What inspired you to start in real estate and how did you motivate yourself to keep going?
Money inspired me. I’m not going to beat around the bush and pretend I have a “passion for real estate,” like so many other because we all know the job isn’t easy money, nor is it fulfilling unless you change your mindset about it. In 2011 I was running the day shift for the security department at Hawaiian Gardens Casino, attending interviews to try to be a police officer. My brother-in-law was in real estate at the time and he was doing very well. He asked me to help him so I changed my schedule around to get Saturday’s and Sunday’s off. The first open house we did, I met someone, got his contact info, and my brother-in-law sold him a house. 30 days later I got a check that totaled about 3 weeks pay as an armed guard dealing with dangerous situations. That made it very easy for me to put my two weeks notice in on the spot and the rest was history. The first 6 months were not as easy, but because I dove in head first, I didn’t have any other options so the financial insecurity is what my main motivator was.