Joe Hayden, eight other agents leave Keller Williams, join RE/Max
Joe Hayden joins RE/Max Properties East
Reporter- Business First
Realtor Joe Hayden and his team of eight agents and three office support personnel have left Keller Williams Realty Louisville East and joined rival RE/Max Properties East.
Hayden’s team was the top producer at Keller Williams last year, bringing more than $28 million in sales to the firm, Hayden said.
Keller Williams had $227 million in local sales in 2012, according to the list of the area’s largest real estate firms published in Business First on March 15. The firm was ranked No. 4 on the list. RE/Max Properties East ranked No. 2 on the list, with $371 million in local sales.
It’s unusual for that many Realtors to leave one firm and join another one all at one time unless a firm has closed, said Harrell Teague, who has owned the RE/Max Properties East franchise for 27 years. In fact, it’s practically unheard of, he said.
But Hayden said his team is probably the largest such team of Realtors in the Louisville area.
He said in an interview that he decided to leave Keller Williams essentially because he wanted his agents together in one room, to facilitate communication. Keller Williams didn’t have enough space to allow for that, he said, as well as room to add more agents.
“There was not a negative reason for leaving Keller Williams,” he said. “It was purely a business decision based on our needs.”
In an interview, Keller Williams team leader-CEO Linda Gibson Cecil declined to comment on the move except to say that “we do everything we can to accommodate our agents. We wish (Hayden and his team) the very best.”