California has the highest number of the nation’s “best” real estate professionals, according to Real Trends’ sixth annual ranking.

California has the highest number of the nation’s “best” real estate professionals, according to Real Trends’ sixth annual ranking of the nation’s top real estate professionals by region.

The annual list from the Colorado-based real estate consulting and publishing firm breaks down the top agents in states and metropolitan areas by transactions sides and volumes. Agents must have closed at least 50 transactions and $20 million and teams must have closed 75 transactions and $30 million in sales volume in 2017 to make the list.

Steve Murray

Steve Murray, president of Real Trends

“With today’s release of the 2018 America’s Best Real Estate Professionals list, an elite group of real estate agents across the country are receiving well-deserved recognition,” Steve Murray, president of Real Trends said in a release. “These sales associates have built enormously successful small businesses in an extremely competitive field.”

The real estate professionals who made the list had an average of 73.88 transactions and an average sales volume of nearly $38 million.

“The average residential real estate agent in the United States closed eight transactions in 2017 and had less than $1.3 million in sales,” Murray said.

Teams that made the list averaged 147.4 transactions and an average sales volume of more than $62 million.

Among the most recognizable names on the list: The Serhant Team, the New York City-based Nest Seekers crew headed up by Bravo TV’s Million Dollar Listing star agent Ryan Serhant, took home the top team by sides and volume for the Empire State.

The eponymous Miami agency The Jills (of Coldwell Banker) made it as the top team by volume in Florida.

In Illinois, Compass’s Chicago hires The Lowe Group recorded the top team by sales volume in the state.

In Texas, no surprise, Ben Caballero of HomesUSA.com appeared once again. 

And in California, Brian Hicks of the Brian Hicks Real Estate Group; Chris Cortazzo of Coldwell Banker; the Kevin Blain Team of Keller Williams; and Halton Pardee + Partners all made the top spots in individual and team categories.

A total of 1,376 agents and 725 agent teams from California qualified for the list, which included more than 13,800 real estate sales associates from all 50 states. New York had 576 agents and 265 teams make the list; Florida 464 agents and 346 teams make the list; Texas had 357 agents and 406 teams make the list; Illinois rounded out the top five with 296 agents and 235 teams make the list.

The agents and brokers selected as the nation’s best will receive custom marketing materials and discounts on advertising campaigns from real estate technology company Adwerx. See the top 5 states and their respective numbers and agents below:

California

Number of Agents on America’s Best: 1,376
Number of Teams on America’s Best: 725
Individual by Sides: Brian Hicks, Brian Hicks Real Estate Group, Bakersfield
Individual by Volume: Chris Cortazzo, Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage – Greater Los Angeles, Malibu
Top Team by Sides: Kevin Blain Team, Keller Williams Realty, Tulare
Top Team by Volume: Halton Pardee + Partners, Halton Pardee + Partners, Los Angeles

Florida

Number of Agents on America’s Best: 464
Number of Teams on America’s Best: 346
Individual by Sides: Phil Rotondo, Coldwell Banker Residential Real Estate – Florida, Melbourne
Individual by Volume: Christian Angle, Christian Angle Real Estate, Palm Beach
Top Team by Sides: Robert Slack Fine Homes, Robert Slack Fine Homes, LLC., Ocala
Top Team by Volume: The Jills, Coldwell Banker Residential Real Estate – Florida, Miami Beach

Illinois

Number of Agents on America’s Best: 296
Number of Teams on America’s Best: 235
Individual by Sides: Mary Wallace, Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage – Chicago, Oak Lawn
Individual by Volume: Dawn McKenna, Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage – Chicago, Chicago
Top Team by Sides: John Murray, Key Realty, Rockford
Top Team by Volume: The Lowe Group, Compass, Chicago

New York

Number of Agents on America’s Best: 576
Number of Teams on America’s Best: 265
Individual by Sides: Larry Magguilli, Hunt Real Estate ERA, Rochester
Individual by Volume: Alexa Lambert, Stribling & Associates, New York
Top Team by Sides: The Serhant Team, Nest Seekers International, New York
Top Team by Volume: The Serhant Team, Nest Seekers International, New York

Texas

Number of Agents on America’s Best: 357
Number of Teams on America’s Best: 406
Individuals by Sides: Ben Caballero, HomesUSA.com, Inc., Addison
Individuals by Volume: Ben Caballero, HomesUSA.com, Inc., Addison
Top Team by Sides: The Loken Group, Inc., Keller Williams Realty, Houston
Top Team by Volume: The Loken Group, Inc., Keller Williams Realty, Houston

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