8z in the News

We do real estate differently, and people notice.

Ryan Bass – Boulder County Real Producers

(Boulder, CO, June 23, 2022) From Boulder County Real Producers – “By combining her experience, knowledge, hard work, and intuition with her devotion to being a student of the market, Ryan thinks creatively and removes obstacles for her clients as they strive to reach their goals. Her favorite aspect of real estate is working with…

Fourteen 8z Agents Make the RealTrends: America’s Best List 2022

RealTrends + Tom Ferry America’s Best Real Estate Professionals, now in its 10th year, honors America’s finest real estate agents and teams from all across the country!  Almost 24,000 U.S. real estate sales associates from every state are featured in America’s Best. They are the top 1.49% of more than 1.6 million licensed Realtors® nationwide. This year we…

8z Raises $22,000 for Salute Colorado

Every summer, 8z holds its annual golf tournament in support of Salute Colorado. Salute Colorado is an amazing organization that supports Veterans in their transition from military service through a continuous program of education, mentorship, and community. They empower military leaders to emerge as business and community leaders. This year’s tournament was a huge success!…

8z Founder & CEO Lane Hornung Talks Web3 & Real Estate at Inman Connect: New York

Inman Connect is the leading event for the residential real estate community — a 3-day exploration and celebration of the glorious, complicated, rapidly evolving real estate marketplace. It’s where agents, brokers, executives, tech and finance professionals, entrepreneurs and investors, and more gather to learn, share, and forge essential relationships. It’s where ideas are nurtured, tribes…

8z Real Estate Listed in The 2022 RealTrends 500

  Where 8z Real Estate Lands on the List for 2022 The RealTrends 500, now in its 35th year, remains the undisputed leading report ranking the performance of the top residential real estate brokerage firms. They list the top 500 brokerage firms in three different categories: by total volume, by the number of closed transactions,…

8z Denver Central Takes Home Gold at Annual DMAR Excellence Awards

A huge congratulations to our Denver Central Team for earning top honors in not one, but two categories at the 44th Annual DMAR Excellence Awards! This rockstar team of leadership, agents, and support staff were recognized as the 2022 winners for Production as well as Transaction Sides for the 11-30 agent category. On top of…

Angela Moss- Boulder County Real Producers

(Boulder, CO, February 25, 2022) From Boulder County Real Producers – “For Angela, real estate is very similar to hosting a dinner party, it’s all about the people and creating a memorable experience. 8z Real Estate embodies this sentiment with its mission of transparency and clients first with a work culture that inspires camaraderie and…

Broker Spotlight: Ryan Carter, 8z Real Estate

Broker Spotlight: Ryan Carter, 8z Real Estate Title: President Location: Denver, Colorado Brokerage: 8z Real Estate Team size: 170 Agents Transaction sides: 3,004 in 2021 Sales volume: $1.8 billion in 2021 Awards: Managing Broker of The Year by Denver Metro Association of Realtors 2020   Why Ryan Carter is in the spotlight Colorado brokerage 8z…

Salary, healthcare and 401K matching: How this employee-owned brokerage thrives

A brokerage in Colorado is doing things differently than perhaps all others. It may hold the title as the nation’s only employee-owned residential real estate brokerage. Before 2019, 8z Real Estate was not unlike other brokerages across the country, using a network of agents who are independent contractors. Those agents were each responsible for finding…

Two Local Market Experts Weigh-in On Their Neighborhoods

Melanie Madden and Lauren Gates are not only two of the most experienced agents at 8z Real Estate, but also in the Denver Metro. Their local knowledge was recently cited in the Denver Post, shedding some light on the trends in Denver communities. Central Park is a dynamic collection of 12 neighborhoods on the northeast…

8z Takes a Stand on Office Exclusives

Clients first. It may seem trite, or obvious, but the notion of “Clients First” guides everything we do at 8z. Every decision our agents make and every major brokerage initiative is filtered through this lens: Are we putting our clients’ best interests before our own? And it’s becoming increasingly complicated. We’re all familiar with the…

8z President Ryan Carter Featured in the Denver Post

“Home has become more important than ever,” said 8z President Ryan Carter in a recent article published by the Denver Post. He was interviewed to give his thoughts on the current market conditions, primarily low inventory, high demand, and how the market has shaken out since the pandemic began over a year ago. “We recognized…

8z President Ryan Carter Weighs In on “Low inventories, soaring prices frustrate buyers”

