This is more of a story of my personal journey as the founder rather than a boring and generic "About Us" section.
I started in the mortgage business in 2000 by accident. I had my eyes set on working on Wall St, but the Dot.com mess in late 1999 really put a damper on that. Everyone in the finance industry was laying off and stock brokers were running away from the wreckage by the thousands. That left me in a hard spot.
I had just graduated from St. Bonaventure University with a very expensive degree and literally nothing to do with it. I had asked around to see if I could find someone hiring and I got turned onto a guy that was selling mortgages. It turned out that the troubles on Wall St. meant that the interest rates were going lower and people were doing something called a "refinance". Hey, it's worth a look, right?
To make a very long story short I got hired with a mortgage firm and was put to work. I enjoyed the business however I didn't enjoy being on the phone 8-10 hours a day!
My boss was intense. Very intense. Think old school New York with that kill or be killed attitude. Needless to say I was looking for other work fairly quickly. I soon got a job offer from Conseco Finance in Golden Colorado on a Friday afternoon around 4:30pm. By 5pm I had quit and I was at relocated and working that next Tuesday!
I learned a lot about the mortgage business and by January 2002 I opened my own mortgage company called Olympus Financial Network. I had a great time and was able to really develop and fine tune my management skills and build a business with over $150,000,000 in volume.
One thing I noticed when working with Real Estate agents is that many agents left a lot to be desired in terms of customer satisfaction and general market knowledge. Most agents were part time with closing just a deal or two a year. I saw an opportunity here and got my license.
Let's fast forward to 2014 - I have now been doing real estate for over 10 years and it's time to go out on my own. Kenneth James Realty was formed in 2014 with the idea that we can do it better. I wanted a smaller firm with agents that are all very well educated and really at the top of their game when it comes to market knowledge, follow through, and putting the customer first.
I've seen so many agents fail in so many places with little or no direction that I've put together systems to ensure that we are always 5 years ahead of the industry. I'm passionate about real estate, and so are my agents. We are an elite group driven by the thought that we always need to find the next level in terms of education, better systems, better service. We never reach our goals, because as soon as we do the goal line moves up. We consistently push hard and harder.
What does that mean for the consumer? Everything! We can't rest or be satisfied until you are 110% happy. We are perfectionists in everything we do and it shows. I can't wait to show you how we operate, we take great pride in what we do.
Designated Broker (and founder)
Kenneth James Realty, Inc.