Talking Vision With Eric Jones, Founder of Easy E Homes of DFW:
In mid 2017, Eric Jones,, began a journey and transition from 18 years in insurance, risk management & financial services . In addition to his multiple insurance licenses, he added to his experience with studying for the Texas Real Estate license with Austin Institute of Real Estate. The insurance industry had, for years, been moving towards a more direct, online and heavily commoditized scale. Eric watched as relationships became more transactional and his impact was marginalized a little more each year. Although he was financially comfortable with a long-term client base and strong referral network, he had become highly frustrated by excessive paperwork and increasing regulations. Additionally, the stress and long hours had begun to take it's toll on his health with each year becoming more of a grind & processing of transactions more labor intensive. When Eric decided to take a leap of faith and finally transition the end of 2017, he did so to get back to more personal level of relationships within the largest and most important purchase that most people ever make - the place they call home....where their heart is.....
"I knew going into this transition, that I was not going into real estate for big profit or to mimmick mega agents/teams with high overhead, big advertising dollars, brick & mortar offices, scaling & duplicating their business (where they hire agents underneath them & take a percentage to help build a real estate empire.) I was also not going into this business for self-recognition or for transaction awards from my broker (numbers game) - been there, done that & have the t-shirt. Unlike the unemotional purchase of insurance and financial services, buying a home is very emotional. It's where loved ones gather, bread is broken with friends, children are raised, grand children are spoiled and where pets are loved. My heart for helping people and serving my community came together in a vision to help folks buy or sell their home a little easier and with a little less out of pocket! If I could earn an honest living helping others, give back to my community and make an impactful difference, I would be fulfilled and truly happy! So, I saved up a few months of income, opened a line of credit and paid down debts to have a buffer. It was a giant leap of faith to leave behind a six-figure income but it was time to try something different, something more personal and less transactional.
So, fast forward to today - how is Eric and his team any different and why use them in a world full of realtors - some with way more real estate experience?? Well, for starters, as a Fort Worth native, Eric knows the DFW metro area very well, has a passion for serving people, a heart to make things easier and a commitment to excellence on customer service - why wouldn't you try him? His many years in insurance allowed him to network alongside the real estate and mortgage professionals with contracts, home inspections, negotiations for repairs and home insurability issues. "I do not feel that serving people, showing homes, marketing home listings, consultation on options and contract negotiations is rocket science - especially not with surrounding myself with experience and talent in areas I lack. I am not a bit intimidated by agents who have been in the business for years. I know the 80/20 rule - that 20% of the 1.4 million real estate agents in the U.S. likely do 80% of the work!" Eric, smiling, "my passion, can-do attitude, vision, perfectionist personality and hard work ethic will override any inexperience - plus I have a veteran coach at my disposal daily!
Eric's vision and business plan forward is simply to work primarily by word of mouth, referrals, his networking and within a sphere of insurance clients, friends, family, neighbors and business networking with local community and chambers. This will keep his operating expenses low long-term and allow for him to operate in a way that he can give back to his community. Soberly, Eric stated, "my heart and focus is especially on helping those that are serving and/or have served our great country - military, first responders and teachers - with additional discounted fees - those guys do not get many breaks. I am extremely grateful for what they do every day for all of us and I will do everything I can to help them meet their needs, get maxium savings on fees and even allow them to give back to causes they are passionate about. My end goal is to work towards being the "go to real estate professional" in DFW area for all military, first responders and teachers by testimonials on my service and buzz about my reduced fees. Our secondary goal is to help with local causes such as school safety devices, mental health needs, local charities and community opportunities. Essentially, my vision is to be as close to non-profit as possible long=term to benefit as many causes as I can.
Eric has a mantra and vision he tries to live by daily, "Theodore Roosevelt said to do all that you can, with what you have and where you are. That's why I transitioned to real estate and that's my heart to make a difference around me"....
- Eric S. Jones - Licensed Texas Realtor #697934 & Founder of Easy E Homes of DFW;
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