At Morty, we love collaborating with people who are as passionate and excited about the home buying process as we are! That’s why we love featuring some of our favorite partners, including realtor, Philip Johnson.

Ranked as one of the top 20 Realtors in Virginia by Wall Street Journal’s Real Trends and consecutively ranked for 3 years as one of the top Realtors in the Washingtonian Magazine, Philip Johnson and the 12:45 Team are well positioned to help clients achieve their real estate goals.

With a background in economics from Virginia Tech and program management with the FBI, Philip employs a proactive and professional approach to guiding his clients through an honest, transparent, and streamlined sale. His promise to his clients is that he will work harder than any other realtor to save them money and protect their best interests.

The 12:45 Team helps clients buy, sell, and invest in real estate from Fredericksburg, VA to Frederick, MD. The 12:45 Team of Keller Williams Realty is licensed in Washington, D.C., Maryland, and Virginia. 

We talked to Philip about what led him to become a realtor and why he loves helping people get homes!

What made you want to become a realtor?

Prior to real estate, I worked for the F.B.I. I enjoyed my time there, and the main reason I left was to take on a new challenge and make a big impact for the real estate team my brother started 15 years ago, the 12:45 Team with Keller Williams Real Estate.

What’s your favorite part of the job?

I am passionate about building relationships – being with people, helping people – and it’s exciting to do this while accomplishing my client’s real estate goals. There are two things I can control in real estate: communication and negotiation, both of which I also enjoy and are very important in getting the best deal for my clients.

What’s your best piece of advice for a first-time homebuyer?

There are agents who work as door openers. Their only value is opening doors, showing homes, and then they are eager to throw their money away. One thing I’ve learned is “in the absence of value, money is an issue.” Know that buying a home is a lot more than having someone who just opens a door for you. Make sure you work with professionals who have a track record of success. Ask for references, look at reviews, check their record of sales, ask what services they provide, and hold them accountable for what they say they will do for you.

Interested in working with Philip to find your next home? Contact elizabeth@himorty.com to receive an introduction.