Grace Desi Schmidt
Real estate agent Grace Desi Schmidt grew up in the industry, going to listings and holding open houses with her mother—also a Realtor. It became a passion for this Hollywood Hills native, and she started full-time work in real estate nearly three decades ago. Grace joined Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices California in 2017. She holds a bachelor’s degree in merchandising and marketing.
Tell us about a recent success story.
“A client of mine who resides in New York contacted me about her home in Studio City that I leased a year ago. She wanted to sell the home right after her tenants moved out. Within one week I found a buyer who purchased the property at full asking price—before the previous tenants moved out. My client was ecstatic!”
What is your #1 piece of advice during this unprecedented time?
“Be flexible and always think about how you can help your clients. Times are changing, so always be prepared to update your knowledge with the times.”
Tell us about your team.
“My business partner, Nader Naderi, also a top producer, has a brain for solving problems. He is creative, energetic and people-oriented. We work incredibly well together.”
Has motherhood made you a better entrepreneur?
“Motherhood has made me a better person, businesswoman and wife. Running a household is similar to running a business. It has graced me with more patience and empathy. Juggling everyone’s schedules has made me a true multitasker. I want to be a role model for my daughter to show her that hard work and dedication can make her successful in life.”
What project do you support to help those in need?
“My daughter and I support the ACW (Alcoholism Center for Women). We help garden, paint their house and collect clothing for women to wear to job interviews to help them reenter the workforce. I also try to instill in the women that if they put their minds to it, anything is possible!”
What vacation destination are you dreaming of these days?
“We love to travel around the U.S. As a child from an immigrant family from Hungary, I understand the difficult tasks you need to take to achieve in any society. We love to show our daughter how to appreciate the beautiful places our country has to offer.”
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