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Hidden Gems: Meet Desiree Coles of Tillman Realty West

Today we’d like to introduce you to Desiree Coles.

Hi Desiree, thanks for joining us today. We’d love for you to start by introducing yourself.
I’m originally from the far East side of Indianapolis, Indiana. Although I was born in Pittsburgh and lived in New York in my early childhood I was raised and graduated from high school in Indy. I studied Marketing at Howard University and knew I wanted to combine my love for fashion with business.

After graduating, I spent several months at home working and saving to move to LA. I came to visit for a month and ended up getting a job as a freelance PR Assistant for Cartier. I started interning and assisting celebrity stylists until I was able to branch out and take on styling jobs of my own. I got my real estate license at the end of 2019 and officially became a realtor in March 2020.

It was an interesting time to start my business, to say the least, but the blessing was that I found my niche, leases! I consider myself a leasing specialist and am currently working on ways to educate and empower aspiring homeowners and investors because real estate can be intimidating so it’s my job to demystify the perception that purchasing property is unattainable.

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?
Not at all! Being freelance in a city like LA with limited savings was a tough way to start my career.

It’s ironic that there were many times that I didn’t know how I would make it day to day while working for wealthy clients and brands every day. Talk about character building. Nothing compares to the humbling experiences, stress, and anxiety that comes with being broke, but I wouldn’t take it back.

I think those experiences with struggling have helped me to connect with people who may be going through it or just simply not where they want to be.

Thanks – so what else should our readers know about Tillman Realty West?
I am a fashion stylist and realtor and accept clients for both! On the fashion side, I work with clothing and lifestyle brands, artists of all kinds, and some personal shopping.

On the real estate side, I specialize in leases so I help with apartment searches. I want more people to be owners and investors too so I am also working with my brokerage to create a first-time homebuyer program.

I am most proud of my ability to do two things that I love and I’m finding ways to combine the two like my tag #outfitsathouses.

What does success mean to you?
I define success as living the life that you want.

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