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There’s no denying the mile-high residential real estate market has been one of the hottest locales in the nation for the past decade. Depending on your situation, that can be a wildly lucrative or bank-account-emptying prospect. 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 inaugural directory of real estate agents—all of whom produced among the highest sales volumes in Denver in 2018 (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 professionals may help deliver you quickly and (hopefully) painlessly to the ultimate goal: closing day.
Your questions about the list, answered.
How did you go about creating this new list for the Denver market?
In July 2019, 5280 debuted its first Top Real Estate Producers survey. The link to the online questionnaire was sent out to real estate brokerages in the seven metro-area counties; it was also shared via social media. The survey asked brokerage administrators to provide the names of both individual agents and teams of agents who, based on their sales volumes for 2018, qualified for our list. Nominees in hand, our researchers reached out to each agent to confirm the sales numbers as well as to confirm contact information.
What qualifies someone to be a Top Real Estate Producer?
We have five categories—individual agents, teams of two agents, teams of three to five agents, teams of six to 10 agents, and teams of more than 10 agents. Within each category, we have two tiers: black diamond and double black diamond, which signify different levels of 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 2018 to have been included this year. 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-10 category that only have five agents. What’s that about?
As with any business, 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 2018 sales volume—which would put that group in the six-to-10 category—only five may still be working with that squad today.
I’ve heard being on the list requires an agent or a brokerage to advertise with 5280—is this true?
No. Inclusion in the 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. How do we participate in the future?
The next Top Real Estate Producers list will likely run sometime in mid-2021. The survey should be live at 5280.com/top-real-estate-producers in early spring 2021. If you have questions about participation, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org at any time.