Houston home prices have been on an upward trend since 2020, with the median value increasing almost 17% to $390,000 in just a year. In the coming months, prices are expected to increase. The 80,000 homes sold within the last 3 years have remained on the market for an average of 42 days. Units typically sell for close to 98% of their asking price. With an average price per square foot of $163, there are many deals to be found. The city has excellent school districts and peaceful neighborhoods, and we’ve got some of the highest-rated Realtors in Texas to guide you through it all.
30. Lisa Kornhauser, John Daugherty, REALTORS
Lisa Kornhauser is a well-known real estate broker in Houston after being named by Houston Business Journal as one of the top ten realtors in the city. She is the market leader in terms of overall dollar volume and excels in her work. Lisa has won the Most Listings Sold award several times, successfully completing deal after deal for customers. She has called Houston home since she was two years old and is a fervent supporter of her hometown. Lisa recognizes the value of a home as a mother and wife, encouraging others to do their best for their families.
29. Karen Karapasha, RE/MAX Westside, REALTORS
Before relocating to Houston in 1991, Karen Karapasha had already worked as a real estate agent for a sizable period of time in Louisiana. She put in a lot of effort to study and undergo training to become an effective relocation specialist because she had firsthand experience with it. Karen provides a comprehensive service, is equipped to manage every aspect of a transaction, and has connections to the best utility and service companies in the area. Many dependable service providers and devoted customers consider her and her team’s slogan, “realtor for life,” to be true.
28. Jacob Sudhoff, Sudhoff Properties, Houston
Jacob Sudhoff is a key figure in the development of Houston’s residential landscape today. He has long been a top producer, achieving billions in sales and dominating the local industry. Jacob specializes in construction design, planning, and commercial sales. He has extensive experience with various types of clients and their various needs, and he is both knowledgeable and experienced. Jacob has a separate luxury interior design firm in which he collaborates with the best designers and brands. Working with him is an opulent experience, with successful closings and beautifully memorable experiences.
27. David Flory, RE/MAX Professional Group
David Flory is a 44-year veteran who brings a wealth of knowledge. He is an accomplished agent and a seasoned professional. David receives a ton of referral business and has a ton of lifelong clients. People rely on him and attest to his competence and knowledge. According to the Houston Business Journal, David is among the top real estate agents in the area, closing significant deals that boost the local real estate market. He and his brokerage are truly among Houston’s reliable sources of real estate advice, financing, and legal counsel.
26. David Houston, New Leaf Real Estate
David Houston approaches his work with a forward-thinking philosophy. He works in equity, disregarding the customary commission split between agent and seller to ensure that his clients, specifically those selling clients, receive the profit they are due. David is also passionate about progress, accepting modern society’s changes, and utilizing platforms that might enhance the customer experience. He has completed more than 625 transactions successfully over the course of his career, consistently placing among the Top Agents by Sales Volume in the Houston Business Journal. The goal of David’s brokerage, New Leaf Real Estate, is to provide their clients with the best service possible.
25. Amy Bernstein, Bernstein Realty, Inc.
For almost 40 years, Amy Bernstein has provided services to the real estate industry. She is regarded as one of Houston’s top realtors. Amy put a lot of effort into learning new skills and receiving the best training possible throughout her career. As a result of her many designations, she is a multifaceted expert who is able to manage any kind of real estate. Houston Agent Magazine chose Amy for their cover due to her outstanding performance and production work. She frequently receives numerous honors and awards from clients and other realtors from around the world.
24. David B. Atkins, Sotheby's International Realty
A broker for over 10 years, David B. Atkins quickly became one of Bayou City’s most successful residential Realtors. He now ranks in the Top 2 in sales at Martha Turner Sotheby’s International and, in 2021, David was among the Top 25 agents in all of Houston. In just the last 24 months, he’s closed a remarkable 84 transactions. A business major at the University of Houston, David utilizes his marketing expertise to make sure his clients receive a personalized and strategic campaign. He currently serves as Director for the Texas Association of Realtors, as well as on the Houston Association of Realtors Board.
