“Empower your people through positivity to grow both professionally and personally” With Jason Hartman & Pamela Bardhi

Empower your people through positivity to grow both professionally and personally. If you empower them and respect them, it will make your team grow stronger thus boosting success to thrive together. As a part of my series about strong women leaders of the Real Estate industry, I had the pleasure of interviewing Pamela Bardhi. Pamela […]

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Empower your people through positivity to grow both professionally and personally. If you empower them and respect them, it will make your team grow stronger thus boosting success to thrive together.

As a part of my series about strong women leaders of the Real Estate industry, I had the pleasure of interviewing Pamela Bardhi.

Pamela Bardhi is a young dynamic entrepreneur based in Boston, Massachusetts. She is a renowned real estate developer on the Northeast coast, a licensed general contractor, and a real estate consultant. Pamela immigrated to the U.S when she was 5 Years old from Albania and started in small business at her family pizza shop in Boston when she was 10 years old. Her educational background includes Stonehill College, Babson College & Harvard Business School. She is president of The Mosche Group, Mosche Construction, Mosche Development, and B. Blazers. She has dominated the real estate industry with over $100m sold, developed or acquired in real estate assets throughout her career. Her fashion blazer line is fully dedicated to empowering women and enhancing confidence to all who will wear her blazer when it launches in 2021. She has yet to turn 30 and is determined to empower others through her various businesses.

Thank you so much for doing this with us! Can you tell us the “backstory” about what brought you to the Real Estate industry?

Iowned two restaurants by the time I was 21. The restaurant industry can be highly volatile at times and I was looking for a way to diversify my revenue streams. I read early in life that an average millionaire had 7 streams of revenue coming in. So I thought, let’s get into real estate since basically everyone I know who is rich is involved in real estate somehow. My dad and my uncle were flipping houses in 08’-­09’ and were doing extraordinarily well. My father would invest in the properties and my uncle would be the general contractor who would fix them up. I loved the financial model and the returns it would produce so I wanted to try it out. I purchased my first flip in Stoughton, MA in 2014 and fell in love since.

Can you share with our readers the most interesting or amusing story that occurred to you in your career so far? Can you share the lesson or take away you took out of that story?

Honestly, every day is an adventure in real estate. New challenges always present themselves but one thing remains the same: being a young woman in a “man’s world.” Often on development project sites, I have people inquiring who the boss is. The most amusing thing in the world for me is to say: “I’m the boss.” Even in the real estate brokerage world, I have people ask me often: “What company do you work for?” and I respond with: “My own company.” They are blown away. I am currently 28 years old. When I first started, I was about 21. To this day, I get these questions on almost an everyday basis but I find amusement in it every time. My lesson here is to stand tall and confident. Never let anyone underestimate you and be your inner badass self unapologetically.

Are you working on any exciting new projects now? How do you think that will help people?

I am currently working on building 4 development projects within the City of Boston that are new construction. A few of them are single family homes that will bring a new sense of flavor to neighborhoods through innovative designs which I am psyched to create. I have bigger master plans for the future to develop full scale neighborhoods to enhance quality of life for residents. Real estate development to me is all about transforming landscapes and creating places where people can create memories. I love being a creator through my work.

What do you think makes your company stand out? Can you share a story?

My company stands out for one simple reason: RELATIONSHIPS OVER MONEY. The commission is secondary to me. What I always preach is adding value to your clients and to your projects for the end consumer. For many of my clients, I have personally helped them move out of their properties, paid moving costs just to lessen a burden, listened to stories for hours, watched kids, surprise dinners and lunches, happy birthday gifts and so much more. They are not just my clients-­ they are family and I advise them as I would my own family. For example, when I help a client purchase an asset whether it’s $300,000 or $30 million, I analyze the deal as if I was the one purchasing and make recommendations in the most transparent and honest way possible. Relationships and referrals are what has transformed my career incredibly to having sold over $100m in real estate assets in such a short time.

The same thing applies to my real estate development projects. I build as if I am building for my own family. Quality matters.

None of us are able to achieve success without some help along the way. Is there a particular person who you are grateful towards who helped get you to where you are? Can you share a story about that?

My parents have always been my motivation. They came to this country when I was 5 years old from Albania to give my brother and I a better life. They dropped everything in their life to make that sacrifice. They have worked tirelessly the last 25 years at their restaurant sometimes working 13-­15 hours a day. They taught me the old school way of business-­ developing relationships and having a big heart. I am eternally grateful for their lessons that have made me who I am in business today.

Ok. Thank you for all that. Let’s now jump to the main core of our interview. The Real Estate industry, like the Veterinarian, Nursing and Public Relations fields, is a women-dominated industry. Yet despite this, less than 20 percent of senior positions in Real Estate companies are held by women. In your opinion or experience, what do you think is the cause of this imbalance?

