Excellence in Industry Awards

Chris Heller HeadshotChris Heller, Licensed AgentAugust 17, 2022

AA badge [Recovered]The 2022 Agent Advice Excellence in Industry Awards recognizes both individuals and companies who are making an impact in the real estate industry. Nominated by your peers, the winners have been chosen in categories ranging from local market experts to powerhouse technology services.

“The winners selected have earned the stamp of approval from the people most qualified to rate them – current and former real estate agents,” said Jasen Edwards, chair of the AgentAdvice.com Agent Editorial Board. “Even though the standards were high, we still saw hundreds of qualified nominations come in. We celebrate their achievements and hard work and are honored to make this information available to other agents who are looking for the right brokerage, real estate tools, or coaching service.”

View the Winners in Each Category:

Best Real Estate Lead Generation Tools Best Real Estate Associations Winning Real Estate Agents in Georgia
Best Real Estate Brokerages Winning Real Estate Agents in Arizona Winning Real Estate Agents in Florida
Best Real Estate Coaches Winning Real Estate Agents in California Winning Real Estate Agents in Texas
Best Real Estate CRMs

 

More on the selection process:

Our research process is always evolving to keep up with industry changes, so we’re confident that when we say a provider is one of the best, it is. Once a tool, service, or real estate professional is nominated – we look at a number of factors before selecting a winner.

Finding Nominees

We only accept nominations from those who know the industry best: real estate professionals. As soon as the nominations for each category start pouring in, Agent Advice begins narrowing down the list. We look at all of the competing providers in a space or community to see how that particular nominee stacks up. We use public databases, customer referrals, and agent testimonials to collect an exhaustive list of the pros and cons of each nominee. What we look for:

Accreditations, Accolades, and Awards

We evaluate each nominees qualifications. While not every one of our winners has a shelf full of awards, we do score companies and professionals who have gone above and beyond to educate themselves in their area of expertise higher. Many agents nominated for example have received “Five Star Agent” awards, or have been recognized by their local real estate association.

Analyze Reviews

We look through reviews left on Agent Advice to determine each provider’s reputation. Every provider or professional is analyzed based on the number of reviews, their average review score, and the volatility of their ratings.

We have found that a lot of the information out there is outdated, biased, or just flat out wrong. AgentAdvice.com is here to provide you real reviews, from actual real estate agents.

Assess Service Capabilities

After our screening processes, we select our finalists based on a provider’s primary area of expertise, the variety of services they offer, and their years of experience.

Determine Professionalism

Finally, Agent Advice gauges knowledgeability, friendliness, and professionalism by calling agents and companies directly.

Excellence in Industry Awards

The 2022 Agent Advice Excellence in Industry Awards recognizes both individuals and companies who are making an impact in the real estate industry.  Nominated by your peers, the winners have been chosen in categories ranging from local market experts to powerhouse technology services.

best real estaet associationThe perks of joining your local real estate association are endless, but each one has something unique to offer.

The winning associations and Board of REALTORS® are known for providing the best resources to their agents and brokers. Each association selected is innovative, fast growing, and provides genuine value to it’s members.

Winner Fastest Growing Real Estate Association!

Tucson Association of Realtors

Winner Best Value for Agents and Brokers!

San Francisco Association of Realtors

Winner Best Resources for Agents and Brokers!

Orlando Regional Realtor Association

Winner Best Real Estate Association!

Atlanta Realtors Association

Winner Most Innovative Real Estate Association!

Austin Board of Realtors

Winning Agents in Arizona

arizona agents1There are more than 75,000 licensed real estate agents across Arizona, and more are popping up as the state continues to appeal to newcomers. The winning agents are known for their professionalism, top notch testimonials, and their dedication to clients.

These determined real estate gurus have found a way to corner the market. They’ve mastered the art of negotiation, and use that to buy and sell homes, build clout with clients, and turn leads into deals.

Flagstaff Winner: Gary Nelson

A life-long resident of Flagstaff, Gary Nelson is the Delegated Associate Broker at Realty Executives of Flagstaff and has been a Realtor since 1994. He has served as Chair of the Northern Arizona Multiple Listing Service in 1998 and was President of the Northern Arizona Association of Realtors in 2001. He has also served as a director with both the Arizona Association of Realtors and the National Association of Realtors and served on the board of directors of the Flagstaff Chamber of Commerce for 6 years. In 2014, Gary was awarded the Vision Award by the Arizona Association of Realtors, which is awarded to one Realtor in Arizona that most embodies the Association’s Vision:  “To be the best prepared real estate practitioner with the highest standards.”   He served as President-Elect of the Arizona Realtors in 2021 leading to President in 2022.

