July Top Producers

After many months of seeing very familiar faces grace our monthly Top Producers list, July has proven to be a surprising scorcher! We present to you….a shake up!

Debra Schmidt and her team at Help-U-Sell Heritage Real Estate in Owatonna, Minnesota did it! They closed 18 sides and ascended to first place.  Her office has been making strides throughout the year, often popping up on this list but this is the first time in 2019 that Debra’s office is winner-take-all. Congratulations!

The ever-industrious Jack Bailey comes in second place with 14 total sides thanks to the help of hard work and his team at Help-U-Sell Greensboro in North Carolina.

Meanwhile, Karen Detwiler of Help-U-Sell Detwiler Realty in Carlisle Pennsylvania, nabs a “dual” third place with her busy team of six, closing 12 sides. 

Kimberly Zelena, Help-U-Sell Direct Savings Real Estate

Also sharing third place with 12 sides is Kimberly Zelena and her team of four at Help-U-Sell Direct Savings Real Estate in Waynesboro, Virginia. 

There are no fewer than four ties in this edition of Top Producers, bringing another round of evidence to the fact that the Help-U-Sell Real Estate model can still bring disruption to the industry, attract sellers, and make for a successful business to own.

OfficeBuyerSellerTotal
Help-U-Sell
Heritage
Real Estate
61218
Help-U-Sell
Greensboro
7714
Help-U-Sell
Detwiler Realty
5712
Help-U-Sell
Direct Savings
Real Estate
6612
Help-U-Sell
Metropolitan
1910
Help-U-Sell
Prestige
Properties
3710
Help-U-Sell
Edmond/OKC
459
Help-U-Sell
Mike Bowling
459
Help-U-Sell
Peoples
Real Estate
369
Help-U-Sell
San Antonio
Hill Country
279
Help-U-Sell
Options
Unlimited
448
Help-U-Sell
Select Real
Estate
358
Richard Cricchio

Moving on to our Gross Sales Volume report, we find Richard Criccio of Help-U-Sell Honolulu Properties continuing to secure the top spot with $7.1 million in sales for the month of July. Must be the neighbor island volcano making real estate so hot there.

A strong second place goes to Patrick Wood of Help-U-Sell Prestige Properties in Chino Hills, California. His team closed $5.5 million in sales. 

Breaking into the top three this month Is Yasumi Davis of  Help-U-Sell Golden Homes in Martinez, California. She closed $4.3 million in sales.

What is especially noteworthy: a cursory glance at our previous editions of the Top Producers list shows clearly that smaller offices can do just as well as larger offices in terms of achieving both number of sides and gross sales volume, as evidenced by the steady presence and climb of some broker/owners to the higher echelons of this list in just 2019 alone. 


Office Name

Amount
Help-U-Sell Honolulu Properties$7,198,000.00
Help-U-Sell Prestige Properties$5,546,800.00
Help-U-Sell Golden Homes$4,393,500.00
Help-U-Sell South
Santa Clara County
$3,293,000.00
Help-U-Sell Greensboro$2,912,940.00
Help-U-Sell Detwiler Realty$2,690,500.00
Help-U-Sell Heritage Real Estate$2,671,100.00
Help-U-Sell Wright Realtors$2,600,000.00
Help-U-Sell Select Real Estate$2,410,400.00
Help-U-Sell San Antonio
Hill Country
$2,335,489.00

Top Producers 2019 Half-Year Review

While the Help-U-Sell Half-Year Review clearly paints a picture of our stars who have been shining all year long, the real fun comes in with the folks that you were not necessarily expecting. They’ve been quietly accumulating substantial sides throughout the year and then – BOOM – here they are showing up large! 

So our top four Eagles, Mario Ferrante of Help-U-Sell Metropolitan (136), Jack Bailey of Help-U-Sell Greensboro (68), Marc Dosik of Help-U-Sell Federal City Realty, and Richard Cricchio of Help-U-Sell Honolulu Properties (both with 53) are exactly where we have been expecting them, thanks to great marketing, hard working teams, and a value proposition that is tough to beat. 

Kimberly Zelena’s team, Help-U-Sell Direct Savings, stakes a claim at fourth place with 51 sides and puts a huge divide between her and fifth place. 