The Daily Camera, a long-running publication out of Boulder, CO, published an article on April, 18th, 2021 titled: “A market frenzy: Low inventories, soaring prices frustrate buyers”. This title couldn’t be more accurate of the overall sentiment in the Denver Metro real estate market, and really the markets across all of the Front Range. 8z…

8z Brings Home Multiple 1st Place Honors at the 43rd Annual DMAR Excellence Awards

On April 8th, DMAR (the Denver Metro Association of Realtors) hosted their 43rd annual Excellence Awards. Hundreds of attendees ‘Zoomed’ in for the first-ever virtual awards ceremony that celebrated winners across six categories, and featured a special presentation by keynote speaker and #1 ranked real estate coach Tom Ferry. This year, 8z Real Estate took…

8z Real Estate Makes The 2021 RealTrends 500

(Denver, CO, March 29th, 2021) Where 8z Real Estate Lands on the List In its 34th year, The RealTrends 500 has been a leader in ranking residential real estate brokerages across the nation in several areas of performance. While 8z has consistently earned its ranking in multiple categories over the years, 2020’s rankings are particularly…

Megan Wachtman Named March 2021 Top Producer by NoCo Real Producers

(Denver, CO, March 18th, 2021) 8z Realtor Megan Wachtman was recently featured as the cover story in NoCo Real Producers magazine, earning the title Top Producer for March 2021. “I love the emotion of real estate, the rollercoaster ride with clients. Some people shy away from that piece, but I gravitate toward it.” With 20…

8z Founder and CEO Lane Hornung Named a RISMedia 2021 Real Estate Newsmaker

(Denver, CO, February 4th, 2021) Hornung joins an exclusive group of industry leaders who have made newsworthy contributions to the real estate industry 8z Real Estate is pleased to announce that Founder and CEO Lane Hornung has been selected as an RISMedia 2021 Real Estate Newsmaker—a dynamic group of key influencers making headlines as a…

Congratulations to Our New 8z Partners!

The term ‘partner’ is not one you hear often in the world of real estate brokerages. Typically, agents work under a managing broker, and operate ‘as their own business,’ meaning they are not technically employees and therefore do not receive typical employee benefits that you see at a regular company. However, 8z is different. Lane…

Vashti Rael Earns Internationally Recognized Designation for Performance in Luxury Real Estate

(Denver, CO, January 29th, 2021) Vashti Rael, a broker with 8z Real Estate, recently earned The Institute for Luxury Home Marketing’s Million Dollar Guild™ for experience, knowledge, and expertise in million-dollar and above residential properties. Rael is a Certified Luxury Home Marketing Specialist™ (CLHMS), an exclusive group of real estate professionals who have completed The…

Celebrating Leaders: Reba Tipton – NoCo Real Producers

(Windsor, CO, January 13th, 2021) From NoCo Real Producers – “Reba Tipton – 8z Real Estate is a well-known and well-liked team leader at 8z Real Estate. She’s become one of the top REALTORS® in Northern Colorado based on her work ethic and diligence. She now leads a team of seven people, and together they…

Raelynn Barnett – NoCo Real Producers Rising Star

(Windsor, CO, December 22, 2020) From NoCo Real Producers – “Raelynn Barnett – 8z Real Estate an up and comer on the 8z Real Estate team, isn’t afraid of putting in the extra effort to be successful in real estate. In fact, it’s her very reputation as a hard worker that landed her in the…

Cameron Loucks Featured in the NoCo Real Producers Magazine

“It’s Cameron Loucks’ very sense of integrity and honesty that has driven his success in real estate.” Congratulations to 8z Agent Cameron Loucks for being featured as a Standout Realtor in NoCo Real Producers magazine. Born and raised in Windsor, he studied at Colorado State University where he earned a degree in construction management. He…

Median Home Prices Up Across Region as Inventories Fall; Sales Volume Soars

Higher prices are being driven by declining inventories and strong demand, said Ryan Carter, president of Boulder-based 8z Real Estate in a recent article featured on Colorado Daily. Median home prices soared in the Boulder Valley and Northern Colorado in October as the region continued to experience declining inventories and pent-up demand from economic shutdowns…

8z Begins Keys4Life Financial Literacy, Grant Program

8z Real Estate was recently featured in the Daily Camera for our new Keys4Life program, created for first-time home buyers. “Clients — a total of seven in the grant’s first cohort — who take advantage of the program will have access to three virtual classes on topics including credit, down payment, budgeting and debt to…

