Columbus real estate a piece of the pie

by Maureen McCabe on April 25, 2010

pie chart Columbus real estate brokeragesColumbus real estate brokerage a piece of the pie - breaking news there is a new Columbus Ohio real estate brokerage opening in 2010.

I had heard something…  about someone working for someone a few months back and perhaps I should have put two and two together.  “Duh…”  I don’t believe a new Columbus brokerage crossed my mind.  “Double duh.”

As an agent with Real Living HER (formerly HER Realtors) I heard about before the first (and only newspaper article as of yet ) about George Smith leaving our company to form a new company with Patrick Grabill (Grabill sold King Thompson to NRT in 2000.)  We heard via email. Of course I can not say what that email said….

I tried calling two friends on Thursday who I thought would know more than me.  Both evaded my phone calls…  I wouldn’t have blogged about what they were able to tell me.  Really.

The news of a new Columbus real estate brokerage was in the paper or online Friday (I did not find it until Saturday) Columbus Business First has the story. What does Business First of Columbus have to say about it?

Real estate vets taking on firms they helped build

Synopsis Patrick Grabill and George Smith are starting a new real estate brokerage in Columbus.

Patrick Grabill who owned King Thompson and sold it to NRT  in 2001 and George Smith one of the “forefathers”  of  HER Realtors (founder Harley E. Rouda’s right hand man, our broker for years of the company that is now Real Living HER … ) are forming a new real estate brokerage in Columbus.

I don’t see anything online in the Columbus Dispatch about  I am waiting for the Sunday paper to be delivered…  to see if Jim Weiker of the Columbus Dispatch has more scoop… that I am just not seeing online for some reason.

Business First Columbus quotes the President of the Columbus Board of REALTORS®, the executive vice president of Coldwell Banker King Thompson and the   Business First of Columbus identifies him “Real Living HER President Chris Darrow.”   His emails are signed Chris Derrow… that much I can tell you.

Columbus real estate brokerage a piece of the pie a poll

A PollDaddy poll about Columbus real estate brokerage  – what do you think is going to happen? Choose all that apply or ad an “other.”


Columbus real estate brokerage a piece of the pie chart  – Created with Trendgraphix but merely used here for illustration purposes.

No clues here about what that pie represents.

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1 Good Luck August 26, 2010 at 11:05 am

I worked with Patrick Grabill prior to him selling King Thompson to NRT and know that his drive and motivation to succeed will propel his new company forward, even in the down market. Unfortunately, NRT/Cendant tainted the King Thompson image with their business models and wall street influences, which many will likely agree is one reason for CBKT’s decline in market share and loss of local prestige. I’m confident that Grabill-Smith & Co. will quickly spring forward and build an operation similar to what made HER and King Thompson huge successes in the central ohio market. I wish them both the best of luck!

2 Maureen McCabe August 26, 2010 at 12:42 pm

I have never met Patrick Grabill. For years at Columbus Board of REALTORS® functions I could not tell him and Tom Holcombe apart. Well I have been able to tell them apart for about 8 years now.

Grabill – Smith is Prudential Metrix now… I think.

I was with Coldwell Banker before HER Realtors! way back in their pre NRT days.

;- )

3 Amy Champion Bemis December 10, 2010 at 08:20 pm

I googled “Grabill-Smith & Co.” and this blog is the first result.

4 Maureen McCabe December 12, 2010 at 06:39 am

They are named Prudential Metrix now. I see the post I wrote about that high on the the first page of search (Google) but not the top. I guess because they are using that name… one little mention does not go that high in search now that they are using it.

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