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My quick version of the real estate Oscars

By - Last modified: February 27, 2013 at 9:43 AM
Jason Scott
Jason Scott

With the real Oscars in the books, my focus turns to residential real estate and the top local brokers in 2012.

And like the movie awards season, anticipation is starting to build for the 2013 Real Trends 500 ranking, a list of the top brokers nationally based on total transaction and closed-sale volume.

The survey is under way and results will be out this spring.

Last year, the top three local firms by volume were Prudential Homesale Services Group, Coldwell Banker Select Professionals and Jack Gaughen Realtor ERA.

The lead actor favorite is once again Prudential, which already has reported more than $2.1 billion in closed-sale volume for 2012.

JGR ERA reported about $410 million in 2012 closed-sale volume, President Barbara Schmidt told me this week. That is up 17 percent from 2011.

Coldwell posted $592 million, said Jeff Geoghan, vice president of marketing and communications. That is up 43 percent from 2011.

I predict they will be the top three once again when Real Trends unveils its rankings.

Where will the supporting players end up on this year's real estate list?

Jason Scott covers state government, real estate, media and marketing, and Dauphin County. Have a tip or question for him? Email him at You can also follow him on Twitter, @JScottJournal.

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