Find a Residential Real Estate Agent

How we did it: To produce the list of best residential real estate agents, we began by reaching out to over 15,000 people. We mailed nomination ballots to 383 previous Best Real Estate Agent winners, more than 200 mortgage and title companies, and 5,000 D Magazine subscribers. In addition to that, we mailed ballots to 10,000 recent home buyers. We asked recent home buyers and subscribers to evaluate up to two agents they have worked with. We asked them to rate the agents based on customer service, integrity, market knowledge, communication, negotiation, postsale service, and overall satisfaction. We asked mortgage and title companies to nominate up to three real estate agents they work with closely. We asked previous Best Real Estate Agents to nominate up to three real estate agents—one with their firms, and two outside their firms. We put all that data into an algorithm placing emphasis on feedback we received from consumers, our subscribers, and the recent home buyers. We then screened each nominee with the Texas Real Estate Commission database to make certain that licenses were up to date and there had been no disciplinary action. The resulting lists represents slightly less than 2 percent of licensed real estate agents in the Dallas area. Finally, we turned the lists over to our sales team. They cannot add to or subtract from the lists, but they can sell ads to the winners. Advertising in no way affects our lists, the final makeup of which is the sole determination of the editorial staff.

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