Agent Snapshot: Paul Graf Associate broker ACP

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What was your most interesting job before going into real estate?
Courier with FedEx Express. It helped build my confidence in meeting new people and taught me how to find addresses.
Where did you grow up?
All over the world, Canada, U.S., Norway and Indonesia. Seeing and experiencing so many cultures had a huge impact on my life.
What do you do to relax when you’re stressed?
I like to read and listen to uplifting music, getting active helps too.
If you could meet any well-known figure (living or not), who would it be and why?
Chuck Colson is someone I greatly admire and would have liked to have met in person. He had a completely transformed life, was very intellectual, and a prolific author and gifted speaker.
What is Seattle’s best-kept secret?
I don’t think it is a secret, but I love the fact that you can be at the water or in the mountains in such a short time from anywhere. The Puget Sound region has such diversity of geography.
What do you love most about the industry?
Getting to be a part of the dreams and visions of others and helping their dreams to become reality.
How do you distinguish yourself from the crowd of agents?
I like to think communication and follow through and staying connected after the close.  For me it’s not about a transaction, but about a relationship. I want to work with people throughout their life.
What is the most difficult aspect of your job?
Real estate is about highs and lows, staying positive and consistent helps to level off the fluctuations.
What’s your best advice for generating new leads?
Talk real estate everywhere you go. You never know who might know someone.
What has been your greatest accomplishment?
My five years with RE/MAX. Remax has always been about the people for me. Great leaders, like Delma Silva, Scott and Renee Comey and Zach Hensrude, Sandy Meyer, Starla Shaulis and Karin Erhorn, all in my local brokerage, but others too, Adam Contos, D’arcy Browning, Von Truong, and Brooke Sines.
What are you binge-watching/reading/listening to lately?
I don’t really watch TV all that much. As for reading I have quite a variety of interests. I am reading The Reagan Diaries, Habits, The Millionaire Next Door, The Insanity of  Obedience, The Advantage and listening to mostly Christian music or audiobooks and podcasts.
What’s your favorite meal in Seattle?
There are a lot of great places to eat in the area, but our favorite place is probably Tuscano’s in Monroe. Always an enjoyable experience there, and they do so much for the local community.
Architecturally speaking, what is your favorite building in Seattle?
Well, everyone knows about the Space Needle,  but there are a lot of other great places in Seattle too, the Seattle Central Library, MoPop, the Amazon Spheres, the Bullitt Center, the Chapel of St, Ignatius, just to name a few. There is a fantastic walk that my favorite real estate teacher organizes a few times a year that shows off some of the places in Seattle.
What’s one thing people are surprised to learn about you?
My international life experience is usually surprising.
What is your favorite vacation spot and why?
I love to travel and see the beauty of this world, so finding a fave is tough. There is so much beauty around us in nature and architecture, and experiencing different cultures can be life-changing. For a more local favorite spot though that’s is an easy drive, probably the Oregon Coast.
In 10 words or less, what is your advice for someone new to the industry?
Support and guidance and education are the most important things
What’s your favorite real estate iPhone/Android app?
My camera actually, to record videos for social media.
Who are your favorite people to follow on social media?
Brian Buffini, Turn The Dial Coaching, Win Make Give, Tristan Ahumada

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