An Interview with Brandon Blankenship: Realizing His Real Estate Dreams

Rose Alarcon

Brandon Blankenship is currently a successful Greater Los Angeles Realtor. Although he began unsure of what his career would be, a friend introduced him to the possibility of life as a Realtor and he soon threw himself into the business with a passion. Tech savvy, knowledgeable, and filled with the entrepreneurial spirit, Blankenship has the drive to continuously produce tremendous results for his clients while also growing his brand.

Tell us about yourself.

My name is Brandon Blankenship, and I am a Millennial Realtor in the Greater Los Angeles area. I am also a son, a brother, and a friend. Born and raised in the suburbs of Chicago, I graduated from Northern Illinois University with a Bachelor of Science. My goal is to be of the upmost value to all my clients, and to create something greater than just the title “Real Estate Agent.” I fell in love with Real Estate because it combines my love of helping people with my passion for creative marketing!

What made you get into doing what you do now?

Funny story… it honestly just happened. When I graduated college, I knew I wanted to leave my hometown and do something for myself. So, I decided to move to Los Angeles (specifically, Sierra Madre, just east) but I still had no clue what I wanted to do. I picked up a full-time job in Downtown Pasadena but quit two days later. I just wanted something different. A close family friend of mine is a Realtor in Beverly Hills, and he simply brought up the idea of Real Estate to me one day. I watched all the YouTube videos I could, began reading, and the rest is history! I jumped into Real Estate and fell in love with it!

What differentiates you from others within your industry?

What differentiates me from others in my industry is that I like to view myself as a breath of fresh air. I am a tech savvy Realtor who also takes great pride in using the old school methods. Using both the old and new school ways of conducting Real Estate makes me gives me the upper hand against others in the industry. I carry myself with the utmost level of professionalism and take great pride whenever my clients place one of their biggest assets into my hands. It feels fantastic to know they trust me to produce tremendous results.

Where do you see yourself in the next 5 years?

In the next five years, I see continual growth in both the professional and the personal! My plan is to become dual licensed out in Chicago as well, so I can help my family and friends when it comes to Real Estate. I also see myself developing my personal brand on social media. I would like to begin speaking and traveling around the U.S. as well. Ultimately, a goal of mine is to give back. Within my business, I’d like to use my skills to help less tech-savvy Realtors and share my story with the new, young Realtors that are jumping in!

What challenges have you faced while building your business and brand?

I’ve faced many challenges while building my business and brand. I practice Real Estate in one of the — if not the — most competitive markets in the world! I love it though! Knowing that I have developed strong relationships with my clients and the fact they call me their Realtor is what keeps me working hard. However, a big challenge has been time management. When I began my business, I knew this is where I would have to improve. I’ve come to understand that we all have the same 24 hours in a day and it’s only a matter of how I use them. I now choose to get up and start my days earlier. I’ve learned plan out my day so I can have the best direction.

What have you learned from these challenges?

I learned that nothing great in life comes easy. Every successful person has faced an abundance of challenges to have arrived where they are today. Focusing and realizing the importance of time management has helped me become more efficient when it comes to my daily tasks. Furthermore, there’s the fact that there are so many great Realtors in Los Angeles. I tell myself, “closed mouths don’t eat,” and enjoy networking with the top professionals in my industry in order to apply it to my own work. Waking up early has definitely helped me overcome the challenge of thinking I have no time in the day. I have to make time!

What advice would you give to others while on their journey?

I would tell any young, aspiring Realtor to never compare themselves to others. This is incredibly importance since everyone’s journey is different and we all start at a different point. I would advise that they really focus on the actions because it’s what they can control. Sometimes the results will show up right away, but many other times, it will take a lot of work just to see the beginning of a blossom. Always remember that this is a marathon, not a sprint. The breakthrough gets closer as they keep applying pressure and working towards their goals.

What advice would you give to your younger self?

Some advice I would give to my younger self is to not always get too caught in the trends. I don’t have to follow the crowd if that isn’t what I want to do. The sky is the limit! if you can just believe it, there is so much opportunity out there in the world. I would also tell my younger self to pick up that book instead of being submerged in video games. Lastly, I would tell my younger self that whatever path I choose to take will be the right one. Ultimately, any path I take is the right one, since it’s where my belief lies.

What is your why?

As cliché as it may sound, my “why” is my family. My parents suffered long workdays days so I could attend college, have new clothes, have a nice roof over my head, and so much more. I want to be able to provide for them in ways that make their lives feel like a vacation every day. I aim to take some of the financial weight off of them. A dream of mine is to buy them tickets to travel to the Philippines and Thailand, so that they can enjoy being back home. Family is so important to me. I don’t just consider my family to be those who are blood-related but also anyone else who has always had my back.

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