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Strong Leap From 13th to 9th in National Rankings: First Team Real Estate Exemplifies Success

May 7, 2010

Southern California’s #1 independent company First Team Real Estate leaped from 13th to 9th among America’s top 300 real estate companies by sales volume in 2009 as reported in RISMedia’s  2010 Power Broker report.

First Team executives credit well-trained, talented agents and a strong focus on using technology to maximize product marketing opportunities coupled with a highly effective “Buyer Delivery System” for the significant advance in the national rankings.

“That we were able to achieve this during such a challenging real estate market speaks volumes about the skill and dedication of our people as well as the value of our market analysis tools and marketing strategies,” said First Team CEO and Founder Cameron Merage. “We don’t wait to see what the market will do. Instead, we’ve assembled the resources to anticipate it and respond in a way that’s best for our clients.”

First Team has long been highly regarded for its in-depth training; a notably professional client service center that responds quickly and appropriately to buyer and seller inquiries seven days per week; ever-evolving and inventive tools designed to help agents educate consumers; and for pioneering strategies in online marketing well ahead of other real estate companies.

“Consumers know the advantages of working with the real estate leader in Southern California – we generate more than 100,000 local interested buyer inquiries every year. People know they’re better off working with the company that gets the most buyers,” Merage said.

According to Rachelle Surrency, First Team Real Estate’s Sr. V.P. of eCommerce, “First Team has expanded recently into seven new markets in 2009: northern San Diego; downtown San Diego; the Pasadena area; Los Angeles’ prestigious Westside including Beverly Hills; Marina del Rey; Valencia plus Westlake Village in Ventura County. The success of our agents took us to these new areas, and we leveraged the opportunity by opening locations there, which bodes for our continued expansion strategy.”

Since Merage founded the company in 1976, it has expanded from a single real estate office in Huntington Beach, CA to over 40 locations throughout Southern California and nearby communities. First Team, now headquartered in Costa Mesa, has been the top-ranking independent real estate company in Southern California for more than 10 years.

For more information about First Team Real Estate, visit or call 866-748-4982.

2 Comments leave one →
  1. John A permalink
    August 18, 2010 9:16 pm

    To whom it may concern,

    Not to make a big deal out of this but your success leaves me questioning how First Team improved from being the #13 agency to now the #9 in the nation? Was it because other agencies had gone out of business or was it because of your fantastic service? My experience tells me that’s it’s not your service…Why just yesterday, I contacted one of your agents on a house that I was interested in buying or reviewing and she said “I will call you back in a few minutes with an appointment” Figuring it was an oversight, I had contracted her again and still no response….Doesn’t seem good for the buyer

    • First Team Real Estate permalink*
      August 19, 2010 10:03 pm

      John –
      First, let me thank you sincerely for your feedback. At First Team, client service and satisfaction is critical for success.
      First Team Real Estate was recently ranked #9 amongst America’s top 300 real estate companies by sales volume in 2009. This was reported in RISMedia’s 2010 Power Broker report ( We have noticed over the years that the larger brokers on this list have all remained consistent, meaning, the top brokers have all remained operating and the ranking reports continue to be based on sales volume per year.

      We apologize that the call you placed to a First Team agent has remained unreturned. Our agents are trained to return calls quickly in order to provide solid customer service. Please feel free to contact our real estate agent -staffed Client Service Team at (866-748-4982) between 7am-7pm who will provide you with excellent service or feel free to contact me directly (

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