August Agency Profile – Bulldog Properties Team
August Agency Profile – Bulldog Properties Team
By Charlotte Top Producers |Aug 7, 2022

Giving reliable advice to make good decisions

Bob Fredrickson of Bulldog Properties Team

Written by Heather Pluard

Photos by Kelly Klemmensen Photography

Bulldogs are known for being courageous and loyal, and so is the Bulldogs Properties Team! When REALTOR® Bob Fredrickson decided to build a brand, he wanted it to reflect his deep devotion to taking care of clients. Inspiration for the perfect name struck as he was driving down the road and thinking about his rescue pup, Hattie Grace.

“I had an ‘ah-ha’ moment,” Bob smiles. “As an owner of Bulldogs, I know the breed is fiercely loyal. And, since they were initially bred to fight bulls, they’re also fearless. Agents should be the same way. Bulldogs Properties Team gives reliable advice to clients so they can make good decisions. And we’re not afraid to have tough but respectful conversations where we tell people what they need to hear to avoid making a buying mistake. Ultimately, that is what clients are paying us for, and we want to have life-long relationships with them.”

An English and American Bulldog mix, 3-year-old Hattie was found wandering the woods and brought into a Humane Society, where Bob met her for the first time. His heart melted immediately. “I knew we would take her home before I even had a chance to pet her,” he smiles. “Names are a big deal to me, so I took my time coming up with one and decided on Hattie because it means ‘home or estate ruler.’ It’s the perfect fit because Hattie Grace is now the face of my real estate company!”

Before launching his team in 2020, Bob was a successful single agent with Keller Williams and had years of management and leadership experience in the mortgage industry. “I was trucking along selling houses but wanted to create something bigger,” he says. “When JPar recruited me, the company was just getting started and offered me an ownership opportunity. I love leveraging my experiences to help grow the company. In addition, it’s a flat-fee brokerage, meaning agents have access to all the support, training, and technology they need without having to give away 30% of their commission. Clients hire you because of who you are, not your firm.”

A national brand, JPar Carolina Living has two physical offices in Charlotte and is expanding across the state. “We’re about smart business and good people!” says Sarah Zdeb, CEO JPar Carolina Living. “We strive to build an environment agents love, on a low fee model they don’t want to leave.”

Bulldogs Properties Team has five agents, four of whom joined this year, and a career sales volume of over $27 million since 2020. “I wanted to build something special with agents focused on doing real estate the right way and putting the client experience first,” Bob says. “Our clients leave every transaction feeling like we were there for them every step of the way. Of course, we couldn’t do all of this without our Transaction Coordinator, Angela Smidi. She’s a rock star! And my go-to lending partner is Kara Whitman with Wyndham Capital Mortgage. In five years of partnership, we’ve never had a transaction be delayed by even one day.”

When Bob isn’t working with clients or helping his team succeed, he can often be found putting out fires — literally. “I’ve been a volunteer firefighter with the Steele Creek Fire Department for over 10 years,” he says. “I also serve on their board of directors and function as the treasurer. I grew up in a small town in Pennslyvania, and I believe in supporting the community however possible. My wife, Lauren, and I support, serve, and volunteer at the Children’s Home Society of North Carolina and support them financially. They do fantastic work throughout the state, and we partnered with the agency to adopt our children, Isaiah (14) and Ciera (13). We are super blessed with great kids!”

Moving forward, Bob plans to grow his team with the right people while primarily focusing on making each of his agents a tremendous success. “I’m here to show them the way,” he says. “We meet weekly, discuss wins and loses, and learn from each other. It’s a very collaborative environment. My best advice to agents is to find a team with the same values as you and don’t just be a door-opener. Always do the right thing, give sound advice, tell the truth, and show up on time. That’s the foundation of an excellent client experience. And every client is a gateway to ten more if you take care of them on the front end. Finally, don’t believe all the negativity you hear about the market. This business is amazing and always will be.”  

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