Mesa Winner: Cristen Corupe

Cristen was born and raised in Texas before making a 12 year journey across the US and Europe following her husband’s career as a Professional Hockey Player. She has traveled and lived in Texas, Louisiana, Pennsylvania, West Virginia, and now calls Arizona home. Internationally she has lived in Canada, Italy, Slovenia and Norway. Moving year after year, she realizes the importance of making a house a home.

What you will receive when working with Cristen:

Honesty- Truthful in every facet of your real estate transaction.
Dedication- Never giving up, always putting the client first.
Integrity- ALWAYS doing the right thing
Quality- Always using the Highest standard of practice

Phoenix Winner: Angela Dansereau

Angela takes tremendous pride in her job, and she is a committed Real Estate Professional. Whether you’re looking for your first home, or to downsize or upsize , she can help you find it. Her drive and excitement for this business grows every time she sees how happy her clients and there families are once they have found their home , her goal is to do the same for each and every one of her clients.

Born and raised 40 minutes south of Boston Massachusetts, she has a love for great Italian food and family values . Angela moved to beautiful Arizona in 2016. She now lives in the west valley area with her husband Joshua. They have 2 beautiful daughters, 4 awesome dogs, and an amazing pony.

Scottsdale Winner: Walt Danley

Walt Danley Christie’s International Real Estate is one of the nation’s most prestigious and successful luxury real estate firms, specializing in Arizona’s most affluent neighborhoods. President Walt Danley has consistently ranked in the top 1% of real estate agents in the United States every single year since 1977 and continually earns the industry’s highest accolades. As Arizona’s exclusive affiliate of Christie’s International Real Estate, Walt and his team have access to marketing tools and an affluent clientele that other firms simply cannot match.  Combining profound knowledge, expertise, and a track record of success, Walt Danley Christie’s International Real Estate has earned a reputation as the premier luxury real estate firm in Arizona.

Tucson Winner: Lexi Clark

Since 2000, Lexi has been a full-time Real Estate Agent. She has deep roots in Tucson, having been born and raised there. She’s a Tucson native with knowledge and expertise in all parts of the Tucson, Marana, SaddleBrooke, and Oro Valley, Arizona territories. Lexi is powered by Long Realty and Berkshire Hathaway and a powerful, global network of sales professionals connecting to sell properties.  She promises to guide, protect and advise her client’s each step of the way.

Winning Agents in California

agents californiaThere are 425,922 real estate licensee holders in the state of California, and that number is rising every day. But these determined agents have found a way to set themselves apart from the rest. They’ve mastered the art of negotiation, and use that to buy and sell homes, build clout with clients, and turn leads into deals.

The winning agents are known for their professionalism, top notch testimonials, and their dedication to clients.

 

Fresno Winner: Donna Pride

Donna Pride is ranked as one of the top area producers in terms of sales.

  • Serves Eastern Madera County from O’Neals to the Yosemite Valley and North Fork to Mariposa
  • Has been a top producer in the area since 1987
  • Is an active member of the Oakhurst Rotary, Oakhurst, Coarsegold and North Fork Chambers of Commerce, North Fork Boosters, Yosemite Visitor’s Bureau, many other local charity organizations and schools
  • Has been a licensed REALTOR® since 1978
  • Was Broker/Owner and top producer of the ‘Land Offices,’ which was one of the top residential Real Estate firms in the Sierra Foothills and Mountains for over 20 years
Los Angeles Winner: Melinda Elmer

Melinda Elmer is ranked among the top 1% of agents in today’s market. Melinda has consistently been  awarded the designation of top buyers agent and top listing agent and she has been recognized for her outstanding achievements by the Women’s Council of Realtors. She is a multi-year recipient of the prestigious Los Angeles Magazine’s Five Star rating.

With an ultimate goal of complete client satisfaction, Melinda has surrounded herself with an experienced team of highly skilled professionals who work together to ensure that our buyers get the best deal and our sellers get top market value.

Sacramento Winner: Debbie Austin

Born and raised in the area, Debbie holds a deep understanding of the local real estate market and brings a “hometown advantage” to her clients.

With over 25 years of combined experience in business development, sales, and as a realtor, Debbie is recognized for her sales achievements and has a reputation as one of the most trusted and admired agents in the real estate market. She has extensive experience negotiating and drafting complex contracts and has closed over $200,000,000 in real estate transactions. In one of the largest Keller Williams regions in the country, she ranked #1 in production in 2019 out of 2800+ agents.

