Alumni Spotlight: Krystal Keck
REALTOR® University Class of 2016
Do you think the Master’s program impacts the real estate industry as a whole?
Absolutely! I think that all the graduates are unique leaders in the industry and it impacts their individual businesses, but more importantly those they surround as well. Such as other agents and even clients.
Tell me about your concentration, why did you pick it?
Real Estate Sales, Marketing and Management was my program concentration and the reason I selected that concentrations was because it fit perfectly into my business plan. I’m a selling broker so learning how to hone in on my sales and marketing skills for my own business and recruiting for the company were just what I wanted. In addition to the management skills. To be honest, I was probably most drawn to the management side of the program as a young managing broker I felt it would really help my career.
Tell us a bit about yourself:
I am 36 years old and live in Brunswick, Ohio. I have been married for 13 years and have 2 twin boys….German Shepard dogs. My husband serves in the United States Navy and due to Military transfers I have held a real estate license in 3 different states. I began my real estate career in 2002, after taking my last elective needed to obtain my Bachelor’s degree. That last elective course was Principles of Real Estate.
I am currently a selling and managing broker for Stouffer Realty. I manage our Strongsville, Ohio office. My duties include selling residential real estate, managing the office and agents, recruiting, as well as teaching continuing education to other agents. In 2014, I successfully formed a real estate team to help increase services to my clients called, The KORE Team which stands for Krystal’s Ohio Real Estate team. Thank goodness too, because I would not have been able to successfully complete my MRE without my team. In addition to my MRE, I also hold the MRP and e-PRO designations.
What or who encouraged you to enroll in the program?
REALTOR® Magazine. There was an article in an issue that was released months before I read it, but I had been so busy I was just getting to it. I turned the page and there was an advertisement for RU. It said something like, “Master what you have already Mastered”. Those words spoke to me. I had been in the real estate industry for 12 years, I had been a managing broker for a few years and thought, I would love to raise the bar for my industry and show others how important education is. I had just taken on managing a new, very large office and knew the bar would be set very high with many of my peers watching. I wanted to be sure my broker, my agents and even my peers knew that I had the skills the run this larger office.
What did you find the most challenging about the program?
Time management. The struggle to fit in everything was certainly the biggest challenge. Managing school work alongside my business and personal life was by far the biggest challenge. I managed two real estate office, ran my own successful real estate team, recruiting, and teaching continuing education to other agents all while taking courses certainly makes you laser focused on your time management. The key to successfully completing the program was learning this crucial skill early on.
Earning a Master’s degree and working full time is demanding. I would imagine there were moments when this was overwhelming. What helped you survive those moments?
My support system. My family, my friends, my personal real estate team, my classmates and most of all RU staff. The staff at RU is wonderful and always there for you when you need help. I am so thankful for the help I received from staff as I know it helped me through the overwhelming parts.
What would you tell prospective students about the program?
I would say that the program is very challenging, yet very rewarding. The education, skills and even friendships will last a long time.