Mega team Menton and Ballou Group recently shocked the local real estate community when they moved their entire operation to global real estate giant and luxury icon Engel and VÖlkers. Their first local office is based in Jacksonville Beach and they have recently announced another new office opening in the next few months in St. Johns on the 210 corridor… with more offices to follow.
The Menton and Ballou Group, led by Lisa Menton & George L. Ballou, II will be based at the new 210 office once it opens. The typical real estate advisor or team at Engel and VÖlkers is extremely experienced and typically produces at significantly higher levels than their competition at other companies. E&V “advisors” typically rank in the top 1% of the industry! Average agent sales exceeded $9M per advisor/Team in 2019. This kind of success has led the local office to be nominated in 2019 as one of the finalists in E&V’s most outstanding office performances in the North Americas.
The motivation for the Menton and Ballou Group’s move was their desire to continue to evolve their business by learning about and having access to cutting edge technology. Menton and Ballou felt that E&V’s knowledge of what is going on in the real estate industry, not just in their local market place but national and international trends, helped to convince them Engel and VÖlkers would be the right culture for them going forward. They have found that even top producing advisors need to be challenged and certainly encouraged to learn new methods and marketing tools to enable them to be the best advisor possible! Put simply…what better environment can you be in than to learn from and exchange ideas with the best global networking agent base available. This is how you learn to deliver luxury service to every property you list and sell!
Lisa Menton and George L. Ballou II, team founders of the Menton and Ballou Group, have also been inducted into the elite Private Office Advisor membership of Engel and VÖlkers. This invitation only organization within Engel and VÖlkers recognizes the company’s individuals with extremely high volume and production over a sustained number of years. Of the nearly 13,000 global advisors at E&V, only 250 advisors currently qualify for such recognition. The Jacksonville Beach office is very proud that they have 3 Private Office Advisors which is highly unusual for an office its size.
In Lisa’s previous corporate career, she was with the stock brokerage firm of Merrill Lynch for 17 years. George was previously in the banking and financial services industry before spending the last 35 years in the real estate business. They both attribute their previous corporate backgrounds to helping them create a solid foundation for their real estate endeavors. They also feel that a part of the team’s success is also due to the fact that their advisors live in key and diverse areas of St. Johns and Duval counties which has helped the Team understand the challenges and opportunities of the entire marketplace they service. Lisa lives in St Johns Golf & Country Club and George has lived in Nocatee in the Del Webb Ponte Vedra development for over 10 years. Other advisors on their team live on the 210 Corridor, Nocatee, Palencia, World Golf Village, Vilano/St Augustine area, St Johns and Julington Creek Plantation.
Our Team believes that leveraging our company’s global brand provides our customers a serious advantage over our competitors. George shared a situation he experienced shortly after he arrived at Engel and VÖlkers. He got an email from an E&V broker in their Beverly Hills office in California. The broker wanted to know if it was okay to put a listing of George’s in the front window of their “shop” in Beverly Hills! This is just an example of how important and what an asset the Menton and Ballou Group feels their global network is going to play in their future. It is a different way to approach our real estate goals when we are encouraged to reach out beyond our previous comfort zone!
Engel and VÖlkers is based in Hamburg, Germany. E&V is known globally as the leading luxury brand in real estate, encompassing nearly 900 “shops” located in 33 countries on 5 continents! The company also has divisions involved in private aviation and yachting brokerage in order to service all their client’s needs.
Luxury is a service level, not a price point. While we feel our new brand will certainly appeal to a higher price point seller, the core of the businesses Lisa and George and the team have always represented will simply benefit from a more refined marketing standard.
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