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John Wentworth III’s motto is “Love, Serve, Care,” and he tackles each day with this mantra. Spend time with this real estate marketing machine, and you will realize he is a down-to-earth guy and practices what he preaches daily. He firmly believes the world would be a better place if everyone just did the right thing. This philosophy is working for him, because in February, The John Wentworth Group was, for the third consecutive year, named the number one real estate team of Re/Max of Michigan for 2016 at the RE/MAX Regional Convention and Awards Gala in Traverse City!
“The John Wentworth Group is not your ordinary real estate group,” Tony Strozier, customer service manager, explains. “We do it differently, and it really works!”
“One important element that makes John so successful is his ability to be proactive in his marketing,” Todd Warda, agent, explains. “He doesn’t sit back and wait for business to come to him; he goes out and gets the business by educating his customers. At any given time, you can find John on social media giving tips for selling or buying a new home, along with his website, which is full of tools to get preapproved for a mortgage and more.”
Part of the reason John is able to do so much, and continue to be so successful, is he has a strong team, which allows the business to be responsive and moving forward all the time. There is a dedicated buyer team of agents and a dedicated seller team of agents.
“If I’m at a listing, and someone needs a quick update on their own listing status, I can’t help them at that particular moment, but my team can,” John Wentworth III explains. “In today’s real estate world, our consumers are demanding great service. They will say, ‘text me, email me, call me, make my transaction easy and get me the best price.’ No one can be everywhere for everyone. I rely a lot on my team.”
At The John Wentworth Group, not only will you be partnered with an agent to guide you through the entire process, but you will also have access to the people who are working on the different parts of the transaction behind the scenes. The John Wentworth Group is composed of a dedicated team of 15 and attributes the success of their group to the fact that each person on the team specializes, understands and has strategic networking connections and at some point, along the way, contributes to the client’s success. Your listing will be customized based on the target demographic. Services available include a listing manager, professional photographer/videographer, drone footage, pending manager, customer service manager, marketing team, staging advice and more.
The John Wentworth Group experience provides clients the best service in all aspects of real estate, whether they are handling a sale or purchase. The team believes in creating relationships and being there throughout the journey, to ensure when it comes to their clients’ real estate goals, they receive the best this industry offers.
The world of real estate has caught on to this customer service model and has realized that it is impossible for an individual agent to provide the type of service consumers are expecting in today’s fast-paced real estate market. Still a new concept to many, the real estate team model is on the rise because it’s proved to be a much better experience for the customers.
No one can be everywhere for everyone. I rely a lot on my team.”
– John Wentworth III
“Some of my friends who live out of state will ask me: John, how do I find the best real estate agent in my town?” Wentworth explains. “And the answer is really simple, I just tell them to go to Zillow and look at the reviews of the top agents in your area. Then you will see what consumers have to say about each of the realtors and that is a good indication of the experience you could have with them.”
“Our secret to success is not really a secret,” Wentworth explains. “We use systems to ensure each of our clients has the best experience possible. When a house is going to be listed there are several steps that happen simultaneously to ensure your home is positioned correctly in the marketplace the first time.” This includes extensive guidance and planning prior to going live on the multiple listing service, with great communication continuing through closing.
Clients love this team approach and it is illustrated by The John Wentworth Group serving over 1,000 families, selling over $300 million dollars in real estate and receiving 120 5-star Zillow ratings, which results in the team ranking as the number one real estate team in Re/Max of Michigan and number 174 RE/MAX team in the United States.
Questions to Look Inside the Mind of John Wentworth III
What’s your next professional goal?
Double our team from 15 to 30 members in the next 12 months. We have built a platform in which realtors can excel in. Instead of being thrown into a profession that is easy to fail, we have set up a systematic environment which allows realtors to succeed.
What’s your next step personally going to be?
Writing a book about personal adversity to empower people.
Who is your real-life inspiration?
It’s not one person; it’s a group of people. People who come through adversity and become successful always inspire me.
What’s your bedtime, and when does your alarm go off?
Totally random, but I do try to get eight hours of sleep a night.
What’s your number one productivity tip?
Work hard, work for others, work with integrity and be willing to self reflect to learn and grow.
What would you tell the 20-year-old you?
Nothing, I wouldn’t change a thing, well, maybe to search for a relationship with God at a younger age.
Figure out what you are good at and become great at it. There are things in my business that I don’t do, and I delegate those. We all have strengths and we all have weaknesses. Instead of focusing on your weaknesses and trying to improve them, look at what your strengths are and focus on them. Take a good strength and make it great.
Top Mistakes Buyers Can Make
• Changing jobs once you have started the loan process
• Making large purchases or being late on credit card payments
• Not checking your credit score
• Not getting preapproved
• Believing what you hear or see on HGTV or other home improvement shows
• Not using professional help
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