San Francisco, CA (7/9/10) - Top Agent Network (TAN), the private online business community for local top real estate agents, announced today that it is launching a chapter in Monterey County. Supporting the launch are several leading Monterey region real estate agents acting as Charter Members.

Membership in Top Agent Network will allow top-ranked real estate agents in the Monterey region to share exclusive, non-MLS real estate information via the network's sophisticated online communications platform. TAN's continually circulating information about private listings, motivated buyers and local resources gives member agents and their clients an unprecedented competitive advantage in their local markets.

"Sharing non-MLS real estate information with one another is something that top agents have been doing forever," says Top Agent Network Founder and CEO David Faudman. "Unfortunately this sharing was very haphazard and inefficient. That's why I created Top Agent Network. As soon as an agent becomes a member, they start making connections that lead to home sales and to happier clients."

Private sales account for 10-15% of all real estate transactions in each local market. Furthermore, the top 5% of agents typically account for 30-50% of the total real estate transactions and service provider referrals locally.

Monterey Region Charter Members

The launch of Top Agent Network's Monterey chapter is being supported by a group of visionary, top-producing agents serving as local Charter Members. Charter Members consult with TAN staff prior to launch on issues specific to each local market and make formative connections possible as the market is being seeded. In exchange, Charter Members receive bonus promotional benefits.

Charter Members in TAN's Monterey Region market are:

  • Becky Jones (Shankle Real Estate, Monterey)
  • Mark Bruno (Keller Williams, Coastal Estates)
  • Kim DiBenedetto (Coldwell Banker, Carmel-by-the-Sea)
  • Susan Lubin-Brownlie (Coldwell Banker, Salinas)

The Monterey chapter introduction comes on the heels of TAN's highly successful launches in the Marin, San Francisco, Mid-Peninsula and Sonoma-Napa markets.

Membership in Top Agent Network is restricted to the top 150 agents in each local market based on past two-year MLS sales. Only one agent in twenty qualifies.

Members are promoted publicly via TAN-sponsored marketing designed to drive home buyers and sellers to TAN member agents.

TAN's benefit to Monterey Region Home Buyers and Sellers

Local home buyers and sellers represented by member agents of Top Agent Network appreciate that their agent is "dialed in" with special access to information not available to the general public. Access to non-MLS information can result in faster sales at more advantageous prices, and showings that are less invasive for the seller, fast-tracked for the buyer. The exclusive information shared by TAN agents also makes clients feel more confident in their home buying and selling decisions. Top Agent Network information is not available to home buyers and sellers directly.

Finding a Top Agent Network Member Agent

Buyers and sellers of homes in the Monterey area can find a listing of local TAN member agents on the TAN website:  Buyers and sellers may want to check for updated rosters as the launch proceeds and membership expands.

Becoming a TAN member agent

Real estate agents in the Monterey region interested in becoming members of Top Agent Network may contact Membership Director Suzanne Crawford at (415) 692-7877 or email  Top Agent Network performs sales-based qualification verifications and admits all candidates meeting TAN's Membership Criteria.

About Top Agent Network, Inc. and Founder/CEO David Faudman

Top Agent Network was founded by CEO David Faudman, for the past twenty years a top-producing realtor himself in Marin County, California. Mr. Faudman started Top Agent Network in 1995 as a private email list for Marin County's premier agents. The company re-launched TAN as a private online application in June 2009.

In addition to founding Top Agent Network in 1995, Mr. Faudman founded in 2002. CleanOffer, also an online platform, allows home buyers and sellers to have access to the same MLS data as their agent. Prior to his entrepreneurial pursuits, Mr. Faudman worked as a senior management consultant for Boston-based Bain & Company.

Mr. Faudman has an MBA from Stanford University and a BS in Engineering from Tufts University. He lives in Larkspur, California.

Currently TAN offers its private web-based services to member agents in the Marin, San Francisco, Mid-Peninsula, Sonoma-Napa and, now, Monterey markets. Top Agent Network plans to expand its presence to other California and US markets in 2010 and 2011.


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