San Antonio native Kris Forks spent much of his childhood evaluating and learning to appreciate Hill Country homes and ranches alongside his family. His father, a successful real estate investor, taught him the ins and outs of not only comparing the market but also negotiating the deal.
But before becoming a Realtor, Forks' entrepreneurial spirit sparked multiple endeavors: opening a restaurant in Beeville, Texas; founding a truckload brokerage firm in Boerne; and becoming an accomplished silversmith. Through all of these ventures, Kris has learned the importance of communication, client relations, and attention to detail — qualities that, coupled with his lifelong love of real estate, made a career as a Realtor a natural next step.
For Forks, walking into a home for the first time is like picking a stone for a new piece of jewelry. "There's one that will speak to me, when I pick it up. Those are things that you point out to your sellers or your buyers," he says. When he's not finding your dream home or negotiating the best deal, the outdoorsman can be found enjoying the solitude of secluded national parks. Closer to home, Forks spends his free time as a CrossFit competitor, but, most importantly, he cherishes time with his children, Hallie and Tristan.
We chatted with Forks to find out more about his work and what drives him.
CultureMap: What inspires you to do what you do?
Kris Forks: My inspiration comes from my two kids. My goal in life is to provide an example for them that hard work and determination will triumph over any circumstances or setbacks that may come your way. To show them that we all hold our future in our own hands.
CM: What’s one piece of advice you’d give to people looking for their dream home?
KF: I would tell people to dream big! Purchasing a home is not something you do every day, so when the opportunity arises to get their "dream home," they need to make sure it checks the boxes, fits the profile, and they feel like they are home when they walk in the door.
CM: And advice to those who are selling?
KF: My advice to sellers is to listen to their agent! We are professionals and are in and out of houses every day. We know what works, we know what helps, and we know what can make the difference in getting their home sold over the competition.
CM: Sum up San Antonio in three words.
KF: Small Big City.
CM: What do you consider your "special skill"?
KF: My special skill is turning clients into friends. I treat all my clients as if they are family, and I was gifted with the ability to make people feel at ease. Whether we are negotiating a contract or selling their home, they know I am going to work diligently to get the deal done with their best interest in mind.
CM: What's one thing people might not know about you?
KF: People may not know I am an accomplished silversmith. When I have free time I absolutely love putting my artistic hat on and creating one-of-a-kind, unique, handmade turquoise and silver jewelry.
CM: Finish the sentence: "It's a good day when..."
KF: It’s a good day when I wake up in the desert as the sun is rising and I look out over a landscape filled with Mother Nature at her finest.