It is with great excitement and great sadness that the Ellis Team announces it is leaving RE/MAX Realty Group after nearly 30 years. The Ellis Team moves to Keller Williams Fort Myers & The Islands.
Sande joined RE/MAX in 1987 and Brett joined in 1988. Sande was named the Broker Manager of the year and quickly recruited agents to make RE/MAX the #1 company in SW Florida. This was back when people asked, “What’s a RE/MAX”?
Shortly thereafter Sande gave up managing so the team could devote all its energy into selling real estate. The Ellis Team became the 1st real estate team in SW Florida and the #1 team in sales. Sande and Brett earned the prestigious RE/MAX Hall of Fame Award, the Lifetime Achievement Award and Sande the Circle of Legends Award.
At the time, RE/MAX was a pioneer and gave a 100% commission concept to top producing agents. RE/MAX became the #1 company in the world.
We were approached to join KW in its infancy. Keller Williams was that up and coming pioneer like RE/MAX was, we just refused to see it out of loyalty to RE/MAX.
We became Stars with Star Power, a group of top agents throughout the country who trained agents nationwide. Star Power offered the best training in the world. Many Stars left their companies and became pillars of Keller Williams because Keller Williams offers training and coaching. So much of what we taught at Star Power is being taught today at Keller Williams.
Today Keller Williams is the #1 training organization across all industries in the world and provides the perfect team environment with coaching, training, technology and profit sharing. Gary Keller is a visionary much like Dave Liniger at RE/MAX.
We love to hang around with visionaries. Keller Williams also shares profits back to the agents. KW has some technology that helps us market properties for our sellers that nobody else has as well. The is just another reason why the Ellis team moves to Keller Williams.
As my grandmother would say “Some Realtors change offices as often as they change underwear.” We receive offers from other companies weekly. We never took the offers seriously.
Ellis Team Moves to Keller Williams
All the stars lined up to finally make us consider the move.
It was a tough decision because we love RE/MAX. We love Michael Frye the owner, and Frank Szelest the manager. They are lifelong friends along with all the agents at RE/MAX. It’s a bittersweet day. And yet we’ve met so many wonderful people at KW who are so nice, it’s made the decision tolerable. They make you feel like family, and that’s important to us.
This isn’t farewell as we’ll still be here doing deals with both companies. We have nothing but good things to say about both companies. If I were an agent in this marketplace considering a move, I would definitely say put both companies on your interview list. Every agent needs something different and it pays to interview and learn, much like a seller interviewing agents.
If I were a buyer looking for an agent to work with, I’d look for one that has lots of transactions under their belt. Experience helps an agent understand pitfalls before they happen, and know what to look out for.
I’d want an expert negotiator, and an agent that knows which financing sources are the best to go to and get the job done. I’d want an agent that allows me to search the MLS on my own so I can see hot deals as they enter market too. Our SW Florida MLS Search Website allows you to do that.
And most of all, I’d want an agent that is full-time and available, and one that will listen to my needs and find me what I want. If you’re looking for all that, you should talk to one of the Ellis Team’s expert agents 239-489-4042 We’re easy to talk to and we love to help people.
Our team is growing. We look forward to giving you the same great service as ever, with a few new tools to serve you.
Good luck and Happy House Hunting!!!
We also have a Keller Williams Fort Myers Live MLS Search Site