We had the good fortune of connecting with Inna Ogbeide and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Inna, can you walk us through the thought-process of starting your business?
My thought process behind starting my own business stemmed from the need for flexibility and a work life balance that I could actually enjoy. I was always a great worker in terms of production. I would exceed my company and personal production goals, year after year. As a young child growing up, I also seen my father own and operate multiple small businesses, one being in Real Estate; so naturally I grew up, thinking that I was supposed to have a small business & multiple streams of income. What the business was going to be, I never really knew at that time but I whole heartedly knew that establishing my own business was a life goal.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
What keeps me busy and what sets me apart from other real estate professionals is that I am a dual market Realtor®. My knowledge and expertise of multiple markets in Texas allows me to service clients, their families, friends and colleagues confidently throughout my business. My customer service and critical thinking skills allow me to provide quick solutions to unforeseen circumstances and I pride myself on setting realistic expectations for my clients before, during and after their transaction closes. I currently work the Houston and Dallas-Fort Worth market areas and I am most proud of my growth within the last year as it relates to the Real Estate industry. I originally started in real estate to challenge myself professionally as I was beginning to feel stagnant in my career and desired more flexibility while I cared for my father.
Professionally, I am where I am today because I made a decision to focus on my goals. My father always preached about focusing on one thing, picking something and sticking to it. I have always been the person who wanted to have multiple streams of income and work in multiple fields. I still struggle with wanting to do multiple things but as I have gotten older I’ve begun to understand the importance of sticking with one thing at a time. I actively set realistic goals for myself, envision myself where I wanted to be and allow myself to grow. I shifted my mentality from an employee to a business woman and I listened to those who had success in my field. I took my time, focused on my personal and professional goals and executed. Don’t get me wrong, I still do majority of the work for my business so technically I’m still an employee, I’m just working for myself hahaha.
My real estate journey has been everything but easy but I honestly feel that it has been nothing short of God led. I always lean on my faith in times of uncertainty and give thanks and praise when things are going well and even when they aren’t. Overcoming challenges in a graceful and poised manner is a skill I learned at an early age. I welcome challenges and change because I fully believe I am capable of overcoming any obstacle put before me.
A few of the lessons I’ve learned in my 5 years of being a Realtor can also be translated into life lessons and mantras that I’ve learned to live by in this industry like; Whats meant for me will be, Some statements aren’t worth a response and Always trust your intuition.
As I continue to grow in this industry I plan on continuing my education in residential and commercial real estate and pursuing my Broker license. My story is one that I feel many aspiring entrepreneurs can relate to and I’m always available to be a resource in real estate & real life to those who are interested.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
I’m a city girl who loves the aesthetics and feel of the country so Houston & my friends love coming to visit. There’s so much to do in Houston and you can’t come to Houston without trying some of the hottest restaurants the city has to offer. I’m a foodie, so naturally I love to find and try new restaurants and have a good cocktail. When my friends come to visit we always go to a nice brunch spot, whether it be Thirteen, Lucilles or a local small business. The Houston Galleria, Downtown Discovery Green, the Waterwall which is one of Houston’s top attractions are all great places to visit while in Houston. I love music and love to dance, you literally will never see me without a headphone in or music playing around me, so naturally a nice hookah lounge or a concert is on the agenda. There are tons of parks, museums, farmers markets and festivals happening in and around the city, every week and weekend and you can’t come to Houston without checking out at least one sporting event
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
I always want to recognize my family & friends and those clients who turned into friends for always, genuinely supporting me in my real estate business. Whether it be through a referral, a repost on social media or an uplifting text message. My core family and friends continue to speak life over and into my business and that really means a lot to me. I am forever grateful.
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