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Despite mainstays like Compass, Corcoran and Douglas Elliman holding dominant positions in Manhattan and Brooklyn, the king of Queens is local brokerage Winzone Realty, according to a TRD analysis of the main brokerage houses in the borough by workforce.
The real deal analyzed New York Department of State (DOS) licensing data for real estate salespersons and associate brokers as of December 15, filtered by the county in which the licenses were registered. The numbers were then cross-checked against each company’s agent directory featured on their public-facing websites. Entities that did not have websites or agents listed on their site were excluded. If there was a substantial difference between the DOS numbers and the number of agents on a company’s website, the companies were credited with the number of agents on their website.
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Elmhurst-based Winzone has just over 700 licensed real estate salespersons and associate brokers in Queens County, according to DOS data.
The company, which was started by Ben Pan in 2002 while working as a postman for the US Postal Service, has continued to experience momentum in both agent headcount and sales volume.
In 2017, it ranked in the top four in Queens by total sales volume with nearly $200 million in transactions for single and multi-family homes, condos and co-ops. That same year, Winzone had the highest number of registered agents in the borough, with 730.
Little has changed in the standings since then, although second-placed Keller Williams is closing the gap, missing out on the top spot by less than 20 agents. Its workforce in Queens includes several franchises: Landmark, Landmark II and Liberty Realty. The brokerage was one of the few in New York to see substantial agent growth during the pandemic, thanks in part to the merger of its Tribeca and Midtown offices in the summer of 2020.
Rounding out the top five companies are Exit Realty with 343 agents combined across its five subsidiaries, E Realty International with 331 agents and Douglas Elliman with 184 agents.