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Andrew, how did you get started in real estate?
It all started off with the bet from my father.
So at the time, I was about 20 years old, and I was working
at an old changers in Petaluma.
And at the time, I was just enjoying my freedom and working
with all my friends.
And he wanted to help me get into a career.
And so one day he made me a bet.
I don’t remember the exact number I want to say or something
So at the time, I was making 2,000 dollars a month on a salary
working 12 hours a day.
But I didn’t mind it because I was like I said, I was working
with my friends, and I kind of liked what I did.
And so when he made me the bet that he was gonna make something
like 30 0 in the next 30 days, I had no problem betting against
him, and I kind of forgot about it.
And then 30 days later, he shows back up, and he shows me
his Commission checks that he did it.
And so I put my two week notice at the old changes, and I
had to start training a new manager.
And the whole deal was it was like a full immersion.
So I was living on my own, and I didn’t have a curfew.
Obviously, I was 20 years old, but I moved out from my parents
when I was about 17.
And so I was used to having that sort of freedom and paying
for all my own stuff.
And part of the deal was I had to move back in with my parents,
and they actually gave me a curfew at 20 years old.
And I were very strict on me.
I ended up getting my license and working with my parents.
At the time, they were doing real estate loans, property
management. And that’s at the time I met my wife.
So we started dating at that time.
So I don’t think he liked that.
That was another distraction that I was doing.
And so we kind of set and one of our separate ways.
So I ended up working for a competing real estate company.
And I remember they set me on a two week training.
So me and other agent, a new agent who would commute together.
She was great at the time.
Like I said, I was 20 years old.
I think she was in her 40?
And so she would pick me up early in the morning, and we
drove. I think it was pushing on every day for two weeks.
And she made me a little juices the dream in the morning.
And I think she’s still in real estate, but in a different
city. And so we did that, and they would literally pick people
out of the training.
It’s a very large room, like a ball room.
And they would pick people randomly, and they would take
them either doorknocking.
Or make phone calls.
So at the end of the day, they would come back in and talk
about their experiences and what they did to get business
So I loved it.
And then I came back and I worked for that company for a
And then the tricky thing my dad did was he ended up hiring
my wife to work with.
So once he did that, at first I didn’t like it.
And then that kind of brought me back into the company.
So it was a full on family business.
That’s a very strategic hire.
So he kind of knew what he was doing, and it worked out.
And we had a good run.
And he ended up retiring in 2,007.
So in 2,007, when he retired, then the same thing, I kind
of went off on my own.
What did you think when he first saw his Commission after
he put up his end of the bargain, he was like, let me show
you. It really expanded my mind.
It’s kind of like that movie Wolf of Wall Street.
That scene when he asked Leonardo DA are how much money he
makes and how much money?
It 70,000 dollars last month.
And when he said it, he was very matter of fact.
And the other guy, Jonah Hill, he said, Well, prove it to
me. And if you prove it to me, then I’ll quit my job.
It’s fine, Alison.
And then he did.
And so the thing about real estate is you don’t always make
that kind of money every single month.
I’m sure some agents do.
But it is possible to have months where you’re making, you
know, even more, maybe 50,000 or 60,000 dollars a month.
Depending on the agent, it’s like any business, it’s hard
to get started.
But then once you are well established, because at that point,
your dad had been doing it for how many years?
Well, he was probably in his 40 or so.
He started pretty young as well.
And so he had a pretty good history.
And that’s the one thing I like is when I go to different
conferences, like real estate seminars.
I love meeting agents from all over the country, maybe even
Canada and hearing their stories.
And they’re real people and knowing that some of them are
making upwards to the millions per year or selling real estate.
Basically, this career of this job is basically like a self
development journey with a pay structure attached to it.
So that’s why it’s almost like a sport or a game and you’re
I think my dad now we’re not, like, the closest of father
and son relationship, but I do make a point to thank and
for getting me into this business to think if you would have
stood at that job or he could have gotten trapped there for
3, 4 or five years.
I eventually would have had to do something else.
But I was having fun, and I think he just looked at it like
I was just kind of wasting my time.
