We had the good fortune of connecting with Jessie Singh and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Jessie, we’d love to hear more about how you thought about starting your own business?
She’d laugh if you’d asked the 20-year Jessie if she ever thought of herself as a realtor or owning her brokerage someday. I was a biology major and, after graduation, worked in Healthcare. In 2012, my boyfriend (now husband) moved to Australia, and I moved with him. When he got offered a great job back home, we settled in Houston, and it was the impetus of my real estate journey. I got my license in 2013 and worked at a big brokerage. I enjoyed the training and the relationships I made. I started to get an itch to have my own business where through my work, I interfaced with young female entrepreneurs that built their real-estate companies from the bottom up. I knew someday, owning my brokerage would open up so many opportunities for me to expand my network, help clients beyond specific parameters, and give back to the community. I became a broker in 2017 and started JSingh Homes in 2018.
What should our readers know about your business?
What is the most important factor behind your success / the success of your brand? I believe building an emotional connection is what stands one brand apart from another. From my corky videos to my logo—everything represents what I am in real-life. I also believe real-estate encounters don’t have to be boring or serious—anyone that has worked with me appreciates the humor and how they can approach me with anything (beyond real estate), and I’m here to lend an ear. I have built lifelong friendships through real estate for which I am very grateful.
What do you want your legacy to be? What do you want people to remember about you?
I want to be remembered for the work JSingh Homes did as part of building a business. I want to be remembered not for what I did but for how I did it. What is left behind is the impact you make on others — not how many homes you closed.
Risk taking: how do you think about risk, and what role has taking risks played in your life/career?
The most significant risk I took was when I left a good stable job, my cute apartment in Frisco, and my family and moved to Australia. My boyfriend (now husband) asked me, and I said yes – without being engaged or having that conversation altogether. Up until that point, I was very risk-averse. The move to Australia prepared me to venture into new territories upon coming back to Texas, i.e., a new city (Houston) and a new career (Real Estate).
Other than deciding to work for yourself, what was the single most important decision you made that contributed to your success?
I attribute my success to my commitment to anything and anyone. Once I agree to represent my clients, I show up with the same conviction and dedication as if I were buying or selling a house. What questions would I ask; what red flags I would watch out for; and what financial advice would I want to get.
I also don’t focus on the problems for too long. I think of solutions. I’m proactive in my approach and anticipate roadblocks—which helps me prepare to pivot as needed. I’ve learned enough to watch for signs and indications and can respond to them quickly for my clients.
What is the most important factor behind your success / the success of your brand?
I believe building an emotional connection is what stands one brand apart from another. From my corky videos to my logo—everything represents what I am in real-life. I also believe real-estate encounters don’t have to be boring or serious—anyone that has worked with me appreciates the humor and how they can approach me with anything (beyond real estate), and I’m here to lend an ear. I have built lifelong friendships through real estate for which I am very grateful.
Do you have a favorite quote or affirmation? What does it mean to you / what do you like about it?
It would be: “The most certain sign of wisdom is cheerfulness” by Michel De Montaigne.
You have to have thick skin in real estate due to the overly competitive nature of the business. For those discouraging moments, instead of holding a grudge, I hold a smile.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
We would start the day at Rice University to see James Turrell’s Twilight epiphany. Then grab coffee and breakfast at Croissant- Brioche in Rice Village.
Then we’ll go for a walk around Buffalo bayou park. For lunch, we’ll stop at buffalo bayou brewery and take in the beautiful downtown views. Shopping in the Heights on 19th street. Dinner at Xochi and then we’ll go listen to live music at White Oak music hall.
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 husband- Austin Mihalik. He is the reason I got into real estate.
My dogs- Sydney and Goa. We’re at Parkwood Park. Sydney- the brindle pitbull-is the inspiration behind my logo. Jesse Bradford is my teammate shown in the third photo