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Coldwell Banker Real Estate LLC has announced its No. 1 agent for 2017, Chris Cortazzo of Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage in Malibu, Calif. (Malibu West office). Cortazzo broke the company’s record, ranking above 91,000 affiliated agents internationally for adjusted gross commission (AGC) income, with nearly $574 million in sales volume for the year.

2017 marks the second straight year that Cortazzo, a Global Luxury specialist, has been named the No. 1 agent. Cortazzo also ranked as the No. 1 agent in rental income in North America.

“This is an incredible milestone,” says M. Ryan Gorman, president and CEO of NRT, LLC, owner of Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage. “Chris continuously exceeds the highest of expectations and has garnered the full respect of the real estate industry’s professional elite. The entire leadership team and his fellow colleagues are in awe of him.”

“Chris embodies what it means to be a dedicated real estate leader,” says Charlie Young, president and CEO of Coldwell Banker Real Estate LLC. “His unparalleled work ethic and commitment to providing the best possible experience for his clients is admired by all at Coldwell Banker. We’re proud to celebrate his successes and thank him for continuously representing Coldwell Banker in such an impressive manner.”

“Chris’ meteoric rise is a testament to his dedication, commitment, unsurpassed service and the personal attention he strives to provide to his clients every single day,” says Robert Foster, president of Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage Greater Los Angeles. “He is the No. 1 Coldwell Banker real estate professional in the world and we celebrate his astonishing achievements.”

“We are all extremely proud of his remarkable accomplishments,” says Beth Styne, COO of Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage Greater Los Angeles. “Chris is a consummate professional who consistently exceeds his personal best. He greets every day with enthusiasm and a passion for this business that is incomparable. We are all so proud of him.”

Cortazzo was recognized by Coldwell Banker with the Society of Excellence Award for 2017, which was only presented to 50 affiliated real estate agents. He was presented the Coldwell Banker International President’s Premier award, only given to the top 1 percent of affiliated agents worldwide, and he additionally received the No. 1 Agent in Southern California award.

Cortazzo has achieved No. 1 status at Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage in Greater Los Angeles 11 times over the past 12 years. Cortazzo has made the Top 10 Sales Associates in North America for AGC list 15 times, achieving the No. 1 status on that list nine times. He also ranked No.1 in North America in Rental Income three times.

With more than $4.5 billion in sales since 2000, Cortazzo has consistently ranked in Coldwell Banker’s elite top 1 percent of agents internationally. An avid philanthropist, Cortazzo supports more than 40 local and international charities, including the Malibu Boys and Girls Club, Point Dume Marine Science School, Farm Sanctuary, UNICEF, Operation Smile and the Elton John AIDS Foundation.

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