Founded on Faith
By Amy Morgan
Life’s journey includes ups as well as downs. Often it’s the lessons learned during the lower points that prove to be most meaningful. Such was the case for realtor Eric Everett, as he found himself at a crossroads in 2011. He’d enjoyed early success in San Antonio’s residential real estate market when he joined his parents’ brokerage in 2005 and inherited their clientele, but sales stalled during the economy’s downturn. Eric wondered whether he’d be able to continue to support his family.
It was only when he sought guidance from the Lord that his sales turned around. “I asked God to bring the people, and I promised I would take care of them like family,” Eric said. A new contract moved him forward, and Eric’s real estate career has continued for 17 years, with sales totaling more than $8 million in 2019. Eric’s part of Keller Williams Realty Heritage, located at 1717 N. Loop 1604 E. at the intersections of US Highways 281 and 1604. Keller Williams is one of the largest agencies in the world, Eric said.
Eric once won the office’s Spirit Award for putting together curriculum and training team members on the then-new EEdge contact management system. The award honors the most highly spirited individuals that give the most to their fellow agents in the Keller William Office.
“We have a great group of people. I consider them my work family,” he said. Eric appreciates that he is able to impact people’s lives in a significant way even in a short amount of time.
“During the time I’m actively working with clients, I do everything I can to meet their goals and desires. I’m building a friendship,” he said. “Once we get over that finish line to closing, and I see the looks of satisfaction on their faces, I’ve earned my keep.”
Many of his clients are fellow members of the local church where he and his family actively serve. In fact, one of his most frequent referral partners is a family member of his pastor. Eric helped her buy her first house when she and her husband were newlyweds. He “did everything I could to set them up in a great situation,” Eric said – even shaving off some of his commission to make their dream a reality. Since then, he’s helped them buy or sell three more houses. “They’ve come out with equity and done well,” he said. “It’s been a blessing to get into the flow of God’s will and goodness.”
Eric cautions buyers in this current climate to get into a home as soon as they can to beat rising interest rates and extremely tight inventory caused by hedge funds and corporate investors gobbling up real estate. “We’re trending like California or New York,” he said. “This might be your last best chance to get into a house. Only the well-off can afford a house if you don’t have real estate so you can start accruing equity.” He has the same advice for sellers, warning them to buy again quickly. In his free time, Eric enjoys spending time in his backyard, with his wife, Alma, and daughters, Madeline and Hope. You can find Eric at firstname.lastname@example.org.