My Move to Keller Williams: Turning a New Page

Real Estate Agent with Fathom Realty West Sound WA State 52404

"Without change, something sleeps inside us, and seldom awakens. The sleeper must awaken."  Frank Herbert 

I recently made the decision to change brokerages. Trust me when I say that it was a difficult decision to make. I tend to be a very loyal team player and don't jump ship whenever the grass looks greener.

It's not like my previous brokerage had given me cause to leave. The owners were both fun, smart, business-savvy guys, the managing broker was knowledgeable and supportive, the other agents were great. It was just that an opportunity came along that was very attractive and hard to resist.keller-williams-west-sound-realty

I first met Matt Thomson here on ActiveRain. Since we were Kitsap Peninsula neighbors, we interacted online and through an ocassional phone call. Matt was an agent with Keller Williams West Sound in Gig Harbor.

Matt had some Seller clients who owned a newer triple-wide manufactured home over near DeWatto Bay (a fairly remote area) with views of the Hood Canal and the Olympic Mountains. Their home had been on the market for over a year, with no showings during the past 6 months.

We assessed that the listing price was accurate, but the property wasn't being marketed properly. It was an awesome home and just needed someone to adequately convey it's value and generate effective online exposure. Matt and I decided to co-list the property and combine our digital talents.

Within a few short weeks, we were under contract with a viable Buyer at full price.

My friendship with Matt continued, and he would call me several times throughout the year to check up on me, ask about my family, and tell me about Keller Williams. He eventually became part owner of the local Keller Williams office in Gig Harbor.

What I learned was that Keller Williams was uniquely different from all the other real estate brokerages in the country.

  • All agents and brokers are on a level playing field. There are no special 'sweetheart' deals cut to entice and allure. Everyone has the same commission split and plateau (with the exception of married couple teams, who are only required to reach one plateau).
  • Keller Williams is an 'Open Book' company, meaning that any licensee can access their financials and accounting records. They routinely share their office's monthly profit/loss status at the weekly team meetings.
  • Perhaps the most attractive element of Keller Williams is their culture, which begins with co-founder Gary Keller's business philosophy of "God first, family second, and business third." These foundational priorities create a values-based culture that breeds strong ethics, mutual respect, a commitment to serving others, and giving generously.
  • Kellers Williams is a bottom-up company, versus the typical top-down business model you find at most traditional brokerages. Agents/brokers are treated as partners, not employees. Each member of the team has a valued input into how the company operates.
  • Keller Williams offers an amazing profit sharing opportunity where the owners set aside approximately 48% of the company profits which are placed into a pool that is divided among participating agents/brokers.
  • Keller Williams is on the cutting edge of technology and education. With over 75,000 agents and brokers, they can effectively leverage and implement the latest and greatest technology advancements. Whether it's locally-based, regional, national, or online courses and webinars, Keller Williams is at the forefront of providing top-notch educational opportunities.
What probably resonated the most with me was the culture of Keller Williams. It's very heartening to encounter a successful business model that acknowledges a Creator and places such value on the family.
I am excited and energized about the future that lies ahead with Keller Williams West Sound Realty. We are in the process of establising an office here in Kitsap County, and identifying other potential team members who can share our values/vision.
If you want to know more about the opportunities at Keller Williams, just give me a call at (360) 440-4758, or email at

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Rich Jacobson is a licensed real estate professional with Keller Williams West Sound, providing knowledgeable empowerment and relentless representation for his clients of residential properties and vacant land throughout all of Kitsap County WA and portions of Pierce, Mason, and Jefferson Counties. You can also find him at KitsapLifeSoundBiteBlog, and Crabbing in the Hood, or e-mail:

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Rich Jacobson
Fathom Realty West Sound - Poulsbo, WA
Your Kitsap County WA Real Estate Broker

Niki:  Thanks, man! It's going to be an amazing adventure!

Oct 01, 2011 05:31 AM #25
Rich Jacobson
Fathom Realty West Sound - Poulsbo, WA
Your Kitsap County WA Real Estate Broker

Linda:  If I ever do, it's going to be a bit down the road yet. My contribution at this point will be to help spread the KW cheer across Kitsap County, help build our team, and generate sales. That's enough on my plate for now!

Oct 01, 2011 05:34 AM #26
Rich Jacobson
Fathom Realty West Sound - Poulsbo, WA
Your Kitsap County WA Real Estate Broker

John:  Thanks! I greatly appreciate your kind well wishes!

Oct 01, 2011 05:34 AM #27
Rich Jacobson
Fathom Realty West Sound - Poulsbo, WA
Your Kitsap County WA Real Estate Broker

Debe:  Not quite sure if they struck gold, per se. I think it's a win/win for both sides!

Oct 01, 2011 05:35 AM #28
Rich Jacobson
Fathom Realty West Sound - Poulsbo, WA
Your Kitsap County WA Real Estate Broker

Gail: yeah, no kidding! It's been more challenging than I anticipated. Hopefully things will smooth out in the days ahead and I can focus more of my energy on moving forward!

