When you ask EXIT Team Realty owner Angela Powell, why EXIT and the origin of her franchise name, she immediately points out the people behind the brand, past, present and future, with the common goal of reaching the next level!
Based in Hinesville, Georgia, Angela has been licensed since 1993 beginning her career with Coldwell-Banker and shared the work environment was very competitive with no one sharing information and caring if you got to the next level. Working together for the past 25 years with her partner and husband, Bob, he began looking for a new opportunity and a video with Steve Morris originally caught their attention. (Here’s more from Steve on the EXIT Realty Corp. International’s recent 25th anniversary. )
Angela’s first convention in 2004 was a game-changer for them. “Everyone was willing to help and I have never felt more like a family – ever – in business. That was the year Bob and I knew we were in the right company and knew Steve cared personally about us. It still means something today!”
The name EXIT Team Realty is significant to the duo because they are a team and it is not about the I. “We all work together and work toward the end result of being successful. Bob and I are pouring the best of ourselves into others to help them on their journey and to succeed,” Angela said.
Support Has Been Key
A big part of the EXIT culture is support and Angela and Bob say this has been key to growing their agents, franchise and themselves.
“We’ve been part of the EXIT family since 2003 and support has been so important,” Bob said. “(Regional Owners) Kenny and Stacy have been incredibly supportive, giving us things we need, and corporate has too.”
All we have to do is hit a chat button on the website, email, text or Facebook message and within seconds there’s an answer says Angela. “I have never seen such a supportive staff like EXIT. When they say they are there, they really are. And, nothing has wavered over the years. It has always been consistent,” she said.
EXIT Realty Corp. International Co-Chair Tami Bonnell has been Angela’s anchor. “She has so much faith in me and just knowing that, I can’t fail. I could go down the line of leadership and share something special about each person because they won’t let me fail and are 100% invested in me. It is more than nice talk. They motivate me on a bad day and help me work through any issues. They are family, every single one of them,” Angela said.
This support has been essential as she has battled cancer twice and the last time impacting her mouth and affecting her speech.
“I had been reflecting should I get out of real estate. I work every day to overcome this issue and handicap. It is difficult but I am still getting the job done. I’m showing people, if I can do it you can do it. My family supports me and pushes me and Stacy knows I am not giving up,” she shares.
That support also extends between different franchise owners and it has been important to the Powells. “Everyone truly wants to help one another. If someone calls me, I’m glad to share. I’ve been in a workplace where no one wanted to help. With EXIT, everyone does,” Angela said.
New Agent Advice – Believe in Yourself, Keep Training
Rome wasn’t built in a day, says Angela. “The first thing I tell a new agent is to relax because you can’t get it all done in one day. It is a process and you have to believe in yourself because if you don’t, it is not going to happen. Training is also very important,” she said.
“If I’m not training, I can’t expect my agents to. Once you stop, your business stops. There is no lack of training in any of our offices. I also encourage my agents to go beyond what we provide,” Angela said.
Bob says comprehensive training has been important.
“From one-on-one to the EXIT training system, we offer a lot to make sure our agents are well trained. We also have our own learning management system, offer training on how to do videos, good business practices and networking courses.”
EXIT Team Realty also does a lot personally from goal setting.
“Our agents are family. We don’t want to just know business goals but as a complete person. There is a wheel of life for every aspect of your being – finance, business, family, spiritual and health. Our agents are family. We don’t want to just know business goals but as a complete person. When you share your health or spiritual goals and receive support, it helps you achieve them,” Bob said.
Advice to Potential Franchise Owners
“Bob and I say go for it. The EXIT family and system is there to help you,” Angela explains. “There is no way you can fail if you follow everything the EXIT System and The Five Pillars road map. You will succeed!”
Secret To Success
Angela said she is grateful every day she wakes up alive! “The secret to our success is we don’t give up! Each day, I can’t wait to learn something new and make it better than yesterday. I thrive off of this and we love real estate,” she said.
Community Outreach and Future Of EXIT Team Realty
Giving back to their community is important for EXIT Team Realty. “We like to support anything in our community from helping the homeless and a community shoe drive to supporting our area animal rescue and Cancer Society.” Angela said.
The Powells see a very bright future ahead for EXIT Team Realty as they expand into the Atlanta area.
“I see our future every day! We continue to grow and expand locally. I see us building Atlanta bigger and better and more offices down South. Our goal and dream is to expand. It is something new every day working with our agents and helping them achieve their dreams,” Angela said.
Connect with Bob and Angela Powell and EXIT Team Realty today at 912-408-8000. The go-to team for real estate news and information, check out EXIT Team Realty’s informative blog here.
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