Since 2020, the housing market has been more volatile than a Michael Bay movie. During much of the pandemic’s housing boom, historically low mortgages shielded homebuyers as folks migrated out of states like California and New York to places like Texas and Florida. But now, national mortgage rates have surpassed 5% and have eliminated some buyers from the market. So why is this happening? On the podcast this week, Joe speaks with Chris Heller. Chris received his real estate license when he was just 20 years old and went to become the CEO of real estate powerhouse Keller Williams Realty. He’s currently the Chief Real Estate Officer at OJO Labs, an Austin-based real estate tech company, and he’s also the author of the new book, Dominant Thoughts.
Aboyt Chris Heller: As Chief Real Estate Officer, Chris Heller brings deep expertise having held influential industry positions including CEO of mellohome and former CEO of Keller Williams Realty International (KWRI). Chris earned his real estate license when he was 20 years old and built one of the most successful real estate teams in the United States. From Rookie of the Year in 1989 to becoming the top-producing agent in San Diego County and the #1 Keller Williams associate in all of North America, Heller has earned the respect of colleagues and clients for the results he delivers. Under Heller’s leadership, the Chris Heller Real Estate Team sold more than 100 homes a year for almost three decades.
Named President of KW Worldwide in 2010, Heller launched the company’s first regions outside of North America, leading Keller Williams to record productivity and profitability. His vision and leadership helped grow the company into the most dominant worldwide real estate franchise in history. In 2015, Heller was named CEO of KWRI, leading the transformation into the technology company KW is today and continuing record growth and profitability.
As CEO of mellohome, Chris set the strategy for cross-functional groups tasked with creating simpler and smarter consumer home buying, financing and improvement experiences. Under his leadership, mellohome doubled its growth and drove significant change within the experiential and product landscape for the homeownership industry at large. As Chief Real Estate Officer of OJO Labs, Chris is shaping partner strategies, creating a cohesive structure between real estate professionals and OJO, and accelerating adoption in the industry.
Outside the office, Chris enjoys staying physically and mentally fit through daily exercise and reading, and spending time with his wife and four children.
Hosted By: Joe Pardavila