Chris Reed to Retire January 24

On January 24, 2020, Chris Reed will hang her hat on the doors of Help-U-Sell Real Estate and officially retire after 11 dedicated years of service to the company at the Sarasota-based corporate headquarters.

If you’ve ever spoken to Chris on the phone, it’s not difficult to guess she moved here from Massachusetts. Arriving to Florida in 2000 with her husband, she previously worked as a controller for a manufacturing company up north, but quickly found work with a Florida home builder.

“Once I started with Help-U-Sell, it was interesting to learn the aspects of selling real estate versus the building side of real estate. All of that knowledge has come full circle for me,” Chris said.

Whenever Help-U-Sell opens an office in a new state, Chris gets the Federal Disclosure Documents in order so the franchise will be allowed to operate there. She ensures the incoming franchisees have the right paperwork to get started, and handles anything from a change of ownership, transferring ownership from an individual to a corporation, taking care of location and name changes, and other amendments to the franchise agreement.

Moving forward, those duties will be handled by Joey Trowbridge.

Since Chris came on board during the economic recession, she has witnessed many changes. She added,“I saw first-hand how hard this industry became for everyone: the many broker/owners struggling to stay open, and the home owners and communities trying to stay afloat. What’s wonderful to see are folks who had the will to stay with us and make their businesses grow again. People with that spirit make coming to work a pleasure. They love what they do, and I’m definitely one of those people.”

Not surprisingly, once she is fully immersed in retirement, Chris will still be very busy. She will continue to volunteer for the Salvation Army, as an usher at the Van Wezel Performance Center, and will become more involved in her husband’s graphic design business. 

A huge bird lover, Chris also volunteers at the Birds of Paradise aviation sanctuary, and serves as a board member for the Florida West Coast Avian Society.

“I’ve been working towards this moment of retiring for a while. Five years ago, I cut down my work week to four days. More recently, I cut down to 2.5 days weekly. I’ve really enjoyed watching what Robbie (Robert Stevens, CEO) has done with the company since taking over. Working with him, all of the people in the corporate office, and the Broker/Owners and all of their people – they made this a really good experience for me,” she shared.

We wish Chris all the best in her retirement!

Final 2019 Top Producers List

After a year of marketing, leads, calls and emails, presentation meetings, enough docu-sign paperwork to circle the globe once or twice, photography, sign blitzes, home staging, open houses and more paperwork to sign when you are successful – all of that grind stitches together to bring us to this monster moment. 

The Final 2019 Top Producers list.

Starting off at 206 sides is Mario Ferrante and the team at Help-U-Sell Metropolitan, in Woodhaven, MI. Mario spent most of the 2019 reports at the top of this list, and beat his 2018 total sides by one. That’s pretty cool. Not only did Mario earn the first spot, he created a rather sizable lead while he was at it.

Jack Bailey of Help-U-Sell Greensboro in North Carolina, and his team cleared 144 sides. For anyone who has ever thought that you need an enormous office staff with tons of agents, Jack’s business model is proof that when you work smart and you work hard, the numbers speak for themselves.

Rounding out our top three: Debra Schmidt at Help-U-Sell Heritage Real Estate in Owatonna, MN.  Over the summer, Debra and her team started making substantially bigger numbers, and so they end the year was 123 sides. Well deserved.

Four of our top ten 2019 Eagles on the Sides report are women-owned, and two offices were just established a little over a year ago. This is strong evidence that the 43-year-old business model based on disruption continues to be smart choice for brokers looking to create and maintain a competitive edge that really works.

OfficeBuyerSellerTotal
Help-U-Sell Metropolitan74132206
Help-U-Sell Greensboro5787144
Help-U-Sell Heritage Real Estate 5568123
Help-U-Sell Prestige Properties2084104
Help-U-Sell Honolulu Properties297099
Help-U-Sell Direct Savings Real Estate425597
Help-U-Sell The Smart Choice395493
Help-U-Sell Detwiler Realty295685
Help-U-Sell Mike Bowling374077
Help-U-Sell Real Estate Masters225173

The top three positions in the Gross Sales Volume report’ have primarily been held by the same three offices all year long.

