Today we’d like to introduce you to Jerry Koller.
Jerry, can you briefly walk us through your story – how you started and how you got to where you are today.
I have been in real estate since I was 18 years old. I started as an investor and bought 4 family apartments in the Midwest with little or no money down. I made a good deal of money flipping these buildings as FLIPPING wasn’t a thing back then. I then moved to California and became a licensed realtor here in 1989. I spent many years in lending and in 1999 I started working in consumer direct lending. I worked for Loansdirect, which was sold to Etrade, then Home loan center which was sold to Lendingtree. As VP of sales, I managed 320 sales people in an inside call center. After the crash of 2008, I took a couple years off then returned to Real Estate as a Realtor. I enjoy helping people and worked with selected clients for several years. In 2014, I decided to become a broker then I started my real estate company. International Home Realty was started on 8/14/15. We started as just myself and one bilingual agent. As we started working with foreign buyers, we found that the customer service they required was much higher than what a local buyer needed. I have always believed that the only thing that differentiates most businesses is the level of customer service a business provides. I believe a client deserves not only a fiduciary but a true partner in their transaction.
International home realty has a Mission statement, “International Home Realty and staff, provide the finest real estate services in the world, one client at a time.” We found that our international buyers needed help with opening bank accounts, getting their children in schools, buying furniture, hiring contractors and so much more. We help our clients with many none real estate related things. Our reputation is built on taking care of our clients. We also travel extensively to build relationships with agents and companies worldwide. We have been to China, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Germany, Finland, United Kingdom, France, Norway, Sweden, Estonia, Austria, Hungary and other countries. We meet with the local real estate companies that often times have buyers who may need our help. We even visited Russia at one point to really understand the people.
There is a lot of opportunities when you see the world as ONE place. We are all the same worldwide. We all want a safe and healthy place to live and raise our families. The US is a great place. We are currently helping people who speak English, Spanish, Mandarin, Cantonese, Japanese, Farsi, Korean, Tagalog and Vietnamese. We love to meet people from around the world.
Has it been a smooth road?
We are very lucky and with our niche marketing we have had a very smooth path. The only challenges we have are technology is a little challenging when you have to work in many different languages.
So let’s switch gears a bit and go into the International Home Realty story. Tell us more about the business.
We are most proud of our immediate success and the amount of referrals we get each day. We have done almost no local marketing. We get a great response when we go to other countries and meet with real estate professionals there. They are really excited to meet with us and we meet many of our future clients when we visit.
How do you think the industry will change over the next decade?
I believe California and Los Angeles in particular is headed toward explosive growth. We are currently in negotiations with three large international developers who would like to bring our team in to sell their projects. They see the need for our multilingual approach.
The world is getting smaller every day. We have to embrace our diversity and welcome the world to the greatest city in the world. Los Angeles.
- Address: 16485 Laguna Canyon Rd., Suite 160
Irvine, CA 92618
- Website: www.ihrealty.com
- Phone: 949-379-6880
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org