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Glenn S. Phillips – Speaker Information

Glenn S. Phillips

Glenn S. Phillips, CEO
Lake Homes Realty

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CEO Glenn S. Phillips is available to speak on a number of topics, including (but not limited to) the topics listed below.

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The Secrets of Real Estate No One Talks About

  • In recent years, the real estate industry has become a battlefield of business models and technology.
  • Missing in these discussions are a handful of fundamental business model and industry secrets that no one is really talking about.
  • When deciding whether or not to enter the real estate industry, CEO Glenn S. Phillips and his team did a deep dive into the current business models and possible futures of real estate, and in doing so found a number of secrets that live right before our eyes (yet no one talks about them).
    • How real estate brokerages are not really in the real estate business.
    • Why Silicon Valley can’t eliminate real estate agents (and not just because Gary Keller said so).
    • How “vanity numbers” distort real estate business models and fool millions of people.
    • How Uber drivers (but not Uber) may change real estate forever.
    • What real estate agents can do to ensure their survival as the industry changes (and it is going to have big changes).
  • Once you hear this clear insight into the real estate industry, you’ll never look at the real estate industry the same again.

A Different Take on the Future of Real Estate

Insight from the CEO of One of the Fastest Growing Real Estate Brokerages in the Country

  • In real estate, is the future Zillow, OpenDoor, Redfin and the like … or it it a tech-driven evolution of brick-and-mortar brokerages?
  • With all the knowledge available online now, why has For-Sale-By-Owner STILL not grown significant market share?
  • What is the future of reduced-commission brokerages and flat-fee brokerages (and why have they not become more dominant)?
  • There are more than 1.3 million Realtors®, yet most earn less than under-paid school teachers. Why? And is this viable in the future?
  • With the merging of traditional real estate and data-based websites, how can home buyers and sellers be prepared to avoid fooling themselves (or being fooled by others)?

Are We Approaching Another Real Estate Bubble?

  • As proven by the last real estate bubble and bust, real estate as a market impacts us all, be it directly or indirectly.
  • Learn:
    • In plain English, where are real estate markets headed?
    • Is now the best time to sell or buy?
    • Is there another real estate boom or bust coming?
      • The answer: No and No
      • Learn the 5 specific reasons why a boom-bust is not approaching.
    • What are leading and trailing real estate markets, and how do they influence each other?
    • What new things should home buyers and home sellers be aware of in the near future?

Want the Secrets of Your Industry? Drive 60,000 Miles to have 450 Conversations

  • In building one of the fastest growing companies in the country (2017 and 2018 Inc. 5000), CEO Glenn Phillips hit the road.
  • Traveling 60,000 miles by car (plus more by plane), Glenn has met with almost 500 real estate agents across 20 states in both small private meetings and one-on-one meetings. (And this does not begin to include the hundreds of hours of telephone conversations.)
  • These multi-hour meetings provide amazing insight that is beyond surveys, focus-groups, and data-mining.
  • Hear the lessons learned, the surprises found, and what it takes to build a high-growth business in the ever-merging world of tech and people.

The Real Reasons the Internet Has Not Killed Off Real Estate Agents

  • Today you can find and buy groceries, books, clothes, and almost any other item online. In some cases, the old brick-and-mortar business, such as travel agents and video rentals, have ceased to exist.
  • In other instances, the traditional retailers are rapidly loosing market share to the online companies, be it Amazon or the millions of small online specialty stores.
  • Contrary to the trend of business moving to online tools, there were more than 200,000 more real estate agents in 2017 over 2015.
    • Why is this?
    • Is this good for real estate?
    • Is this good for the home buyers and sellers?
    • What does the future hold?
  • Learn the rarely discussed (but very real) reasons why real estate professionals have been insulated from a “tech takeover” by Silicon Valley.
    • Learn how we built a rapidly growing, multi-state business while embracing this reality.

