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Jeff Yarbro and real estate investor Bill Freeman. Haslam said he would weigh several factors, including whether he is prepared to make the move from being the head of the executive branch in Tennessee to running for a legislative seat in the federal ...


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Ever wondered what it is like being a property agent? In this new series entitled Agent Success Stories, we sit down with agency leaders to find out their side of the storyFrom their humble beginnings to the challenges they have faced on the road to success, we learn that a career in the real estate industry is one filled with boundless opportunities – if you know where to look. Who wants to be a property market millionaire? In today’s agent success story, we speak to Lewis Ho, Managing Director at LHG PropertiesLewis earned his first million at the tender age of 28 and is no stranger to successHaving transacted close to 1,500 properties worth over $1 billion dollars in deals, Lewis is currently ushering LHG Properties into a new era of real estate with technologyLet’s see what keeps Lewis forging ahead and keeping up with the pattern of disruption.   Real estate veteran Lewis Ho, Managing Director of LHG Properties What were you doing before you joined the real estate industry? How did you get started as a property agent? I went for an insurance agent information session fresh out of armyI remember clearly how I could only stare blankly at the insurance salesperson when I realised I didn’t have enough money to buy a $20 insurance information bookletFast forward a couple of months, I borrowed $800 to attend my first real estate seminarThat’s how I got started on my real estate journey at 23 years of age! After grossing $200k in my first year, I felt that working in real estate was my calling in life as it constantly gave me the opportunity to be the best version of myself. What is the motivation behind your success? During my army days, I was posted to a physically demanding unitHowever, running is not something I count as my forteIn order to motivate myself during a run, I told myself to keep going till the next lamp postAnd when I reached that goal, I repeated the process and psyched myself to reach the following lamp post till I had completed the whole run. I apply the same philosophy to my careerLife is like a marathonYou need to give yourself a goal and keep pressing onNew agents should get themselves a mentor to pace them and provide support in the face of challenges they may encounter in this industryAbove all, I’m very passionate about inspiring agents to go the distance and achieve remarkable results, so that they may build a better life for themselves and their families. Lewis and his team leaders dining at a Michelin-starred restaurant in Bangkok Why did you choose to specialise in HDB resale? Agents often face difficulty in choosing their market specialisationOverseas market, new launches, private property or HDB resale? I pose this to them – why not focus on the HDB resale market? 80% of Singaporeans stay in HDB flats, and the government is constantly pushing out BTO unitsAccording to recent HDB statistics, there’s a 17% jump in resale transactions in just over the past two years! Right now, the prices of resale flats are stabilisingSuch a trend usually means that HDB flats are transacting close to market pricingThis is good news for buyers, sellers and agents alike! Such price stability mean that it’s slightly harder for clients to predict future pricesSo there’s no reason for them to hold back entering the market. Lewis and his team in celebratory mode at a LHG banquet earlier this year What advice do you have for property agents who are just starting out in the HDB resale market? It is important for new agents to be clear on the HDB eligibility guidelines, schemes and grants availableThere are so many existing schemes and grants, like the Proximity Housing Grant, Enhanced Special CPF Housing Grant, and Fresh Start Housing SchemeThese policies are subject to change and can be effected fairly rapidlyNew agents should study the information carefully so they don’t misrepresent the facts (a big no-no!) and clients can reap maximum benefits from the available government schemes. Besides conducting desk research, it’s important for agents to put themselves out in the field as wellNetworking is essential for lead generation! They can come in the form of seminars, workshops or even roadshowsEvents are a great way to connect with like-minded agents and leaders in the HDB resale arenaClients and fellow agents can refer leads your way and create a network ripple effect with minimal effort on your part. How do you feel about technology disruptions within the real estate industry? Marketing is bread-and-butter of the real estate industryIncreasingly, we see that marketing efforts are being executed online as opposed to investments in traditional print mediaI strongly believe that technology can enhance the online and offline experience of buying or selling a propertyFrom my observation, the strong financial backing provided by investors in online property portals such as 99.co speaks a lot about the future of real estate techBesides online exposure, technology can reduce the time and money agents spend on conducting researchAgents can now access information on property and policies on-the-go as long as they are connected to the internetAt LHG, I’m encouraging my agents to embrace technology and use it as a tool to their advantage. Lewis conducting a HDB resale workshop How have you encouraged your team to the embrace the technological era? This June, we are launching a new online training platform – ‘Mastering HDB Resale 2.1’It is the first training programme of its kind – launched specifically for HDB resale agents to keep them abreast of the ever-changing HDB landscape of levies, grants and policies. At LHG, we believe in the ‘Triple A’ concept – Access Anywhere AnytimeAgents are always on the move and we created this e-portal so that agents can have the flexibility to access training materials whenever and wherever they need itMy vision is to create an all-weather salesperson and for our agents to consistently improve and upgrade themselves, so that they continue to achieve sterling results throughout the full two-decade property cycle. Check out this video to know more about Lewis. Like this article? Read more other agent articles HERE!   Share this on WhatsApp terence yeo You Might Also Like 4 ways Singapore’s property agents can adapt to survive the coming decade November 19, 2017 Zooming around Singapore – a morning in the life of a rookie property agent March 1, 2018 99.co’s property agent success stories: Jackie Chew August 4, 2017 1 Comment Reply Jack September 29, 2017 at 5:13 pm How do I contact LHR and yourself by email pls. Jack Leave a Reply Cancel Reply Name * Email * Website Notify me of followup comments via e-mailYou can also subscribe without commenting. Previous Post Ultimate Guide to Getting the Best Bargains for GSS 2017 Next Post 5 problems landlords may not see coming What’s new How the Sumang Walk EC could affect broader property prices March 15, 2018 Transformation of the real estate industry – your questions answered! March 14, 2018 Get ready for Park Place Residences Phase 2 March 13, 2018 What is share value, and how does it affect en-bloc sales proceeds? 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