We had the good fortune of connecting with Ali Malmkar and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Ali, we’d love to hear about how you approach risk and risk-taking.
I think risks are important in your career, especially when you’re young. I look at high risks with the potential of having a high reward. When I have taken risks with my career and with my life, the success is much better than if I hadn’t. Also, when I’ve taken risks and don’t succeed how I would want to, I learn lessons that end up being valuable in the long run. There is no failure in either outcome. Risks have a huge role in my life and career. My husband and I get asked weekly why we moved to Arizona. We don’t have a reason; we literally just picked a place on the map. We didn’t have any jobs when we moved here. My husband had his real estate license in Nebraska, so we jumped on the opportunity to get them here as well. Since then, many things have fallen into place. Again–high risk, high reward. I see our rewards daily and I’m thankful for the risks we have taken in all aspects of our lives.
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
I am a residential real estate agent in Tucson, Arizona. My husband and I are a team and love navigating the real estate world together. I think what sets us apart from other realtors is our age and marketing style. For example, we meet a lot of clients through our Instagram. We didn’t know anyone here when we moved so this is how we have learned to connect with people. It can be challenging having to build a relationship with someone who you have never met in person, but this is the direction our world is going and we’re taking full advantage of it. I am most proud of how well we adjusted to Tucson and this new career. We are from Nebraska and real estate has definitely pushed us to learn this city inside and out. I have a bachelor’s degree in psychology; many things I learned in college directly relates to my career as a realtor. Real estate is a relationship business and people need to feel like they can trust you. It hasn’t been easy to get where we are and to be doing what we’re doing every day, but it’s been worth it. Real estate is hard. Plain and simple, this business is difficult to start out in, especially when you don’t have a sphere of people you know. There have been many challenges, one of the biggest being–how do we get business? How do we get our clients? We have had to work extremely hard to figure out how to make that happen. I would like people to know that we genuinely care about the people we work with and their homes. If our clients are upset, so are we. We go through this process with them & we’re there for them every step of the way.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
Lucky for me, the beautiful city of Tucson is an easy place to show off. First off, there are so many different kinds of food here and places to eat; it’s unreal. But, you cannot come to Tucson without getting a sonoran dog and an Eegee. Also, we would definitely be going downtown to 4th Avenue to all the shops and then head to Congress Street and go to the famous Congress Hotel for drinks (and the occasional karaoke night). Tucson wouldn’t be the same without the University of Arizona, so we’d have to go see that and take a walk down University Boulevard for some food and drinks too. There would definitely be a day trip to Saguaro National Park and a visit to the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum. This drive at sunset is amazing and there are SO many beautiful cacti to see. A day of hiking in Sabino Canyon would be a requirement of this trip as well. We would also take a day and drive up through the Catalina Mountains to Mount Lemmon where we would stop and eat at the Cookie Cabin. We might have to end the trip with a day at the spa/pool at one of the MANY resorts here.
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
First and foremost, my amazing husband deserves A LOT of the credit for my success. He is the other half of our real estate team and I truly could not do it without him. He is so driven, goal-oriented, and has always had really big dreams for us. Without him, this career in real estate might have never been a part of my life. He is the one who encourages me to take these big risks with him and he has never failed me! Second, I have to give a Shoutout to the company I work for – Long Realty. We were brand new to the state of Arizona when we got our real estate licenses and this company took us right under their wing, has trained us so unbelievably well, and has taught us everything we know about the field of real estate and the Tucson market. Without our specific managers/mentors, I don’t know if we would have made it these past few years. I am truly grateful & appreciative!