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By Leanne Goff
Brandon Myers is the latest YPNer to take the #Y4YPN challenge. During my interview with Brandon, he talked about how he became a REALTOR®, discussed his favorite local YPN events, and shared some advice for new agents.
Before becoming a REALTOR®, Brandon graduated college and took a job for a robotics company that specializes in nuclear decommissioning.
… I guess you can say he’s an expert at defusing intense reactions.
Brandon said marketing robotics was interesting, but his family has been building custom homes in Northern Colorado for more than 20 years. Home building has always been a big part of his life, from cleaning up construction sites to selling homes. As you can see, Brandon is a natural born REALTOR®. He was listing houses as a side job while pursuing his robotics career, but he eventually decided that real estate is his true calling.
Now licensed for three years, Brandon is not only a REALTOR® but also an owner of WestMark Homes, building semi-custom homes on a golf course in Windsor, Colo. As a broker with Windermere Real Estate, his primary business focus is on community developments and new home construction sales.
For his local REALTOR® organization – the Fort Collins Board of REALTORS® – his passion is helping people become more involved and promoting goodwill in the community. This year, the Northern Colorado (NoCo) YPN had two very successful service events: Adopt-A-Family holiday drive and a community outreach project with the United Way. Brandon also enjoyed the Yard Games Social Event that NoCo held last June.
For the Adopt-A-Family event, NoCo YPN adopted 12 families for the Christmas season, soliciting gifts and cash donations from the entire membership. After the funds were collected, the YPNers went on a shopping spree for gifts as well as basic needs items, then held a wrapping party before delivering the presents to the families.
During the community outreach project with the United Way, NoCo YPN was able to raise more than $5,000 to purchase a playhouse that was constructed and painted by the group. The effort was so successful that a local newspaper covered the event.
During the Yard Games Social Event, NoCo YPN teamed up with affiliate partners and their Rookie Club for games and fun, complete with food trucks, craft beer from local breweries, a bag toss, giant Jenga, and an adult Big Wheels race! The event also helped raise $8,000, which was given to a local homeless organization.
For young agents in the business, Brandon’s advice is to continually pursue the question: “How and what does it take to be successful?” He believes this question aligns with one’s humanity, values, and ultimately makes up what you are about. Real estate is a long term business, and how you make up your mind to fight through that question will drive your success, he says.
“When starting out, recognize that you can’t do it all at once,” Brandon says. “Focus on your strengths, develop a market niche and specialty, hone that specific real estate craft, and the rest will come.”
Leanne Goff is a managing broker with TrailRidge Realty, an independent real estate agency in Boulder, Colo. She has been licensed since 2008, and is active with the Boulder Area REALTOR® Association. Her work with BARA’s YPN led to achieving NAR’s Small Network of the Year Award in 2014. Connect with Leanne on Twitter: @leannegoff, or on LinkedIn.