National Survey Shows RE/MAX Agents Most Productive

RE/MAX Agents Average 2X the Home Sales of Other Agents
April 20, 2016

DENVER – April 20, 2016 -- RE/MAX agents again claim the title of most productive among the national real estate brands. An analysis of the data contained in the 29th annual 2016 REAL Trends 500 survey shows that RE/MAX agents are more than twice as productive as the average of all other agents in the report. "Year after year, national surveys show that RE/MAX agents sell more residential real estate than their competitors and this year is no different," said Dave Liniger, CEO, Chairman of the Board and Co-Founder of RE/MAX, LLC. "The RE/MAX business model and our many tools, resources and comprehensive training are very attractive to productive agents. Consumers have made their choice and that's why RE/MAX agents continue to out-perform their competitors."

One of the most widely followed reports in real estate, the REAL Trends 500 ranks the largest U.S. brokerages by total residential transaction sides with a minimum of 500 sides needed to qualify for participation.

Of the total 1,605 brokerages participating in the REAL Trends 500, one third, or 530, were affiliated with RE/MAX

The nearest competitor placed 386. Data from the survey show that RE/MAX agents averaged 17.3 home sales, more than double the 7.9 average of all other agents and led all national franchises. 
  • RE/MAX - 17.3
  • Realty Executives - 10.4
  • ERA - 9.4
  • Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices1- 8.7
  • Coldwell Banker/NRT2: - 8.6
  • Century 21 - 8.2
  • Better Homes and Gardens - 7.0
  • Keller Williams - 6.8
  • Sotheby’s - 6.3

When all brokerages participating in the survey are ranked by average transaction sides per agent, RE/MAX brokerages claim 85 of the top 100 positions. RE/MAX agents also averaged $4.2 million in sales volume, 68% higher than the $2.5 million average of all other agents in the REAL Trends 500 survey.

The 2016 REAL Trends 500 survey also contains several lists ranking participating brokerages by specific performance metrics in 2015. RE/MAX brokerages claimed 6 of the top 10 spots for the Largest Percent Increase in Transaction Sides and also 6 of the top 10 for the Largest Percent Increase in Sales Volume.
  1. Berkshire Hathaway Home Services does not include Home Services of America.
  2. Coldwell Banker includes NRT
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ARKANSAS - Lisa Poe ~ Little Rock Air Force Base

Press Release
By Allison Sledge

Little Rock, Arkansas REALTOR® Lesa Poe Earns Military Relocation Professional (MRP) Certification

Lesa Poe Has A Keen Sense Of The Local Market, Knows Property Values, Appreciation Of The Market, And How To Gain The Best Exposure For Her Clients' Property

"I am very thankful for our Military Service Members. I work with a lot of Military families because I am so close to Little Rock Air Force Base. I am very appreciative of their tremendous sacrifices."
— Lesa Poe

LITTLE ROCK, ARKANSAS, USA, January 3, 2015 / -- Lesa Poe is one of the top residential Real Estate Agents in Arkansas and has added the MRP designation to her long list of accomplishments. 

“I am very thankful for our Military Service Members” she says, “I work with a lot of Military families because I am so close to Little Rock Air Force Base, and I am very appreciative of their tremendous sacrifices. My husband was in the Navy and served two tours in Vietnam and my oldest son was also in the Navy. It’s hard to imagine what they go through when they’re away from home and in danger, protecting us and our freedoms, and there’s nothing more gratifying than to help Military families buy a home when their loved ones come back from a tour of duty.”

Lesa was born and raised in Arkansas and currently lives in Cabot. Prior to becoming a Real Estate Agent, she worked in marketing for 15 years, yet always dreamed of having her own business. She currently works at RE/MAX Real Estate Connection as an independent agent.

Lesa describes Cabot, a suburb of Little Rock, as the ideal place for families to live because it is a friendly, caring community. “We have fabulous schools” she says, “and people here are very supportive of one another. There's something for everyone. To the south, we're just minutes away from the big city and to the north, we're minutes from a gorgeous lake, boating, camping, and fishing.”

