Career change to real estate pays off

Careers,  Buyers and sellers

Almost 50 years ago, when the REIQ opened its Spring Hill office, its president was a gentleman named Lloyd Olsen. Today, his grandson is an REIQ graduate, member, and accomplished real estate agent.

Daniel Brisblat has been buying and selling homes since he was 21, and ever since his grandfather was president of the REIQ, real estate has been in his blood.

“My whole family buys and sells property; they’ve invested and done quite well in property, so it was the natural progression for me to move into real estate,” says Brisblat.

He says his personal experience in investing and selling properties gives him the edge when it comes to selling the homes of others.

“I meet a lot of agents who’ve never bought a house before – how can you relate to the buyer or the seller if you’ve never been in that position?” says Brisblat.

“I thought there was a gap in the market for an agent who could relate to the buyer and the seller.”

A gap which Brisblat hopes to help fill.

“I love putting deals together, I love being able to find the right home for the right person,” he says.

“It’s really nice to be able to help someone find the right property that fills their needs.”

Brisblat’s family history with the organisation meant training with the REIQ was an easy decision to make.

“I obviously felt a family obligation to use the REIQ, but also it’s such a well-recognised and well-respected group that there wasn’t even any other consideration for me – 100 per cent that was where I was going to go,” he says.

“The support’s fantastic; they cater to all kinds of learning needs, and obviously a lot of people that were in my class were of various ages and backgrounds, so they all had different requirements when it came to learning, and I felt the REIQ serviced that really well.”

Before his career in real estate began, Brisblat had seen a lot of agents hop from office to office, unable to find one that suited their style and abilities.

“My advice to anyone would be to be honest with yourself about who you are, what your strengths and weaknesses are, and find an office or company that represents your core values,” he says.

“Find an office where you’ll thrive rather than one where you’ll flounder.”

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