8z Recognized As a Finalist by ColoradoBIZ: 2020 Top Companies in Real Estate

(BOULDER, CO, September 14th, 2020) “These three companies are shaking up the world of real estate” – ColoradoBIZ 8z was recently recognized by ColoradoBIZ as a finalist for the 2020 Top Companies in Real Estate. Providing our agents with the training and support, they’re able to focus on providing their clients with the best experience…

8z Real Estate Named Among Top Workplaces 2020: The Denver Post

(BOULDER, CO, September 9th, 2020) 8z Real Estate was recently named once again as one of the Top 150 Workplaces for Midsize Companies by The Denver Post. A special thank you to the 8z Agents, Leadership, and Support Staff who work so hard to lead the world of Real Estate in Colorado. With a strong…

Brigitte Furst Recognized as a Top Producer by Boulder County Real Producers

(BOULDER, CO, August 27th, 2020) “Born & Raised Overseas, Planted in the Wide-Open Spaces of Boulder, Colorado,” We’re proud to announce that 8z’s very own Brigitte Furst has been featured in the Boulder County Real Producers August 2020 edition. In a beautiful four-page spread, the author dives into Brigitte’s interesting past, and what has made…

The 4 Pillars That Will Drive Real Estate Forward

Read the recent commentary by Lane Hornung on RISMedia News.   For over a hundred years, selling a home involved one option: offering it for sale on the open market. While that’s still how most homes sell today, innovations in fintech backed by billions in capital are giving sellers more options than ever. If agents…

REAL Trending Special Edition: Leading Through a Challenging Market

Ryan Carter, president of 8z Real Estate in Denver was a recent guest with Tracey Velt chief of Content for REAL Trends. In this special edition of the REAL Trending podcast, we’re speaking to real estate leaders about how they’re leading. Today’s episode focuses on recruiting, so please welcome Ryan Carter, president of 8z Real…

Low inventory, low interest rates, and a pandemic

8z President Ryan Carter was quoted in a recent Denver Business Journal article titled “Low inventory, low interest rates and a pandemic: How the coronavirus has changed residential real estate in Denver.”   Supply and demand “A lack of inventory has dogged the Denver market in recent years, but the issue has been magnified during the pandemic. Owners…

Mark Despain and Cameron Loucks Named to Real Trends – America’s Best

(BOULDER, CO, June 25, 2020) 8z is proud to announce that two of our Agents have been named to the Real Trends – America’s Best list. Congratulations Mark Despain and Cameron Loucks on your outstanding achievements! America’s Best Real Estate Professionals honors America’s finest agents from around the country. Those who make up the 2020…

Daphne Queen Named June 2020 Top Producer by Boulder Real Producers

(BOULDER, CO, June 16, 2020) In 2019, real estate agent Daphne Queen was named 8z Real Estate’s Top Producer with over $30 million in volume. Now she has been recognized by Boulder County Real Producers as the June 2020 Top Producer. The publication cited Daphne’s “plethora of experience across sales and marketing which has formed…

8z Founder Lane Hornung Discusses Real Estate’s Rebound With RISMedia

(BOULDER, CO, June 15th, 2020) The need for technology in today’s real estate market is more apparent than ever. As RISMedia put it in their recent article, “When 95 percent of Americans stayed at home, we responded with unprecedented speed and adoption of technology.” 8z Real Estate has been ahead of this adoption, providing a…

iBuyers Turning Into Brokers Turning Into iBuyers

The Lines Between Traditional and Disruptor are Blurring   The lines between traditional and iBuyer real estate business models are starting to blur together. “Traditional brokerages are adopting new, disruptive models, and making them their own.” As seen by 8z Real Estate,  has started to provide more choices for their clients. This includes “providing instant…

8z Named One of Denver Post’s “Top Workplaces” 2020

The Denver Post named all of the150 Top Workplaces for 2020, listed below in alphabetical order by category. 8z Real Estate has been featured in the medium-sized business category.

Industry Update and Investing for the Rebound Webinar

Lane Hornung, 8z Real Estate Founder/ CEO,  joins Mike DelPrete’s webinar with updates on the real estate industry relating to the pandemic. They give 5 tips on what a business can do now to be stronger.

The Importance of Brand – CEO Lane Hornung on Inman Town Hall

Lane Hornung, the CEO and founder of 8z Real Estate, founded his company in 2009 at the height of the Great Recession so he’s no stranger to tweaking his company to address the times while coming out stronger on the other side.