Distinguished for her insightful and accurate handle of inventory, values and trends of the various micro-markets in Placer and Sacramento County, she is reputed for her off-market intelligence and acumen for pricing.

San Diego Winner: Glen Henderson

San Diego Realtor, Glen Henderson is recognized as one of San Diego’s top agents with over 17 years of experience serving home buyers and sellers throughout San Diego County. Glen is best known for his tenacious negotiating, cutting edge marketing, his reputation for continually exceeding clients’ expectations, and always protecting his clients’ best interest. As the founder of Premier Homes Team, he has a business philosophy that no job is too large or small. And, he has built his business on integrity, loyalty, and exceptional results.

San Francisco Winner: Daniel Casabonne

Along with Daniel being ranked as the #11 individual agent associated with Sotheby’s International Realty, Inc., the company-owned brokerages, he ranked #21 for individual agents within the entire brand. NRT ranks Daniel in the top half of 1% of over 42,000 esteemed sales associates since joining Sotheby’s International Realty. The Wall Street Journal named Casabonne as #123 of the “Top 250 Agents” in the United States. Real Trends named him “#40 in the State of California” and the Luxury Marketing Council named him one of the “Top 50 Agents” in the Bay Area.

Winning Agents in Florida

florida agents1There are 196,922 real estate licensee holders in the state of Florida, and that number is rising every day. But these determined agents have found a way to set themselves apart from the rest. They’ve mastered the art of negotiation, and use that to buy and sell homes, build clout with clients, and turn leads into deals.

The winning agents are known for their professionalism, top notch testimonials, and their dedication to clients.

Jacksonville Winner: Jackie Darby

Jackie has earned Top Agent awards since her first year.  She has received Realtor of the Year award 2 years and for 10 years has been named a “Five Star Agent”. Since working for Century 21, she has earned the prestigious President’s Award for top sales production and high level of quality service.

Jackie hired 2 licensed assistant’s in 2017 to assist in day to day real estate activities and to free her up to enjoy more traveling and time with 2 grandsons!

Jackie is a customer driven Realtor dedicated to achieving results and providing exceptional service.

Miami Winner: John D’Angelo

As a lifelong South Florida resident with over 29 years of experience, John D’Angelo heads one of Fort Lauderdale’s premier real estate firms. John is a multi-million dollar producer and among the top 1% of achievers in selling real estate in Fort Lauderdale. He enjoys introducing his clients to the carefree lifestyle of condominium living in a city with an outstanding climate and a spectacular ocean beach.

John is the Broker/Owner of D’Angelo Realty Group, a team of real estate professionals. It is a multi-faceted group with a long-standing reputation for outstanding quality and impeccable service. John and his team of professionals offer an aggressive and integrated approach to their clients including multi-lingual skills of Spanish, Portuguese, Russian, Italian, German, French and Dutch.

Orlando Winner: Ronald Ziolkowski

Known as Ron the Realtor to everyone in SW Orlando, Ron is currently ranked #1 Individual Realtor for REMAX in the entire state of Florida unprecedented 3 consecutive years. With 24 yrs experience in SW Orlando, selling well over $700,000,000, he was voted #1 Realtor in SW Orlando 2015-20. Ron was also voted circle of legends and earned too many awards to list. When it comes to buying or selling, Ron the Realtor is the local expert with the experience and sales record you deserve.

Tallahassee Winner: Lisa Montgomery-Calvert
Lisa has been in the business for over 30 years and has enjoyed every aspect of it. As of March 2015 she took the next step in her career and joined Coldwell Banker Hartung a leader in the Real Estate Industry in Tallahassee for over 40 years. With this transition Lisa has been able to consistently be one of Tallahassee’s Top Producing Agents. She believes in good, old-fashioned personal service, and the success of her real estate business reflects that belief. Client satisfaction is, and always has been Lisa’s top priority.
Tampa Bay Winner: Dania Perry

Dania is the #1 selling realtor in Tampa Bay and the #1 CENTURY 21 real estate agent in the World (as measured by total sales dollar volume). She is one of the most sought after Realtors in the Southeast United States. Her clients come from all areas of the U.S., Canada, Latin America and parts of Europe/Asia to work with her directly.

Dania graduated high honors with a Masters Degree in Electrical Engineering at the age of 20 and quickly rose through the leadership ranks of GE, TECO Energy and Progress Energy before transitioning to the entrepreneurial world of real estate, an industry she has loved since childhood. Prior to Dania’s real estate career, she was known as the “closer,” responsible for initiating and completing some of the largest sales contracts in the history of TECO.

