A Mesa branch manager for Keller Williams Realty was named the East Valley’s top Realtor and more nearly two dozen other Realtors and brokerages were honored last week at the second annual BREA awards dinner.
The big individual winner was Kenny Klaus, whose Kenny Klaus Team operates out of a Keller Williams office on Ellsworth Road. He was named Realtor of the Year.
The BREA awards – standing for Brest Real Estate Agent – were started last year as a new annual form of recognition for Realtors in the region and are given to the most productive agents, based on the number of closed units and sales volume according to data pulled from the Arizona Regional Multiple Listing Service. This year’s awards were based on deals closed in 2017.
“You impact the industry and the community,” Gilbert financial advisor Ben Andrus told nearly 250 real estate professionals who attended the dinner.
Organizer Heidi Zebro of On Q Financial said BREA awards are “determined strictly by productivity” and that the recognition is unique to the regional real estate industry.
Sales data is ZIP code-specific so as to identify the most productive agents in each community.
There are three categories for the awardees: highest number of closed deals in each East Valley community, and the 10 who closed the most deals and the highest volume of deals in the region.
In addition, four new awards for biggest sales volume were given to brokerages, broken into categories of the number of Realtors associated with them, from 25 and under to more than 250.
Revelation Real Estate of Chandler, owned by Chuck and Angela Fazio, won the Mega Brokerage Award for brokerages with more than 250 agents. It closed $1.4 billion in deals.
Keller Williams Realty Phoenix in Tempe won the honors among medium-size brokerages, Realty Executives won among small brokerages and Keller Williams Integrity First won among boutique brokerages.
Klaus was a FedEx drive when he became a part-time agent in 1999.
Three years later, he started his own team, which now numbers 18 professionals. Klaus is a certified residential and depressed property specialist as well as an accredited buyer representative. He also specializes in HUD homes and short sales/REOs as well as traditional transactions.
He has won a number of national awards Keller Williams gives its brokers and has spoken at many of that company’s national events.
Individual BREA winners by community were: Kevin Houston, Ahwatukee; Katie Walsh, Tempe; Janine Igliane, Gilbert; Kenny Klaus, Mesa; Darwin Wall, Chandler; and Beth Rider, Queen Creek.
Regional winners were Realtors Bonnie Holland of Leading Luxury Home Experts, Sharon Liuzzo of Coldwell Banker Trails and Paths, John Gluch and Bill Ryan and RE/MAX Infinity; Russell Shaw of Russell Shaw Group/Realty One Group; Beth Rider of Keller Williams Arizona Realty; Brett Tanner of Keller Williams Realty Phoenix; Rachael Richards of Rachael Realty; Carol Royse and Janine Igliane of Keller Williams East Valley; and Darwin Hall of Prosmart Realty.