Agent of the Month – Mandy Corriea

 

 

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Congratulations to our newest Agent of the Month, Mandy Corriea!

There truly aren’t enough good things we can say about Windsor-based agent Mancy Corriea. She was one of the first agents to join W Real Estate back in 2007 and has since made a massive impact on our company. From not only being a top producing agent but also a mentor and trainer to our group of over 200 agents. Having been raised in Sonoma County she has a great deal of appreciation for the area, just as we have an appreciation for her.

Continue reading to learn more about our latest Agent of the Month, Mandy!

 

To what do you attribute your success?
My success would not be possible without the support of my family. Our business requires a lot of crazy hours, days, and last minute appts. So, having young active children at home can be tough, but possible with good support and understanding. My husband has been a key to our success. Also, just staying current with education updates in this market and with the ever-changing rules & regs. So important to stay educated in your career.

 

What was the last book/audiobook you read/listened to?
Shift: How Top Real Estate Agents Tackle Tough Times by Gary Keller.

 

What software/tech tools can you not live without?
Canva, Mojo app and my phone, which all of these are on it!!

 

Do you believe it is possible to have a successful career while having a fulfilling personal life? Does this balance exist?
It is definitely is possible to be successful and still be successful at home. Its not easy but it can be done. For me it requires getting up a couple hours earlier than my family. I work best in the morning. And it is not selfish to take a day off. It may consist of working a few half days, but you need it or what are you working for!!

 

What is a unique aspect of the Sonoma/Mendocino County Residential Real Estate market?
Sonoma Co: It’s our location and affordability when compared to residents in San Francisco. We are a part of the Wine Country, and I believe a more desirable place to live with all our trees, community activities and parks & trails.

Mendo Co: Is a straight shot North with no commute traffic, which is great for the residents here that need a more affordable place to buy a home.

 

What is the most underrated/overlooked part of your business? (i.e. thank you cards, social media, etc)
Consistency with online presence. We are building a brand and need to be in front of our peers, clients and family all the time. Hardest part is juggling the sales from the personal and keeping the attention without being overkill, but, also, trying to stay consistent with postings.

 

What are the main things that you should look at when investing/purchasing a new property?
“Good Bones.” I am looking for those high dollar items. Do they need replacing or repairs? Paint and carpet are inexpensive fixes, but roofs, windows, furnaces can be steep for the budget.

 

What is a quote that inspires you?
“Do or Do Not, There is No Try”– Yoda, Jedi Knight

 

If you had one piece of advice to give someone just starting out in real estate, what would it be?
Set up a system for networking and prospecting and stay consistent on the activities you do to try and stir up business. It will take 6 months, typically, to procure that first transaction. Set your alarm, wake up and get dressed ready to meet a new client everyday!!

 

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Posted on June 15, 2020 at 5:17 pm
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Agents to Watch – Thiessen Group

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In our latest edition of W Agents to Watch we are excited to feature the Thiessen Group!

It’s not every day you get the opportunity to have not one but four incredible agents guide you through the real estate process, but when you work with the Thiessen Group you get just that. They are a family team comprised of husband and wife Vicki and Rob and their two children Melissa and Chad. With over $131 M in sales and 265 properties sold it’s obvious – the Thiessen Group is good at this whole real estate thing!

We couldn’t be happier to have the Thiessen Group on our team.  Continue reading to learn more about these Agents to Watch. 

 

Why did you choose to pursue a career in real estate?

Vicki: There isn’t a limit as to how much money I can make; 2. Real estate is always changing….no chance of boredom; 3. A real estate career provides flexibility to fit any size goal I desire.

Rob: After my law enforcement career, I felt my best skill set was connecting with all sorts of people groups and helping them with some of the challenges they face. Real estate sales seemed to match-up perfectly with that in my opinion…plus I get to work with Vicki…she’s pretty cute.

Melissa: I always knew I wanted to be self-employed. After trying some business ventures, I kept coming back to real estate. Growing up in a real estate family, it made sense to take the leap and join the family team.