Winning Agents in Georgia

best agents georgiaThere are 35,000 real estate licensee holders in the state of Georgia, and that number is rising every day. But these determined agents have found a way to set themselves apart from the rest. They’ve mastered the art of negotiation, and use that to buy and sell homes, build clout with clients, and turn leads into deals.

The winning agents are known for their professionalism, top notch testimonials, and their dedication to clients.

Atlanta Winner: Shanna Bradley

Known for taking a hands-on approach from day one, Shanna gets to know her clients on a personal level so she can innately understand their short and long-term goals.

Utilizing her skillset and background in outside sales to problem solve and find solutions, Shanna employs a comprehensive approach in all aspects of the sale, including pricing and marketing strategies, contract negotiations, inspections and appraisal valuations. Some of Shanna’s recent accolades:

  • $500+ Million in career sales volume
  • #1 Agent Companywide, Number of Homes Sold – 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020
  •  #1 Agent Companywide, Sales Volume – 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020
  • Atlanta Realtors® Association, Top 1% Individual Agent – 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020
  • Atlanta Realtors® Association, Multi-Million Dollar Club – Lifetime Member
Coastal Georgia Winner: Steffany Farmer

Steffany is a REALTOR in the Greater Savannah area. After graduating from Georgia Southern, she obtained her real estate license in 1993. Steffany has extensive experience in all facets of the local real estate market. She is ranked in the top 1% of agents in the greater Savannah market place (out of 2407 agents). She also truly enjoys helping her clients obtain their real estate goals. Steffany has an aggressive marketing strategy for al of her listings and uses a very customer service oriented process for her buyers.

North Georgia Mountains Winner: Hanna Pate

Hanna has 20 years of experience in various real estate and finance capacities including management, financial advisement, sales and development. Utilizing her keen market knowledge, extensive resources, negotiation skills and seasoned marketing she delivers optimal results for her clients. In addition, a sincere dedication to her clients best interests is always a top priority. Her extensive experience and background make her an invaluable resource for parties seeking to buy or sell.

It is no surprise with Hanna’s dedication and tenacious drive that she is consistently honored and recognized in the top 10% of agents nationwide. She is a member of The Northwest Metro Association of REALTORS® and the National Association of REALTORS®. Hanna received her Bachelor of Science degree in Finance from the University of Alabama.

Winning Agents in Texas

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There are more than 120,000 licensed real estate agents across Texas, and more are popping up as the state continues to appeal to newcomers. The winning agents are known for their professionalism, top notch testimonials, and their dedication to clients.

These determined agents have found a way to corner the market. They’ve mastered the art of negotiation, and use that to buy and sell homes, build clout with clients, and turn leads into deals.

Austin Winner: Sara Coltharp

Since receiving her license in 2013, Sara has lived and breathed the real estate and home-building industries.  A native of Austin, TX, she is a valuable resource for your real estate needs in Austin.  Whether building a new home or finding the perfect resale, she can help guide you every step of the way.

Sara is passionate about giving back to the community with each transaction, contributing to two charities with each closing.

With a background focused on construction, she can help clients negotiate their contract with a builder, and will follow them through to closing to help insure a smooth process.  Sara always says, “Don’t just find the right plan and location, but also the best deal, and have some fun along the way!”

DFW Winner: Debbie French

While waterfront properties are Debbie’s specialty, she also sells off water residential, acreage and commercial properties. Debbie was named Rookie of the Year in 2005 and earned Top Producing Agent at Johnson Monroe, Realtors in just 4 years. In October 2020 after 15 years with Johnson Monroe, she left as the top producing agent and joined Ebby Halliday Cedar Creek Lake making her the #1 agent at the #1 real estate company at the lake!

El Paso Winner: Debbi Hester

Debbi is the most successful El Paso Top Producer specializing in westside area, 79912 zip code homes. She has been the #1 producer in El Paso for ERA in 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019 and 2020. Debbi is also ranked 20th among ERA agents nationwide.

She is ZILLOW/Trulia rated “One of America’s Best Real Estate Agents” Moving Families Initiative Preferred Realtor and loves helping families find the best Westside Residences!

Houston Winner: Michelle Marek

Michelle specializes in representing Buyers and Sellers in Houston, The Woodlands, Spring, Magnolia and the surrounding areas. Michelle is a native Houstonian and brings in-depth knowledge of these area communities.

