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Conversations with Jamiah James

Today we’d like to introduce you to Jamiah James.

Hi Jamiah, thanks for sharing your story with us. To start, maybe you can tell our readers some of your backstory.
I’m a musician, and I love what I do. I had every intention of becoming a professional musician and traveling the world with music when I got out of high school. I knew exactly what I wanted, and no one could tell me differently. My parents warned me that I shouldn’t be in a rush to grow up, but I had a glimpse of my future, and I couldn’t wait to get there. I didn’t realize that wanting to grow fast meant that the responsibilities came even faster! Real Estate was not my first choice. In fact, it was not a choice at all. Some way or another, though, it seemed as if I was drawn to it.

After graduating High school, the life I dreamed of slowly started to drift away from me. My girlfriend and I decided to get married, and the date was set in November 2013, little did we know we would be moving the wedding up due to our son being due around that time. Not only marriage and starting a family, we were also closing on our first home in the same year. I quickly realized that the gigs and projects were not coming in steady enough, and I wanted to be a real provider for my family and joined the workforce immediately. Because my wife was pregnant and going to nursing school, the financial responsibility became overbearing. I remember thinking to myself that if I had someone to help me through all of this stress, I’d be better off! “What could I do?” I constantly asked myself that question over and over in my head. “I’m a good drummer, so I’ll start gigging more.” It only made my life more stressful. Between music, marriage, a baby, and dealing with the home buying process, I felt like handing one of these situations back for a refund! It made me think about growing up and seeing others not have enough.

The Realtor that we had didn’t do much, honestly. We were just another customer. We had to contact her whenever we needed an update. Otherwise, we’d be in the dark. Buying a home is stressful in itself but having someone who won’t keep you in the loop of a major life decision is even more stressful. Somehow or another, when my aspirations changed, Real Estate crept in and captured my heart so much that I became a Realtor myself! I don’t mind going the extra mile for people.

I believe in hard work and dedication mixed with a little compassion will solve any problem. I grew up in church, so serving became a part of me. Growing up watching others struggle to manage tight spaces, careers, families, and everything else really left its mark on me. It made me wonder: “how can I take away some of that stress from them?” That’s why helping families and professionals is so personal. I’ve been where you are, and I know where you want to go. Where you live sets the tone for your entire relationship. A house with not enough space in the wrong neighborhood can cause unnecessary stress and problems. You need a home that will fit the next step of your life, the next step of your career, the next step of your family.

Can you talk to us a bit about the challenges and lessons you’ve learned along the way. Looking back would you say it’s been easy or smooth in retrospect?
The day that I announced I was in real estate, I felt on top of the world. I was amazed by all of the support I received via social media, word of mouth, calls. It was amazing! However, The year that I went into real estate also happens to be the year the pandemic started. Who knew that the way the world operated was about to drastically change. I loved person-to-person relationships and that was just taken away. Being brand new in real estate when the world is in a pandemic was scary. However, I’m a very firm believer that consistency is key! A big struggle was making the mental transition from employee to entrepreneur. No one to tell me to get to work, or take a break, or when to call it quits for the day, not even a yearly performance review to determine if I would receive more money or not. I had to relearn balance, structure, discipline, and a host of other skills from scratch. The road has never been completely smooth. In my opinion, it never will. We just get stronger, wiser, smarter, and we learn how to adjust accordingly!

Can you tell our readers more about what you do and what you think sets you apart from others?
I’m a Realtor® who believes in relationships over the business! I specialize in helping people find the next step in their lives. Using a method that I came up with, which is actually what I’m known for. If you look on any of my social media, you will see my “I help” statement. “Using my MERGE method, I help upsizing professionals/families buy their next home without stress!” Most people view upsizing as more space and more expensive. Although that is included, I believe that if it betters a person’s situation, if it fits the next step of their life, then it is considered (to me) an upsize.

Moving from rent to own, moving to a better neighborhood to feel safer or for better schools, moving closer to work, all are upsizes to me! The thing that I’m most proud of in this business has to be all of the wonderful people I’m meeting. Relationships are so vital, and I look forward to the relationships that I’ll form in the future! This is what I believe sets me apart from most. This is why on social media, I prefer not to post casual markets updates and other typical posts you expect a realtor to make. To me, they don’t bring value to anyone because people want to do business with people. Without Relationships, I never would have met Kym Jenkins, who is literally one of my longest friends, practically family, who happens to be the best brand expert and graphic designer I know! I wouldn’t have met Corey Hayes, instantly bonded in brotherhood, who takes all of my family and professional photos and one of the most brilliant stylists of all time. These are merely examples of all the amazing people I have the privilege of knowing.

What sort of changes are you expecting over the next 5-10 years?
I think in the next five to ten years, Real Estate will still be going strong. Fed chair Powell said that interest rates would not be rising any time soon, so I believe the markets will be slowly but surely rising strong. Eviction bans keep getting extended, and the economy is slowly starting to come back to its self. Of course, there may be small corrections here and there, but as for a crash, I don’t see that happening. Once home sellers start to feel safer, I see inventory going from scarce to more than enough. The industry is constantly changing! New ideas, new companies, new tech, you have to constantly evolve, or you could possibly be left behind. No matter how advanced we become, I believe you will always need that human-to-human relationship. That’s something that will never go away.

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