What was your first job in the realty industry? I started out as a residential investment property analyst and buyer’s representative.
What do you do to relax when you’re stressed? Listening to music, reading stock charts and shopping for my dream cars and houses.
Where did you grow up? I was born in Houston. I subsequently spent a stint of my childhood in the N.Y./N.J. area before moving back and growing up in Houston.
Growing up, what did you want to be? Ever since I can remember, I’ve always wanted to be a business owner and entrepreneur. From my first venture selling candy and lemonade from a stand in first grade to starting and running an investment group and real estate brokerage, I have always worked towards what I want to become, and that’s what I want to be.
If you could have lunch with a well-known figure (living or not), who would it be and why? I would choose Warren Buffett – to talk with him about investments. Or I would choose Michael Bloomberg, because he would be a good source of insight into the large-scale New York real estate development game that I’d love to be a part of someday.
Where is your favorite place to hang out? Hermann Park and Discovery Green in downtown Houston are two nice places to spend a day off. Other small parks more local in Cypress/Tomball (Northwest) are more ideal on a regular basis.
What do you love most about the industry? It’s hot and fast paced, and it’s driven by money, people, networking and service – all of my favorite things.
How do you distinguish yourself from the crowd of agents? I have such a love and passion for both properties and people. I fall in love with buildings and homes like I fall in love with my family. I will stop at nothing to give my clients the absolute top of my game every day that they are willing to have me serve them.
What is the most difficult aspect of your job? Proving that my age is not an indication of my ability or skillset, regardless of my experience. It is a constant task to prove that I take my business and my clients seriously. Once I am given the chance, it isn’t hard to win people over.
Where do you go to network and meet new clients? Anywhere and everywhere is a platform for networking: family functions, old friends reconnecting, parties and industry-related gatherings. Even just randomly talking to a stranger at a store or park. All people have to live somewhere and as long as I have a big network of people that I share mutual respect and fiduciary relationships with, I will inevitably catch them when they need my services of selling and subsequently buying a new home.
What has been your greatest accomplishment? Working hard in my first three months of real estate and contributing to the closing of 14 residential deals.
What was the last good movie you saw or book you read? “The Giver” by Lois Lowry was a good one. I read the book, and when the movie came out, I was very excited. I love alternate realities that push the limits of how we perceive society and how things would be different in different scenarios.
What is your favorite restaurant? Osteria Mazzantini (Galleria, Houston).
Architecturally speaking, what is your favorite building in Houston? Heritage Plaza and Williams Tower are the most interesting in my opinion. I am always fascinated by cutting-edge architecture.
What kind of car do you drive? Twin-Turbo Lamborghini Aventador LP700-4…too bad dreams only last while I’m sleeping, for now.
Smartphone or paper? My smartphone always fits in my pocket, no matter how many listings I have. Paper is nice to deal with when I am with clients.
What is your favorite city after Houston? New York City, hands down.
In 10 words or less, what is your advice for someone new to the industry? Don’t give up, be passionate, always learn, don’t look back.
What’s your favorite real estate iPhone/Android app? HAR is my go to for business-related activities. Houzz is an amazing app when I need design inspiration.
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