Little Rock offers a vibrant nightlife, world-class attractions such as the Clinton Presidential Center, The Arkansas Art Museum and the Arkansas Symphony Orchestra and a booming dining scene with the best restaurants serving up dishes from around the globe.

Lesa loves the outdoors and being on the lake, camping, relaxing and getting away from the hustle and bustle of life. She is a huge Razorback fan and enjoys tailgating parties with her family and friends. “It’s a family tradition” she says, “My parents took us when we were young, my husband and I took our two sons, and now we all take the grandchildren. We have a great time!”

Lesa and her husband always had their hands in Real Estate, so it was a natural transition for her to get into Real Estate. “I love to help people” Lesa says, “and with all of my background experience in Real Estate and Marketing, it just worked out perfectly. I was thrilled when the National Association of Realtors offered the Military Relocation Professional (MRP) course because I want to make sure that I’m doing everything I can to represent our Military families in the best way that I can.”

Lesa Poe proudly serves the Little Rock, Arkansas Military community which surrounds Little Rock Air Force Base.

As a testimony to Lesa’s character and personality, one of her clients, the Kozlowski family – who had relocated to Arkansas from New Jersey – said: "First let me just say what a GREAT realtor Lesa Poe is. We are Military and in 2007 received orders to move to Little Rock Air Force Base. After deciding to live in Cabot because of the school district, we sent Lesa the criteria for our new home and she started searching right away. She not only searched for houses but sent us an informational welcome packet on Cabot and researched local dog kennels for us. When we arrived in Cabot, Lesa took us out every day for a week until we found the house for us. Unfortunately, the inspector found that house to have major problems and we had to search for another home. Lesa immediately took us to look at several more homes and never once acted like it was a chore. She never showed us houses that were out of our price range or houses that were only listed through her or her company. When we finally did settle on a house, Lesa was there for everything from inspections to final walk through to closing. She even helped us find a good lender. Our experience with Lesa was top notch...she went above and beyond for us. She made us feel that we were the only people she was working with and gave us everything we needed to make a good decision. I would recommend her to anyone who is looking to buy or sell a house. She is a great realtor and a great person.”

For more information about Lesa Poe, please visit these websites:

Media Contact:
Lesa Poe
RE/MAX Real Estate Connection
(501) 628-4434

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KENTUCKY - Karolina Baker ~ Blue Grass Army Depot

Press Release
By Allison Sledge

Lexington, Kentucky REALTOR® Karolina Baker Earns Her Military Relocation Professional (MRP) Certification

The MRP Certification From The National Association Of Realtors Allows Karolina Baker To Help Serve Those Who Have Served In The United States Military

"I’ve always had compassion for the Military because of the tremendous sacrifices they make and I want to gladly give back to the Military and assist all service members, including the disabled."
— Karolina Baker

LEXINGTON, KENTUCKY, USA, November 10, 2014 / -- Karolina Baker is a Real Estate Agent with RE/Max Elite Realty, covering the Central Kentucky area. 

She recently earned her Military Relocation Professional Certification from the National Association of Realtors. “I’ve always had compassion for the Military because of the tremendous sacrifices they make” she says, “and I want to gladly give back to the Military so getting my MRP certification allows me to have the knowledge to assist all service members, including the disabled.”

Karolina was born in Yugoslavia and came to the United States at age 11, settling in Duluth, Minnesota. She moved to Kentucky in 1996 because she discovered that the University of Kentucky offered a great in-state tuition. “I am a very proud mom” she says, “I’m blessed and grateful to have three beautiful, successful grown children – Alexander, Jovan and Sofia. My sons are UK graduates and my daughter is a Georgetown graduate. My kids have always been my courage, inspiration and true joy in life. I am also very happily married to a wonderful Kentuckian man!”

Karolina attends Southland Christian Church which is the sponsor of the Jessamine Refuge Clinic in which Karolina has often volunteered. “This is a great and much needed clinic, “she says “because they provide health care for those without insurance.”

