5 Things to Know About Ben Kinney with Keller Williams Realty

5 Things to Know About Ben Kinney with Keller Williams Realty

In Blog, Branding, From the desk of The Earl, Keller Williams, Training, Why KW? by Robert Earl

The real estate world is very tough. It requires a lot of hard work and luck to become successful. Very few can place themselves among the best in this industry. But those who achieve it are considered legendary. In my opinion, Ben Kinney is one of them.

Ben Kinney started his career in his twenties and within the age of fifty, he became one of the most successful real estate agents in the world of real estate. He owns his very own company known as Ben Kinney Companies, many Keller Williams franchise market centers, and some of the best real estate teams in the real estate industry.

In this article, I am going to talk about five interesting things to know about Ben Kinney Keller Williams Realty.

Things to Know About Ben Kinney with Keller Williams Realty

Ben Kinney started as a real estate agent and within 15 years, he became one of the most successful real estate agents in the real estate world. Here are some cool things to know about Ben Kinney. 

1. He owns Multiple Keller Williams Franchise Market Centers

Ben Kinney is the founder and CEO of the Ben Kinney Companies. This company is based in Bellingham, Washington. Ben Kinney Companies is a diverse collection of companies that own real estate franchises, tech companies, and many real estate training companies.

Among the real estate franchises, Ben Kinney owns multiple Keller Williams real estate franchise markets in eleven locations across the seven counties in Washington State, USA. The locations of these Keller Williams franchise Market Centers are-

  • Keller Williams Realty in Tacoma, Washington
  • Keller Williams Kirkland, Washington 
  • Keller Williams Realty in Everett, Washington
  • Keller Williams North Sound in Marysville, Washington
  • Keller Williams South Sound in Olympia, Washington
  • Keller Williams North Seattle, Washington
  • Keller Williams Skagit in Mt. Vernon, Washington
  • Keller Williams Realty in Oak Harbor, Washington
  • Keller Williams Realty in South Whidbey, Washington
  • Keller Williams Downtown in Seattle, Washington
  • Keller Williams Metro West in Seattle, Washington

Along with the Keller Williams franchise market centers in the United States, Ben Kinney also owns all the Keller Williams Franchise Market centers in the United Kingdom. Ben Kinney opened the first Keller Williams Realty brokerage in the United Kingdom in 2015. In 2016, he purchased the Keller Williams United Kingdom Franchise Market Center.

These Ben Kinney owned Keller Williams franchises serve more than 1450 real estate agents. And these offices closed deals worth about four billion US dollars just in the year of 2016.

2. He owns one of the most successful expansion teams within Keller Williams

The Ben Kinney Real Estate Team is one of the most successful real estate teams in the United States. The Ben Kinney Real Estate Team is recognized as one of the top 25 producing real estate teams in the USA by Real Trends and The Wall Street Journal. 

The Ben Kinney Real Estate Teams have more than twenty office locations in many states and many new offices are opening every year. The locations of their offices are-

  • Bellingham Ben Kinney Team in Bellingham, Washington
  • Keller Williams Realty Everett, Washington
  • Keller Williams Downtown in Seattle, Washington
  • Keller Williams Realty in Tacoma, Washington
  • Ben Kinney Team in Anchorage, Alaska
  • Keller Williams Realty Sales Team in Vancouver, Washington
  • Keller Williams Realty Sales Team in Denver, Colorado
  • Keller Williams Realty Southwest in Austin, Texas
  • Ben Kinney team in Dallas, Texas
  • Ben Kinney Team in Midland-Odessa, Texas
  • Ben Kinney Team in Chicago, Illinois
  • Ben Kinney Team in Destin, Florida
  • Keller Williams Realty in Elizabeth Olcott Napa, California
  • Keller Williams Realty Sales Team in Albuquerque, New Mexico
  • Keller Williams Realty in Boise, Idaho
  • Keller Williams Realty in Jamie Estes, Central Missouri
  • Keller Williams Realty in Wes Postlethwaite Nashville, Tennessee
  • Keller Williams Realty in Adelina Rotar San Antonio, Texas
  • Keller Williams Sales Team in Folsom, California
  • North Salt Lake Real Estate, Utah
  • Keller Williams Realty in Tampa, Florida

The agents in the Ben Kinney Real Estate teams are very focused on providing the highest level of service. The reason behind the success of the Ben Kinney Real Estate Teams is because of the expertise and experience of their real estate agents.

