– High mortgage rates, inventory shortage, and sales slowdowns are currently affecting the housing market.
– Mike Miedler, the President and CEO of Century 21 Real Estate, believes that it’s important to adjust to these challenges and turn volatility into opportunity.
– Miedler emphasizes the importance of having a growth mindset and thinking like a leader of tomorrow.
– Miedler’s own career trajectory demonstrates the power of a growth mindset and the ability to adapt to different roles within the real estate industry.
– Miedler highlights four habits of growth-driven leaders: managing time and energy, always be learning, building trust and connection, and improving the community.
– Miedler believes that the need for housing will always exist and that real estate professionals have the opportunity to make a positive impact on people’s lives.
– The Century 21 brand remains the most recognized and respected name in the real estate industry.
High mortgage rates, inventory shortage, sales slowdowns … there are several macro factors haunting housing right now. To dispel fears about the future of the real estate market, we spoke to a leader who has thrived on change for over 25 years: Mike Miedler, the President and CEO of Century 21 Real Estate.
“There will always be things outside of our control,” Mike says. “Just when we think we have it figured out, the direction of the wind changes. But it’s up to us to adjust the sails and turn volatility into opportunity.” This approach is clearly working for the CENTURY 21® brand — in his five years at the helm, the CENTURY 21 brand remains the most recognized name and the most respected in the real estate industry1.
But how does one do this as an individual? “You have to shift to a growth mindset,” Mike says. “Whether your ambition is to be a top agent or lead a winning team or your own brokerage, start thinking like a leader of tomorrow, today. It’s the way to succeed not just in business, but in anything you do in life.”
Mike’s own career is a living example of the power of a growth mindset. Starting with Century 21 Real Estate in 2009 as a real estate adviser, he kept moving and leading from the front across different areas — operations, brokerage growth, brand development and market share strategy. He rose the ranks from VP to Senior VP to Chief Growth Officer before becoming the President and CEO in January of 2019. So, what keeps him going? “This has always been a business of human connection and community,” he says. “As real estate professionals, we make a real impact on people’s lives, guide them in the most important investment they’ll make in a lifetime. That gives me energy.”
We saw this energy for ourselves as Mike spoke with the C21® affiliated agents and brokers at the brand’s Leadership and Top Agent conferences in Miami earlier this month. He challenged attendees, saying, “To lead with purpose, you must live, breathe, believe in it and communicate it constantly … Setting a human tone while also driving results has to start with your actions.” He exuded positivity and genuine curiosity in all his interactions, from a barista at a café to a broker from Illinois who recently became part of the C21 network. Even as he leads initiatives and meetings, Mike actively listens and learns from the professionals he meets throughout the C21 global network. Reflecting on his role, he says, “It gives me a unique lens to watch, follow and witness great leadership moments.” Based on his years in the field and in the front office, he’s noticed a pattern of habits in those who continue to succeed in any market.
In Mike’s own words, here are the four habits of growth-driven leaders — and the real-world examples of those who embody them:
- Managing time and energy: “Edna Kimble from Tahlequah, OK, was our No. 1 REALTOR® in the C21 system for units in 2022 among nearly 145,000 affiliated agents! In 2022, she sold about 280 homes. That’s about one every business day! If you ask her how she did it, she’ll say time management is critical. Not just to block out dedicated hours for business, but also to make time to take care of yourself, work out, be with your family. And through it all, being present in the moment.”
- Always be learning: “Jessica Beggins Houston is a third-generation CENTURY 21 affiliated agent in Tampa, FL. For the past several months, she has been diligent about learning and leveraging the MoxiWorks® products suite to be more effective and efficient in marketing and managing her listings. Whether it’s technology and AI tools, or the latest financing options, or trends in the market, you have to keep educating yourself. As the market keeps changing, it’s how you build your self-confidence and work smartly.”
- Build trust and connection: “Create a network of high-performing colleagues that collaborate and inspire each other to go farther. Adam Oberski from Northville, MI leads a team of 250 affiliated agents and is always pushing them to improve their health and fitness. When you get people to set goals together and be better, it also motivates them in business.”