How to Build a Growing Business (or Team) when Leadership Sleeps Together

  • Lake Homes Realty is one of the fastest growing companies in the country (Ranked on the 2017 and 2018 Inc. 5000).
  • The management team driving this growth is CEO Glenn Phillips and COO Doris Phillips, also known as MR. and MRS. PHILLIPS.
  • Their lessons are not just for spouses in business, but valuable to ANY LEADERSHIP TEAM, be it managing a company, growing a real estate team, or creating a new start-up.
    • 1 + 1 = 3  (or 5 or 10)
    • Divide and Conquer
    • Stay in Your Lane
    • Conflict Navigation
    • Jointly Managing Staff
    • Resolving Differences of Opinions
    • Mindfulness is Required
    • The Unique Relationship Blessings (for those who will notice them)
    • Avoiding Relationship Burn-Out
    • Reinventing Yourselves (and Your Business)

The Future of Multiple Listing Services – Lessons Learned by Joining 100 MLSs

  • Most brokerages only join their one (or two) local MLSs. And it is a one-time event that, for many brokerages, took place years ago.
    • This means these brokerages are essentially blind to trends, application problems, or how one MLS’s service compares to another.
  • Lake Homes Realty has exploded onto the real estate scene. Now licensed in 26 states as a full-service brokerage, the company has also joined 100 Multiple Listing Services (MLSs) in the last six years.
  • Tracking both human service and technical capabilities, Lake Homes Realty has a very unique insight into the trends, challenges, and obstacles facing MLSs, brokerages, consumers, and the entire real estate industry.


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Glenn S. Phillips – Speaker Bio  (Short Version)

Glenn S. Phillips is the CEO of Lake Homes Realty (, one of the fastest growing real estate companies in the country (recognized on the 2017 and 2018  Inc. 5000).

As a tech-enabled services company, Lake Homes Realty operates a unique, highly-virtual yet full-service brokerage, currently licensed in 26 states, all wholly-owned with no franchising.

Glenn graduated from Auburn University in Computer Engineering.  He and his wife, Lake Home Realty’s COO Doris Phillips, live in Hoover, Alabama.

Glenn S. Phillips –  Speaker Bio  (Long-Winded Version)

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Glenn S. Phillips appreciates a good pun and dark chocolate. He occasionally plays a really ugly tuba, complete with a bullet hole.

Glenn is the CEO of Lake Homes Realty (, one of the fastest growing real estate companies in the country (ranked on both the 2017 and 2018 Inc. 5000).

Often incorrectly labeled “an online brokerage,” the company is more accurately a tech-enabled services firm.  The company operates using a unique, highly-virtual yet full-service brokerage model.

Currently, Lake Homes Realty operates wholly-owned licensed real estate brokerage in 26 states (and rapidly growing across the country), with no franchising.

Glenn also serves as the company’s lead real estate market analyst, leveraging his experience with data and his hundreds of face-to-face meetings with real estate professionals across the country.

Various media outlets quote Glenn from time-to-time. This includes The Wall Street Journal, U.S. News & World Report,,,, ABC News Now, Psychology Today, Entrepreneur, Trulia, MSN, and Fortune Small Business.

Glenn enjoys public speaking, which he believes is appropriate since his wife Doris says, “He has lots of words.”​

His national speaking engagements include:

  • National Association of Realtors (NAR) Annual Conference
  • Inman Connect San Francisco
  • Inman Connect New York
  • Real Estate Standards Organization (RESO) Conference
  • National Association of Real Estate Editors (NAREE) Spring Conference
  • Impact Agent University Conference

Glenn is an author of the book, “Nerd to English: Your Everyday Guide to Translating Your Business, Your Messages, and Your Life.”

Prior to Lake Homes Realty, Glenn founded and led Forte’ Incorporated, a custom software and data systems firm. The firm was recognized as Microsoft International Partner of the Year in Data Management Systems.

Harvard University, Auburn University, Birmingham Business Journal, Dell, Microsoft, and a host of others have recognized his teams for excellence in technical innovation and marketing success.

Glenn earned a Bachelor of Computer Engineering degree from Auburn University, and now serves as an Entrepreneurship Adviser for that University’s College of Business.

Glenn and his wife, Lake Home Realty’s COO Doris Phillips, live in Hoover, Alabama with two rescue dogs and the half-tailed cat he found on the side of the road near their office.

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