For years I have tried to articulate my story and sometimes it’s hard to describe what motivated me in my career. I feel now it’s the right time to tell you who I am and where I came from.
My US journey began in 1999 when I migrated from Kenya. The journey has not been an easy one but the one thing that I proved is that sheer grit, hard work and tenaciousness can move you up the ladder. I worked 3-4 jobs at any time, working 18-20 hours a day, 7 days a week. Exploited at every job I worked, validated my principles, ethics and strengthened my belief that exploiting others for your own gains is a short term strategy to riches and short lived success.
My real estate career began in 2004, when a “friend” told me that I could make an additional income “selling” real estate. Hence began my foray into real estate. Honestly, even though my goal was to hold a job and make additional income to send my boys to college- not once did it ever occur to me to cheat any client. Never. I had no one in this country who could help me, I had no social network to tap into. Brick by brick, I laid the foundations. The goal in my mind was always to build long lasting relationships because when people trust you, success is a byproduct of that. My father’s words always rang in my ears- “Don’t look to the tip of your nose, the vision is always way past that.”
In my path, I witnessed Realtors cheating their clients, lying to their faces just to get business. Sellers were being lied to about the value of their home, getting a sign in the ground and then eventually selling it for lower than market value. I saw buyers being lied to about the homes they wanted to buy because it was a quick commission to make. I was myself a victim of that mentality, when an alleged friend cheated me massively by selling me a home and putting me in a loan that nearly destroyed my family’s financial future.
My business was built on the principle of being truthful, even if it hurt me. I always wanted a peaceful sleep at night, knowing I had not cheated anyone. Client comes first, everything else follows. And this is how I built my business. Always guiding my clients the correct way, keeping their interest and financial future in mind. This is how I earned my clients’ respect and trust. And I continue on that path, earning referrals from my clients who trust me and know that I would not do wrong by them. Over the years, when my peers surged ahead of me making fortunes and I lagged behind. My pride was in the fact that I had made money for my clients and I had a role to play in their life’s success story.
Today, I have a successful career- being at the top of the rankings worldwide for my company. It did not happen overnight. It took 13 years of hard work, determination and a lot of strength to stay on my path. I now have a Team that supports my goals and purpose. My fabulous team members- Sunil, Bhamini, Katricia, Kellie and Sumana- are helping our clients on the same strong foundation of helping clients and being truthful. I am blessed to be surrounded by these wonderful team members who imbibe the same values as I do. They are the future of my business and I will be there to oversee the vision and path.
Going into 2017, we wish you the best for a year of success and happiness. If you have worked with me, I am truly grateful for having you be a part of my life. If you haven’t worked with us, give us an opportunity to serve you. You will have trusted advisors in us and you will experience the difference between us and others from our industry. We sincerely look forward to serving you and guiding you.