Herve Kidiadi Real Estate Broker

eXp Realty

What was your most interesting job before going into real estate?

I worked as an operations manager for LSG Sky Chefs

Where did you grow up?

DR Congo.

Growing up, what did you want to be?

I wanted to be a doctor.

What do you do to relax when you’re stressed?

I go to the gym, or I listen to motivational videos.

If you could meet any well-known figure (living or not), who would it be and why?

I would love to meet Steve Jobs, I think he has changed the computer and phones industry and he was so knowledgeable that I would love to ask him a few questions

What is Seattle’s best-kept secret?

Not sure since I am learning the city myself

What do you love most about the industry?

I love helping people, especially minorities. Since I am an immigrant myself, I know how hard it is to be educated and informed when buying a real estate property. So bringing value to those people and making a living in the process is a blessing.

How do you distinguish yourself from the crowd of agents?

I always ask my clients what are the most important values that they would see in an agent, and I’ll go above and beyond in meeting them. Creating a friendly atmosphere between me and my client to make the process as trustworthy and as smooth as possible so they can openly communicate to me and vice versa.

What is the most difficult aspect of your job?

Being known and juggling between touring homes, writing contracts, negotiating deals, calling potential clients, working with lenders, helping clients to understand all paperwork. I think it requires a lot of organizing and adapting really quickly in multitasking.

What’s your best advice for generating new leads?

For new agents, other than social media, sitting open houses, door knocking, cold calling are the best methods.

What has been your greatest accomplishment?

Being able to come to America seven years without speaking any English to being able to have nine real estate deals my first five months as a brand new agent was just unreal since I never thought I could be able to make it outside of the typical 9-5 I used to do before. Now I am retiring my parents and bringing them over to the U.S. That’s priceless for me.

What are you binge-watching/reading/listening to lately?

I am reading the richest man in Babylon which is one of my favorites books. And watching Survivor season 43 with my family when I’m not working.

What’s your favorite meal in Seattle?

I love the roasted BBQ beef.

Architecturally speaking, what is your favorite building in Seattle?

I love the Space Needle, for the simple fact when I got my visa to move to Seattle and I Googled to read about the city and the first image I saw was the Space Needle, and I was so fascinated by that and wanted to see it at all costs.

What’s the weirdest thing that’s ever happened to you on the job?

I went to tour a home with my clients and the buyers forgot to tell one of their kids to leave the house. We got in the house and open one of the rooms, then saw the teenage girl in the room. All of us in shock in silence, not knowing what to say, that was awkward.

What’s one thing people are surprised to learn about you?

They are surprised to learn that I took my classes in three weeks and got the license in less than a month total.

What is your favorite vacation spot and why?

I would love to visit Brazil. I am a big soccer fan so watching a game at the Maracana Stadium is a childhood dream.

In 10 words or less, what is your advice for someone new to the industry?

Take actions.

What’s your favorite real estate iPhone/Android app?

Home spotter.

Who are your favorite people to follow on social media?

Tom Bilyeu, Eric Thomas, Tom Ferry, Sean and Scott Bautista.

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