“Top 5 Real Estate Offices in Queens”, by George Herrera, Realtor and Co-Owner of the Queens Home Team at Keller Williams Realty.
If you’re thinking of getting into real estate, looking to buy/sell real estate, or just want to know who the Queens real estate power players are, then you’re in the right place. We get asked this question from time to time so I figured I would create a post that puts the numbers up against the claims. One thing you’ll find very common in Queens, and real estate in general, is real estate agents touting their office as the #1 ranked office in their city. Even in our office we have agents that will say we’re the best in Queens and #1 in this or that. The truth is that our office is not ranked #1 when you look at 2016 numbers, however, we are always in the top 5, and our sister office Keller Williams Realty Landmark is also consistently in the top 5 every year. Rankings may change from year to year but the power players tend to remain in the top 5 or top 10 year after year. With that said, here is a list of the top 5 real estate offices in Queens for properties closed between 1/1/16 – 12/31/16. For further clarification, the criteria used in this post are as follows:
Property Type: RES (Residential), CON (Condo/Coop), LAN (Land), COM (Commercial)
County: Q (Queens)
Title Date: 1/1/16 – 12/31/16
Sort by: Units Sold
So here you can see that the top 5 real estate offices in 2016 were:
1. Winzone Realty (Elmhurst)
2. Keller Williams Rlty Landmark (North Flushing)
3. Douglas Elliman Real Estate (Bayside)
4. Keller Williams Realty Landmark II (Jackson Heights)
5. East Coast Realtors (Bayside)
What I can personally tell about these offices is the following…
Winzone is a discount brokerage which means that their agents only pay a small transaction fee on each deal. They offer very little to their agents but are cheap to work at so you tend to see a lot of part time agents and 1-4 deal a year agents here. They have a lot of agents but tend to lack support, training, and professionalism (in my opinion). Most of the time when we do business with Winzone agents it is obvious because their presentation and approach to the business is less professional and less pit together than as with other agents who with full service firms. I’m sure that this is attributed to the lack of quality training for new and experienced agents.
As for Keller Williams Realty Landmark, this is our sister office and what can I say, they’re awesome. I won’t go too deep into the reasons why but anytime we see Keller Williams on the other side of a transaction, we breathe a sigh of relief because we know that most likely they will be knowledgeable, professional, and very cooperative. KW Landmark is based out of North Flushing and they do a lot of business in Northeast Queens. They’ve been around since 2007 and since 2008 they have been a power player. Great leadership, amazing culture, supportive staff, and very high quality training.
As for Douglas Elliman Real Estate, if I had to pick any brokerage that closely resembles the knowledge and professionalism of KW, Elliman would be it. Almost every agent we’ve done business with or spoke to at Douglas Elliman is very professional and courteous, the only thing we’ve heard from time to time is that they have a competitive culture and it is more of a “every man for themself” type of environment. Obviously we have no idea, bit that’s what we’ve heard from some Elliman agents. We would never leave KW because of our culture, but if KW did not exist, it seems that Elliman would be a great fit for us. Good agents, very professional, and must have solid training based on our experiences with them.
As for Keller Williams Realty Landmark II, what do you think I’m going to say? Yes, we’re the best 🙂 Our office has great training, great leadshership, a family feel, sharing environment, friendly faces all around, and if you look at the numbers you can see that we also sell a lot of real estate! I won’t go on because my opinion is obviously bias, however, just based on my experience I can tell you that this is an amazing office, period.
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And lastly, as for East Coast Realtors, I can honestly say that I haven’t had that many experiences with them. We’ve done some deals with them, and met some of their agents here and there but there’s nothing unique that I can speak about when it comes to their office. Nothing good but nothing bad either. They are in the top 5 so they must be doing something right.
This report represents a total of 1,138 offices which is a whole lot of real esate offices. When I look at this list it definitelg makes sense because I see these offices selling real eatate all over Queens.
If I had to give you my own recommendation of an office to join and start a career with, it would definitely be either Keller Williams Realty Landmark, Keller Williams Realty Landmark II, or Douglas Elliman. If you wanted to interview with a fourth office it wouldn’t heard to go meet with East Coast Realtors as well. The only reason I wouldn’t recommend Winzone for a new agent is because they don’t offer the support and training necessary for you to learn how conduct yourself as a true real estate professional (my opinion of course).
If I had to give you my recommendation for agents to interview for the job of buying or selling a home in Queens, I would suggst interviewing an agent from Keller Williams Realty, and agent from Douglas Elliman, and an Agent from East Coast Realtors. From there you should be able to find the agent that you feel most confortable with.
When we speak about “Volume” in real estate, we’re just talking about the sale prices of all the properties sold. So if you sell two houses at $500K each, it’s $1 million in volume. This helps you see who sells properties in a higher price point. For example, an office with a lot of closed units but low volume could specialize in selling a lot of coops and condos. On the other hand, an office with low sold units but very high volume, could specialize in selling a lot of residential and(or) luxury homes.
Based on 2016 numbers, Winzone had the highest volume, East Coast Realtors had the highest average sale price, and Elliman had the lowest average days on market.
Based on the numbers above, the top listing office in all of Queens was actually our sister office, Keller Williams Realty Landmark. They sold more listings than anyone, and what that typically tells you is who has the most market share. Interestingly enough, although Winzone sold more units than any other office, most of their sales came on the buyer side. As for residential 1-3 family sales, Winzone topped the list followed by our office Keller Williams Realty Landmark II. When it comes to Coops and Condos, KW Landmark and Douglas Elliman tied for first place. As for land, not enough to say who’sthe best, but Winzone sold the most at 4. And if you’re thinking of getting into Commercial real estate, or looking to buy or sell commercial space, you would probably best served contacting Winzone, East Coast Realtors, or our office Keller Williams Realty Landmark II.
Well, I hope this post is helpful regardless of the reason why you want to know about real estate offices in Queens. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact us anytime 🙂
Thanks for reading!