We had the good fortune of connecting with Janet Davila and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Janet, what was your thought process behind starting your own business?
As a teen I worked at subway, The W Hotel, The ritz Carlton then at a bank and I knew in my heart that the only way I could be happy was to work for my self.
During these years my parents bought an investment home and ran into issues because people in that transaction took advantage of their ‘poor English’ understanding. As immigrants my parents always had a desire to buy houses and would talk about it so often. I also went to showings with them.
The High school I went to gave me a scholarship and I decided to enroll in the real estate courses.
In the middle of the recession in 2009 (the hardest time) I became a licensed real estate agent at 21.
Alright, so for those in our community who might not be familiar with your business, can you tell us more?
Not all real Esate agents are professionals, some just hack their way thru life. I am determined to keep up with every bit of education or change for real estate agents and I’ll never forgot that one of my teachers said “Read your contracts regularly. The more confident the more successful you’ll be”.
Being a real estate agent is not easy despite what HGTV shows…the quitting rate is 80%. Then out of all the agents that stay in business only 10% actually dominate the market. I often remind my self that I’ll never quit in the form of racing. I’ve been running for as long as I’ve been a realtor and it goes hand in hand. If I can run as long as a 30 kilometer race in the middle of August heat and in the sand what can’t I accomplish in business.
The biggest lesson I’ve learned is take care of your health (mentally & physically) first no matter what before you try and provide a service to others. If not it will show.
Few realtor provide good customer service catered to the client. A lot say they do but they don’t keep it personal, it becomes more of a “mass production assembly line” in reality and clients are just another product in that line . My service is like a few hand made cars, good reputation and good quality.
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?
Memorial Trail for a run followed by Buffalo Bayou Brewery for a drink.
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?
Surprisingly members of my family were unsupportive of my decision to enter this field.
My broker mentored me and would often brag to my family about how well I was doing. Eventually the family came around.
For a few years I hired a real estate coach who improved my sales & customer service.
To be in business you have to be super motivated and be mentally resilient because bad days will happen. After a decade I became stagnant. I let personal issues take over. I was fortunate enough to meet the right therapist who challenged my belief system positively. It was then I went back to school and got momentum to take it to the next level and get my brokers license. ( I am about to take that exam).
Teachers in my classes would say things that would strike an inspiration or idea that I couldn’t forget, I’ll never forget.
“Women and the Art of Negotiating” by Juliet Nierenberg & Irene S. Ross is a book that gave me strength in my own capabilities. It is a book I will re-read each year.
My husband Adrian, Mrs. Christopherson, Mrs. Brooks, Ms. Bassir, My sister. You believe in me on the days that I couldn’t. Thank you for being part of my support system.