While attending Santa Monica High School and West Los Angeles College, Stephanie Payab worked in manufacturing and retail management. She took time off to focus on being a mother before becoming a Realtor® 16 years ago. She and her team assist clients with purchasing and selling homes and investment properties.
What are some of the steps you take to earn your clients’ trust?
“My clients describe me as hardworking, straightforward, prepared and fun. I love working in real estate, and it shows in everything that I do. I want to find clients the right home and/or sell their home at the best price with the least amount of stress on them as possible. I use my market knowledge and experience to navigate them through the deal while providing amazing customer service. Most of my clients are referral-based by former clients.”
What is your advice for someone starting a career in real estate?
“The most important thing I’ve learned is how to be proactive. Things don’t always work out the way you think they should. Also, it’s incredibly important to be completely transparent. Keep clients in the loop throughout the whole process so they don’t have any surprises and everyone is on the same page.”
Describe what it’s like to live in your neighborhood.
“I love my neighborhood. I’ve lived in my house in Tarzana for more than 15 years and would not trade a moment of it. I love that I am minutes away from the hustle and bustle of Ventura Boulevard, yet my street is quiet and serene. I love my view that overlooks the Valley and the beautiful sunsets it affords. I love that just a few minutes from my house are the most incredible hiking trails and a few minutes in the other direction are delicious restaurants and cafes.”
What’s your favorite way to find zen when you need it?
“I try hard to find a work-life balance. I love to hang out with my friends and family. I’m a foodie, so I like trying new restaurants, cooking a delicious recipe or tasting a good bottle of wine. I enjoy spin class, walking in the hills and travel.”
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