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Meet Smike Wallen of SMIKEWALLEN in Hollywood Hills

Today we’d like to introduce you to Smike Wallen.

Smike, the entrepreneur and real estate expert, earned his wealth and built his reputation by successfully flipping properties, designing residential and commercial spaces, and representing buyers and sellers of homes.

During his childhood in Indiana, Smike watched as his divorced, single mom struggled to support two young children while living in public housing. Early experiences with scarcity and loss during formative years left their mark on Smike. Yet, with the support of his family and a deep-seated drive to overcome, Smike broke the cycle of poverty to become the first member of his family to attend college.

In 1994, Smike packed up his red Jeep and headed for California to prove that coming from nothing couldn’t stop him from building a better life. With the help of mentors along the way and his own uncompromising work ethic, Smike began to develop the skills that would allow him to realize his true potential.

After saving enough money to make a down-payment, Smike picked the most dilapidated house in one of LA’s best neighborhoods to be his first home. He learned how to do all the renovation and design work himself –fully reimagining it into a showplace that he sold for profit. From there, Smike’s flipping business grew steadily. He had developed the knowledge to move from scarcity to prosperity. This quick, expansive journey led Smike to an unusual conclusion: that personal success and achievement need not come at the expense of others.

Within ten years of arriving in Los Angeles, Smike had become a millionaire. Although he had crossed the personal threshold of financial success he had always sought, he still felt as if something was missing. During a month-long trip to Bali, Smike had his “Oprah moment” – to share his “golden-touch” with others. Upon returning to California, Smike set out to form a real estate & design company that would operate differently than any other – one that would place clients first, knowing that with results, compensation would follow.

Today, the team at SMIKEWALLEN believes in a world of abundance and opportunity. By leveraging their unrivaled real estate expertise and collective knowledge of all things home, Smike and his diverse team manifest opportunities and deliver results for their clients.

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?
Finding a healthy Work-life Balance remains my greatest struggle and although I still haven’t managed it well, I’m finding peace doing intense, all-consuming project-based work followed by some pretty magical month-long sojourns around the world to regain my sense of being.

Doing business with my profit taking a back-seat to my client’s financial success has been the most challenging thing I’ve ever done. Succeeding with my own self-interest as the driver was the easy part of my life. My newer, ambitious goal of transferring my success purposefully onto others while juggling the avalanche of moving parts, personalities, mentoring and considerations is exhausting work.

So let’s switch gears a bit and go into the SMIKEWALLEN story. Tell us more about the business.
We leverage over two decades of experience as flippers, investors, designers, and real estate agents to create a focused Staging & Styling strategy that showcases your home in its very best light.

Often, simply restyling and rearranging existing furnishings can unlock a great deal of value, enhancing your home’s flow and making better use of underutilized spaces. Proper styling makes a property feel larger, brighter, and more functional to buyers entering your home for the first time.

In some cases, existing items aren’t enough. We stage with pieces from our extensive archive of bespoke and vintage furnishings to fill in blank corners and add visual interest, giving underutilized spaces new functionality and adding an aesthetic twist that buyers remember – for the right reasons.

When styling & staging, we take the time to get it right. For many clients, combining elements of styling & staging – that is, restyling your existing furnishings while adding in some new staging items – can make a world of difference.

Today, buyers flip through an endless stream of online listing photos during their home search. A compellingly styled & staged home stands out from the parade of bland houses and condos, and buyers take notice. By presenting your home in its best light, you can keep from blending into the pack – and instead become a must-see property.

Our collective experience as designers, flippers, and real estate agents allow us to develop designs tailored to your individual taste, style, and needs – and then bring that vision to life.

And since we’re not conventional designers, we’re not interested in driving up the cost of a project with ultra-specific design choices that could negatively affect resale value or costly materials that might not add proportionate value to your home. As seasoned investors and agents, we’re here to add beauty and functionality that you can enjoy right now while bolstering your bottom line when it comes time to sell. We consult with you to help make design choices that you’ll love and that buyers will too.

It’s not just about creating a beautiful space. It’s about adding functionality that enhances your daily life. Whether that means a relaxing living room for Netflix marathons, a tailored dining space for formal parties or big family holidays, or a new bedroom, bath, or kitchen – we’re fully equipped to take on any interior challenge. We deliver on beautiful spaces that enhance the functionality of your home – and your resale value when it’s time to move on.

You dream it, we design it. Our unparalleled team of real estate & design professionals has the experience and expertise to conceptualize and design your project, then manage the renovation process to completion. Whether you’re reimagining your home for your own enjoyment, renovating with potential buyers in mind, or a combination of both, we know how to unlock your home’s potential imaginatively, tastefully, and cost-effectively.

Our renovation services help to create a dream home for you to enjoy now – and profit from later. After nearly two decades of flipping homes in Los Angeles, we know how to spot opportunities in the marketplace and cost-effectively unlock potential value. We understand the math that makes flips profitable. We’ve learned the art of making the ordinary spectacular. And we manage the entire process from start to finish.

Our founder, Smike Wallen, began his real estate career and earned his first million dollars flipping homes in Los Angeles.

Today, the team at SMIKEWALLEN leverages their diverse expertise in all things home to continue in that tradition, successfully flipping for clients. We know that all properties have unrealized potential that can be unlocked by addressing problem areas of flow, function, design, and aesthetics. We search the marketplace for properties that can be flipped by addressing these flaws.

Our agents handle the transaction, and our designers address problem areas, and our project managers cost-effectively manage the flip to completion. We create itemized cost estimates, project budgets, and sales projections to help clients get a sense of the “big picture” – before you purchase.

For new flippers, we make it easy. We manage the process from start-to-finish, allowing you to leverage our vast experience, learn the ropes, and avoid costly mistakes. For seasoned investors, our reputation as flipper-agents often leads us to a wide range of opportunities – before they hit the market. Our large team size, diverse expertise, and vast reach give seasoned clients first access. We have the capacity to redesign floorplans to improve flow, renovate kitchens and baths, update and landscape exteriors, and add specific features and finishes that savvy buyers are seeking – right now.

Our flips stand out in the market for the right reasons. Time and time again, buyers take notice of higher and faster offers. We unlock the potential value in underutilized properties – and make your bottom line our priority.

-As agents, we know what sells.
-As designers, we know what looks good.
-As flippers, we know how to get it done.

Has luck played a meaningful role in your life and business?
I am blessed with a myriad of spiritual advisors and protectors who have paved my walkway through life with fortune, health, and overall wellness. My tough early years were purposefully challenging to prepare me for my life and gave me the gratitude to appreciate where I am today. My luck is a direct result of my benevolent intentions. A client recently texted me that being an awesome person is my gift and the work I do is my talent.

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