March 2011, my wife and I decided that we needed a change of direction with our real estate business. We had consistantly been 2 million dollar producers for most of our career, but felt we were stagnant. The cost of marketing and other expenses involving real estate was continually growing beyond our means.
My wife was considering leaving real estate to get a "regular paying job", so we could pay our monthly bills. We even considered moving back to Oklahoma, where we were also licensed. After several weeks of talking to Carolyn Crispin, with a team in place, we decided this was the move for us! One of our big concerns was the fact that we would lose our identity, as every listing and sale goes under Carolyn's name.
We decided this was the right move for us and now we realize what a great move it was. The team restructured to fit the Keller Williams team model, with each person fulfilling a specific role. The question I now ask is "why didn't we do this sooner"? Our structure is that Carolyn is the rainmaker. Faye handles the marketing for the team: internet marketing,SEO, pictures and tours. Karen handles the administrative role, taking care of all the paperwork. Shannon is the Buyers Specialist, working all the leads and the showings. My job is Listing Specialist, which includes farming for new listings, maintaining contact with existing listings and providing showing reports to our clients.
Our team has one mindset: to run this team as a business. It is our business and we take full ownership and responsibility of it. This makes for a powerful machine that works effectively. No one agent can handle the 234 different tasks required of an agent, but as a team we can assist each other if needed. We are just 6 months into the team model and can clearly see a much more efficient and productive team.
Stress level decrease and profitability increase are two most important factors of joining the team concept.