Andrew Morgan grew up in a real estate family.
His Grandfather owned a real estate brokerage for 30+ years—where his mother happened to also start her career in real estate. Andrew’s brother owns a commercial real estate firm in Chicago. Andrew’s dad? A real estate attorney.
“It’s safe to say that I came from a real estate background,” Andrew says.
Oddly enough, as Andrew puts it, “One of the few conscious decisions I made at a relatively young age was that I did not want to follow in the family footsteps.” Andrew’s circuitous route to real estate took him from the Midwest (Michigan) all the way out West to Arizona where he graduated college, and then to California, where he began his career in Sports and Entertainment at the Staples Center in Los Angeles.
Having worked several years in some of the most high-profile entertainment venues across the country, Andrew gravitated back East, eventually landing in North Carolina. He relocated to Charlotte, working for a time in NASCAR and then a season respectively with the Charlotte Bobcats (now Hornets) of the NBA and the NFL’s Carolina Panthers.
“My career took me places I never imagined I would be,” Andrew says. “I got to meet a ton of famous people and worked at some amazing events including the Super Bowl, World Series, the Kentucky Derby, and the Grammy awards, just to name a few. I could probably write a book about it someday, but it was a lot of travel.”
Travel is hard, especially with a growing family. Searching for a new career interest, Andrew started working in real estate when the local firm that helped he and his wife sell their house in Cornelius offered him a job.
Andrew found success early, and over the course of the next 6 years, he sold more than 400 homes closing $100 million in real estate sales. Naturally, leadership duties multiplied, and Andrew took on the role of Broker in Charge of that same firm where he helped grow a top producing team (in the Lake Norman area) that did more than $75 Million in production each year.
This past spring, Andrew made a decision: Time to fly the coop.
Today, partnered with Clifford Blanquicet Jr. who runs their sister company, Blanq Real Estate & Commercial Property Management Inc, a Commercial real estate firm in Charlotte (hence the BLANQ MOR name mashup), the two partners held their grand opening in late September 2019 in Cornelius.
The BLANQ MOR office is light-years away from that stuffy, every-office feel of yesteryear.
“We wanted to be different from most real estate offices,” Andrew says. “We wanted an open concept, co-work-space vibe, where people could have flexible space within the office. We really wanted that swanky coffee shop vibe, and we’ve built our team around that concept.”
Andrew and Clifford went ALL-IN with a “build it and they will come” mentality. So far, they seem to be on to something, having just hired their 7th real estate agent to add to the office staff and help support the rest of the team.
“I’d like to build this office up to between 15-20 agents over the next year, then we’ll replicate this model in another location in Charlotte,” Andrew says. Jodi is also involved leading a weekly “Mindset Monday” meeting at the office for agents and anyone else who would like to attend.
“I want to be a company that not only talks about the power of a positive mindset, but lives it by having people walk out of here better than when they stepped foot in the front door,” Andrew says. “Along those lines, I’ve come to embrace in my leadership style a couple of years ago that I really love working with brand new or those agents who are newer to the business.”
Still a fledgling firm, BLANQ MOR is destined for replication in Charlotte, and perhaps beyond. That’s what Andrew and his business partner, Clifford, foresee in the near future. “Clifford and I simply have a passion for all things real estate, and we find absolute satisfaction in coaching agents to grow into the best version of themselves.”
Andrew says he looks for honesty and integrity when recruiting new agents.
“Those are the things I look for. I can teach anybody to do real estate, it’s nearly impossible, however, to teach people to be decent human beings. If you can’t work together with the rest of the team, this isn’t the right company for you.”