Along with the expertise of the agents, they have access to the huge amount of real estate resources of the Keller Williams Realty franchises. Moreover, they use modern technology in a very effective way to have a big exposure to their listing properties. All these helped them to become one of the best in the world of real estate.

3. He has purchased some real estate tech companies from Zillow

Ben Kinney is a visionary in the real estate world. He was one of the first people who tried to modernize the real estate business. For that, he bought three tech companies ActiveRain, KWLY, and Localism on June 30, 2015, from the Zillow Group.

ActiveRain: 

ActiveRain is a social media platform for real estate professionals. ActiveRain was launched in 2006. The goal of this social network was to provide a social and marketing platform dedicated to the real estate world. ActiveRain enables real estate agents to build a business relationship between both the real estate industry professionals and customers.

ActiveRain is now the largest social media network for real estate with almost 3,00,000 real estate professionals in their network. ActiveRain is not trying the ways how the real estate world works. Rather, it is simply making a platform to discuss different things related to real estate.

ActiveRain closely works with experts in the real estate field and provides technical and marketing support to real estate business owners.  This platform is also an excellent way to learn about the principles and practices of the real estate world through the blogs of the industry-leading real estate agents.

KWLY:

To survive in the real estate world, lead generation is extremely important. There are many agents who quit their career as a real estate agent simply because they were not able to generate any leads, thus were not able to sell any house. Without lead generation, all other real estate skills of a real estate agent are useless.

This is where KWLY comes. It is a mobile text service. When a potential customer visits a house, the customer will send a message to the KWLY using a keyword. This keyword is unique to a real estate agent. After sending the text, KWLY will locate the property using GPS and send the customer a reply with the Multiple Listing Service (MLS) information on the property.

At the same time, the seller agent will get notified via a text message or email about the potential customer. Thus, KWLY makes lead generation very easy. The more lead a real estate agent can generate, the more he can close the deal.

KWLY service uses text messages so no need to install any application. KWLY service can be used from any mobile device.

Localism:

Localism is another social media and blog site focusing on real estate. This blog site focuses on real estate and community-related content and helps real estate business owners to share their experience. Ben Kinney bought Localism with plans to develop it.

4. He has developed a real estate customer relationship management software company

Along with purchasing several tech companies, Ben Kinney also developed some very useful software for real estate agents. They are-

Brivity:

Brivity is a software that is specific to the real estate industry. Ben Kinney developed this software. This software offers all the essential real estate business tools to the agents. For that, Brivity is used by more than 12,000 real estate professionals.

Brivity was launched in 2014, with the goal to provide a powerful platform to the real estate agents that will help them manage their business efficiently and guarantee a successful career. Brivity offers many types of services to its users. One of the most important ones is Brivity CRM. 

Brivity CRM is designed in such a way that makes generating leads, listing properties, and communicating with the clients easily and effectively. This service provides a complete business action plan, marketing strategy templates, gives access to a huge client database, and makes task management very easy.

Another service that Brivity provides is the Brivity IDX. This tool allows you to customize your business website to make it more attractive and helps you to generate leads.

Brivity CMA allows you to keep track of your local real estate market and win property listings more. This service also helps you with finding potential clients.

Brivity Valuation and Brivity Leads are important tools that attract leads, inform you about the current state of the real estate market, and increase your deal conversion rate. Brivity Leads is similar to the KWLY service mentioned above which informs agents about potential clients through text messages or emails. This is a very powerful tool to generate leads.

The Brivity software is continuously evolving to help the real estate agents the best way it can. More and more powerful tools are added to Brivity regularly. Brivity works closely with real estate industry experts and takes their feedback to improve their system. This is one of the reasons why Brivity is very popular among real estate agents all over the world.  

Blosser:

Blosser is a National real estate search engine developed by Ben Kinney. There are many sites like Blosser but Blosser offers many unique features that create an excellent real estate searching experience for the customers.

The first unique thing that Blosser does is that it shields the consumers from the real estate agents. This is the main feature of this site. They do this to keep the consumer for nurturing and preparing them for closing a deal.

