Keller Williams Realty Tops 100,000

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Personal Take:  It has been amazing to see and be part of the growth of the company.  Since joining in 2004 it has definitely been a rocket ride to the top.  The biggest accomplishment in my opinion?  Being able, as a company, to keep our culture and value system intact.

Keller Williams, the largest real estate franchise in North America by associate count, announced that as of the end of April, 2014, its worldwide associate count has broken the 100,000 mark at 100,575.

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“One hundred thousand is such an important milestone for us because it signals that we are on the verge of becoming the largest real estate company in the world!” said Vice President of Growth John Davis. “Of all the numbers we track, associate count is by far the most important to our model, and we can clearly see that our growth trajectory far surpasses the industry and what any other company in our industry is doing. It’s this growth that has driven our offices to record-breaking profitability and massive productivity gains for our agents.”

During the first quarter of 2014, Keller Williams has already grown by 2.8 percent while membership in the National Association of REALTORS® has shrunk by 2.4 percent. The company’s growth has now outpaced the growth of NAR for 21 consecutive months (every month since July 2012), according to membership numbers on NAR’s Website.

In 2013, NAR as a whole grew by 5 percent. According to public filings by the other major franchises in the industry, RE/MAX grew by 4.7 percent, Century 21 by 3.5 percent and Coldwell Banker by 3.3 percent. During the same time period, Keller Williams experienced 18 percent associate growth.

“Our leadership team and our entire associate base are fired up right now,” said Keller Williams CEO Mark Willis. “Our continued growth over the last few years proves that our models, systems and people are unmatched in the industry. Our leaders are proving that if you believe in a goal and work relentlessly toward it – you can make it happen!”

Last year, Keller Williams announced that it had become the largest real estate franchise by associate count in North America, as well as its intention to grow to No. 1 in the world by associate count, followed by closed units, and then by closed sales volume.

At the end of 2013, KW also announced:

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KW Honolulu Officially Opens

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Young couple looking for real estate with female realtorPersonal note: I had the opportunity to come out and train the core group of agents on eEdge technology in January, 2014.  What a smart, motivated group of agents and the leadership/ownership at the office/regional level is amazing.    They will have tremendous success in helping their clients and achieving their personal/office goals.  I look forward to coming out and training again in the near future.

Article from Bill Cresenzo

Keller Williams Realty is opening a full-service franchise in Honolulu this week, with Kevin Miyama, the immediate past president of the Honolulu Board of Realtors, leading a group of 140 agents he and co-leader Colette Ching have been quietly recruiting for the past eight months.

Miyama and Ching, a Hawaii native who started her career here and has spent more than 25 years in California with Coldwell Banker and Keller Williams, will open a 7,000-square- foot office at 1347 Kapiolani Blvd., on Wednesday.

“We kept it on the down low for quite some time,” Ching said. “We basically do all of our reruiting before we open our offices.”

Miyama has has spent the past two-and-a-half years with Prudential Locations, where he was a business coach. Before that, he spent nine years at Coldwell Banker Pacific Properties as an assistant area office manager.

Miyama said that his former boss, Prudential Locations CEO Bill Chee, knew about his plans to leave, but Miyama said that he did not recruit from Prudential because of a non-compete clause.

“I just respected Bill and what he had done for me, and I stayed within the confines of my non-compete clause,” Miyama said.

Keller Williams already has an office on Maui. It had a satellite office on Oahu that closed last August, Miyama said, adding the new office is the company’s first full-service franchise on Oahu.

The franchise now has 114 listings. About 35 of its agents are newly licensed, Ching said.

Bill Cresenzo covers residential real estate and transportation issues for Pacific Business News.

Keller Williams Realty’s Google Migration Largest in Real Estate History

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It’s not just industry-leading technology like eEdge – the all-in-one lead-to-close agent business solution – that’s setting Keller Williams Realty apart. Innovative at its core, the company has embarked on a new mission: moving away from its old Webmail system to a highly collaborative and incredibly flexible communication and productivity platform.

Creating innovative products and solutions for 93,000 associates scattered across four continents doesn’t happen easily. Which is why Keller Williams enlisted the help of Google’s Enterprise solutions.

Nathan Rader, Keller Williams Realty’s Southwest Google Apps sales manager, has been with Google for almost six years. He’s had his hands in more than 20 migrations, moving organizations of all shapes and sizes – including a real estate investment and property group with 3,000 employees – over to Google’s cloud-based enterprise infrastructure.

The KW Blog Editorial Team spoke with Rader recently to find out what it took to move Keller Williams associates over to Google Apps for Business and how agents can get up and running on their core Gmail, Calendar, Drive and Talk Apps.

