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Family Owned Business: RE/MAX Advanced siblings are at the heart of real estate

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Home is where the heart is.

RE/MAX Advanced owners Chris Brown and Karen McMahan know Hopkins County – residential, land and commercial. The brother and sister team have been uniting clients with their ideal properties since 2001.

For this family, there are many homes – or home properties – at the heart of their family.

“It started around a table at Dairy Queen,” McMahan said with a grin. Her husband, James, was already familiar with a family owned business as the owner of McMahan Automotive as well as investing in several properties in and around Sulphur Springs.

“It has been a good fit,” Brown and McMahan agreed, bringing what they learned through their experiences to the table. “We treat all our clients like family.” And it was a family affair to open the real estate office, with the McMahans and their kids, Casey and Krista, meeting with the Browns and their kids, Katey, Talley and Jobey, around the Brown family table planning the new business venture.

McMahan joked, “I’m sure we drove Lezley [Chris’s wife] crazy…when we found this place, she was our voice of reason.” Lezley saw the possibilities of their current office located at 1700 Hines St. across SH 11 from Wal-Mart.

“We had to gut the whole house,” before they officially opened the office in December 2006, Brown and McMahan said.

“Karen even wrote the first contract on the sheetrock,” said her brother. Today, they have grown to a total of six additional agents – J.R. Foreman, Ziggy Jewell, Renee Jennings, Jimmy Tsai, Jerry Richards and Terry Morris along with office manager, Lynda Griggs. Each stands behind the company’s motto, “Outstanding agents. Outstanding results.”

With 230 properties sold since their opening, RE/MAX Advanced agents use a different approach to the business. Brown and McMahan have found a way to work together without the usual sibling rivalry.

“We help each other out,” Brown said. “It is all about building trust [between each other, agents and our clients].”

Whether it is a $15,000 or $2 million listings, the RE/MAX Advanced team goes into action using the most advanced technology for their clients. One of the reasons they decided on RE/MAX was its national recognition and constant training and educational tools available for brokers and agents.

“Learning opportunities are always available,” Brown said. “From an entire dedicated television channel to online training videos, RE/MAX stays on top of the market.”

They offer photos and virtual tours of properties on their website at www.advancedeasttexas.com along with reaching buyers and sellers through Facebook at RE/MAX Advanced.

In 2009, RE/MAX stood alone taking 100 percent of all national television advertising, another reason Brown and McMahan take pride in their company.

According to the website, the RE/MAX network in Texas is comprised of approximately 4,800 members affiliated with 270 offices across the state. Under the RE/MAX franchise name, these independently owned and operated offices provide residential and commercial real estate services. Like the Sulphur Springs office, many provide loan counseling.

“Most of our business is based on referrals,” Brown said keeping a close eye to the various MLS listings on his laptop. “We work together with other RE/MAX offices to fulfill the needs of our clients in Hopkins County and beyond.” RE/MAX makes readily available the referrals of more than 105,000 other sales professionals across the globe.

“We are here to help from the start to the finish,” McMahan said. “From helping setup clients to getting pre-qualified with lenders, to packing up boxes and moving — we have done it all, if needed. We prefer to use local banks…Offering information and advice so there are ‘no surprises.’”

Some of their bigger, recent commercial sales have been the property where the current Holiday Inn Express is located, the land for the HMRH and Bodacious.

“The land along I-30 is always good,” McMahan said on their “steady” business. “The government tax credit [that just ended] also helped the real estate business. We wish it could have lasted longer.”

But when they aren’t busy with real estate, Brown and McMahan and the entire RE/MAX Advanced team find other ways to be involved in the community.

Members in good standing of the Hopkins County Chamber of Commerce, the RE/MAX Advanced agents and their families have been known to bond over a good pot of stew while watching their trademark red, white and blue hot air balloon sail over the camp grounds of Buford Park.

Steve Littlefield and assistant cook James McMahan sponsored by RE/MAX Advanced were selected the 40th Annual World Champion Hopkins County Stew Contest Super Stew first prize winners at the 2009 contest.

If not over stew, the family gathers to cheer on the local youth sports programs – softball and soccer – with their recent RE/MAX Red Hots taking the City Championship.

At the heart of the venture is family, with many of their children finding a comfortable seat at the RE/MAX Advanced office while their parents tend to the family real estate business. The same goes for their clients.

The RE/MAX Advanced office has found a home in Sulphur Springs.

To reach the agents at RE/MAX Advanced call (903) 885-5040 or by mobile phone at (903) 348-2027 or (903) 348-1396. Contact Chris and Karen directly via email at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

 

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