23. Carol Rowley, Compass
A real estate broker for over 15 years, Carol Rowley’s career reached new heights when she became one of the founding members of Compass Houston. Recognized as a Top Producer for more than a decade, Carol has also been honored by The Houston Business Journal as one of the city’s Top 25 Individual Realtors. Having lived in multiple areas such as West University, Southgate and Braes Heights, she has vast knowledge of every local neighborhood. Carol is also known for her commitment to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, where she has spent over 20 years trying to help find a cure.
22. Clint Nabors, Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate Gary Greene
Clint Nabors has been pursuing his career passion since college, having obtained a BBA in real estate from Baylor University. As part of the Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate Gary Greene offices in Cypress, Clint has earned numerous honors, including his firm’s Emerald Elite Award 4 years in a row. He’s also a multi-time recipient of the Houston Business Journal’s Top 25 Award and was once named one of the 20 Under 40 Rising Stars in Real Estate. Along with his wife Amy and father-in-law Mark, Clint co-founded the Ellis-Nabors Team to help better serve their clients.
21. Cathy Blum, Greenwood King Properties
A real estate broker for over 45 years, Cathy Blum has settled in as one of the most well-respected and successful agents at Greenwood King Properties. She has earned both the Accredited Buyers Relocation and the Luxury Home Marketing certifications. The Houston Business Journal regularly puts Cathy on their list of Top 25 Realtors in the city by dollar volume. They also named her as the #9 Realtor in all of Houston in 2016. An animal welfare advocate, Cathy has been a longtime volunteer at the Houston zoo. She received her degree in marketing from the University of Texas at Austin.
20. Caroline Schlemmer, Compass
Acquiring an arsenal of repeat and referral clients is key to a Realtor’s success and, for more than 20 years, Caroline Schlemmer has done just that. The Houston Business Journal has named her one of the Top 25 agents in the area 5 times, including 3 years in a row. Thanks in part to her integrity and professionalism, Caroline has also been recognized as one of the overall top producing Houston agents since 2006. Caring about issues such as energy efficiency and sustainability has earned her the Green designation by the National Association of Realtors. Caroline received her degree in business administration from Texas A&M University.
19. Sharon Ballas, Greenwood King Properties
Sharon Ballas has been recognized as a Top Producer in Houston’s luxury real estate market for more than 30 years, having closed over $1 billion in lifetime sales. Part of the Greenwood King Properties team since 2007, Sharon believes her unique ability to match clients with the right house has helped her business thrive. The Houston Business Journal has taken notice, ranking her as one of the city’s Top 25 agents by dollar volume sales. Sharon has also been named one of the Top 100 brokers in the U.S. by both Real Trends and The Wall Street Journal.
18. Caroline Bean, Compass
Caroline Bean began her real estate career with a bang, winning the honor of Greenwood King Properties’ 2013 Rookie of the Year. Now with Compass, she has continued to be recognized annually as a Top Producer in her field. With a mother who works in interior design and a step-father who builds homes, Caroline has spent her whole life learning what makes a property stand out from the rest. Always looking to give back to the community, she has been a volunteer for the American Cancer Society since 2011. Caroline currently lives in the Highland Village/Lynn Park area with her two kids.
17. Heidi Dugan, Greenwood King Properties
Heidi Dugan, an accomplished Realtor for more than 18 years, is currently part of the Greenwood King Properties family. Serving the Greater Houston area, Heidi recently closed a deal valued at an impressive $3.8 million. She has been annually recognized by the Houston Business Journal as one of the city’s Top 25 Realtors for more than 15 years. Heidi also consistently ranks as the #1 real estate agent in West University Place, where she has lived for almost 4 decades. She holds a degree in art history from the University of South Florida.
16. Cole and Kelly Watkins, The Bridge Group
Cole and Kelly Watkins founded The Bridge Group after discovering a talent for real estate investing early in their careers. Cole and Kelly, who grew up in West Houston, use their expertise and market knowledge to consistently exceed their clients’ expectations. Cole is passionate about leadership, helping others succeed, and building relationships. He has a background in non-profit, oil, and gas. Cole’s personable, professional, and driven personality has propelled him to the top of the real estate industry as a thought leader.
