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Check Out Matt Witek’s Story

Today we’d like to introduce you to Matt Witek.

Alright, so thank you so much for sharing your story and insight with our readers. To kick things off, can you tell us a bit about how you got started?
Thank you for this opportunity to share my story. I was a full-time, touring jazz drummer right up until the pandemic hit in 2020. The better part of my year was spent traveling internationally to perform and it was the greatest job in the world.

Like many, the pandemic forced a new way of life and I ran with the opportunity to try something new. At that time, I was in New York to spend what were the last couple of weeks of my sister’s life after her battle with cancer for nearly 4 years. The world was closing in on all of us and I was in the middle of it all being in New York. She passed away on April 2nd and I flew home to Los Angeles a few days later.

On April 13th, I made the decision to get my real estate license and started with the online courses. Fast forward to July of that year and I took a job as a real estate assistant with a fantastic local agent. After six months in this position, I realized I wanted to expand my horizons and try working with clients of my own. I gravitated toward one of the most creative, polished, and intriguing luxury real estate agents, Marc Hernandez.

I made it my mission to learn from him. I sent him Christmas cards, called him, stalked him on Instagram, and was finally connected through a mutual friend, who happens to be a kick-ass mortgage broker. Marc graciously invited me to lunch at Cecconi’s in West Hollywood and we spent a couple of hours together talking about music, movies, and real estate.

I instantly knew that he was what I was looking for in a mentor. Within a few weeks of that lunch meeting, I joined his team, The Marc Hernandez Group at Compass Beverly Hills.

I’m sure you wouldn’t say it’s been obstacle-free, but so far would you say the journey has been a fairly smooth road?
Has it been a smooth road? Great question because a lot of what people think about real estate comes from reality TV.

In addition to being unemployed for nearly 9 months due to the pandemic, I went three months without a paycheck when I started as an active real estate agent. It felt like an eternity and there were moments of concern, but never doubt. I knew it would work out once I could prove my skills and desire to help others.

At the end of March 2022, I finished my first year with The Marc Hernandez Group. With Marc as my mentor and business partner, I sold over $20,000,000 of real estate. I had a clearly defined goal and I worked my butt off to manifest the results.

Coming from the music world and being freelance for my entire life, I knew that every day I had to make things happen. I wouldn’t have done it without Marc guiding me and giving me an abundance of opportunities to rise to the occasion.

Thanks – so what else should our readers know about your work and what you’re currently focused on?
As my mentor, Marc says, “We connect great people with great property.” As a luxury real estate agent, I tell clients the word “luxury” describes the level of service we provide as well as the type of properties we specialize in selling. We work with clients from $500,000 to $5,000,000. It’s not about the price, it’s about the experience.

I love to find common ground with clients on anything outside of real estate so we have something to bond over during our time together. Music is usually a common interest and a recent client is a huge jazz fan!

What are you most proud of?
I am most proud of being on a stellar team where everyone supports each other. I’ve already had the opportunity to navigate some big deals, but that wouldn’t have happened without the support of Marc and my team. I am also very honored that people who know me before this endeavor have placed their trust in me to help them buy and sell real estate. It’s all about relationships!

What sets you apart from others?
Everyone brings something unique to the table and that’s why one company, team, or agent doesn’t sell every home. We have to find our tribe of supporters and people who want to work with us.

I set my intention every day to meet creative, joyful, abundance-minded people who I can help with the buying or selling of real estate. It’s working!

Do you have any advice for those looking to network or find a mentor?
Absolutely! I did the exact same thing when I wanted to learn from the world’s greatest jazz drummer, Jeff Hamilton.

Go to the source and learn by their side. It’s good to be hungry and excited, but the best thing you can do to learn a specific trade is finding a mentor who inspires you. The next step is patience because that individual might not be ready to mentor you, but it’s worth the wait so go find a mentor today!

Do you have any advice for networking in general?
Networking is not my favorite word. It sounds like you’re trying to get something from someone. I believe everyone could benefit from listening to others more deeply and that’s the key to building a sphere of trustworthy people who you want to surround yourself with.

What has worked well for you?
Being ME! I am 36 years old and I am what I am. Popeye had it right. Aside from finding a mentor, I work with a wonderful coach who helps me refine my skills so I can best serve my clients. For other real estate agents, my advice is to follow up with value consistently. My desire is t to meet people who have common interests like being vegan, meditation, music lovers, comedy fans and the list goes on.

What are your strengths?
Abundance mindset! I start every day with TM (Transcendental Meditation) and affirmations. I am open to meeting new people every day and do so with a curious mind. My desire to listen and learn is what helps me grow as a real estate agent. It’s also a lot of fun.

When it comes to helping our clients win the house they love or sell for record prices, we do so with a proven process that yields powerful results.

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