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In 2021, low inventory and high demand pushed home prices in Denver up for the 10th consecutive year. Rather than squash the local residential real estate market, experts say the pandemic has fueled it: Coloradans who began working from and spending more time at home wanted to up-size, and workers who could newly do their jobs remotely flocked to the Mile High City for sunshine and schussing. Depending on your situation, that might open up wildly lucrative possibilities or portend bank-account-emptying prospects. Either way, the market’s nuances as well as the legal and financial processes involved are almost always confusing, if not downright mystifying. That’s where our directory of real estate agents—all of whom produced among the highest sales volumes in Denver in 2020 (the most current data available at press time)—comes in handy. Whether you’re looking to buy or sell in Denver’s high-stakes market, harnessing the expertise of one of these professionals may help deliver you quickly and (hopefully) painlessly to the ultimate goal: closing day.
Qualification based on 2020 sales volumes.
Black Diamond: $10 million to $19,999,999
Double Black Diamond: $20 million or more
Teams of two agents
Black Diamond: $15 million to $29,999,999
Double Black Diamond: $30 million or more
Teams of 3 to 5 agents
Black Diamond: $20 million to $39,999,999
Double Black Diamond: $40 million or more
Teams of 6 to 15 agents
Black Diamond: $25 million to $49,999,999
Double Black Diamond: $50 million or more
Your questions about the Top Real Estate Producers list, answered.
How do you create this list?
In June 2021, 5280 posted its Top Real Estate Producers survey. The link to the online questionnaire was sent out to dozens of real estate brokerages in the seven metro-area counties; it was also shared via social media. Any brokerage with agents who sell homes in the Denver metro area could submit nominations. The survey asked brokerage administrators to provide the names of both individual agents and teams of agents who, based on their sales volumes for 2020, qualified for our list. Nominees in hand, our research department reached out to each agent to confirm the sales numbers and to gather and/or verify basic contact information.
What qualifies someone to be a Top Real Estate Producer?
We have four categories: individual agents, teams of two agents, teams of three to five agents, and teams of six to 15 agents. Within each category, we have two tiers: black diamond and double black diamond, which signify different levels of (impressive!) sales volumes. To be on the list, an agent or team of agents must have sold real estate within the Denver metro area and attained a certain amount of sales in 2020. Agents must also have an active license with the state’s Department of Regulatory Agencies; that license must be in good standing, without any disciplinary actions within the past five years.
I’m looking at the list and there seem to be teams in, say, the six to 15 category that only have five agents. What’s that about?
As in any business setting, people come and go. Because we want this list to be a useful reference for you, we have only included current members of teams. So, while there may have been seven people responsible for the team’s 2020 sales volume—which would put that group in the six-plus category—only five may still be working with that squad today.
I’ve heard that being on the list requires an agent or a brokerage to advertise with 5280—is this true?
Nope. Inclusion in the Top Real Estate Producers list is not dependent upon the decision to advertise with the magazine. Sometimes agents and brokerages decide to advertise; however, if, when, and/or how much anyone advertises is not taken into consideration when compiling the list.
I’m an agent, but my brokerage didn’t receive the survey this year. How do we participate in the future?
The next Top Real Estate Producers list will likely run in March 2023. The survey should be live and available to metro-area brokerage managers who visit submit.5280.com/top-producers in the summer of 2022. If you have questions about participation, please call 303-832-5280 at any time.