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Meet Dominique Higgins

Today we’d like to introduce you to Dominique Higgins.

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?
My journey as a real estate agent really began as a child. My mom was a real estate agent and investor who worked with contractors, builders, and developers. So as early as I can remember, I was looking at houses, visiting construction sites, crunching numbers, or, hammer in hand, demolishing walls or tearing out the carpet at one of her properties.

The older I grew the more responsibilities I took on, and by the time I reached college, at the University of Notre Dame (Go Irish!), I got my real estate license and was actively working, all while being a full-time student. Once graduating, I bought my first investment property – a $6,500 mobile home on its own land in Riverside County (which is a crazy story in itself), before joining her boutique brokerage helping developers buy, build, and sell custom homes, apartment buildings and more all over LA.

Flash forward to today, I’m a real estate broker myself and with the same team have since expanded to work with general homeowners and buyers. With the way the market is now, there’s nothing more exciting than helping people achieve their dreams, using the knowledge that I’ve gained just from being submerged in the industry for so long.

I’m sure you wouldn’t say it’s been obstacle free, but so far would you say the journey have been a fairly smooth road?
It definitely has not been a smooth road. When I first got started, I had a huge case of doubt and FOMO (fear of missing out). I was seeing all of my friends back in the Midwest in their corporate jobs, going on extravagant vacations, getting married, and living what appeared to be Insta-worthy lives. Yet, there I was working 60-80 hours a week, submitting hundreds of offers for our clients, sometimes getting none accepted. On top of that, even though I had felt so comfortable within the industry, I naively misjudged the huge learning curve that still lay ahead of me. So there were many moments in the beginning where I questioned who I was, my abilities and even my decision to stay in real estate. Was I really cut out for this? Could I handle the pressure? Finally though, tired of the emotionally draining rollercoaster I was putting myself on, I decided to get off. I reminded myself why I love real estate so much and made the choice that nothing could or would get in the way of that, and then took steps to master it as a craft and do things in a way that had more meaning to me.

Appreciate you sharing that. What else should we know about what you do?
The vision behind Dominique Higgins Real Estate is to revolutionize what it means to be a real estate agent. As a brokerage, my team and I treat clients as lifetime partners. What really sets us apart is we act the same way for our clients as we would act for ourselves and better.

For example, with sellers, we specialize in not only maximizing the price of their home but also working with them and their financial team to ensure all that wealth is protected. If they don’t have a financial team, we help them create a plan to build one. Similarly with buyers, whether they are first-timers, investors, or developers, our specialty is creating unique plans for them to generate wealth and legacy through real estate.

With us, the closing is just the beginning, and I’m proud to say when a client works with us, they know and trust that they will always have someone in their corner at the ready for any of their real estate needs.

How do you think about luck?
I think luck, both good and bad, are extremely important. I was extremely fortunate enough to find a $6,500 property in one of the most expensive real estate markets in the world, and I was even luckier to have an amazing mom whose negotiating skills helped me eliminate, so to speak, my competition. Selling that home, and generating a sizeable profit, remains to this day a core memory that drives me forward whenever I face challenges.

At the same time, bad luck too has played an equally important role in providing me with amazing learning opportunities. Ironically enough, with the money I made on this extremely lucky deal, I decided to reinvest those profits into a condo to flip. I proudly orchestrated everything. Found a property, got a lender to back the deal, managed the construction myself, and even received an offer within weeks of putting it on the market. But then it was one thing after the other: the buyers backed out. Then a pipe burst in the garage, then people kept breaking in, and a freak weather storm kept flooding the patio. By the end of this incredibly unlucky deal, I just barely made my money back and some.

However, the experience gave me a treasure trove of lessons that I share with my clients to this day so they don’t overlook the same things I did. Lessons I feel very fortunate to have.

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