About two years ago, Steve Reibel was out viewing a Zeuner Realty listing and casually mentioned that he was the vice-president of mergers and acquisitions with The Keyes Company. At that time, we had no thoughts of merging or selling Zeuner Realty, but nevertheless, the seed was planted. During the following week, we discussed the idea and thought "why not" and placed a call to him. Within a few weeks of discussions, Keyes made us an offer.
As part of our due diligence, we contacted three other large brokerage firms in town; however, none portrayed the honesty and caring attitude that Steve did. Remember, we wanted to protect all of our agents as part of the merger. In keeping with our business philosophy, we wanted to join a company that treats agents like family. Based on all of our conversations, we knew that the Keyes organization would provide us with the substantial support we desired. Keyes seemed to treat their agents like we did and were eager to contribute to their success.
We quickly learned of the wealth of knowledge that Keyes offered to their agents and knew that if we were going to proceed with a merger that they were the ones for us. Ultimately, we decided not to merge at that time and continued to operate as Zeuner Realty.
A little more than a year later, we started considering the ongoing changes to the real estate industry. Our concerns included how technology and the access to modern technology on a large scale was going to influence the future of sales and listing processes and the many unknowns during the early stages of the COVID pandemic was going to affect how business is going to be done As a result, we re-considered if it was time to merge and knew the only person to call was Steve Reibel at Keyes.
After a few months of virtual negotiations, we came to an agreement and on June 1, 2020, opened our doors as Keyes Realty. Joan Richardson (Sales Manager) enabled the transition to go very smoothly and hassle-free. Keyes only wanted our realtors to be happy. The training and orientation to Keyes’ extensive resources and technology was a benefit to all of agents and has proven to be very successful. There is an attitude of caring and professionalism at every level of management and throughout Keyes' Affiliated Services.
Bottom line is that The Keyes Company lived up to everything they promised to do and then some . We have no regrets of our decision to be part of this company.
Thank you Steve and Joanie!!