What Recession! Brown Harris Steven's John Burger Sold $280 M. in Homes Last Year, Topping the U.S.

Burger King!

Who’s the best broker in the land? Brown Harris Stevens’ John Burger, according to the Wall Street Journal‘s annual list of the nation’s top real estate agents. The New York based broker is a heavy hitter in the industry, selling $279,841,487 in New York property last year. Figuring that 3% commission, Mr. Burger did well for himself last year, pocketing approximately $8,395,244 before Uncle Sam.

According to his personal website, Mr. Burger splits his time between his homes on the Upper East Side and in Watermill (naturally), and is fluent in Spanish and German. And English, we presume.

Mr. Burger is currently working on several high profile property sales in New York, including a $33,000,000 5-bedroom at 927 Fifth Avenue and a $30,000,000 home at 720 Park Avenue.

Mr. Burger wasn’t the only New York broker at the top of the national list—we are the kings when it comes to real estate, after all. While No. 2 was an agent from Menlo Park, CA (where all those Silicon Valley richies live), No. 3 on the list was our very own Dolly Lenz of Prudential Douglas Elliman, who sold $223,092,274, taking $6.69 million home for herself. The next New York City seller on the list is Lisa Lippman, also of Brown Harris  Stevens who sold $189,697,213 last year, raking in $5.69 million in commission. She was ranked No. 6.

Next, following  a bevy of California- and Colorado-based brokers, Roger Erickson of Sotheby’s International Realty earned the nation’s 12th spot, selling $145,635,000 last year, making $4.36 million off the sales. Finally, Serena Boardman, also of Sotheby’s came in at No. 16 with $133,572,500 in sales and $4 million personal profit.

Here are the details for the next 5 most successful NYC brokers this year:

6) Cathy Franklin, Brown Harris Stevens: $106,299,336 sales, $3.18 million in profits.

7) Lauren Muss, Corcoran: $99,088,250 sales, $2.97 million in profits

8 ) Paul Wexler, Corcoran: $88,055,000 sales, $2.64 million in profits.

9) Marlene Marcus, Brown Harris Stevens: $82,153,500 sales, $2.46 million in profits.

10) Sherry Matays, Corcoran: $70,654,167 sales, $2.11 million in profits