The stair-step (one right after the other) awards go to:

Mike Bowling, newcomer from Yuma, Arizona and the head of Help-U-Sell Mike Bowling clearing 39 for 5th place. 

Kimber Regan of Help-U-Sell Hanford/Lemoore in Hanford, CA, ends with 38 sides. 

Debra Schmidt of Help-U-Sell Heritage Real Estate in Owatonna, MN, closes 37 sides. 

With competition that hot, we’re going to need a frozen lemonade to cool off and take it all in. 

OfficeBuyerSellerTotal
Help-U-Sell
Metropolitan
6375138
Help-U-Sell
Greensboro
264268
Help-U-Sell
Honolulu
Properties
223153
Help-U-Sell
Federal City
Realty
233053
Help-U-Sell
Direct Savings
Real Estate
222951
Help-U-Sell
Mike Bowling
192039
Help-U-Sell
Hanford/
Lemoore
201838
Help-U-Sell
Heritage
Real Estate
162137
Help-U-Sell
Prestige
Properties
62935
Help-U-Sell Full
Service Realty
171633

On the Gross Sales Volume list, Richard Cricchio of Help-U-Sell Honolulu Properties remains the Eagle flying high with $31.6 million in sales. Just think of the huge savings he has provided his sellers over a traditional 6% commission over these last six months. 

David Bartels of Help-U-Sell Full Service Realty in Westlake Village, CA, takes second place with $22.4 million in sales. For those who haven’t checked out what they include in their seller and buyer packages, they really do go above and beyond traditional brokerage offerings.

Marc Dosik of Help-U-Sell Federal City Realty in Washington, DC, comes in here with $20.8 million in sales. Covering Virginia, Maryland and D.C. means more people recognizing the Help-U-Sell brand and trusting the name that has been saving them money for over four decades.

Office6 Month Total
Help-U-Sell Honolulu Properties$31,664,888
Help-U-Sell Full Service Realty$22,422.500
Help-U-Sell Federal City Realty$20,851.679
Help-U-Sell Prestige Properties$18,591.175
Help-U-Sell Greensboro$14,319,888
Help-U-Sell Metropolitan$14,157,529
Help-U-Sell Central Properties$13,045.882
Help-U-Sell Direct
Savings Real Estate
$8,221,849
Help-U-Sell Legacy$8,091,434
Help-U-Sell Select Real Estate$7,547.000
Help-U-Sell Golden Homes$6,980,500
Help-U-Sell Distinctive Homes$6,277,500
Help-U-Sell Mike Bowling$6,077,650

Top Producers Q2 2019

The second quarter of our Top Producers list features folks we were expecting and a few that we were not. 

Unsurprisingly, Mario Ferrante of Help-U-Sell Metropolitan in Woodhaven, Michigan, remains in the top spot as he has been since the beginning of 2019. With a staggering 78 total sides, we can speculate safely that whatever methods Mario is employing are working extremely well.

What we were not expecting is the fairly close  competition between Jack Bailey’s Help-U-Sell Greensboro in North Carolina, and Marc Dosik of Help-U-Sell Federal City Realty in Washington DC. It’s hard to imagine two more diverse markets, and yet there are only 5 sides difference, which shows the difference the Help-U-Sell model creates. 

Kimberly Zelena, Help-U-Sell Direct Savings Real Estate

We’re pleased to see Kimberly Zelena’s team here, Help-U-Sell Direct Savings in Waynesboro, VA secures fourth place with 34 sides.

OfficeBuyerSellerTotal
Help-U-Sell
Metropolitan
403878
Help-U-Sell
Greensboro
202444
Help-U-Sell
Federal City
Realty
192039
Help-U-Sell
Direct Savings
Real Estate
142034
Help-U-Sell
Honolulu
Properties
141731
Help-U-Sell
Heritage Real Estate
101323
Help-U-Sell
Mike Bowling
121123
Help-U-Sell
Select
Real Estate
91322
Help-U-Sell
Central
Properties
111021
Help-U-Sell Full Service Realty10919
Richard Cricchio

Over here on the Gross Sales Volume list, Richard Cricchio of Help-U-Sell Honolulu Properties dominates the top of the second quarter with $15 million in sales.

