Unlike a lot of agents, residential real estate sales was actually my first career out of college. I had a fascination with real estate investments since my parents bought me a copy of Rich Dad Poor Dad by Robert Kiyosaki and that fascination grew my senior year of college as I started thinking about a career. I picked up another book by Dirk Zeller titled “Your First Year in Real Estate” which talked-up the freedom and economic mobility of a real estate sales career. I was hooked, and as soon as I graduated from the University of Iowa with an English Literature degree and Business Administration minor, I felt I’d found a career that could deploy all of my studies as well as satisfy my entrepreneurial spirit.
I started my residential real estate career as a licensed assistant to a top-producer with @properties, the #1 real estate firm in Chicago. I trained on new development marketing and residential resale brokerage in 2005. I managed team transactions and listings, implemented team marketing, and closed millions of my own personal sales volume. By 24, I was a team member with my own book of clients and sales.
In 2014 I came home to real estate sales with a small San Francisco brokerage which introduced me to commercial leasing and investment as well as residential sales. By 2016 I joined Compass and finally returned to my first passion, working with residential home buyers and sellers. Consisting of the metro area’s top producing agents, Compass partnered with 138 affiliate brokerages and 1350 offices in 46 countries worldwide. The Bay Area’s real estate market has global appeal, so its agents must have a global reach. Through Compass’ powerful vendor network, business partnerships and cutting-edge marketing services the team is able to provide unparalleled insights and access to our clients. Excellent service is at the core of our business values. Today there are fantastic online tools for searching and transacting real estate, but there is no substitute for knowledgeable and accountable professionals that work as YOUR team to smoothly facilitate YOUR goals.
Over 80% of our business comes from referrals, something that can only be achieved through listening, learning, and action. Maintaining a full-time team and network is no longer the exception, it is the rule. That is why 25-30% of residential real estate transactions take place off-market. As a full-time broker, it is our business to stay deeply connected that network and to evolve our marketing strategies in an ever-changing landscape.