Masters of the Marketplace

Palm Springs Life hired an independent research firm to identify the top-performing 
real estate agents in in Palm Springs and the surrounding desert.

Site Staff Current PSL, Home & Design, Real Estate


When you’re looking to buy or sell a house, you 
want a real estate agent who understands nuances of the marketplace and appreciates your unique situation. You want a recommendation from a trusted source. To that end, Palm Springs Life hired the Greeley, Colorado–based DataJoe Research firm to identify the best real estate agents working in and around the Coachella Valley.

DataJoe’s list recognizes only individual agents. Therefore, it omits top-selling teams such as ASK Palm Springs (Andy Linsky, Sven Vennen, and Kevin Bass), Bighorn Properties (Lorna Ball, Jacquie Burns, Tony Lennon, and Trevor Printz), Haddock Atkinson Properties (Blake Haddock and Maureen Atkinson), Nelson-Moe Properties (John Nelson and Cat Moe), Pacific Sotheby’s (Barbara Grant and Elaine Schultz), Patrick/Stewart Properties (Patrick Jordan, Stewart Smith, Shane Wilson, Robin Post, and James Gault), Paul Kaplan Group (Paul Kaplan and Matthew Reader), Toscana Country Club (Nicole Castrale, Andy Ford, Dave Jenkins, Dudley Latham, and Warren Smith), TTK Represents (Keith Markovitz, Chris Menrad, Todd Monaghan, Ty Nasief, and Susan Canavan), and Vintage Club Sales (John Buttemiller, Jamie Shelton, and Carmen Wolfe).

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DataJoe facilitated a multifaceted research campaign that started with information obtained from primary government sources and expanded with data from an online survey delivered directly to agents (primarily via email) and internet research. In the survey, real estate agents were asked to provide sales volume ranges and also to nominate their peers. In addition, mortgage professionals were asked to nominate real estate agents exemplifying characteristics of excellence. In the internet campaign, DataJoe consulted a variety of public websites to deepen its knowledge of individual licensed real estate agents. In the end, DataJoe’s scoring algorithm considered frequency of nomination, sales performance, and other factors gathered from research.

DataJoe acknowledges that not every top performer in the region made the list. This is a sampling of the talented professionals in the region. However, its research yielded a high volume of data that enabled the firm to pinpoint a large number of top performers. Inclusion on the list is based on the firm’s research and the opinions of responding professionals. DataJoe uses best practices and exercises great care in assembling content for this list, including confirming that each agent listed had, at the time of review, a current, active license status with the appropriate state regulatory board. Finally, DataJoe presented the tallied result to the magazine for its final review and adjustments.

DataJoe does not warrant that the data contained within the list are complete or accurate. DataJoe does not assume, and hereby disclaims, any liability to any person for any loss or damage caused by errors or omissions herein whether such errors or omissions result from negligence, accident, or any other cause. All rights reserved. No commercial use of the information in this list may be made without written permission from DataJoe.

For research and methodology questions, contact project manager and researcher Chris Tumbaga at [email protected].

For the complete list, click HERE.