Keller Williams State of the Market Meeting

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What passes as enough to be considered “involved in your community” these days?

Sure, we all remember the “Brady Bunch” days of the PTA, 4-H club, Boy or Girl scouts along with the occasional baking the new family on your street a cake to say, “welcome to the neighborhood”.Today, most people are just too busy scrambling off to work in their portable offices (aka crossover or suv), trying to find time to still put in an appearance at the gym, while juggling the social and athletic obligations of their children not to mention finding time to squeeze in a family dinner or two each week. The sad truth is that most people today make very little time to pull aside their blinders that help them focus on their little chunk of the world and the closest most get to“community involvement” is complaining about some one or something messing up their day on their proffered social media outlet, be it twitter or Facebook.

Tuesday morning a group of 100 or so very involved community members put their phones on silent, took the blue tooth out of their ears and focused on the front of the atrium at River crest Golf Preserve as Terese Brittingham (leader of she and Tom McCouch’s sales team at Keller Williams) took the microphone. The reason for the gathering of the area’s top real estate minds was to have their annual “State of the Market” meeting as well as present their top agents some well deserved honors for setting the example of professionalism, respect and over all caring about the community in which they live and serve. Of course in Real Estate, as in most businesses it’s more often than not, all about the numbers.

At the Keller Williams Limerick-Worcester event on Tuesday, yes the annual sales figures, number of homes closed on and overall commissions including profits were discussed. And of course the goals and incentives for the upcoming year were delivered and received with great enthusiasm as the collective enjoyed a sensational breakfast buffet provided by the River crest staff.

It was the main focus of the meeting that sets Keller Williams apart from just about very other business in the Tri County area, as 80 percent of the day’s program involved training, professionalism and how to better serve and make an impact on the community.

Speakers offered up information and suggestions on subjects ranging from the ever changing real estate laws to lending advise on short sales, proper title administration, the importance of social media in today’s business world, etiquette and even dressing and performing as a professional. As Brittingham brought to a close the morning’s schedule of events, she presented a youtube video about the impact of Alex Scott (Alex’s Lemonade) and how much her impact has effected children battling cancer. Brittingham also announced that their annual “RED DAY” where the entire Keller Williams family comes to the aid of a deserving local charity, raising money for their cause will be held on May 8th KW golf outing with proceeds benefiting Alex’s Lemonade Foundation to be held inSeptember at River crest. Two highlights of the day, which had many, were the announcement that the KW Limerick-Worcester office was the Number One realty organization in the Market area, as well as being ranked as one of the countries “Top Power Broker Firms” by Real Estate Magazine. It would have been easy to call it a day as noon rolled around, instead the KW Brittingham-McCouch team presented to their agents and the public a vendor show which featured more than 50 vendors providing information and guidance to the community about everything from home made jewelry to mortgage banking and home security. “We are proud of the relationship with the model of our pairing with Keller Williams and what it means to both of us,” said Tom Galt of Presidential Mortgage Group. “W e have been in the same office with them since they moved to Limerick, they are all about community and how they can help people and that is what our mission is as well.” In their first year as a vendor at a KW event, Czarstar Security was on hand to provide information about the very competitive home protection market and looked forward to the questions and needs of real estate agents as well as home owners. “What sets us apart is our customer service,” said Kip Bilo a security specialist as Czarstar. “We are a local company and do not use sub contractors, we are accountable for all of our services while providing outstanding value to our clients.” “We joined the Tri County Chamber of Commerce this past fall and have been bombarded with invitations to events because people love what we provide.” There were no shortage of “home related” vendors at the show but on the flip side of that were the local businesses there that emphasized taking care of yourself as well as you home. One such oasis is Hand & Stone Massage and facial spa in the Upper Providence Center on Ridge Pike which offer men and women a place to get away from the stress of every day life, even if only for 30 minutes. which was followed up by a preview for the 11th “People spend 50-70 hours a week working for their home, car and family.” Said the ladies on hand for Hand & Stone. “We find that most people do not put aside time for them selves to recharge.” In the year and three months since Hand and Stone has opened, men and women alike have begun realizing the benefits of massage.“We have 17 staff members,” said Liz, the manager of H&S. “We have had clients who just want to relax and come in every week. We also have athletes visit as well and we have helped people recover from weight lifting as well as just to increase their flexibility through massage for golf and other sports.” Check back with us for updates and features on more of the vendors and local businesses that were on hand and who’s community involvement far exceeds the norm in today’s WIIFM (What’s in it for me) world, as together with Keller Williams they look to make a difference in people’s lives every day. 

