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5 in 5! with Jonathan Tager, CEO of J Tager Associates

February 12, 2013

Before joining Keller Williams, Jonathan Tager had worked as a real estate broker in New York City for 7 years where his focus was selling New Development Condominiums and properties throughout the big city. Jonathan brings his no-nonsense attitude and his ability to get any deal done to the west coast. He is highly motivated, confident, and assures his clients he will accomplish exactly what he promises.

Jonathan is a licensed associate broker in New York State and a licensed sales agent in California, allowing him to sell properties and conduct business on both coasts. Jonathan’s success in real estate is attributed to his no-nonsense attitude and his out-of-the-box thinking. He consistently lives up to his reputation for getting the job done. As a native Los Angelian, Jonathan embraces the lifestyle of this great city. Jonathan is a fantastic karaoke crooner and prides himself on his extensive and colorful sneaker collection. You can find more information on his Facebook.

1. How did you get started in the industry? How can someone who is interested in your work get started?

Jonathan Tager

Jonathan Tager, CEO of J Tager Associates

I got started working in New York City. Brooklyn to be exact. I moved in with my current wife and needed to sublet my Brooklyn apartment in Williamsburg. I actually was able to make about $1000 per month by renting the apartment out short term. It turned out to be a real money maker for me at the time. I thought to myself, if it’s this easy to make $1000 per month, I should actually get into the Real Estate business and see about making money as a broker. I was licensed in a month and doing deals immediately.

If you are interested in getting started in Real Estate, I would recommend working with someone who has experience to learn from. It is a great luxury to have a mentor in this business. There are so many different things to learn and there is no way you can learn them in a few weeks. It takes years and years and you should never stop learning. I suppose that goes for anything you choose to do in life.

2. What’s the future of your industry or job?

The future is looking very optimistic actually for the first time in a few years. Interest rates should remain low for the next few years and with the low inventory we currently have… that should make for a very active Real Estate market. There is always money available in Real Estate. You just need to be aware enough and aggressive enough to find it.

3. What do you look for when you hire an intern or entry-level candidate?

I look for someone who is organized and eager. I want someone with energy and a desire to impress. This is a job even though an intern isn’t making a salary. I view an internship as a 3 month job interview. If you pass the first 3 weeks, then you can be promoted to assistant or something like that. Too many people these days want to start at the top. It just doesn’t work that way. Don’t think it ever did but certainly not today with 11% unemployment.

4. What is one thing an intern can do to make a favorable impression?

Be on time or even early! Also, think about what I might need before I have to ask for it. I want your opinions on how to make my systems or workplace better. Don’t be afraid to contribute.

5. Can you share a positive intern story and an intern horror story? No names needed…

I had an intern once in New York and she quickly turned into a full time agent on my team. I suppose I taught her well and today she is one of the top agents in the office.

Horror story? Oh no, I haven’t really had one yet. I must be due.

Interested in interning with J Tager Associates? They’re currently looking for interns! Apply now.

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