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Meet Jillian Jacobs of Jilljacobshomes in South Bay

Today we’d like to introduce you to Jillian Jacobs.

So, before we jump into specific questions, why don’t you give us some details about you and your story.
My mom Patrice Jacobs obtained her CA Real Estate license when I was in grade school. Before getting her license, she worked a full-time job out in Hacienda Heights and our family lived in Pasadena & my dad, John Jacobs worked a full-time job as well in Orange County. Needless to say, with two little girls under ten, my mom was looking for some flexibility with her job – queue Real Estate! She got her license and became a rising star at her company, Coldwell Banker Arcadia, practically immediately!

I was around ten years old when this happened so when my mom had showings, open houses, and client meetings, I was always tagging along! I fell in love with the business – I love the interaction & human connection, I love the homes & interior design, & I love the numbers behind each transaction. Because of this, I knew I wanted to one day become a Residential Real Estate Agent and I obtained my CA Real Estate License my freshman year of college.

However, before I began my career in selling homes, I decided to really hone in on the numbers side of things, and after graduating from USC with a Bachelor’s in Business Administration, I went on to achieve my Masters in Business Taxation from the USC Leventhal School of Accounting. From there, I went on to work at a Big Four accounting firm & earned my CA CPA license. The hours and lifestyle didn’t quite fit my style though – I loved the numbers and the constant problem solving, but I needed more freedom with my schedule. So instead of waiting to do Real Estate when I was in a similar situation as my mom as I had originally planned (when I became a mother with a family), I decided to leave my full-time job and jump straight into Residential Real Estate!

I had moved to Hermosa Beach post-grad from USC, so I had already begun to plant my roots in the South Bay. When I made the transition from being a CPA to a realtor, I knew I wanted to focus on selling homes in the surrounding area and I knew I had to find the most amazing team so I could learn, grow, and develop. When I found Jen & Dave Caskey, the powerful leaders behind South Bay’s #1 Team, Caskey & Caskey, I knew I needed to find a way to join their squad. And fast forward a year – I’m on team Caskey & Caskey, I have learned SO much, and I am helping clients across the South Bay buy & sell Real Estate.

We’re always bombarded by how great it is to pursue your passion, etc – but we’ve spoken with enough people to know that it’s not always easy. Overall, would you say things have been easy for you?
I think something that was difficult was achieving so much in my accounting journey and then deciding to change paths – taking time to obtain my masters, receive a full-time job offer from a Big Four, and work so so hard to pass all 4 of the CA CPA exams. It was a big step to step away from a full-time, stable job. But I wasn’t waking up everyday excited about my work and I knew I needed to make a change & I knew I could apply my CPA knowledge to Real Estate in a big way.

Obviously being new in Real Estate isn’t easy – people are very diligent at doing their research about agents/teams/companies and a home purchase is easily one of the biggest, if not the biggest, purchase someone will make in their life. So clients want people with experience! I was lucky that I obtained my license when I was a freshman in college, so when I fully immersed in the Real Estate world, I had almost six years of practice under my belt (from working with my mom). Plus, working on team Caskey & Caskey afforded me opportunities that really helped accelerate my business. I owe a lot to my mom, mentors, and teammates!

We’d love to hear more about your work and what you are currently focused on. What else should we know?
I work as a Team Agent at Caskey & Caskey in the South Bay. We are the #1 Team in the South Bay and we are affiliated with Strand Hill Christies Int’l. We do business all across the South Bay & beyond, and I like to specialize in the Hermosa Hill Section. I live in the Hills and I think the best way to sell anything is to sell something you really believe in, can attest to, and are passionate about. I love my neighborhood and I believe it is one of the up & coming areas of South Bay – if it isn’t already the place to be!

As a Realtor, I’m not limited to just certain areas around me though, I can also practice in markets across California and I have worked on deals in the Valley, on the Westside, and of course locally in the South Bay. An exciting part of my job is working on deals in so many different markets & being in California, the homes you see can be pretty incredible. It’s also fun being on the younger end of this industry too – I am super driven to succeed and I’m not afraid to go out into the market and find my clients exactly what they want. I’ve door knocked, I’ve sent mailers, I email, & I pick up the phone and call – I try my absolute best to build up my inventory so my clients have the best choices.

I also like to think I have an eye for hidden gems. I have a Real Estate Instagram @jilljacobshomes where I post “Fixer Upper Friday” stories every week, and I like to show clients how easy it can be to transform a home – sometimes it’s as simple as painting the home white (my favorite thing to say) or just changing the front door. And of course, I love a good gut remodel as well and I have a team of reno experts who I can recommend and there are financing programs through other companies that help with listing enhancements and/or home improvements.

Has luck played a meaningful role in your life and business?
I like to think a lot of hard work has led me to where I am today – but I’m sure luck has paid its part. I mean I feel super lucky being able to join Caskey & Caskey and I feel very fortunate that all of my teammates there are so supportive.

I’m very lucky to have a family that supports me in really everything I do – my fiance Evan, my sister Jordyn, and my parents John & Patti. I know I am so so fortunate that my parents were able to send me to USC and to ride the wave of me working hard to obtain my masters & CPA. I know that isn’t an opportunity for everyone! And I am lucky my mom made her career transition many years ago – because she opened my eyes to this incredible world of Real Estate!

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– Benjamin Benoit Photography, Ian Denker Photography, Marissa de la Torre Photography

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