Chad: Growing up in a real estate family definitely influenced me. After graduating from college with a finance degree, I decided to join the family team.

 

How do you think your clients would describe you?

Vicki: Our clients tell us they feel safe and confident that our team has their best interest at heart. We are knowledgeable and professional and an incredible resource. We offer a balance between listening to a client’s needs, advising, and fine-tuning the specifics and we have the aggressiveness needed in today’s market to get things done.

Rob: Charming of course and dedicated to doing my job with my whole heart.

Melissa: Outgoing, down to earth, dedicated, great communicator, a fighter.

Chad: Honest, hardworking, and fun to be around.

 

What is your motto?

Vicki: Leap and the net will appear.

Rob: Persistence breaks down resistance!

Melissa: There are those people that make things happen, watch things happen, and wonder what happened. I make things happen.

 

What is something most people would never guess about you?

Vicki: I am an introvert.

Rob: I’ve owned a carpet cleaning company and fitness franchise.

Melissa: I purchased a school bus, gutted it, and started a cupcake food truck named Foxy Cupcakes.

Chad: I really enjoy home renovation projects.

 

What does a perfect day in Sonoma/Mendocino/SF County look like for you?

Vicki: Hanging out in the sunshine with family and friends.

Rob: Any outdoor adventure with family or friends followed by a nice time of food and drink.

Melissa: Wine tasting with friends and family and then finishing the day with bbq, music, and more fun.

Chad: Starting the day early mountain biking at Annadel Park, followed by enjoying drinks and food with family and friends.

 

What’s your favorite way to relax?

Vicki: Hiking or spending time outdoors.

Rob: In my hot tub, sipping on one of my home brews.

Melissa: Home with the family at the end of the day cooking and catching up.

 

What’s your favorite local happy hour?

Vicki: Of course, Trixie’s Bar and Grill (in my backyard).

Rob: Trixie’s Bar and Grill in my very own backyard…c’mon over and have a cold one!

Melissa: My new favorite is Los Molcajetes Bar & Grill in Rincon Valley. They have an awesome margarita flight which allows you to have a little bit of everything. Plus it’s walking distance from my home.

Chad: TBG – Trixie’s Bar & Grill.

 

What’s your favorite local dinner spot?

Vicki: Tough one…….My favorite restaurant used to be Diavola in Geyserville, but now I am drawn to Ramen Gaijin in Sebastopol.

Rob: Anything that my son, Executive Chef Cole Dickinson, cooks at Layla in Sonoma…yes, I am proud of him.

Melissa: My other brother, Cole, is the executive chef at Layla’s in Sonoma. Everything on the menu is amazing, especially knowing it was all his creation. Whether you sit in the bar or in the restaurant, you will leave very content.

Chad: Currently it’s Las Palmas Mexican restaurant.

 

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Posted on June 15, 2020 at 4:25 pm
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Agent to Watch – Milan Juarez-Barich

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In our latest edition of W Agents to Watch we are excited to feature Milan Juarez-Barich!

Windsor-based Milan Juarez-Barich is a force to be reckoned with. Her creative, enthusiastic, and caring nature is perfect for matching each clients’ desires as well as skillfully featuring a home’s unique presence and character. These traits have certainly proven to be useful as she consistently moves her way up the leaderboard. 

Milan is a valued member of the W Real Estate team and we’re excited for you to get to know her a little better. Continue reading to learn more about the Agent to Watch.

 

Why did you choose to pursue a career in real estate?
Structure, design, negotiation, and value are my passionate preoccupations. After witnessing the professional activities of friends in the business, I was lead to diligent research. I discovered Real Estate offered perfect opportunities to explore my talents in the areas of my inherent interests. Those interests have grown and deepened as I’ve enjoyed pushing my abilities further than I ever dreamed. My practical experiences have driven me now to approach every transaction as a unique work of art, where I allow my ever-sharpening instincts and keen transaction prowess to seal the deal like fine, calculated strokes from the brush of a master.

