One of the main goals of CorneliusCamp.com is to allow real estate agents to connect with each other, network, and learn from other people’s success stories. In today’s interview, I am excited to be interviewing Franddy Aguasvivas.
Franddy was born in Dominican Republic and moved to the United States in 1984. He has been involved in real estate since the mid 1990’s while managing a small portfolio of investment properties for his family. In 2006 Franddy became the landlord and full-time manager of his own investment properties and in 2009 he became a licensed real estate agent in Massachusetts to apply his enthusiasm, real estate investment experience, his positive energy and dedication in assisting home owners to sell their homes and home buyers to find the home of their dreams.
In 2011, Franddy formed his own investment and residential redevelopment company to invest in the purchase, renovation and sell of some of the most beautiful homes in the Greater Boston Area. The company slogan: “Beautifying Neighborhoods” speaks for itself. By applying his vast renovation and market experience, Franddy is able to advise clients on both the selling and the purchase equation on the plus and benefits of their acquisitions.
When Franddy is not assisting real estate clients, he is collecting the most beautiful moments and memories with his daughters and family. Franddy enjoys reading, movies nights, traveling and meeting new friends. He’s both fluent in English and Spanish. Franddy will be more than happy and passionate to assist you in the next step of your home!
Interview With Franddy Aguasvivas
1. Please tell us about yourself and how you got into real estate as a career?
I am a professional real estate investor. I buy houses, I have them fixed by professional, licensed and insured contractors and then I sell them to retail home buyers. I got started in real estate after seeing a family member purchase a house in Jamaica Plain (Boston) MA in 1993 for $57,000 and then selling that house in 2005 for $620,000! That got me hooked.
2. What do you like the most about your brokerage?
The professionalism, knowledge, experience and wonderful relationship with my broker. Also, the flexibility it provides me.
3. How do you use social media to leverage your business?
I am a firm believer in marketing. And because social media provides you with the leverage of the outmost reach, the cost effectiveness and the flexibility to do it on the go, I’m always marketing in many different social media outlets.
4. What is your greatest avenue for lead generation?
Marketing… All the above! But I’ll to say that direct mailing has been my greatest avenue.
5. What tips can you recommend for buyers and sellers?
To my buyers, I’ll suggest going to open houses super ready to submit strong, competitive offer right on the spot. If they find a house that “talks to them” and inspire them to build memories and collect moments in that house, don’t wait and make it yours.
To my sellers, I explain to them that I’ll be doing a disservice to them and their families if I’m not honest about the realistic price of their home and simply to get the listing I’ll not present them a high number as that’s what they want to hear. I explain to sellers that I love pricing houses 2% under the fair market value to create demand, giving the opportunity to buyers to offer higher prices or get a fair deal.
6. How much is a good percentage to use on advertising?
Once again, I’m a firm believer in advertising. Therefore, I believe that at least 20% of your budget must be dedicate to specialized advertising. The most renown brand in the world is Coca-Cola and they spend about that yearly. If Coca-Cola stops its marketing/advertising for 6 months, there sales will drop about 20%!
7. Can you give us three tools, services, or apps that are pivotal to your business?
MoreSolds for Customer Service Management, MLS for market analysis, and GPSCamera for identifying properties without street names or numbers.
8. Who is someone that you consider a mentor in real estate and why?
Robert Kiyosaki, the author of Rich Dad, Poor Dad, as he gave me so much knowledge thru his books, audios, videos and seminars that when the time was right, I was ready to launch.
9. What advice would you give to someone that is just getting started in real estate?
Depending on what are they’re doing, as real estate it’s a very broad industry. If someone is starting as a real estate agent, I’ll tell them to learn their market like their own bedroom, inside and out. I’ll also encourage them to be very patient and super persistent. Lastly, I’ll remind them that this is a number’s game and with enough time in the business they’ll be build a massive database of clients that will provide repeat business or referrals.
10. What is next for you? What can we expect in 2018?
I’ll continue to grow and develop my real estate investment business. For 2018, I’ll be doing way much better than what I’m already doing now!
11. How can readers of my blog get in touch with you?
For example, blog, social media handles, email, etc.
The best start will be to go to my public Facebook page and reach me out to me with any questions.
Click to connect with me: Franddy Aguasvivas
Thank you Franddy for taking the time to do this interview. Make sure to connect with Franddy and leave a comment below.