Coldwell Banker Jim Stewart, Realtors | President
by Kristin Todd
Earl Patrick can be considered a seasoned veteran in the real estate industry; however, he did not always have his eyes set on working in real estate. “I really got into the real estate business through the back door,” he said. “I was working for a Waco-based conglomerate that happened to own a lot of real estate, and I was asked to take care of that portion of the business.”
Patrick took the initiative to learn more about the industry by returning to Baylor to take real estate courses. Following that, he received a real estate salesman’s and broker’s license. In 1975, he joined Coldwell Banker Jim Stewart, Realtors, as a partner and has been closing deals ever since. “Helping people buy and sell property is a win-win situation,” Patrick said. “I like solving problems and making people happy.”
And he has a simple technique for keeping everyone happy. “I believe in the Golden Rule – do unto others as you would have them do unto you,” he said. “I treat everyone in business the way that I would want to be treated.”
In 2004, Patrick was the recipient of the first ever Lifetime Achievement Award presented by the Waco Association of Realtors. Pretty successful for a guy who didn’t initially plan on being involved in real estate. “Success is knowing God’s will for your life and doing it,” he said.