The Right Choice for Julian Team

Before Gary Julian decided to get his real estate license in 1990, he spent a number of years in service-related industries such as banking and retail management. His wife, Wendy, got her license in 1998. “What you learn from public-facing work experiences like mine is how to play well with others. It also prepared me for having my own business in areas like payroll and supervision. I flourished in those jobs, but I’ve always loved the idea of being self-employed; It means I have 100% accountability,” Gary said.

Gary spent the first portion of his real estate career with a traditional brokerage. “I can tell you from first-hand experience, it’s a completely different mindset. There is no support. You are 100% on your own. In 2002, I moved from the traditional brokerage to a flat fee brokerage. Like many others during that time, that business went belly-up in 2007. I became an independent broker and offered a flat fee to my clients. After three years, I started researching possible franchise business options and decided to open my own Help-U-Sell Real Estate office,” he shared.

When asked why he chose Help-U-Sell over other franchises, Gary said, “Starting a business from scratch is no easy task. It helps tremendously going into one by having a brand name with a great, nationwide reputation. As an independent, the incoming calls coming were a bit tepid. When I ran ads as an independent, I wouldn’t get much traction. Suddenly, I add the Help-U-Sell logo, with language like ‘low set-fee’ and ‘save thousands’ and the visibility goes way up and the phone rings more.”

He added, “When you’re independent it’s hard to get noticed by anyone. I’ve gone door-to-door to bring attention to our business. With a national franchise, we have offices from coast to coast, an especially strong local presence, and an exceptionally large presence in the state of California as a whole. People started listing with us. We’ve got full service at a reasonable fee structure, and we don’t overcharge. People respond well to brand names; It gives them a degree of comfort. After opening our shop, we immediately had two sales come in from folks familiar with the name. We knew immediately we made the right decision.”

Most folks in real estate remember the traditional means of advertising was once primarily newspapers, but of course much has changed when it comes to marketing. “We found newspaper ads were not faring as well in our market as they once had, when compared to our internet marketing efforts. Figuring out your advertising spend takes time and nuance. The trick is getting people to know that we’re here. With the brand name, the logo, and a lot of signage, we’re finding there are a lot of ways to help people find us.”

Some of the Help-U-Sell in-house technology for marketing is also in use. “We do greeting cards three times a year: New Year’s Eve, Thanksgiving, and 4th of July. We use the ‘sold and saved’ postcards, too. Next, we’re planning on making videos for social media. As we upgrade our technology presence, we upgrade our community visibility in general. One of my recent Facebook advertisements highlights a seller savings of $45,850 in commissions. We find those get a lot of positive attention. Oftentimes, we have a tendency to overthink a lot of things and really it just comes down to figuring out who wants your service,” Gary explained.

Having spent nearly 30 years in the industry, Gary has learned to weather the tumultuous tides of the changing housing market with ease. “I never looked at this venture as just a paycheck. I ignore the commissions, because I know they’re going to kick in. We get referrals from people who trust us, because we did right by them. That’s a return on advertising you can’t buy, only earn. I recently closed two sales that were entirely internet-related. Someone else found us from the national Help-U-Sell website and zeroed in on our office. I get affirmation that I made the right choice constantly,” Gary added.

Goals for 2019 will have Gary and Wendy doubling the number of sides they closed last year. Situated in a rare lower market for Southern California, the median range of homes is $290,000, which attracts a greater volume of buyers. Gary added, “The inventory has exploded, increasing 33% more than what it was at this time last year. Pending sales are down 5%. Overall, the population has exploded for California, so it’s an exciting time for us.”

Reflecting on their time together, Gary says, “Between the two of us, we have over 50 years of experience! We are doing well as a family business. We celebrate robust times, and in tougher times, we just put our heads together and move forward. There’s always going to be people with this need and you just need let them know you’re there.”

Top Producers February 2019

Although we are still in the colder months, it’s nice to see home sales are heating up with our Help-U-Sell Real Estate Broker/Owners.

Mario Ferrante of Help-U-Sell Metropolitan in Woodhaven, Michigan continues his streak as the lead and early front runner for 2019. The tenacity of his hard-working team has landed him 16 sides for the month of February. It is heartening to see that Mario’s momentum from 2018 continues to carry him forward into a prosperous year.

Jack Bailey and his team at Help-U-Sell Greensboro continue to make the hustle turn into hard numbers by clearing eight sides for the month. They are a great example of what is achievable with a smaller team when your game plan is right.

Kimberly Zelena and her team at Help-U-Sell Direct Savings in Waynesboro, Virginia has been making more periodic appearances here  over the last year. We’re always pleased to see her back!

We have a three-way tie for fourth place. Debra Schmidt from Help-U-Sell Heritage Real Estate,  Karen Detwiler of Help-U-Sell Detwiler Realty, and Patrick Wood at Help-U-Sell Prestige Properties finishing out the tie.

For places 6 through 12, it’s a SIX WAY TIE. Perhaps John Powell or James Dingman could explain how market fluctuation works to create this situation, but we’re happy to say congratulations to all teams who made the board.  

OfficeBuyerSellerTotal Sides
Direct Savings
Real Estate
Heritage Real
Detwiler Realty
Advance Realty
Southeast Rita
Ranch Realty
Equity Savers
Mike Bowling
Treasure Coast

On the Sales Volume side, we see some familiar faces and places.

Patrick Wood of Help-U-Sell Prestige Properties takes first place with $2.7 million. Patrick’s team usually makes both lists, and is always exceptionally busy. I’m pleased to add that after much coordination, we will finally be seeing a Broker profile on Patrick later this month.

Mario Ferrante of Help-U-Sell Metropolitan comes in second place with $2 million.

Third place is, of course, Help-U-Sell Greensboro with Jack Bailey’s tireless team.

Special note: For the second month in a row, we are seeing Jean Salter from Help-U-Sell Town and Coastal Properties make this list. We will certainly reaching out to her for an interview soon, too!

Overall once again it looks like it’s been a productive month for everybody.

Gross Sales volume
Help-U-Sell Prestige Properties $  2,747,000
Help-U-Sell Metropolitan $  2,006,500
Help-U-Sell Greensboro $  1,481,255
Help-U-Sell Town &
Coastal Properties
$  1,458,000
Help-U-Sell Honolulu Properties $  1,452,500
Help-U-Sell Folsom $  1,269,000
Help-U-Sell Distinctive Homes $  1,185,000
Help-U-Sell Advance Realty $  1,126,000
Help-U-Sell Bakersfield
Equity Savers
$  1,028,000
Help-U-Sell Federal City Realty $     942,600