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Exploring Life & Business with Renee Smith

Today we’d like to introduce you to Renee Smith.

Hi Renee, so excited to have you with us today. What can you tell us about your story?
I was born and raised in the San Fernando Valley. Initially, I started off in the fashion industry with dreams of owning a fashion boutique on Melrose Ave in LA. I was working in luxury retail at stores like True Religion Brand Jeans, where I came across Tyra Banks’ stylist at the time, who was actually opening up her own boutique from the ground up. I agreed to be a part of the process, and from there we did everything from designing the store layout to picking out all the clothes and finally opening the store.

Unfortunately, the store was only open for a couple of years when she realized it was more than what she had bargained for. I, too, came to the realization that owning a fashion boutique was a lot more than I had thought. Around that time, I also had created my own online fashion jewelry store, which was short-lived when I realized jewelry was not the route I wanted to go.

I ended up getting a job in the entertainment industry to make ends meet and give me time to figure out what my next goal was. I decided to get my degree in Business with the hopes of learning more. Investing in real estate was always something I planned to get into eventually down the line, and at the time, I thought why not start now. I graduated with my degree, did my research and soon realized I was eligible to take the real estate exam. I studied for months before the exam, went in and passed on the first try!

Fast forward to today, I am now helping buyers find their dream homes and homeowners sell for more! Throughout the process, I’ve learned and am still learning tons of valuable information that can benefit home buyers and sellers.

We all face challenges, but looking back would you describe it as a relatively smooth road?
I don’t think any road to success is perfect nor is it smooth. I think the struggle is where your growth happens. I’ve experienced my fair share of ups and downs in my life but I’m working on changing my mindset from “why is this happening to me” to “what is this trying to teach me”.

Real Estate is more of a hobby than a job for me. I enjoy being able to play matchmaker with my clients to find them the perfect property. That’s what keeps me motivated. It’s definitely a roller coaster and requires a hustle mentality, but I believe nothing worth having comes easy.

Alright, so let’s switch gears a bit and talk business. What should we know?
I’m currently a REALTOR® at RE/MAX Luxe based in Woodland Hills, CA. I specialize in first-time home buyers but I’m also open to working with sellers, investors and leases as well. I serve the San Fernando Valley and parts of the Greater Los Angeles area.

At my brokerage, I’m on a team of successful experts in the field. So, when choosing me as your agent, not only do I represent you from the beginning of the process to the end, but you’re also backed by a whole team of experts helping you through each step of the process. I strive to make my clients feel as comfortable and welcome as possible. Whether it’s a small or big investment, I want to make sure that you as my client are informed and all of your questions are answered. I’m interested in getting to know my clients and learning detailed aspects of what they’re looking for so I can best represent them. I enjoy building lasting relationships. If my client is happy, then I’m happy!

Are there any apps, books, podcasts, blogs or other resources you think our readers should check out?
I’m definitely going to sound like a real millennial when I say this, but my iPhone is my life. I literally use it for everything, business-related or not. Whether it’s making to-do lists in the notes app, sending emails, listening to podcasts or music, etc. It makes everything so much more convenient, especially because I’m always on the go. I also use a CRM app that allows me to keep track of all my clients and their information wherever I go.

While studying for my real estate exam, I used a program called Prep Agent, which was a huge help. I tend to go back to the program just to freshen my memory about different concepts and terms. If you’re studying for the real estate exam, I strongly recommend their program.

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