Karolina was recognized by the National Association of Professional Women as the ‘Woman of the Year’ in 2010 and 2011, due to her demonstrated excellence and dedication within her profession. The National Association of Professional Women (NAPW) defines success as “owning your own power.”

Karolina has been very successful in all areas of her life and is one of the most trusted Realtors in Kentucky. She says, “aside from being a beautiful place to raise children, Kentucky is a ‘hidden gem.’ In fact, a Southern Living magazine listed three Kentucky attractions - Mammoth Cave, the Cumberland Falls Moonbow and the Red River Gorge – as the Seven Wonders of the South!”

The closest Military Base to Karolina is the Blue Grass Army Depot which is the Department of Defense’s primary center for surveillance and for deploying units and homeland defense forces.

Karolina loves to help people and therefore it is her pleasure to serve them. She is a very spiritual person and a proud sponsor of the Christian Radio Station K-LOVE (89.9 FM, Lexington). She donates money every month to support the good news and music that they provide to their listeners. “It’s a positive, encouraging broadcast which reaches people that may be going through some very difficult times in their lives.” She says, “During the music breaks they share testimonies and stories of people who have overcome addictions and thoughts of suicide, so I am extremely grateful to be a part of the beautiful K-LOVE Radio Station network because they are doing so much to bring people from all walks of life closer to God, which is the greatest thing in the world to me!"

For more information about Karolina Baker, please visit these sites:

Media Contact:
Karolina Baker
RE/MAX Elite Realty
(859) 913-4138
[email protected]

Click Link Below To See Karolina's Published Press Release

KENTUCKY - Joyce Erskine-Jordan ~ Fort Knox

Press Release

By Allison Sledge


"Our nation’s Military sacrifice so much to protect us. We must thank them for their continued vigilance. Without their sacrifices, we have no voice, no freedom or protection."
— Joyce Erskine-Jordan

LOUISVILLE, KENTUCKY, USA, May 13, 2016 / --Joyce was born in Louisville, Kentucky and graduated from Presentation Academy. From there she went to St. Joseph’s Infirmary associated with Spalding University to become a nurse.

 She went on to work for a doctor for only a couple of years because her parents invited a young man over for dinner one night, and she says, “That was it”. He happened to be widowed and had two of the most precious little boys. “That really did it”, she said. Greg was four and Chris, one and a half. She was now a stay at home mom. A couple years later came Martin then Caroline and happy go lucky, Timothy.

When the children were all in school, Joyce decided to go back to work. While on a trip, she was influenced by a Florida Real Estate agent to get her license. Perfect. This was an answer to having the freedom to work around her children’s activities and should one get sick.

So she got her Realtor license in 1978 and looked forward to being her own boss, good life with flexibility and good paychecks. Uh oh! Being your own boss was not a fact, she found out. In the real picture, your client was the boss. Joyce knows her strong point, however, is service, and that fits in quite well to meeting her client’s needs.

Joyce and her husband divorced after the children were independent but remained good friends, sharing holidays and special events with the children. After his death, and twenty years later, she met Paul Jordan who joined the RE/MAX team in her office. Funny thing. He had been there two years before they met. “Ordinarily, that would be unlikely,” she said, “but our office is full of extremely busy agents. Either the agent was out with clients or on the computer. It was the strangest thing. Right after I would transfer to another office, Paul came into it. Just missing each other. About ten years of that.” After graduating from Western, Paul joined the Air Force and after that, went into insurance but found Real Estate (Commercial) his forte.

Joyce has been touched by military all her life. Her foster dad was a pilot in the Navy, her brother in the Navy, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins in the army. She cannot sit whenever she hears the National Anthem. Seeing or passing someone in the military takes her breath away because her appreciation and gratitude can overwhelm her.

Joyce was reared in an orphanage from age eight. Her parents were too poor to take care of us and divorced.

