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!

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

November 2019 Top Producers

There is a presumption that real estate sales slow down in winter months, in part due to the colder weather and the busyness of the impending holiday season.  Our Top Producers list for November is populated by folks who beg to differ!

Karen Detwiler of Help-U-Sell Detwiler Realty in Carlisle, PA, once again surges to first place with a fantastic 16 sides, ten of them coming from sellers. Tip of the hat for Karen and her team for a job well done.

In a very close second place is Mario Ferrante and the team at Help-U-Sell Metropolitan, in Woodhaven, Michigan.  We have seen a lot of Mario and company this year, and he reminds us why with 15 sides for the month. 

A regular fixture on our Gross Sales Volume list is Patrick Wood of Help-U-Sell Prestige Properties in Chino Hills, California. His team will pull double duty with 8 sides closed in November and show up on our other list, too!

As usual, we are blessed with two sets of ties. 

In fourth and fifth place is Jack Bailey of Help-U-Sell Greensboro in North Carolina, and Richard Criccio of Help-U-Sell Honolulu Properties – both with 7 sides. 

Additionally, the five-way tie with 5 sides for everyone in places 6 through 11 makes me think this should be a lucky lotto number for someone; but the truth is, there is no luck here. Just evidence of hard work. 

OfficeBuyerSellerTotal
Help-U-Sell 
Detwiler Realty
61016
Help-U-Sell 
Metropolitan
51015
Help-U-Sell 
Prestige Properties
268
Help-U-Sell 
Greensboro
167
Help-U-Sell 
Honolulu Properties
257
Help-U-Sell 
Select Real Estate
246
Help-U-Sell 
Direct Savings
Real Estate
325
Help-U-Sell 
Edmond/OKC
325
Help-U-Sell Full Service Realty235
Help-U-Sell 
Galleria Realty
235
Help-U-Sell 
Mike Bowling
145
Richard Cricchio

Over here on our Gross Sales Volume report, we find perpetual favorite, Richard Criccio of Help-U-Sell Honolulu Properties. His team closed November with $4.2 million in sales. 

As predicted above in our sides list, second place goes to Patrick Wood of Help-U-Sell Prestige Properties in Chino Hills, California. His team closed $3.6 million in sales. 

David Bartels of Help-U-Sell Full Service Realty in Westlake Village, CA, takes third place with $2.9 million in sales. 

Here’s wishing everyone a strong finish to 2019, a great plan in place for 2020, and a warm, joyful holiday season the Brokers and their MLS-kicking staff who made 2019 something to be proud of.  

OfficeGross Sales volume
Help-U-Sell Honolulu Properties$4,277,500
Help-U-Sell Prestige Properties$3,620,800
Help-U-Sell Full Service Realty$2,921,000
Help-U-Sell Detwiler Realty$2,441,225
Help-U-Sell Golden Homes$2,024,888
Help-U-Sell Select Real Estate$2,016,400
Help-U-Sell Wright $1,595,000
Help-U-Sell Silicon Valley Properties$1,500,000
Help-U-Sell Metropolitan$1,370,632
Help-U-Sell Greensboro$1,103,500

Top Producers, October 2019

The weather may have cooled down but sales are still heating up for our Help-U-Sell Broker/Owners in our Top Producers post for October.

Jack Bailey comes in first place for the month with 18 total sides. After spending the previous three months in second place, Jack wins the brass ring today! His team at Help-U-Sell Greensboro in North Carolina is  a testament that Help-U-Sell is the ideal business model for those looking to run a lean office. 

Mike Bowling of Help-U-Sell Mike Bowling in Yuma, Arizona, and Mario Ferrante of Help-U-Sell Metropolitan in Woodhaven, Michigan, are neck-and-neck for second place with 12 total sides a piece.

Interestingly, we also have a tie for third place, between Kimber Regan of Help-U-Sell Hanford/Lemoore in Hanford,CA, and Kimberly Zelena at Help-U-Sell Direct Savings Real Estate in Waynesboro, VA. Both offices are in third with 10 sides each.

It is said “things always happen in threes”, so our third tie is at the end of our list, between Ryan Joyce’s office, Help-U-Sell Bakersfield Equity Savers in Bakersfield,CA, and Patrick Wood’s office, Help-U-Sell Prestige Properties in Chino Hills, CA – both coming in with 6 sides. 

