Memphis real estate agent sells 455 homes in 365 days

By:Rob Robertson

Staff writer-

Memphis Business Journal



Don’t tell this Memphis real estate agent that the housing market is down.


Crye-Leike Inc. agent Jimmie Tapley was recently named the country’s 10th most successful residential Realtor according to REAL Trend, Inc. and The Wall Street Journal, which compile a list each year of the top real estate professionals in the United States.


Tapley earned her top 10 ranking based on the number of closed transaction sides she had in 2012. She sold 455 properties last year, helping buyers and sellers close on a home every day in 2012. She also had several days last year where she sold more than one home in a day’s time.


“I just work around the clock and I’ve been very lucky,” Tapley says. “It doesn’t hurt that I’m an old lady who’s been doing this for more than 30 years. When you do something for that long in the same place, people get know you and they trust you.”


Tapley says she has sold homes to young couples and then later sold homes to their children.


“I’ve just been fortunate to have lots of very loyal clients,” she says. “I love what I do.”


Of course, this isn’t Tapley’s first rodeo. She sold 437 properties in 2011 — good enough for 13th in the country.


Of course, this begs the question: If you can sell more than one home a day for an entire year and only rank 10th on the list, what do you have to do to be No. 1? First, you have to sell homes in one of America’s hottest markets — like the Dallas suburbs. Second, you have to be Ben Caballero, who reportedly sold more than 2,260 properties last year in and around Addison, Texas (home of the Mary Kay Museum, if you’re ever in town).


“I don’t think I’m going to reach that here, but I’m not worried,” Tapley says. “We’re doing pretty good.”


Tapley is based out of Crye-Leike’s Quail Hollow corporate headquarters office in Memphis.