I was the “Realtor of the Week” in the Lincoln News Messenger last week! They did a little write-up about me that I was sort of excited about. I really do work hard to take care of my clients and I think it shows.
Special certifications, designations, memberships, training (e.g. HUD, short sales):
– Bachelor of Arts Degree from BYU (double major in Korean and International Relations)
– Masters in Business Administration, University of Utah (emphasis in Marketing)
– Canadian Chief Scout Award (Equivalent to Eagle Scout)
– Member of the Association of Realtors’ Masters Club 8 consecutive years
– Premium SalesMaster Award – Realty World
– Top Associate – Realty World
– Achievement in Excellence – Realty World
How many years in business?
Real Estate in Lincoln for 10 years
Why did you become a Realtor?
I have always been interested in owning my own business. After Graduate school, I worked for a large fortune 500 company. I learned some valuable lessons during that time but was always thinking of what kind of business I wanted to own. Eventually I made the jump to real estate and I’ve never looked back. Owning my own business and working as a Broker has proven to be incredibly challenging yet gratifying. It has given me the chance to put all of my education and previous experience to the test.
What are your favorite parts of the job?
In my business things get personal. Buying or selling a home is a big event in people’s lives. I spend a lot of time negotiating for my clients and helping them get what they want. It feels good when the deal is done and everyone is happy. Times are tough and people are in some stressful situations. I feel privileged that my clients trust me with their personal situations. It feels good when I can do a service for them and help make positive changes in their lives.
What are the most challenging parts of the job?
In this market, no deal is easy. I take each transaction on as a challenge whether it is negotiating a purchase for a buyer or dealing with the banks on a short sale. It is satisfying to know that I made a deal work that may have seemed impossible at the beginning and completing a job that many may have given up on. I gladly take on these challenges and work hard to get what my client wants.
What do you think of the market right now?It is challenging but exciting. Anytime you have a market like this, there are new opportunities for refining your business or learning new parts of the business. I have had the chance to become very good at short sales and working with banks. It is a lot of fun working with first time home buyers that thought they would never be able to afford a home.
How are you involved in the community?Right now I am a ScoutMaster for Troop 745 in Lincoln. I love the outdoors! We have so many beautiful places around here for backpacking and camping. I really enjoy working with the Scouts and helping them learn not only great outdoor skills but life lessons as well. It is incredibly satisfying to see the boys work hard and earn their awards. I also help coach the roller hockey team at 12 Bridges Middle School.
What are your hobbies/interests?
I am originally from Edmonton, Canada so I grew up playing ice hockey. My wife grew up in Lincoln, so when we decided to move our family here I was happy to find that there are a couple of ice rinks close by. I enjoy trail running and anything to do with the outdoors. My son and I are working on a Land Cruiser and we like to get out and drive back to some remote areas to hike and fish. California has so many beautiful areas, my family and I love to hike and explore new places.