Michelle’s top priority is to provide all of her clients unparalleled service and personal assistance with all of their real estate needs. Providing clients with the markets’ most accurate and updated information, her attention to detail, and ability to execute even the most complex transactions set her apart and always exceeds her clients expectations.

San Antonio Winner: Shane Hamilton

Originally from the mid-west, Shane moved to San Antonio in late 2003 and has loved the city ever since. Prior to real estate, he was involved in the trucking industry. That experience provided him with a great set of skills in negotiating, working with people, contracts and technology. It was actually Shane’s wife’s idea to examine a career in real estate and she helped him find his first listing. It has been a wonderful choice for him and his clients over the past 9+ years.

Best Real Estate Coaching Service

Winner: Mike Staver

mike staver headshotA real estate coach’s end goal is to help you set attainable goals and increase your sphere of influence, but each one has a unique method to offer

That’s why we’ve picked the best of the best as our 2022 Excellence in Industry Awards Winner based on a number of factors.

Let’s give a round of applause to Mike Staver. Mike has proven to be a stand up real estate coach for all agents, in every stage of their career. He excels at helping new agents navigate the real estate industry, helps experienced agents set clear and reasonable goals, provides valuable resources to growing real estate teams, and has a track record of providing valuable coaching services across the board.

Mike is known for being results-oriented, providing one-on-one virtual leadership coaching to increase self-awareness, address problems, and clarify goals and the strategies needed to achieve them.

Mike can help you if:

Your results sometimes fall short of your good intentions.
You are easily distracted, unfocused, and overwhelmed.
You want to be a better leader but don’t know where to start.

What should clients expect? Short and powerful sessions with Mike so you can spend less time talking and more time doing the hard work of leading.

Winning Brokerages

Winning Brokerages in Arizona

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There are dozens of brokerages to choose from across Arizona, and more popping up as the market continues to be red hot. We looked at the top brokerages around the state, and split them into the 5 biggest metros. The winning brokers have the most name brand recognition in their respective cities, and continue to bring in new agents. They are also known for their professionalism, top notch reviews, and dedication to clients.

Flagstaff Winner: Coldwell Banker Northland

northland logoThey opened their doors in Flagstaff back in 1972. Their mission is to provide to their community and clients a principal partnership in investment, home and happiness.

They have been part of the fabric of Flagstaff for decades, and continue to bring in new agents who are excited to use the latest tools and technology to help their clients find their dream home in the Arizona mountains.

They are backed by the Coldwell Banker brand, and work to provide the Flagstaff community with knowledgeable agents, and a professional work place.

The Northland office is our 2022 Excellence in Industry winner in Flagstaff because of their new initiatives that make it easy and rewarding to get involved and make new connections.

Mesa Winner: Klaus Team Real Estate Solutions

klaus team logoWith Klaus Team Real Estate Solutions, home buyers and sellers are no longer hindered with just a few options. The Klaus Team is recognized nationwide as innovators who seek to provide their clients with every opportunity by continually challenging the status quo and partnering with the best people and most relevant technology and practices.

Klaus Team Real Estate Solutions is a Dave Ramsey Endorsed Local Provider and was named by Real Trends and Trulia as one of the “Best Real Estate Agents in America,” was named by Zillow as “Best of Zillow,” and named by the readers of the East Valley Tribune as “Best of the Best.” More home buyers and sellers trust the Klaus Team in the East Valley than any other agents. That’s why they have been selected as our winning brokerage in Mesa, Arizona.

Phoenix Winner: North&Co.

north and co logoBased in the heart of Phoenix, Arizona, yet with a reach spanning valley-wide, North&Co. is a vibrant and dynamic residential real estate firm. Comprised of a passionate community of leaders and agents, North&Co. challenges the status quo of the traditional real estate experience.

In 2013, the North&Co. brand was formed through the vision of CEO & Founder, Brian North. In 2015, the brand established itself as a brokerage known as North&Co. Real Estate by Trade. Since its establishment, North&Co. has experienced exponential growth and has proven itself to be an industry leader, both on a local and national level.

Scottsdale Winner: HomeSmart

homesmart logoHomeSmart is a full-service brokerage – providing end-to-end transaction management & free technology – at the same time granting agents a 100% commission split. HomeSmart Realty Group is the brainchild of Matt Widdows, who launched the company in 2000, with only two other agents. They have over 18,000 agents, and they hold the title of the largest real estate company in Arizona. 

HomeSmart is is our 2022 Excellence in Industry winner in Scottsdale because they have the most name brand recognition, see returning clients, and they continue to bring in new agents by providing a professional workplace culture.

