CHANTILLY, Va.,  – Long & Foster Real Estate, the largest family-owned residential real estate company in the United States, announced July 10, 2015 that The Maryland Group, a team of agents based throughout the state, ranked 168th out of 250 for real estate teams nationwide, based on transaction sides in 2014, as ranked by REAL Trends, Inc.

The Maryland Group came together in 2014 when the previously REAL Trends ranked Brandon Brittingham Team of Salisbury, Md., and Team Gardiner of Frederick, Md., joined forces. The team includes more than 20 top-producing agents. The team is committed to focusing on leading technologies and marketing, and its agents are heavily trained in the art of negotiation and customer service.

“We’re honoredto be ranked as one of the top real estate teams in the country, and have worked hard to achieve success for our agents and our clients in our first year as The Maryland Group,” said Douglas Gardiner and Brandon Brittingham. “This ranking is a testament to the knowledge, experience and passion our team puts into every transaction.”

In total, 10 Long & Foster teams were ranked in the survey of the nation’s top 250 sales professionals by closed volume and transaction sides for 2014. One individual sales agent was ranked in the top 250 associates nationwide based on the amount of closed transactions volume.

“These top-ranking real estate professionals are a reflection of our entire team of experts, and we offer The Maryland Group our overwhelming congratulations for helping to make Long & Foster the real estate leader in the Mid-Atlantic and the No. 1 family-owned real estate company in the nation,” said Gary Scott and Boomer Foster, presidents of Long & Foster Real Estate. “Our agents continue to thrive in this swiftly-evolving real estate environment, thanks to their motivation and drive, as well as the industry-leading suite of tools and technology and the unparalleled support that comes from a full-service brokerage.”   

“I’d like to congratulate the entire team at The Maryland Group on their sales success and top ranking in REAL Trends” said P. Wesley Foster, chief executive officer of The Long & Foster Companies. “The fact that so many clients have put their trust in The Maryland Group shows their commitment to helping clients meet their real estate needs.”

REAL Trends, Inc. compiles rankings for the Top Thousand based on surveys of previous applicants, as well as 900 of the largest United States brokerage firms. An independent third party verifies all submissions, and staff from REAL Trends also reviews these submissions for accuracy. Now in its 9th year, the Top Thousand features the four total lists, the top 250 individual sales agents by sales volume and transaction sides, as well as the top 250 teams by sales volume and transaction side.