Kenneth J. Jones
Meet Ken Jones
I'm Ken Jones, I've been an award-winning New Jersey real estate professional since 1971. And, I'm one of the most determined and resourceful people you'll ever know.
I provide my real estate and life experiences to help people accomplish their home selling and home buying goals, including my fellow active adults in their transition into their new lifestyle.
In addition to winning various awards, I've also earned several professional real estate sales and appraisal designations which demonstrate my knowledge, experience and dedication to serving the important needs of my clients and customers.
But, before I tell you more about my real estate experience, I'd first like you to get to know ME - Ken Jones - the person.
Life Before Real Estate
I'm literally one of the first of the "baby boom" generation; born in January 1946.
I'm the oldest of 5 children and was raised in a working-class family in Staten Island, which was a beautiful, semi-rural place that was virtually isolated from the rest of New York City at the time.
I vividly remember, that whenever I wanted something that my mom didn't want me to have, she'd say, "When you earn your own money, you can buy whatever you want." I took those words very seriously.
So much so, that at age 7, I sold Christmas cards door to door.
From age 9 and into my teens, I mowed lawns in the summer and shoveled snow in the winter (when it snowed) so I could earn and save enough money for those "special things" I wanted.
With the money I saved I bought my first pair of ice skates from the Sears Roebuck catalog, my first Silvertone 3-speed record player (also from Sears), and a consistent supply of records.
I've always loved music. And, as long as I can remember, I always dreamed of becoming a famous singer. Ah, the dreams of a child.
Dreams Do Come True
Having nothing to do with my dreams of becoming a famous singer, my parents thought it would be good for me and my sister to take music lessons. So, at age 8, I began to take accordion lessons. But, by age 10 I quit because the teachers wouldn't teach me how to play "modern" music.
When I was 12, I started a doo-wop singing group. Trying to arrange the harmonies forced me to pick up the accordion again. I was very serious and aggressive about pursuing a singing career. And, by the time I was 14, my singing group landed a major recording contract. We made our first record in October 1960 (which was a total flop). But, we did get to do some major stage shows in and around the New York City area with many of the biggest recording stars of that time.
In high school, to say I was a mediocre student would be a compliment.
I didn't like school; it bored me. This was a constant source of conflict between me and my parents who saw my devotion to music as a waste of time and without a future. To them music wasn't a "real" job.
When I was 17, I seriously considered dropping out of school because, due to a scheduling error, I was a 1/2 credit short of being able to graduate on time. But, I listened to a friend who convinced me to stick it out.
After high school, I had a series of meaningless jobs, that included changing tires on Greyhound buses in Manhattan, and being a night auditor for the Avis Car Rental company at Newark Airport.
But, through it all I continued to pursue a music career. And, in 1965 I was hired as a studio musician and singer by a team of very successful New York record producers.
We had several major hit records, including some you still hear to this day.
As The Strangeloves, we toured the county, performed on national and local TV shows, and played in major venues along side the other top name rock 'n roll recording artists of the period. My childhood dream actually came true - I finally "made it."
But, I became spoiled and irresponsible. Foolishly, I abandoned my childhood financial discipline and spent money faster than I made it. Compounding this problem was the ignorance of youth fueled by the arrogance of success at a young age. I thought it would never end . . . but, it did.
After the Music Died
There I was . . . 25 years old, married and expecting my first child, working at a mind-numbing, dead-end 9-5'er, and playing music in local bars 7 nights a week just to pay the bills. My life was now a million miles away from being the "rock star" I that was just a few short years before.
I was floundering - had no direction - felt totally helpless. And, it was scary as hell.
Then, one night, the drummer in the band told me he was selling real estate.
He made it sound easy to make a good living and suggested that I give it a try. I didn't know anything about selling real estate. But, I was eager to do better and really had nothing to lose.
So, I went to real estate school at night (between my day job and my night gig) and got my real estate license in July 1971.
Little did I realize then, that my desire just to make a decent living would be the start of what would become a 4+ decade career that would bring me financial success and personal satisfaction beyond my wildest dreams.
A Hard Lesson & Major Turning Point
I quit my day job, stopped playing in the band and devoted 100% of my attention to selling real estate.
Starting in August 1971, I worked diligently and was instantly successful. I sold 9 homes and rented another in my first 10 weeks. My share of the commissions totaled about $7,000.00 - a tidy sum at a time when the typical new car, like a Dodge Charger or a Chevy Impala, was about $3,000.00.
Then, just before my deals were about to close (and at about the same time I was running out of savings), the broker I worked for left town one night with the trust account deposit monies. Needless to say, I never got paid a dime.
Angry, disappointed and almost out of money, I promised myself, that I would never allow anyone to control my financial future again.
Onward and Upward
I worked for a series of brokerage firms from late 1971 through the end of 1977. I became a New Jersey licensed real estate broker, was a top producing agent, and even won the former industry pinnacle icon, Million Dollar Salesman award.
I opened my own real estate agency in the Fords section of Woodbridge Township in January 1978.
The company grew quickly and I won several awards for Best Classified Advertising in New Jersey from the New Jersey Press Association.
I expanded into new construction and renovations, and continued to list and sell real estate. Local attorneys and bankers began to ask me to provide them with appraisal services. This service grew into a major business center, which ultimately became known as Global Valuations.
My First NJ Press Ass'n Award - April 1979
An Overview of My Career . . .
If there's anything of specific interest about my experience that you'd like to know more about, please contact me.