Marc Dosik of Help-U-Sell Federal City Realty in Washington, DC, makes it hard not to notice him when he is always showing up on both of our Top Producers lists. He closes here with $13.9 million in sales. Considering his 39 sides for the quarter, he has had a great three months. 

David Bartels of Help-U-Sell Full Service Realty in Westlake Village, CA, secures third place with $13.2 million in sales. 

The second quarter of 2019 clearly connotes that people were selling and buying houses, and Help-U-Sell was there to provide the expertise to make the sales and savings happen.

OfficeTotal
Help-U-Sell Honolulu Properties$15,308,000
Help-U-Sell Federal City Realty$13,904,079
Help-U-Sell Full Service Realty$13,201,500
Help-U-Sell Greensboro$9,297,533
Help-U-Sell Metropolitan$7,518,604
Help-U-Sell Central Properties$6,980,982
Help-U-Sell 951 Realty$6,456,900
Help-U-Sell Select Real Estate$6,378,100
Help-U-Sell Direct
Savings Real Estate
$6,100,849
Help-U-Sell Legacy$5,757,410

June 2019 Top Producers

June was hot! Not just for temperatures, but also for home sales. Welcome to the first summer edition of Top Producers.

Mario Ferrante at Help-U-Sell Metropolitan in Woodhaven, MI, leads again this month. His team has clocked in with a total of 25 sides. He is literally setting bar for this organization in terms of success by sheer volume.

Help-U-Sell Heritage Real Estate's Debra Schmidt

Coming in at a close second is Debra Schmidt of Help-U-Sell Heritage Real Estate in Owatonna, MN. With just herself, her agent Duane Ringhofer, and a team of two administrative assistants, Debra’s office has been steadily climbing ranks here all year. We are impressed with the tenacity and progress.

Marc Dosik and his team at Help-U-Sell Federal City in Washington, D.C., brings in an impressive 17 sides.

This wouldn’t be a typical Top Producers report if there were not some neck-and-neck ties to speak of, and this month there are three.

Jack Bailey of Help-U-Sell Greensboro and David Bartels at Help-U-Sell Direct Savings Real Estate both come in fourth place with 16 total sides each.

These ties make the top ten untidy, but the competition is fun. 

Office NameBuyerSellerTotal
Help-U-Sell
Metropolitan
91625
Help-U-Sell
Heritage Real
Estate
101222
Help-U-Sell
Federal City
Realty
8917
Help-U-Sell
Direct Savings
Real Estate
51116
Help-U-Sell
Greensboro
51116
Help-U-Sell Full Service Realty6713
Help-U-Sell
Prestige
Properties
2810
Help-U-Sell
Detwiler Realty
369
Help-U-Sell
Select Real
Estate
189
Help-U-Sell 951 Realty257
Help-U-Sell
Central
Properties
167

Over here in the Gross Sales Volume portion of our report, big changes have occurred!

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

David Bartels of Help-U-Sell Full Service Realty in Westlake Village, CA, has nabbed first place by a rather wide margin of 9.7 million in sales. 

Marc Dosik at Help-U-Sell Federal City in Washington, D.C., does a double turn in our top three list here, as well as above, with $6.2 million. 

Patrick Wood at Prestige Properties in Chino Hills, CA, continues to stay the strong course he’s been setting all year, coming in at $3.5 million.

A round of applause to everyone on a serious start to summer! 

Office NameAmount
Help-U-Sell Full Service Realty$9,732,500.00
Help-U-Sell Federal City Realty $6,205,501.00
Help-U-Sell Prestige Properties$3,557,000.00
Help-U-Sell Greensboro $3,514,300.00
Help-U-Sell Heritage Real Estate$3,101,900.00
Help-U-Sell Direct Savings
Real Estate 
$2,923,800.00
Help-U-Sell 951 Realty$2,895,000.00
Help-U-Sell Metropolitan $2,427,011.00
Help-U-Sell Central Properties $2,396,250.00
Help-U-Sell Select Real Estate $2,335,100.00

The Magic is Set-Fee and Great Service

Walt Hippauf of Help-U-Sell Peoples Real Estate got his real estate license in 1986. As a diverse young man, a job in manufacturing prompted an interest in design drafting. He pursued an Associate’s degree in engineering and formed a small weekend band where he played the saxophone to help pay for college.

