Marti Hampton is one of those giants in the real estate industry with more than 30 years of service under her belt. In 2019, she and her 15-agent team in the Raleigh-Durham-Chapel Hill area of North Carolina closed $135 million in sales on 428 transactions as the owner of a RE/MAX franchise. For five straight years, she was the top resale agent in the Triangle area.
But like many top real estate brokers, Hampton felt that for all the hard work she was doing, she wasn’t getting the maximum benefit for the amount she was bringing to the table for RE/MAX. Then she learned about eXp Realty and knew it offered the opportunity for her team to grow, learn, and earn much more than just a yearly income.
“I did not have to give up my name. I did not have to buy another franchise. There is a cap on what the company can earn from me and instead, the company gives back much more than it takes from its agents!
“They give me stock and revenue-sharing instead of trophies, giving both my team and me an opportunity to build a future and invest year after year. The ability to care for our families with healthcare options and retirement opportunities was huge,” said Hampton, who is approaching her one-year anniversary with eXp in February.
Hampton has been doing real estate since 1985, choosing the profession after the need to raise her three children as a single mother. This career was a natural fit and she became hugely successful, eventually owning her own franchise for nearly 20 years. But instead of “renting a name on a sign,” Hampton wanted something so much more. The ability to team up with local top agents in the Raleigh area was enough to seal the deal.
“I still sell real estate,” said Hampton, “but I’m partnering with some of the best in the Triangle — Sharon Evans, Renee Hillman, Thomas Wall, April Stephens, and Tina Caul.”
Learn more about Marti Hampton:
Years in real estate: Since 1985
Gross sales and transactions in 2019: $135 million sales volume on 428 transactions.
- eXp Realty (Feb. 2020 – current)
- RE/MAX ONE (2001 – 2020)
- RE/MAX Property Associates (1996 – 2001)
- Prudential Carolinas (1985 – 1996)
Main territory: Raleigh/Durham, Chapel Hill and surrounding counties.
Main focus: Residential home sales.
Number of people on team: 30
Accolades, accomplishments & awards:
- No. 1 Resale agent in Triangle for 5 straight years.
- No. 1 U.S. RE/MAX team in 2014
- No. 3 RE/MAX team in world
- Named Best of Zillow
When and why did you join eXp Realty?
“Today, you have many more choices! I decided to join eXp Realty to gain more opportunities for my team to grow their incomes. The ability to grow, earn and own at this level was not present with the brokerages of the past. In real estate, the sky’s the limit, but you do need the right vehicle to get there. I see a tidal wave of talented momentum flooding this company nationally. Yet, we’re still in the beginning stages of growth.”
What makes eXp Realty special to you?
“I am breaking free from the old traditional restraints of brokerages of the past and investing in the future of my team. The ability to focus on growing my team in a wonderfully collaborative environment is a breath of fresh air!”
Is there a significant experience you can share since you joined eXp Realty?
“Joining like-minded agents and masterminds such as Freedom Builders, eXp Realty partners, Honey Badger Nation have built a sense of community and collaboration like none other in my local area.”
What is one thing about eXp Realty that surprised you?
“The willingness of agents to share their talents! Top leaders and agents around the world are taking the time to collaborate and share resources to help others. The ability to be able to reach out to literally anyone and have everyone chip in to help is amazing! It’s a true partnership that benefits agents, team leaders and top teams alike.
What kind of collaboration have you experienced at eXp?
“We have a community of eXp agents in the Triangle and we continually band together to offer weekly training, events and charity opportunities both locally and throughout the region. When we band together, we all rise.”
Best tip to share with other agents:
“Expect something good to happen each day and then go out and make it happen. Take a risk and get out of your comfort zone!”
5 Fun Things About Marti Hampton
What is your idea of perfect happiness?
Loving your work and your work family.
One thing you can’t live without?
Vacation and travel – go away Covid!
One trait that has led to your success?
Love of family and those around me.
What celebrity would play you in a movie or TV show?
Barbara Cocoran of course!
Little known fact about yourself?
I used to be a bartender long ago!
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