A real estate agent for the past 20 years, Susanna Nagy is certified as a Luxury Home Marketing Specialist and has been recognized as being in the top 1% of Keller Williams agents nationwide. She has made an impressive mark on the real estate industry. Real Estate Executive Magazine included her in their list of Southern California’s 100 Most Influential Realtors.
What do you do to ensure your business is successful?
Real estate is an extremely personal field. I get to know my clients—their family and work life, their habits, hobbies and goals—in order to properly represent their best interests. I treat every client as if I were representing a close family member in one of the most important transactions of their life. I enjoy the opportunity to build lasting relationships. Not only are my clients now great friends, many also consider me part of their family.
How did your early life shape your career?
My mother and father instilled in me a tireless work ethic and a tremendous sense of compassion. I grew up on a small family farm in rural Hungary. I was up at 4:30 a.m. to tend to the livestock before going to school. Life on the farm was certainly hard, but I cherish the memories of family time each night around the dinner table.
What motivates you to stay at the top of your profession?
My clients provide all the motivation I need to stay at the top. Buying or selling a home is an important milestone in a person’s life, and quite often it is literally life-changing. Being trusted to navigate clients through this complex process carries tremendous responsibility, and being recognized as a leader in my profession provides great personal satisfaction and motivates me to excel. I am proud to be known as the go-to Realtor of the San Fernando Valley.
How do you balance work time and playtime?
A healthy work-life balance can be challenging, with weekend showings, twilight open houses and early-morning home inspections. Spontaneity is my key to effective work and playtime. I always have a pair of sneakers in the car for a quick hike. When you live in Los Angeles, chances are excellent that when some unexpected free time opens, there is something exciting to do. Some of my favorites are a Kings hockey game, the Hollywood Bowl, a museum or a quick getaway to Laguna Beach.
Tell us your favorite quote.
“Luck is the residue of design.” – John Milton
When I hear someone say, “He got lucky,” I tend to look a little deeper at the situation and find that intelligence, hard work and planning were the significant factors—not necessarily luck. I smile when a client says, “Luckily, you found us our dream home at such a great price.”
DRE #01832306 | Photographed by John Sutton