Three Local Realtors recognized amongst top 1% of Realtors in the USA

8z Realtors Mark Despain, Megan Wachtman, and Brigitte Furst were recently to the 2017 REAL Trends America’s Best Real Estate Agents

  • Mark Despain is the team leader of 8z Real Estate Windsor.  He ranked 47th in Colorado for individual by sides, having closed 65 transactions in 2016.
  • Megan Wachtman is the team leader of 8z Real Estate Loveland. She ranked 83rd in Colorado for individuals by sides, having closed 56 transactions in 2016.
  • Brigitte Furst is on the 8z Real Estate Boulder team. She ranked 73rd in Colorado for individuals by volume, having sold over $26M in real estate in 2016.

Steve Murray, publisher of REAL Trends America’s Best Real Estate Agents and president of REAL Trends commented about the accomplishment of the Realtors named to the rankings, “This group of highly successful real estate sales agents represents less than 1 percent of all real estate practitioners in the United States.”  To qualify for inclusion, an individual agent must have closed at least 50 transaction sides or $20 million in sales volume in 2016.

8z Real Estate CEO Lane Hornung commented “We are pleased to have Mark, Megan, and Brigitte, three Realtors who are looked up to as leaders and role models within our brokerage, named in the America’s Best Real Estate Agents rankings.”

Real Trends reported that the average residential real estate agent in the United States closed 8.6 transactions in 2016 and had less than $1.3 million in sales. In 2016, 8z Realtors closed an average 19 transactions and $7.1 million in sales. Hornung added that he expects more 8z Realtors will rise to this prestigious ranking in the future.

8z Real Estate was ranked #305 for their 2016 sales volume in the Real Trends Five Hundred, which ranks brokerages by production nationwide.

About REAL Trends America’s Best Real Estate Agents

REAL Trends America’s Best Real Estate Agents ranks over 12,600 residential real estate professionals solely based on their excellence in real estate sales during calendar year 2016. All production numbers are independently verified by a third-party in order to ensure accuracy and report integrity. The ranking report is produced by REAL Trends and sponsored by Zillow Group.  Information on those receiving this recognition can be found online at

About 8z Real Estate

8z Real Estate is a residential brokerage that empowers buyers and sellers with unmatched market data and online tools, combined with the knowledge and expertise of professionals on the ground. Each Realtor specializes in a specific community, to develop expertise on everything local. 8z puts clients first with Realtors who listen to their clients’ needs, address their concerns, and deliver solutions so that each client has clarity, control and confidence in their real estate transaction. 8z has been recognized as the Denver Post’s #1 middle-sized Workplace in 2017. For more information call 303-563-4103 or visit

About REAL Trends

REAL Trends is a privately-held, Colorado-based publishing, consulting and communications company specializing in the residential brokerage and housing industries. Recognized as the leading source of trends in the industry, REAL Trends, The Trusted Source, also publishes the REAL Trends The Thousand, as advertised in The Wall Street Journal and the REAL Trends 500, which ranks the top brokerage firms in the United States. Visit REAL Trends at

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