Today we’d like to introduce you to Akina Reid.
Hi Akina, thanks for joining us today. We’d love for you to start by introducing yourself.
All my life, I’ve taken risks – (heavily) calculated risks – but risks nonetheless. I’ve gotten more than a few jobs from simply sending an email, regardless of if they were hiring or if I even qualified for the position.
Getting into real estate was something that I sort of fell into. I was at a crossroads. My current nanny position was ending (Surprise! Kids grow up!), and it felt like a new beginning, I could essentially do whatever I wanted. Despite childcare being the obvious option, I wanted to push my comfort zone a little bit – I had been safely tucked away there for a little too long.
I was browsing Facebook one day and I saw an advertisement for an Admin position at a brokerage I hadn’t really seen before, Exit Results Realty. Once I read the job ad, however, I knew I needed to get that job. Any job ad that asks if I’m the peanut butter to their jelly is one I’m going after.
Over the next year, I was a sponge, learning about real estate from the inside out. What to do, what not to do, how to be a good agent, how many square feet are in an acre (43,560!), real estate law, real estate paperwork, all of it. And then it was time. I knew I was ready to make the leap. To quit my job and pursue real estate full time. It wasn’t the easiest decision to make, but I knew I had the support of my entire brokerage, my family and friends behind me. I’m currently seven months into my first year as a full-time Realtor (On my second year as a licensed Realtor) and I’ve enjoyed every minute of it.
Alright, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall, and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
I don’t think the words “smooth” and “real estate career” have ever been used together. As with any new business, the hardest part is drumming up business. My circles are small, everyone has also just bought a house, so I was essentially starting from scratch. My experience with online leads has been similar to my past Tinder experiences, a lot of ghosting. But through assisting people the home buying process, I’ve made some really great friends and lasting relationships.
I can’t say that there aren’t days where I regret quitting my job and in turn, my steady paycheck. That there aren’t days when I think that I’m not good enough or worrying about people not liking me, but it comes with the territory, and every day is a new day to prove that inner negativity wrong.
Can you tell our readers more about what you do and what you think sets you apart from others?
I am a Licensed Realtor. I am the person people trust when making one of the biggest investments in their lives. I like to think that what sets me apart from others is the amount of personal care and attention I give my clients. I really want to make sure that the next place they are deciding to call home is something that they really want. Each deal feels like more than just a paycheck, it feels like an intimate glimpse into someone’s life and how they truly want to live, and I cherish that.
Alright, so before we go, can you talk to us a bit about how people can work with you, collaborate with you or support you?
Give me a call if you want to buy or sell a home! Recommend me to people you know! Follow me on Instagram and Facebook – I post a ton of info on the home buying process and how it’s not so scary. Resources for those who want to buy a home and aren’t sure where to start.
- Email: Ataylorreid@gmail.com
- Website: https://linktr.ee/akinareidrealtor
- Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/gettheki/
- Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Gettheki
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