Father, son realty show
By DAWNE LEIKER
Doug and Jeff Williams are carrying on a family tradition in Hays real estate.
The father and son opened Williams Real Estate in June and will offer residential and commercial real estate, investment, business consulting and business sales services. Both formerly were affiliated with Advanced Real Estate.
Doug Williams began his career in real estate alongside his own father, J.D. Williams, in 1977 when they opened Northridge Real Estate. With Bill Wilson and Gary Schmidt, the Williams duo later started a Re/Max franchise, which disbanded in 1990.
From the 1990s until 2005, Doug Williams was active in the technology business, although he retained some ties to the real estate industry.
"I have always dabbled in real estate the whole time and enjoy the real estate business," he said. "It's something I have a lot of experience in and have dealt with a lot of different aspects of it, whether it be residential, commercial, investment properties, business sales."
From his new office at 2703 Hall, Ste. 7, Doug Williams recalled his family's history in Hays real estate. Williams' grandfather, K.R. Hinkhouse, was instrumental in Hays' boom in the 1960s.
"That goes back a long ways," Williams said of his grandfather's contributions. "He was a contractor. He built a lot of homes in Hays ... about 400 to 500 homes.
"In the early 1960s, my dad was a school teacher, and he quit doing that and moved to Hays to go into business with his father-in-law."
Continuing that family tradition with his own father is an exceptional opportunity, Jeff Williams said.
"I'm looking forward to it, and I'm excited about us being out on our own, just him and me," Jeff Williams said. "I think it's going to be a good thing for us.
"It's a special thing to learn from your father -- him showing you the ropes. ... I wouldn't want it any other way."
Doug Williams said his intent with the new company is to "keep it small." He hopes to continue with his established list of clients as he moves the agency forward.
Hays, he said, has been "blessed locally with a terrific economy."
"We're very diverse now, much more than I think we were in the late '80s," he said. "We've got the university, the medical center, agriculture, energy. All those things contribute to making Hays a good place to live."