Richard Cricchio

Coming in at a staggering $67.1 million, is of course, Richard Criccio at Help-U-Sell Honolulu Properties. If Richard’s team stays on this trajectory for 2020, it’s easy to imagine that they break a $100 million is sales, which would be a lot of fun to witness. We’ll get the popcorn started.

Naturally, Patrick Wood at Help-U-Sell Prestige Properties in Chino Hills, CA is right here in second place with $58.1 million. By all accounts, not only did Patrick have a great year, but the last quarter in particular was a significant showing from his team.

David Bartels, Broker/Owner of Help-U-Sell Full Service Realty

If there is a broker owner who is due for an update with an interview profile, it’s likely David Bartels of Help-U-Sell Full Service Realty in Westlake Village, CA. Always at-the-ready with solid numbers each month, David ends the year was $39.1 million in sales. 

It’s worth noting that women and men are evenly split among the owners on this list. The larger offices and leaner offices have put forth big efforts and both achieved impressive results. Best of luck to everybody as we march into the new year with fresh ideas, a continued drive to serve clients, save them money, and provide superior full service.

OfficeGross Sales volume
Help-U-Sell Honolulu Properties$67,172,798
Help-U-Sell Prestige Properties$58,164,945
Help-U-Sell Full Service Realty$39,110,500
Help-U-Sell Greensboro$29,503,484
Help-U-Sell The Smart Choice$23,087,700
Help-U-Sell Metropolitan$21,562,658
Help-U-Sell Golden Homes$21,158,888
Help-U-Sell Heritage Real Estate $16,981,896
Help-U-Sell Detwiler Realty$15,938,625
Help-U-Sell Select Real Estate$15,718,700

Top Producers Q4 2019

The 2019 fourth quarter report for our Top Producers list shows that small daily efforts have substantial cumulative results. In this edition, the familiar eagles are soaring high and newer established offices are also climbing the ladder and making a place for themselves and creating big impact.

Mario Ferrante and the team at Help-U-Sell Metropolitan, in Woodhaven, Michigan takes first place with 40 sides for the quarter. Way to go!

A very close second place is landed by Jack Bailey of Help-U-Sell Greensboro in North Carolina, with 37 total sides.

Third place is secured by our favorite friend in Pennsylvania, Karen Detwiler of Help-U-Sell Detwiler Realty in Carlisle. Karen’s team cranked out 30 sides. 

Special shout-out to two offices that have joined the Help-U-Sell family last year: Mike Bowling at Help-U-Sell Mike Bowling in Yuma, AZ and Jeff Hedberg at Help-U-Sell Real Estate Masters in Port Huron, MI, with 21 and 20 sides, respectively.

Tenth place is a three-way tie between David Bartels at Help-U-Sell Full Service Realty in in Westlake Village, CA, Lona Murphy at Help-U-Sell Select Real Estate in Eugene, OR, and Kimber Regan at Help-U-Sell The Smart Choice in Hanford, CA.

OfficeBuyerSellerTotal
Help-U-Sell Metropolitan112940
Help-U-Sell Greensboro132437
Help-U-Sell Detwiler Realty102030
Help-U-Sell Heritage Real Estate 161329
Help-U-Sell Prestige Properties62026
Help-U-Sell Direct Savings Real Estate111324
Help-U-Sell Honolulu Properties41822
Help-U-Sell Mike Bowling81321
Help-U-Sell Real Estate Masters61420
Help-U-Sell Full Service Realty5914
Help-U-Sell Select Real Estate41014
Help-U-Sell The Smart Choice6814

In the Gross Sales Volume report, Patrick Wood and the team at Help-U-Sell Prestige Properties in Chino Hills, California, soar to the top with a staggering $15.8 million in sales for the fourth quarter.

