Faranda, Rand Make Inman’s ‘Influencer’ List

John Jordan | January 4, 2017

Joseph Rand

NEW YORK CITY—Inman recently announced its “Real Estate Influencers of 2017” and several Hudson Valley-based real estate professionals made the prestigious list.

Among the Influencer selections by the real estate industry media website included J. Philip Faranda, broker/owner of J. Philip Real Estate LLC, an independent real estate brokerage firm based in Briarcliff Manor and Joseph Rand, general counsel and managing partner of Better Homes and Gardens Rand Realty of New City.

The Inman Influencers List “salutes industry professionals who shape, change and influence the industry. They bring a mix of credentials, viewpoints and backgrounds from all walks of the real estate business. Some are creative, intuitive and gifted. Some have power, reach and charisma. And some are controversial, rabble-rousers and disrupters,” Inman, which operates real estate news website Inman.com stated on its website.

“They are not cut from the same cloth, they do not speak the same language and they do not always necessarily share the same values. But they influence the industry by their work, through their followers and by expressing their opinions,” stated Inman Publisher Brad Inman.

J. Philip Faranda
J. Philip Faranda

Faranda, described by Inman as “a fun but wicked smart industry guiding light,” has been in the real estate industry since 1986 and founded J. Philip Real Estate in 2005. The firm has grown from a home-based, one-man operation to a team of more than 70 agents. He is one of 20 real estate licensees on the Zillow Agent Advisory Board that provide early feedback on its products.

Inman credited the sustained growth of BH&G Rand Realty to Rand’s training tactics, which he personally teaches using a sales technique he calls “client-oriented real estate.” The firm has more than 800 agents. Inman called Rand “a best practices crusader” who authors an educational blog for agents as well as a personal blog that offers a glimpse into his life and move from New York City to the Hudson Valley.

Other notable real estate executives that made the Real Estate Influencers list included: Dottie Herman, president and CEO of Douglas Elliman of New York City; Sherry Chris, CEO of Better Homes and Gardens; Pamela Liebman, president and CEO of The Corcoran Group of New York City; Gary Keller, co-founder and co-owner of Keller Williams; Pamela O’Connor, CEO of Leading Real Estate Companies of the World; Nicole Beauchamp, global real estate advisor with Engel & Völkers of New York City; Dolly Lenz, founder of Dolly Lenz, LLC of New York City; Paul Boomsma, COO of Leading Real Estate Companies of the World and president of its luxury branch, Luxury Portfolio International; National Association of Realtors CEO Dale Stinton; Charlie Young, CEO of Coldwell Banker; Dave Liniger, president and chairman of Re/Max; Alex Perriello, president and CEO of Realogy Franchise Group; Keller Williams Chief Innovation Officer Josh Team; Chad Curry, managing director of the National Association of Realtors’ Center for Realtor Technology and CRTLabs; Susan Yannaccone, CEO, ERA Real Estate; Richard Smith, president, CEO and chairman of Realogy; Engel & Völkers North America CEO Anthony Hitt; Keller Williams CEO Chris Heller; Howard Lorber, president and CEO of Vector Group and chairman of subsidiary Douglas Elliman; Diane Ramirez, co-founder and CEO of Halstead Property; Rick Davidson, president and CEO of Century 21 Real Estate; 2017 President of the National Association of Realtors Bill Brown; and Bob Goldberg, senior vice president of NAR and CEO of NAR’s Realtors Information Network.

The more than 100 Real Estate Influencers will be honored as part of Inman’s “Connect New York” conference scheduled to run from Jan. 16-20 at the Marriott Marquis in Manhattan. Part of the multi-day conference will include an “Influencer Bash” on Jan. 19 from 8 p.m. to 11 p.m. For more information on the Inman Connect New York conference go to: https://www.inman.com/icny17/.


John Jordan
Editor, Real Estate In-Depth