I have been selling real estate full time since 2009. What started out as an idealistic vision of investing in neglected properties in West Side neighborhoods, quickly turned into a realization of a true passion and skill for helping people achieve their real estate goals, marketing and negotiation strategy.
Why I chose a career in Real Estate:
In 2005 I was involved in a traumatic workplace accident and was forced to have my left arm amputated just below my elbow. After a lengthy and challenging recovery period and lot of soul searching, I knew what I wanted to do. I earned my NYS real estate license in 2007 and I purchased my first project that same year. 127 Auburn Ave was a 6,000 square foot apartment building containing a total of six vacant apartments in various states of disrepair. The purchase price: $19,000. An ambitious project for any experienced investor, and for this 27 year old first timer, it was an arduous crash course which built a solid foundation of renovation expertise over the next two years. The massive building was the corner anchor at Auburn & Dewitt and was not only an an eyesore but a notorious hot spot for a myriad of criminal activity. I clearly remember the first text I received from a friend notifying me that the building was shown in the background of the nightly news coverage and it wasn't good. Undeterred, and with the neighborhood welcoming my ambition I found several of the neighbors ready and willing to accept opportunities to roll up their sleeves and get to work with me. That property was fully gutted, remodeled to a very high standard and fully occupied with terrific tenants once I finally completed it. During those two years I also purchased the house next door on Auburn out of foreclosure which I rehabbed and sold to an owner occupant that still resides there today. Subsequently I made a run at what was widely considered the ugliest house on Bryant St in the Elmwood Village. The house was featured in an article in Buffalo Rising which can be found here. I found a buyer for Bryant in 2009 and I sold for the six unit in 2011 right around the time my real estate sales career was really starting to heat up along with the market in the Buffalo.
It was time to focus on family and also go all in on real estate sales. I got married to my wife Kerry in October 2009 and we welcomed the birth of our son Finn in early 2011. At the same time as these exciting developments, my career was on the fast track. In 2009 I helped 27 families buy and sell and by 2012 I was selling a home every 5 days, 10X the number of homes the average local agent sold in a year. It was not hard to see that the amount of time I spent working would take its toll if left unchecked and I was determined to do things differently in order to live a life by design, not default. It was time to get some help and the idea of forming a team was born.
The Team Concept:
Real estate teams were not yet popular in WNY so I researched outside of our market and learned what it meant to provide a level of customer experience to our clients that just can’t be delivered as a solo agent. This research is what led to aligning myself with what is now the largest Real Estate company the world has ever seen, Keller Williams Realty. I moved my business to KW in July of 2012 and it was the best decision I could have ever made. Keller Williams is changing the way real estate is conducted across the globe and I love being on the cutting edge of the industry in order to serve our clients at the highest level possible. I run my team like a small business which includes a mission, purpose and vision that all team members believe in and honor.
We have a team of back office support dedicated to making your transaction seamless and stress free. Salespeople only working with our clients buying a home or investment property that are true market experts in every way and dogged in the pursuit of a home that meets your needs. Our Listing Specialist is a true marketing and negotiating ninja whose skills set him apart from 99.9% of local agents boasting a career average list price to sales price ratio of 99% in 35 days on market.
We are a team of top performers, hard charging and driven by big goals and a greater purpose. We work together as a cohesive team with a focus on our own specialized roles in order to deliver on our promise to you, our clients for life. Your real estate transaction will be handled by a professional that you can trust has your back and is truly working for you.
- 12 years
- Over $100,500,000 in sales volume
- 600+ Families Served
- We sell homes for 3% more and in two weeks less time than the average agent in our market!
- We sell a home every 6 days
- We sell 10X more homes than the average agent in our area
- 99% Average % of list price received
- 41 Career DOM
The 716 Team outperforms the market in the two key metrics - the amount of time your house is on the market and what % of the asking price are we are able to negotiate.
- 2018 Average DOM 35
- 2018 Average % of list price received 100%
Local Market Average:
- 2018 Average DOM 49
- 2018 Average % of list price received 97%
MJ Peterson Realty |
2009 Achievers Club
2010 Pinnacle Club Gold Award
2011 Pinnacle Club Gold Award
2011 Buffalo Office Top Buyers Agent
Keller Williams Realty Buffalo |
2012 Top Producer
2013 Top Producer
2014 Top Producer
2015 Top Sales Agent
2016 Top Producer
2017 Top Sales Team
Keller Williams Realty International |
2012 Triple Gold
2013 Triple Gold
2014 Triple Gold
2015 Triple Gold
2016 Triple Gold
About Keller Williams:
Keller Williams has been named to Fast Company's prestigious annual list of the World's Most Innovative Companies (MIC) for 2019. The company ranked No. 1 in the real estate and urban development category on the new ranking.