Tucson Winner: Long Realty In the Pines

long realty logoBased in Tucson, Long Realty Company is the leading real estate brokerage company operating in Southern Arizona. Long Realty Company offers an unparalleled level of award-winning residential and commercial real estate services through a network of more than 1,400 licensed real estate associates in more than 43 offices, including 24 independently owned and operated affiliate realty and property management companies throughout Arizona.

Long Realty provides the tools, support and guidance to succeed while cultivating a culture of top agents working together. That’s why they have been selected as our Tucson winner in the 2022 Excellence in Industry Awards.

Winning Brokerages in California

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There are dozens of brokerages to choose from across California, and more popping up as the market continues to be red hot. We looked at the top brokerages around the state, and split them into the 5 biggest metros. The winning brokers have the most name brand recognition in their respective cities, and continue to bring in new agents. They are also known for their professionalism, top notch reviews, and dedication to clients.

Fresno Winner: London Properties

london propertiesThough their strength is based on deep valley roots, London Properties is also proud to be affiliated with the world’s most prestigious real estate network, “Leading Real Estate Companies of the World”.

It is a collection of the largest and most successful Brokerage firms on the globe. Together, their collective sales volumes outproduce any of the Real Estate organizations or franchises. They are proud to be a member of this great institution and to bring that marketing power to friends and family in the valley.

Today, with over 450 Sales Associates and support staff in eleven offices throughout the valley, London Properties dominates the residential real estate market and ranks in the top 1% of all Brokerage firms in America. They are our Fresno winner because they provide quality services that continue to make a difference in the community.

Los Angeles Winner: Stephanie Younger Group

stephanie younger logoStephanie Younger’s results-driven approach, integrity and honesty have earned her top- producer status, as well as the hard-earned respect of her clients and colleagues. In 2020, the Wall Street Journal and Real Trends named the Stephanie Younger Group as a Top Ten Team in California and #32 in the nation for large team sales volume. Most recently, she has become a top media resource for all things Westside. You can see her featured in numerous articles such as The LA Times, The Argonaut, Curbed LA and more.

A Los Angeles native and a top real estate agent in the area, Stephanie has brought a world of experience and vision to her clients throughout her long and successful real estate career. From her professional background in sales, event planning, hospitality, and the arts, she honed exceptional negotiation skills, an eye for detail and style, and an unwavering commitment to customer satisfaction.

Sacramento Winner: Windermere Real Estate

windermere logoFor nearly 50 years, Windermere has put integrity and professionalism at the heart of their business. This, along with their commitment to building thriving communities, is what has helped Windermere grow into one of the largest and most respected real estate brands in the country, with more than 300 offices and 6,500 agents throughout the Western U.S. and Mexico.

They’ve handled 77K home sales, manage 6,500+ associates, have 300+ offices across 10 different states, and have raised $46M. Their professionalism and dedication to agents and clients is why they were selected as the Sacramento winner in this year’s Excellence in Industry Awards.

San Diego Winner: Professional Realty Services International

professional realty services logoWith Offices and Agent Partners serving over 150 markets, Professional Realty Services International is one of the fastest-growing real estate companies in America. But their growth isn’t built on aggressive sales tactics or by buying up teams and brokerages and moving them over to their branding. They believe in growing one individual Agent Partner at a time.

Their goal is simple: to offer agents the best-in-class marketing, technology and education, with an unparalleled broker support team that truly cares all while maintaining compensation that is fair.

San Francisco Winner: NextHome

nexthomeNextHome focuses on collaborative partnerships and effective products for business development, growth, and relevance. The franchises and agents are the focal point, and the most valuable source of guidance, knowledge and information for buyers and sellers.

NextHome, Inc. is an independently owned company with a focus on changing the way consumers work with local agents and shop for real estate online. It owns the NextHome and Realty World Northern California & Northern Nevada franchise networks with over 180 offices and more than 900 agents. The company closes over 5,000 transactions annually worth more than $2B in volume.

Winning Brokerages in Florida

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There are dozens of brokerages to choose from across Florida, and more popping up as the market continues to be red hot. We looked at the top brokerages around the state, and split them into the 5 biggest metros. The winning brokers have the most name brand recognition in their respective cities, and continue to bring in new agents. They are also known for their professionalism, top notch reviews, and dedication to clients.

Jacksonville Winner: Florida Homes Realty & Mortgage

florida homes realtyFlorida Homes Realty has been a fixture in the Northeast Florida area since 2008 and since that time have become the largest single-broker firm in North Florida. All with 100% Commission for agents.

