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August 21, 2013. by Paulline Mengle
Phyllis Danforth is an outstanding small business leader, community supporter and mentor and is one of the first women to own a real estate brokerage in the Puget Sound area. Coldwell Banker Danforth is currently celebrating its 20 year anniversary and has become one of the 20 largest Coldwell Banker franchises in the world for an organization that has 3,100 residential offices in 50 countries worldwide and more than 83,000 sales associates and brokers. She has been in the real estate industry in the Puget Sound area for 40 years and a business owner for the past 20.
I have had a number of offers to work elsewhere in my time with CBD and working for Phyllis, but I have always chosen to stay because she treats EVERYONE in the company like family, and she has always demonstrated outstanding courage and fortitude in the roller coaster ride that we in the real estate industry often experience. Anyone can handle the good times â€“ it is in the tough times that we really see who the true leaders and people of influence are. She has also always been an innovator who has made important business changes at the right time â€“ resulting in the numerous and ongoing business successes CBD has experienced.
Coldwell Banker Danforth has: 1) consistently been a leader in the Puget Sound real estate industry and one of the first nationally to initiate a home-based business model; 2) provided the opportunity for hundreds of real estate brokers to generate millions of dollars for their families; and 3) generated thousands of dollars for Puget Sound area non-profits like Northwest Harvest, Relay for Life and Habitat for Humanity; 4) been named one of the Puget Sound Business Journalâ€™s 100 fastest growing companies for 2011 and 2012.
Through her time as Coldwell Banker Danforthâ€™s leader, she has led with integrity, compassion, vision and fairness in a quiet and steady way. She does not seek recognition or credit and is quick to recognize others. She quite simply is one of the best people I have ever known, and it has been an on-going pleasure to work with her and know her since CBDâ€™s inception. She is truly deserving, in my opinion, of being recognized as the Coldwell Banker Danforth Woman of the Year.
Phyllis Danforth was the branch manager for Coldwell Bankerâ€™s traditional office in Federal Way.Â When the Coldwell Banker corporate went to a franchise system and opportunity to purchase the franchise was available in 1993, Phyllis bought it, in large part to help save the 40 or so brokers who would be without a business home during a difficult period in the industry. As a small business owner in a risky time, she personally sacrificed for the betterment of others.
Her strong and consistent leadership has resulted in the company growing from one office with approximately 40 agents in 1993 to 3 offices with close to 400 agents with offices in Federal Way, Burien and Seattle and one of the top Coldwell Banker brokerages in the world.Â CBDâ€™s business model has also evolved early on, moving from a traditional office to a home office program, allowing brokers to keep control of their business and maximize the amount of their personal returns. The average tenure of the top managers in the first CBD office in Federal Way is 20 years â€“ which speaks volumes about the kind of work environment Phyllis has created and maintains.
In 1997, CBD purchased a commercial franchise which allowed us to expand our agent base.Â Commercial real estate presents different challenges then faced in the Residential industry and agents that specialize in Commercial business were sought.
Another Danforth company was created in 2007 to meet the needs of agents that either couldnâ€™t or didnâ€™t want to work full time.Â The innovative Danforth Referral Network was formed.Â In order for an agent to be paid, they must be licensed.Â This company allows the agent to maintain a license, place referrals with active agents, and receive compensation for business placed with a full time agent.
The company has always supported individuals in need during the holidays.Â Phyllis Danforth realized that we needed to give back to the communities in which we live and work on a consistent basis.Â Danforth in the Community was created in 2007.Â Agents can give $5 monthly or from each commission earned.Â This is entirely voluntary, with the company matching the agent contribution.Â These funds are then distributed during the year to organizations and individuals in need.Â In addition, agents can volunteer hours.Â Northwest Harvest, Habitat for Humanity, local organizations that work in schools and other groups have benefited from agents volunteering their time.
In 2008, CBD expanded again by adding a Property Management division.Â This specialization completed the services that agents could offer their clients.
Coldwell Banker Danforth has always re-defined the way the real estate industry does business.Â Providing full service to our clients is extremely important.Â To that end, Phyllis started a Concierge program.Â Our concierge is constantly looking for vendors to serve the needs of the homeowner.Â The concierge service vets businesses to make sure they are currently licensed, bonded and insured.Â The homeowner or their agent can then acquire bids from approved sources for any work orders that need to be done to improve the property.
In 2011 and 2012, CBD was recognized by the PSBJ as one of the fastest growing companies â€“ a difficult thing to accomplish in back-to-back years. Also in 2012, CBDâ€™s Northgate branch became the leader for gross sales volume for all full service real estate branches in Seattle â€“ in its first three years of existence.
A validation of leadership is how CBDâ€™s brokers â€“ its customers – rate the company. In the 2013 CBD broker survey, brokers said:
The proof is truly in the corporate pudding regarding Phyllisâ€™ industry leadership.
Coldwell Banker Corporate recognizes franchises that have achieved Gross Commission Income in excess of $8 million in a calendar year with their highest award called the Chairmanâ€™s Circle, the highest recognition within Coldwell Banker.
