Mathena group among America’s Best Real Estate Professionals

July 2, 2020

Lisa Mathena is pleased to announce that the Lisa Mathena Group of Patterson-Schwartz Real Estate has achieved the coveted 2020 Real Trends/Tom Ferry America's Best Real Estate Professionals ranking for 2020, a ranking the team has qualified for every year since 2015.

More than 14,500 real estate professionals from every state are featured. To qualify for inclusion, an individual agent must have closed at least 50 transaction sides or $20 million in sales volume in 2019. For real estate agent teams, the minimum is 75 transaction sides or $30 million in closed sales volume.

“I consider it a real privilege to achieve America’s Best status again,” said Mathena, a Milton resident. “To be selected as America’s Best for the sixth consecutive year is a testament to the high value our team places on outstanding customer service, ethics and professionalism. The recognition for this achievement is well-deserved, and I am extremely proud to work with these fine individuals.”

In addition to Mathena, the group consists of Donna Girod of Milton, Dean Donovan of Milford, Felecia Duggins of Dover and Neal Elmore of Georgetown. The Lisa Mathena Group has been named one of the Best Teams in Delaware from 2015 through 2020 by Real Trends. The Lisa Mathena Group is a diverse team of experts specializing in residential real estate, property management, foreclosures, REO and bank-owned properties, buyer and seller agency, and luxury home marketing via their affiliation with Luxury Portfolio

Steve Murray, president of Real Trends, said, "Those individual agents and teams who make up the 2020 America’s Best Real Estate Professionals represent only about 1.5 percent of all Realtors in the country, yet account for over 10 percent of the closed transactions and more than 16 percent of all the sales volume closed last year.”

Rankings are compiled based on surveys from virtually every nationally branded network, many state and local associations of Realtors, multi-listing services, all applicants from past years’ rankings, and the 900 largest brokerage firms in the United States. Verification from an independent source is required for all submissions. In addition, Real Trends senior staff reviews every submission for completeness and accuracy.

With nearly 30 years of award-winning real estate experience, Lisa Mathena is ranked in the top 1 percent of realtors nationwide and was one of Real Trends’ 1,000 Best Agents in 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018 and 2019. In 2019, Mathena was named one of America's Top 100 Agents. She achieved Five Star Professional Status for 2019 and 2020. She holds the certified residential specialist designation, the short sales and foreclosure resource certification, and real estate negotiation expert certification, the premier negotiation credential in the country.

Mathena has been an active member of the Sussex County Association of Realtors since 1996, serving on several committees including the Grievance Committee, which she also chaired, and the Professional Standards Committee. Mathena was appointed to SCAOR’s board of directors in 2019 and continues to serve as an active member.

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