We recently sat down with Michelle Nishide from The Kondo Group to get a better idea of what it’s like to be a millennial working in the real estate industry. Here are the highlights from that interview.
- When did you decide that real estate was your calling?
I’ve always loved helping people and interacting with them. Being in the real estate game lets me meet a ton of new faces every day, and allows me to be out and about rather than inside an office all day. I also love that I get to schedule my own work hours- though many times it feels like 24/7!
- What are some of the obstacles you’ve been faced with as a young professional breaking into the industry?
At this age, a lot of people are quick to assume that I’m just an assistant and I am often asked where they can find the ‘actual Realtor’, when the ‘actual Realtor’ is standing right in front of them. It can be discouraging, but it can also be kind of humorous. I don’t think people realize that age isn’t everything in the industry, and that working with someone who is confident and extremely driven like myself can often times be more rewarding! That is one of the obstacles I face being a young millennial in the industry.
- Have there been any tools/resources that have helped you to overcome those obstacles?
My team instills in me a sense of security and confidence. We work very closely together, and they are an extremely supportive group. I think that dynamic is important in an industry that can at times be very isolating.
- What has been your favorite part about being a real estate agent so far?
I think my favorite part about being a real estate agent is the sense of accomplishment that comes from helping people realize their dreams. Whether it is buying a dream home in Palos Verdes, or selling a house so that a client can move into a condo and use the extra cash to take a year-long cruise (true story), I think it’s the satisfaction that derives from helping people make things happen that has been my favorite part.
- What skills have you had to develop in order to be successful at your job?
- What advice do you have for sellers that can help them list/sell a home faster and more successfully during the summer?
To be aware of the uphill trend that has been going up since the end of the holiday season. More and more homes are hitting the market and so price needs to be emphasized in order to compete with all the new listings. Also, to make sure that prospective buyers and agents can access the home easily, and to take extremely high quality pictures since so much home shopping is done online today!
- What is one change that you believe needs to be made to the CA real estate industry in 2016?
One change I would like to see is in how people perceive agents. I think the media has very enticing, and somewhat misleading portrayal of what we do every day (ex: Phil Dunphy in “Modern Family”), and I don’t think people realize how many hats you have to wear to be good at this job. A colleague and friend of mine put it perfectly: ‘I realized that I play a lot of roles in my line of work. I have to be the guy with the good news, and the guy with the bad news. Yet, at the end of the day, I’m just a REALTOR!’
The Kondo Group
Keller Williams Palos Verdes Realty