Local Agents Recognized by The Wall Street Journal’s REAL Trends List

by Kasey Chronis

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On July 8, REAL Trends/The Wall Street Journal released its Top One Thousand list for 2014. As advertised by The Wall Street Journal, REAL Trends Top One Thousand recognizes the top one half of 1 percent of nearly 963,000 licensed Realtors in the country. The prestigious awards are sponsored by both publications annually. REAL Trends analyzes the most renowned real estate agents and companies in order to compile this list, which includes the top 250 agents in the following categories: Individuals by Transaction Sides, Individuals by Sales Volume, Teams by Transaction Sides and Teams by Sales Volume.

To create this list, REAL Trends reaches out to nearly every leading brokerage and Realtor associations in request of applications. Not all eligible professionals are aware of this list or wish to share their data for the compilation of the list and are therefore not included. REAL Trends and The Wall Street Journal verify applicants through third party sources.

Jennifer Ames

Jennifer Ames

Jennifer Ames and Dawn McKenna were listed in the Top 50 from Chicago for individuals by sales volume. Both women are from Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage—Ames from Chicago and McKenna from Hinsdale. Listed at No. 39, Ames produced a total volume of $144.4 million in 2013 and McKenna, $133.9 million.

Jennifer Ames has more than two decades of experience in the real estate industry with over a billion in career sales. As an industry expert, Ames offers clients the utmost level of knowledge, customer service and integrity. She has been recognized by REAL Trends/The Wall Street Journal on multiple occasions and is ranked No. 8 in sales volume within Coldwell Banker. Ames and her team work with a diverse selection of clients and have extensive knowledge of the market. In addition, Ames and her team invest in each property prior to selling by developing a strategic marketing plan, enhancing presentation and customizing advertising, including custom photography, brochures and showings.


Dawn McKenna

Dawn McKenna started her real estate career just over a decade ago and has been named a top producer ever since. In her first year working in the industry, McKenna became a member of Coldwell Banker’s distinguished “International President’s Premier Club,” which includes the top 1 percent of the company’s agents worldwide. McKenna has been recognized on numerous occasions for her work and in 2011, she was ranked No. 1 in Hinsdale for sales volume. McKenna provides an eye for design, having previous experience in interior design and home renovation, exceptional customer service and proven market knowledge to her diverse list of clientele.

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