The Winhold Team - New to blogging...

Real Estate Broker/Owner with Remax Competitive Edge 8036389

As the senior member of our team, I've weathered all the cycles during my real estate career.  I opened my office (Winhold Realty) when the interest rate was over 18%.  I was confident in the belief that if we got our feet wet and established our presence, we would be well known and respected in our local market, which is and was Metuchen, NJ.   Thankfully, the interest rate a year or 2 later started going down and when it hit 10%, buyers thought it was a gift from above.  We couldn't list houses fast enough and had multiple offers on every property.  Sound familiar?  That was in the 80s and I know some of you have seen it happen again many years later.

As the broker/owner, I trained my agents to keep up with real estate trends, not just locally and practice what they have learned daily.  Agents know what they need to do to be successful.  Any shortcuts some try to take usually means a short and unsuccessful  real estate career.  Knowledge is important but honesty is #1.  If you always tell the truth, even if it's painful to our clients, you will never have to remember what you said.  

Now, after selling my company I am no longer a broker/owner and I am practicing what I preached all those years ago and have added a bright, new agent to my Team.  I am confident that with Sean Callinan we will be able to reach the younger, first time buyers and help them in their purchases and sales for years to come.


Comments (18)

Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy

Welcome to Active Rain.  If you have any questions, I will be happy to answer and thank you for the follow.  Alexandra

Jan 17, 2020 03:25 PM
Tammy Lankford,
Lane Realty Eatonton, GA Lake Sinclair, Milledgeville, 706-485-9668 - Eatonton, GA
Broker GA Lake Sinclair/Eatonton/Milledgeville

Welcome, what made you decide not to be a broker/owner anymore but still want to be active?

Jan 17, 2020 03:50 PM
Michele Cadogan 917-861-9166
Fillmore Real Estate 2990 Av U, Bklyn , NY 11229 - Brooklyn, NY
Licensed Real Estate Associate Broker -

Welcome to Active Rain     looking forward to reading your future posts regarding the market that you serve .

Jan 17, 2020 05:41 PM
John Pusa
Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Crest - Glendale, CA
Your All Time Realtor With Exceptional Service

Welcome to the ActiveRain community. Congratulations on your first post.

Jan 17, 2020 08:05 PM
Dorothy Winhold
Remax Competitive Edge - Metuchen, NJ
Winhold Team servicing all of Central NJ

Hi Tammy.  My history of ownership starts with my solo office, Winhold Realty and grew from there.  In the late 80's I was approached by Prudential RE to be their first affiliate in Central NJ.  Thankfully I agreed and when the 90s broke the bubble, I was glad that being with Prudential offered a world outside of Metuchen, NJ.  They also afford mentoring and consulting which helped my office grow immensely.  When my franchise agreement was up, 4 other Prudential affiliates in my area joined forces and I became their first acquisition.  Part of my buyout was that I stayed on as the Manager.  After several years, I hired and trained an agent who then became a person I felt could take over the reins of our office and was more adept at the more corporate atmosphere that has to happen in large (19 office) real estate companies.  I was also tied to the company that bought my business were also my Tenants in my office building.

Fast forward to 2019 and my Tenants decided that the future of real estate offices was to downsize and do away with private offices for agents, and to go with an open concept and no private offices, accept for the manager.  Being as active as I am in the town, past President of the Chamber of Commerce and founding Trustee for our Main Street Association, I need more privacy.  The entire atmosphere of the new office left me cold and for the first time, I contemplated leaving the office that I started.  For me, that meant going to the only other agency that fit my needs and also had a wonderful reputation around town.  I had started training and mentoring Sean during the year in the hope that I can introduce him to the myriad of past customers and have them feel comfortable with also working with Sean.

Did I answer your question?  I did go on and on.  Sorry

Jan 18, 2020 02:58 PM
Matthew Klinowski, PA
Downing-Frye - Naples, FL
Golf Community Real Estate Specialist

Dorothy, congrats on your first post and welcome to ActiveRain. Have a fantastic weekend.

Jan 18, 2020 06:14 PM
Graziella Bruner
NCS Premier Real Estate - Detroit, MI
Associate Broker - Serving Wayne & Oakland County

Welcome to Active Rain and congrats on your first blog. Looking forward to seeing more blogs from you.

Jan 18, 2020 06:59 PM
James Dray
Fathom Realty - Bentonville, AR
Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results

Welcome to the Rain.  I'm sure you'll fit right in.  

Jan 19, 2020 01:57 AM
Mel Ahrens, MBA, Kelly Right Real Estate
Kelly Right Real Estate - Hood River, OR
Customized Choices for your Real Estate Needs

Welcome to Active Rain, a great place to learn, share, and network.  Nice intro.

Jan 20, 2020 01:36 AM
Dorothy Winhold

Hi Mel.  Years ago I flew to Portland and we rented a Winnegabo and toured Eastern Oregon.  My partner spent alot of years in Dufor and as a Viet Nam vet was offered the job as Sheriff.  As he tells it, his job was to keep the peace and collect the garbage once a week.  Mt. Hood was gorgeous background.  Good memories.  Have a great real estate year.

Jan 21, 2020 01:16 PM
AJ Heidmann ~ CRS
McEnearney Associates, Inc. - Alexandria, VA
YOUR Alexandria & Arlington, VA Real Estate Expert

Dorothy ~ Welcome into the 'Rain and congratulations on your first blog post here.

Jan 20, 2020 09:39 AM
Gwen Fowler-864-638-3599 SC Mountains Lakes Homes
Gwen Fowler Real Estate, Inc - Salem, SC
Gwen Fowler Real Estate, Inc.

Welcome to Active Rain, and congratulations on your first blog post. I hope that AR is a good venue for you in your new ventures.

Jan 21, 2020 10:01 AM
Dorothy Winhold
Remax Competitive Edge - Metuchen, NJ
Winhold Team servicing all of Central NJ

Happy 2020.  Things are looking good for homebuyers this year. Last January, a 30 year fixed mortgage was above 4.6%. This year, it's well below 4% right now and is expected to last the year by many in the industry, including Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac, the Mortgage Bankers Association, and the National Association of Realtors.

Jan 21, 2020 01:18 PM
George Souto
George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages - Middletown, CT
Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert

Dorothy Winhold welcome to ActiveRain, and congratulations on successfully posting your first blog.

Jan 21, 2020 02:06 PM
Bob Crane
Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, Keller Williams Fox Cities - Stevens Point, WI
Forestland Experts! 715-204-9671

Welcome to Active Rain, looking forward to reading many more of your posts, let me know if there is anything that I can do to help as you get started here.
All the best of success to you.

Feb 24, 2020 10:14 PM
Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

Hello and Welcome to the Rain where we all learn from each other and help each other.  Sorry I am so late to welcome  you!


May 08, 2020 11:46 AM
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

I was looking for your current posts. I hope all is going well for you.

You should use your blog settings to create an automatic signature for your blog. Readers want to see your contact information.

May 09, 2020 08:09 AM
Richard Weeks
Dallas, TX
REALTOR®, Broker

Not all blogs need to be real estate related.  In North Texas real estate is not slow LOL.

May 18, 2020 03:09 AM
Michael J. Perry
KW Elite - Lancaster, PA
Lancaster, PA Relo Specialist

I actually did the same thing ( sold my company and started a Team 15 years ago). We have a Beach House in OC,NJ and my wife is from Somerville.

Oct 15, 2020 02:28 AM

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