15. Colleen Sherlock, Greenwood King Properties
Colleen Sherlock began her real estate career over 45 years ago, and she has since become one of the most highly touted brokers in the Greater Houston area. Affiliated with Greenwood King Properties since 1988, Colleen is your go-to agent if you’re looking for someone who knows the city inside and out. She has become a true authority on every local neighborhood including Shadyside, River Oaks and Avalon. Colleen is also a favorite of the Houston Business Journal, which ranked her as one of the Top 10 Realtors in the city in 2001. She continues to receive that honor on an annual basis.
14. Courtney Robertson, Courtney Robertson Group
As a 4th generation Houston native with over 17 years of real estate experience, Courtney Robertson’s extensive knowledge of the local market is unmatched. She leads the Courtney Robertson Group, which is committed to delivering the highest level of service to its clientele. Courtney’s accolades are many, including being named a Top 25 Residential Real Estate Agent in both Sales Volume and Luxury Sales by the Houston Business Journal. She was also included in the publication’s prestigious “40 Under 40” class. Courtney prioritizes giving back to the community, having served on the advisory board for Chilton Capital Management, while also volunteering for Kids Meals at St. Martin’s Episcopal Church.
13. Kim Perdomo, Perdomo Group
Kim Perdomo is the top producer at the Houston affiliate of Compass. She leads the Perdomo Group, which ranked #4 in Houston on the 2019 list of America’s Best Real Estate Professionals. They have also been named one of the Top 25 Small Teams by the Houston Business Journal. Kim is committed to providing a seamless experience throughout the acquisition and selling process. Her extensive knowledge of the Houston area is a strength that highlights her exceptional marketing and negotiation skills. Kim also prides herself in her involvement in civic and community affairs. She’s personally invested in nonprofits such as Social Motion, Turn It Gold, and Blessings in a Backpack.
12. Marnie Greenwood, Compass
With over 10 years of experience, including the last several with Compass, Marnie Greenwood is one of the Houston area’s foremost real estate brokers. Specializing in the luxury market, she’s earned high praise from both colleagues and the media. In 2019, the Houston Business Journal named Marnie one of the Top 25 Residential Real Estate Agents based on dollar volume. A native of Houston, Marnie has been able to focus her business on areas and properties she knows exceptionally well. Also an accomplished speaker and writer, she graduated from the University of Texas at Austin with a degree in speech communications.
11. Diane Kingshill and Ashton Martini, The Kingshill | Martini Group
The Kingshill | Martini Group was birthed by the partnership of 2 highly-ranked brokers, Diane Kingshill and Ashton Martini. With a combined 30+ years of experience, their team is one of the most sought-after in Houston, and their names are consistently included in the Houston Business Journal’s list of the top 20 most expensive home sales in the city. Ashton is an Accredited Luxury Home Specialist, while Diane brings her outstanding sales and management skills to the table. Both are active in different philanthropic activities and organizations all around Houston.
10. Jimmy Janes, The Jimmy Janes Team
Founded in 2011, The Jimmy Janes Team at Compass’ Houston office is one of the leading groups in real estate and residential leasing. Jimmy’s passion as a Realtor, knowledge of industry trends, and charismatic personality has kept him thriving in the business for 26 years. In 2017, he was recognized as one of the 100 Most Influential Real Estate Agents in Texas. Jimmy’s continued success can be attributed to his energy and the high standard of service that he sets for himself. A native of the Lone Star State, Jimmy graduated from the University of North Texas with a degree in marketing.
9. Dee Dee Guggenheim Howes, Compass
Compass is lucky to count Dee Dee Guggenheim Howes as one of their most productive Realtors in Houston. During her 25 years in the industry, Dee Dee’s commitment to her craft has earned her both the Certified Luxury Home Marketing Specialist and Certified Negotiation Expert designations. She is often praised by the Houston Business Journal, which ranked her 7th among local agents in sales volume in 2022. They also named her the #1 Luxury Agent in the city the previous year. Dee Dee received a bachelor’s degree in political science and government from Southwest Texas State University.