Naturally, she felt abandoned but the hardest thing to bear of all, was the separation from her siblings. Boys in one orphanage, girls in another. Joyce grew to forgive her parents but they would not play a part in the rest of her life. Happily so, it has with her siblings. She believes in being happy were ever you are and carry it on to all in your life and those whose paths you cross.

Upon graduating from the orphanage, Joyce chose to live in foster care believing her chances of continued education were better. It took three foster homes before she knew ‘she was home’. “I was sixteen years old and few people will take in older kits. But to them, I was their daughter.”

Being the typical mother, Joyce’s children are everything to her. “Now I have a wonderful husband (who had no children) who is supporting my love for them. Greg is an Accountant: Martin writes and arranges music, mostly for Disney: Caroline has returned to school with ambitions of being a nurse and Tim is a very successful photographer and fabulous actor!”

The most difficult and emotional subject for Joyce to talk about is her beloved son, Chris. At age 46 he took his own life. “Chris was a beautiful but troubled soul.” She explains, “He graduated from Johnson Wales Culinary School at the top of his class. Oh what a fabulous cook he was! His gift to us at Christmas was to prepare the dinner. He would also cook for me when I entertained. He owned his own gourmet restaurant called ‘The Glass Onion Gourmet’. He was a major Beatles fan. Bi-Polar is a terrible thing to be afflicted with, but I was there a couple of times to prevent him from doing what he eventually did. He moved to Atlanta and got too far away from our watchful eyes. I take solace knowing that his spirit is with me, and I deeply cherish all the life I had with him.”

One of Joyce’s most endearing qualities is her candor, honesty and ability to converse on myriad levels of multiple subjects. She appreciates her Catholic upbringing and was let to be interested in discovering the truth of religion and spirituality, no matter where she finds it.

Joyce has deep reverence and veneration for the United States Military and was excited to earn her Military Relocation Professional (MRP) Certification. She says, “Our nation’s Military sacrifice so much to protect us. We must thank them for their continued vigilance. Without their sacrifices, we have no voice, no freedom or protection. God bless all parents who must sacrifice their child for us, hopefully only a short time of their life, and especially God comfort those whose precious children do not return.”

Joyce’s personal Pledge is: “I treat people the way I would expect to be treated . . . with honesty and integrity. This is my commitment to you, and I will certainly do all I can to make your home/property buying, selling, investing, exchanging and/or relocating a joyful experience for you!”

For more information about Joyce Erskine-Jordan, please visit these important websites:

Media Contact:

Joyce Erskine-Jordan
RE/MAX Properties East
(502) 727-7999

j[email protected]

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OHIO - Susan Essex ~ Wright Patterson Air Force Base

Press Release
By Allison Sledge


"I would give up anything for my Military clients. I am always willing to make any sacrifice for them."
— Susan Essex

BEAVERCREEK, OHIO, UNITED STATES, June 16, 2016 / -- Susan Essex is a very passionate and highly esteemed Real Estate agent at RE/MAX Victory in Dayton, Ohio where she was born and raised.

Susan is also a member of the Dayton, Cincinnati and Miami County Board of Realtors and is a Certified Military Relocation Professional.

After graduating from Northridge High School, Susan began working in the finance department at NCR – a cash register company that provides scanners and high tech equipment for Fortune 500 companies such as Walmart.

Susan’s father, Albert Shelor, served in the United States Army Air Corps and then on to the Air Force. When stationed in Japan he was involved in an unfortunate accident while riding his motorcycle. He was hit by an Air Force Weapons Carrier truck driven by civilians and was in a coma for two weeks and lost his leg after many unsuccessful surgeries. During his recovery and rehabilitation, Albert was transferred to Hawaii, then to Wright-Patterson Air Force Base hospital in Dayton, Ohio. It was there that met a fellow Corpsman who worked at the hospital who introduced him to his sister-in-law, whom he married.

