North Dakota’s Top Rated Local® Real Estate Brokers Award Winner: Green Team Realty

Top Rated Local® is pleased to announce that Green Team Realty is a two-time 2019 award winner in North Dakota!

Whether you’re buying or selling in the Fargo-Moorhead-West Fargo area, turn to a real estate team you can trust by turning to Green Team Realty.

Green Team Realty has received dozens of reviews on three verified sites with an average rating of 5.00 stars, earning them a spectacular Rating Score™ of 96.00 and two 2019 Top Rated Local awards — one for being ranked among the top 100 businesses and one for being ranked the number one real estate broker in North Dakota!

Here’s just one of their many five-star reviews:

“Alicia made our first home-buying experience exceptionally easy. She was always available to answer questions and guide us through the buying process. We are truly looking forward to working with her for future purchases!” – Sammy Jo S.

Not Your Average Real Estate Brokerage

Tracy Green, a Broker at Green Team Realty, generously gave us a few minutes of her time to tell us a little bit about this award-winning business and its phenomenal online reputation.

The first question we had for Tracy was what is it that sets Green Team Realty apart from their competition in North Dakota. Here’s her response:

“We’re a boutique real estate company. We can give more attention to our clients because we’re not a huge company. We like to consider ourselves by many other titles, like counselor, curb appeal expert and negotiator. We really CARE for our customers. I’m there to make sure that the listings are great through the whole process. I’m there for the staging; I’m there for the inspections, and I’m there for the photos. We also have amazing follow-up with paperwork and documents. This is really a service business. You can’t just stick a sign in the yard. There’s so much more that goes into it!”

Tracy went on to add:

“We are not high pressure. We’re here to serve, not sell! I don’t believe this is a sales job. It’s a service! We advise. Our clients make the decision.”

We also wanted to know what their mission is at Green Team Realty and how they work to make the world a better place. Here’s what Tracy had to say:

“We just want everyone to have a really good experience! Fargo is a great community. We work with a lot of people from out of town, and we know that life has a lot of ups and downs to go through when you’re moving. We want to make things easier, smoother and fun!”

Building Success Through Organic Reviews

Tracy attributes Green Team Realty’s strong online reputation to the organic reviews they receive from their happy clients:

“We’ve done campaigns asking for reviews, but we haven’t done that in a long time. Most of what you’re seeing is just from our clients posting them on their own! Our social media posting seems to drive a lot of response, too, and most of those posts are complimenting our clients!”

When asked how Green Team Realty has gotten their name out there outside of building a powerful online reputation, Tracy said:

“I’ve really figured out what works in marketing. Your last client will provide you with your next best client, or they’ll be your next best client themselves! It’s all about working with your current client base, more so than with any other job I’ve had. You have to treat your client base the best you possibly can. We also give back to the community quite a bit. When people see you out volunteering, they trust you and like to give you their business!”

There are so many business owners out there looking to grow their business and build their online reputation the way Green Team Realty has. Here’s Tracy’s expert advice for them:

“For one thing, do it right! It’s about under-promising and over-delivering. When you show up when people don’t think you will, that builds a lot of trust. You really need to go that extra step — one more than anyone would expect!”


Congratulations to the team at Green Team Realty for being a 2019 Top Rated Local award winner, and thank you so much, Tracy, for taking the time to speak with us!

We highly recommend Green Team Realty in Fargo. Visit their website today!

South Dakota’s Top Rated Local® Real Estate Brokers Award Winner: Allen Edge Real Estate Team

Top Rated Local® is pleased to announce that Allen Edge Real Estate Team is a 2019 award winner for real estate brokers in South Dakota!

If you’re looking for a real estate team that can help you buy or sell in Sioux Falls, look no further than Allen Edge Real Estate Team.

Allen Edge Real Estate Team has received dozens of reviews on multiple verified sites with an average rating of 4.93 stars, earning them a tremendous Rating Score™ of 94.26 and a 2019 Top Rated Local award for ranking among the top 10 real estate brokers in all of South Dakota!

Here’s just one of their many five-star reviews:

“Tara and her staff made our home selling and buying process smooth and fun! They supported us throughout the process and had constant contact with us each step of the way. We really cannot say enough about the personal level of attention we received and how happy we were with Tara and her staff! Thanks, Allen Edge Real Estate!” – Taunia R.