 

How do you think your clients would describe you?
It’s funny because sometimes I forget these relationships are actually professional engagements! My clients would tell you the same. A huge part of my success is due to my natural ability to uniquely relate to individuals. By this point, I’ve developed a deeply ingrained confidence in my craft as an agent. This has allowed me to focus on truly understanding my clients’ hopes and desires to an extent far beyond that of your average agent. Genuine, often close friendships result, which last long after signing day. My clients describe me in the same way my friends and family do: real, honest, creative, persistent, and caring. Any agent can facilitate a transaction. My clients get a true advocate and friend.

 

What is your motto?
Say, “yes, bro!” to escrow!!

 

What is something most people would never guess about you?
I am pretty much an open book, so I’m not sure!

 

What is one thing people must do when they visit Sonoma/Mendocino/SF County?
Everyone must enjoy a cruise along the Bodega Coast! The food, the folks, and the unfathomable natural beauty are simply unmatched. Try a hot cup of chowder at Spud Point on a gloomy afternoon. It might change your life.

 

What does a perfect day in Sonoma/Mendocino/SF County look like for you?
On my perfect day in Sonoma County, I wake to greet the sun from my Windsor Town Green balcony. After a tasty bite (and maybe a spicy bloody) with friends at my neighborhood greasy spoon, my boyfriend and I take our pup on an adventure up and down Taylor Mountain. We cool down afterward with a dip in Russian River, and just make our reservation at Willy’s Seafood in Healdsburg. We wind up at home, cozy and warm, exhausted from the day, reflecting on our spirited exploits as a Dateline rerun coaxes us off to sleep.

 

What’s your favorite way to relax?
I love sharing stories with my best friends over great food or even just a couple of Moscow Mules at Larkfield’s Final Edition.

 

What’s your favorite local dinner spot?
Willy’s Seafood in Healdsburg is always phenomenal. My favorite dish is their fresh Ahi Ceviche.

 

What’s your favorite local happy hour?
Hands down, the Final Edition in Larkfield has the best happy hour in town. Especially when it’s me behind the bar!

 

 

 

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Posted on June 1, 2020 at 5:42 pm
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Agent of the Month – Tyler Pedroncelli

 

 

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Congratulations to our newest Agent of the Month, Tyler Pedroncelli!

Tyler Pedroncelli was born and raised in beautiful Sonoma County. With her husband and two young children, she currently resides in Sonoma, CA. Tyler has had a pretty incredible track record during her time in real estate – she is consistently recognized as one of W Real Estate’s top agents, even winning the “Highest Sale Price of the Year” award in both 2016 and 2017.

Continue reading to learn more about our latest Agent of the Month, Tyler!

 

To what do you attribute your success?
Consistency and hard work.

 

What was the last book/audiobook you read/listened to?
My daughter’s night time books.

 

What software/tech tools can you not live without?
My cell phone and local marketing.

 

Do you believe it is possible to have a successful career while having a fulfilling personal life? Does this balance exist?
Yes, absolutely. I was 9 months pregnant while closing deals and getting agent of the month and dealing with my 2-year-old working from home. It’s all about balance and working hard when your kids are napping. I love to travel and spending time with my family, and having a successful career has always been very important to me.

 

What is a unique aspect of the Sonoma/Mendocino County Residential Real Estate market?
For the Sonoma real estate market since it’s a small town,  it’s personal relationships in the community.

 

What is the most underrated/overlooked part of your business? (i.e. thank you cards, social media, etc)
Thank you cards and being thoughtful and appreciative of the business you have gotten.

 

What are the main things that you should look at when investing/purchasing a new property?
Does it make sense as an investment and if it is priced right.

 

What is a quote that inspires you?
Live like there is no tomorrow.

 

If you had one piece of advice to give someone just starting out in real estate, what would it be?
Stay consistent and you have to be confident in yourself going into this business.

 

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Posted on May 2, 2020 at 9:01 pm
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Agent to Watch – Tanya Gilmore

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In our latest edition of W Agents to Watch we are excited to feature Tanya Gilmore!