Susan says, “My father was an amazing man. Even though his leg had been amputated, he received his prosthesis and got busy in the Tool & Dye business as a toolmaker, machinist and model maker at General Motors. He also made all of the furniture in our house which were as beautiful as Ethan Allen. Not only that, but he was an accomplished gunsmith and made all kinds of different guns.”

With such a wonderful father to look up to, it was no surprise that Susan would look for these stellar qualities in her own spouse. This happened when a neighbor set her up on a date with her future husband, Wayne. She says, “It was love at first sight for me. I knew immediately that this was the man I wanted to spend the rest of my life with.”

Wayne graduated from Wright State University in Ohio then went to Liberty University in Virginia for his Master’s Degree and graduated with a Doctorate in Philosophy at Louisiana Baptist University. He owns an accounting firm in Dayton and teaches tax classes at Edison State Community College in Piqua.

Susan says, “Every year, Wayne does taxes for over 600 single mothers and widows – free of charge. It makes me so proud to see that he is helping so many people who are very appreciative of his work.”

Susan is equally proud of her two children, Michael and Sara. They both went to private Christian schools with Michael graduating from Troy Christian High School and Sara graduating from Dayton Christian High School.

Sara attended Palm Beach Atlantic University in West Palm Beach, Florida graduating with a Bachelor’s Degree in Communications and began her career as a General Manager at Abercrombie & Fitch. Sara married her husband, Boyd, and moved to Texas where they have four children. Sara owns her own successful sewing business making quilts and baby bedding.

Michael attended Wright State University and graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Business. He married his wife, Leslie and they have two children. He is currently a Project Engineer for Shook Construction Company in Dayton.

Susan always had a love for houses. At a young age she enjoyed being outside and looking at houses and was interested in Real Estate. While still working at NCR, Susan took Real Estate classes and got her license in six weeks. She says, “I really enjoy communicating with people. I love the relationships that are created in the process of buying or selling a home.” Susan is even more passionate about our Military. Her father retired from Wright-Patterson Air Force Base and she grew up in this Military community, however, it was the events of 911 that really shook her up. She says, “I was never so touched by the people who supported our Soldiers. When we went to war in Iraq, I was old enough and mature enough to understand their sacrifices and seeing such a critical piece of history with 911 truly ripped my heart out. I had so many friends go over to Iraq and I prayed continually for them. I feel very blessed to be able to live in this Country and I feel safe and secure because of the sacrifices of our Military members.”

Susan received an email from the National Association of Realtors announcing their new Military Relocation Professional (MRP) Certification classes. She was so excited to be able to earn this designation that she jumped at the chance to take the courses and was in the very first class for MRP’s in Columbus. She says, “I would give up anything for my Military clients. I am always willing to make any sacrifice for them. I think it is very important to have knowledge of the VA loan as well as an understanding the Military timetables. We live in such a wonderfully supportive Military community here surrounding Wright- Patterson and it’s such a blessing to work with Military families. I take pride in being able to help them on all levels and my respect for our Military runs deep. There is nothing I wouldn’t do for them.”

To find out more information about "Military Friendly Agent" Susan Essex, please visit these important websites:

Media Contact:
Susan Essex
RE/MAX Victory
[email protected]

Click Link Below To See Susan's Published Press Release

OREGON - John Marraffino ~ Douglas County Veterans Services

Press Release

By Allison Sledge


"I feel that everyone who served in the Military is part of my family and there’s nothing I won’t do for them."
— John Marraffino

ROSEBURG, OREGON, USA, December 14, 2015 / John Marraffino is a retired Air Force NCO and Real Estate Broker with RE/MAX Professional Realty in Roseburg, Oregon. He specializes in, In-town and Rural Homes, Foreclosure Property, Horse Property, Residential Acreages, Senior Communities, Short Sales and Military Relocation.

John was born in Los Angeles, California, graduated from Valley High School in Las Vegas, Nevada and went to Arizona State University as a music major with an emphasis in Performance Composition and brass instruments. 

He went on tour throughout the Midwest in a rock band for two years with bands such as Tommy Dale & The Night Squad.

