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Change can bring stress, happiness and fulfillment – it’s all in how you view it

December 5th, 2008 · 5 Comments · keller williams realty lakeside market center, macomb county MI

Kris Wales a Macomb County MI real estate agentOn Monday of this week I attended a mandatory-vital-got to be there meeting at my office, RE/MAX Advantage  1, Inc. in Chesterfield Township.   During the meeting it was revealed that the owners of the company (Tom Figlan, Rich Kolb and Roberta Rasmussen) had decided to go in a new direction with their company and drop the RE/MAX Franchise.

They are becoming independent and as of today (or tomorrow?) will be called Advantage Realty, Inc. I wish each of the owners well, and hope that the change they have made bring them nothing but happiness and success.

The owners of the company are bold and driven, and I know much thought over many months must have gone into their decision.  I applaud them for their vision and feet to the ground action. In many ways I wish that I could be more risky in my approach to life situations, but I am conservative at heart I’ve discovered.  Nothing wrong with that – I am what I am and not ashamed of it.

After the meeting I realized I had my own decision to make, one that would affect my career and livelihood for years to come.

After much thought and soul searching I decided that the best course for me personally and professionally was to move my business to a franchise and group of people that are also driven and bold. This group of people are community orientated and well respected for their service to real estate consumers in Macomb County MI.

Today I am officially part of the Keller Williams family, with the Lakeside Market Center in Macomb County.

I am joining dear friends (Brian Thomas, Jim Kaschalk, John Morgan, Dale Black, Mary Lou Laporte, Dave Klaft) and a terrific real estate organization. I am blessed to have been accepted into the Keller Williams organization and know that I will be happy with this wonderful group of people.

The coming months are bringing change, to not only our economy and real estate industry but to me personally.  I am looking forward to the change and embrace it.   I’m sure I’ll be chatting with you in the days to come about the transition for me, the fun at the office, and share many pictures with you.  Please indulge me as I make this career change, I’ll not forget what is important to you: Real estate news and how it affects all of us in our local area.


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  • 1 John Rayborne // Dec 5, 2008 at 7:53 am

    Hey Kriss just got your email annoucnment. Sorry to hear you had to do all that this month but you know Sue and I will follow wherever you go. See you before Xmas? Stop by!

  • 2 Jim Kaschalk // Dec 5, 2008 at 6:12 pm

    Congratulations Kris on your move!!! As for someone who made the same move just 13 months ago, I know it is not an easy or simple decision to make. I openly welcome you to the Keller Williams Family. I know it’s a perfect fit.

  • 3 Kris Wales // Dec 6, 2008 at 7:45 am

    Hi John, thanks so much for your kind words. I hope to see both you and Sue soon. I’ll call in a day or two :-)

    Hi there Jim, Good to see you! Thanks so much for stopping by with your words of welcome and encouragement.

  • 4 Missy Caulk // Dec 7, 2008 at 8:08 pm

    Kris, I went through this one year ago, transitioning from RE/MAX to Keller Williams. Change is difficult, but like you I didn’t really have a choice in the matter, I knew the advantage of being with a large international franchise.

    I have grown to love the vision and agent centric nature of KW. You are fortunate you have friends already there.

    Best of success in 2009 !

  • 5 Kris Wales // Dec 8, 2008 at 5:44 am

    Missy, thanks for popping in and welcoming to the KW family. It means alot to me. I know you went through the same thing last year and watching you over the months continue to be successful but be happy has been an inspiration to me.

    I’m sure we’ll be seeing each other soon :-)

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