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

Hi Miguel, how do you think about risk?
Without risk there’s no reward.

One of the biggest risks I’ve taken in my life was getting into real estate. It’s uncomfortable. The uncertainty of being able to make a living, the constant rejections, the social anxiety… it’s not easy. Not to mention knowing that as a realtor, I no longer depended on a 9-5 paycheck. It’s scary taking such a huge leap of faith at 23 years old. One thing I had to learn early on is that success doesn’t grow in comfort. You have to go out and do what you’re not used to doing if you want to change your life; and that’s exactly what I did. Every risk comes with a reward, and in my short time in real estate, this phrase has proven to be true. I’m still not a social butterfly just yet, but I’d like to say I’ve definitely stepped out of my cocoon.

What should our readers know about your business?
My business stems from where I come from. Even though I was born in Colombia, Dallas is and has always been my home – more specifically Oak Cliff. One of my main objectives is to put my city on the map. Often times, Oak Cliff and its people tend to get overlooked, when really, we are one of the fastest growing cities in the DFW metroplex. There’s a special kind of excitement doing business in Oak Cliff because it’s where I grew up, in the streets I once used to pay in as a child. Recently, we have grown so much that Oak Cliff has become a challenging city to sell because of the high demand and rising home prices. The people that were once buying in the $200s are now seeing new constructions selling for over half a million dollars, which makes living here a challenge. Gentrification has also played a huge part in the growth and expansion of the city. Slowly but surely, we learn to adapt and find ways to make the impossible happen, because ultimately, that’s what we do. What do I want the world to know about Oak Cliff? We’re barely getting started.

If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
What a great question! Without a doubt, 3 neighborhoods come to mind. Victory Park is arguably the hottest neighborhood in Dallas full of restaurants, clubs, and nightlife. It is only steps away from museums, historical buildings, local artwork, parks, and an infrastructure like no other. Victory Park is also the house to the AAC where our Dallas Mavericks play, so you know a mavs game is must on a night out.

Second area is Bishop Arts. A truly historic neighborhood full of life at every hour of the day and live music at night. You can spend a full day shopping at local boutiques and eating some of the most diverse food in Dallas. One of my favorite spots there is Gloria’s. The food is great, and the drinks… let’s just say that after two drinks, you’re good.

Lastly, it’s a close tie between Lower Greenville and Trinity Groves for different reasons. Lower Greenville is home to some of the best bars in the city, my favorite being Single Wide. It is a very small dive bar with a very unique atmosphere. You have to go see it yourself. On the other hand, Trinity Groves has some great restaurants, but what makes it truly stand out is the unmatched city views. With a short walk down the Margaret Hunt Hill bridge, you can experience the Downtown Dallas skyline in all it’s glory. Truly a great place to end a great night.

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?
There are 2 main people I attribute my success to:

My mom is my foundation (realtor pun intended). She’s the one that day in and day out encourages me to step out of my comfort zone and just shoot for the moon. She helps me execute all my ideas and brings everything in my head to life. Even though she doesn’t understand much of what I do, there is not a single thing she hasn’t done to help me get to where I wanted to be and she is always there for me no matter what. Realistically, there’s no me without her so, gracias mami.

Secondly, my girlfriend is everything else. My advisor, my therapist, my life coach, my glass of wine after a stressful day. She has the privilege of sitting on a couch and hearing me rant about how stressful my day was 24 hours, 7 days a week. She helps keep my white hairs under control… at least the one’s she doesn’t cause. All jokes aside, I couldn’t do this without her.

Lastly, I am nothing without my clients so here’s to them who are literally the continued fuel to my success.

Website: sociatap.com/migrealtor

Instagram: instagram.com/migrealtor

Linkedin: linkedin.com/in/cepedamiguel/

Twitter: twitter.com/migrealtor

Image Credits
Photography by: Cruz Acevedo

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