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In this column, real estate agents from across the country share the lessons they learned while working in the industry.
Born in Puerto Rico and raised in Miami, Camila Linkowski moved to Las Vegas in 2015 and built her client book “from the ground up.” With clients ranging from professional athletes to Las Vegas Strip performers, she is a 24/7 agent. Along with her husband, a top Las Vegas lender, she prides herself on giving her clients “undivided attention” from start to finish. Find out how she brings her competitive personality to her work and why her mother calls her the “best real estate agent.”
name: Camilla Linkowski
title: real estate agent
experience: 5 years
position: Las Vegas, Nevada
Securities company name: platinum real estate professional
team: platinum players
Transaction side: over 100
Sales volume: $75 million
What three things would you like our readers to know about you?
- I won’t take “no” for an answer.
- My mouth gets me into more trouble than I’d like to admit.
- My favorite clients to work with are first-time homebuyers.
When you were a kid, what did you want to be when you grew up? How does real estate relate to that childhood goal?
I was always full of energy growing up. Well, not yet. I knew I didn’t want a typical 9-to-5 job. I have always put people in their shoes. Why not make it your career?
What is the best advice you have ever received from a mentor or colleague?
Please shut your mouth. Not all thoughts need to be said unfiltered. Not every muscle in your face needs to express your thoughts either.
What do you tell new agents before they start doing business with you?
Forget everything you learned in real estate school. Clients never ask how many square feet are in an acre or what meters and boundaries mean. Even if you pass the exam, you may still be a bad agent.
It all depends on your motivation, experience, and who you surround yourself with. I will give you the recipe, but the sauce will not be delicious unless you are careful about how you make it.
What should everyone do to improve their lives and businesses?
Pick up the phone. They will be surprised who is on the other end.
Tell us about your most memorable transaction.
There are a few, but one of my first high-profile clients contacted me through a referral and wanted to see a house while I was there. Financial information, identification, everything an agent needs to check before meeting a complete stranger (take notes if you’re new). But something just didn’t sit right with me.
I brought a colleague with me to meet a client, and sure enough, he seemed uncomfortable seeing me with someone else. Afterwards, he texted me to “walk around the neighborhood” together to get a “vibe” just the two of us and not anyone else. I blocked him immediately. Since then, I have always listened to my heart.
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