Five individuals and a Chandler firm were among the East Valley real estate professionals honored April 18 at the third annual BREA Awards ceremony.
The awards, an acronym for Best Real Estate Agents, are based strictly on units closed and total volume during the previous year.
More than 400 Realtors and brokers attended the ceremony at the Scottsdale Center for Performing Arts April 18, which this year was expanded to include all of Maricopa County. The first two BREA events focused only on East Valley agents.
The awards recognize some of the top performers in the real estate industry in Maricopa County.
The East Valley awards included: Top Individual/Units, Rick Metcalfe, CANAM Realty; Top Individual/Volume, Rebecca Rains, Berkshire Hathaway Home Services; Top Group/Units, Tyler Blair, My Home Group; and Top Group/Volume, Carlie Goulet Keller, Williams Realty Phoenix.
Carol Royse of Keller Williams East Valley won Top Team awards in both categories and Revelation Real Estate of Chandler won the Top Brokerage award for both units closed and volume.
Winners in the Valley-wide arena included Rick Metcalfe, CAANAM Realty, top individual for units closed; Joan Levinson, Realty One Group, for top individual in volume; Tyler Blair, My Home Group, for top group units closed; Christopher Karas of Launch Real Estate Group for top group/volume; Carol Rose, Keller Williams East Valley, for team units closed; and Andrew Bloom, Keller Williams Arizona Realty, for team volume.
Phoenix awards and their winners were: Top Individual/Units Closed, John Fagundes, AZ Real Estate and Property Management; Top Individual/Volume, Karl Tunberg, Midland Alliance Real Estate; Top Group/Units Closed,
Other winners included Sally Cashman, Russ Lyon Sotheby’s International Realty; Top Group/Volume, Ed Carleton, Capstone Realty Professionals; Top Team/Units Closed, Kelly Cook, Keller Williams Arizona Realty; and Top Team/Volume, John Gluch, Launch Real Estate; HomeSmart took Top Brokerage awards for both units closed and volume.
The awards were started in 2017 by Heidi Zebro, director of sales acquisitions for On Q Financial Inc.
She and her employer wanted to acknowledge some of the top Realtors in the East Valley, but reduce the element of subjectivity as much as possible by looking strictly at data culled from the Arizona Regional Multiple Listing Service.
She wound up attracting about 150 Realtors and public officials to her first gala in 2017.
Last year, the number of attendees doubled.
“The real estate industry is one of the most intriguing and followed segments of any thriving metropolitan area,” Zebro said, adding the “BREA Awards specifically recognizes the performances of the top producing real estate licensees on a local level.”
In addition, a new award was added this year in honor of a West Valley Realtor, Mark Parris, who died in his sleep at age 44 last fall. He had suffered from sleep apnea.
Scottsdale Realtors Joseph and JoAnn Callaway won that award, given “to an outstanding individual in the real estate community who represents the gift of promoting others, making others know their value, professionalism and integrity.”
The Callaways, who have a long history of community involvement, received the award from members of Parris’ family, inclouding his parents and a sister, during an emotional tribute.
All proceeds from the event went to The Foundation of Blind Children.
The foundation’s mission is to “provide education, tools and services that enable all persons with vision loss to achieve greater independence.”
The media sponsor for the event was Times Media Group, publisher of the East Valley Tribune.