42nd Annual DMAR Award Winners: Catie Johnson & Stephen Berg

(BOULDER, CO, March 10, 2020) The annual DMAR Excellence Awards is the largest awards show for REALTORS® in Colorado, honoring those who have achieved a standard of excellence in the real estate industry. This year, we’re very excited to have two 8zers win distinguished awards – Catie Johnson with Support Person of the Year, and…

Meet Erik Boye with 8z Real Estate

Erik Boye, 8z Realtor, was highlighted in the March 2020 edition of Boulder County Real Producers magazine. “ERIK BOYE: PASSION, DRIVE, SUCCESS Three words best describe Erik Boye of 8z Real Estate: passion, drive, and success. As a native to Colorado, Erik is acclimated to winter climates and anything challenging that comes his way. In…

8z Founder Lane Hornung Talks iBuyers in RISMedia Magazine

(BOULDER, CO, February 19, 2020) 8z founder Lane Hornung was recently featured in RISMedia Magazine, discussing the iBuyer market and how brokerages should approach this new trend. The iBuyer market is a leading example of the new opportunities facing real estate in the 2020s. While some brokerages fear this shift, others are embracing it –…

8z Matching Donation Program 2020

(BOULDER, CO, January 23, 2020) – In June of 2018, 8z Real Estate introduced the 8z Matching Donation Program. It’s an easy way for our agents to donate to two amazing organizations: Greenhouse Scholars, and Salute Colorado. So far it’s been a major success, and in 2019 we donated a whopping $64,320! We’re extremely proud…

8z Real Estate Sponsors Venus de Miles 2019

  (BOULDER, Colo., August 22, 2019) – 8z Real Estate was pleased to be the main sponsor for Venus De Miles 2019, a fundraiser and unique organized bike ride benefiting the nonprofit Greenhouse Scholars. Venus de Miles is a major fundraiser for Greenhouse Scholars, an organization that supports low-income, high-achieving students with scholarships, mentorships, and…

8z Among Brokerage Partners for Real Scout Colorado Buyer Graph

  The Buyer Graph initiative — a tech-powered way for brokerages to share anonymized buyer data and habits — is launching this week in Denver and northern Colorado with 10 initial brokerage partners. The first announced partners of the platform are 8z Real Estate; Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Innovative Real Estate; The Group, Inc. Real…

8z Agents named America’s Best Real Estate Professionals

(Boulder, CO, July 15, 2019) In 2018, four of 8z’s real estate agents were named America’s most productive sales associates as a part of REAL Trends America’s Best Real Estate Professionals, the newly issued ranking report produced by REAL Trends and sponsored by Adwerx. 8z’s producing agents Erik Boye of Louisville, Megan Wachtman of Fort…

8z Real Estate and 8z Mortgage Named Best of Colorado Companies

  Colorado Biz, a monthly publication dedicated to coverage of the economy of Colorado, business, finance and technology, has named 8z Real Estate Best Real Estate Agency – Residential in their annual Best of Colorado awards. The prestigious award is based on the votes of more than 20,000 professionals in the region. In addition, our…

8z Founder Lane Hornung Featured on Real Estate Coach Radio

8z Real Estate and zavvie CEO and founder Lane Hornung sat down recently with Bernice Ross of Real Estate Coach Radio and shared his thoughts on the growing iBuyer market. Lane covers the pros and cons of selling your home to an iBuyer, as well as how the zavvie-powered 8z Offer Optimizer works and makes…

8z Launches Instant Offer Service for Front Range Home Sellers

BOULDER, Colo., April 30, 2019 /PRNewswire/ — 8z Real Estate, one of the nation’s most successful brokerages with 15 offices and over $1 billion in real estate sales in 2018, announced it has launched 8z Offers, a cash instant-offer service for home sellers in the Colorado Front Range region. This includes Colorado Springs, Greater Denver, Boulder,…

8z Recognized Among Top Brokerages in the U.S.

