HOW WE DID IT: The lists of Best Residential Real Estate Agents and Best Mortgage Professionals in Dallas are produced in partnership with Crescendo Business Services, an independent research firm. Crescendo mailed nomination ballots to 17,000 area residents who had recently purchased a home and 250 mortgage and title companies. Recipients were asked to nominate only mortgage broker professionals and real estate agents whom they know through personal experience and to evaluate them in several categories, including overall satisfaction and whether they would recommend them to a friend. Crescendo scored and screened each nominee with the Texas Real Estate Commission database to make certain that licenses were up to date and there had been no disciplinary action. The Best Real Estate Agents list was reviewed by a panel of local industry experts. The resulting lists represent slightly less than 3 percent of mortgage professionals and slightly less than 2 percent of licensed real estate agents in the Dallas area. Finally, we turned the lists over to our sales team. They cannot add to or subtract from the lists, but they can sell ads to the winners. A special advertising section containing all the winners who purchased ads is displayed somewhere else in this magazine.

View our directories of the best residential real estate agents and best mortgage professionals in Dallas.

Also see our list of the Top Residential Real Estate Producers in Dallas.