Billy Ekofo Bids Farewell to C21 Redwood

By Billy Ekofo on Sep 19, 2018 1:21:32 PM

Earlier this year my life took a turn that I didn’t expect. My wife and I, along with other family members here in the US had to evacuate my parents from the Democratic Republic of The Congo due to safety reasons. The experience caused many other changes in both our personal and professional lives. I left my job at Inman News and returned to CENTURY 21 Redwood Realty because I felt as if the rug of my life was pulled right out from underneath me, and I needed to regain my balance. I am thankful that Redwood has been that constant in my life.

I have spent almost four years at Redwood - as an agent and staff member - working and pouring out my very best into everything. I have witnessed the tremendous growth of the company and the fact that it remained laser-focused on its mission to serve its agents and provide them with everything they would need to build a viable real estate business. I stood and celebrated our agents' successes. I have mourned with agents. I have been the beneficiary of more blessings through Redwood than I could count. And when my world felt like it was crashing down, CENTURY 21 Redwood Realty was there, once again, to see me through. This company gave me a shot at a better life for myself and my family. My gratitude, love, and respect for this brokerage will always endure.

It will come as a surprise to many, but I have decided to step down from my position at Redwood, for the simple reason that it is time for me to pursue a new growth opportunity for myself. Sometimes taking the time to pause, and assess your life and journey will lead you to ask some tough questions, and make some hard discoveries about yourself.

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Where in the World is the C21 Redwood Brand?

By Tara L. Christianson on Aug 17, 2018 9:06:02 AM

It’s not just the new CENTURY 21 brand that we love seeing everywhere – it’s also seeing CENTURY 21 Redwood Realty being represented in some (sometimes) very unexpected places! With new red hats to complement our awesome C21 Redwood shirts, you may get travel inspiration (or envy!) based on where we’ve been spotted.

Take a look…

It started with Redwood Rocking the Red at the Washington Nationals game as part of our annual gathering at the ballpark: 

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Inman Connect Takeaways from Technology & Training Director Tara Christianson

By Tara L. Christianson on Aug 10, 2018 10:07:38 AM

As one of our two Inman Ambassadors (along with Billy Ekofo) for the recent Inman Connect conference in San Francisco, Tara Christianson had a front-row seat for all the speakers and training that Inman had to offer.

Here, Tara shares what she took away from this year's Inman Connect San Francisco as a whole. She talks about how speakers focused on how we all take care of someone in the real estate industry - from the real estate community as a whole down to the fiduciary care agents have for their clients. She explains why storytelling is still an essential aspect of your business, and shares some of her thoughts about things to think about based on conversations had at Inman Connect. Watch after the jump:

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Rolling in the Referrals with C21 Redwood

By Tara L. Christianson on Jun 15, 2018 9:36:00 AM

One of the primary ways a real estate agent can grow and maintain business over the years is through referrals. Some studies even claim that 75% of the average real estate agent’s business comes from referrals and word of mouth! Being a part of a network that provides and takes care of referrals can give a massive boost to an agent’s business.

Referrals can go both ways, however. While receiving referrals is extremely important for the longevity of your business, the quality of referral you give to your clients moving out of the area is also essential for your overall reputation.

At CENTURY 21 Redwood Realty, we have systems for our agents for both kinds of referral situations to ensure their real estate clients always receive the quality service they expect and deserve.

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The Realtor You Don't Get to See

By Billy Ekofo on May 30, 2018 4:09:37 PM

Your Realtor® is not who you think he or she is.  

Somehow you, and the rest of the world, have been led to believe that being a Realtor® is just about selling homes. You’ve been led to think that every Realtor® out there pockets an insane amount of commission money and that luxury living is part of our everyday life. Now, there's a reason for this. As an industry, we’ve gotten really good at letting the world know just how much we enjoy our profession. We love to remind people through different means that we #loveourjob. We open the dream of homeownership to everyone and even spend time advocating for it on the Hill in DC.

Our brands have either a house or a key on it, which serves as a reminder that we are constantly on the prowl for a house to sell - ok, maybe not always - but every house that we sell means a family gets to experience something that other places around the world cannot: owning a property. Our story is a story of success; the very essence of the American Dream. where everyone is in charge of his or her destiny.

It’s a happy, joyous, fruitful life aided by the seemingly successful real estate agent. It’s picture-perfect... Or is it?

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Billy Ekofo and Tara Christianson Named Inman Ambassadors

By Tara L. Christianson on Apr 2, 2018 10:21:41 AM

One of the real estate conferences we look forward to (aside from CENTURY 21’s One21 and our own Redwood Rally, of course) is the Inman Connect Conference, held twice yearly, one in New York City and one in San Francisco.

CENTURY 21 Redwood Realty has a history of strong and active participation in these Inman conferences, with C21 Redwood owners, staff and agents involved in everything from moderating marketing tracks and speaking on panels to ruling the main stage. One way that C21 Redwood has really made a difference in these conferences, however, is by having its members be a part of the Inman Ambassador group, and this upcoming Inman Connect San Francisco is no exception.

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The Grand Opening of the Reston Real Estate Office of the Future

By Tara L. Christianson on Mar 23, 2018 9:48:35 AM

How do you kick off the grand opening of the real estate office of the future, aka CENTURY 21 Redwood Realty Reston? With a good old-fashioned ribbon-cutting ceremony, of course! 

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Rewriting My Redwood Story

By Billy Ekofo on Feb 16, 2018 2:52:39 PM

My Home, My Life, My Family

 Late last year I made the decision to leave my real estate home at CENTURY 21 Redwood Realty to go work for Inman News. The move allowed me to experience another side of our industry; one that offers people the opportunity to speak their truths in front of an audience and revel in the fact that they are able to influence and change someone’s course of action through a simple, yet powerful presentation.

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Redwood Takes On Inman Connect NYC

By Tara L. Christianson on Feb 9, 2018 8:46:10 AM

It’s an event several of us at CENTURY 21 Redwood Realty look forward to every year – Inman Connect in New York City. A short train ride up from Washington, D.C., ICNY (as it’s affectionately known) always provides an opportunity for sharing knowledge and learning about what’s new and what’s working in and around the intersection of the technology and real estate spaces.

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Two C21 Redwood Stars Spread Their Wings

By Tara L. Christianson on Oct 6, 2017 8:32:29 AM

The quality of a company can be measured by many things, but the biggest factor is its people. That’s why we’re so proud to have created a company that people love to work for and be a part of. Our people - agents, employees and owners alike - aren’t just locally recognized and respected for their many accomplishments...they’re sought out by others in the national and international communities to be mentors, trainers and leaders.

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