Raised in Ukiah, CA, Tanya Gilmore has always called the Ukiah Valley home. Just by simply talking to Tanya about her hometown and it’s evident how much she truly loves the city. She is hardworking and dynamic while still maintaining the utmost professionalism. Her clients describe her as a “go-getter, dedicated and courteous.” Tanya won the NorBar Mendocino County Chapter, “Rookie Realtor of the Year” award in her first year of real estate. 

Tanya is a valued member of the W Real Estate team. Continue reading to learn more about the Agent to Watch.

Why did you choose to pursue a career in real estate?
I wanted a career with no ceiling where I could push myself to grow something great. I wanted the ability to be my own boss and to create flexibility in my schedule. I love that every day brings something new. Honestly, I’m a complete real estate nerd and love most aspects of the business.

 

How do you think your clients would describe you?
They’d say I’m knowledgeable, committed, very responsive; their advocate, sounding board, cheerleader. Ok, to be honest, I’m just copying and pasting from my reviews.

 

What is your motto?
Your real estate resource!

 

What is something most people would never guess about you?
I am a thrill seeker! You can find me on the back of a motorcycle, skydiving or cliff jumping into the ocean.

 

What is one thing people must do when they visit Sonoma/Mendocino/SF County?
Plan a day out in nature. Mendocino county has so much to offer. You could visit some of the largest redwoods in the world, dip your toes in the ocean, wine taste, and dine at an amazing local restaurant all in one day.

 

What does a perfect day in Sonoma/Mendocino/SF County look like for you?
I’d wake up with my family, walk downtown and have brunch. Spend the afternoon in our yard and then have friends and family for a BBQ. The simple life!

 

What’s your favorite way to relax?
Exercising. Or a slow morning at home. Also cooking with a glass of wine!

 

What’s your favorite local happy hour?
At the moment I’d have to say Patrona in Ukiah!

 

What’s your favorite local dinner spot?
A local secret is Doras Cafe on State Street in Ukiah! So fresh and delicious.

 

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Posted on April 14, 2020 at 6:40 pm
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Agent to Watch – Sean McCarthy

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In our latest edition of W Agents to Watch we are excited to feature Sean McCarthy!

Sean McCarthy is a new addition to the W Real Estate family but in the short amount of time he has been with us, he has closed over $2M in sales volume! He has hit the ground running and that’s not easy to do in the Golden Gate City. The San Francisco agent uses his twenty-five years of experience in web and financial services to help his clients navigate the Bay Area’s unique and competitive real estate market.

We couldn’t be happier to have Sean on our team.  Continue reading to learn more about the Agent to Watch. 

 

Why did you choose to pursue a career in real estate?
I love the home purchasing experience.

 

How do you think your clients would describe you?
Knowledgeable and straightforward.

 

What is your motto?
Money does not lead, it follows.

 

What is something most people would never guess about you?
I enjoy the opera.

What is one thing people must do when they visit Sonoma/Mendocino/SF County?
Have dinner in North Beach (San Francisco).

What does a perfect day in Sonoma/Mendocino/SF County look like for you?
Clear and 75 degrees.

 

What’s your favorite way to relax?
Glass of wine in pleasant surroundings.

 

What’s your favorite local happy hour?
Cafe Meuse.

 

What’s your favorite local dinner spot?
Seven Hills.

 

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Posted on April 14, 2020 at 6:25 pm
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Agent to Watch – Laura Larrecou

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In our latest edition of W Agents to Watch we are excited to feature Laura Larrecou!

Laura has been a Realtor in Sonoma County since 1985. She is an Associate Broker and is based out of Santa Rosa. She is a previous President of the Santa Rosa Chapter of Realtors. Additionally, she earned the Senior Residential Specialist Designation and especially enjoys working with the active adult community. Her colleagues describe her as communicative, proactive, and responsive while her clients would say she is positive, patient, and supportive.

We are lucky to have her on board! Continue reading to learn more about the Agent to Watch. 

Why did you choose to pursue a career in real estate?
I was totally intrigued with the process when I bought my first home. Thought I’d study and get a license. What a great decision!

