BOULDER – Founded in 1976, WK Real Estate is the largest independent Boulder County real estate company – delivering old-fashioned service with the latest technology.
And this long-time local business leader excels in building relationships and local connections when it comes to real estate – a philosophy that has been inherent in the company from its very first day.
Back in 1974, Lew Kingdom and Stu Wright met at a local Boulder Area Realtor® Association event. For a few years they deliberated about starting their own brokerage and finally settled on terms. On April 1, 1976 their idea came to fruition, and with $6,000 each, Lew and Stu opened the doors at 1900 Folsom Street and called the fledging company Wright Kingdom (renamed WK Real Estate in 2016). With a single staff member, the two quickly became a powerhouse within the Boulder real estate community and needed help managing all of their transactions.
The company gradually grew over the next 40 years and changed locations three times before settling into their current locations at 4875 Pearl E. Circle, #100, in Boulder, and 2101 Ken Pratt Blvd., Ste. 100, in Longmont.
The concept of relocation
Lew and Stu were visionaries from the beginning. In 1987, the concept of relocation was a new idea for many companies, but that didn’t stop WK Real Estate from adding a full-time staff and department dedicated solely to helping people move in and out of the community. WK Real Estate became a charter member of Leading Real Estate Companies of the World®, an exclusive network of independent real estate brokers from around the world.
In early 2018 WK’s award winning relocation department received the prestigious RELO® Quality Certification (RQC) from the Leading Real Estate Companies of the World network. Modeled after the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award, the RQC was created to provide measurable standards for the pursuit of relocation excellence. Only 27 of the 565 companies in this network have undergone the rigorous application and evaluation process and received this noteworthy certification.
Early technology adopters
As technology needs grew within the country, Lew secured the wkre.com domain name and acquired one of the first printers and computers as they became available. Lew laughingly talks about the first printer that was so big and noisy it needed to be in its own “cage” to muffle the sound. WK Real Estate was the second company to partner with Booj – a proprietary website development company specializing in real estate websites. Booj assists with the ever-changing technology world, introducing a mobile application well before apps were the norm, and ensures that WK Real Estate always stays on the cutting edge of technology trends.
Welcoming the next generation, and expansion
In 1993 Dan Kingdom (Lew Kingdom’s son) joined WK Real Estate as a broker associate. As Dan grew in experience and expertise, he became the natural fit to take over WK Real Estate and was named employing broker in 2016. Dan’s passion and vision for the changing needs of the market foresaw the expansion of Boulder real estate into the surrounding communities, and WK Real Estate proudly opened its Longmont office in 2010.
Today, the company’s philosophy hasn’t changed much from Lew and Stu’s original idea. It’s not just the personalized experience clients enjoy at WK Real Estate, but the value placed on every single relationship. Agents take the time to get to know clients personally, to find out about hopes and dreams, and to help those dreams come true. They treat clients as part of the WK family, and that means being a part of their dreams for a very long time.
It is no wonder that referral and repeat business make up more than 80% of WK Real Estate’s activity, proving that WK meets its customers’ expectations and has earned their trust and loyalty.
When you choose one of the agents to represent you, you’re choosing the entire WK Real Estate family. From the transaction coordinators and digital marketing/IT department to the relocation team and beyond, every one is invested in your success. The collaborative culture fosters an environment where agents share various resources, discuss trends they’re seeing in the market, and best practices to get the best results for their clients.
Recognition in the community and globally
WK must be doing something right, because for the last 17 years the people of Boulder County have recognized WK Real Estate as one of Boulder County Gold’s “Best Real Estate Companies”. WK has also been voted “Best Real Estate Company” and “Best Customer Service” in Longmont consistently since opening the office there in 2010 by the Longmont Times-Call Readers’ Choice Awards.
Over the years, the company has taken its relationship-building mindset outside the local area and used its independent status to create strategic partnerships that allow WK Real Estate to network with some of the biggest and best real estate companies in the country and the world. These connections help WK to stay on the cutting edge of technology and trends. With Leading Real Estate Companies of the World®, Luxury Portfolio®, the Enterprise Network and the Rainmakers group, this Boulder County real estate leader is privy to the latest real estate trends around the globe. And because of its focus on the people behind these partnerships, WK Real Estate has personal connections within these groups – friends and colleagues who know this Boulder County company by name and reputation. These connections enable this Boulder County company to have a worldwide reputation for real estate excellence.
The local touch is unmatched
Even with its global reach, WK Real Estate is local. They live, play and work in these communities, and as full-time real estate agents they know this market. They know the neighborhoods, the lenders, the carpenters, inspectors and employers. The experience and local knowledge of WK Real Estate agents can’t be found online – that’s the advantage of working in person with someone who cares.
The spirit of giving back to all areas of life in the local communities is fundamental to everything WK Real Estate does. Every community event they sponsor, and every organization they give back to means something significant to the leadership, the associates and the employees. WK Real Estate agents give back to more than 100 nonprofit organizations by donating time, money and goods.
As a company, they find it just as important to be involved. That’s why WK participates in volunteer opportunities quarterly such as Community Food Share’s Compete to Beat Hunger Corporate Challenge and Habitat for Humanity. WK also sponsors the Boulder 4th of July fireworks at Folsom Field and Longmont’s Rhythm on the River, events their own families and friends love as well. Their contributions don’t stop there; the company created the WK Real Estate Scholarship awarded to two graduating high school students looking to attend the Leeds School of Business at CU, and every December they donate money to a non-profit organization in need. Throughout the year they collect items for a variety of organizations, such as United Way’s Children’s Book Drive and Share-a-Gift. If you’re interested in helping them with any of their community efforts, contact them and they will be happy to get you involved!
Boulder County and beyond
Of course, WK Real Estate serves clients all over the greater Front Range area and metro Denver – Boulder County and Beyond, as the company refers to its expansive reach. And that’s a success story
By Judy Finman. Photos courtesy: WK Real Estate