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Keller Williams Realty Opens in Ship Bottom

Taking Part in Nationwide ‘RED Day’ Volunteerism
By MARIA SCANDALE | May 10, 2017
Photo by: Jack Reynolds

The phrase “location, location, location” describes the real estate office, not just the properties, as Keller Williams Realty Preferred Properties has opened a central branch at 241 West Ninth Street, on the incoming Causeway road in Ship Bottom.

The office serves Long Beach Island and the mainland shore area extending from Eagleswood Township northward to Island Heights, including Seaside Heights and Seaside Park.

Its Ship Bottom location represents the expansion of the company, which is the largest, fastest-growing real estate franchise in North America. Austin, Texas-based Keller Williams is the largest real estate franchise by agent count in the world with more than 800 offices and 157,000 associates across the Americas, Europe, Africa and Asia. New Jerseyans are already familiar with the closest offices, in Medford and Toms River, among the 16 other locations statewide.

Keller Williams agents will be especially visible May 11 on the company-wide day of service known as “RED Day” (Renew, Energize and Donate) of the broader “KW Cares” charity. On RED Day, Keller Williams closes its offices to serve worthy organizations and causes in its communities.

Locally, agents will be beautifying the indoors of St. Thomas of Aquinas Church in Beach Haven and St. Thomas of Villanova Church in Surf City (specifically, hand-polishing the wooden pews with Murphy’s Oil Soap), and readying the community garden at Manahawkin Lake Park for the season.

In 2017, Training magazine named Keller Williams the No. 1 training organization across all industries worldwide.

The Medford office was where Realtor Associate Sharon McKenna started before moving to the new Ship Bottom office, much closer to her Manahawkin home, where she is a Stafford Township councilwoman. She is also team leader for KW Cares for the Ship Bottom office.

The “great opportunity” with the Keller Williams business model attracted her to the company, she said. The company cultivates “an agent-centric, education-based, technology-driven culture that rewards agents as stakeholders,” describes the website,

Said McKenna, “What attracted me is the company’s mission: ‘to build careers worth having, businesses worth owning, lives worth living, experiences worth giving, and legacies worth leaving.’ ...  With this entrepreneurial model, they want you to be so successful that you yourself will be hiring people to work for you.”

The training, the community-mindedness, translate to the ability to satisfy customers – the buyers and sellers, said the staff in the Ship Bottom office.

“To me, it’s by knowing the community so well,” McKenna elaborated. “I bring them around the neighborhood so they can see ‘that’s where the playground is, there’s another park,’ so that they can understand what they’re buying into, what is going to be offered in their community.

“Keller Williams Preferred Properties is newer to the area, but the people who work in this office have all lived here for a long time,” added McKenna, a resident of  Southern Ocean County since 1984.

Nedene Maddox, rental supervisor/Realtor associate, is extremely active in her Tuckerton community, although she handles clients regionwide. She is vice-chairwoman of the Tuckerton Economic Development Committee, chairwoman of the borough’s Waterways Committee and a member of the Environmental Commission. Like McKenna, she is a member of the Southern Ocean County Chamber of Commerce.

Said McKenna, “We have a wealth of knowledge as people who live in the community, work in the community, and we’re on boards in the community, so we do have insights to how easy we can get you from seeing the home to into the home because we know what the process is. Every town is different.”

Asked about trends in the area real estate market regarding inventory and pricing, McKenna answered, “Inventory is low, so I tell people, ‘If you want to sell your house, do it now. There are multiple offers on almost every home that is for sale now. And if it’s priced right, it’s absolutely going to sell. And that’s part of our job, to make sure it’s priced right.”

For more information, the office can be reached at 609-324-7600. 

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