 

How do you think your clients would describe you?
Confident, direct, caring and knowledgeable. At least that’s what they tell me and after 35+ years in the business I’d hope so!

 

What is your motto?
Experience You Can Trust.

 

What is something most people would never guess about you?
I’m an introvert.

 

What is one thing people must do when they visit Sonoma County?
Relax and slow down.

 

What does a perfect day in Sonoma County look like for you?
For me personally, it looks like I have spaces and choices in my schedule, so I can fit in a little bit of everything; work, play, exercise, and relaxation.


What’s your favorite way to relax?

I like to play racquetball because it’s so fast there is no time to think and my brain gets a rest!

 

What’s your favorite local happy hour?
John Ash, it’s so nice and comfy in the bar to sit and chat…


What’s your favorite local dinner spot?

Ume, Japanese, in Windsor.

 

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Posted on March 31, 2020 at 5:10 pm
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Agent to Watch – Aaron Brosamle

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In our latest edition of W Agents to Watch we are excited to feature Aaron Brosamle!

Aaron Brosamle was born and raised in Sonoma County and has lived here all his life. From a young age, he worked in a family-owned jewelry business helping people find that special piece that was going to make them or someone else very happy. He carries that feeling into his Real Estate career by using a fun and straight forward approach.

Aaron’s passion for all things Sonoma County is evident in his answers below. Continue reading to learn more about the Agent to Watch. 

 

Why did you choose to pursue a career in real estate?
I love working with and helping others. Real Estate allows me to help people with one of the most important and oftentimes intense parts of life and being able to navigate through the items that can come along the way in a fashion that eases the air and can save my buyers time and money or help my sellers to get the most for their homes and futures in the shortest amount of time possible really makes me happy. Bringing the right people together at the right time is my specialty.

 

How do you think your clients would describe you?
I believe that my clients would describe me as really easy to work with, fun, and honest. I have had a variety of other jobs/careers that allow me to be a bit more versatile and provide really good helpful information while giving good solid advice and bringing people and deals together in a very organic way.

 

What is your motto?
Would have to be “be good to everyone and everything around you, and know that the world gives us what we need and things happen exactly as they should”. Having confidence in this and believing this helps me every day to make each moment the best it can possibly be.

 

What is something most people would never guess about you?
Most people may not guess that I used to own a natural food restaurant, or that I used to compete in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu competitions.

 

What is one thing people must do when they visit Sonoma County?
One thing people must do when they visit our amazing area is to check out all of the amazing outdoor places we have to offer. Bodega Bay and its amazing coastline and food; Hood Mountain and the hiking; Annadel or Spring Lake for all sorts of paddleboarding, kayaking, walking/hiking and so much more; also the great urban outdoor spaces we have like Downtown Petaluma and it’s a killer walkable community or Healdsburg and the Town Square, with some of the best restaurants and shops Northern California can offer; not to leave out the great Wineries and town of Sonoma and everything it has to offer, or everything San Francisco has going on OR the wonderful outdoor spaces and activities and beauty Mendocino County has to offer…there is SOOOOOOO much to love about our special area, and I firmly believe that there is something for anyone to love here.

 

What does a perfect day in Sonoma County look like for you?
A perfect day for me would be waking up slowly, with my wife and two amazing daughters, having a cup of coffee and then heading to a morning yoga class to stretch and wake up. After that, head to one of the many super tasty breakfast places in town, then a drive out to the coast to walk on the beach and have some lunch and play. After that, maybe head to Spring Lake and let the kids play and go on a run, then maybe have grandma watch the kids for a bit and go out to dinner at one of the local farm-to-table restaurants that we love and have some local wine or gin and call it a night!

 

What’s your favorite way to relax?
My favorite way to relax would have to either be going to the gym or playing some poker…although I have to say that I do love a good massage.

 

What’s your favorite local happy hour?
This would have to be Trail House. Great rotating tap availability, good quick easy and healthy food options, pretty tasty wine and a really mellow, neat environment. Family-friendly, good place for a work meeting or afternoon beer, fun trivia nights and other gatherings and nice friendly staff. A great addition to our community!

