The past twelve months have been nothing short of exemplary for the team of the Gibson Sothebys International Realty family. From internal growth to the brands widening reach across oceans, much is evolving. Pulling a layer back and taking a closer local approach to looking at the success of Sothebys, it has been a tremendous journey for the brand in and throughout The Greater Boston Area in recent years. Our local business sees us continuously bringing on the very top agents all with their own diverse client bases, skillsets, expertise levels, language advantages and cultural backgrounds. It is this which differentiates us as a firm, and has made it increasingly attractive for others to be a member of our team. As a result, our success has only deepened and now our monetary growth in sales volume over an annual period has reached its highest level ever. Gibson Sothebys International Realty is pleased to announce that according to the Multiple Listing Service (MLS), we have just gone over the $1 Billion mark for total sales volume over the past twelve months for the first time in our history.
Ultimately, there is much to be proud as a firm and on an individual level especially as our per person productivity amongst our sales professionals continues to climb well above the Massachusetts average. It all starts with our exceptional brand that makes these achievements possible. In roughly the past year alone, we have seen our affiliates reach extend to places such as Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Kuwait, Dubai, Victoria in Australia, Sydney in Australia, the Philippines, Malta, the Dominican Republic, Lithuania, Puerto Rico, Israel, Asia, Mexico, and Italy. It must be shared that the vast majority of these localities are just now being exposed to the Sothebys name for the first time, as our impressive worldwide sphere now consists of over 680 offices within 49 countries and territories encompassing close to 14,000 experienced sales associates. This truly is the evolution of the extraordinary; and we are pleased to say that this progression to delivering on that promise to our global clientele is showing no signs of slowing.
In this increasingly complex market defined by rising prices, a rampant pool of buyer demand, a decreased yet growing level of inventory, and diminished average days on the market, the relentless strides to always learn and improve our business and quality of white glove service is eternal. Just recently, our small business was recognized on the 2013 REAL Trends 500 list as one of top 500 most successful brokers in the nation. Coming in at #162, the firm also proudly represented the 14th highest ranked Sothebys International Realty affiliate in the United States, and was the only firm from any brokerage worthy of making the list from the city of Boston.
Such a brilliant reality can be attributed to many of our marketing efforts over the past twelve months. This Fall we just released our fourth edition of The Collection, an in-house magazine destined to further our presence, message, listings, and credibility to areas where we have offices. In addition, the 10,000 printed copies were boosted by our thus far 18,000+ online impressions, with all copies also showcasing an array of third party advertisements, and even a dedicated Destination section displaying properties from participating Sothebys International Realty affiliates from across the globe.
It was seven years ago this month that Gibson Sothebys International Realty announced our entrance into the Boston-Metro Real Estate market, and what a distance we have come from just having three offices. The wisdom of the timing, given the downturn of the real estate market and then the crash of the economy will be debated endlessly. There was, however, no question that the market was looking for another choice, a brand and company that would provide a different way of doing business. Essentially, Greater Boston needed this white glove service we so frequently speak of, no matter the price point. Wed like to think we have delivered on this promise, and look forward to continuing to do so as we embark on yet another lengthy chapter.