5
Aug
2018
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HOW DO I START THIS?

First post.

Wow….

This feels kind of weird and crazy. There has to be a start to this website, and the first post seems like the perfect place to do exactly that. As you maneuver your way around the website, you’ll stumble upon a post about how I got started in real estate and where I’m at now. (If you’re having trouble finding any of it, click here). Here’s another quick rundown of me: My name is Ryan, I’m 20 years old, and I run one of the top real estate teams inside my brokerage. I chose real estate school over college, and it was easily one of the best decisions I’ve ever made. I got in real estate at 18 years old and I started at Keller Williams Realty and I joined a team. I was able to learn a lot from them in just the short four months I was there. I was unsure of what I wanted to do, but I knew I didn’t want anything to do with a team at all. I switched to JK Realty where I was mentored by Jeff Dorsten, who is now my business partner. It was just the two of us together in 2017. We ended up being the #3 team at the brokerage and I got a little taste of success. Success became the most addictive drug in the world. My wheels were starting to turn. I felt comfortable enough in real estate but was lacking confidence with my age. I’m sure you can imagine that being my age and in real estate is very intimidating at times. For most people, buying a home is the biggest purchase they’ll ever make. How could I possibly get someone to trust me enough with that. My vision became clear towards the end of 2017. If I could take the same effort that Jeff put towards me with teaching me and I applied it to other agents and created a team, we could all be really really successful together. Jeff and I had agreed to create the “JR Team”. This decision that I was expecting to just be a little thing at first has turned into easily one of the biggest and greatest things in my life. The JR Team is currently the #2 team at the brokerage and we are growing. The JR Team has been up and running since February 5th, 2018 and we have been one of the top teams in the office since.

Now you’re caught up in my business life. As for personal, I have a very simplistic life. I’m currently in a relationship with my favorite person in the entire world, Caeley. This girl is my rock and I don’t know what I’d do without her by my side. My best friends are my parents, and it means the world for me to be able to have such a special relationship with both. Now that you have an idea of who I am, let’s get right to business. My website isn’t all real estate business. This will be my personal blog where I talk about my life, my goals, and my business. One thing I’ve learned in just a short two years in real estate is what people like. Some people call it real estate, others call it home therapy. The beauty of our careers is being able to help others and see their life. Each person has a different story, and it helps tremendously with how to look at life. People want transparency in 2018. Most companies offer the same products, and it is true in my opinion. But what makes some companies different?

“There no longer has to be a difference between who you are and what you do.” -Gary Vaynerchuk

Authenticity is the answer. No games, nothing fake, no bullshit. I want my site to be as authentic as it gets. Anything I encounter in real estate and experience in my journey through entrepreneurship I will document through writing, photography, and videos. I want everyone to see me do it, and I want everyone to see the moment I say, “I did it”.

1
Aug
2018
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THE BEGINNING

Have you ever thought about how you could travel back in time and change things in your life? I was told stories my whole life of people wishing they could “do it over”. Well, I listened to everyone’s stories and here I am… 20 years old… and in my career.This was by far the best decision of my life and I’m enjoying every bit of it. So you’re probably wondering how I got to where I’m at. Maybe you have absolutely no idea who I am. That’s okay too, you’ll know the name soon. I won an award for being a top team at my brokerage in my first year in real estate, I was named the rising star for the brokerage at 19 years old, I’m a top producing agent, I’m a real estate coach, and currently a co-owner of my own real estate team with my business partner, Jeff, and four agents under us.

How the hell did all of this happen?

Where do I start? High school? I hated high school, absolutely hated it. I was a consistent C and D student. I wasn’t always that way; in fact in elementary school, I was always one of the top students in the class. I unfortunately stopped applying myself when I got to high school. Anyway, as I said, I hated high school. But I found a passion for my business marketing club, DECA. I was in DECA for my sophomore-senior years. The more I learned, the more I loved. I went on to become one of the top students for competing in role-play business scenarios at district and state levels. I always loved going in the Sports & Entertainment section which was always the most competitive. I received a medal at every competition and I also qualified for International Competition every year I was in the club. My senior year I was the Vice-President of the club and I ended my competition with 2nd place at state on my 30-page business plan, along with finishing in the top 20% in the world at Internationals.Fast forward to the end of high school. I didn’t want to go to college. Dad didn’t want to pay for college. I remember my dad and I discussing options a million times. He didn’t want to pay for college unless I was going to be a doctor, lawyer, or an engineer. My dad owns his own business, Windy City Equipment Service, and they fix restaurant equipment and do HVAC repair / maintenance as well. I tried during many school breaks working for his company, but I never found the passion that I was looking for. I loved business, marketing, suit and ties, and most of all contracts. I started real estate school on July 5th, 2016. I went full-time into real estate in August 2016 working for a team at Keller Williams.

Being on the team at Keller Williams was the absolute best thing that has ever happened to me. It took me four-five months there to realize what my vision was in real estate. I wanted more, but I knew I couldn’t learn it overnight. I knew I had to go out and be a sponge and absorb every bit of information I possibly could. After long thought, I decided that I wanted to have a mentor, and my dad had recommended a guy named Jeff Dorsten. Jeff owns a pizza shop across from ASU that my dad had maintained the restaurant equipment for. Jeff and I met up for coffee and Jeff had agreed to mentor me during all my real estate transactions. This brought me to JK Realty, December 20th, 2016. Best. Decision. Ever.

Well, spoiler alert. It turned out a lot better than what anyone would of imagined. During the first year of him mentoring me and me expecting to be a sponge and not make much money, we ended up being the 3rd best team in the brokerage. Not too bad at 19. I felt as if I learned enough about real estate and I’ve set goals for myself and my vision. Yes, I set a goal for my vision. As I accomplish the goals, I cross them off the list. My vision wasn’t “Jeff Dorsten Real Estate”, “Home Search AZ”, “Jeff & Ryan”, “Are you a father-son team?” anymore. We brainstormed and came up with the JR Real Estate Team. Jeff and I are now business partners and we do any and all things real estate.

Now, we’ve expanded to six agents (Jeff and I included) as of July 2018. We are looking for more agents to bring on to our team and grow with us.

What’s next?

Here we are. I’ll be writing about my days, experiences, team, partner, family and anything else in between. Big things are happening with the JR Team, and things will only get bigger.

I’m 20 years old, I’m a digital native, and I’m the future of real estate.