We had the good fortune of connecting with Elizabeth Phan and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Elizabeth, what role has risk played in your life or career?
I believe that if you want to continue to grow as a person, you need to take risks. Risks are meant to challenge us and bring us out of our comfort zone. When we take those necessary risks, we’re opening doors to change, progression and success. It definitely can be scary but the reward should trump fear which is how I felt meeting my husband and going into my real estate career. My husband was actually who encouraged me to go into the industry! We met at a mutual friend’s gathering and at the time he was visiting from another state. I didn’t know many people and he was sitting in front of me. I broke the ice between us and we ended up talking all night. I guess you can say the rest is history since we’re married now! The idea of real estate really came about when my husband bought a home. I saw most of the process and we joked about me being an agent, but for him, he said “I can see it! I can see you killing it in real estate.” In that moment, I signed up for classes and aced my test. My initial thought was to work my full-time job and juggle real estate on the side until it became my primary source of income. However, it was very challenging doing both. On a whim, I took a risk and decided to quit my full-time job and dive into the real estate world full time. It has been a rewarding journey thus far!

Can you give our readers an introduction to your business? Maybe you can share a bit about what you do and what sets you apart from others?
I help buyers, sellers and renters start new chapters in their lives as a realtor and apartment locator with NextGen Real Estate. My brokerage is based out of Houston but we have a great team in Dallas!

Prior to real estate, I was in sales, marketing and ecommerce which were all great experiences to bring with me into my new industry. However, in all honesty, my first year of business was tough. Getting leads and referrals was hard and the constant thought of not being good enough was always in the back of my mind.

When working with prospects or clients as a new agent, I was timid. I was afraid to say the wrong things or mess up, but thank goodness for mentors and my many questions. There comes a point where you just have to get over the fear and do it. Now, I’m putting myself out there more, especially through social media. I’m always telling myself, what you do now will reflect within 30 days. Currently, more than half of my business comes from social media.

I believe this sets me apart from many other agents because as we move away from traditional methods of marketing and witness industries evolve and systems grow, being able to adapt and adapt quickly and digitally is important for any business to thrive in this century. The real estate industry is changing every day. Whether it’s the mortgage rates, contracts or number of homes entering the market, I love learning about it. It’s what I love most second to meeting new people. It truly takes a village to go through the buying and selling process and I enjoy learning each step along the way from mortgages to inspections, appraisals and title.

I am about to hit 2 years in the business and it’s been nothing short of exciting… I’m just getting started!

If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
I’ve lived here all my life. The older I get, the more I grow to love Dallas-Fort Worth. New restaurants and concepts pop up every year and I feel there is something for everybody. When it comes to food, you better come hungry. Ida Claire: Southern influenced cuisine paired with great vibes, decor and a full bar.

Sixty Vines: A vineyard-inspired menu matched to the 60 on-tap wines that give the restaurant its’ name. Hatsuyuki Handroll Bar: Fish just tastes better rolled on the spot and handed directly to you by the chef. Rise: Imagine yourself in France enjoying classic French cuisine, soufflés and wine. Uchi: The best seafood & sushi hands down.

To work off all this food, walk along the trails of the Dallas Arboretum or Fort Worth Botanic Garden. Catch an evening broadway show at Music Hall at Fair Park. Tune into a concert with the Dallas Symphony Orchestra at the #10 best symphony hall in the world, the Meyerson Symphony Center. Find the kill code to prevent a virus from attacking US bank accounts and escape the room at Escapology. Go to a sports outing: basketball, hockey, baseball or football. My favorites are basketball and hockey! The games are so fun and the American Airlines Center has the best French fries.

Paint the town red and bar hop through the Fort Worth Stockyards or West 7th Street. The Harwood District in Downtown Dallas is a walkable neighborhood of high-rise architecture and high class bars and clubs, such as Happiest Hour and Harwood Arms. Party three ways at Green Light Social, with a choice of a cocktail lounge, a DJ/club and a member’s only speakeasy. A few blocks away, enjoy the rooftop bar at Bottled Blonde Deep Ellum or play a game of giant Connect 4 at Backyard.

Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
My family has always been my biggest support system. No matter what I do, they always share advice to help me succeed. For sure, my husband, deserves a lot of credit and recognition. From encouraging me to join real estate, to being helpful and 100% supportive, I appreciate him for always keeping it real. I am also so grateful for my real estate mentors. Without their advice and feedback, I wouldn’t be where I am in my career today. Lastly, my past clients and to those who have referred me deserve recognition. I am so appreciative for their trust in me and their business.

Instagram: elizabethphan.re

Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/elizabethqphan/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ElizabethPhanRealEstate

Image Credits
San Nguyen-Tran Photography

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