Another feature is that they use natural language search for their search engine. This allows the search engine to find homes that the customers are searching for no matter how long and how odd keywords they are using to search for homes. They added all the words in the dictionary in their search engine to make Blosser the world’s most intuitive real estate search engine.

The final feature that separates Blosser from other real estate search engines is that it offers Blosser Bucks to the clients that use this search engine to find their dream home. The consumers can use Blosser Bucks to get discounts from the real estate agents while they are buying home. So, the customers are saving money using Blosser.

Big Fresh:

Big fresh is a web marketing and development company that was purchased by Ben Kinney in 2013. This company provides services like developing websites, mobile applications, Search Engine Optimization (SEO), and marketing management for its clients. Recently, they changed the company name from “Big Fresh” to “Be Variant”.

5. He has accomplished all of this before the age of 50

Ben Kinney is one of the top 1000 real estate agents in the United States. But he was not the best from the start of his career. He had a humble beginning. He grew up in Bellingham, Washington. While he was attending college, he worked as a cable TV installer. In 2005, he received his license as a real estate agent. The rest is history.

After 10 years of him becoming a real agent, he established the Ben Kinney Companies. This is a group of companies that owns various businesses. Ben Kinney first opened the Keller Williams Real Estate franchise in the United Kingdom in 2015. In 2016, he bought the Keller Williams United Kingdom operations.

Today he owns many Keller Williams franchise market centers in Washington State. The total sales amount was four billion US dollars in 2016.  Ben Kinney also owns some of the best real estate teams in the United States.

Ben Kinney developed the Brivity CRM service for real estate agents that provides a full software solution to the agents from lead generation to closing the deal. He also bought the Big Fresh tech company in 2013.

Ben Kinney is also the developer of the real estate search engine known as Blosser. The goal of the search engine was to develop the world’s most intuitive real estate search engine and provide the customers with the best possible experience while they are searching for their dream home. Inman News named him “Innovator of the Year” in 2014.

Ben Kinney also purchased the real estate social media site ActiveRain and the lead generation tool KWKLY from the Zillow group in 2015. 

Ben Kinney also developed a real estate training course which he later sold to a company named “Trulia”. But he didn’t stop teaching. Up until now, Ben Kinney personally trained more than 1,00,000 real estate business owners through physical classes, conferences, and webinars.

Ben Kinney started as a real estate agent and within 20 years, he became the CEO of his own company Ben Kinney Companies. He is not only a successful real estate agent, but also a successful entrepreneur, teacher, speaker, writer, and innovator. The story of Ben Kinney has become a real estate success story within the industry and Keller Williams.

About Ben Kinney

Ben Kinney was born on July 24, 1978, in Everett, Washington. He started his real estate career in 2005. Within the first ten years of his career, he founded his very own company “Ben Kinney Companies” also referred to as BKCO.

Ben Kinney owns the Keller Williams franchise market center in eleven locations in Washington State. He is also the owner of some of the most successful real estate teams in the United States of America. He also owns the Keller Williams franchise in the United Kingdom overseeing the real estate business in England, Wales, and Scotland.

Using his expertise and experience in the real estate industry, he developed the Brivity software that provides complete real estate business solutions to the agents starting from lead generation, managing business tasks, communicating with the client to closing the deal.

He also developed the Blosser real estate search engine to provide the customers’ hassle-free search experience while they are searching for houses. Ben Kinney also developed a real estate training curriculum and trained almost 1,00,000 through physical classes and webinars. 

He was named “Innovator of the Year” in 2014 by Inman News. He was also listed top 1,000 agents for 2011-2018 by Real Trends and the Wall Street Journal.  He was also the co-author of the best-selling book “Soci@l” in 2011. His success story is now a source of inspiration for real estate agents in the industry and within Keller Williams Realty.

Conclusion:

Ben Kinney is a successful real estate agent, real estate trainer, writer, innovator, and entrepreneur. He climbed the ladder of success in the harsh world of real estate with his talent, skills, and hard work. The things he achieved in his life are a source of motivation for all the agents in the industry. Ben Kinney Keller Williams Realty has become a legend in the industry.

Work hard, and never give up is the only way to success. Thank you for stopping by. Have a great day!