Written by Dave Conard

 

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2013: A Record Year for Keller Williams

From launching a mobile app for all associates to extraordinary growth as a company, 2013 was a record year for Keller Williams Realty. Not to mention, we also celebrated our 30th birthday!

Keller Williams is the #1 Real Estate Company in North America!

#1 Real Estate Company in North America Keller Williams Reports Record Growth, Productivity and Profitability Gains

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AUSTIN, TX (February 17, 2014)- Real estate industry giant Keller Williams reported record growth, productivity and profitability gains for 2013. Already the largest real estate franchise by agent count in North America, the company added 15,000 associates last year, bringing its overall associate count above 95,000.
 
During the company’s annual convention in Phoenix, Keller Williams CEO Mark Willis announced that the company’s associates had both outpaced the industry and shattered records in every category Keller Williams measures:
 
  • Transactions were up nearly 20 percent to 644,000 units
  • Sales volume was up almost 30 percent to $158 billion
  • Commissions earned increased by 30 percent to $4.2 billion
The extraordinary productivity gains drove profitability for franchise owners and fueled historic Profit Share distributions to associates. Ninety-five percent of offices were profitable for the year – a figure far above the standard for franchise businesses. The company shared more than $78 million with associates through its Profit Share program – an increase of 41 percent over 2012. Since the program’s inception in 1996, the company has distributed $475 million in profits with associates. It is on pace to double that cumulative Profit Share to more than $1 billion over the next five years.
 
The strong financial results are the exclamation point on an historic year for the Austin-based company:

 

  • Signing master franchise agreements covering Austria, Germany, Switzerland, Turkey and the UK and celebrating the launch of KW Indonesia, KW Southern Africa and KW Vietnam.
  • Being named the #2 training organization across all industries by Training Magazine.
  • Reaching No. 1 on the Wall Street Journal business bestseller list with co-founder Gary Keller’s The ONE Thing, which has now been translated into 23 languages.
  • Unveiling a new logo and branding campaign;
  • Transitioning the company’s entire associate base to Google Apps for Business;
  • Launching a mobile search app individually branded for associates and holding a consumer sweepstakes that will give $50,000 to a consumer who downloads the Keller Williams Real Estate Search App.
“Keller Williams family, this year you showcased to the world that an education-based, technology-driven, consumer-focused company can drive innovation and excellence,” Willis said. “You’ve shown what an energized army – 96,000 strong and growing – can achieve when we all work together and are focused on a shared vision.”
 
During an update on the company’s global expansion, Keller Williams Worldwide President Chris Heller announced plans to open Keller Williams offices in Dubai. He also welcomed more than 130 guests from 24 countries.
 
Keller Williams President Mary Tennant shared that the company’s charitable foundation, KW Cares, had awarded more than $2.5 million in grants in 2013 to Keller Williams associates and family members struggling against unexpected hardships – from health issues to natural disasters, such as tornados in Oklahoma and flooding in Colorado.
 
“Thanks to you, Keller Williams has developed a culture of success, innovation, giving, and fun,” Tennant said. “You’ve attracted the best people, delivered the most impressive results and created the strongest culture. You and your colleagues have built the most extraordinary real estate business in the world.”
 

Keller Williams Realty Named No. 2 Training Organization in the World

Keller Williams Realty Named No. 2 Training Organization in the World

Keller Williams Realty, the largest real estate franchise in North America and one of the fastest-growing real estate companies in the world, has been named the No. 2 training organization across all industries by Training Magazine.

At an awards ceremony in San Diego to honor the Training 125, Keller Williams was recognized for the record growth, productivity and profitability gains that its training and education programs fueled last year.

“We want to thank all of our coaches, course writers, instructors and associates for embracing these training programs and delivering extraordinary results,” said Dianna Kokoszka, CEO of MAPS Coaching and Keller Williams University.

