Named one of the Top Three Performing Individuals for Keller Williams Metropolitan Realty each year since 2004, Weldon Rigby continues to prove himself a revered name in the real estate industry. Rigby has been in the top four producers among 78,000 agents in United States and Canada, an achievement which he has added to his recognitions and accomplishments.
Rigby is one of the 12 founding members of the Keller Williams Luxury Division formed in 2006. It continues to be a success with a growing membership of 1,260 in the year 2013.
Rigby believes there is no particular secret to his success. "I simply have a God-blessed business." It also helps that Rigby provides what he calls a "semi-perfectionist" approach to serving his clients.
"It's not about the money," he said. "This is a business of relationships – I suit up and show up. I get to know my clients' needs and provide materials to educate them about the market. Follow-up is also very important. If I am your agent, I will do everything in my power to earn the privilege of being your agent for life."
Rigby joined Keller Williams in 2004, but his career began more than 40 years ago, when business was conducted with payphones, one-page contracts and one-page listings. Today, Rigby said, the Internet provides interactive views of properties, contracts are more than 20 pages long, and electronic lockboxes have replaced the need for keys.
After more than four decades in the industry, Rigby said he's seen many agents come and go. "This is a hard business, and many people don't know that there is an extremely high turnover of agents," he said.
However, Rigby said the job has its share of rewards for those who truly enjoy meeting and helping people with what is often their biggest investment – their home.
"I've gotten to know people in every age and stage, from 18 to 100-year olds," he said.
Rigby also believes he has stayed in business because of loyal clientele and their referrals.
"I've seen grandparents, parents and children come back and refer their friends," he said. "If you're good to people, it's reciprocal. The old golden rule – that's what I do, and it works for me."
Rigby works with a staff of two: Shawn Haines, Listing and Sales Manager, and Nancy McIntyre, Office Administrator.
"I couldn't do what I do without them," he said. "I make it a point to meet with every single one of my clients, and that would be very hard without the support of Shawn and Nancy."
Rigby specializes in luxury properties in Central Houston, the Galleria, West University, Memorial, River Oaks and in the Tanglewood area where he has lived with wife Dawn for more than 30 years. The two also share King Charles Cavalier Spaniel puppies, Lena and Rosie, who are Rigby's constant companions during neighborhood walks.
"I've sold over 100 houses in my neighborhood through an introduction by the Cavaliers. People will stop and inquire about them, and we end up talking about houses."
Rigby said the market for luxury properties continues to flourish, and he looks forward to many more years in the business.
"I'll probably never retire," he said. "When I can't drive anymore, I'll just sell homes in my own neighborhood."