Oct 01, 2011 05:38 AM #29
Mary Lockman
Windermere Real Estate Methow Valley - Winthrop, WA
Methow Valley Real Estate

I have been reading and hearing about KW from being in the biz.  I bet you will do great there because one thing is very noteworthy of KW, while other brokerages have lost offices and agents over the past year KW has grown!  Now that is very telling. It was in the REALTOR Magazine report on franchises a few months back.

Either way, I have the same attitude of loyalty and I have made some changes back and forth, and they were painful. I hope you have no pain just gain from now on!  Best of luck in all your endeavors. It takes courage to try something new, but it brings great energy to ones world.  Leaving one brokerage in a professional positive mannor means that door is not closed for you either.  I bet they miss you terribly.

Oct 01, 2011 09:10 AM #30
Jennifer Fivelsdal
JFIVE Home Realty LLC | 845-758-6842|162 Deer Run Rd Red Hook NY 12571 - Rhinebeck, NY
Mid Hudson Valley real estate connection

Rich congratulations on the big move.  Now and then, it is imporant to shake things up a bit :)

Oct 02, 2011 09:40 AM #31
Jim Frimmer
HomeSmart Realty West - San Diego, CA
Realtor & CDPE, Mission Valley specialist

Congratulations on the move, Rich. I'm also looking at change, but I want to get my broker's license first.

Oct 03, 2011 12:09 PM #32
Donna Malone
Waterfront, Luxury, Family, Affordable, Cottage, Deals - Bridgewater, NS
Homes and Property for Sale Nova Scotia

Rich, Best wishes for much success in your chosen company. Sounds like you are very comfortable with your decision.

Oct 03, 2011 03:21 PM #33
Alan Kent
Keller Williams Realty Lake Oconee - Greensboro, GA
Lake Oconee Real Estate

Welcome to the Keller Williams team! I made the same change 2 years ago, after being with the same broker for 16 years. It's a different culture altogether. I wish you the best of luck with your new endeavor. I know you will enjoy the ride... 

Oct 04, 2011 03:41 AM #34
Ed Finlan
Keller Williams Western Realty - Burlington, WA
No Hassle or Hype just Help



I recently made the leap to KW as well. I wish I could have explained to folks as well as you did. I hope it is OK that I send the to this blog post to explain it better than I could. 


Oct 04, 2011 03:42 AM #35
Rudy Bachraty
Director, Communications & Partner Strategies, WellcomeMat - Fort Collins, CO

Congrats Rich!

A win/win for both sides. You're gonna like being Red ;)


Oct 04, 2011 05:24 AM #36
Pam Sosky

Rich you are such a great fit for our company. Your blog says it all. I am looking forward to working with you.



Oct 04, 2011 06:24 AM #37
Bruce Brockmeier
Internet Marketing Consultant to REALTORS® - Yorba Linda, CA
Coached By Crouch

Congrats Rich!

Wishing you all the best.

In this business, the only constant is change.  :)

Oct 05, 2011 01:20 PM #38
Maureen Bray Portland OR Home Stager ~ Room Solutions Staging
Room Solutions Staging, Portland OR - Portland, OR
"Staging that Sells Portland Homes"

Rich -- good to hear of your new connection with KW -- they sound like an outstanding company and they are so lucky to have you! I also love the fact that Gary Keller said "price brings interest.  Staging brings offers!"  Wishing you much success with your new endeavor!

Oct 05, 2011 06:47 PM #39
Sharon Alters
Coldwell Banker Vanguard Realty - 904-673-2308 - Fleming Island, FL
Realtor - Homes for Sale Fleming Island FL

Rich, congratulations on your association with Keller Williams. We made a switch to Coldwell Banker Vanguard last year and it was a very difficult decision, but definitely the right one for us. Our broker owner was an independent who had the opportunity to buy the franchise, so we have the best of both - the CB name with the heart of an independent entrepreneur.


Oct 13, 2011 04:22 PM #40
Beverly Femia
BlueCoast Realty Corporation - Hampstead, NC
Broker Realtor Stager - Greater Wilmington, NC Are

I love the quote and know it to be true.  We made just such a change last year this time.  We were not unhappy, just stale and needing change to rekindle creativity.  Moving isn't easy but it can be so worth it!  Congratulations on your move! 

Oct 16, 2011 05:43 AM #41
Bryant Tutas
Tutas Towne Realty, Inc and Garden Views Realty, LLC - Winter Garden, FL
Selling Florida one home at a time

Much success with your new move!!

Oct 22, 2013 06:54 PM #42
Susan Mangigian
RE/MAX Preferred, West Chester, PA, RS152252A - West Chester, PA
Chester & Delaware County Homes, Delaware and Ches

Sounds like a great fit for you.  Best of luck at your new place!  

Oct 22, 2013 07:47 PM #43
Richard Weisser
Richard Weisser Realty - Newnan, GA
Richard Weisser Retired Real Estate Professional

One day in private I would like to go over this in private with you fact by fact.

Sep 18, 2014 10:27 PM #44
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