Posted 9/27/2017 08:00 am
Updated 11 months ago
Forrest City native Korry Garrett built his successful business, Sandstone Real Estate Group, dealing in residential and commercial real estate and property management in Conway. Impressive enough, but only a warm-up for what he has in mind for his next act.
“This year I got my general contractor’s license. My construction company is called KB Garrett Construction,” Garrett said. “Over 2018 we’re looking to go into some of the underserved areas, especially where I’m from over in the Delta, and build some affordable housing.”
“Then, we’re looking to team with Sandstone Real Estate Group to provide the education to get people ready to move into those houses.”
Garrett expects the first home to be built late next year, then to see where things go from there. But he’s been honing the homeowner education component his entire time in the real estate business.
“A lot of people really don’t know about the home buying process. They don’t know how it works,” he said. “I didn’t know how it worked before I got into the business.”
In fact, it was when Garrett was looking to buy a home that he met the late Greg Hunt, a local real estate agent who not only sold him a house, but sold him on the idea of getting into the industry.
“He had the bright idea of us linking up together, selling real estate,” Garrett said. “He took me up under his wing and taught me about the business.”
The duo worked briefly for another firm before launching Sandstone nine years ago. From the start, Garrett wanted the company to stand out, developing relationships with clients in which he was more consultant than salesperson.
“We dig deeper to find out exactly what a client’s needs are before we start showing them things,” Garrett said. “Sometimes the commercial guys already know, they got it figured out. We do want them to know, though, that we have experienced agents in the commercial realm in case they need to fall back on our expertise.”
Garrett began his professional career in social work after earning a bachelor’s degree in family and consumer sciences from the University of Central Arkansas in Conway. He also holds a Master of Business Administration from the University of Phoenix.
A 2012 Arkansas Business 40 Under 40 honoree, he’s active in several community organizations including Conway Cradle Care, which provides role models for young parents enrolled in the Faulkner County School District and the advisory committee for CASA, the Court Appointed Special Advocates for children.
“For a while, I was running a landscaping company [as a second job],” he said. “People would see me out trying to sell houses one day and then the next day, you may see me over at the hotel trimming bushes and doing the flower bed. Man, I had to learn to be very humble in building my business.”