I Was So Wrong About Keller Williams

    IfMike Rohrig Director of Sales I only knew then what I know now.  Even if you’re not a real estate agent, I hope you can learn from my story.

    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.

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    5 Responses to “I Was So Wrong About Keller Williams”

    • Ron Engelen

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      Mike can do it….he got me a fab house and I was a pest……He will be my listing agent when I do decide to sell 🙂

    • Betsy

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      Nice story Mike, this could be said many times over by other Realtors, but not all have gotten to where you are – a happy ending and new beginning!

    • Sherine Beltran

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      We are the happy recipients of KW systems, training and tools…. and YOU! Best choice for you to join up, best choice for US to get such an amazing, clever, dedicated, smart and FUN Director of Sales for our team. SO GLAD you found us. 🙂


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