We had the good fortune of connecting with Nafisa Dharamsi and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Nafisa, as a parent, what do you feel is the most meaningful thing you’ve done for them?
I was fortunate to work at American Airlines for over 12 years and that was just an amazing blessing. It allowed our family to travel all over the world and see different cultures, faiths, customs and ways of living. The children have experienced a wide repertoire of sights, smells, sounds, tastes, colors, faces and languages. Travel has allowed them to be more adaptable to changing situations and be more flexible with their needs. When at home in the US they eat with forks, in India they eat with their hands, and when in Japan, they use chopsticks. They are used to sleeping in their beds, sleeping on an airplane seat, sleeping on a bus/train or on the floor. Travel has also helped to ensure they are not picky eaters. They have tried all different types cuisine and grown to love various flavors, and spices. Travel has shown them that though we all look different, we are the same: I find travel as a great opportunity to teach our children about diversity in the world. At a young age, the kids have asked you why ‘some people are black, some are brown and some are white?’ We have taught them not to fear differences, but to celebrate, expect and cherish them as something that adds color and depth and beauty to our lives. We have used travel to educate that even though people may look different from the outside, we are all the same-people may not look like us, we all have similar wants and needs for our families Travel helped the kids to try new things and saying ‘yes’ to new experiences such as riding an elephant, sledding in snow, surfing the sand dunes, zip lining in the jungle and camping on a safari while surrounded by wild animals. While on their adventures, travel has increased their tolerance for discomfort. Maybe the pillow is too lumpy or there’s no ice for the soda, or maybe the electricity has turned off and there is no AC. Or maybe there are mosquitoes buzzing in your ear all night or no tweezers to take out the splinter in your toe. Or perhaps the plane is just very, very late. Or they got sick from the food. All of these are experiences they have had, and they’re not necessarily all bad. The challenges of discomfort allowed our kids to problem-solve, to practice patience, and to express gratitude for the life and things we have. I believe travel is the best gift I have been able to give to them. I see the meaningful ways it has changed them view people and the world as global citizens. It is an eye-opening experience for them seeing how other people live. They appreciate the blessings and gifts of our own lives and that is one of the most valuable lessons that foreign travel can provide. Along the way, my husband and I have made sure that the kids recognize the disparities between what they see and their own lives and home community. Every trip has turned into an impromptu lesson in history, culture, religion, politics and gratitude. But, when all is said and done, and after every trip we all say, we had an amazing time but “there’s no place like home.”
Alright, so for those in our community who might not be familiar with your business, can you tell us more?
My golden rule is to treat others like I want to be treated. So, customer experience is really important to me and I make sure that my clients are treated like family. Real estate is a relationship business and what I believe what sets me apart is I truly care, I care about my clients, I care they get the best home that fits their needs and wants. There is never any pressure to buy or sell and I will work weeks, months and sometimes years (yes, that’s really happened) with a client until we find THE perfect solution. From the first phone call, all the way to close, my clients can count on me to listen to their needs, understand their desires, and guide them EVERY step of the way. Along with my strong work ethic, working around the clock, 7 days a week, even on vacation, I get the job done! Making a personal connection with everyone I serve and to go above and beyond is what I strive for. Most of my clients also have become really good friends. Helping people find the home of their dreams or sell their current home seamlessly is my passion. I think people can see that I enjoy my career and that is the secret of success- DO WHAT YOU LOVE, MAKE IT FUN and CARE DEEPLY. It wasn’t easy to get started. I have had doubts about making the right decisions and simply balancing family, social and business commitments. Once I was able to overcome those fears and learn to manage time – which still can be challenging… then the good things started to happen! Lessons learned during the years -Never take shortcuts on quality, build a great team(lender, vendors, title company), learn from other people with more experience than you and keep up with what is happening and developing in real estate and in your city. What I want the world to know that is that I am VERY grateful to my customers. I love being a part of their home journey and the life they are creating for their their families. Each of them have a unique story and I am so honored to be a small part it.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
Best places to eat: Infretta- Omg- the wings!! I also love that they are philanthropic and do so much for the local community ! NoodleWave- delicious Thai food, Capital Grille- calamari- to die for! For dessert- Ked’s Ice Cream and Cauldron Ice Cream for their unique ice cream flavors and treats. Hi Sweetie has THE most amazing Snow Ice in town! YOU MUST TRY ALL THESE!! They will not disappoint when you need sometime cold to beat the summer Dallas heat. Fun places to go: Legacy West, Watters Creek, Allen outlets for retail therapy, Kylde Warren park is a fun urban park to chill and hang out, The Botanical Gardens and Arboretum are just stunning. The Fort Worth Stockyards or Southfork Ranch are great to get the “real” Texas western vibe.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
A great deal of my success is due to my husband. Having his encouragement and enthusiasm made me have the guts to take a chance at real estate. My kids have always been supportive of me for anything I’ve set out to do. Special shoutout to my daughter, Amaya-her social networking and marketing has definitely given me more recognition this year and she has been my little assistant from day one. I have been blessed to have forged special relationships with some pretty amazing clients through this career and for that I am forever grateful. I so appreciate all of the people I have helped buy/sell or rent – all are so very special to me! I wouldn’t be here without them.
Sonya Ali, photographer