This year â€“ 2013 – marks the 10th straight year CBD has achieved this award from one of the top real estate entities in the world, a remarkable run. That means CBD has made the Chairmanâ€™s Circle for half of its company life.
CBD under Phyllisâ€™ leadership has done a number of things that are industry-leading initiatives.
CBD was one of the first in the real estate industry to:
1)Â Â Have a woman as the leader/owner of a brokerage in a major population area;
2)Â Â Initiate a home-based business model for brokers;
3)Â Â Create a paperless document system for brokers, using technology to make their lives as simple as possible for them to do business and deal with their clients and others;
4)Â Â Create a mobile app for CBD brokers so all of their key documents and information can be available at the tap of a mobile device;
5)Â Â Create a concierge service for brokers and clients to ensure the best possible property improvement support was available.
As someone who has worked for Phyllis for almost 30 years, I have experienced firsthand how she has influenced me and others.
She truly leads by example and does not expect others to do anything that she would not do herself. She is an inspirational motivator of the first order.
In my opinion, the best kind of mentor is one that you observe doing remarkable and meaningful things daily without lecturing, but who is readily approachable if you have questions or need perspective or context. She has a leadership presence that is recognized and felt by anyone who has come to know her. I have been in a position for nearly 30 years with Phyllis to experience her mentoring and benefit from it.
In 1993, when Coldwell Banker sold its regional offices to franchisees, all the others in the Puget Sound region were purchased but the Federal Way office. If Phyllis had not stepped up and purchased that office, approximately 40 peopleÂ would have been without a home and a means to support their families. It was a very risky move for her personally, but truly exemplified her nature to put others first. That was observed by many and created a true sense of company loyalty and commitment that lives on today.
As the manager of CBDâ€™s Enumclaw office, I saw how she managed CBD overall and built the business and created value for our clients and brokers. I saw how she treated others, and how she created a Federal Way leadership team that has been together for 20 years â€“ an incredible feat in these days of rapid change and resumes that often have a dozen or more companies listed.
I have seen how Phyllis has been decisive when needed, but also deliberative when circumstances and time warrant a more contemplative approach. I have seen how she creates a strong team and works to help each learn and grow, and pass on her â€śfamilyâ€ť approach to others. It is a contagious thing.
I can say without question Phyllis has been an incredible mentor to me and literally hundreds of others she has worked with in her remarkable career.
By now, we have all seen the heart wrenching images from Oklahoma which was hit by a massive tornado on May 20th. We at CBDA want to reach out and help those affected by this disaster and we are asking for your assistance.
We will be working with an organization called Heart to Heart International by assembling care kits which will be distributed directly to those in need in the affected area. These care kits consist of the following items:
â€˘ 1 hand towel
â€˘ 1 washcloth
â€˘ 1 wide-tooth comb
â€˘ Shampoo (4-15 ozs)
â€˘ 1 bar of soap (individually wrapped)
â€˘ Toothbrush (individually sealed)
â€˘ Toothpaste (2-6 ozs)
â€˘ 10 adhesive bandages, standard size
â€˘ 2 one-gallon resealable plastic bags
â€˘ 2 sandwich sized resealable plastic bags
Starting on Tuesday, May 28th through Friday, June 14th you can drop off pre-made care kits or items needed to assemble the care kits at any of our three locations (if assembling the Care Kit to drop off, please see attached instructions on how to put the kit together). We will also be accepting monetary donations that will go towards assembling care kits and also towards other local agencies in Oklahoma who are assisting in the aftermath of the tornado. We will also be accepting Care Kits and donations at the upcoming CBDA class on June 19th.
Our goal is to put together at least 50 Care Kits, please help us to reach this goal.
Thank you in advance for your support!! If you have any questions, please contact Valerie at email@example.com or Adrianne at firstname.lastname@example.org.
INSTRUCTIONS ON ASSEMBLING CARE KIT:
On Saturday, March 30th, a group of volunteers from Danforth in the Community headed down to the NW Harvest warehouse in Kent and helped package up 8,450 pounds of frozen vegetables which will be distributed to food banks across the state. This is enough to provide 6,500 meals for hungry families in our communities. Great work team!
For more information on how you can help NW Harvest in its mission to provide nutritious food to hungry people, please visit: www.nwharvest.org.
If you would like to join Danforth in the Community on an upcoming NW Harvest volunteer day, please email: email@example.com
Coldwell Banker Danforth in the Community is proud to have been one of the event sponsors for the Seattle-King County Habitat for Humanity â€śStronger Togetherâ€ť Benefit Breakfast held on Wednesday, March 27th at the Meydenbauer Center in Bellevue. This event was attended by over 1,000 people and raised $442,751 to help families in need attain healthy, affordable housing. For more information on Habitat for Humanity, please visit their website at: www.habitatskc.org
If you are interested in getting involved with Danforth in the Community on an upcoming build, please contact Valerie at: firstname.lastname@example.org
This was our 2nd year sponsoring the event and boy was it a success, handing out around 1,200 backpacks!
