Leading real estate agencies -- including Prudential Fox and Roach; Century 21; and Crye-Leike, Realtors, among others -- have developed online services and systems that provide the referrals agents have offered, word of mouth, for years. Whittington works in the hot real estate market of suburban Washington, D.C. After a 15-year career in construction, including time with W.C. and A.N. Miller's custom home division, he launched Whittington Design/Build in June 2000 on jobs referred by the W.C. and A.N. Miller real estate agency.
Joe in 1987, has done from his Camarillo, Calif., offices.The brothers quit their country/gospel band in 1976 to run their father's company. (Their father, John Forest Rice, was later killed in a car accident.) The company's 35 employees include project managers, estimators, designers, and office staff, but subs install its jobs.Jim Rice, 53, says his nine salespeople can outsell him, so while he brings in work, he does no selling.