 

What’s your favorite local dinner spot?
My favorite local restaurant…that is an extremely difficult question. My family and I eat out probably a bit too often so we have a lot of favorites. I’ll break it down into a few places- Thai food, either Sea Thai Bistro or Tomi Thai; Japanese, either Blue Fish or Osake; Italian, either Riveria or Ca Bianca; and for good measure, Spinster Sister’s and Dry Creek Kitchen are probably very high on the list.

 

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Posted on March 31, 2020 at 4:38 pm
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Agent of the Month – Todd Schapmire

 

 

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Congratulations to our newest Agent of the Month, Todd Schapmire!

Todd Schapmire is the Team Leader of the Todd Schapmire Team and co-owner of W Real Estate. He’s enjoyed major success in both residential and commercial real estate in Mendocino and Sonoma Counties (and a short stint in Long Beach). He is known for his knowledge, honesty, impeccable customer service and not to mention a fun attitude. He has achieved so much but what we love about him most is his humble attitude and unwavering appreciation for the people who support him. 

Continue reading to learn more about our latest Agent of the Month, Todd!

 

To what do you attribute your success?
An incredible group of role models and mentors. From my parents and grandparents who gave me a work ethic and an unbreakable belief that I can achieve anything I set my mind to, to the real estate and business people that took me under their wing with no expectation of anything in return. And finally the friends, family, and colleagues that currently surround me and are just good human beings.

 

What was the last book/audiobook you read/listened to?
Well don’t tell anyone but I don’t really read. The book that articulated the way I see the world is called, The Happiness Advantage. The book that changed how I viewed my business and therefore changed my reality is, The Entrepreneur Roller Coaster. Those are the only two books I have read or listened to in the last decade or so. Both helped me a lot, so maybe I should read more now that I put it that way, haha.

 

What software/tech tools can you not live without?
Nothing makes me happier than a beautiful spreadsheet, so I love Excel. Docusign saves me about 10 hours a week. TurboScan and Dropbox have played a huge part in allowing me to be super mobile. Goodnotes is the newest tech I am implementing, and I am liking what I am seeing.

 

Do you believe it is possible to have a successful career while having a fulfilling personal life? Does this balance exist?
Balance is a mirage. No one even knows what that means. It’s not about balance, it’s about being in the moment in all your relationships. If you are in the moment and make the effort to do special things with your loved ones, then you are going to have a great personal life no matter how much you work. If you don’t mentally engage, then how much you work probably isn’t the reason your personal life seems out of balance. I no longer define success by how many houses I sell or how much money I have. I define success by the positive impact I make on others and by whether the people I want to love me, actually do love me.

 

What is a unique aspect of the Sonoma/Mendocino County Residential Real Estate market?
I just love that we can do so many types of property… houses, ranches, vineyards, retail, office, industrial, hospitality, etc. In big cities, you have to specialize in one defined thing and that would be so boring to me.

 

What is the most underrated/overlooked part of your business? (i.e. thank you cards, social media, etc)
Probably how much Miriah and I actually work. Unfortunately, there is no magic bullet to replace actually showing up.

 

What are the main things that you should look at when investing/purchasing a new property?
No matter how much Tony Shira makes fun of me… I am all about cash flow!

 

What is a quote that inspires you?
I am going to go with two John Wooden quotes…

“Do not let what you cannot do interfere with what you can do” and “Things turn out the best for the people who make the best of the way things turn out”

 

If you had one piece of advice to give someone just starting out in real estate, what would it be?
Talk to people and let them know what you are doing. Pick the phone up. Go to events. No one is going to call you and ask if you are in real estate. It is your job to make sure people know what you do. Once you talk to people… focus on helping them and look at the situation from their perspective, not yours. If you focus on helping people, closed deals will follow.

 

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Posted on March 31, 2020 at 3:49 pm
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Posted on March 5, 2020 at 5:09 pm
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