Coldwell Banker and the rumor mill

WICHITA – Wild stories are flying through the local real estate community about Plaza’s decision Friday to affiliate with Coldwell Banker after Stucky & Associates owner Frank Stucky said he dropped the flag, unable to pay its franchise fees.

There are enough of them, frankly, that we’re checking into them.

But I want to give you a little personal philosophy here: Stucky and Plaza president John McKenzie have never been anything less than truthful with me. I’ve known Stucky professionally for 20 years, and his credibility with me is top-notch. McKenzie has also been truthful with me, even at times when it wasn’t in his best business interests to do so.

The message is this: We hear the rumors and we’re listening. But as of today, I don’t expect that the REAL story is anything different than what you’ve read.