The real estate industry is changing and the necessity for a fresh approach has never been greater. Keller Williams began this process years ago with the development of the Keller Cloud. With the partnership of 190,000 associates, the industry’s leading brokerage continues to innovate at lightning speed.
Keller Williams’ evolution into a technology company began in 2015. Its focus: building the real estate platform that agents' buyers and sellers prefer.
To accomplish this, Keller Williams has focused on delivering tech that’s simpler, smarter, and more human; all at no additional cost to its people. Agents are able to gain control of their database and business, so they can spend more time servicing their clients and delivering the hyperlocal, customized experience they crave.
Every action the company has taken over the last few years was to bring it closer to this reality.
In August 2017, Keller Williams announced a $1 billion fund to fuel all the R&D and M&A required to build this platform.
In Q4 '17, the franchise launched KW Labs, the innovation hub of Keller Williams.
In mid-February 2018, Keller Williams debuted Kelle, an AI-powered virtual assistant, created for real estate agents, by real estate agents. At the same time, the company also launched an agent-to-agent referrals network: a skill within Kelle that has since become the largest, most powerful network of real estate professionals.
In March 2018, the company announced a data partnership with Nextdoor, the trusted communications platform for neighborhoods. Keller Williams is leveraging data insights from Nextdoor to build new powerful experiences for homeowners, home buyers, and home sellers exclusively.
In July 2018, Kelle won the "Most Innovative Real Estate Technology of 2018" award from Inman News. By year-end 2018, more than 151,000 Keller Williams associates had downloaded Kelle.
In 2018, Keller Williams also acquired Smarter Agent, the most widely used mobile SaaS platform in real estate. The franchise also announced key technology R&D partnerships with KUNGFU.AI and CognitiveScale. In addition, KW Labs won the inaugural National Association of REALTORS® Hackathon.
Throughout 2018, the company conducted an iterative rollout of Command – a smart CRM-plus solution for agents to power their business. More than 20,000 agents participated in early beta versions of Command, which became generally available to all KW associates at Family Reunion 2019.
The real estate industry is changing faster than ever before and Keller Williams is at the forefront of this change. The company is reaching new heights through innovation, disruption and an uncompromising commitment to the agent and the consumers they represent.
As a shifting market and technology landscape work to shape the real estate industry of today, Keller Williams is keenly focused on building the industry of tomorrow.
In February 2018, Keller Williams launched Kelle, an AI-powered virtual assistant, designed by real estate agents for real estate agents. The app gives KW agents a voice assistant that lets them quickly access neighborhood market reports, pulled from Keller's own cloud-computing platform, which uses data from MLS and the social-networking site Nextdoor. They get an understanding of neighborhood boundaries, current listing data, and statistics on sale prices. Agents can filter by such details as square footage and when a home was built. The hyperlocal snapshots can also be shared with buyers and sellers. Keller made these Market Snaps widely available to its agents after incubating it in KW Labs, its innovation arm. Kelle also allows agents to manage referrals and check their progress against career goals.
KW Cares is a 501(c)(3) public charity created to support Keller Williams associates and their families with hardship as a result of a sudden emergency. The charity is the heart of Keller Williams culture in action – finding and serving the higher purpose of business through charitable giving in the market centers and communities where Keller Williams associates live and work.
RED Day, which stands for Renew, Energize and Donate, is our annual day of service. Each year on the second Thursday of May, we celebrate RED Day as a part of our legacy worth leaving. Making a difference in the lives of others and bettering the communities that we serve lies at the heart of the Keller Williams culture. This observance defines who we are and is a natural extension of our commitment to the highest level of professional customer service. Over time, a growing number of our family members and friends continue to participate in this extraordinary event. It embodies the generous spirit and commitment associates have to “giving back" to the cities and towns they live and work in.
“When owners take money out of their pocket and give it to the people they work with to thank them for helping to grow the company, it says a lot about what they think about them.” Ironically, this is counter to the excessive reliance on the star model of most companies and most forms of executive compensation at the very top of U.S. industry in the 1000 largest corporations in the country. It is the opposite of winner-take-all and only-me compensation. This company surely has stars but here the star is being compensated for helping to create more and more stars, for building the partnership enterprise rather than just hoarding for oneself.
Win-win – or no deal • Integrity – do the right thing • Customers – always come first • Commitment – in all things • Communication – seek first to understand • Creativity – ideas before results • Teamwork – together everyone achieves more • Trust – starts with honesty • Success – results through people