Tuesday, March 29, 2022 / by Kyle Herp
Let’s start with a quick introduction as this is my first blog!
I've been working since I was in middle school. My dad owned a construction company where he would remodel bathrooms and kitchens along with other miscellaneous jobs. That's where I learned the basics for everything I know about real estate properties. After I got out of School I worked odd jobs for my fathers company while working on installing car radios at Best Buy. Around this time I received my MECP Basic Certification (car audio and mobile electronics).
After my time in the car audio industry I moved on to training as an Assistant under my brother in-law in Real Estate. I quickly learned the ropes of the real estate world and was promoted to a full time agent role.
At this point in my life I didn't think real estate was the right fit for me (that was a mistake!)! I decided to move on to Tool and Die where I learned about trim dies, compression molds, injection molds, and all of the tooling that comes along with precision metal working. For those of you familiar with tool and die trades you’ll know that it is a very demanding job that requires a high skill set to do properly. After some time I was offered a position at a CNC shop under my Uncle where I started to learn about an even more niche job, specialized carbide tooling used in the machining of metal. I excelled, entered the shop as an Inspector of tools and a night shift operator. Within 6 months I was moved to the first shift where I slowly moved into a scheduler role where I would check in, write up the tool sharpening order and get them scheduled to ensure our customers would get their tooling on time. After changing the way the shop operated I was then pivoted into a role of designing tooling and then even making said tooling. Tolerances were .001 of an inch on a 5 axis machine. I handled all machine-related maintenance short of rebuilds, which I would still assist on. I was then offered a job in machine building, so I pivoted again in my professional life. I was now responsible for building and testing new machines that would handle the movement of bulk material throughout a factory floor involving the use of blowers, bins, vacuum pumps, and conveyors.
Time for another pivot, but also a return. I moved back into real estate because I realized it was the first job that ever gave me true fulfillment. Every job I have ever had led me to be a great agent. Working for my father in construction taught me an appreciation for true craftsmanship and a love for architecture. Installing car audio taught me the basics of everything involving electrical circuits, (while centered around cars) the laws of electricity are universal. While working for my brother-in-law as his assistant I saw what a true service-orientated person would do and the lengths they would go to get a client what they needed while also caring about that client after a deal is done. In tool and die, I saw a shift in perspective. Where all of the small details matter and they need to be exact in order to make a fully functioning whole. I also gained a major appreciation for how things are made from a block of steel but that's a different article. The CNC shop taught me everything I know about working to your strengths, to not be afraid to break out of the role you are in, and to seize opportunities when they come about. It was my first taste of taking a complex process and boiling it down to basics and making it operate smoother with fewer issues. Machine building taught me more complex electrical wiring for large systems and that there are so many different ways to solve a problem. The most important thing it taught me though is that the solutions need to be tailored to the customer's needs.
All of these jobs have led me to take pride in what I do. I understand what a good house with solid bones looks like. I know what level of service is needed to truly take care of a client. I know how to look for the small things that may be missed in a deal. It may get you the house, or it may avoid a headache further down the line. I know how to make a complex issue instead seem like individual steps that are easy to follow. I know that there are people that are better at parts of a transaction than I am, so I employ them.
Most importantly? I understand everyone's needs are different, so the strategy to get you a house may be different than someone else's.
How can I help you?