Today we’d like to introduce you to Nicole Piccola.
Hi Nicole, it’s an honor to have you on the platform. Thanks for taking the time to share your story with us – to start maybe you can share some of your backstory with our readers?
I started in real estate at the age of 19 during the Great Recession. I am very fortunate to family and friends that have always told me I could do anything I set my mind to.
My friend’s dad was a builder, and after attending an open house with them, I thought to myself “This is so fun, I could do this”. There began my search into real estate classes. Didn’t take me long to get the required classes done and then I was off to the races. I started with a great little boutique brokerage in Deep Ellum called Modtown Realty. They really taught me how to run a business and helped me fall even more in love with real estate. Much of my business was apartment locating in the beginning but grew into more and more selling. My mom was licensed a year or so after I was, and we have always partnered together.
Flash forward two years, and I met my husband… and I always joke… the moment I found out that he built homes for a living, I was “sold”. I envisioned our entire future instantly (stage 5 clinger, haha). We have “built” a beautiful life together. He and I have two beautiful boys that we have inadvertently trained to be quite the little real estate prodigies. The boys have shown uncountable homes with me, gone to every single job site with my husband. We have also flipped homes together as a family, and that is probably my most favorite thing to do as a family.
As of 2020, my mom has come back into the business with me (after her sabbatical taking care of my grandfather) and we have the most fun working together. I couldn’t imagine doing real estate without her. Our real estate business is all about FAMILY. My brother is also our photographer and videographer…There’s nothing our family cant accomplish together when it comes to real estate and I am thrilled to see what the future holds for us.
Would you say it’s been a smooth road, and if not what are some of the biggest challenges you’ve faced along the way?
Real estate is hardly ever perfectly smooth, especially starting in a recession. I learned so much, and when looking back, I know that this helped mold me into really going after business when it feels like there is none.
But I would say the most difficult part was probably starting so young without knowing ANYONE else in the industry. I had to really make a name for myself and prove that I could handle the business.
“Hey come to our happy hour” from apartment buildings, title companies, lenders, while I wasn’t even old enough to drink, haha, I also had to even convince myself that I could handle the business.
If I am being completely honest and vulnerable, I still have those moments of weakness and second-guessing even after 13+ years in the business. Which actually always pushes me to strive for greater goals once I snap out of it. I was second choice or not chosen at all for a couple of BIG opportunities, and I used that to push me to the next step in my career. I decided to get my broker’s license in 2019. I took 512 hours of real estate classes in 11 months…(yes…it was exhausting)
Champions Real Estate was an incredible school!
My next area of business struggles was becoming a new mom in 2013. How do I give my time to my precious little human and survive in real estate?
A client started using another agent while I was in the hospital giving birth and spending a week with my son that was born early and had to stay a week in the NICU–Thats brutal. But just makes me appreciate my loyal clients that much more.
Balancing work and mom life is always a struggle and one that I’ve grown to manage with creativity. It truly takes a village to raise our babies. I’ve never wanted to hire a full-time nanny, so I’ve used the village approach. My husband, parents, in-laws, my brothers have all been instrumental in the balance especially during those 512 hours of school.
My boys have also come along with me on numerous showings and inspections.
Great, so let’s talk business. Can you tell our readers more about what you do and what you think sets you apart from others?
I am a licensed real estate broker. I specialize in residential buying, selling and leasing. I have dipped into commercial real estate as well and really enjoy challenging myself and learning new parts of the industry.
I started in real estate at the young age of 19, knowing no one and nothing about real estate. I’m so proud of where I have been and how I have grown in this industry over the last 13 years. Real estate is multidimensional. It’s not just about houses. Being part of the largest purchase/s in a person or family’s life is not something to be taken lightly. I really try my best to put myself in their shoes and exceed their expectations of a typical realtor. I want my clients to feel like an extended part of my family in the best possible way. There is never a time that I have stopped learning and using my experience to create a positive end result.
It’s an honor to be chosen to be part of my client’s lives. A home is the most personal part of our lives and I am proud to be their advocate.
What do you like and dislike about the city?
Dallas is my home. I grew up here and I love my city. We have a such a great variety of restaurants and incredible neighborhoods. I think we’re such a friendly city. I love that it’s continuing to grow and improve.
With the improvements comes people. Being in real estate, I should love the growth, but as a Dallasite, I feel the struggle for other homegrown people battling our tricky housing market with the influx of people moving from out of state.
- Email: Nicole.email@example.com
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