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Ken Jones is the founder, president, and Broker of Record for Kenneth J. Jones, Inc. The following an overview of Ken's real estate career.
Ken Jones, the person ...
I'm Ken Jones. And, that's me in at 2-years-old. I'm literally one of the first of the "Baby Boom" generation, born in January 1946 in Staten Island, New York. I'm the oldest of 5 children and grew up in a working-class family.
I started life living in a second floor apartment above a pharmacy in the West Brighton section of Staten Island. My dad was a truck driver and my mom was a stay-at-home mom until I was about 6 when she started on a path toward a position as an inhalation therapist.
I was always a "go getter" and started earning money at the age of 7 selling Christmas cards door-to-door for an aunt who paid me part of her commissions.
When I was 8, my parents bought their first home; an 1890's Victorian Colonial. When they bought a gas-powered lawn mower, I used it to mow our 3/4 of an acre lot and to develop my own lawn mowing business.
I used the money I earned to buy my first pair of ice skates, a record player (for those of you who actually know what that is), and a steady supply of records.
Our home was always filled with music. And, from my earliest memories, I always dreamed of becoming a professional singer. Ah, the dreams of a child . . .
When I was 8 years old, my parents thought it would be a good idea for me and one of my sisters to learn to play a musical instrument.
And, while I don't remember exactly how it was decided, we ended up taking accordion lessons. But, by the time I was 10, I quit because the teachers wouldn't teach me how to play "modern" music.
With rock 'n roll becoming more an more popular in the mid 1950's, when in the 7th grade, I started a doo-wop singing group with a few other boys in my class; I was 11 years old. In trying to arrange the vocal harmonies, I was forced to pick up the accordion again.
I was so committed to becoming a recording artist, that by the time I was 14, we landed a major recording contract and made our first record (which was a major flop).
But, we did get to do some major stage shows around the New York City area with some of the top recording stars at that time.
Then, in 1965 I was hired as a studio musician and singer by a team of very successful record producers. We had several major hit records, including some you still hear to this day.
We toured the US, performed on national and local TV, and played in the top music venues along side other top name rock 'n roll artists of the period; I thought that I finally "made it."
But, the ignorance of youth, fueled by the arrogance of success at a young age led me to spend money faster than I made it, among several other foolish decisions. I also had the unrealistic thought that the music gravy train would never end . . . but, it did.
After the Music Died
Now 25 years old, recently remarried and expecting my first child, I was working at a mind-numbing, dead-end 9-5 desk job and playing music in area nightclubs 7 nights a week just to pay the bills. My life was a far cry from being the "rock star" I was just a few short years earlier.
Then, one night while playing in a local nightclub, my drummer told me he was selling real estate. He bragged that it was "easy to make big money" and suggested that I give it a try. I didn't know anything about selling real estate. But, after some thought, I realized that I had nothing left to lose.
So, I went to real estate school for 3 hours a night (between my day job and my night gig), passed the written test (on my first try), and got my New Jersey real estate salesman's license in July 1971.
Little did I realize, that my desire to simply make a decent living would start what would become a 4+ decade career that would bring me financial success and personal satisfaction beyond my wildest dreams.
Onward and Upward
After several years honing my skills, I opened my own real estate agency (Kenneth J. Jones Associates) in the Fords section of Woodbridge Township, New Jersey in January 1978.
The company grew quickly, and I won several awards for "Best Advertising in New Jersey" from the New Jersey Press Association. I quickly expanded into new construction and renovations, and continued to adhere to my investing plan.
Because there were so few well trained experienced real estate agents available (which I needed to meet the demands of my growing brokerage business), and a total absence of available professional real estate agent training, I developed my Ken Jones Fast-Track agent training program.
In time, local attorneys and bankers approached me to provide them with appraisal services, which quickly grew into a major business that took on a life of its own.
I became a New Jersey Certified Instructor for real estate sales and broker licensing in 1983. And, in 1991, I responded to the demand for real estate appraiser education and opened my own professional education service, the Institute of Real Estate Technologies, writing my own accredited courses and seminars, and teaching them throughout the eastern United States.
Since then, I've developed and instructed many real estate sales and business training courses and seminars. And, with the explosion of online training, I have also provided many of my courses and seminars online.
You should know, that I provide continual sales and ethics training to all of my real estate agents.