Single Real Estate Agent to Joining A Team: My Perspective

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Real Estate Agent with Keller Williams Tri-Lakes 200403070

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.

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Bill Gillhespy
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Hi Carolyn,  This is a very helpful post - but too brief !  How do individuals decide their area of focus, income, etc ? 

Jul 12, 2012 07:53 AM #1
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Malcolm Johnston
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There's a lot to be said for a solid team structure that takes advantage of everybody's strengths and relieves them of some of the responsibilities that aren't their strong points. Best of luck with the new arrangement, it sounds like a good plan.

Jul 12, 2012 07:55 AM #2
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Bryan Robertson
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Sounds like you have a well organized team with clear responsibilities and objectives.  Nice to see Activerain as part of your business strategy and hope to see more of you here.

Jul 12, 2012 12:48 PM #3
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John McCormack
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Greetings and welcome to the Rain!  I think you will find it the cool place to be to network and to learn even more than you ever thought.  I know AR is a continuing education for me.  If I can be of any help to you please feel free to shoot me an email.  That's the great thing with the Rain we help each other out and have each others backs as needed.  I look forward to seeing you again soon!

Have a great evening my new friends.

Jul 12, 2012 06:08 PM #4
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Carolyn Crispin
Keller Williams Tri-Lakes - Branson, MO
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The key to a sucessful team is each team members role should fit their personal strengths.  

Jul 26, 2012 06:00 PM #5
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