So here you have it folks, I got a job! Once again, I don't know who has been reading this but I'm going to assume everyone and go from there. After about 2 months of studying to become a broker, I passed the test and about 2 weeks ago I became officially a licensed broker. I can LEGIT sell you a home! It's pretty crazy. If you asked me months ago, back when I started this blog, if I thought I would be going into the real estate biz...well, I'd probably roll my eyes for a second, sigh, and then eventually say "there's no way". Fast forward about 8 months later and I'm a broker! Never saw it coming guys.
In my previous post I mention how & why I got into real estate, so I'm not going to repeat myself. Give the last post a browse if you haven't read it (wink).
So here I am, working with a great brokerage right here in Tacoma (RE/MAX Exclusive), being mentored by my uncle, Dan Bennett, who is not only 13 years experienced but also is genuinely one of the hardest working dudes I've ever met. He's a robot and yet he does everything so casually and calm. On top of that, my wife Brooke has been a flipping superwomen when it comes to running the shop basically on her own and her support for me has been so incredibly helpful. I have so many people rooting for me and I can't tell you how much that means to me. One side of that makes me feel a little pressure, but mostly, I just feel an abundance of LOVE. So I just feel freaking BLESSED right now! Even though I haven't produced a single dollar..this just feels right.
The Dream Team
Why am I so excited to work with Dan? Well, other then the fact that he is like the coolest dude and he may be the best cook I've ever met, he also sets an amazing example of how to run your business by creating genuine relationships with your clients. The real estate industry sometimes gets a bad rep, maybe even can be looked at like a "car salesmen" type of industry. However, Dan has done a great job at sincerely caring for his clients as well as educating himself in real estate. There is basically nothing that can happen that Dan hasn't already experienced in the world of buying and selling homes. So to have a mentor like him guiding me through the trenches, well it's best case scenario for a rookie like me and I'm going to take FULL advantage of the opportunities that are coming my way because of him.
But don't get me wrong. I am the rookie, I have a lot to learn, and at times it can be overwhelming. However, I am not just the young kid taking a leap and trying something new. The last 4 years running my business (uxctacoma), I've been preparing for this. Being in real estate, you are essentially running your own small business. So you have to have certain skills to be able to be successful. Such as: time management, accounting, marketing, you must be resourceful, you must know how to communicate with your customer, you have to be creative, tech savvy, and having a big network helps too...the list goes on. So for the last 4+ years I've been building all of these skills and as I go into this next chapter, I can't help but to feel prepared and equipped to be successful. Dan is going to be able to give me a wealth of knowledge, and his name alone offers me credibility from day one. I am going to do my best to utilize everything I've learned not to change his business but to ADD to what hes doing. I think together we can do CRAZY things in the world of real estate and I couldn't be more excited for what is next to come.
If I could give any advice of what I've learned on this journey is this:
There are moments in life when we lack clarity. Maybe you're just not sure where your head is at. Maybe your hesitant to take that next big step to do that passion project of yours. Maybe you just got fired. Who knows! Clarity is the biggest factor in moving forward in life. Sometimes finding it can seem impossible. I say, instead of being in your own head all day trying to "figure it out", GET OUT THERE. Talk with your close friends and family about life; theirs and yours. Get their support because you're going to need it through this process of finding clarity. Once you have their support, GET OUT THERE MORE. Start meeting people you don't know. Meet people within the industry you want to get in and also meet random people from other industries. You will find, when you meet someone who is making a living at doing what they truly love, it doesn't matter what industry they are in. The steps it took to get there are the same. Whether that's taking a risk, leaning on people, never giving up, never settling, and (HERE IS THE KEY FACTOR, GRAB A PEN, WRITE THIS DOWN) giving to others as much as possible. When I say that, I don't necessarily mean money, but instead give people your time, your wisdom, your experiences, your resources, etc. Just be transparent. People are more willing to work and help you if they know who you truly are.
And that is why I am where I am now, because of the people around me that I continue to lean on. I am very grateful and very eager to give back whatever I can to those who are looking for clarity. It's out there, you just have to keep going. In the process of searching, you'll meet some really rad people.
Oh and if you want to buy or sell a house hit me up on my beeper! (joking...call me 253.232.2959)
Watch this vid and get stoked: