Sylvia and I are excited to announce that, as of today, we have reverted back to the business structure under which we operated from 1993 through 2004 as Crossland Real Estate. Sylvia is Broker and Head Honcho and I just do what she tells me. We are no longer with the Southwest Market Center of Keller Williams Austin. We are once again an independent, home grown Austin real estate company.
It’s been a great 4 years at Keller Williams and, as I was telling agents at the office today, I don’t believe that Sylvia and I would be the caliber of Realtors we’ve become had we not done our 4 year stint at Keller Williams.
The Southwest Market Center in Austin is the original, first Keller Williams office started by Gary Keller in the 1980s. It is the #1 real estate office in the world, on many different metrics, including number of sales and number of agents. It’s considered the flagship office of Keller Williams – the mother ship – and is the frequent host of tours for other Keller Williams market center staff from around the country who want to come see how we do it here in Austin.
Sylvia and I have enjoyed being a part of this amazing company and this office, and we especially enjoyed the honor of serving on the ALC (Agent Leadership Council) for the past two years, which is the body of top producing agents that runs the Southwest Market Center. I feel like, even though we both had a lot of experience as Realtors before we joined Keller Williams in 2005, we never would have received the type of training and exposure to ideas that we experienced at Keller Williams had we remained Mom and Pop forever and not ventured out to see what it would be like in a different environment.
So why the move? Why switch?
We’re tired, man. Frankly, it’s hard work operating at the level we’ve been at for the past few years. Non-Realtors may not know the real estate terminology of “Production”, or “Closed Volume”, or “Gross Commission Sales” (GCI), but Sylvia and I had what I think will be our career peak year last year in 2008, during a slow market, with just under $10M in closed transactions. That’s not anywhere close to what some of the elite, high production agents achieve across the U.S., but it’s a lot of sales, roughly 4 closings a month. It takes a lot of effort and energy to do that. We’re tired and want to slow down.
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