NORMAN — The No. 1 sales-producing real estate company in Norman and Cleveland County began in 1989 in a small office with three agents, a secretary and what some in the post-housing market crash of the ’80s would have called a pipe dream.
Only fools have the folly to start a real estate business during a period of high interest rates and industry decline, but Mike Dillard, Charlie Bowline and Steve Williams believed in the vision they shared and have triumphed, building Dillard Group Real Estate into one of the most respected real estate firms in the area.
Now Dillard Group’s network and technology database and services are enlarging exponentially as the company enters a ground-breaking partnership with McGraw Realtors — the largest independent real estate company in Oklahoma.
A Tulsa-based company, McGraw has been in business for more than 70 years.
Dillard Group will not change its name or its location. Charlie Bowline, Darlene Bowline, Steve Williams and Mike Dillard will remain partners, and they welcome the new McGraw partners including Joe McGraw, John Woolman, Luke Strawn, Bruce Milner, Jade Noles, Bill McCullough and Steve Murphy.
Milner, McGraw’s business development specialist, will move to central Oklahoma to facilitate the partnership.
“I’m excited about becoming the director of operations for the Dillard Group in Oklahoma City,” Milner said.
Milner said he very likely will live in Norman and will serve the greater Oklahoma City metropolitan area in particular. That’s territory where Dillard and McGraw want to expand.
The alliance will be used to build close-knit relationships across the state.
“We are now partners,” Milner said. “From our perspective, in bringing two strong companies — in each of our individual markets — together, it enhances our services to our customers and clients and especially our agents.”
Mutual benefits: The advantage of a shared technology will be an asset for clients and agents.