After his engineering career, Walt started a catering and music service for weddings. While that business was not meant to be, the entrepreneurial spirit had taken root. He next turned to selling insurance, and a client invited him to join their real estate business. He did both for a while, but eventually devoted all his time to real estate. “I took to real estate like a fish to water. I discovered a new market for modular housing, and purchased buildable lots where I offered buyers the lot and designed a custom modular home. I’d built upwards of 25 homes at the time, but unfortunately lots were few, so I pursued other real estate opportunities,” he recounted.

Walt received his Brokers license in 1994 and opened an office in 1996. Catering to first-time home buyers in the inner city, Walt sold and listed homes for under $50,000. He explained, “Because of the low price, I had a $3,000 set fee, with the commission split between the buyer agent and selling agent. I was handling 70% of the real estate sales in that community and was doing great. In 2001, the economic conditions shifted so I moved the brokerage to Northeast Philly. My brokerage name was overshadowed by traditional big-name players. I looked for a franchise with name recognition and met a Help-U-Sell Real Estate regional manager. I loved the Help-U-Sell model. It allowed me to offer sellers a well-received choice and I was doing 50 to 100 sides a year.”

The Philadelphia housing market covers high, middle and lower markets. Walt said, “Home prices here are all over the map. Some are $70,000 and many average out at $300,000. Look again, and you’ll see homes that are $500,000 to $1 million. That is irrelevant to us because we concentrate on promoting full service for a set-fee. We are great at convincing people to list with us when we show them the full marketing plan and the savings.”  

As 2007-2008 revealed the early stages of the recession, Walt did not take the threat lying down. “Collapse seemed imminent, but I was not going to hang it up. The business slowed down by half, and I had to lay off staff. I kept everything simple. I looked into doing REOs, but there were many big companies already handling those transactions. Before the recession, I had a good business, so I kept doing what I know how to do. I tapped my Center of Influence contacts, and stayed afloat with referrals. I was also doing full page ads in the real estate magazines, and had leads from the internet. I stayed in a bare bones mode until June 2009,” Walt explained.

Just as the economy and home sales were picking up, Walt suffered a personal injury. He shared, “Once again, it is not in my personality to give up. I ran my business from my laptop while convalescing in a nursing home. Tenacity is everything: I quickly got three listings, three houses under contract, and three settlements. I conducted my meetings through GoToMeeting and became a master at e-brokering with the help of DocuSign. I thought, if I can achieve all that under trying personal circumstances, what can I do once I’m able? I did listing presentations online and met the client in person to sign contracts, take pictures and install signs. I’d send the buyers the contracts via DocuSign.”

Recently, Walt’s thoughts are on the next steps for his business and life. “I originally planned to be out of real estate by 2020. However, a previous client approached me with the idea of mentoring their son, who had an interest in learning real estate. Henry Rutledge wanted a career change from engineering, to which I could relate. At 30 years old, this young man is just getting his feet wet. When he is fully acclimated, he is looking to buy my business in 2022,” Walt shared.

While Henry is learning and chasing leads, Walt stays busy managing the business. “Not including what Henry achieves, my goal is to personally do 24 to 30 closings for the year. My operating costs are low, so I’ve given Henry the lead to expand our marketing initiatives. This includes blitz signs and targeted marketing. We’re looking to do more with YouTube, Facebook and text messaging. I’m not turning down any leads, and passing many over to Henry. I like the drip emails; I use them for the holidays, indicating that I’m still here and looking for referrals. All of our leads go into the drip email list immediately. I also use the Arounds postcards. Lead tracking and Center of Influence contacts are a huge piece of what Jack Bailey emphasizes in our weekly coaching group. I’ve been in Jack’s group for over 10 years now. He is a great guy and we have a wonderful group for bouncing ideas off each other,” stated Walt.

Having spent the last 33 years in real estate, Walt added, “I’ve done everything. I’ve tried everything. There is no magic – aside from the set-fee and great service. I used to enjoy golfing, dancing, and going to the casino, very often winning; those things are no longer possible. I’ve been married to my bride, Marci, since 1982. Between us, we have two sons, three daughters, 6 grandchildren and a great-grandchild. I’ve built a business I have enjoyed and a plan for passing that on to someone who is as passionate about it as I am, so I am still winning.”