I’m Andrew Greenberg and I started my crazy adventure on this wild ride we call real estate back in November of 2015 when I joined Keller Williams Realty at their Ballantyne office located in Charlotte, North Carolina. Keller Williams refers to their offices as “market centers” but I call ours this nerdy thing a “learning laboratory”. We’re a little over 600 agents (out of 12,000 Realtors in the Charlotte Association) who share an entire office floor that buzzes with energy, is rooted in technology and training, along with a culture that is endlessly committed to sharing amongst its agents – especially knowledge, time, and advice. It’s a place where natural and nonstop tinkering exists by agents on all kinds of systems and ideas creating the best practices suited for our local market. It’s also a space where we agents have honest conversations around that tough a-word (accountability).
Amazingly, our market center has been ranked #1 in the entire company for the past 5 years in a row for both profit and profit-share. Don’t attempt looking up Keller Williams on the stock market.. simply because you won’t find it. Not so ironic the #1 real estate firm worldwide in agent count, homes sold per year, and annual sales volume happens to be privately owned. Could this also be part of the reason this company has been able to share back over $1 billion dollars in profit with its agents and staff members? I promise this blog won’t be a plug for KW.. I just wouldn’t be the agent I have become and continue to grow into today without all the help and guidance of countless mentors and role models within the company at all levels.
Anyways, hope you weren’t looking for another food or travel blog! For those not from Charlotte, Ballantyne itself is the premier corporate park and residential suburb of South Charlotte. I originally felt drawn to this location for its convenience of location just off the I-485 belt loop and halfway between my residence near uptown and where I grew up since elementary school in neighboring Union County. We call our downtown Uptown because it physically sits up higher than the surrounding land but the reason I think it sticks is because a hefty majority of Charlotte’s residences are located south of the city. That part isn’t mentioned but Charlotte’s wikipedia page can tell you a whole lot more about the city better than I can. No really, if you haven’t read it and you love Charlotte you’ll enjoy it.
I always enjoyed the challenge of writing and thought about creating a real estate blog right when I got into business but quickly realized I had a million other things to do and experience first. While there’s still so much to learn, I hope you can find value from information provided by a ‘90s born rollerskating Realtor who has also been honored to help over 100 local families with either the sale or purchase of their homes.
I’m a self-declared intermediate real estate agent and proud of it. The National Association of Realtors says “8 years is the Median experience of All Realtors” so perhaps I’m stretching a bit to fit this title. You can just ask my mom, she knows..
How was that for your first statistic? You’ll always get some stats in my posts, so let’s start this blog off right with more fun ones from the NAR (National Association of Realtors). This next one I share must be unique to this industry and I believe accounts for the amazing diversity of agents we get to work with.
“Formal education of REALTORS®:
- High-school graduate: 8%
- Some college: 30%
- Associate degree: 13%
- Bachelor’s degree: 31%
- Some graduate school: 6%
- Graduate degree and above: 13%”
And of course, most relevant to this prose: “REALTORS® who were 49 years and younger were the most likely to have a real estate blog, at 11%.” Good job Andrew, welcome to the coveted 11% in the under 49 crowd. Cool? What exactly is the under 49 crowd when the association also states “The typical REALTOR® is a 54-year-old white female who attended college and is a homeowner.” I guess we’ll never know if typical is the median or the average. I mean you can’t make this stuff up. Thanks NAR!
It feels like other full-time agents with similar career experience are the ones out there re-defining top-level service and creating the new paths for how this industry moves forward in the world of technology. I’ve had the privilege of representing family, friends, strangers, old colleagues, neighbors, and many of their awesome referrals. I’ve been fortunate to represent myself too. Rewarding.. Confusing.. Frustrating.. Emotionally demanding.. Exciting.. absolutely!
My goal with this blog is to help educate our readers about:
- The home buying process (NC/SC)
- Home maintenance and tips
- Residential construction methods and materials
- Remodeling projects; including some financing and design
- Local Market stats and trends
- Industry disruptors, challenges, and changes
- Personal experiences & stories
- Realtor job duties and responsibilities
So, if you are a homeowner or plan to become one, this blog is for you. I’m licensed and actively sell in both North and South Carolina. While some of my content may be location-based, many articles will be written with the objective of helping readers from anywhere. My hope is to create a blog that I would like reading if I wasn’t in the industry. I also feel like this random and practical knowledge can be put to better use if shared.
I’m excited to share with you a new piece of my story each Friday in a 5-10 minute posting. It’s been a pleasure to introduce myself and I can’t wait to continue learning and growing with you guys. Feel free to ask many any real estate questions!
P.S. I totally blanked on introducing my partner in crime! Tune in next Friday..