Not Your Average Real Estate Company

Tara Allen, the owner of Allen Edge Real Estate Team, generously gave us a few minutes of her time to tell us about her award-winning business and its stupendous online reputation.

The first question we had for Tara was what sets Allen Edge Real Estate Team apart from their competition in South Dakota. Tara told us about the “Allen Edge difference,” that they offer clear expectations for their clients and that they have a client care coordinator who is there to help answer any questions they may have.

We also wanted to know what their mission is at Allen Edge Real Estate Team and how they work to make the world a better place. Tara told us that their goal is to deliver first-class service through homeownership, and said that they host client and community events and partner with others to give back.

Tara went on to share the Allen Edge values with us:

“Growth – If we are not growing, we are dying. Push yourself daily, and stay in curiosity.
Integrity – Integrity is the master key to freedom; we honor our commitments.
Faith – Practice gratitude daily, forgive fast, love often and believe in yourself.
Passion – The purpose of business is to fund a perfect life; live in your passion daily!
Family – We create a family through trust, encouragement and support.
Fun – Life is short; enjoy it!
Team – Together Everyone Achieves More
Legacy – To leave a footprint that inspires others through character, contribution, conviction and compassion.”

Building Success by Educating Buyers

Tara attributes Allen Edge Real Estate Team’s strong online reputation to their commitment to educating buyers about the housing market.

Outside of building a powerful online reputation, Allen Edge Real Estate Team has gotten their name out there through word of mouth, video spotlights with various businesses, listings that have a Allen Edge identifier and their use of a professional photographer for all of their listings.

There are so many business owners out there looking to grow their business and build their online reputation. Here’s Tara’s expert advice for them:

“Educate and build relationships. Do the right thing, and put people first. [Ask yourself,] ‘How can I add more value?’”


Congratulations to the team at Allen Edge Real Estate Team for being a 2019 Top Rated Local award winner, and thank you so much, Tara, for taking the time to speak with us!

We highly recommend Allen Edge Real Estate Team in Sioux Falls. Visit their website today!

South Carolina’s Top Rated Local® Real Estate Brokers Award Winner: Charlie Fossett

Top Rated Local® is pleased to announce that Charlie Fossett is a 2019 award winner for real estate brokers in South Carolina!

If you’re looking for someone who can help you buy or sell a home in Sumter, there’s no better real estate agent to turn to than Charlie Fossett.

Charlie Fossett has received dozens of reviews on multiple verified sites with an average rating of 4.98 stars, earning him a fantastic Rating Score™ of 93.85 and a 2019 Top Rated Local award for ranking among the top 10 real estate brokers in all of South Carolina!

Here’s just one of their many five-star reviews:

“You’d be lucky to work with Charlie! He was incredibly patient, knowledgeable and helped picky me find exactly what I wanted at the price (and with the repairs) that I wanted. [I] highly recommend [him].” – Karina Anne G.

Not Your Average Real Estate Broker

We talked to Charlie Fossett himself to learn a little more about his award-winning business and its impressive online reputation.

The first question we had for Charlie was what sets him and his services apart from the many other real estate brokers in South Carolina. Charlie points to his strong relocation clientele, to the wonderful rapport and reputation he’s built and to the great team he has that helps clients and gives back to their community.

We also wanted to know what Charlie’s mission is and how he works to make the world a better place. Charlie told us that client trust is a basic mission of his business, and told us that there are a lot of new homebuyers in the area because of the military base. He went on to share with us that he works to make the world a better place by giving back to the community — they focus on the Muscular Dystrophy Association and have given tens of thousands of dollars to the cause over the past several years.

Building Success With an Experienced Team and a Great Atmosphere

Charlie attributes his business’ strong online reputation to his experienced team and the team atmosphere they’ve created, which Charlie says is number one in the area.

Outside of building a powerful online reputation, Charlie has gotten his name out there through word-of-mouth customer referrals and their solid community ties.
There are so many business owners looking to build the kind of online reputation Charlie Fossett has. Here’s his expert advice for the many other business owners out there:

“Take care of your clients.”


