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Meet Emily Sinclair of ACME Real Estate in Eagle Rock

Today we’d like to introduce you to Emily Sinclair.

Emily, let’s start with your story. We’d love to hear how you got started and how the journey has been so far.
In 2003 at the ripe age of 26-years-old, I decided to buy my first home after the suggestion by my entrepreneur cousin. I was a single, professional woman and I wanted to break up with my apartment living (and the revolving door of roommates) and take a step towards homeownership. At the time, I was producing reality television (Survivor, Extreme Makeover: Home Edition, etc) for many of the major networks and I had no clue that my home shopping experience was going to change me, but also change my career many years later.

I hired a 30-year Hollywood real estate veteran (who was still sporting a pony-tail from his rockin’ 1980’s years.) He knew Los Angeles like the back of his hand and knew good value when he saw it. With his guidance and advocacy, he helped me purchase a home that was a diamond in the rough, in an area (Atwater Village) that was not yet cute or trendy, read: bars on all windows and doors. But, it had a guest house in the back and he knew I could restore it and make it pretty. He saw the potential for me to beautify the home and put some elbow grease into it to pull out the unrealized value within it, and he tirelessly spent time educating me how to go about it, how to pull city records, etc. He was a home shopping champion for me, and he inspired me with his incredible willingness to go the extra mile to ensure I got a great home for a great deal. He had a profound effect on me. So much so, that it gave me the bug for watching the real estate market, studing architecture and design trends, and yet I already have a wildly successful television producing career! But I could not deny how much residential real estate consumed my daily life, always on the MLS, urging my friend’s to buy… On a whim after wrapping up an HGTV show about, guess what, Real Estate in New Orleans, I enrolled for the required courses, took my exam, and boom! My trajectory was changed forever!

Overall, has it been relatively smooth? If not, what were some of the struggles along the way?
After 15 years of producing every kind of reality TV show you could imagine, and winning an Emmy award for Extreme Makeover: Home Edition for outstanding television production, I decided to take the leap of faith and break up with my first love of TV and saddle up to my heartthrob of Real Estate.

Quite honestly, it was a smooth road! When something is meant to be, all the pieces of the puzzle fall into place effortlessly. Immediately upon getting my license, I announced to a fellow Mom friend that I was now selling Real Estate and she immediately referred me to my first client- and then within a few weeks I got those clients into their desired home in their dream location.

Not to say that every transaction is smooth, painless and easy. THAT part is the true fallacy of real estate. People like to think you can do it part-time and be successful. Like with anything in life, you get out what effort you put into it. I am the kind of person that whatever I do, I do it 150%, so I followed EVERY lead and followed up with EVERY client who expressed interest with tenacity. The biggest struggle was realizing which clients are just there to “kick the tires” or someone who has no real interest in buying a home and pivoting my energy to the clients who really needed my focus.

ACME Real Estate – what should we know? What do you do best? What sets you apart from the competition?
Simply put, ACME put the concept of higher-end flipping on the map in LA. ACME partnered with designers & investors to share our their expertize of what buyer’s want in a home (elevated style, high-end finishes, affordable prices) and the buyers came in droves. Our followers resonate with our uniquely-branded marketing with a fresh and unstuffy vibe, and we truly listen to our client’s needs. ACME is a team of highly trained, highly-ethical agents who truly care about their client’s home-buying experience from start to finish. We’re building clients (friends) for life, and that just feels good! I personally love ending a long day knowing I have helped a seller with my HGTV tips prepare their home for market in a way buyers will swoon and pay top dollar. From my many many years working on Extreme Makeover: Home Edition and HGTV shows, I have a keen design eye that can immediately zero in on what buyers will want or not want, and then I help give the home a “sparkle pass” so that we can bring the highest and best clients to the home.

I pride myself on helping ease first-time home buyer’s nerves, sheparding them through the process, demystifying every step, and advocating on their behalf throughout the transaction getting them the best home for their ability.

What is “success” or “successful” for you?
For me, success is when I am able to get my client’s offer accepted in a multiple counter scenario, above other top agents time and time again. We all know how highly competitive the LA housing market can be, and being able to communicate with the other side and make a deal happen for my eager and earnest clients is so rewarding for me.

When my clients resonate with my bubbly and straight-forward personality, it fuels my desire to work longer and go above and beyond for them. When my clients value my knowledge of homes, architecture, and design, I know I’m working with the right buyers and to me that’s all the success I need. I’m not motivated simply by the bottom line or a high home sales price, I want my clients to feel they’ve had the best experience and when they refer me to their other like-minded friends and family, that is the kind of success you can’t put a price on.

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Alex Zarour – Virtually Here Studios.

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