The National Association of Gay and Lesbian Real Estate Professionals has come a long way in its 11 years. It has grown to more than 2,000 members with 25 chapters and is one of the largest LGBT trade organizations in the U.S.
Known industry-wide for its continued advocacy work to eliminate housing discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity, NAGLREP also plays a major role in welcoming LGBTs to homeownership.
NAGLREP founder Jeff Berger wanted a way to honor the organization’s members and approached REAL Trends President Steve Murray last winter about working together to establish the real estate industry’s first ranking of LGBT and allied sales professionals.
That meeting led to the creation of NAGLREP’s Top LGBT+ Agent List which recognizes NAGLREP members who appeared on REAL Trends America’s Best Real Estate Professionals, sponsored by Adwerx. Those included are ranked in the top one-half of 1 percent of the more than 1.3 million Realtors® nationwide.
“NAGLREP is a bridge between the real estate and LGBT communities and we take great pride in our advocacy work and also showcasing the emotional and financial benefits of home ownership to LGBTs,” said Berger. “We are thrilled to work so closely with REAL Trends and Sotheby’s International Realty, which sponsored the program, to bring the NAGLREP Top LGBT+ Agent List to life and honor these incredible real estate professionals.”
Shirley Gary of Engel & Vӧlkers Buckhead Atlanta and Blair Myers of Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate Success in Warner Robins, Georgia, headed NAGLREP’s individual agent list.
According to REAL Trends The Thousand as advertised by Adwerx, Myers generated 272 transactions sides in 2017 and finished 19th industry wide on the list. Gary generated more than $70.1 million in sales volume last year as one of the top 300 agents nationwide.
The EZ Sales Team, headed by Michael Zinicola, of Keller Williams in Bay Village, Ohio, led all teams on the REAL Trends The Thousand with 968.75 transaction sides, the 19th highest of teams industry-wide, and $185.1 million in 2017 sales volume (#102).
“With today’s release of the Top LGBT+ Agent List, an elite group of real estate agents across the country are receiving well-deserved recognition,” said Steve Murray, CEO of REAL Trends. “These sales associates have built enormously successful small businesses in an extremely competitive field.”
REAL Trends identified all NAGLREP members who met 2017 individual agent production minimums of 50 sides or $20 million in sales volume. Teams, whose lead is a NAGLREP member, were recognized with at least 75 sides or $30 million in sales volume last year.
“Real estate is known as one of the most competitive industries in the world, where inspiration, drive, and a deep consumer understanding are vital to succeed,” said Kevin Thompson, Chief Marketing Officer of Sotheby’s International Realty. “Our success is directly connected to our ability to attract the best talent in the world, which needs to be as diverse and inclusive as the clients we serve. The first Top LGBT+ Agent List gives us an opportunity to showcase real estate’s top professionals who combine outstanding service and unmatched market knowledge with an impeccable work ethic and insatiable desire to succeed.”
Below follows the NAGLREP Top LGBT+ Agent List:
|1||Blair Myers||Better Homes & Gardens Real Estate Success||Warner Robbins, GA||272|
|2||Shirley Gary||Engel & Völkers Buckhead Atlanta||Atlanta, GA||162.08|
|3||Roman Novian||Coldwell Banker Jim Stewart, REALTORS||Waco, TX||95|
|4||David Dorman||CENTURY 21 Professional Group, Inc.||Ocoee, FL||86.9|
|5||Marc Lange||Pacific Sotheby’s International Realty||Palm Springs, CA||83.6|
|6||Ray Hoess-Brooks||Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage||Chicopee, MA||74.3|
|7||Sacha Blanchet||Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage||Phoenix, AZ||72.4|
|8||Joseph Poletto||Watson Realty Corp.||Jacksonville, FL||69.4|
|9||Avi Dan-Goor||Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Nevada Properties||Las Vegas, NV||68|
|10||Susan Rose||Sibcy Cline Realtors||Cincinnati, OH||62.5|
|11||Patrick Conlin||Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate Silver City||Silver City, NM||62|
|12||Herman Chan||Golden Gate Sotheby’s International Realty||Berkeley. CA||61|
|13||Chris McNelis||Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices McNelis Group Properties||Solomons, MD||59|
|14||Mario Romero||The Melcher Agency||Phoenix, AZ||58|
|15||Robert Dawson||Dawson Ford Garbee||Lynchburg, VA||57|
|15||Conrad Kuhn||Weichert, Realtors||Turnersville, NJ||57|
|17||Carl Davis||RE/MAX Advantage Central||Birmingham, AL||56.5|
|18||Nicholas Yale||Brokers Hub Realty||Phoenix, AZ||55|
|19||Tami Leliuga Shriver||Coldwell Banker Paradise||Satellite Beach, FL||54.7|
