What was your first job in the realty industry?
My mother has been in real estate since I was seven years old, and withing a few years she owned a RE/MAX franchise. Naturally, I was dubbed the office runner at age 16 and head honcho of minuscule remedial tasks such as dropping off/picking up signs on listings, re-filling flyer tubes, the weekly Sam’s Club trip for office supplies etc. It was the best job for a high school kid who dreamed of selling homes.
Where did you grow up?
West Houston and Katy where I attended James E. Taylor for my senior year of high school after attending Marine Military Academy in Harlingen, Tex.
What is your favorite free-time activity?
I have been playing guitar and drums since I was 12 and creating music, whether its actually recording and collaborating with other artists or just the casual jam sessions. I am also a Houston Rockets fan and season ticket holder, but I’m not just a spectator – you can usually catch me hooping at Lifetime City Centre in the mornings.
What do you do to relax when you’re stressed?
I head to the family ranch in Grapeland, Tex., where I dont get any cell phone service and can just disconnect for a few days. Getting to see my dogs roam free to their hearts content definitely feels good and helps with the stress.
Growing up, what did you want to be?
A rock star… a rock star real estate agent. I’ve always wanted to sell real estate. Well, not always – I did want to be an actual rock star for a little while.
If you could have lunch with a well-known figure (living or not), who would it be and why?
Jimi Hendrix, because how could you not be inspired and humbled by his greatness??
Where is your favorite place to hang out?
Royal Oak bar in Montrose.
What do you love most about the industry?
The day-to-day grind and the fact that in this industry, one phone call can change your year. For real though, I love being associated with my clients finding the home of their dreams and not being able to help the fact that they probably think of you every time they walk in the door to their home. At least, that’s what I like to think.
How do you distinguish yourself from the crowd of agents?
I take pride in my skills and expertise and am an expert negotiator. I also have no shame in saying that I will do anything for my clients. I’ve helped clients clean a home that was closing the next day, helped them move etc. A
Where do you go to network and meet new clients?
Everywhere and anywhere. This is a 24-hour business and you’ll never know who will you meet and where. I am just friendly because its in my nature and am genuinely interested in meeting new people. I have been very blessed.
What has been your greatest accomplishment?
Making the RE/MAX 100% club in my second full year.
What was the last good movie you saw or book you read?
Just finished the book “The Wolf of Wall Street” and loved it.
What is your favorite restaurant?
Uchi, hands down. If you have not experienced the greatness that is Uchi please make a visit. You will not regret it.
Architecturally speaking, what is your favorite building in Houston?
This is a hard one. As a real estate professional at heart, there is not a lot of architecture or real estate for that matter that I don’t like.
What kind of car do you drive?
My father and I have long shared a mutual love of BMW 7 Series. So to go along with his white 2001, I drive a black 2011 BMW 740Li. There’s just something about German engineering. I will say that my guilty pleasure is Volvo’s…
Smartphone or Paper?
Paper. As much as I try to strictly use my iPhone and iCal, I find myself filling up yellow notepads. I have a few in my briefcase right now…
What is your favorite city after Houston?
I love Los Angeles.
In 10 words or less, what is your advice for someone new to the industry?
In this business, anything is possible. Don’t forget it.
What’s your favorite real estate iPhone/Android app?
Property Evaluator – it’s amazing!
Who are your favorite people to follow on Twitter?
Tony Robbins and Mark Cuban.