Tony Tomasek is a realtor with Gavish Real Estate, an 18-year-old business in Las Vegas, NV. Curious about what it takes to run a real estate business in Sin City, we sat down with him to talk about his experiences.
In a city as glamorous as Las Vegas, there must be plenty of great real estate companies for a realtor to get involved with. What made you choose to start your own instead?
I have a passion for real estate as I found out through my years as a real estate investor and mentor. In particular, I found great enjoyment in helping people attain their dream of homeownership and helping sellers find a way to sell their home. In some cases, I bought their home. In others, I helped them find the end buyer. I feel that becoming a Realtor put me in the position to focus on doing the things that I loved about my past business as a full time job. The old saying that if you do what you love, you will never work a day in your life, is certainly applicable to this business for me.
It certainly sounds like you enjoy what you do! Where did that passion come from?
I grew up following a successful real estate investor around. My father was a builder and small developer. So you could say that my training in real estate probably started at the age of 8. Once I graduated high school in 1995, we started a business flipping properties together. During that time I attended college and got my Bachelor’s Degree in Marketing. I can’t tell you how valuable really understanding marketing is in any business. This knowledge was what allowed me to continue to be a successful investor through the recent real estate downturn. To say the least, I am familiar with what it takes to get a home sold in a challenging environment.
You said that you know how to sell a home in a challenging environment. Was that the biggest challenge you’ve had to face so far?
The biggest challenge I have faced so far is establishing a business in a new part of the country. Five years ago this city was new to me. It took me several years of following the market, networking and really becoming an expert on how this real estate market works before I felt I could successfully launch a business here. Luckily I was in a position to put in the time and effort it took to do those things!
You must feel that it’s been worth it, or else you wouldn’t have kept going! What has been the most rewarding part of running this company?
The most rewarding part of running your own company is that you are responsible for your own success. When you are successful, it’s due to your own hard work and diligence. The flip side of that is that you have to be your own cheerleader and motivator. No one tells you that you have to be at work, or get this or the other task done. It’s all up to you.
Tony Tomasek’s company, Gavish Real Estate, has enjoyed immense success in Las Vegas since 1995. For more information, visit www.searchallvegashomes.com or stop by the office, located at 1920 East Serene Ave, Suite 30-4, Las Vegas, NV 89123.