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Keller Williams University CEO Dianna Kokoszka (center) with members of the Keller Williams training team: Les McGehee; Dawn Sroka; Julie Fantechi; Kim Harryman; Mona Covey; Falana Thomas; and Jonathan Moerbe.
Keller Williams was joined in the Top 5 by Jiffy Lube, Capital BlueCross, CHG Healthcare Services, and Mohawk Industries, Inc. Training Magazine, which is profiling the Top 5 honorees in its January-February 2014 issue, commended Keller Williams for several programs and initiatives, including:

BOLD (Business Objective: Life by Design) – a transformative program that helps real estate professionals increase sales through the relentless pursuit of leads and business-building activities. Over the course of seven weeks, BOLD conditions agents with powerful mindset exercised, language techniques, and lead-generation activities. Participants are assigned to accountability teams and challenged to push each other to achieve big results. BOLD attracts real estate professionals from brokerages and brands throughout the industry, many of whom sign up every time it is offered. Last year, BOLD graduates increased their closed transactions by 50 percent and their income by 114 percent compared with agents who did not take BOLD.
RSTLM (Recruit, Select, Train, Lead and Motivate) – a comprehensive training course for finding, hiring, training and leading talent. RSTLM is an intensive, four-day training program. Leaders use it to recruit and retain talent. Agents use it to hire teams so they can grow and work effectively. Leaders who have taken the series and use the models and systems have shown a 63 percent increase in franchise office profitability compared with other leaders, contributing to the record 95 percent market center profitability Keller Williams offices achieved in 2013. Agents using RSTLM reported a four-fold increase in income, from $50,000 to $212,000.
“We are incredibly honored by this distinction,” CEO Mark Willis said. “We’re an education-based, technology-driven company. This award reaffirms our commitment to providing our associates with the resources and training they need to grow their businesses.”

“We are fortunate to have the best training programs and the best training professionals in the real estate industry,” President Mary Tennant said. “By focusing on education, we’re helping our 95,000 associates build careers worth having, businesses worth owning and lives worth living.”

October Home Prices Maintain Trend of Slow but Steady Gains

October Home Prices Maintain Trend of Slow but Steady Gains

12/03/2013  BY: TORY BARRINGER

 

Home prices just barely bumped up in October compared to September, keeping the trend going for slow month-to-month improvements.

CoreLogic’s Home Price Index (HPI) report for October shows the national home price (including distressed sales) rising 0.2 percent from September, edging just above the company’s predictions from last month. Year-over-year, the national price increased 12.5 percent, marking the 20th straight month of annual price increases nationally.

Removing distressed sales, home prices increased 0.4 percent month-over-month and 11 percent year-over-year in October.

“In terms of home price appreciation, the housing market appears to be catching its breath as we head into the final months of 2013,” said CoreLogic president and CEO Anand

Nallathambi. “The deceleration in month-on-month trends was anticipated as strong gains in home prices over the spring and summer slow in line with normal seasonal patterns and the impact of higher mortgage interest rates.”

Including distressed sales, the states with the highest price appreciation in October were Nevada (+25.9 percent), California (+22.4 percent), Georgia (+14.2 percent), Michigan (+14.1 percent), and Arizona (+14 percent). Only one state reported depreciation: New Mexico (-0.5 percent).

Taking distressed sales out of the equation, the list of the top states mostly comprised those struggling from low inventory and what’s left of the post-crash fallout: Nevada (+22.5 percent), California (+18.5 percent), Utah (+13.3 percent), Florida (+13 percent), and New York (+12.4 percent). No states posted price depreciation with distressed sales excluded.

For November, CoreLogic’s Pending HPI projects home prices (including distressed sales) will sit at roughly the same level as October, with an anticipated year-over-year increase of 12.2 percent.

“Based on our pending HPI, the monthly growth rate is expected to moderate even further in November and December,” said Dr. Mark Fleming, chief economist for the company. “The slowdown in price appreciation is positive for the housing market as almost half the states are now within 10 percent of their respective historical price peaks.”

 

 

10th Annual Golf Outing to raise money for Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation

10th Annual Golf Outing to raise money for Alex's Lemonade Stand Foundation

Keller Williams Realty Group in Limerick would like to thank everyone who came out to support our annual KW Charity Golf Event at Rivercrest Country Club. This event raises money for Alex’s Lemonade Stand which is aiding in finding a cure for childhood cancer.
Alex’s Lemonade Stand was started in 2000 by four year old Alexandra “Alex” Scott, a pediatric cancer patient. She opened her first annual lemonade stand with high hopes of raising money for pediatric cancer causes, specifically research into a cure. Her annual lemonade stands in her front yard inspired others to donate money to her cause. After fighting her own battle with cancer for over seven years, she died in August 2004. At the time of her death, she had already raised over $900,000 for pediatric cancer research and, amazingly, was only eight years old. Alex’s legacy lives on with Alex’s Lemonade Stand continuing to raise money to find a cure for childhood cancer.
Keller Williams Realty Group in Limerick would like to thank everyone who took part in the 10th Annual Charity Golf Outing on Sseptember 24th at the Rivercrest Golf Club. Thank you !!

