“If you think you can, you’re right. If you think you can’t, you’re right.”
– Mary Kay Ash, Founder of Mary Kay Cosmetics
Elizabeth Klingseisen: Real Estate Investor, Coach, & Mentor
1989 was a perfect year to be born – into a new generation fueled by a culture of standing up for your hopes and dreams, and daring to want more. I was the first born American child of a resilient Italian immigrant woman, née Laura Longeno. And though my birthplace is Honolulu, Hawaii was home for only two years, and I still managed to soak in this peaceful place.
Little did I know then that the real estate career supporting my mom’s college education, and the sunshine and sea we both loved, would both become an integral part of our future.
Waynesville, Missouri would become our next move but far from the last. It was followed by a flurry of cities demanded of an army brat; including New York, St. Louis, Omaha, and later Fort Riley, Kansas. Growing up with three younger siblings, I assumed the role of Mommy #2 and learned early to manage my time and make things happen quickly.
Opportunities were always there – for 15 years I was a ballerina, along with my sister Alexandra. Spending nearly five hours in the studio every day was a lot, and though those years are commemorated with a tattoo on my back, I felt like it wasn’t my life. That said, the experience showed me that accomplishment comes with hard work.
In college, I aimed toward the health industry because I enjoy helping others, graduating with a Medical Assistant diploma. Life was moving right along, and before I knew it, I was married and bringing an adorable little boy into the world.
There weren’t really work opportunities in my field in Fort Riley where my husband was stationed, so I took four part time jobs working from home to be there for my son. Hunter gave me even more reasons to do things well and right. I added another tattoo (a compass) to help steer me on the right path. It’s on my wrist, so I can’t ignore it.
Over the next few months, I started working full time for my mother, in her real estate business; administration and marketing. As luck would have it, another move was in the cards when Laura made the decision to relocate her business to Miami. It seemed right for me too, and so in May of 2015 we arrived in this sunny place alongside the ocean, with palm trees and I instantly knew I was home.
Eventually, I worked myself up to afford a place of my own in a really nice neighborhood. I was proud of myself but still felt like my life was missing something; I was meant for more. Seeing the kind of money Laura’s students were making was intriguing and I thought it was worth a try.
Going into my mother’s business wasn’t my plan – I wanted to blaze my own path – don’t we all? One day I was in the audience at a real estate investing convention where Laura was speaking. The event organizer, Linda Pliagas, was sitting next to me, and she leaned over and told me, “Wow, the way you look at your mom I can see how proud you are of her.” It was an epiphany – I wanted my son to look at me that way someday!
Moving forward now, I’m learning to help others get out from under difficult situations. I’m less shy now – and finding my voice in my late 20’s is an accomplishment I’m proud of. Turns out real estate investing and coaching may be my calling after all – it’s certainly changed my life for the better. And my mom and I actually work better together than separately; she’s my number one best friend.
Laura Al-Amery: Real Estate Investor, Broker, Coach & Mentor
Hope and help – In real estate investing, possessing these two attributes and transmitting them to the people we encounter is what will create longevity and success in the business. Since women have a natural tendency to tap into their feelings in order to figure out what someone else is feeling and use intuition, a ‘gut feeling’, it is natural for a woman to become the best she can be as a real estate investor and mentor.
Becoming a real estate investing coach is all about solving problems for people who can’t solve them for themselves, because they are stuck in their tracks from being overwhelmed and afraid. Women tend to care more about human issues and can make many fast, accurate judgments about people and situations on an intuitive level.
I have always stated that in real estate you need a psychology degree more than a real estate license. I think there is also a reason why several successful real estate investors and agents that I have met were either nurses or teachers – it all goes back to the nurturing and caring nature of these professions.
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