They now have more than 2,000 agents, and they are excited to be among the very best and fastest growing companies in all of Northeast Florida for the past three years running. They take pride in knowing how to locate the finest properties and negotiate the best deals.

Miami Winner: The Keyes Company

the keyes company logoThe Keyes Company is the #1 Independent brokerage in Florida. They marketed more than 22,000 properties last year alone, and now have 3,000+ agents working across their 50 offices.

Their agents benefit from their nine decades of experience in the area, stellar reputation in the industry, and their commitment to present clients with smarter choices, better planning, faster timing, and fewer hassles. That’s why they were chosen as the Miami winner of the Agent Advice 2022 Excellence in Industry Awards.

Orlando Winner: Robert Slack Real Estate
robert slack llc logoRobert Slack is a brokerage with the tools, training, ​leads, and support needed for their agents to succeed. They are the #1 Top Mega Team in Florida with over 700+ agents serving the entire State. They’ve been featured on CNBC, Amazon Prime, Apple TV, ROKU, and the Travel Channel with The American Dream TV.

Robert Slack, LLC specializes in assisting buyers, from all over the world purchase their dream home in the sun in Florida.

They take pride in their knowledge, experience, and dedication to achieving successful results for all of their clients. Robert Slack realtors are highly respected, very market savvy and share their company beliefs in providing a positive client experience today and long into the future.

Tallahassee Winner: Joe Manausa Real Estate

joe manausa real estate logoJoe Manausa Real Estate has more 5-star reviews on Google than any other local agent. JMRE is also the only local agent with national endorsements.

With years of experience helping local buyers and sellers, Joe Manausa Real Estate knows how to locate the finest properties and negotiate the best deals. It’s the job of JMRE to know about the latest market conditions, government regulations, and upcoming developments — so that clients don’t have to.

Broker, Joe Manausa, can be found all over the internet, using progressive digital marketing strategies to sell homes. His twitter account (@housingreporter) is one of the most-followed real estate broker accounts, and his writing can be found on hundreds of different blogs and real estate forums all over the internet.

Tampa Winner: Michael Saunders & Company

michael saunders logoMichael launched the company in 1976 in a 1,000 sq. ft. office on St. Armands Circle. Driven by the same set of core values and emphasis on brand independence, Michael’s son, Drayton, joined the company in 2003, helping to grow the company into what it is today – 24 branch offices and in-house divisions, including mortgage, title, insurance, relocation, new homes and condominiums and commercial.

Michael Saunders & Company is the number one real estate broker in Southwest Florida. The company offers a culture of collaborative agents and divisions that provide the deepest, most strategic market insights in the region; global marketing reach, and meticulous service to home buyers and sellers throughout their entire real estate journey.

Winning Brokerages in Georgia

brokerages georgia

 

There are dozens of brokerages to choose from across Atlanta, and more popping up as the market continues to be red hot. The winning broker has the most name brand recognition in the metro, and continues to bring in new agents. They are also known for their professionalism, top notch reviews, and dedication to clients.

Atlanta Winner: Metro Brokers

metro brokers logoMetro Brokers has grown over the years and now has more than 2,500 agents in Greater Atlanta. They’re focused on technology: bringing training, listing tools, and business strategies to their agents in easy-to-access ways.

After partnering with Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate, Metro Brokers has become one of the most well-known real estate brands in Atlanta and a popular brokerage throughout the area.

They provide valuable resources to their existing agents, and continue to provide top notch services to clients across the Atlanta area. Metro Brokers is our 2022 Excellence in Industry winner in Atlanta because they have the most name brand recognition, see returning clients, and they continue to bring in new agents by providing a professional workplace culture.

Winning Brokerages in Texas

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There are dozens of brokerages to choose from across Texas, and more popping up as the market continues to be red hot. We looked at the top brokerages around the state, and split them into the 5 biggest metros. The winning brokers have the most name brand recognition in their respective cities, and continue to bring in new agents. They are also known for their professionalism, top notch reviews, and dedication to clients.

Austin Winner: Spyglass Realty

spyglass logoLeaders at Spyglass Realty want their techniques and technology to be the best. They make sure that it is; not just in the money they spend, but in the time they take to learn what will help their sellers sell their homes and their buyers buy at a great price.

Together, they constantly improve by watching, reading, and observing the best and by investing in continuing education classes in subjects that matter to clients and their business.

Spyglass Realty stands out because of their workplace culture. They provide valuable resources to their existing agents, and continue to provide top notch services to clients across the Austin area. Spyglass Realty is our 2022 Excellence in Industry winner because of their growing brand recognition, number of satisfied clients, and their commitment to agents.

