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Exploring Life & Business with Bahahdi Allal

Today we’d like to introduce you to Bahahdi Allal.

Hi Bahahdi, can you start by introducing yourself? We’d love to learn more about how you got to where you are today?
When I was little, I used to watch The Pursuit of Happyness and MTV Cribs with my dad, who always told me it was possible for me to have the kind of life we saw on the screen in front of us. Since then, I’ve had a clear vision of the lifestyle I wanted when I grew up.

Once I finished high school – and my college basketball career was cut short – I dove straight into business. I started working for an MLM at the age of 18; I was selling life insurance, financial services and recruiting a team with one of the top leaders in the company. This is when I realized that I could sell, that I could connect with people… and that they trusted me.

But I also realized I needed to improve my skills. I became obsessed with the sales teachings of Jordan Belfort (the inspiration behind The Wolf of Wall Street) and decided that I had to work at his organization. I emailed him, direct-messaged him on Instagram, commented on his posts, and even reached out to his son’s Instagram account. No answer. It was through contacting his wife that I was finally able to score an interview to become a salesperson for his sales training program.

I got the job. I packed up my things, booked an Airbnb for two weeks, and left my life in the Imperial Valley to work for Jordan Belfort. And it was through the real-life Wolf of Wall Street that I was introduced to the industry that could be my path to the MTV Cribs life I lusted over as a child: real estate. More specifically, Jacob Greene at the Altman Brothers.

There were still setbacks, of course; due to COVID, obtaining my real estate license took eight months instead of the usual 5-6. I’d never waited so long in my life for anything, but I was on my way with guns blazing. I was now 20 years old; all I cared about was getting my first deal, and within 45 days, I’d closed a small commercial lease and scored a $3.45M listing in Manhattan Beach which I later sold for $3.3M.

I got that first multi-million dollar deal by… delivering pizza. Inspired by an episode of Million Dollar Listing LA where Josh Altman stopped at construction sites in order to get a developer’s contact info, I stopped at the still-under-construction house in-between pizza deliveries to beg for the developer’s number. Once obtained, I set up a meeting with myself, the developer, and Ed Kaminsky: one of the nation’s top real estate agents and my current real estate mentor.

I’ve been responsible for over $10M in real estate transactions in the 18 months since. I’m 21 and I know I’m just getting started… but I also know that I’m building the right foundation for my future brand identity, and look forward to using my skills to help my clients with the biggest transactions of their lives. I’m incredibly grateful to those who’ve helped me along the way, and I’m incredibly excited for the future of my own personal Pursuit of Happyness.

We all face challenges, but looking back would you describe it as a relatively smooth road?
It definitely has not been a smooth road whatsoever but it has been a fun, adventurous, full of humps that have taught me so much about life in what I feel is such a small amount of time and at such a young age.

The first struggle that comes to mind is the struggle of being away from all of my family and the life that I had built since I was born back home. I dropped everything to chase and work for the life that I want. It has been very lonely. A lot of mental battles. The feeling of missing out on the growth of my younger siblings. The thought of everybody getting older every day and I don’t get to talk to or see them as easy as when I lived back home.

The second struggle is sacrificed. 98-99% of people my age are out partying, continuing their education in college, are okay with settling for an average life/job. A majority of my circle and friends right now are in their 30-60’s. I know a lot of friends and people I know that are okay with being okay and life is definitely easier or at least simpler. I can’t do that. Which has caused a lot of days where I feel down.

A lot of other smaller and bigger ones but to sum it up building a business that is going to give you a life of generational financial freedom is not easy whatsoever. I think it is so tough that it takes you to a point where you are actually grateful for the failure, the anxiety, the mental battles, the disappointments because you realize it turns you into such a better human being.

Alright, so let’s switch gears a bit and talk business. What should we know?
I am an energetic and passionate real estate agent who specializes in buying and selling luxury properties in the sunny South Bay. I value creating an experience for clients that is positive and rooted in hard work and

motivation. As a communicative agent, I take the time to get to know my clients from a personal perspective and will go above and beyond to turn dreams into reality.

I strive to be solution-oriented and transparent for my clients. I think critically about negotiations and

contracts to help clients buy or sell at the best value possible. With my fresh perspective, I provide a seamless and stress-free experience to help clients achieve their dream lifestyle.

I pride myself on the following three things, Understanding my client’s point of view, my negotiation tactics, and leveraging my relationships to find products or get you deals that most other agents wouldn’t be able to.

Is there a quality that you most attribute to your success?
The constant drive for growth. Growth in everything. In myself, my business, my relationships. I am a firm believer in the saying if you aren’t growing, you’re dying. Part of the characteristic that comes with the constant drive for growth is the characteristic to be okay with putting yourself in uncomfortable situations and seize them.

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