We had the good fortune of connecting with Sarai Rumph and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Sarai, how do you think about risk?
I think highly about risks, and that has taken a significant role in my life and career. One of my most significant risks and most rewarding has been marrying someone from a different culture and leaving behind my country and everything I know. I got married seven years ago and have also been in Houston for seven years. It was a scary and exciting situation all at the same time, but I was happy and confident about taking the risk, and If I could do it again, I definitely would. It defines my path, and it also allowed me to meet great connections along the way. The second biggest risk was the time I decided to pursue real estate full time. The move was risky, but I was ready for the adventure. I worked in a corporate setting when I decided to get into real estate full time, meaning leaving my biweekly secure check and getting into a 100% commission world with ups and downs. However, I was passionate about it and decided to do it still. I haven’t looked back since, and even though I love my career is not easy, but nothing that is rewarding comes easy, right?!
What should our readers know about your business?
My business is Rumph Realty, powered by Executive Global Realty & Investments. I’m a Real Estate Consultant that helps clients live their homeownership dreams in the sale or purchase of homes in the Greater Houston Area or Internationally. I specialize in Luxury Homes. I am a dedicated, customer-driven professional committed to achieving results and providing exceptional service. That’s what sets me apart and helps me grow my business. I enjoy helping and serving others and believe that the pulse behind what I do is to bless my community and the lives of the people I interact with daily. I’m proud of how much I have accomplished so far in an industry that they said that you have to have several years to succeed and that not many make it for too long and also for being a foreigner, adapting to a new culture, language, friends, etc. I’m proud of that but, at the same time, excited about new goals and things that are coming my way. I got here with hard work, determination, and consistency. I will add my parent’s prayers. It hasn’t been easy, but not impossible. It hasn’t been a steady road, and it’s a career that I continuously have to learn and reinvent myself. I can think of two specific instances that stand out above the rest. The first is embracing the fact that deals aren’t closed until the ink drys on the contract. I had an experience that my deal fell through the day before closing. I represented the seller, and everything was fine, but there was an issue with the buyer that led him to back out of the deal. I couldn’t believe it! Luckily I leveraged my network to find someone else the same week, and my seller was thrilled. The second challenge is the lead generation, this is something I have to do daily, and everywhere I go. For example, I met one of my clients at my dentist appointment, she was the dentist assistant, and after talking she told me that she was looking for someone to help her in her home purchase, I said to her that she didn’t have to look anymore and I would be happy to assist her. Fast forward, she was pre-approved and closed on her beautiful home. Overall I’m living my passion, and I’m up for the challenges that make my business exciting. I have learned many lessons so far, but I will list 2. The first is staying motivated at all times and focus on goals, not getting distracted with opinions or challenges that might occur along the way. The second is to be creative. There are always different ways to make things happen and solve problems, which is a big part of what we do in real estate. I want the world to know that this is just the beginning of greatness, there’s a lot more in store for me, and I’m excited to see the outcome of all the continuous hard work and perseverance
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?
If I have my best friends coming into town, I will have a schedule for each day of the week. Houston has a lot of great restaurants and also good events that are always going on. Monday: So let’s say they just got in from the airport, our very first stop would be at the Breakfast Klub so they can have some fantastic chicken and waffles, then Chuys for lunch so they can enjoy some Tex-Mex and for dinner, we will go to Peli Peli for some South African cuisine. Tuesday: This day we would have breakfast at Adair Kitchen, after that head to NASA for an educational space tour. Turkey Leg Hut would be next for some yummy food that will have us full for the rest of the day/evening. Wednesday: We would visit Hermann Park, burn some of the calories from the day before, enjoy the scenery, and have breakfast at Le Peep. In the afternoon, go to Kemah Boardwalk so they could enjoy a sneak peek of the carnival food and go on some rides, then for dinner, we would go to Steak 48 for some excellent steak and drinks. Thursday: In the morning, go to Tiny Boxwoods. We would then head to the Galleria, do some shopping, and enjoy the FOMO Factory for some photo backdrop fun. Next, we would head to True Food Kitchen for a light bite. In the evening, we would enjoy live music at Sambuca. To close the night, Whataburger is a must right before heading back home. Friday: We would start the morning with some exercise at Discovery Green, followed by breakfast at Snooze. After our breakfast, we would head to the Museum District to enjoy some art, history, and sculptures. For a late lunch, we would stop at Rudy’s for bbq and then head to the airport and talk about what other things we will do when they come back since we were not able to cover everything in a week.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
My shoutout will go to my husband, my daughter, and my immediate family. They believed in me, and what I can accomplish, so I’m forever grateful for that. This business can be challenging at times, so it’s always good to have a support system. I will also give a shoutout to some of the books I have read. Some of those include: The Bible, Take the Stairs, The Psychology of Selling, and Rhinoceros Success, to mention a few. Those books gave me a lot of perspective about being successful, hard work, and the power of your mind to believe that you can accomplish anything. And my last but not least shoutout is to God that gives me life, health, and wisdom to navigate in this path called life.