Jeremiah Keeler knows the importance of always having a plan B. Since 2010, his plan B was real estate. He was working for Marriott International in sales, helping bring customers into the hotel through conferences, marketing campaigns, managing sales teams, etc., and saw the similarities between real estate and hospitality.
For years, Jeremiah worked real estate part-time, doing a handful of transactions a year to keep it in his back pocket, while continuing his career at Marriott. Then, when the pandemic hit last year and shut everything down, Jeremiah saw the writing on the wall and pulled out his ace in the hole.
“I saw the housing market was still doing well, and with the support offered by Ryan Zook and The Dwellus Group, it was a no-brainer for me,” Jeremiah explains. “Being in hotels, I always had a passion for real estate … seeing new neighborhoods, design features, and meeting people. I think, for me, it is always about the opportunity to help as many people as I can.”
At the closing of his first transaction, Jeremiah knew he made the right decision and that there was no turning back. “There is nothing better than seeing a smile on a person’s face after completing the purchase of their home where they will grow as a family and make many memories. It makes it all worth it,” he says.
While trying to build a business during a pandemic has not been easy for Jeremiah, he says the support he has received from his family has been essential, especially since real estate has actually taken him away from his family more than before. His wife, Virginia, and kids, Peyton and Alexis, have helped him whenever they see an opportunity to do so.
“Virginia and the kids help me with open-house invitations and sport Keller Williams swag around town. They love to share with friends, classmates, and anyone that they can that their dad is in real estate. We all understand what the end goal is and the potential of what real estate can be,” Jeremiah explains.
While Jeremiah is driven to become one of the best REALTORS® in the DMV, it’s his family that keeps him motivated. He loves having the ability to be his own boss and to have the autonomy to define his own dreams and goals, something he says he didn’t have while in corporate America.
Jeremiah’s 19-year career in hospitality, however, has definitely helped set him apart in real estate. From the beginning, he understood that his business hinged on customer service, and he has focused on creating the best client experience since.
“When you work with me as a REALTOR®, you get a guy that is going to guide you every step of the way and give a 110 percent to work through any challenges,” he says. “You also get amazing technology, creative marketing, and tools to get your home sold. Every one of my listings gets drone photography, 2D and 3D floor plans, Matterport, an own-property website, and a promise to get excellent customer service! On the buyer side, you get the same excellent customer service, plus my knowledge of local neighborhoods, their home values, and a strong negotiator.”
Jeremiah came to D.C. after graduating from Virginia Tech, where he studied marketing management. Having grown up in Western New York, in the Finger Lakes region, Jeremiah was looking to get away from the snow and always wanted to live in a big city. He joined Marriott International after moving to D.C., where he was able to travel all over the world. Before leaving Marriott, Jeremiah was overseeing all the sales and marketing efforts for five hotels in northern Virginia and managed a team of business development sales associates.
In his free time, Jeremiah loves being with his family, which usually involves going to the baseball and softball fields to watch his children play. He and Virginia also love to hit up local wineries and breweries, travel to exciting destinations, and take long walks together with their children, something they recently started doing every morning during the pandemic.
Jeremiah would like to be remembered in the way that Martin Luther King Jr. explained, when he said, “Even if it falls your lot to be a street sweeper, go on out and sweep streets like Michelangelo painted pictures; sweep streets like Handel and Beethoven composed music; sweep streets like Shakespeare wrote poetry; (Go ahead) sweep streets so well that all the host of heaven and earth will have to pause and say, ‘Here lived a great street sweeper who swept his job well.’”
“That is how I want to be remembered as a REALTOR®,” Jeremiah says: “a hard worker, a guy that left his mark on the world in real estate, and one of the best to ever do it!”