Led by Mary Gullixson, 21 sales professionals from Alain Pinel Realtors rated in the top tier of Realtors in U.S. December 5, 2006 – Saratoga, Calif. – 21 sales professionals from Alain Pinel Realtors were recognized, ranked and qualified among the top Realtors in the United States for total sales volume during 2005, announced President Larry Knapp. Alain Pinel Realtors had more sales professionals listed than any other privately-owned and independent firm in America. A new national award that is sponsored by the Wall Street Journal with research conducted by Real Trends Inc., based on Colorado, The Real Estate Top 200 recognizes individuals and teams for production as measured by total sales volume and transaction sides. The Real Estate Top 200 reflects the top 200 sales people in the four categories – 50 from each. For a comprehensive list of all the individuals and teams that responded to the survey and were officially ranked, please see www.loremagazine.com.TOP AGENTS/INDIVIDUALSMary Gullixson (Menlo Park office) was second in the U.S. with individual sales volume of $207,850,628 in 2005, while Peggy Cortez (Blackhawk office) was 13th, with sales volume of $128,883,484. Rita Dhillon (Danville office), at $71,074,888 in sales volume last year, ranked 64th and David Welton (Saratoga office) was 83rd in the nation with $64,437,446 in sales volume. Jamal Noorzoy (Carmel office), who posted $70,387,250 in sales volume last year, qualified for the top 100 list. Judith Profeta (Carmel office), with $56,190,538 in sales volume during 2005, just missed the top 100 for individual sales volume. Patrick J. Ryan (San Mateo) was 107th with total sales volume of $55,476,500; Anne Riley (Burlingame) was 112th with total sales volume of $54,819,750; Sherry Bucolo (Palo Alto) was 120th with total sales volume of $52,361.000 while Blaise Lofland (Pleasanton) was 133rd at $50,533,706, Jim Byrnes (Menlo Park) ranked 181st with $44,940,249 in total sales volume and Elaine Klemm (Los Altos) rounded out the list of top individual agents representing Alain Pinel Realtors with a ranking of 198 for total sales volume of $43,441,353 during 2005. A New Yorker topped the list for individual sales professionals, selling a 2005 total of $244,901,664 in residential real estate.TOP AGENT TEAMSCarol Carnevale, Nicole Aron & Rosemary Squires (Menlo Park) were ranked 91st in the nation $150,400,198 in total volume for team; Kathleen & Courtney Bridgman (Los Altos) ranked 102nd with total sales volume of $98,341,120; Randolph Eyler & Pat Briscoe (Menlo Park) ranked 127th with total sales volume of $88,279,358 and Gloria and Caitlin Darke (Menlo Park) were recognized as the 199th top producing team with total sales volume of $68,103,818 during 2005. To put the real estate sales production of these 21 individuals in perspective, there are approximately 1.3 million people in the United States working in real estate full and part-time, according to the National Association of Realtors. “We are extremely proud of these individuals for what they have accomplished in their careers and now for this recognition and national rankings. Each of them is talented and extraordinary at what they do,” said Larry Knapp. ABOUT ALAIN PINEL REALTORSFounded in 1990 by Paul Hulme, Alain Pinel Realtors has 24 Northern California offices and is one of the largest real estate firms nationally with 2005 sales volume of $7.75 billion and an average sales price per transaction side of $1.14 million. The company is a founding member of Luxury Portfolio, an operating unit of The Leading Real Estate Companies of the World and is in a joint venture partnership in the mortgage lending institution, Private Mortgage Advisors (an affiliate of Wells Fargo Bank, N.A.). To learn more about the company please see apr.com.