We had the good fortune of connecting with Nichole Black and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Nichole, is there something that you feel is most responsible for your success?
I am an educator and protector at heart. My whole life I have always wanted to learn everything about what I do, so I could educate and help as many people as possible. I feel a personal responsibility to my clients to be the best for them. These two overarching factors drive my success and brand.
Alright, so for those in our community who might not be familiar with your business, can you tell us more?
I was born to help people. Being a real estate agent is the perfect industry to facilitate that desire and need.
When I decided to be a real estate agent, everyone said it was very hard to get into and establish yourself. Real estate agents are a dime a dozen and everyone’s mom, sister, friend, cousin, neighbor, etc., know of one. They then continued with, it’s super hard to get leads, and to buy them, is very expensive. All of this is true and did not deter me. Why? I knew without a question of doubt, that I was not like the majority of other agents out there. I did not get my license because it sounded fun or thought it would be easy. I got it to help, educate, and protect people from one of the largest investments of their life.
I took a different approach from day one to becoming an agent. I choose a boutique brokerage, who did not have many agents at this time. The broker cared as much about me and my client’s wellbeing, as he did his own. He was there to educate me with his 25 years of experience day and night whenever I needed him. He held my hand through my first transaction, as they do not teach you that in school. Crazy, I know! He helped me learn so much and still does.
Due to starting at a boutique brokerage, with a limited amount of agents, there were no open houses to sit in. This typically how most new agents get started and/or they buy expensive leads. I did not have either option. So I had to learn to do it on my own. This did not bother me at all because being a real estate agent is a business and knowing how to market, lead generation, content creation, online marketing, client manuals/ brochures, etc. are a part of the business.
My clients deserve a real estate professional that is driven by exceptional service and knowledge.
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?
We are so blessed to be in Arizona. I absolutely love going to The Vig McDowell Mountain on Sunday morning for brunch, The majority of the year all the doors are open to the beautiful patio with mountain views. The best gift of all at the Vig’s Sunday brunch is the live music performed by Jeff Ocheltree. Your jaw will drop as he sings versions of songs better than the original artist (in many people’s opinions). Not only is he a talented artist, but he also is very kind and will chat with everyone.
From there, we love to hop on our beach cruisers and head down the McCormick Ranch bike paths. You will have amazing views of huge trees, lakes, and mountains.
To conclude the evening, we would head up to Isabella’s on the Grayhawk golf course for dinner and watch the sunset behind the mountains.
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?
My mentor/coach, Stacy Stateham. I was trying to build my real estate business and lead generation through my relationships and online presence. Getting lost in a sea of books, workshops, educational seminars, online coaches, etc.. I heard about Stacy and how amazing she is at branding and lead generation for real estate. Schedule a call with her for an hour and we spoke for two. We instantly knew that our creative vibes worked well together and she agreed to coach me. A little less than a year later, she has helped empower me with the skill set to drive and generate my own business. In addition, she provided resources, where I could create the tools I wanted to help my clients.
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