Congratulations to the team at Charlie Fossett for being a 2019 Top Rated Local award winner, and thank you so much, Charlie, for taking the time to speak with us!

We highly recommend Charlie Fossett in Sumter. Visit Charlie on Facebook today!

North Dakota’s Top Rated Local® Real Estate Broker Award Winner: Hatch Realty

Top Rated Local® is pleased to announce that Hatch Realty is a 2019 award winner!

“We’ve been in our home for almost five years and it’s still clear as day how great this company was to work with. No pressure- they make you feel comfortable, optimistic and excited about this awesome stage in your life. They still treat us as customers inviting us to special events and holiday promotions. Hatch is a compliment to the community as a whole.” -Megan O.

That’s just one of the more than 300 fantastic reviews Hatch Realty has received, making them one of the top three real estate brokers in the entire state of North Dakota and giving them a 95.01 Rating Score™ and a 4.90 average star rating.

Not Your Average Real Estate Firm

Tyler Heins, Lead Buyer Agent at Hatch Realty, took some time to speak with us about the business’ outstanding online reputation.

First things first, we asked what it is that sets Hatch Realty so far above their competition. Tyler told us, “We are in the business of helping people, we just happen to sell real estate. We are interested in other people’s lives and caring for and helping others – not just being sales driven. We are people driven.”

According to Tyler, the Hatch Realty team cares deeply about the people they serve. He said, “We want to help people. We hope to make an impact locally and globally — as a matter of fact, we have teams of strategists who figure out how to do that exactly and they are called ‘multiply groups.’”

Building Success Through Consistency

The Hatch Realty secret to success can be chalked up to their consistent effort for excellence. In Tyler’s words, “Something that Eric Hatch (owner) preaches to us regularly is consistency and being intentional with our consistency. Everything we do is scheduled and regularly attended to.”

The following is Tyler’s advice to other businesses that are looking to boost their online reputation:

“Bring value with the content you put out – don’t always create content about what you do and what you put out. Post about your family, friends… be authentic, be real.”


Congratulations to the team at Hatch Realty for being a 2019 Top Rated Local award winner, and thank you so much, Tyler, for taking the time to speak with us!

Minnesota’s Top Rated Local® Real Estate Brokers Award Winner: Pauling Homes Team

Top Rated Local® is pleased to announce that Pauling Homes Team is a 2019 award winner for real estate brokers in Minnesota!

If you’re looking for a real estate team in the Twin Cities that can help you find the perfect home or get the most out of your home sale, look no further than Pauling Homes Team.

Pauling Homes Team has received dozens of reviews on four verified sites with an average rating of 5.00 stars, earning them a spectacular Rating Score™ of 5.00 stars and a 2019 Top Rated Local award for ranking among the top 10 real estate brokers in all of Minnesota!

Here’s just one of their many five-star reviews:

“My family and I hired Pauling Homes to help sell our home after we were suddenly taken out of state. I can’t give the team more praise for going WAY above and beyond the call of duty to help us sell our home. You hire a Realtor® to get the job done (whatever it takes). The entire process was smooth and, in our case, quick. My only regret was not taking their design advice earlier. It ultimately brought in the traffic we needed to find our buyers.” – Brian B.

Not Your Average Real Estate Company

We wanted to learn a little more about Pauling Homes Team and its incredible online reputation, so we took a few minutes to talk with Billy Pauling, Team Leader.

The first question we had for Billy was what sets Pauling Homes Team apart from the many other real estate agencies in Minnesota. Here’s his response:

“Our motto is, ‘Our customers are number one!’ It guides all of our decisions as a company. How would we like to be treated as a customer? We bring this up constantly at team meetings, and we use it as a guide and focus on it. A lot of teams will assemble a group of agents based on their performance. We build our team based on an in-depth interview process, and base our hiring on culture fit. They need to care more about the customers than sales. When you treat people right, your business grows! We don’t cut corners on our photos. We do virtual walk-throughs, drone video and walk-through videos. We’re able to outperform the market on a 1 – 3 percent basis on sales price. We do that through smart, ethical, and strategic negotiations!”

Billy went on to add:

“For the last seven years, we’ve sold our homes for over list price and 25 percent faster than the market average!”

