Since teaming with her mother Carolyn Bryant at RE/MAX in 2016, Kristi Kolmetz said the duo has just one goal in mind – superior client service.
A major part of that goal, she said, is the inherent knowledge both have of the area to help find the best fit for a buyer or seller entrusting them with doing so, and forging relationships that go beyond the client/agent transaction.
“We know some of the nuances – there are a lot of different factors that come into play when you’re pricing a home, and if you aren’t an agent from this area, sometimes you can miss some of those key things that you need to look for when listing,” Kristi said. “There are a lot of great agents in this area, but I think it’s important as a buyer or seller in this market to have a seasoned agent who knows the area.”
Since becoming a team in early 2016, the two have become quite the dynamic duo in Garden Oaks, Oak Forest, Shepherd Park Plaza and other surrounding neighborhoods. Kristi puts her marketing background in the architecture, engineering and contracting industry to work, and Carolyn brings her years of experience to the table.
“It wasn’t a completely new thing for me, it was just applying it in a different manner,” Kristi said. “My mother just wanted someone to team with as she continued to grow her business.
Over the last year and a half has certainly been the most unique for the pair, with the COVID-19 pandemic and its effects to now slowly returning to a sense of normalcy. But instead of discouraging them, Kristi said the mother/daughter team has continued to thrive.
As a whole, the Houston region has seen sales spike as more people were in need of a good home, and Kristi said it has been no different for the duo in their inner loop markets.
“It’s been a great year for both of us – I think we’re both working harder than we ever have,” she said.
Along with being crucial to finding that perfect fit, Kristi said she’s seen the relationships that Carolyn has forged during her time in real estate and strives to do the same with her clients. And a crucial part of that, she said, is her and her mother’s personal ties to the area.
Kristi is a longtime resident of Shepherd Park Plaza, and went to St. Rose of Lima Catholic Church and St. Pius X High School in the Garden Oaks and Oak Forest neighborhoods growing up. It’s her home, and she and Carolyn are dedicated to helping their clients find the same type of perfect fit.
“I love getting to know my clients. This is obviously a big transaction for them – possibly the largest one they will make. I love getting to know them on a personal level, explaining that there are going to be some hiccups along the way and trying to prepare them for that on the front end as much as I can,” she said. “I pride myself on trying to set and manage their expectations so there aren’t a lot of surprises. And at the end of the day, I keep in touch with most – if not all – of my clients on a regular basis.”
The efforts appear to have paid off.
“Kristi was wonderful to work with on the sale of my home. She thought of every detail and was proactive to any issues that may have come up while it was listed,” one seller said about Kristi. “She was a consummate professional and helped to get my home listed and an offer within two days.”
Kolmetz previously won 2nd place in The Leader’s Reader’s Choice Awards for best real estate agent, while the Carolyn Bryant Team – RE/MAX Metro was voted the best real estate company.
"Kristi had impeccable response-time and was very knowledgeable,” client Jennifer G said. “She was able to make me feel like her only client and that she truly had my best interests at heart."
Through all the uncertainty, Kristi and Carolyn have come out the other side, and so too have their clients. You’re in good hands with the mother/daughter team, whether you’re looking to buy or sell.