017, according to the data compiled. That’s approximately one-third of all new and resale transactions coming from less than 0.5 percent of the country’s brokerages, the report said.

The $1.1 trillion in value of the transactions for the firms that made this year’s list represented a bump from $1 trillion in 2016.

The top firm, NRT in Madison, New Jersey, closed 346,942 transactions (up from 337,780 last year). The firm has been ranked number one for 20 years, REAL Trends said. In second place, HomeServices of America Inc. in Minneapolis closed 328,355 deals (also up from last year’s 245,154).

After the top two slots, the numbers get a lot smaller. No. 3 Hanna Holdings in Pittsburgh closed 90,468 transactions (up slightly).

In this list, the firms are ranked by transactions, but the rankings look different by volume. No. 10 Allen Tate Companies in Charlotte, N.C., for example, just barely ranks ahead of No. 11 Douglas Elliman Real Estate in New York with 22,273 transactions to Douglas Elliman’s 22,272. But the New York firm raked in significantly more volume with $26,115,055,090 to the North Carolina firm’s $5,672,150,547.

Interestingly, the much hyped and well moneyed New York brokerage Compass nearly doubled its transaction sides from last year, from 5,802 to 10,543, an 81.7 percent increase. That was enough to put it in the top 50 (at spot number 45, specifically). It also made the top 10 in terms of closed volume.

Here are the top 25 brokerages on REAL Trends’ list this year ranked by sides:

  1. NRT LLC, Madison, NJ
    346,942 transactions
  2. HomeServices of America, Inc., Minneapolis, Minn.
    328,355 transactions
  3. Hanna Holdings, Pittsburgh, Pa.
    90,468 transactions
  4. Keller Williams Realty GO Management Offices, Arlington, Texas
    34,077 transactions
  5. HomeSmart, Scottsdale, Ariz.
    33,601 transactions
  6. Crye-Leike Realtors, Memphis, Tenn.
    28,699 transactions
  7. eXp World Holdings, Inc., Bellingham, Wash.
    24,655 transactions
  8. Real Estate One, Southfield, Mich.
    24,589 transactions
  9. RE/MAX Results, Eden Prairie, Minn.
    24,397 transactions
  10. Allen Tate Companies, Charlotte, N.C.
    22,273 transactions
  11. Douglas Elliman Real Estate, New York, N.Y.
    22,272 transactions
  12. REALHOME Services and Solutions Inc., Atlanta, Ga.
    21,862 transactions
  13. Keller Williams Realty Pinnacle Partners Group, Lawrenceville, Ga.
    21,211 transactions
  14. William Raveis Real Estate, Mortgage, and Insurance, Shelton, Conn.
    20,871 transactions
  15. West USA Realty, Inc., Phoenix, Ariz.
    20,762 transactions
  16. CENTURY 21 Affiliated, Madison, Wis.
    20,039 transactions
  17. Ebby Halliday Real Estate, Inc., Dallas, Texas
    18,835 transactions
  18. @properties, Chicago, Ill.
    18,670 transactions
  19. RE/MAX Alliance/Equity Group, Arvada, Colo.
    17,695 transactions
  20. Coldwell Banker Honig Bell/The Real Estate Group, Shorewood, Ill.
    17,534 transactions
  21. Baird & Warner, Chicago, Ill.
    17,450 transactions
  22. John L Scott, Bellevue, Wash.
    16,743 transactions
  23. Watson Realty Corp., Jacksonville, Fla.
    15,934 transactions
  24. Latter & Blum ERA Powered, New Orleans, La.
    15,892 transactions
  25. Coldwell Banker Sea Coast Advantage, Wilmington, N.C.
    15,367 transactions

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