I began my career in real estate in 2001 as an assistant to two guys who would be rookies of the year for a well-known real estate company in the Pacific NW. I became a solo agent at the beginning of 2002 after seeing they weren’t the people for me. I had an excellent Principal Broker but the training through that company was really was non-existent.
I had to search out the training through title companies and knocking on the doors of other brokers in the office. The following year I moved to a national real estate brokerage and it was more of the same.
Keller Williams showed up in my town with a loud bang but I, having a natural skepticism, was turning a blind eye to it all and I realize I missed out on a very big opportunity.
I remember talking with some other agents and flippantly saying, “Keller Williams put the “K” in cult.” The people that talked KW were just so happy, a little unbelievably happy. And you know what they say, “If it looks too good to be true, it probably is.” So I went with that and ignored them like I would any other group that seemed a little too happy.
I thought I knew what the “big brokerages” were. They just care about filling desks with little to no support and. I shifted around some smaller brokerages. I will say that my first exposure to KW was a couple of agents that pushed the profit-sharing that sounded way too much like a multi-level marketing thing. I see that is so far from what it is but it didn’t help change my mind.
Fast-forward 10 years and I began to realize that teams are likely the future of real estate so I sought them out. Unsurprisingly, the bulk of the teams out there are Keller Williams.
I was lucky to find Jaimy and Sherine Beltran through a reference that I trusted. I have seen what some agents will do and be to get a commission and I was weary to throw my hat in with a team which is why the referral was important.
When I walked into Keller Williams and saw the systems and training, it felt like was walking into a candy store. Systems upon systems for everything. Whatever I wanted to do, there was likely a template and/or a system. Constant training, some free and some paid but so far all quality. And the sense of comradery and family is unreal. I have drank the Kool-Aid and it tastes lovely.
I regret that I didn’t join sooner. As they say, the best time to plant a tree is 20 years ago. The second best time to plant a tree is now.