Volunteer Spotlight: Aaron Masliansky, 2020-2021 Global Real Estate Council Vice Chair | Chicago Association of REALTORS®

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We chatted with our 2020-2021 Global Real Estate Council Vice Chair Aaron Masliansky, Dream Town Realty, to find out more about his career path, why he volunteers and more.

HOW LONG HAVE YOU WORKED IN THE INDUSTRY?

16 Years

WHY WERE YOU INTERESTED IN GETTING INTO REAL ESTATE?

I became interested in real estate as a teenager when I started playing SimCity. The idea of planning and developing cities nurtured my passion for real estate development first and later into the brokerage side of the business. My grandfather and his brother were also developers so I must have gotten the gene!

WHAT’S YOUR BIGGEST ACHIEVEMENT IN YOUR CAREER TO DATE?

There was a house that had been on the market for years with different brokers that I was very familiar with. It was a white elephant. I was hired to sell it and got it done. It was a lot of work, and it was a great accomplishment. To add to it, I got it under contract while on the CAR Global trade mission to Thailand; I negotiated and got the contract signed while in a hotel room in Vietnam. It was surreal.

WHAT HAS HELPED YOU MOST TO GET WHERE YOU ARE TODAY?

My motivation to be independent, and setting clear goals and expectations for myself.

WHAT DO YOU ENJOY MOST ABOUT YOUR CAREER?

I enjoy developing creative solutions for my clients, and the creativity and flexibility the industry provides. I didn’t even know about the term “global real estate” until a few years ago. It’s completely expanded my horizons.

WHAT ADVICE WOULD YOU GIVE OTHERS WHO ARE LOOKING TO TAKE THEIR CAREER TO THE NEXT LEVEL?

I would suggest being open-minded, learn, listen and devote yourself to things that interest you. I am involved in several organizations that have a global mission in addition to CAR and host a podcast in which I get to meet incredibly interesting people. These are things I didn’t do a few years ago. Once I took an intentional step in these interests, new possibilities continued to open up. Take a chance on yourself!

WHAT DOES VOLUNTEERING MEAN TO YOU?

Volunteering means devoting time, effort and commitment to something you care about, with the goal of furthering the cause of that organization and the people within it. There is tremendous value in focusing on positive outcomes, and you get to meet like-minded people who will further inspire you to create positive change.

WHAT HAS BEEN MOST VALUABLE TO YOU/YOUR BUSINESS SINCE YOU GOT INVOLVED IN OUR INDUSTRY?

The most valuable thing to me since I have gotten involved in the industry is the relationships I have built with fellow REALTORS® and affiliate partners. When you have mutual respect for each other, you can learn, listen and grow as professionals and become better people.

IS THERE ANYTHING ELSE YOU WOULD LIKE TO SHARE WITH US ABOUT YOUR REALTOR® JOURNEY?

Being a REALTOR® means a lot of things. One day I may be helping a first time homebuyer purchase their first home, and on another day I may be helping someone downsize from a home they’ve lived in for 50 years. Other days I am helping someone who lives on another continent buy a property while honing my listening skills to make sure a client’s goals are exceeded while I build trust from afar. It takes compassion and knowledge to help with each situation. By continually learning through education, networking and serving, I have become a better REALTOR®. I hope to inspire others to create positive change, and seek new opportunities within the industry through my volunteerism.

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