We also wanted to know what their mission is at Pauling Homes Team and how they work to make the world a better place. Here’s what Billy had to say:

“[Our mission is to help] our clients secure solid investments on residential real estate while giving our employees a great work-life balance. We donate back to the community through spring cleaning and other events. We secure documents to shred, hazardous materials for disposal (like paint cans) and donate goods.”

Building Success by Asking for Feedback

Billy credits Pauling Homes Team’s strong online reputation to their commitment to asking their clients for feedback:

“We ask for reviews, but we don’t push hard. We send out an email with the platforms we use and say that we’d appreciate the review.”

When asked what Pauling Homes Team has done to grow the business outside of building a powerful online reputation, Billy said:

“We don’t hold back our expenses on marketing. We maximize everything that’s possible. We put our content on MLS, like all agents, but what we do that’s unique is that we’ll maximize all of our platforms. We have more imagery available, which leads to more sales. We use similar platforms as most agents, but we know how to utilize those platforms to their full extent. We also really study our analytics to see how well we’re doing online. A lot of agents either don’t look at those stats or they just don’t know how to use them correctly.”

It’s clear that Billy has a lot of knowledge when it comes to growing a business and building an online reputation. Here’s his expert advice for the many other business owners out there:

“When you treat people right, your business grows!”


Congratulations to Pauling Homes Team for being a 2019 Top Rated Local award winner, and thank you so much, Billy, for taking the time to speak with us!

For all of your buying and selling needs, we highly recommend working with Pauling Homes Team. Visit their website today!

Alabama’s Top Rated Local® Real Estate Broker Award Winner: RE/MAX Premiere Group

Top Rated Local® is pleased to announce that RE/MAX Premiere Group is a 2019 award winner!

A 96.19 Rating Score™, a 4.72 average rating score, and dozens of terrific online reviews make RE/MAX Premiere Group one of the top 10 real estate brokers in Alabama for 2019! Here’s just one of the rave reviews they’ve received:

“[I] had a great experience working with RE/MAX and their great agents in the recent purchase of our home. They are very knowledgeable and provide great guidance throughout the whole process! [I] definitely will use them again in the future if the opportunity arises.” -Zach W.

Not Your Average Real Estate Company

Kelly, the office manager of RE/MAX Premiere Group, took some time to speak with us about the business’ remarkable online reputation.

We first asked Kelly what it is that sets RE/MAX Premiere Group apart from other real estate companies in the area. She told us, “Our brand and our name is recognized internationally, it’s the number one recognized brand in the nation. Every single agent that works for RE/MAX works to uphold that standard. It’s also the broker’s personal philosophy of excellence with each agent he works with to ensure their success.”

Kelly and the rest of the RE/MAX Premiere Group team have dedicated themselves to building a better real estate experience for all involved. “We’re all about helping agents reach individual goals by providing consumers with seamless professional real estate experience,” she said. “Quality agents create quality experiences for buyers and sellers. Our broker focuses on quality through training. We have several agents with 20 years of experience which they share with the newer agents.”

Building Success With an Incredible Team

The RE/MAX Premiere Group secret to success can be chalked up to their phenomenal team. In Kelly’s words, “We’re very selective about the realtors we ask to join us. We have many top producers who have proven success rates and the broker is the best in the industry in our area because his main goal is the success of his agents. Everybody works together as a team. A great team to work with.”


Congratulations to the team at RE/MAX Premiere Group for being a 2019 Top Rated Local award winner, and thank you so much, Kelly, for taking the time to speak with us!

North Dakota’s Top Rated Local® Real Estate Brokers Award Winner: Brandenburg Crew, Inc. of EXp Realty

Top Rated Local® is pleased to announce that Brandenburg Crew, Inc. of EXp Realty is a 2019 award winner!

More than 100 outstanding reviews have earned Brandenburg Crew of EXp Realty a 93.56 Rating Score™, a 4.96 average star rating, and a spot among the top 10 real estate brokerage firms in North Dakota! Here’s just one of the rave reviews they’ve received:

“Best in the business! I cannot be happier to have worked with the Brandenburg Crew! The whole experience from start to finish was extremely fun and enjoyable. I am especially grateful to have worked with (who I now consider a family friend) [my agent]! I highly recommend this team to anyone looking for real estate help, advice, and direction. Thank you VERY much!” -Albert V.

