HomeGain Announces 2008 AgentEvaluator Top Performer™ Real Estate Agents

Emeryville, California (EastBayDaily) — HomeGain, a leading provider of online marketing solutions that connect real estate agents and brokers with homebuyers and sellers, today announced its 2008 Top Performers™.

Since 2000 HomeGain annually recognizes its most successful and productive real estate agents and brokers who are members of its AgentEvaluator® product in each of six regions across the United States, as well as the overall top performing agents in all 50 states.

Overall, in 2008 HomeGain’s top five Realtors earned an average of $236,918 in gross closed commissions from their HomeGain AgentEvaluator business and an average of 20 closed transactions.

“Many real estate agents and brokers had a successful year, despite the downturned market nationwide,” stated Louis Cammarosano, General Manager at HomeGain. “We are proud to recognize these agents for their high level of accomplishment. Congratulations to all of the Top Performers for a successful 2008. We look forward to continued success for all of our member agents in 2009.”

HomeGain’s 2008 Nationwide Top Performer in total number of home sales is Barbara Tidwell with Keller Williams Realty in Texas, closing 34 home transactions with AgentEvaluator in 2008. The 2008 Nationwide Top Performer by total commissions earned for the second consecutive year is Eric Pakulla with RE/MAX Advantage in Maryland, earning $370,920 from AgentEvaluator business.

“HomeGain is an incredible company,” stated Eric Pakulla. “I can spend my time prospecting for other leads while my partner, HomeGain, forwards prospects my way. These are customers that I most likely wouldn’t have found if it wasn’t for HomeGain. With AgentEvaluator, the cost is minimal and commissions have exceeded hundreds of thousands of dollars. Thirty three percent of my business now comes from HomeGain. It has consistently gone up each year. I suspect 2009 will be no different. In 2006 I exceeded the million dollar mark on commissions just from HomeGain alone. My ROI is incredible.”

Regional HomeGain 2008 AgentEvaluator Top Performer award recipients include:         Southeast Region Highest Dollar Volume Top Performer: David & Dorothy Eiglarsh, Eiglarsh Realty, Inc., FL     Southeast Region Highest Volume of Home Sales Top Performer: Mike Beernink, Century 21 Findley, GA     North Central Region Highest Dollar Volume and Highest Volume of Home Sales Top Performer: Les Davis, Realty Executives Metro One, MO     Northwest Region Highest Dollar Volume and Highest Volume of Home Sales Top Performer: Debra Wostmann, Windermere/Cronin & Caplan Realty, OR     West Region Highest Dollar Volume Top Performer: Mary Ann Morrar, The San Diego Real Estate Store, CA     West Region Highest Volume of Home Sales Top Performer: Toni Coursey, Coldwell Banker, AZ     2008 Rookie of the Year: Shannon Atkins, RE/MAX Highlander in Apex, North Carolina For a complete list of AgentEvaluator Top Performing real estate agents, including honorable mentions, Top Performers listed by state and HomeGain end of year highlights, visit the HomeGain Real Estate Blog.

AgentEvaluator is an effective and affordable marketing program for real estate agents looking to connect with online homebuyers and home sellers. To learn about the AgentEvaluator program, please visit http://www.homegain.com/agentevaluator.

About HomeGain

HomeGain® is a leading provider of online marketing solutions that connect real estate agents and brokers with home buyers and sellers. HomeGain offers free services to find and compare real estate agents, research home values, and view homes for sale. Realtors use HomeGain’s real estate marketing programs, products and tools to connect to consumers, promote their services and grow their business. HomeGain.com receives an average of over five million web visits per month, ranking it in the top 10 real estate websites worldwide for nearly a decade. HomeGain is your real estate connection.

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Jessica Gopalakrishnan