Welcome to Castleknock Realty Group’s new blog, likely written by me, Dave Stevens, with inspiration coming from my amazing ladies: my wife, Tara, and daughters, Caitrin, McKenna, and Kinley.
We look forward to making this the best resource of real estate and world lunacy that you can come to expect. I'll be doing my best to be honest, resourceful, informed, and what I think is most important...authentically me...
So, I guess...here we go!
I’ll start with my journey in real estate and how we decided to start our own brokerage. It all started back in 2012, when my best friend’s father, a broker, suggested that I get my real estate license to make some extra money, as Tara was expecting our first daughter, and I was trying to make ends meet as a foodservice manager in hospitals. After a little bit of thought, and dreams of big commission $$$$, I attended the classes, took the test, and bam! I was a licensed real estate agent.
Now while becoming an agent is rather simple...taking 40 hours of classes and taking a test...making money as a sales agent is a whole different story. My first closed deal was the first home that Tara and I purchased. At the time it needed a lot of love, but we had the support of our parents that the work was doable, and it all turned out great. We ended up with a lovely home and have since sold and bought two other times since then, making Scituate our home.
After purchasing our first home (my first deal), it took me some time, and some family members, to complete some other deals. For the first three years as an agent, I completed a few deals a year, as a means of “extra money,” but then, I got the real itch to pick up my business and really deliver great service to my clients, while closing deals and making that $$$.
In analyzing where I was, I decided to leave the brokerage of my best friend’s dad (a very difficult decision), to basically see what else was out there in this big, bad world of real estate. I again chose some level of comfort, and joined a brokerage in Milton, where a close family friend was also an agent. I loved the company, loved the brand I was a part of, and learned a lot more about the process of being an agent. It was here that my sale’s manager had me conduct an exercise on my closed deals. She asked me to identify where each of the clients had come from. Long story, short, 95% of the deals were a direct contact of Tara or me, and it was that exercise which birthed Castleknock Realty Group.
Why was I working for another brand when most all my business came from those people around me? Clients weren’t choosing the brokerage, they were choosing ME to help them along in this most important process in their lives: Buying, Selling, or investing in a home. We also wanted a way to give back to the communities where we work, while also paying our bills and feeding the little rug rats.
So after much thought, worry, hearing, “that’s such a risk,” being told by many close, and not so close, friends/family “that’s a bad idea,” Tara and I decided to bet on ourselves. It has been a great decision for our family. The birth of the Castleknock name is for another blog, but we launched in 2018 and we’re able to help clients fulfill their real estate dreams, while also giving back to communities through our Castleknock Cares program!
Until the next blog...be yourself, be proud, take some risks, live freely, and treat others with LOVE!