The Oldfather Group of Ocean Atlantic Sotheby’s International Realty, with offices in Lewes, Rehoboth Beach and Bethany Beach, was named recently to the annual “Top 1,000 Real Estate Professionals List” for 2016. Sponsored by REAL Trends and the Wall Street Journal, this prestigious listing of America’s top real estate agents and offices will be published later this year in the Journal. This is the 11th year the ranking has been compiled in the United States.

“I was pleasantly surprised and somewhat shocked. We are relatively small coastal market and we love what we do, but to be recognized on a National Level is a great honor. We couldn’t be happier that our firm was included on this exclusive list of real estate professionals for 2016,” says Dustin Oldfather, chief executive officer of the Oldfather Group. “We take great pride in what we do here at the Delaware Beaches, and we’re fortunate to work with an amazing team who are dedicated making a difference and who sincerely deserve this extraordinary recognition.”

The application process for the annual “Top 1,000” list begins on Jan. 1 each year, and runs through March 31. Applicants are vetted in many different ways, including through personal contact, by reaching out to local and state Realtors’ associations and via independent third-party verification.

After a record year in 2015, the Oldfather Group is now the top real estate firm in Sussex County in terms of buyer-represented sales, according to data obtained by the county’s Multiple Listing Service (MLS). The firm also ranked second in 2015 in the number of overall sales in the county and is one of the top firms in southern Delaware in terms of overall sales volume.

“I’m extremely proud of what our team here at the Oldfather Group has achieved and we look forward to improving our service and contributing even more in the future,” says Dustin Oldfather, who runs the local firm along with his wife Mariya, who serves as chief financial officer. “This is further proof that our aggressive marketing and sales plans are among the best in our industry.”

The Wall Street Journal and REAL Trends, Inc., “Top 1,000 Real Estate Professionals” recognizes the top one-half of one percent of the more than 1 million Realtors nationwide. The report is divided into four separate categories honoring the top 250 in each category. These include: Individual Sales by Sales Volume; Individual Sales by Transaction Sides; Teams by Transaction Volume; Teams by Transaction Sides.

Headquartered in Rehoboth Beach, the Oldfather Group specializes in real estate sales throughout coastal Delaware, including Lewes, Rehoboth Beach, Dewey Beach, Bethany Beach and Fenwick Island.