John then settled down, got married and had a child – with another on the way - while working as a DJ at a Radio Station. The hours were limited and he realized he needed a steady job and thought, “I’d really like to learn how to be a Chief Engineer in Radio, so I joined the Air Force on a delayed enlistment.”

John went to basic training at Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio, Texas, and then to Keesler Air Force Base in Biloxi, Mississippi, where he graduated from Tech School at the top of his class. His first duty assignment was at Elkhorn, a detachment near Offutt Air Force Base in Nebraska which is a receiver site for the Strategic Air Command. Since he had always wanted to teach, he applied for Special Duty, which is open for ANY duty, and was sent to school in San Angelo, Texas, where he learned how to fix electronic intelligence gathering equipment. He says, “It took six months to get security clearance and they probed so deep into my past that they even talked to my third grade teacher!”

John then relocated to Sembach Air Base in Germany for four years, working in mobile communications before transferring to Warner-Robbins Air Force Base in Georgia where he worked with the Communications Squadron in Paging Maintenance as a liaison for the Civilian Contractor, maintaining the Paging System and the Civil Engineering Vehicle Radios.

John was then assigned back to Germany at Lindsey Air Station in Wiesbaden and was in the 1st Combat Communications Group. He says, “We were the first in and the last out and it was absolutely the best tour I ever had. It was the tightest knit group of people I’ve ever worked with. We worked hard and played hard.” He was then transferred to Tyndall Air Force Base in Panama City, Florida, then back to Germany at the WANNA Communication site and on to RAF Upper Heyford in England where he finished his tour and then retired from the Military in Fort Walton Beach, Florida.

John decided to start his own business doing paint restoration on automobiles and boats but the hurricanes hurt his business so he went to work at a poultry processing company as a heavy equipment mechanic. He later worked for the screen printing company ‘Serigraphia’ which printed shirts for businesses such as ‘The Gap,” “Banana Republic” and “Old Navy.” Then, Hurricane Georges came through and wiped out everything. He says, “It was unreal. It sucked up all the water in the bay and dumped it on Ft. Walton Beach. I had a double-wide mobile home that was completely totaled by FEMA. My wife and I moved to Denver, Colorado where I worked with IBM Global Services. We split up shortly after that and I found my high school sweetheart, Cyndi, online. We realized that we were both still in love with each other so we moved to Las Vegas, got married, bought a house and made a killing on the sale during the Real Estate Boom.”

Cyndi was subsequently hired as a Medical Records Manager at a VA Hospital in Roseburg, necessitating the couple’s move to Oregon, where they continue to make their home. John worked for Symantec, an anti-virus computer software company as a Tech Support Manager before moving to Oregon City to work at Netflix as a Tech Support Team Manager. He then went to T-Mobile as a Customer Care Coach.

John had bought and sold many homes in his Military career, utilizing his VA Loan and began thinking, “I need to get into Real Estate. My dad was in Real Estate and I thought it would be something I’d like to do. I enjoy selling houses and I like showing people houses and I said: ‘How cool would that be to make a living showing houses?’ I took classes, got my license and hooked up immediately with RE/MAX.”

John found out about the Military Relocation Professional (MRP) Certification through the National Association of Realtors. He says, “The MRP Certification really appealed to me because of my own Military career. I knew it would help me attract Military clientele who appreciate a Real Estate agent who is knowledgeable about time constraints and VA loans, just to name a few. I wanted to have the MRP Certification to be of better service to my clients. I live near the Roseburg VA Hospital so we have a lot of retired Military and Veterans here and I want to be the agent they go to when they are looking to buy or sell a home. Awareness of the Real Estate needs for Veterans in our community is growing and that's part of what drew me to earn the MRP Certification. I feel that everyone who served in the Military is part of my family and there’s nothing I won’t do for them.”

For more information about John Marraffino, please visit these important websites:

Media Contact:
John Marraffino
RE/MAX Professional Realty
(503) 206-1899
[email protected]

Click Link Below To See John's Published Press Release

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