2017 Was a Great Year for Worth Clark Realty. Here Are the Highlights.
If it feels like 2017 flew by, it feels that way for us, too. Fortunately, time flying by usually means good things are happening. And for the team here at Worth Clark Realty, 2017 has been a great year.
Here are the highlights.
1. For the second year in a row, Worth Clark Realty was named one of the best places in St. Louis to work.
The success of our brokerage begins with our people and our culture. The growth and the accolades we’ve experienced over the last few years are the result of a dedicated, passionate team that believes in our values. A team like that doesn’t just drive growth. It also creates an environment where people want to come to the office and work hard on behalf of themselves, their colleagues, and their customers.
That’s why being named one of the best places to work by the St. Louis Business Journal for the second year in a row is so important to us. Our team and our culture are the foundation of everything we do.
And we couldn’t be prouder of the fantastic group of people who work hard every day to serve each other, and our customers.
2. Our brokerage has continued to grow…and get recognized for that growth.
In 2017, Worth Clark Realty continued to expand into new markets, made the Inc. 500 for the second year in a row, and was named the third-fastest-growing privately held company in the St. Louis area. We’ve added new employees, new agents, and opened new offices.
Growth like that doesn’t happen by accident. Buyers, sellers, and landlords have several options. Worth Clark Realty is far from the only brokerage customers can choose to work with. The reason so many customers are choosing us, though, is because of our relentless focus on customer service. We pride ourselves on being customer-centric, rather than agent-centric. That’s hard to hear for some agents, but in the long run, being customer-centric means better word-of-mouth marketing and a higher business volume for agents.
Our brokerage has grown rapidly over the last few years. We plan on continuing that trajectory, and we will continue to open offices in new markets. However, that growth depends on our commitment to being a customer-centric brokerage.
Good thing it’s the only way we know how to do business.
3. First-time buyers are entering the market in droves.
While the housing market has seen strong demand for the last couple of years, 2017 saw the entry of millions of first-time millennial homebuyers. That’s great news.
Home ownership has been the foundation of middle-class prosperity for decades. While it’s true that some millennials may choose to rent, the driving force behind this generation’s relatively low rate of homeownership may not have been choice—it may have been an undersupply of housing combined with a tough job market. Thankfully, new homes are being built, unemployment is historically low, and wages are finally rising.
We don’t consider the entry of first-time millennial buyers into the market a good thing simply because we are a real estate brokerage. A strong economy requires a healthy housing market. Young people and young families should be able to choose between renting and ownership based on what works best for their lifestyle, not because one option is simply unavailable, or unaffordable.
Of course, the influx of new buyers means brokerages like ours need to be ready to deliver. First-time buyers have grown up in an era where transparency, access, and information are an expectation. Agents and brokerages need to meet those expectations if we want to keep the momentum of 2017 going into 2018 (and beyond).
These last 12 months have been great for our industry and great for our company.
We can’t take credit for the market or the influx of new buyers, but the success of our company is due to two groups of people: our team and our customers.
We’re proud that both of those groups have chosen to be part of the Worth Clark family, and we look forward to a great 2018!
President & CEO
Worth Clark Realty