â€œRichmond real estate.â€� Say these words to Realtor Will Hamnett and you hit the jackpot. â€œI was born and raised in Richmond,â€� says Will proudly. â€œCombine that with my fatherâ€™s influence as a realtor-turned-builder, and Iâ€™m absolutely hooked on selling real estate in Richmond.â€�
Today a multi-million dollar producer, Will knew early on that he was destined for a career in real estate. The oldest of three boys, Will gladly spent his middle and high school summers working for his father, Bill Hamnett, owner of The Kittrell Company, which specializes in new home construction. â€œWorking with my father gave me an opportunity to become familiar with the building industry from the ground up,â€� says Will. â€œKnowing how the process works has been invaluable to me as a real estate agent. Whether Iâ€™m walking someone through a home thatâ€™s under construction or showing them an older house that needs renovations, I can share knowledge from a builderâ€™s perspective thatâ€™s useful to them.â€�
After attending St. Bridgetâ€™s and Douglas Freeman High School in Richmond, Will continued his studies at Virginia Commonwealth University and Hampden-Sydney College, where he graduated with a B.A. in history. Upon graduation, he returned to his roots in real estate and settled in Richmond, his city of choice.
Starting his career with the same agency his father had once worked for was a natural fit for Will, who is one of Prudentialâ€™s top realtors. â€œWhen Will joined our team, it was clear that with his background and experience, he had a better understanding of what it takes to be successful in this business,â€� says Earl M. Jackson, President and Broker of Prudential Slater James River REALTORSÂ®, a reputable agency that has served the Richmond area for more than 60 years.
Will came on board with Prudential as the agencyâ€™s youngest realtor. â€œI was in a category by myself,â€� he recalls with a laugh. Focused, motivated, and wise beyond his years, Will embraced all that Prudential had to offer and looked to his successful colleagues as mentors. A quick study, it wasnâ€™t long before Willâ€™s reputation as an established realtor and steady producer grew.
It was during this time that Will also developed an interest in buying and renovating historic properties in Richmondâ€™s popular Fan district. â€œItâ€™s a labor of love that my middle brother, David, and I enjoy doing together,â€� says Will, noting that his youngest brother, Matt, is also involved in real estate on the West Coast. â€œThanks to these renovations, my background in construction, and years of sales experience, I have a broad brush of expertise when it comes to real estate.â€�
Because of this, Will works well with clients of all ages and needs. â€œWillâ€™s versatility is quite an asset,â€� says Earl. Averaging at least one sale per week, Will uses this talent to give 110% of himself to his career. â€œIâ€™m completely committed to real estate,â€� says Will. Notes Earl, â€œAs a rising realtor, thereâ€™s no question that Willâ€™s in this for the long run.â€�
Will takes an equally effective approach for buyers. â€œIn the early stages, I follow the buyerâ€™s lead regarding the style, size and location of a future home,â€� says Will. â€œSince this is one of the biggest investments theyâ€™ll ever make, I want them to be 100% comfortable with their decision.â€� Concur the McQuaids, â€œWhen Will helped us buy our house, it was obvious he was more concerneMore Less