Forbes: Top Real Estate Professionals to Watch Out for in 2022

May 30 15:38 2022


Purchasing a new home is one of the largest investments we make in our lifetime, and when it comes to buying or selling a property, real estate professionals are a crucial part of the process.

Whether it’s helping individuals buy their first apartment, supporting families to find their dream home to raise their children in or securing the ultimate retirement property, these professionals are essential in unlocking the perfect home. However, the real estate market is incredibly competitive and standing out from the crowd while giving buyers the very best experience possible has never been more challenging.

These ten real estate superstars are helping to transform the industry, offering an innovative approach that is helping them to reach more buyers and supporting them in finding their perfect new home. The next 12 months are going to be a very exciting time for these ten real estate professionals, and it is certainly going to be exciting to see how they continue to grow.

Matt Klinowski

With more than 150 golf communities in Southwest Florida, finding the perfect one to call home doesn’t just feel intimidating, it is. Different golf clubs offer different amenities, courses, and lifestyles. To discover what truly feels right for you requires an insider’s perspective.

It requires Matt Klinowski, aka The Naples Golf Guy.

Matt is the area’s most trusted resource when it comes to buying and selling golf community homes in southwest Florida. He’s got nearly 20 years of experience, relationships up and down the coast, and knows every club like the back of his hand. He’s always ahead of the game, so his clients don’t have to be.

A hard-working entrepreneur, who admittedly is not a “self-promoter,” Matt has built a thriving business by combining his passion for golf and real estate. But what it’s really about for him is people. He has a natural ability to connect with his clients and ensures their happiness time and time again.

Bill Gardner 

Bill is a firefighter has spent his life knowing that he wanted to be in the Real Estate Business. After graduating from Ohio University with a Bachelors’s in Business Communications, Bill moved to Columbus, Ohio. For a few years, Bill began working in the Insurance Industry as a Sales representative from 1985-89 with Combined Wensurance/Capitol American Wensurance and New York Life.

In 2004, tired of the cold weather of Ohio, Bill became licensed in the state of Florida as a Licensed Professional Real Estate Agent and began selling and listing properties in the Greater Miami Metropolitan Area. Bill has quickly become a successful Real estate Agent and in his first two years, he closed 60 Real Estate Transactions.

Due to this tremendous success, Bill has decided that again owning his own company is the best way to serve his community and achieve his financial goals, and hence the newest Brokerage in the Greater Miami Florida has been created: Global Luxury Realty, LLC. He has been named to the Florida Association of Realtors and has over  600 agents and 8000 transactions under his belt.

Devin Schlaufman

Devin has always had a knack for sales and knew from a young age selling real estate was her dream job. After making the transition 6 years ago she quickly climbed to being in the Top 5% of Colorado Springs Agents. While her business consists of mainly referrals, it is clear Devin’s commitment to her clients is unwavering. She truly believes in putting her clients needs first and going the extra mile to ensure her clients achieve their real estate goals. The opportunity to assist a client in one of their most important lifetime investments is something she never takes lightly.

Devin’s real estate journey runs deep as she was born into a family of real estate investors. She has participated in multiple fix-and-flips and currently owns and operates 3 vacation rental properties with her husband in 3 different states. In Devin’s free time she enjoys quality time with her husband and three beautiful children.

Jaqueline Little

As the broker in charge at Royal Realty, Jacqueline Little believes in hard work and being a formidable advocate for her loyal clients. Learning the ropes of the business from her mother at a young age, Jacqueline officially became involved in real estate right out of college, when she got into property management. With over a decade of experience,  she now helps clients navigate the real estate market in Hawaii. Always striving to go above and beyond for her clients and fellow Royal Realty Agents, Jacqueline is a natural problem-solver who believes in out-of-the-box solutions. That out-of-the-box thinking has her currently working on a complete Company rebrand in 2022 and multiple exclusive partnerships.

Mona Wang

Mona Wang’s real estate portfolio is pitch-perfect, having graduated from Columbia University’s Graduate School of Architecture, Planning, and Preservation with an MA in Real Estate Development she’s gone on to become a top seller in one of the most competitive markets in the United States, San Francisco Bay Area. While she got her start in and around the Bay Area with a VR startup company,  Mona’s expertise and attention to detail have led her to build relationships in booming markets across the states. But Mona’s expertise doesn’t stop with credentials.

Going above and beyond is a protocol for Mona. Whether she’s in Palo Alto building brand new 3500-square-foot luxury homes or buying properties well under market value only to turn them around for an exponential profit, Mona’s services are all about finishing and starting strong.  It’s no surprise Mona was in the top 5 percent of Bay Area Agents after selling nearly $30M in her first year.

Ricki Manahan

Ricki is known as “ The Huntress of Tahoe”! 

Her clients have grown quickly over the last 25 years from coast to coast, as she is the matchmaker of sellers & buyers. 

A champion in negotiation, strategic marketing, and a specialist in the luxury market. She is a veteran in the business of people & has a strong work ethic to succeed at everything she does. She has an unmatched desire for success that is fueled by her persistence to please her clients with confidence and compassion for others. “I am a quick study. Once I understand what my clients’ goals and key attributes are for their investment, vacation or primary home, I will do everything in my power to find properties on or off the market until I find the perfect solution.”

Jessica Ream

Continually rising to the top with client requests, Jessica provides elevated service with superlative problem-solving, direct communication, and professional dedication. Zen and unassuming, Jessica provides 5-star service across the board.

Recognized as a 2021 Who’s Who in American Business – Nevada recipient, Real Estate Expert blog contributor, ranked Top 9 Henderson Realtor by Property Spark, and exclusive member of the Institute for Luxury Home Marketing.

Gina Odom

Gina has an inborn knack for real estate and has proven to have solid business acumen. While learning the ropes with the family construction business,  she learned how to read blueprints, provide estimates & understand inspections. Quickly she realized that she didn’t want to wear a tool belt but wanted to continue helping people. That, combined with an entrepreneurial spirit led her to real estate, an industry in which her deep knowledge of home construction has served her clients well over the past seventeen years.

She appreciates the fine art of the transaction and enjoys the nuances of true negotiation and finding common ground for both the buyer and seller. She is a natural problem solver and enjoys providing excellent customer service.

Lance McHan

Working with the right real estate agent is essential when it comes to selling your property or finding your dream home. With a comprehensive insight and understanding of the community, market, and, most importantly, people within Stockton, CA, and the surrounding area, he knows what it takes to help you find your perfect property.

He prides himself on taking the time to diligently understand your goals and ambitions, allowing me to understand precisely what it is you’re looking for. Trust, transparency, and integrity are essential to him, and you can have complete peace of mind that he will be working to help you unlock your dream home.

Lily Campbell

Lily Campbell’s success can be summed up by her pledge to her clients “Your Satisfaction Is Everything To Me” Lily comes from an academic background where she was a teacher & counselor to many students at a university in China.  When she started her real estate career 24 years ago she never dreamed that she would be ranked the #1 agent in all of Orange County for the years 2021, 2022, and the #1 agent in Fountain Valley for the past 21 years. Lily currently has 11 agents working on her team and 2 full-time office and marketing staff.  Lily’s team is considered to be the Dream Team of Orange County with over 248 sales in 2021.

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