OfficeBuyerSellerTotal Sides
Help-U-Sell
Greensboro
61218
Help-U-Sell
Metropolitan
3912
Help-U-Sell
Mike Bowling
6612
Help-U-Sell
Direct Savings
Real Estate
4610
Help-U-Sell
Hanford
/Lemoore
5510
Help-U-Sell
Honolulu Properties
279
Help-U-Sell
Detwiler Realty
268
Help-U-Sell
Heritage Real Estate 
437
Help-U-Sell
Bakersfield Equity Savers
336
Help-U-Sell
Prestige Properties
156
Richard Cricchio

Over here on our Gross Sales Volume report, it is always a delight to see Richard Cricchio of Help-U-Sell Honolulu Properties at the top of our list. He has handily accomplished that achievement for yet one more month, coming in at $5.4 million. 

Just as reliably, Patrick Wood of Help-U-Sell Prestige Properties in Chino Hills California is here, coming in at $4.1 million dollars. 

Followed by our other familiar favorite, David Bartels of Help-U-Sell Full Service Realty, sewing up third place with $3.7 million.

A special shout-out  to all of our Broker/Owners who appear on both lists – there are SEVEN of you. It is a testament to your drive, hard work, great planning, exemplary service, and excellent choices in team members. 

As Thanksgiving is just around the corner, we wish everybody on this list – and everyone who works diligently with them – a safe and happy holiday, surrounded by the people who bring you the most joy and happiness. 

OfficeGross Sales Volume 
Help-U-Sell Honolulu Properties $   5,428,000
Help-U-Sell Prestige Properties $   4,131,500
Help-U-Sell Full Service Realty $   3,715,000
Help-U-Sell Greensboro $   3,478,470
Help-U-Sell Golden Homes $   2,701,000
Help-U-Sell Hanford/Lemoore $   2,543,900
Help-U-Sell Mike Bowling $   1,835,600
Help-U-Sell Legacy $   1,681,314
Help-U-Sell Direct Savings Real Estate $   1,676,350
Help-U-Sell Metropolitan $   1,665,041

Top Producers 9-Month Review, 2019

When you stack up the numbers from quarters one, two and three, they add up in an impressive way. For our 9-month review of Top Producers, 2019 is looking robust for many of our Help-U-Sell Broker/Owners.

A familiar face for much of 2019, and certainly for the entirety of 2018, is Mario Ferrante. His Help-U-Sell Metropolitan office in Woodhaven, Michigan has come in at 162 sides. Perhaps it is reasonably safe to say he will likely breach 200 sides with his team for the final quarter of the year.

Jack Bailey, ever the “man on the go” with his terrific team of two, is in second place with 105 sides. Are you wondering if it’s a good idea to get involved with Jack’s coaching groups? Resoundingly, yes.

Debra Schmidt with Help-U-Sell Heritage Real Estate in Owatonna, MN, had a significant uptick in sales over the summer season, launching her office into our stratosphere all summer and landing her in third place with a total of 87 sides. 

While we are excited for everyone on the list, tip of the hat to Mike Bowling in Yuma, AZ. Still in his first year as a Help-U-Sell Broker/Owner, it looks very likely he will be in our top ten for the year, which is just: “Job well done, Sir.” 

OfficeBuyerSellerTotal 
Help-U-Sell 
Metropolitan
61101162
Help-U-Sell 
Greensboro
4362105
Help-U-Sell
Heritage
Real Estate 
355287
Help-U-Sell 
Honolulu 
Properties
255277
Help-U-Sell
Direct Savings
Real Estate
314273
Help-U-Sell
Prestige
Properties
145771
Help-U-Sell 
Hanford/
Lemoore
224264
Help-U-Sell 
Detwiler Realty
193655
Help-U-Sell 
Mike Bowling
292655
Help-U-Sell 
Full Service
Realty
212546
Richard Cricchio

Over here in the Gross Sales Volume list, at the top, once again Richard  Criccio. Richard has been cruising at the top of this list for much of the year. He closes the Nine Months Review with $52.8 million in sales.

Patrick Wood at Help-U-Sell Prestige Properties in Chino Hills, California also makes a substantial showing with $38.6 million in sales.

David Bartels Help-U-Sell Full Service Realty also makes a fantastic showing by pulling in $30.8 million in sales over the 9 months.

If you have not done so yet, putting together your business goals for the 2020 year based on some of the information from these reports can serve as a useful planning tool and mapping busier or slower times of year. Best of luck to all of our industrious Brokers and their trusty agents trying to close the year out strong.

OfficeGross Sales Volume 
Help-U-Sell Honolulu Properties$52,844,298
Help-U-Sell Prestige Properties$38,622,365
Help-U-Sell Full Service Realty$30,882,000
Help-U-Sell Greensboro$21,964,969
Help-U-Sell Metropolitan$16,842,786
Help-U-Sell Hanford/Lemoore$15,914,600
Help-U-Sell Golden Homes$14,893,000
Help-U-Sell Legacy$12,432,702
Help-U-Sell Heritage Real Estate $12,336,550