Keller Williams Realty Group in Limerick Welcomes Michael Worstall

Michael WorstallKeller Williams Realty Group in Limerick|Worcester is excited to announce that Michael Worstall has joined our growing family of agents.

Michael has been an office administrator for various teams at Keller Williams Realty for the past six years. He studied corporate communications in college with a final thesis about the revitalization of historic North Philadelphia architecture.

Michael was drawn to Real Estate because of his interest in architectural engineering. After a few years in the business, he developed a penchant for assessing clients needs and realizing mutual goals.

“We’re excited to welcome Michael Worstall to our growing family of agents,” says Terese Brittingham, Broker/Owner of Keller Williams Realty Group in Limerick|Worcester. “This company succeeds through its people, and having Michael with his experience and knowledge is a huge win for us.”

Michael also gives back to the community. In 2009, he aided the development of the Downtown Glenside Merchant’s Association with the ultimate goal of restoring the small town feel of t Road, the main street that runs through the neighborhood. He also donates his time towards Manna on Main Street, a North Penn area food kitchen.

Keller Williams Realty Group in Limerick|Worcester is excited to welcome Michael Worstall to our family! To reach Michael, please contact him directly at 215-350-2965 or mworstall@kw.com

To learn more about Keller Williams Realty Group in Limerick|Worcester, please contact us at 610-792-5900 or log on to our website at www.KWRealtyGroup.com or www.KWLimerickCareers.com

 

Keller Williams Realty Group Would Like to Welcome Thomas Adamski

Tom AdamskiKeller Williams Realty Group in Limerick is excited to announce that Thomas Adamski has joined our Growing Market Center at 542 N. Lewis Road in Limerick.

Thomas has over 40 years of experience in the financial industry with several major corporations. His industry experience includes Mortgage Banking, Insurance, Retail Banking and Investment Banking.

He decided to get into Real Estate because of his many relationships with family, friends and business associates. As a resident and member of the board in his active adult community, Thomas has experience and knowledge in active adult communities and considers these communities to be his specialty as well as residential sales.

“We’re excited to welcome Thomas Adamski as a new member of our family,” says Terese Brittingham, owner of Keller Williams Realty Group. “This company succeeds through its people, and having Thomas with his experience and dedication to customer service is a huge win for us.”

Thomas gives back to the community by supporting various organizations including the American Cancer Society, the Heart Association, and the Baby’s Breath Charity.

When Thomas is not busy helping his clients with their Real Estate transactions he enjoys spending time with his Wife Eileen and their 2 Children and 5 Grandchildren.

Keller Williams Realty Group in Limerick is excited to welcome Thomas Adamski to our growing family! To reach Thomas, please contact him directly at 610-329-2322 or TWAdamski@verizon.net

To learn more about Keller Williams Realty Group in Limerick, please contact us at 610-792-5900 or log on to our website at www.KWRealtyGroup.com

Vendor Fair at Rivercrest Country Club

2013 SMCM Box LogoKeller Williams Realty Group in Limerick|Worcester is Celebrating being “30 in 2013″

We’re getting ready for Keller Williams Realty Group’s Vendor Fair at Rivercrest Country Club. Join us on Tuesday, March 12th and gain exposure for your business.

This FREE event is OPEN TO THE PUBLIC. We’re Celebrating Like It’s 1983 in Keller Williams Style! Join us for our BIGGEST EVENT EVER! Vendors include Inspections, Insurance, Home Remodeling, Warranty, Roofing, Carpentry, Builders and Much More!

This vendor fair is great for Agents, Buyers, Sellers and everyone interested in home services. Tables are available for all vendors interested in attending. This is a GREAT WAY to give your business EXPOSURE in a highly attended public event.

For table information and a registration link, please contact Gina Stango at gstango@kw.com

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