Real Estate Consulting

Since 1994, Kitty has consulted with managers/broker-owners of residential real estate firms on agent recruitment, retention, training, business planning, office culture, sales meetings and other topics. She has helped rewrite listing presentation materials, buyers’ handbooks, and other marketing collateral. All training topics listed elsewhere on this site can be incorporated into a strategic plan. Her prior corporate experience in sales, buying and management with I. Magnin, and Robinson’s provided the foundation for this consulting work.

Mortgage Brokerage Consulting

Since 2000, Kitty has consulted with managers/owners of small brokerage firms on loan agent recruitment, retention, training, business planning, creation of a culture, sales meetings and other topics. All training topics listed elsewhere on this site can be incorporated into a strategic plan for growth. Her corporate experience in sales, buying and management with I. Magnin, and Robinson’s provided the foundation for her consulting work.

Management Consulting

Organization, communication and motivation are what frequently stand between a winning company and an also-ran. A firm with productive employees and a viable communications process can translate an evolving strategic vision into a powerful competitive advantage. Kitty works with clients to attain that competitive advantage along with a number of ways:

  • Employee Productivity
  • Communications including Resolving Conflict
  • Staff Training
  • Organizational Integrity
  • Leadership Development

Kitty Cole can help you diagnose organizational problems and investigate existing concerns. Once the discovery phase is complete, together you will develop a plan and priorities to address the situation. Based on your organization’s capabilities, Kitty can help you put your plan into action.

Problems frequently involve communication, accountability, vision statements, goal setting, presentation skills, time management, and conflict resolution. Kitty’s solution-oriented approach often includes recruiting, training, business plan development, advertising, marketing, and skills development.

Learn to leverage your most important asset – your employees.

Retreat Facilitation

When your group needs time away from the pace and content of its traditional activities to refresh, rethink and strategize, a retreat may be just the solution. For companies, organizations, divisions, and departments of up to 200 people, Kitty Cole & Associates can translate your objectives into meaningful activities and results that will leave you and your participants feeling energized and eager. She has worked with a broad range of clients from AT&T Wireless to Prudential California Realty to Special Olympics.

Whether you want to tackle annual planning, training, team building or a myriad of other goals, Kitty Cole & Associates will customize the day’s activities.  Based on your goals, a half or full-day retreat may include ice breaker exercises, strategic planning, brainstorming, break-out sessions, and role-playing. Kitty’s popular team building exercises address communication, vision, diversity, decision-making, and optimism. Some clients have found the experience so valuable they’ve decided to include retreats as part of their regular schedule. Contact Kitty for fees.

Consulting Clients

Abio Properties

Alain Pinel Realtors

AT&T Wireless Services

ATI Architects & Engineers, Inc.

Barbegelata Real Estate

Bay Medical

Better Homes and Gardens

Coldwell Banker

Connect Public Relations

Dudum Real Estate

Ebtel Federal Credit Union

Empire Realty Associates

Frank Howard Allen

Grubb Company

Harbor Bay Realty

Landmark Lending

LaSalle Financial Services

Mason-McDuffie Real Estate, Inc.

JR Structural Engineering


McGuire Real Estate

Orange Coast Title

Marvin Gardens Real Estate

Premier Physical Therapy

Prudential California Realty

RPM Mortgage

Success Stories

“Kitty Cole’s training and coaching programs have greatly assisted our associates in feeling more empowered in the face of new challenges.  Her confidence, which resonates from experiences as an agent and manager, helps her keep training crisp, focused, and real. She customized our training program to meet the needs of our highly productive sales force to take them to the next level of their own personal growth and production, and most importantly, made it fun for all of us!”
Hank Perry, President, Empire Realty Associates, Danville 

“Kitty has worked with our company in training management and developing management. Her work in relationship to the Berkeley office was outstanding. She worked with and coached an individual manager, producing a dramatic result both in the acuity of the manager to understand the situation and in turn produced a result altering the situation. Kitty has a long-term relationship with this organization. She has steadily provided a high level of service in the areas of training independent contractors and managers.”
Ed Krafchow, President, Prudential California Realty (now Better Homes & Gardens)

“I worked with Kitty Cole when I was first hired as manager of the Berkeley office of Prudential California Realty. Her skills and mentorship made it possible for me to craft a workable business plan, project office production, hire productive agents and get my office on the success track quickly. She is the most creative and insightful trainer I have ever met. My office is thriving, and much of our success is directly attributable to Kitty.”
Elizabeth Stevens, Manager, Prudential California Realty, Berkeley

“Kitty Cole is truly the best business coach I have encountered in 26 years of real estate sales experience. She coaches with extraordinary energy and provides genuinely valuable information. Kitty far exceeded my expectations.”
Kathie Berg, Owner, Marvin Gardens Real Estate, Berkeley

“Thank you so much for a great job with the MacResQ training sessions. What started as an idea to teach our managers and ourselves some time management tips turned into a series of sessions that taught us all how to be better, more efficient and happier in our business and personal lives. MacResQ has seen exponential growth during the last three years and this was the first time we allotted the resources to pursue a series of classes with a business trainer. I have to say that it could not have come at a better time nor could we have chosen a more well prepared and dynamic trainer than you. We look forward to working with you as our business grows into the future.”
Shannon Jean, CEO, MacResQ

“During my professional career of nearly 25 years, I have dealt with literally hundreds of vendors, both nationwide and abroad. It is from this broad base of experience that I can confidently rate Kitty Cole, Business Consultant and Trainer, as one of the most capable and conscientious individuals with whom it has been my pleasure to work. She made it her responsibility to thoroughly understand our needs and then went about exceeding our expectations in teaching us how to accomplish our business and personal goals. We’ll have her back for additional sessions to teach us how to stay on track with the success already attained.”
John P. Wagner, President / CEO, Ebtel Federal Credit Union

“I just wanted to thank you for such a wonderful event yesterday. It was deeply inspirational, extremely productive and as you promised a great networking opportunity. I love your sense of humor and admission of your own imperfections. The rapid pace of the presentation meant you never lost the audience’s interest and it seems efficient and worthwhile. Great job.”
Christine Mason, Coldwell Banker, Orinda

“Kitty has facilitated our annual office retreat for the past six years, and they just keep getting better and better. This year her “Diversity Training” set the tone for the rest of the day. It was a fabulous exercise that topped off an amazing day of personal growth and sharing. The retreat was perfect. It was the talk of the office. Thank you.”
Debbie Ridge, Owner, Prudential California Realty, Benicia

“Thank you so much for facilitating our Development Retreat yesterday. You did a wonderful job and the feedback has been nothing but positive. I would love to discuss with you some of your other training and see how these might fit into next year’s plans.”
Jill Osur, Special Olympics, Pleasant Hill

“I am so glad I attended your Business Planning Retreat at the Claremont. I found it to be insightful, energetic and collaborative in a very comfortable setting. I left with a clear direction of what I need to do to stay on target to reach my goals this coming year. I am excited to hold myself accountable and to be working with you to propel to the next level in my career. You did an amazing job – thank you!”
Diana Belknap, Empire Realty Associates, Danville

“This retreat was your best one ever. This one was so different than the others. The vulnerability part made it so powerful. I just wanted to tell you “Thank You”. A lot of the things you discussed I am ready to implement.” 
Darlene Espinoza, Loan Agent, RPM Mortgage

“Thank you for such an amazing experience – the exercises, the accountability, and the resources. You never cease to amaze me – Looking forward to The Next Level.”
Wendy Moore, Alain Pinel, Danville