This week, we sat down with Triplemint agent Lucas Callejas to discuss why he made the move to real estate, and how he juggles a busy agent’s schedule.
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Why did you become an agent?
I felt like working a “regular” 9-5 kind of thing was ok for a while but ultimately there were a lot of boundaries. I was sure that I would be able to work at my capacity (and sometimes surpass it) in an environment where I had full ownership over my business.
When working in a big company, I think most of us have sometimes felt our hard work wasn’t appreciated, or that maybe we were being underutilized. As an agent, that is basically impossible.
What’s the most difficult part of being an agent?
The most difficult part of being an agent is knowing when to stop working. Since this career requires us to be so dynamic, overseeing and strategizing on our marketing and advertising, generating new business, and servicing on-going projects, you can work 24/7.
It’s super important to find that work/life balance and be able to set boundaries for yourself.
Do you have any tips for first-time homebuyers looking to buy in the NY market?
A lot of first-time buyers like to stick with neighborhoods that they’re familiar with, such as areas they’ve rented in. I would suggest being open to different neighborhoods or even other boroughs. Most people don’t stay in their first home forever, so pick a home that will have healthy appreciation during the 5-7 years that you’ll be there.
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What’s a typical weekend look like for you?
Saturday is the only day that I take off from my normal morning routine, so no 5:00 am alarm clock. I usually leave late Saturday morning for brunch with my wife and son. My morning routine picks back up on Sunday as we have church at 10am. Both weekend afternoons are typically reserved for taking out clients or doing any property showings.
Up until recently, Saturday nights were reserved for going out with friends but since Oden was born, they tend to be quiet nights at home watching Netflix.
What’s on your NYC bucket list?
I definitely need to do my Statue of Liberty tour, I know it’s shameful that I haven’t already done it. I would also love to take a helicopter tour over the city.
What is your favorite NY neighborhood, and why?
Being in real estate means I get to see and spend time in different neighborhoods almost every day. With that, I’ve gained a deep appreciation for almost every neighborhood in NYC, particularly across Manhattan. If I had to pick one, it would be Gramercy. For me, it has the perfect balance between being calm and residential, but also being in the heart of the city.
What does the future hold for you?
With this business in this city, the sky is the limit.