Dallas Winner: Briggs Freeman Sotheby's International Realty

briggs freemanBriggs Freeman is the leader in North Texas. They were founded in 1960 as a boutique firm – and they are that very thing today. Passionate. Skilled. Award-winning. You couldn’t be in better hands. The brokerage lives to give the extraordinary in all they do as they serve their clients, community and world.

Agents at Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s International Realty are known to be record-breaking. They are the best in the business with more than 400 strong agents and backed by the world’s most powerful and prestigious realty brand. Every day, they combine the industry’s best tech, training and marketing with their own skills, instincts and intellect — a unique and unmatched fusion that separates them from the rest. They are local. They are global.

El Paso Winner: Jese Gonzalez- The Real Estate Matchmaker

jese gonzalez teamOwner, Jese, has streamlined the process of buying or selling a home to make it easier for clients. She has built a team of industry experts to make sure they have access to local home inspectors, contractors, interior designers, service providers, property managers, lending professionals, title and escrow companies, painters, gardeners, plumbers, electricians, home warranty companies and more to provide their clients with the best service possible.

With over 80 Five-Star reviews, Jese Gonzalez has an unbeatable record and reputation in the area for coming through on her promises.

Jese Gonzalez is our 2022 Excellence in Industry winner in El Paso because they have agents that truly understand the market, and build relationships with clients that last.

Houston Winner: BHGRE Gary Greene

gary greene logoAt Gary Greene, the goal is to go above and beyond to deliver an experience that is fulfilling for their customers. The business is based on relationships and they know every individual interaction makes a difference.

Each member of the Gary Greene team embodies the characteristics they believe foster those relationships: expertise, loyalty and motivation. Therefore, Gary Greene agents provide a platform for success and the opportunity to motivate and emotionally connect with every person they serve.

Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate Gary Greene has listed and sold more homes than any other broker in the greater Houston area year after year.

San Antonio Winner: Scott Myers Realtors

scott myers realtorsCENTURY 21 Scott Myers Realtors offers the finest real estate for sale in the San Antonio and surrounding areas. Their office have served the San Antonio areas of Bexar County, Comal County, Kendall County, Guadalupe County, Bandera County, and Atascosa County since 1979. Recent awards:

  • 2021 Quality Service Pinnacle Office
  • 2021 CENTURION Office
  • 2020 Quality Service Pinnacle Office
  • 2020 Gold Medallion Award

They can now add the Agent Advice Excellence in Industry Award to their long list of achievements.

Best Real Estate CRM

Winner: Follow Up Boss

follow up boss logoThere are dozens of real estate CRMs to choose from (60+ to be exact), and each one is built with the same idea in mind.

That’s why we’ve narrowed it down and selected the best of the best as our 2022 Excellence in Industry Awards Winner based on a number of factors.

Let’s give a round of applause to Follow Up Boss. They have proven to be a stand up CRM for all real estate agents, in every stage of their career. Follow Up Boss excels at helping new agents navigate the real estate industry, helps experienced agents stay organized by setting up streamlined communication, provides valuable resources to growing real estate teams, and has a track record of providing top notch services at a reasonable rate.

Follow Up Boss has ample options when it comes to integrations to help automate your marketing initiatives. It’s functional with various time-saving tools such as Google Suite, MailChimp, Zapier, and Facebook.

Pricing: $69/month to $1,000/month depending on package

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Best Real Estate Lead Generation Tool

Winner: Back At You

back at you logoWe reviewed more than 40 different lead generation services companies before we selected our 2022 Excellence in Industry Awards winner.

We looked for a company that produces top-quality leads from social media, multiple listing service (MLS), brokerage websites, and listing sites. Let’s give a big round of applause to Back At You!

Back At You is for the social media gurus out there. They specialize in:

Hyper-Targeted, Smart Digital Advertising: Their system inserts your brand and listings into those social feeds and allows you to reach your target audience where they dedicate so much attention.

Automated Social Media Content: Social media is the best place to find new leads, maintain relationships, and expand brand awareness. But doing it well and staying up-to-date on best practices is time-consuming and often confusing. SocialBAY (Back At You) helps your agents reap the rewards of expert marketing while they handle all the tedious stuff.

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About the Author

Chris Heller brings 27 years of experience in real estate. Chris serves on the AgentAdvice Editorial Board and is the Chief Real Estate Officer at OJO Labs. Chris brings deep expertise having held influential industry positions including CEO of mellohome and former CEO of Keller Williams Realty International.

Last Updated: 8/17/2022

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