We here at the Langston Keil Group have some massive changes! We’ve been truly blessed and have some wonderful achievements to celebrate! Within the past couple of months, our amazing brokers at Murney - in recognition of our growth - have provided an office for us! So, we’ve moved out of the main Murney building to another location nearby. We’ve worked really hard, and have our amazing clients, friends, and family to thank for utilizing our Real Estate services, and for all of your love and support!
In the midst of all of these exciting changes, there is one even greater change that is certainly to be celebrated, but is tempered with a bittersweet departure. Langston Keil Group Partner, Joseph Keil is moving on from Real Estate to the next chapter of his life - he has decided to enlist in the United States Army. We’re incredibly proud, yet, obviously, sorry to see him go. Here’s a letter from Joe explaining his exciting new adventure.
To my dear clients, colleagues, friends, and family,
It is with a mix of joy, sorrow, and excitement that I announce I will no longer be active as a real estate agent. First, I would like to thank all of you for your love, support, and faith in me as I struggled to build a business and make a living in an ultra-competitive field. I owe a special debt of gratitude to Dustin Langston for partnering with me in forming the Langston Keil Group. Dustin, we’ve done well for ourselves, and we’ve had a heck of a lot of fun doing it. Proud of you buddy.
When I entered real estate, I was told it was a cutthroat industry, and that I ought to watch my back. I came to realize that, yes, it is an incredibly difficult and competitive business, but those people who warned me of the ruthlessness of the business were simply looking to blame others for their inability to take ownership of their shortcomings. The reality is that the Realtor community is made up of some of the most generous, kind, and hard-working people I’ve ever met. Especially my colleagues at Murney - what an incredible brokerage! Real estate sales is unique in that it is one of the few businesses in which your output is a direct, unfiltered result of your input. Work hard and the reward is great. Be lazy, and before you know it, you’re living on credit cards and late on your mortgage (unfortunately, I speak from experience). But it’s in those moments when you hit rock bottom, and claw your way back up that you truly learn about yourself, and what you’re capable of. I once had a conversation with a fellow agent about the potential of listing a high-dollar property, and he told me to always ask myself this question: “Why not me?” And so I have continued to ask that question of myself. It’s not an arrogant assumption that if someone else can do it, I can. It’s a prompt to honestly evaluate what the obstacles are between me and my goal, and to figure out what I need to do to overcome or smash through those obstacles. It is with that mindset that I’ve achieved a level of success in real estate that I’m very proud of. Anytime I encounter a challenge I don’t feel like I’m up to, asking myself “Why not me?” removes the emotion - the fear - and breaks it down into an analysis of my capabilities, and prompts me to find a way of obtaining that which I’m lacking to achieve my goals.
Well, the time has come for me to face another great challenge and to fulfill a dream I’ve had for quite some time. Prior to my career in real estate, I worked as a civilian contractor in Iraq and Afghanistan, supporting the Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom mission for about 4 years. During my time spent on military installations in the Middle East, I had the pleasure to work for and with the finest men and women America has to offer - the Soldiers, Airmen, Sailors, and Marines of the United States Military. I always admired our nations warriors, and have had a strong desire to join their ranks and serve the Nation that I love and that has given so much to me. I recall a conversation with an Army Ranger at a small base outside of Kabul, Afghanistan - I asked him if he enjoyed his job. He told me it was the best decision he had ever made and that he loved it. “You’ve gotta do it. You’ll regret it the rest of your life if you don’t.” His words have stuck with me, and I know them to be true - if I don’t do this, I will surely regret it for the rest of my life. So, after much thought, prayer, and preparation, it is with great pride that I announce that I am heeding that Ranger’s advice. I have enlisted in the United States Army. I’m humbled and honored to serve my country. I’m excited for the many challenges that await me, and as daunting as they may be, many have gone before, so, why not me?
Finally, for all who have any need of real estate services, I strongly encourage you to utilize my friend and business partner, Dustin. Nearly every day over the past year and a half, I’ve worked with Dustin and I can personally attest to his abilities as a Real Estate Agent, and more importantly, his qualities as a man. You will be hard pressed to find a more hard-working, knowledgeable, professional Realtor to represent you in not only the largest transaction you’ll likely make, but the most personal and emotional transaction - the purchase or sale of your home. Dustin is competent, experienced, personable, and displays unwavering integrity. Bottom line, in Springfield and the surrounding area, when it comes to your Real Estate transaction, Dustin Langston is the best choice!
I’m sincerely grateful for all of you.
God bless you, and best regards,