8. Walter Bering, Sotheby's International Realty
With more than 40 years of success as a real estate agent, Walter Bering has become one of the most lauded names in the business. A member of Martha Turner Sotheby’s International Realty in Houston for over 25 years, Walter has been ranked as his firm’s #1 Top Producer on 7 different occasions. In addition, he has joined his company’s Circle of Excellence and has been inducted into their Hall of Fame. Outside corporations also sing Walter’s praises. His accomplishments are recognized annually by the Houston Business Journal. Prior to becoming a Realtor, Walter earned a degree in economics from Tulane University.
7. Kelly Kelley, RE/MAX Leading Edge
Having worked in the real estate business for over 19 years, Kelly Kelley currently brings her talents to RE/MAX Leading Edge. Kelly has received numerous awards, including earning the title of #1 Agent in Galveston Island Residential Sales. She was also named the #1 RE/MAX agent in Texas 3 years in a row, from 2016 through 2018. In fact, Kelly was the #3 RE/MAX agent in the entire United States in 2018 and the #6 RE/MAX broker worldwide. In the past 2 years, her high sales mark was a deal that closed for $4 million. She previously studied business administration and accounting at Sam Houston State University.
6. Laura Sweeney, Compass
Laura Sweeney has been a star real estate broker for the past 25 years. Having become the #1 Top-Producing agent in the Houston area, Laura has proven to be an invaluable member of the Compass team. Her dedication has been recognized for years, being named one of Houston’s Top 25 Realtors and the city’s #1 agent based on sales volume in 2011. Just as impressive, Laura was inducted into the John Daugherty Realtors Hall of Fame two years earlier. She credits old-fashioned hard work and a sunny disposition as two of her secrets to success.
5. Mike Mahlstedt, Compass
With close to $1 billion in career sales, Mike Mahlstedt has become one of the most respected real estate agents in Houston. Now affiliated with Compass, he’s closed over 900 total transactions. The Houston Business Journal consistently ranks Mike as one of the city’s Top 25 Individual Realtors and, in 2020, they named him the area’s #1 Real Estate Professional. Previously, he was a #1 Companywide Top Producer for Heritage Texas Properties and was included in the Top ½ percent of all agents in the country. Mike prides himself on giving back to others and has been honored with the John E. Wolf Community Service Award.
4. Paige Martin, Houston Properties Team
Founded by Paige Martin, Houston Properties was ranked as the #1 Real Estate Team in 2021 by Keller Williams and has closed more than $1 billion in total residential sales. An award-winning broker, Paige’s 17 years of experience and expertise in the business are unmatched. She’s been lauded as one of America’s Best Real Estate Agents by RealTrends, recognized as a Five-Star Realtor, and received more than 200 other industry honors. Her philanthropic work includes commitments to a variety of civic and community boards as well as multiple non-profit organizations.
3. Jamie McMartin, Jamie McMartin Group
The Jamie McMartin Group is the #1 relocation specialist and a top-performing brokerage team in the Houston area. Bringing exceptional and innovative service to the table, the members are excelling at the highest level. Jamie’s 16 years of experience, coupled with her impeccable intuition, are the driving forces behind her team’s continuous growth and success. Part of the Million Dollars a Month Club, the group is committed to giving their clients top-notch treatment and service like no other. Prior to becoming a Realtor, Jamie graduated from the University of Illinois in Chicago with a degree in psychology and strategic management.
2. Michael Silva, Happen Houston
Happen Houston founder Michael Silva believes that instinct, emotional intelligence, and a data-driven approach are key elements to an authentic real estate experience. A perennial award-winner, Michael was named one of the Top 5 Agents by the prestigious Houston Business Journal. The Happen Houston team members consider themselves artisans who meticulously craft guidance and homeownership assistance for their clients. They strive for precision and perfection with every single transaction and provide service that is second to none. A family man, Michael spends time in the communities of Oak Forest and Garden Oaks both personally and professionally.
1. Lance Loken, The Loken Group, Inc
The Loken Group’s core values include humility, integrity, and grit and they are committed to delivering exceptional custom solutions to their clients. Headed by Lance and Karina Loken, they were hailed as the #1 Large Team in Houston in 2021 by the Houston Business Journal based on sales volume and transactions. They have dominated the market with close to $1 billion in career sales and are recipients of top awards year after year. Their philanthropic arm, TLG Gives, provides help and support to people of the Greater Houston area with the goal of emulating servant leadership.