|20||Greg Renfrow||Berkshire Hathaway Taliesyn Realty||Memphis, TN||52|
|21||Camille Campbell||Coldwell Banker Schmidt Realtors||Traverse City, MI||50|
INDIVIDUAL SALES VOLUME
|Rank||Name||Company||City, State||Volume ($million)|
|1||Shirley Gary||Engel & Vӧlkers Buckhead Atlanta||Atlanta, GA||$70.1|
|2||Herman Chan||Golden Gate Sotheby’s International Realty||Berkeley. CA||$62.0|
|3||Chris Benfante||Compass||New York, NY||$42.2|
|4||Andy Levine||Engel & Vӧlkers Park City||Park City, UT||$39.6|
|5||Barry Dantagnan||Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage||Sherman Oaks, CA||$37.4|
|6||Marc Lange||Pacific Sotheby’s International Realty||Palm Springs, CA||$36.8|
|7||Philip Belenky||Coldwell Banker BAIN||Seattle, WA||$29.9|
|8||Blair Myers||Better Homes & Gardens Real Estate Success||Warner Robbins, GA||$28.3|
|9||Joseph Demartino||Coldwell Banker Pat Shultz Real Estate||Provincetown, MA||$28.1|
|10||Terri Bass||Lenihan Sotheby’s International Realty||Louisville, KY||$27.5|
|11||David Dorman||CENTURY 21 Professional Group, Inc.||Ocoee, FL||$26.3|
|12||Heidi Mueller||Engel & Vӧlkers San Francisco||San Francisco, CA||$26.1|
|13||Jay Kipp||Realogics Sotheby’s International Realty||Seattle, WA||$24.7|
|14||Avi Dan-Goor||Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Nevada Properties||Las Vegas, NV||$23.1|
|15||Julie Brodie||Engel & Vӧlkers Tyson||Vienna, VA||$21.6|
|16||John Caruso||Sotheby’s International Realty||San Francisco, CA||$21.2|
|17||Robb Moss||Long and Foster Real Estate, Inc.||Richmond, VA||$21.1|
|18||Chris McNelis||Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices McNelis Group Properties||Solomons, MD||$21.1|
|19||Ivan Estrada||Douglas Elliman Real Estate||Beverly Hills, CA||$20.8|
|20||Erik Hinshaw||Hawaii Life Real Estate Brokers||Honolulu, HI||$20.5|
|Rank||Team Name||Company||City, State||Sides|
|1||EZ Sales Team||Keller Williams Realty||Bay Village, OH||968.75|
|2||The Stephen Cooley Real Estate Group||Keller Williams Realty||Rock Hills, SC||520|
|3||Bouma Group||Keller Williams Ann Arbor||Ann Arbor, MI||273|
|4||Heller Coley Reed Team||Long and Foster Real Estate, Inc.||Washington, DC||193|
|5||Don Callahan Real Estate Group||Keller Williams Coastal Area Properties||Savannah, GA||173.2|
|6||Anderson Real Estate Group||Keller Williams Pacific Estate||Long Beach, CA||158.3|
|7||Hoppough & Patterson Real Estate Group||Coldwell Banker Weir Manuel Hoppough||Ionia, MI||119.3|
|8||Best in the Carolinas||Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage||Charlotte, NC||113.5|
|9||Ellen + Janis Real Estate Team||Compass||Jamaica Plain, MA||112|
|10||No Place Like Home Real Estate Team||RE/MAX Results||Minneapolis, MN||94|
|11||Norris Team||Century 21 Triangle Group||Raleigh, NC||93|
|12||Brady Sandahl Real Estate Group||Keller Williams Realty||Palm Springs, CA||87|
|13||The Sterling Team||Keller Williams Buckhead||Atlanta, GA||78|
|Rank||Team Name||Company||City, State||Volume ($million)|
|1||EZ Sales Team||Keller Williams Realty||Bay Village, OH||$185.1|
|2||Heller Coley Reed Team||Long and Foster Real Estate, Inc.||Washington, DC||$173.2|
|3||The Malibu Life Team||Pacific Union International||Malibu, CA||$117.5|
|4||The Stephen Cooley Real Estate Group
|Keller Williams Realty||Rock Hills, SC||$115.9|
|5||Bouma Group||Keller Williams Ann Arbor||Ann Arbor, MI||$95.6|
|6||Anderson Real Estate Group||Keller Williams Pacific Estate||Long Beach, CA||$90.8|
|7||Brady Sandahl Real Estate Group||Keller Williams Realty||Palm Springs, CA||$70.0|
|8||Ellen + Janis Real Estate Team||Compass||Jamaica Plain, MA||$68.5|
|9||Don Callahan Real Estate Group||Keller Williams Coastal Area Properties||Savannah, GA||$40.6|
|10||O’Connor and Highland||Keller Williams Boston||Boston, MA||$40.5|
|11||Eric Copper and Associates||Keller Williams Austin Portfolio Real Estate||Austin, TX||$37.4|
|12||Best in the Carolinas||Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage||Charlotte, NC||$36.7|
REAL Trends America’s Best Real Estate Professionals sponsored by Adwerx and honors America’s finest real estate agents and their companies and is compiled and analyzed by REAL Trends.
The rankings are compiled based on surveys from virtually every national branded network, many state and local associations of Realtors®, multiple listing services, all applicants from past years’ rankings, and the 1,752 largest brokerage firms in the United States. Verification from an independent source is required for all submissions. Also, REAL Trends senior staff reviews every submission for completeness and accuracy.
All NAGLREP members who appeared on the REAL Trends America’s Best Professionals sponsored by Adwerx were included on the NAGLREP Top LGBT+ Agent List if they opted in. Teams were included if the team lead was a NAGLREP member and opted in.