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Local Realtors dominate national rankings

Palo Alto has five among the top 250, with Ken DeLeon in the top spot

The nation's top hotshot Realtors come from Palo Alto and Menlo Park, along with other local cities, according to a new report published June 22 in the Wall Street Journal.

Eighteen local Realtors are on the nation's top national sales rankings list, REAL Trends, Inc. has announced, with Ken DeLeon of DeLeon Realty in Palo Alto in the No. 1 spot.

The residential real-estate communications-and-analysis firm publishes an annual report on the field's top sales professionals nationwide, ranking them by total sales transacted. The 2012 Top 1,000 list includes Realtors from Palo Alto, Menlo Park, Woodside, Portola Valley and Los Altos within its top 250 sales professionals.

DeLeon sold $274,650,639 in property in 2011.

Mary Gullixson of Alain Pinel Realtors, Inc. in Menlo Park ranked fourth with $253,485,526 in sales.

The other top Realtors were:

No. 25: Keri Nicholas, Menlo Park, Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage/NRT, $113,994,425

No. 41: Hugh Cornish, Menlo Park, Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage/NRT, $93,637,812

No. 52: Tom LeMieux, Menlo Park, Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage/NRT, $84,068,139

No. 54: David Troyer, Los Altos, Intero Real Estate, $83,354,712

No. 59: Sherry Bucolo, Palo Alto, Alain Pinel Realtors, Inc., $79,159,681

No. 65: Kathy Bridgman, Los Altos, Alain Pinel Realtors, Inc., $74,638,400

No. 76: Royce Cablayan, Los Altos, Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage/NRT, $69,780,593

No. 93: Judy Bogard-Tanigami, Los Altos, Alain Pinel Realtors, Inc., $63,905,650

No. 103: Erika Demma, Woodside, Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage/NRT, $59,610,000

No. 126: Peter Cowperthwaite, Portola Valley, Cowperthwaite & Company, $54,075,000

No. 134: Hanna Shacham, Menlo Park, Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage/NRT, $51,535,720

No. 160: Kristin Cashin, Menlo Park, Oliver Luxury Real Estate, $46,661,388

No. 170: Juliana Lee, Palo Alto, Keller Williams Realty, Inc., $45,550,822

No. 182: Zach Trailer, Palo Alto, Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage/NRT, $44,543,000

No. 229: Julie Tsai Law, Palo Alto, Alain Pinel Realtors, Inc., $41,058,611

No. 239: Scott Dancer, Woodside, Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage/NRT, $40,170,250

DeLeon has only been a real-estate broker for nine years. He was previously an attorney at Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati. He has had two near-death experiences, which he credits with instilling a laser-like focus to his work. He survived being run down by an under-the-influence driver and was diagnosed with cancer, which he successfully beat, he said.

This is the first year a Silicon Valley agent has topped the national Realtor rankings, he stated in a press release, and he attributes that achievement to the area's robust economy. His sales approach includes catered lunches, lattes, extended hours and a 200-page strategic buyer's guide.

"I use economic models and analysis to empirically illustrate which neighborhoods have the greatest appreciation potential. This sets our company apart form brokers who just show houses," he said.

Comments

Posted by AMRW, a resident of another community
on Jun 26, 2012 at 9:44 am

With the insane real estate prices in the Bay Area, is this a surprise?
When my husband and I got married we were looking to sell my condo and buy a house together. We were thrilled to find a realtor who didn't drive a luxury car, didn't fast-talk us into something we didn't want, and appreciated that this was a big purchase for us (even though our house cost less than $500K).
He even took us out to dinner after, which was really nice.
And that's my plug for Don Yarkin of Yarkin Realty in Palo Alto


Posted by Alan, a resident of Portola Valley: Ladera
on Jun 28, 2012 at 5:48 pm

These figures do seem to point to the most talented realtors. However, recognizing some of the names on the list, I feel I should point out that quite a few of those individually listed realtors operate more like a small real estate company within a larger one. In other words, they employ both licensed and unlicensed people to do much of the work for them. In other words, when you use them, you are not getting the individual attention that other, lesser known, realtors can give you.

I'm not saying they aren't great realtors; I'm merely pointing out that high numbers do not necessarily make them the best realtor for you. (I am not a realtor.)


Posted by Alan, a resident of Portola Valley: Ladera
on Jun 28, 2012 at 5:50 pm

AMRW: You make an excellent point!


Posted by GOLLY, a resident of another community
on Jun 29, 2012 at 4:41 pm

WHAT ROT.
They are still just salespeople with a six week degree.


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