(BOULDER, Colo., April 9, 2019) – 8z Real Estate is pleased to be named in two national rankings released in March, the Real Trends 500, and RISMedia’s Power Broker report. Both ranked brokerages by their 2018 production. 8z Real Estate has fewer agents than many of the firms that are ranked in the Real Trends…

Greenhouse Scholars Alum Named CEO at Age 26

8z is proud to announce that J. Ivan Hernandez, Greenhouse Scholar Class of 2015, has been named president and CEO of Banner Signs & Decals, a custom signage solutions company based in Lakewood, CO. Hernandez, a 26-year-old, partnered with Taylor Kirkpatrick, a Denver-area investor, to purchase the company. Kirkpatrick and his family are longtime supporters of…

8z Launches The 8z Collective, A Bold New Take on “Clients For Life”

(BOULDER, Colo., March 19, 2019) While searching for a home, buyers are often in contact with their Realtor daily, or at least multiple times per week.  After the purchase of a home, a good Realtor can be just as helpful, but often the communication fades. Homeowners often forget to ask their Realtor for guidance, recommendations,…

Technology is an Opportunity, Not a Disruption

Check out this article in Colorado Realtor Magazine, “Technology is an Opportunity not a Disruption” featuring an interview with Lane Hornung.

Lane Hornung Recognized in Most Admired CEOs List

Fifteen honorees were selected from over one hundred nominations for metro-area chief executives in the inaugural class of the Denver Business Journal’s Most Admired CEOs.

2018 Top Company Cultures List

8z Real Estate was one of seven Colorado Companies Ranked on 2018 Top Company Cultures List presented by Entrepreneur and Energage

2018 REAL Trends America’s Best Real Estate Agents

8z Realtors Daphne Queen, Brigitte Furst, Julia Cantarovici-Simisky, Mark Despain, Megan Wachtman, Angela Moss, and Marcia Cotlar were recently named as part of the REAL Trends America’s Best Real Estate Agents.

Premier Agent + Dotloop driving Reviews

Since 8z Real Estate rolled out its Premier Agent and dotloop integration company-wide Jan. 1, the Boulder, CO-based brokerage has seen a 20% growth in its Q1 revenue.

Mercury 100 Event for Boulder County

8z ranked 13th of the Boulder county businesses by revenue between 2015-2017

2018 Inman Innovator Award Finalist

Boulder-based brokerage 8z uses its partner technology company, zavvie, to produce neighborhood-specific data, information and content for agents who want to establish themselves as local experts.

2017 8z Annual Awards

8z Awards the Best of the best for accomplishments in the previous year!

8z Real Estate Achieves #1 Zillow Rating

8z Real Estate is pleased to be the #1 rated brokerage in Colorado. The rating is determined by the number of reviews and recent sales 8z Realtors have on Zillow – more than any other brokerage in the state.

2017 Venus de Miles

8z Real Estate staff, agents, family and friends participated for the third year. There were a total of 25 riders on the 8z Real Estate team. Another 10 8zers assisted with aid stations, and helped at the finish line festival.

2017 REAL Trends America’s Best Real Estate Agents

8z Realtors Mark Despain, Megan Wachtman, and Brigitte Furst were recently named as part of the REAL Trends America’s Best Real Estate Agents.

#1 in the Denver Post Top Workplaces Rankings

8z Real Estate, a Colorado owned real estate brokerage, was named the top middle sized workplace in Colorado, in the Denver Post’s annual Top Workplaces survey.

8z Named One of the Top Brokerages by Denver Business Journal

For the second year in a row, 8z Real Estate has held the #10 spot in the Denver Business Journal’s Denver-area Residential Real Estate Brokerages survey.

Sixteen 8zers Named 5280 Five Star Professionals

8z Real Estate is proud to announce that 15 of their agents and one lender have been awarded the 2016 Five Star Real Estate Agent designation by Five Star Professional.

2016 Venus de Miles Bike Event

8z Real Estate was pleased to be the presenting sponsor of last month’s Venus de Miles bike ride in Longmont, Colo.

For media inquiries or to schedule interviews, please contact VP of Marketing Aubrey Gordon at Aubrey.Gordon@8z.com

Medium Companies Division

2019 – #5
2018 – #4
2017 – #1

Small Companies Division

2016 – #5
2015 – #9

Medium Division

2015 – #6

Largest Denver-Area Residential
Real Estate Brokerages

2016 – #10 ($759.13 million)
2015 – #10 ($622.31 million)

Web Marketing Association’s
Mobile Web Award

2014 – 8z HomeSpotter

Marketing Program

2018 – 8z + zavvie

BizWest’s Mercury 100

Boulder County’s 100
Fastest Growing Companies

2015-2017 – #13
2014-2016 – #16
2013-2015 – #12
2012-2014 – #21

ColoradoBiz Top 250
Private Companies

2018 – #61
2017 – #101
2016 – #96
2015 – #101
2014 – #120