What made Keller Williams Realty’s migration unique?

Rader: I’ve never seen an organization so focused on using technology and innovation as a competitive advantage for numerous people distributed over disperse geographic locations.

How many Google team members worked on the KW migration?

Rader: Six team members from Google have been involved in this project. As you might expect with a project of this scale, the team hailed from all over the country, including Fort Worth and Austin, Texas as well as Mountainview, Calif.

You attended Mega Camp 2013. What was your impression of our second largest event?

Rader: Mega Camp was an absolutely incredible experience. I was fortunate to have the opportunity to speak to over 10,000 agents. The excitement and passion for their business was infectious. I could smell in the air the love for KW and building a legacy in their local real estate market.

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Nathan Rader speaking at Keller Williams Realty’s Mega Camp in September 2013

What were the most popular questions you received at the KW Technology booth?

Rader: The most prevalent question was, “How soon can I get this?” I also had a lot of people interested in how all the contacts will be synced to their smart phones.

And how can they?

Rader: It’s actually pretty simple. And while I won’t go into exact details here, agents can find directions on the myKW Intranet or by visiting the recommended Google Labs.

What’s your favorite KW Google Apps for Business feature?

Rader: I am still amazed by the speed and relevance of the search function across the products. I have totally changed the way I work and no longer use folders to organize anything. I love being messy in my email and just lazily leaning on Google to help me find anything I need, fast.

What tips do you have for our associates during the first 30 days?

Rader: Don’t be afraid to try new things. Take 15 minutes a week to play around with all the features, labs and tools. I promise your agents they will find at least two things that they can’t live without.

Just like KW, we understand culture is a big part of Google. What’s your favorite thing about the Google culture?

Rader: I love the openness and transparency of our culture. We are provided an incredible amount of insight and knowledge about all the good and the bad. I love being able to see what is going on behind the scenes of such a fascinating company.

Why Choose Keller Williams

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“The greatest transfer of wealth and opportunity are in down cycles not up cycles. What you feel about your market is one thing. How you deal with it is another.” -Gary Keller, Founder & Chairman of the Board

Most Important Secret of The Real Estate Industry:

A National Association of Realtors survey of consumers determined that 86% chose a real estate firm for no other reason than because of an individual agent. This fact is proven time and time again. Whenever an agent switches from one brokerage to the next, ‘their’ clients follow. YOU are the reason people do business with you and you should build your career on this fact! At Keller Williams Realty, we recognize that the agents are the reason we do business. Our agent-centric business model is based on the belief system that the agents should be treated like partners. As stakeholders in the company, our agents:

  • Share in the profits. In 2012, Keller Williams Realty distributed over $55 million in profit share to KW associates…in a down economy!
  • Learn how to generate their own leads and run their own real estate business, so that they can create the leverage needed to create careers worth having, businesses worth owning and lives worth living.
  • Take home more of their commissions with our unique commission structure.
  • Are empowered to take leadership positions that impact the direction of the their office and the company. Only national real estate company that ‘opens the books’ to the agents.
  • Share their ideas, secrets and models by teaching the training and educational classes***

 ***It is this unique culture, that continues to be the greatest benefit of affiliating with our company. By sharing ideas, all of our businesses go to a higher level, thus creating more profit sharing for the office and the agents. A True Win-Win! This is what gives our agents an advantage over other agents at more traditional companies, where typically an agent’s greatest competition is within their own company and office. As a result of this innovative model, the secret of our growth (Now the 2nd largest real estate company in the N. America!) continues to be our high level of agent productivity and agent retention.

KW Technology

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One of the greatest expenses real estate agents can face in their real estate career, is the ongoing costs of utilizing the essential technologies for effectively running a successful real estate business.   These real estate technology tools can range from online lead generation to database management to real estate transaction management.   A recent poll revealed that the average real estate associate pays approximately $315+ a month for technology tools. On the other hand, Keller Williams real estate associates pay only $15 a month for KW eEdge and $10 a month for KW eAgentC.  Get an inside look below at the breadth of KW | Technology available to KW associates versus industry standards.

What is KW eEdge?

 

The Real Estate Industry’s First & Only Complete Lead To Close Realtor Business Solution

 

 

KW eEdge is the real estate industry’s first and only complete lead-to-close agent business solution — including a full realtor lead management system, contact management system, customizable marketing library and a paperless real estate transaction workflow. Exclusively for KW associates, Keller Williams eEdge saves our real estate sales associates time, money, and effort by reducing redundancies in their work day and allowing our real estate agents to do what they do best — list and sell homes and shine with their clients.