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The Language of Real Estate

The Language of Real Estate

The Language of Real Estate Real estate might sound like a dream job when I talk about making $15,000 in a month without any prior experience or a college degree, but grinding out rentals is a lot of work. You have to have the keys for hundreds of apartment buildings. You have to answer every request immediately or another broker will get to it first. You’re dealing with roommates and kids fresh out of college with little money to spend. And to top it off: no one wants to pay you. They think you’re a scumbag and you have to…

Best Bet Ever

The Best Bet I Ever Made

The Best Bet I Ever Made I never watched any real estate TV shows growing up. Unless you count MTV Cribs. I needed to make money to stay in New York, so I asked the richest guy I knew if he could help me land a paid internship at Douglas Elliman. He told me to get a job as a “broker” instead and work on rental apartments. So that’s what I did. I started my career at a medium-sized company. It was small enough that I was able to sit with the president of the company at least once each…

Kanye on the keys

All In

All In Growing up playing basketball taught me to be a team player. But I never dreamed of being in the NBA. I would have rather been Kanye West than Kobe Bryant. When I went to college, I realized that I wasn’t happy living the “party-all-of-the-time” lifestyle that everyone else seemed to love, so I dropped out. I wanted to challenge myself. I moved back home and did something that I always wanted to do: I started taking music seriously. Sports are structured. You’re told what to do and when to do it. But music is the exact opposite. You have…

Love is Stronger than Fear

Love vs. Fear

Sales Psychology 101 When I started in real estate, I didn’t have a backup plan. I don’t have a college degree. I was never successful at anything else. My family definitely isn’t poor, but I don’t exactly have an inheritance or a trust fund waiting for me, either. I knew that this was my only chance to stay in New York. It made me so nervous that I didn’t sleep until I made my first deal… which took me almost 2 months to do. (I told this to a friend who had served in the military. He told me not to worry about it…

Agree & Amplify

Agree & Amplify

Agree & Amplify When I moved to New York, I was 21 years old and I didn’t know anyone. I moved here hoping to turn my hobby as a music producer into a career, but there weren’t many girls in my apartment (I made a lot of music on my laptop) or in the recording studio (well, not at the level that I was at). That didn’t sit well with me, so I would go out 3 or 4 nights each week – ordering club soda and pretending it was vodka when I couldn’t afford actual vodka – just to…