My true thoughts on the cause of this imbalance are fear. Real Estate can be an extremely cut-throat business and is incredibly lucrative. I believe that fear has disabled women from even trying to succeed in the field of real estate due to it being a “man’s world” for many years. Women were outcasts in this field and the construction field for so long because they felt they did not belong. However, most recently, I am seeing more and more women absolutely crushing it in real estate and having the confidence to shine in this industry. It is an absolutely remarkable period in history right now to watch women shatter these stereotypes and claim their personal power.

What 3 things can be done by a)individuals b)companies and/or c) society to support greater gender balance going forward?

1.) Enhancing empowerment-­ helping yourself or others to feel confident through positive reinforcement and encouraging words.

2.) Mentorship-­ more experienced women in the industry to mentor those who are younger.

3.) Offer networking opportunities-­ to connect with other like-­minded individuals in the same field.

Connecting more women in the field together will create a sense of community and belonging.

In your opinion, what are the biggest challenges faced by women executives that aren’t typically faced by their male counterparts?

The biggest challenge faced by female executives that aren’t typically faced by male counterparts are being underestimated. I still experience this on a daily basis but it actually motivates me more than anything else. The way you gain respect in this industry is by doing and showing those who doubt you that you are just as capable (if not more) than your male counterparts through your success. In other words, let your success speak for you.

Can you share 3 things that most excite you about the Real Estate industry?

1.) Every day is an adventure. There are no two days that are the same in real estate. It is truly a thrill.

2.) People. I love meeting with people and finding ways I can add value to them.

3.) Creating through real estate development. There is nothing more amazing than watching a project come to life and watching the world interact with it.

Can you share 3 things that most concern you about the industry? If you had the ability to implement 3 ways to reform or improve the industry, what would you suggest?

1.) Lack of relationship building between RE professionals and their clients. Too much greed.

Unfortunately, I more often than not notice real estate professionals more concerned with commissions rather than protecting the interests of their clients. My word of advice is if you are constantly dedicated to providing the best service for your clients, your success will speak for you and you will never have to hunt down deals. They will be coming to you on their own through the power of the network.

2.) Cutthroat nature of most real estate professionals. Most view each other as a competition which I believe is the most counterintuitive thing we should be doing as an industry. If we all worked collaboratively, we would make more money since there is plenty of money out there to share. However, greed plays a major role here and that is why the industry is what it is. The smart professionals network and do deals with one another but the majority do not.

3.) Digital revolution. Technology should be enhancing the process of purchasing property, not replacing it. Do NOT make all communication through text and email. I notice too many real estate professionals doing this. Take your client out and treat them to a coffee or lunch. Face to face interaction is critical as it builds trust and a relationship. Never forget the human touch!

What advice would you give to other leaders to help their team to thrive?

Empower your people through positivity to grow both professionally and personally. If you empower them and respect them, it will make your team grow stronger thus boosting success to thrive together.

Ok, here is the main question of our interview. You are a “Real Estate Insider”. If you had to advise someone about 5 non intuitive things one should know to succeed in the Real Estate industry, what would you say? Can you please give a story or an example for each?

I have a 5 step success formula called FACTS which stands for:

Fearlessness-­ Be fearless in your pursuit of success and let nothing stand in the way.

Adaptability-­ Learn to adapt to any situation, good or bad, especially in real estate where things shift in an instant. Think problem-solving, not reactions. It is a critical skill set.

Compassion-­ Have a big heart with your clients and everyone you interact with. It goes a long way.

Trusting your gut-­ It never lies so be mindful of the inner voice that will lead you to success and never ignore it.

Self-­confidence-­ How will anyone believe in your services if you do not believe in yourself? Confidence is the key to success in your business.

Always remember, hustle out beats talent every day of the week. I knew nothing when I started in real estate. Now, I am 28 having already achieved 7 figure commissions. I am only scratching the surface and you can too.

Because of your position, you are a person of enormous influence. If you could inspire a movement that would bring the most amount of good to the greatest amount of people, what would that be? You never know what your idea can trigger. :-­)

I have already started! I have a new show called Underdog premiering April 30th, 2020 via Youtube. The mission of my show is to empower others through sharing personal stories of individuals rising above from all walks of life. My hope is to impact the world through these stories and empower them regardless of circumstance.

How can our readers follow you online?

Linked In: https://www.linkedin.com/in/pamela-bardhi-64bbb71a/

Instagram: Pamela_Bardhi

Personal website: www.pamelabardhi.com

Thank you for your time, and your excellent insights!

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