Swanepoel Power 200 Honors 2018 Industry Leaders

by Camilla Harvey on January 23, 2018

Just this week the, Swanepoel Power 200 was released, naming the Top 200 people in the real estate industry. Inman News dropped their Top 100 Influencers list – so Swanepoel is the one and only definitive list. The 2017 Swanepoel Power 200 list is “truly designed to recognize the most powerful and influential in our business,” According to Swanepoel T3.  “It is culled from over 3 million real estate professionals, with less than 0.01% selected to be included. The firm spends over 400 hours in researching and analyzing the rankings. Leaders from all residential real estate brands, brokerages, technology companies, MLSs, associations, economists, authors, consultant, coaches and media members are all considered.” No doubt, the work that the Swanepoel group performs in putting the list together is heavy lifting and takes significant thought. This year, the list includes a lot of industry newcomers who were vaulted up to the top by the station that they hold. For sure, the changes in Leadership at both the National Association of REALTORS® and the Realogy Franchise Group were very significant. Each corporation has more than a handful of people included, and deservedly so. They impact a lot of people in their work and service to the industry. WAV Group reviewed the list this year and we were very excited to see exactly 75 of our clients on the list. You know who you are and its folly to list them all here. The point is that we are blessed to have been invited into the boardrooms of so many companies that are truly making WAVes of Change to better the industry. As servants to the industry, we are thankful to collaborate. My thoughts for 2018 There is much to do to make real estate better. Industry executives are fired up to get things done. These are exciting times, but certainly not without controversy. There are many outrageous statements being slung around, creating barriers to progress. Leaders should remember that if they condemn the very people that are there to help them, it will not likely lead to generous support. Having said that, the success of the Broker Public Portal shows that MLSs, Brokers, Franchises, technology vendors, and real estate agents can find common ground. The fact that the BPP grew from 45 markets to 120 markets in 12 months is testament to the rapid advancement that is possible. We applaud all of you […]


WAV Group Named to the Swanepoel Power 200

by Victor Lund on January 14, 2015

The most comprehensive list of the most powerful and influential people in the real estate industry has once again been released. Known as the SP200 (Swanepoel Power 200), this annual list is published by Stefan Swanepoel every January. There have been numerous other lists from time to time, but the SP200 stands as a milestone in the comprehensiveness, detail and objectivity it strives to portray. You can review the entire 2014/2015 list in detail at www.sp200.com. Comparable to Forbes, Fortune, JD Powers and other outside the industry lists, the SP200 utilizes a large selection of criteria. It takes hundreds of hours to put something like this together and often the people on the list are gratified, but those who do not make the list are disappointed. I had a phone call Stefan Swanepoel to understand more about his list and why he does it. “Our goal is to create an authoritative list by using information such as position held within a given company, size of company, tenure in the company, tenure in the industry, education, accomplishments, impact the person has had on the industry or is expected to have on the industry in the foreseeable future. We combine all of the stats, facts–as well as 26 years of research in the industry having personally met most of the people on the list–into our own unique SP200 algorithm. The list is as objective and real as we can make it. No pay-to-play, advertising or outside influencing is allowed. “We call this the power list for a reason. It is not just the influence a person has but the impact and control each of these people can exercise. Many of these people command large budgets, multiple resources, buy and sell companies, and can effect significant change. “We divide the SP200 into multiple categories for easier evaluation – Corporate Executives, Brokerage Executives, Technology Executives, Organized Real Estate, Outside Powers, Social Influencers, and Thought Leaders. My team and I, including my executive editor Rob Hahn, invested over 400 hours of specific SP200 research to provide this list as a service to the industry.” A term like Power is pretty elusive to define. So, I asked Swanepoel to provide his definition as applies to the list. “Power is defined as the ability to control, direct or influence people, companies, events, and circumstances. Powerful people cause change. Powerful people make a difference.” There is no doubt that people like Richard […]