Front: Debbie Larkin, Stephanie Hamilton, Tara Chisholm Back: me, Stuart Hamilton, Lisa Mitchell, Peggy Scharff
This week I visited with the highly motivated team at Keller Williams Realty Angel Fire. Their offices surround the newly remodeled Angel Fire Resort Discovery Center, located on the corner of Mountain View Boulevard and North Angel Fire Road. The building itself has been transformed into a pleasant atmosphere conducive to efficient real estate endeavors.
Keller Williams believes in a total team aspect or culture, nurturing and promoting the individual strengths in each of their agents. Before becoming affiliated with Keller Williams, Stuart Hamilton, Stephanie Hamilton, and Tara Chisolm had already been utilizing the team approach as “Power of TeamWork,” so for them, as well as agent Peggy Scharff, the Keller Williams program was the perfect fit. Once on board with Keller Williams, they hired a coaching staff to look at their strengths and weaknesses. They have found it helps to create systems in the working environment that bring out the best in all employees. The win-win is that each of them is now a trained specialist in the areas in which they naturally excel. Even the administrative team, Debbie Larkin and Lisa Mitchell, are trained in their areas of expertise. Stuart is the Selling/Listing Specialist, for the Power of TeamWork trio. He handles the graphic design, advertising, and staging of their listings. Debbie is the Selling/Listing administrative specialist and works closely with him. Stephanie and Tara are Buying Specialists for the Power of TeamWork trio. Lisa is the Buying administration specialist who works very closely with them. Peggy works as an independent agent, but still shares in the business model and systems, having access to both administrative specialists and the other team members. Everyone in the office works where they are most productive. They all talked highly about the Keller Williams system of trainers/coaches being other agents who have been successful in their fields. And they contribute to this system, also; Stephanie is on the leadership council at KW Santa Fe. Together the agents of Keller Williams collectively teach, mentor, create systems, and donate back to the communities in which they live. There is a sense of excitement in their Angel Fire office!
One of the things I really liked in their office was the wall of listings. They put together a full booklet on each of their listings. Their clients can see all of the information about the listing in these booklets. Their conference room is equipped with a large flat-screened wi-fi system capable of providing clients with virtual tours. Without having to leave the office, potential home buyers can tour homes, choose the ones they want to visit, or even fill out a contract right there on the screen! It is truly high-tech efficiency.
Stuart and Stephanie met in Kansas. She was the Executive Director of a Chamber of Commerce. She was putting together a Golf Tournament. Stuart volunteered to be on the committee. She says it was a “good swing,” and the so story continues! Collectively they have three children, three grandchildren, and three granddogs. They moved permanently to Angel Fire in 2007. Stuart, an artist and degreed architect, became licensed to sell real estate that year. Stephanie has been a licensed realtor since 1984. She brings 29 years of experience to the team. Stephanie’s daughter Tara was raised in Angel Fire before they moved to Kansas. Tara also decided to join the family business, and also received her license in 2007. They formed Power of Teamwork in 2010. (As a happy side note, I want to add that Tara is to be married in September!)
Peggy moved to Angel Fire four years ago from Texas where she managed commercial real estate. She’s happily married with three sons, six grandsons, and a granddaughter. She and Stephanie met when Peggy jumped into Stephanie’s car to go on an MLS tour. (Ask her about the headstone incident if you want to get a good belly laugh!) Rounding out the team, Debbie has been in the Moreno Valley for more than forty years, and Lisa the new kid on the team who moved here last year when she and husband Jay retired from 27 years in the military. Both of these ladies made it a point to tell me that they loved the work ethic in this office; they feel the agents set a high bar of excellence. And everyone at the Keller Williams office invites you to participate in RED DAY on May 9, 2013. It’s a day that the national office of Keller Williams sets to close their offices and perform community service. The Angel Fire team will be helping clean the Angel Fire Garden Club’s signature gardens.
If you are in the market to sell or buy in the Moreno Valley or if you are looking for information about the area, stop by the and get to know Stuart, Stephanie, Tara, Peggy, Debbie, and Lisa at Keller Williams Angel Fire, call them at 575-377-2321 or visit their website www.kw.com. Also be sure to attend their Chamber Business after Hours on June 6, 2013 and stop by for the picnic on July 4, 2013.