Tight inventory, driven by rising interest rates designed to slow inflation, defined Denver’s residential real estate market in 2023. “It was difficult for everyone,” says Libby Levinson-Katz, chair of the Denver Metro Association of Realtors’ Market Trends Committee. “Until we see more relief from interest rates, would-be sellers feel stuck”—and buyers continue to be frustrated by the lack of options. If mortgage rates drop as predicted, however, Levinson-Katz says we could see inventory rise and the pace of the market surge. That’s where our directory of real estate professionals—all of whom produced among the highest sales volumes in the metro area in 2022 (the most current data available at press time)—comes in handy. Whether you’re looking to buy or sell, harnessing the expertise of one of these agents may help deliver you quickly and (hopefully) painlessly to the ultimate goal: closing day.

To see our complete Top Real Estate Agents list, go to our searchable directory.


Qualification based on 2022 sales volumes.

Individual agents

  • Black Diamond: $15 million to $29,999,999
  • Double Black Diamond: $30 million or more

Teams of two agents

  • Black Diamond: $20 million to $44,999,999
  • Double Black Diamond: $45 million or more

Teams of 3 to 5 agents

  • Black Diamond: $30 million to $59,999,999
  • Double Black Diamond: $60 million or more

Teams of 6 to 15 agents

  • Black Diamond: $40 million to $74,999,999
  • Double Black Diamond: $75 million or more


Your questions about the Top Real Estate Producers list, answered.

How do you create this list?
In June 2023, 5280 posted its Top Real Estate Producers survey. The link to the submission instructions (available at submit.5280.com/top-producers) 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 2022, qualified for our list. Nominees in hand, our research department reached out to each agent or team to confirm the sales numbers and to verify basic 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 2022. 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 2022 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 2025. The survey should be live and available to metro-area brokerage managers who visit submit.5280.com/top-producers in the summer of 2024. If you have questions about participation, please call 303-832-5280 at any time.