Jun. 22, 2019
Watching his mother struggle and work 2 or more jobs most of his life Jerel Washington pursued excellence in sports (Track & Field & Football), the Military (U.S. Navy). This prepared him for the work ahead and a skyrocketing career in Silicon Valley as an IT Manager, Project Manager, Sales Trainer, Systems Engineer, Director of Professional Services and finally Vice President of Sales & Marketing for an advertising startup out of Orange County California before finding real estate as an investor.
Once he received his first check from a rental investment in 1999 his hunger and desire for more leverage grew. The destabilized Tech Market of 2004 in northern California finally landed home for Mr. Washington and his family. The experience of a high burn rate and a sprinkling of income quickly turned his families financial situation upside down. Facing foreclosure, divorce, predatory lending, no employment prospects, and “Family & Friends” who seemed to disappear into their own lives, reality set in.
Lots of prayers followed and a plan was formed. After a lot of hard work and hard choices he learned about a Forbearance, took a job paying less than half of what he was previously earning, a 2nd job as the partial owner of WEC-HR & TECH (Washington Executive Consultants) a consultant firm specializing in HR issues, Management Organization, Labor Law & Union Avoidance on one end and Tech Consulting on the other.
The family decided to remove the children from private Montessori Schools with extended day and tutoring extensions to local Public Schools, from 2-3 extra-curricular activities per child to none. No more cleaners, no more cable, sell a car, adjust insurance premiums, coverage and more. Moving to New Jersey was necessary when his ex-wife finally found a job but it required a “temporary” relocation. This is when Mr. Washington decided to change careers and focus exclusively on Real Estate both to improve his own wealth by using it to shore up passive income through rental investments and to assist homeowners facing similar financial hardships that he experienced.
Jerel Washington could hardly wait to join the business. In 2005, he did and became Rookie of the Year for his Prudential NJ Real Estate Office in Princeton Selling approximately $3.5MM in sales Volume in 6 months. He found his previous experiences in real estate, high-energy, outgoing personality and corporate training & background were perfect for real estate with one weakness – Keeping organized and efficient!
Since joining Keller Williams Realty Princeton New Jersey in 2006, Mr. Washington has maintained high achievements and rankings in the MLS. This achievement has been made possible – in part – because of his hard work and use of the technology and his pursuit of excellence to keep him organized right off the bat. In 2014 he formed the Fine Homes & Estates Team and moved to Keller Williams Realty – West Monmouth NJ (the #1 Office in the state). This was the best move and location for me. The culture of the office and the degree of growth I see here is unprecedented.
This office encourages participation and training daily with top industry professionals and tools. Teaching with and learning from the top agents in the country. Mr. Washington travels to conferences to network and train with the industries best and elite. Iron Sharpens Iron goes the phrase and this enables him to grow and service his clients at the highest levels.
Why Jerel & The Fine Homes & Estates Team?
“It feels like a huge weight has been lifted,” Washington says. “At Keller Williams, I have access to more resources and feel my peers are my partners. When I arrived, the comment I kept hearing was ‘My only regret is that I didn’t do it sooner.’ One of the truest statements I’ve ever heard, at least for myself. I’m also inspired by the company’s vision of its priorities which are “God, Family, Business” – a model that aligns with my personal values.”
“For there to be a formal structure is powerful. I love being pushed. My clients get the best benefits I can give them by achieving the goals I set yearly.”
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