Herald JournalHerald Journal, May 16, 2005

Zurawskis open realty office north of HL

By Teresa Jagodzinski

“The buck stops here!”

That’s what Rick Zurawski wants you to know makes his real estate business different from larger companies.

Zurawski was a Realtor at Coldwell Banker Burnett in Buffalo since 2001, and now he’s out on his own with his new business, Zurawski & Associates, Inc. His office is located north of Howard Lake, overlooking the Crow River.

He’s a real estate broker, which means that he writes all of the contracts and represents the clients himself. There is no third party involved.

“We offer all of the services that a big company offers ,” he said, “but all of it is done by me from start to finish.”

“I give more hands-on service to my clients,” he said, “I find out the needs, wants, and exact path the client wants to take. I know all aspects of the client’s file.”

Rick and his wife Jill make up the business. Jill does the bookwork.

“It’s been really nice to work close to home,” Jill said, “It’s going really well.”

“I couldn’t do it without her,” Rick added.

The one challenge he faces is to maintain a work schedule, and not work so many hours that it cuts into his family time.

Zurawski has always been self-motivated and focused, and he welcomes the challenge of succeeding on his own.

“One of my greatest motivations is when someone tells me I can’t do something. I’ll work day and night to succeed,” he explained.

Many other factors contributed to the Zurawskis’ decision to start their own company.

“This job involves a lot of driving just to do the job, and an office at home eliminates the commute to an office each day,” he said.

The ability to have a large beautiful office and to offer clients a unique setting and comfortable environment to conduct business also attributed to his decision to go on his own.

Now, he has clients all over, but his desire is to do more business in and around Howard Lake.

“In upcoming years, we’d like to keep our business within a 30 to 40 mile radius of Howard Lake,” Zurawski said.

Zurawski values the business of his past clients.

“Eighty-five percent of my clients now are referrals from friends and past clients,” he said.

Last fall they had their first client appreciation party.

“It was a lot of fun and very successful,” they said.

A unique part of his business is going door-knocking.

“Once a week I’ll go knocking on doors and talk to the owners about their property,” he explained, “so down the road, if they want to sell or if I have a buyer looking for what they have, it’s easier to make the connection.”

The people he has met while going house-to-house have been very nice.

“I really enjoy it,” Zurawski said, “and I’ve learned a lot by doing it.”

To contact Zurawski & Associates, call (320) 543-2113, or e-mail them at rick@pickrick2sell.com.

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