Not Your Average Real Estate Firm

Stacie Johnson, the Marketing and Listing Coordinator at Brandenburg Crew of EXp Realty, took some time to chat with us about her business’ outstanding online reputation.

According to Stacie, the difference between Brandenburg Crew and other businesses in North Dakota is the high level of service they provide. In her words, “It goes back to customer service. We want to make it easy and fun for our clients.”

This talented team’s mission is best described by Stacie, who told us, “We want to make sure everyone leaves satisfied. We work hard for our customers to give them the best experience. We like to focus on the expertise that we bring to all of our customers. We know how to get top dollar for our clients’ homes while selling them quickly.”

Building Success Through Unparalleled Experience

In Stacie’s eyes, the Brandenburg Crew secret to success is the experience they provide their clients. She said, “[It’s] making sure we are giving our clients the best overall experience. We put all of our reviews on our social media.”

Of course, we couldn’t end our conversation with Stacie without finding out what advice she has for businesses that want to build up a stellar online reputation like that of Brandenburg Crew. This is what she said:

“Be consistent. Stay true to yourself. Do not be afraid to ask for reviews. The worst they can say is no.”


Congratulations to the team at Brandenburg Crew, Inc. of EXp Realty for being a 2019 Top Rated Local award winner, and thank you so much, Stacie, for taking the time to speak with us!

North Dakota’s Top Rated Local® Real Estate Brokers Award Winner: Shirley Thomas REALTOR®

Top Rated Local® is pleased to announce that Shirley Thomas REALTOR® is a 2019 award winner!

As one of the top five real estate brokers in the entire state of North Dakota, Shirley Thomas REALTOR® has earned a 94.00 Rating Score™, a perfect 5.00 average star rating, and dozens of excellent online reviews. Here’s just one example:

“We were so happy with the results Shirley got for us in the sale of our home in Bismarck. We believe that the marketing plan and pricing strategy that Shirley used was just what we needed to not only get our home sold faster than the current market time, but was also the reason we got the price we were expecting to get. The added bonus was that her team took extra care and went above and beyond to help us long distance with some of the little details that we couldn’t accomplish without their expert help.” -Deanna R.

Not Your Average Real Estate Company

Shirley Thomas herself took some time to chat with our team about her business’ impressive online reputation.

Of course, the very first thing we wanted to know was what Shirley believes is the main difference between her business and others of the sort. She told us, “My phone doesn’t shut off, I work around the clock for my clients. I spend extra money on marketing their home. I have a team, so there are always two people working for your home and not just one. I always work for you and your best interest; not me and my interests, but you.”

Shirley and her team strive to provide unmatchable service. She said, “[My mission is to] provide exceptional customer service so that at the end of the day, my clients can say, ‘I loved my realtor, let me tell you her name.’”

Building Success Through Honesty and Integrity

When it comes to the Shirley Thomas REALTOR® secret to success, it’s actually relatively simple. Shirley said it comes down to two things — honesty and integrity.

We couldn’t end our conversation with Shirley without finding out what advice she has for other businesses that are working on their online reputation. Here’s what she said:

“You are gonna fall down, don’t get discouraged, you’ll have setbacks, don’t get discouraged. You’ll be a better realtor and person because of those setbacks in the long run on your way to success.”


Congratulations to the team at Shirley Thomas REALTOR® for being a 2019 Top Rated Local award winner, and thank you so much, Shirley, for taking the time to speak with us!

Minnesota’s Top Rated Local® Real Estate Brokers Award Winner: The Home Buyers, Inc.

Top Rated Local® is pleased to announce that The Home Buyers Inc. is a 2019 award winner!

With a 97.00 Rating Score™, a 5.00 average star rating, and dozens of impressive online reviews on verified sites, The Home Buyers has earned a spot among the top 10 real estate brokers in the entire state of Minnesota! This is just one of the rave reviews they’ve received:

“I am so grateful we found Tim — the home buying process can be so stressful, and his top-notch service helped relieve some of that stress. He was always available; he really listened to what we were wanting in a home; he is a great resource when it comes to giving you honest feedback about the pros and cons of a house (he is very knowledgeable), AND he was fun to work with. He also has a lot of integrity, and we liked the fact that he only represents buyers. Working with Tim and his team was a great experience.” -Trisha J.

