Olga Dyckman Real Estate Broker

Windermere Real Estate

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

Strategic planning for Nordstrom.

Where did you grow up?

Seattle, North Seattle Richmond beach, Shoreline.

Growing up, what did you want to be?

A developer or a lawyer.

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

Write down what I am stressed about then write out scenarios of “what if’s” then get outside with a head set and walk to try to let go of things I can’t control.

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

Tough one; so many to list. I would say still Oprah. She really paved the way for a successful female when I was in my 20s and was so inspirational.

What is Seattle’s best-kept secret?

Maximillian in the Pike Place Market has outdoor igloos, awesome views of the sound and the great wheel. Dining experience in the igloo is a must.

What do you love most about the industry?

Meeting the clients and getting to know them. It is a very personal experience. Love creating long term friendships and securing their professional trust. It is something I take very personally. I become invested in the outcome because I care about my clients.

How do you distinguish yourself from the crowd of agents?

My 20 years of experience with a specific niche of real estate has made it very easy for me to give detailed analysis of the market. Once you have mastered the downtown condos and understand each building’s offering, floorplans and price ranges, it becomes valuable to a new client to help them understand that sometimes what they are looking for actually doesn’t exist downtown. This allows them to either shift their expectation or just move on. I love being able to help people understand downtown condos.

What is the most difficult aspect of your job?

When the market changes and now a person is selling at a loss.

What’s your best advice for generating new leads?

Honestly, open houses.

What has been your greatest accomplishment?

Tough question. I would say personally raising my two children as a full-time working mom and successfully getting them off to wonderful out-of-state colleges. Professionally, I don’t think of my accomplishments, but it was a big deal for me to hit $52 million in sales in 2021. I am humble about accomplishments. I am only as good as my last transaction, so I am never satisfied, always want to learn and grow.

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

The Watcher on Netflix.

What’s your favorite meal in Seattle?

Again, tough question. Love Wild Ginger and Japonessa Sushi.

Architecturally speaking, what is your favorite building in Seattle?

Smith Tower has always had a special place in my heart. It was originally one of the tallest buildings in the country outside of New York. The building took the fashionable New York “mounted tower” form. There is a caretaker’s apartment that was built on the 36th floor. Very special building.

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

Not weird but exciting. I got to help Tim Lincecum and Edgar Martinez when I was selling the Escala condos. I had no idea who Tim was, just thought he was a nice young man. Obviously later found out his fame! LOL.

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

My parents were immigrants from Greece. I am fist generation Greek American.

What is your favorite vacation spot and why?

I don’t have a favorite. I love to visit many different places when I can. I have been to Bali, Singapore, Italy, Greece, Shanghai and many other parts of China … so much more to see.

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

Be disciplined. Start each day with a to-do list.

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

I like HomeSpotter.

Who are your favorite people to follow on social media?

Other colleagues in real estate, family and friends. Love following funny or cute French bulldog Tiktok posts, makes me laugh.

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