Today we’d like to introduce you to Sahar Shalash.
Sahar, we appreciate you taking the time to share your story with us today. Where does your story begin?
Hello, my name is Sahar Shalash-Thank you for giving me the opportunity to tell my story. I got into real estate in or around 2015- I graduated from OSU with an economics degree and I could not find employment. So, I did side hustles on the side. Then I finally got a job as a senior financial business analyst with capital one but I couldn’t adapt to the clocking in and clocking out sort of thing. I was used to working for myself but now I wanted something full-time for myself and not a side hustle. So, a week into the corporate America world, that was terminated. The first six months after receiving my license I didn’t really sell anything. I was confused and in limbo because I worked hard to get this license, and now here, I am again with no direction. So, I started door-knocking and cold calling, and finally, I got some movement. In 2019 I was awarded as a Top 10 under 40″ honoree by the Columbus Board of Realtors and I opened LRG Realty. Since then I have had over 30 agents and I expanded into California and Kentucky, and there is more to come. I am grateful that I didn’t quit when times get tough instead, I stepped it up and became more aggressive. The rejection made me want it that much more. I am very grateful for all our clients, community, and all of those who support us and we will do our best for them.
Can you talk to us a bit about the challenges and lessons you’ve learned along the way? Looking back would you say it’s been easy or smooth in retrospect?
Not a day in real estate that goes by is smooth. If it’s not one thing it’s another. However, once that goal is attained it brings a feeling of accomplishment. Early on in my career when nobody knew my name, I recall I had no movement for nearly 3-4 months. I had to do very uncomfortable things like showing up at people’s doors uninvited. That is not in my nature however I had to do it. Fortunately, it did yield results.
Another struggle was losing my father. It came very suddenly so I want to make my father proud. I want justice for my father and I pray he is in a better place. Losing my dad was a huge traumatizing experience for me and God got me through I believe the increase in faith is what keeps me sane.
So being successful certainly comes with knowing that there are failures and losses. It is inevitable and the struggle is real.
Great, so let’s talk business. Can you tell our readers more about what you do and what you think sets you apart from others?
LRG Realty is a real estate brokerage located in Ohio, California, and Kentucky so far. We help people buy/ sell/ invest in real estate. What sets us apart is knowing we have the best representation for our clients’ biggest investments. Our numbers speak for themselves. As the broker is a ‘Top 10 under 40’ honoree and with our agents closing millions of dollars in transactions LRG certainly has the best interest in all of our clients and for our clients. We deliver excellence and each transaction is a unique one. We don’t believe in putting our names on something that doesn’t make sense. There are buyers willing to do anything and throw crazy numbers out there however we try to advise that it’s not the wisest decision at times. There are also times the seller is in a hurry to sell and are eager to take the first offer that comes their way however we try to maximize every deal’s potential. Setting breaking records is really what we strive for at all times. I believe having that genuine business relationship with us is what sets us apart. At the end of the day, we are here to do what we do best. Our numbers speak for themselves and our actions are what bring us to the closing tables. I want all agents to know that being with lRG Realty you have an amazing support team that will be behind you. Clients know that their investments are taken with the greatest strategy in order to deliver.
Do you have any advice for those looking to network or find a mentor?
Absolutely- I believe your network is your net worth- It is always good to attend the local networking events which are found online. I personally even attend certain community events that support networking as well.
Typically, social media usually has a lot of different unique ways to find a social gathering. For example, if you are into sports there are places you can go attend to watch or even join a team as a hobby. I also think getting involved with local businesses is always a good idea. Maybe your local coffee shop, hair salon, and even locally-owned restaurants/ grocery stores.
What worked for me I would say was restaurants/local businesses- I always eat out so whenever I get the chance, I like to make an introduction to LRG and what we offer- Usually the owner or someone working there offers ways to advertise together and it’s a win situation.