Not Your Average Real Estate Brokerage Company

Tim Walters, the owner of The Home Buyers, took some time to speak with us about his business’ terrific online reputation.

Being an award-winning company, it is abundantly clear that The Home Buyers team is doing something right to stand out from their competition. When we asked Tim what exactly that is, he said, “We never have a conflict of interest when working with our clients. We have a 100-percent satisfaction guarantee, so they can cancel at any time.”

The Home Buyers’ mission is clear. In Tim’s words, it is, “To represent only one party ever, and to have our fiduciary responsibility to our clients. It’s about representation and not always about compensation. We can guarantee 100-percent representation; whereas, others can’t.”

Building Success Through Focus

We asked Tim about his secret to success. As it turns out, it all comes down to focusing on the buyer. He said, “It’s having 100-percent exclusivity to the buyer and never the seller. I never enter into a dual agency because it is a conflict to the consumer.”

We couldn’t let Tim go without finding out what advice he has for other businesses that are looking to build, improve, or maintain a fantastic online reputation. This is what he had to say:

“Work hard for your client; don’t treat them like a customer. Treat them as you’d want to be treated.”


Congratulations to the team at The Home Buyers, Inc. for being a 2019 Top Rated Local award winner, and thank you so much, Tim, for taking the time to speak with us!

Michigan’s Top Rated Local® Real Estate Brokers Award Winner: Downtown Realty

Top Rated Local® is pleased to announce that Downtown Realty is an award winner for real estate brokers in 2019.

If you are looking for a real estate broker who will work tirelessly to help Detroiters with all of their buying and selling needs, look no further than this award-winning company!

Downtown Realty has received many overwhelmingly positive reviews across five different verified sites with an average rating of 4.91 stars, earning them a perfect Rating Score™ of 100.00 and two 2019 Top Rated Local award for ranking as one of the top 100 businesses and the number one real estate broker in Michigan!

Here’s just one of their many five-star reviews:

“Downtown Realty is the only real estate agency I will be using to sell my properties. Their level of professionalism is unmatched, and their sense of urgency is second to none. They treated us with respect and kept us in the loop every step of the way. And to top it off, they sold my property in less than 30 days. There’s no need to look elsewhere; work with the best, [and that’s] Downtown Realty.” – B.M.

It is because of excellent reviews like this that Downtown Realty is now able to call themselves a Top Rated Local award winner!”

Not Your Average Real Estate Brokers

We were excited to learn all about how Downtown Realty has been able to build such an impressive reputation, so we sat down with the CEO, Larry Else. The first thing we wanted to know was what it is that makes Downtown Realty stand apart from their local competitors. Larry told us about the positive atmosphere and good-vibes among the people who work at Downtown Realty. He also believes strongly that the quality of material they use to sell real estate is second to none. This helps them to meet their business’ mission, which Larry says is to help Detroiters and to offer sellers a quality service.

Building Success Through Service

Downtown Realty has been in business since 2014 and sold the most real estate in Detroit last year, a fact they are proud of. Larry says he believes Downtown Realty’s secret to such a strong reputation is having a unified team and offering exceptional customer service; to get happy clients.

Here are the words of one of those happy clients:

“The Downtown Realty team was extremely helpful, honest, and [helpful in guiding] us through the entire process of buying our home. We had not purchased a home in a long time so we had many questions that were answered in a way that made it feel like we were getting advice from a friend/family member, not a Realtor®. When we started our search, we wanted someone that would find as much information about the homes that were selling and renting in the area. The team at Downtown Realty went above and beyond to help us every step of the way. We closed on the house, thanks to their sound advice and superb negotiating skills.” – J.J.

There are many businesses out there that are looking to build as impressive a reputation as Downtown Realty has managed to. We asked if Larry could share any expert advice to these companies. Here’s what they had to say:

“Focus on customer service and professionalism.”


Congratulations to Downtown Realty for being a 2019 Top Rated Local award winner, and special thanks to Larry for taking the time to speak with us!