The opportunity cost.
That’s so good.
What was the name of the other company you had first started
They’re not even around anymore.
It was a Credential.
Can you explain a little more of the Lady who was taking
you around making is for you as she was Super nice.
And she kind of figured if we’re both commuting, it was like
an hour and a half, two hours to get to Blessington and back.
And so she figured lessons go together.
And so she would pick me up in the morning, and I would always
offer to take terms driving.
But she was fine driving every day.
But I think she just liked the company.
So she picked me up, and then she’d bring me it was not even,
like a regular juice to carrot juice or something.
That’s so cool.
She kept me healthy.
Yeah, that’s so cool.
And then afterwards, she went back to work with the previous
he said, what was the name of it?
The Credential denial.
But then with your dad who was at Credential?
My dad was an independent broker.
He had his own company.
So when I first started working with my dad, he was Super
busy. He didn’t really have the time to train me and teach
me all the in and outs of certain things.
So it’s kind of his suggestion.
Maybe I go to another company and kind of learn the ropes
a little bit.
And then for me, I just looked at that a way out.
I mean, who wants to at that age work with her dad day in
and day out?
But then you eventually went back with your dad?
I went back because he hired my wife to work there as a processor
and just a kind of brought us all back together.
That’s Super cool.
And then after that, what do the journey look like afterwards?
So he kind of always wanted me to keep like I said, I started
when I was 20, you got my license.
And then he kind of encouraged me to get my broker’s license.
And so by the time I was 25, I had gotten my broker’s license,
which means that I didn’t have to work for another company.
I can just work on my own.
And that’s what I did for about five years.
How does that work for five years?
I liked it.
I’m not really a corporate type of guy doing the weekly meetings
and just certain things, like having asked permission for
And so I like being independent, but at this point, it’s
I like working for a big company.
I’m with Coldwell Banker right now.
So I like having the background and all the resources that
they bring and the marketing.
And I feel like for me, at this point of the game, I’m all
about my clients and making sure that every every base is
covered on their end.
And so if any issues were to come up or anything, I feel
like working with Cold Banker is going to benefit them the
most. I love your story of how you get started.
It’s just like, wait, wait, wait.
What’s going on?
I feel like the typical agent actually uses real estate as
a second career.
So I think the average real estate agent is whenever you
look it up, it’s always someone, like, in their 40?
S or 50?
And so they kind of have, like, a full on career, and then
Maybe they get laid off, or maybe they just get sick and
tired of it.
And then they look at real estate as an option because of
So for a couple of years after working with my dad, I did
try other things.
I worked at a car dealership.
I sold timeshare and working with other companies schedules
and then going back to real estate.
And knowing that real estate was there before, the freedom
really is what it’s the best part, though.
The unlimited income is nice, but just knowing that you don’t
have to ask someone permission to take your birthday off
or Mother’s Day, so you can kind of plan your schedule around
That’s so good.
How is it selling timeshares?
It was interesting.
I did it for about a month selling the actual timeshares.
And the one trip thing is most of the people that are in
there already own timeshares.
So there are a few people that never have owned a timeshare.
Don’t know much about it, but it seems like it’s almost like
its own lifestyle.
So there’s a lot of retired teachers, firefighters, police
officers because they get to retire fairly young.
And so once they’re retired in their mid 50?
S, they have their whole rest of their life to travel.
And if you know how to work, it timeshares cost effective.
And so I did that for about a month.
And then I actually went into marketing.
So I did marketing for about a year and a half for the timeshare.
That’s so cool.
Do you have a timeshare?
I want one.
So I still want one.
But right now, with four kids, basically, they’re all teenagers.
Just doing their sports and school kind of keeps us busy.
I can imagine getting one through traveling a little bit
more. That’s so cool.
Where you where would you get a timeshare at?
Probably mainly Hawaii.
And they have a lot of them in Florida.
So something are on the Beach.
Thanks for sharing your story.
How you got started and not so good.
I’m so glad.
I love these stories.
Is so good.
Glad it worked out.
All right, cool.
All right, mate.
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