Velda Simpson joins us to talk about the many different aspects that a property management career affords people. There are many avenues to choose from, and Velda shares how she helps new ones in the industry find the perfect path for them.
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Host(s): Jonathan Saar from Market Me Social and Mark Howell from Howl Creative Concepts
Our Special Guest: Velda Simpson from RealPro Realty Group
Velda is passionate about helping property owners identify solutions to improve their operations resulting in both increased cash flow and excellent customer service and value. Within the industry and at her firm, RealPro Realty, she is known as a problem solver with proven results whether it is property management or addressing customer concerns. Velda is a people person and has a very solid track record of providing excellent customer service to clients.
With over 25 years of industry experience, Velda knows how to help people find the right path in their property management careers. It all starts with asking the right questions, having an open mind, and understanding that there is so much more to a property management career than meets the eye.
Key Questions/Topics Covered
Focused leadership that acts as a guide
Having a great mentor shaped my career. They believed in me and encouraged me when I didn’t believe in myself. I try to do the same for my students. I like to encourage and empower my students to make this career choice and be their coach throughout the process.
Common questions you get from new students
I find that new students really do not understand the scope of the property management industry. The common misconception of: “Oh, we show units and collect the rent and that’s it”, is generally what I find. I try to open their minds to understand that not only are there so many different paths to choose from, there are also other types of properties that add to the depths of our industry. Anything with four walls and a roof can be managed.
You would think that my classroom is full of millennials, but it really isn’t. I have people of all ages. I have life-learners, retirees, and people who are looking for a career change. Many other careers have similar foundations, making it an easy transition. Regardless of how old or young, I am there to help them find a path that suits them best.
Fortitude to make a decision
Encouragement is huge! I want to inspire my students and let them know that they can do almost anything they can imagine. I love to ask them questions to find out what they like— what they love. This will help me understand which career direction suits them best, and then I can genuinely help them follow their dreams and get to the next level.
Helping people on their path is close to my heart. This industry has given me so much, and I am privileged to be able to give back.
What one actionable tip could you share that has served you well as an educator?
“I learned that courage was not the absence of fear, but the triumph over it. The brave man is not he who does not feel afraid, but he who conquers that fear.”
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