One of Wilton’s busiest residents is Peg Koellmer, who has been working in Wilton’s real estate market since 1990. She’s an active member of the community, as a past president of the Wilton Chamber of Commerce, past president (and current board member) of Wilton Go Green, and member of the Kiwanis Club, among other organizations. Koellmer has also served as a Wilton Social Services commissioner and on the board of the Wilton Historical Society.
As the broker/owner of Realty Seven, she’s also very involved with several professional organizations both here in Wilton in Fairfield County, and at the state level. She not only holds a seat on CT Realtors’ Board of Directors, she was recently named the chair of the Grievance/Professional Standards Committee. We asked Koellmer to answer our Business Questionnaire:
What is the name of your business?
Peg Koellmer: Realty Seven
How long have you had your business?
PK: I have been an agent at Realty Seven since 1990 and have owned the company for the last 10 years.
How did you get into this field?
PK: My husband’s family has been in the construction business for three generations so when my father-in-law asked me to get my license it seemed like a good idea for some part time work. It didn’t turn out that way. It was full time from the very start but I still had enough flexibility so I could be there for the children when they were young.
What do you love most about your job?
PK: Definitely the people. I get the pleasure of working every day with about 25 people that I respect and enjoy. It’s a very supportive, dedicated, hardworking group with a wonderful commitment to our community.
What sets your business apart from any other?
PK: Our culture is our strategic advantage. Each of our agents volunteers their time to a local non-profit and donates a portion of each commission to the Realty Seven Charitable Fund that they manage as a group. It’s more of a home-like environment than most offices where our whole office works as a team in all aspects of their business.
What would people be surprised to learn about you and your business?
PK: We have been here in town for almost 40 years as an independent Real Estate Firm.
What was the most memorable work experience you’ve had?
PK: Oh wow, we could write a book! We always talk about having a reality show. Guess the one that comes to mind is our Spring “bonding” trips. Every Spring we get a Limo/Party bus and do a food, cultural and architecture tours in the different neighborhoods in New York City. Probably my favorite was a walking food tour of Arthur Avenue in the Bronx where we got to see the inner workings of some amazing delis and restaurant and have tastings of food and wine. Lots of laughs, great food and great beverages.
Any funny anecdotes/recollections/story from your work?
PK: I once showed a house where, unbeknownst to me, a family member had overslept and decided to hide in the closet! I almost had a heart attack when I opened it to show the buyers how spacious it was. Another time, it was my first listing, the homeowners were going through a contentious divorce and he didn’t want to sell. I made an appointment to show the house and when he opened the door……let’s just say, he was underdressed for the occasion! I had also asked him to paint his office, so he did. He spray painted the entire thing included the furniture, books, floors, stairs, walls and ceiling, metallic silver.
What do you love about your work?
PK: I love the different facets of the job, it’s different every day. One day I may be teaching, another working on a merger committee for the state MLS’s, or participating in hearings as a member of a professional standards and Ethics panel. Currently I am the president of the Mid-Fairfield County Association of Realtors and have a seat on State Board of Realtors. I really enjoy getting to know agents from other communities, as well as learn about the communities they serve. I also do a fair amount of traveling to meetings across the country.
What do you hope to give your clients?
PK: We hope to give our clients educated, professional guidance when they are either selling or buying a home.
What’s the one tip you’d give to a new business opening up in Wilton?
PK: Have money set aside to get through any market. My advice would be to have three years in reserve when you open the doors. Many businesses are seasonal and you need to plan ahead for those times.
What kind of awards/accolades/brags would you like to share?
PK: I was tremendously proud to be chosen for the Distinguished Citizen of the Year in 2012. Recently, I was asked to Chair the Connecticut Association of Realtors Professional Standards and Ethics Committee. It is a position I respect so much and was honored to be asked.
How can people contact you?
Either at my office at 203.762.5548, my Cell at 203.451.8479 or email.
Anything else upcoming to promote?
Hopefully, a great Spring Market!
What Wilton business do you like and would recommend to GMW readers?
I’ve always loved the Village Market. Not only do they have great food and service, but they also have a wonderful commitment to our community. Like Realty Seven they are independent and family owned and I try to support small businesses.