Every year, the D Magazine’s editorial research division surveys more than 15,000 recent homebuyers and members of the real estate, mortgage, and insurance communities to identify outstanding agents and professionals for public recognition. Winners are selected for excellence in customer service, integrity, market knowledge, and overall satisfaction. We vet nominees for licensing and disciplinary status, and announce the winners in the July 2018 issue of D Magazine.
How do I make nominations?
Nominations for the 2018 program are now open. Click here to nominate the outstanding real estate agents, insurance agents, or mortgage professionals who you would recommend to a friend or family member.
How are winners selected?
To produce the lists of Best Real Estate Agents, Mortgage Professionals, and Insurance Agents in Dallas, we survey approximately 15,000 local people. We mail nomination ballots to previous Best Real Estate Agent winners, 5,000 D Magazine subscribers, and 10,000 recent homebuyers.
To determine the Best Real Estate Agents, we ask recent homebuyers and subscribers to evaluate up to two agents they have worked with. Mortgage professionals and insurance agents are asked to nominate up to three real estate agents they work with closely. Real estate agents are asked to nominate up to three real estate agents, one with their firms, and two outside of their firms.
For the Best Mortgage Professionals and Best Insurance Agents, we ask recent home buyers and subscribers to evaluate one professional they have worked with, based on overall satisfaction and whether they’d recommend the professional to a friend. We ask real estate agents to nominate up to three mortgage professionals and three insurance agents whom they have worked with closely. We ask mortgage professionals and insurance agents to nominate up to three mortgage professionals and three insurance agents, one within their company and two outside of their company.
The data is weighted in an algorithm that gives higher value to the feedback we receive from consumers: our subscribers and the recent homebuyers.
We then screen each nominee with the Texas Real Estate Commission, Texas Department of Savings and Mortgage Lending, and Texas Department of Insurance databases to make certain that licenses were up to date and that there had been no disciplinary action.
After data compilation and review, the list is final. We do permit our sales division to offer advertising opportunities to the winners, but the list is inviolate: no one outside of the editorial department may add or subtract to it. A special advertising section containing all the winners who purchased ads is displayed separately in the magazine.
When will the winners be announced?
Winners will be notified in early March 2018. Winners will be featured in the July 2018 issue of D Magazine.
Where can I get more information?
For more information, contact Emily Heft here. For advertising opportunities for real estate agents, contact Lisa McLaren here. For advertising opportunities for insurance agents or mortgage professionals, contact Kimberlee Jones here.