The Back to School Resource Fair provides over 1,500 under-served children and youth with access to free backpacks/school supplies, haircuts, clothing, health information, dental care checks, early learning resources and other community resources. These help ensure the students are ready for their first day of school, immunizations, child ID cards, early learning and community resources as well as food, door prizes and fun things to do for children.
The event started Tuesday with a backpack stuffing at the Matt Griffen YMCA to get the backpacks ready to go. Tarilyn Christensen, Valerie Danforth, David Frasch, Julie Hiller, Elizabeth Phillips, Tom Rolph and Lisa Woods represented the CB Danforth team.
The Back to School Resource Fair was held this past Thursday at the Valley Ridge Park. Jim Brown, Dave Danforth, Maura Larson, Joyce Lowe, Nyla Nakano,
Eileen Quackenbush, Cathy VanDyke and Lisa Woods were there to help distribute backpacks to families in need.
More than 70 percent of students at these schools are on the free/reduced lunch program. A typical cost for the backpack and basic set of supplies range $25-$40. For families with multiple children these supplies can add up, and very often these families make the choice between food and rent/utilities, never having enough for the basics let alone school supplies. This event helps both the students and the families overall.
The Back to School Resource Fair was a success because our employees, their family members, and other businesses from the community gave their support to this event.
Take a look at the full List of the 2012 Sponsors:
â€˘ Bartell Drugs
â€˘ City of SeaTac Fire Fighters
â€˘ City of SeaTac
â€˘ Coldwell Banker
â€˘ Community Health Plan of Washington
â€˘ Exchange Club of Highline
â€˘ Foundation for Early Leaning
â€˘ Highline Athletic Club
â€˘ Highline Public Schools
â€˘ Highline Schools Foundation
â€˘ King County Library System
â€˘ Lutheran Community Services
â€˘ Molina Healthcare
â€˘ SeaTac Park.com
â€˘ SeaTac Rotary
â€˘ SeaTac YMCA
â€˘ Sound Transit
â€˘ Southcenter Pediatric Dentistry
â€˘ Swedish Medical Center
â€˘ Thrivent Financial
â€˘ World Vision
Thank you to everyone that helped out with this important event for the community!
We hope to see you at the first CB Danforth in the Community Golf Tourney on Friday, August 24th, 2012. The event will benefit our CB Danforth in the Community Fund so that we can support the Habitat for Humanity, Northwest Harvest and many other local charities.
REALTORS(R) Nationwide Open House event is this weekend, April 28th and 29th! This open house showcase invites house hunters to obtain information about home ownership from expert REALTORS(R) in local neighborhoods. Several hundred homes that are currently listed for sale will be available for viewing Saturday and Sunday! Balloons are available at each of our offices for pick up.
Coldwell Banker Danforth is so excited to be able to work with East King County Habitat for Humanity and be a foundation sponsor for their La Fortuna project in Renton. We also sent a team out there for a build day. We are continuing our sponsorship again this year and we will once again be sending a team to the La Fortuna site on Wednesday, May 30th from 8:45am – 4:30pm.
Thatâ€™s where a good feature real estate photo can make a big difference. By following a few basic tips, you can enhance any homeâ€™s strong suits and minimize weaknesses.
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Letâ€™s face it: Every listing isnâ€™t going to be a gorgeous manor on a picturesque hillside.
National news sources have speculated that the worst of the housing marketing recession may be over. The recovering job market, historic low interest rates, and a shortage of home inventories are actually creating a seller’s market.
Last week Coldwell Banker Danforth put a historical record of new pending homes into escrow. Coldwell Banker Danforth had also experienced record sales last month. Their previous best February was 2006 at the height of the last upswing. In February of 2012, Coldwell Banker Danforth had beat their 2006 gross sales by 50%, reaching a new record for pending sales since the company began 20 years ago.
â€śLast week was our busiest week ever at CBD with 80 new purchase and sale agreements!!â€ť says David Danforth President and Designated Broker of Coldwell Banker Danforth.
â€śIf youâ€™ve been waiting for the real estate to heat up before you jump into the Puget Sound real estate market, now is a good time to make your moveâ€ť, stated Danforth, â€śmany buyers are pre-approved and we are seeing multiple offers on homes in many neighborhoods. It is an outstanding time to buy if you are looking to upgrade from your current home, if you are a first time buyer or if you are an investor looking to diversify out of the stock market. Interest rates are still very low and prices havenâ€™t been this good for years.â€ť
About Coldwell Banker Danforth
Founded in October 1993, Coldwell Banker Danforthâ€™s mission is to promote a culture for recruiting and retaining quality real estate agents by offering the industryâ€™s best value proposition with a focus on technology and broker support. Coldwell Banker Danforthâ€™s unique 100% commission sales platform allows their brokerâ€™s to leverage a well-known brand name and high tech tools allowing them to concentrate on giving their customers a higher level of customer service. Total broker support is our goal. Coldwell Banker Danforth is ranked in the top 20 of 3200 Coldwell Banker real estate franchises in North America. Coldwell Banker Danforth is a privately held company and has brokers that service the entire Puget Sound Region.
If youâ€™d like more information about this topic, or to schedule an interview with Dave Danforth, please call Dave Danforth (206) 212-2200 at or email him at email@example.com.