Richard Cricchio

Not too far behind is Richard Criccio, of Help-U-Sell Honolulu Properties. His team closed out the quarter with $14.3 million in sales.

David Bartels, Broker/Owner of Help-U-Sell Full Service Realty

Steady appearance-maker on our Top Producer lists, David Bartels of Help-U-Sell Full Service Realty in Westlake Village, CA, secured third place with $8.2 million in sales. 

High-fives to all of our eagles flying high. What a great final quarter!

OfficeGross Sales Volume
Help-U-Sell Prestige Properties$15,830,580
Help-U-Sell Honolulu Properties$14,328,500
Help-U-Sell Full Service Realty$8,228,500
Help-U-Sell Greensboro$7,251,515
Help-U-Sell Golden Homes$6,265,888
Help-U-Sell Detwiler Realty$5,072,225
Help-U-Sell South Santa Clara County$4,789,785
Help-U-Sell Select Real Estate$4,613,800
Help-U-Sell Metropolitan$4,095,473
Help-U-Sell Real Estate Masters$3,690,800

December 2019 Top Producers

How appropriate that the final monthly Top Producer report for 2019 includes twelve soaring eagles to match our twelfth month of the year. We start in our favorite fashion: with a tie.

Familiar Top Producer, Patrick Wood and the team at Help-U-Sell Prestige Properties in Chino Hills, California, tops the month of December with twelve total sides.

First place is shared with our favorite Broker/Owner/Coach, Jack Bailey of Help-U-Sell Greensboro in North Carolina, top the month of December with twelve total sides each. Clearly the holidays did not stop folks from making deals – and probably helped stave off a few pounds running around from deal to deal.

In second place with nine sides is Kimberly Zelena and the team at Help-U-Sell Direct Savings Real Estate in Waynesboro, VA. We know they have been working hard there, because the name appeared here pretty regularly throughout 2019.

Perpetual eagle, Mario Ferrante and the team at Help-U-Sell Metropolitan, in Woodhaven, Michigan take third place with 9 sides for the month. 

With a three-way tie for fifth place, and four-way tie for sixth place, it makes for a very populated list. Congratulations to everyone for a great ending to the year.

OfficeBuyerSellerTotal
Help-U-Sell Greensboro6612
Help-U-Sell Prestige Properties3912
Help-U-Sell Direct Savings Real Estate549
Help-U-Sell Metropolitan268
Help-U-Sell Heritage Real Estate 437
Help-U-Sell Detwiler Realty246
Help-U-Sell Honolulu Properties66
Help-U-Sell Real Estate Masters156
Help-U-Sell Full Service Realty224
Help-U-Sell The Smart Choice134
Help-U-Sell Select Real Estate134
Help-U-Sell Treasure Coast134

Over here in the Gross Sales Volume list is one of our most familiar faces, Patrick Wood of Help-U-Sell Prestige Properties in Chino Hills, California. His team pulled in an impressive $8 million in sales AND tied for first place on our sides list. What a spectacular end of the year for Patrick’s team!

The other favorite eagle on our Gross Sales Volume list is none of than Richard Criccio, of Help-U-Sell Honolulu Properties. His team closed December with $4.6 million in sales.

Not to be outdone, Jack Bailey of Help-U-Sell Greensboro in North Carolina closes the year with $2.6 million.

We wish everyone the best with 2020 and their updated business plans and goals.

OfficeGross Sales Volume
Help-U-Sell Prestige Properties$8,078,280
Help-U-Sell Honolulu Properties$4,623,000
Help-U-Sell Greensboro$2,669,545
Help-U-Sell Wright $1,843,125
Help-U-Sell Full Service Realty$1,592,500
Help-U-Sell Golden Homes$1,540,000
Help-U-Sell Direct Savings Real Estate$1,447,800
Help-U-Sell Select Real Estate$1,382,500
Help-U-Sell Real Estate Masters$1,328,600
Help-U-Sell Allied Realty$1,306,500