- Improve your community: “The advisors who have the most longevity and loyalty are those who truly treat their customers like family. Like Ted Dawson, one of the top brokers in Jackson Hole, WY for over 20 years. A few weeks ago, he sold a property for $15M. But I know he treats every single customer with the same authentic care, even one who’s buying a $25K lot. And he continues to serve his community, from shoveling snow from the roofs of seniors, to cutting his long hair for Locks of Love. Leaning into inclusion is a key driver to grow your community, and it’s also smart for business.”
And even as the real estate market ebbs and flows, we can be assured of one universal constant — the need to be home. “People will always strive to be homeowners. It’s the place you can feel comfortable in, and live your life’s most important and intimate moments,” says Mike. And shifting our perspective from houses to humans,” I recently read an NAR report that stated over the next two years, there are going to be 7 million new babies, 3 million marriages and 50 million job switches … our work of human connections happens around these moments. Real estate, like life, will continue to move the market forward.”
1Study Source: 2022 Ad Tracking Study. The survey results are based on 1,201 online interviews with a national random sample of adults (ages 18+) who are equal decision-makers in real estate transactions and active in the real estate market (bought or sold a home within the past two years or plan to purchase or sell a home within the next two years) — recognition questions based on consumers’ awareness of the brand in question. Results are significant at a 90 percent confidence level, with a margin of error of +/- 2.4 percent. The study was conducted by Kantar Group Limited (formerly Millward Brown), a leading global market research organization, from Nov. 10 to 16, 2022.
Property Chomp's Take:
The real estate market is currently facing several challenges, including high mortgage rates, inventory shortages, and sales slowdowns. These macro factors have caused concerns about the future of the housing market. However, Mike Miedler, the President and CEO of Century 21 Real Estate, believes that it is important to adjust to these challenges and turn volatility into opportunity.
Miedler, who has thrived on change for over 25 years, believes that there will always be things outside of our control. He emphasizes the importance of adjusting the sails and shifting to a growth mindset in order to succeed in any market. Whether it is being a top agent, leading a winning team, or owning a brokerage, Miedler believes that thinking like a leader of tomorrow is the key to success in both business and life.
Miedler's own career is a testament to the power of a growth mindset. He started as a real estate adviser at Century 21 in 2009 and quickly rose through the ranks, holding various leadership positions before becoming the President and CEO in 2019. He attributes his success to the impact he makes on people's lives and the energy he derives from being a part of the real estate profession.
During the recent Leadership and Top Agent conferences held by Century 21 in Miami, Miedler challenged attendees to lead with purpose and set a human tone while also driving results. He emphasized the importance of managing time and energy, always being open to learning, building trust and connection, and improving the community.
Miedler highlighted real-world examples of individuals who embody these habits. For instance, Edna Kimble from Tahlequah, OK, who was the top REALTOR® in the Century 21 system for units sold in 2022, emphasized the importance of time management and being present in the moment. Jessica Beggins Houston, a third-generation CENTURY 21 affiliated agent in Tampa, FL, focused on continuous learning and leveraging technology to be more effective and efficient. Adam Oberski from Northville, MI, who leads a team of 250 affiliated agents, emphasized the importance of setting goals together and pushing each other to improve. Ted Dawson, one of the top brokers in Jackson Hole, WY, treated every customer with authentic care and served his community.
Despite the challenges in the real estate market, Miedler believes that the need for a home will always be there. He sees real estate as a business of human connection and community, where professionals guide individuals in their most important investment. He believes that by shifting our perspective from houses to humans, we can continue to move the market forward.
In conclusion, the real estate market is currently facing challenges such as high mortgage rates, inventory shortages, and sales slowdowns. However, Mike Miedler, the President and CEO of Century 21 Real Estate, believes that it is important to adjust to these challenges and turn volatility into opportunity. He emphasizes the importance of a growth mindset and highlights the habits of growth-driven leaders. By managing time and energy, always being open to learning, building trust and connection, and improving the community, individuals can succeed in any market. Despite the challenges, the need for a home will always be there, and the real estate market will continue to move forward.