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Sheila Brannan Longo (Open Post)

BRADENTON, FLORIDA – May Aston, a Realtor in the RE/MAX Alliance Group Bradenton Office, recently ranked nationally in the 2014 REAL Trends “The Thousand” as advertised in the Wall Street Journal.

Participating U.S. agents with the most home sales in 2013 were listed by transaction sides and sales volume. Aston placed 163rd in the Top 250 agent rankings for transaction sides.

“We’re seeing a much improved market in the Sarasota-Bradenton area and our office has been very busy,” Aston said. “Because of our years of real estate experience in the area, many people are asking us about the value of their home or how to prequalify for a mortgage and we look forward to providing them with the highest level of customer service.”

A licensed Realtor since 1987, Aston ranks in the top one-half of 1 percent of the more than 1 million Realtors nationwide. She is a leader in the local real estate industry, serving as president of the Manatee Association of Realtors in 2007 and on the board of directors from 2000 to 2008.

RE/MAX agents had the most top home sellers in “The Thousand.” The survey ranked the top 250 agents and top 250 teams by transaction sides. When the 500 transaction sides rankings for agents and teams are combined, RE/MAX agents hold the most places, 112 (one out of five places). The report ranks participating agents based on their 2013 production.

“The Thousand” also ranked agents by the most sales volume. In all categories, both sales volume and transaction sides, 147 of the 1,000 positions were held by RE/MAX agents. No other brand held more positions.

“The Thousand” rankings are not the first time this year that RE/MAX agents have been shown to be more productive. In the 2014 REAL Trends 500 survey of the country’s largest brokerages, the data shows RE/MAX agents averaged 17.8 transaction sides compared to an average of 8.4 for all other participating agents, based on 2013 production.

RE/MAX Alliance Group is a full-service real estate company that has been serving the residential and commercial real estate needs of southwest Florida for more than 20 years. With more than 300 agents and staff, RE/MAX Alliance Group is the Number One RE/MAX in Florida based on transactions and volume, and the Number 10 RE/MAX in the nation based on transactions. RE/MAX Alliance Group offers real estate solutions in Sarasota, Manatee and Charlotte counties in Florida, with offices in Sarasota, Bradenton, Anna Maria, University Park, Venice, Siesta Key and Englewood. Website:

Aston can be reached at the RE/MAX Alliance Group Bradenton Office, 3007 Manatee Avenue W., Bradenton, Florida 34205. Telephone: (941) 545-3417. E-mail: