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Real Estate REality Check (College and High School Edition)
18 minutes | 10 months ago
Episode 025: Scot Policastro
Introduction: Today we are fortunate to have with us none other than Scot Policastro from Far Hills, New Jersey. Scot was a 2019 summer intern at Leasing REality, and is currently a sophomore at Northeastern University. A random “fun fact” about Scot is that he goes to Dunkin’ daily. Episode Notes: At 1:43, Scot Policastro discusses the importance of being confident and a go-getter, going the extra step, and remaining calm. At 3:32, Scot speaks on thinking outside of the box, not limiting yourself, and being creative. At 4:45, Policastro notes that he learns the most when he least expects it. At 6:23, he shares that his “happy place” is when he is in the comfort of his car. At 7:31, Scot points out that he gets his “ya ya’s out” by being super active or lazy. At 8:26, Policastro dives into how walking and keeping active clears his mind. At 9:25, he dishes on how he finds the balance, as well as his process in setting reasonable goals. At 10:30, Scot dishes on constantly trying to push himself and learn new things. At 11:46, Policastro explains how he goes about differentiating himself from his peers. At 13:01, he talks about dealing with the “noise” at Northeastern University. At 14:28, Scot Policastro closes out the podcast by touching upon his experiences at George Washington University’s summer program, which provided clarity and opened some doors for him.
19 minutes | 10 months ago
Episode 024: Nicole Pena
Introduction: Today we are fortunate to have with us none other than Nicole Pena from Wellington, Florida. Nicole was a 2019 summer intern at Leasing REality, and is currently a sophomore at NYU Stern School of Business. A random fun fact about Nicole is that she was born in Bucaramanga, Colombia and is fluent in Spanish. Episode Notes: At 1:41, Nicole Pena discusses having a work ethic being a differentiating factor. At 2:50, Nicole talks about being yourself and confident, and not compromising who you are. At 4:07, Pena notes that prioritizing what is truly important to you is essential. At 4:55, she comments on the happiness versus money debate when it comes to her career. At 5:57, Nicole touches upon respecting the ideas of others, teamwork, and her experience at Leasing REality. At 7:37, Pena believes that one reaps what they sow, and as a result one must work hard to see the fruits of their labor. At 8:28, she dishes on being from the school of showing up with a positive attitude and willingness to learn and grow. At 9:24, Nicole touches upon learning and recovering gracefully from past mistakes. At 10:29, Pena mentions that at the end of the day, the journey to the solution is what is remembered. At 11:24, she advises how she remains focused with all the “noise” present at NYU. At 12:29, Nicole provides some insight for the younger generation: keep an open mind as there’s so much more to learn. At 13:24, Pena dives into how she goes about mastering her craft. At 14:25, she points out that it is extremely easy to get distracted by the “shiny things” in the world, but when all is said and done, those distractions are so relative and temporary. At 14:53, Nicole answers a question pertaining to giving back. At 15:54, Nicole Pena closes out the podcast with a message that kindness truly goes a long way and doesn’t go unseen.
9 minutes | 10 months ago
Episode 023: Megan Clow
Introduction: Today we are fortunate to have with us none other than Megan Clow from Westchester, New York. Megan was a 2019 summer intern at Leasing REality, and is currently a junior at the College of the Holy Cross. A random fun fact about Megan is that her favorite movie is “The Polar Express.” Episode Notes: At 1:38, Megan Clow discusses change being inevitable, moving forward, and being grateful for experiences you have had. At 3:09, Megan shares how she “makes a difference” volunteering at an elderly center, as well as her involvement in charitable initiatives at school. At 5:00, Clow notes that work ethic comes from passion. At 6:05, she advises that one should not compare themselves to other people. At 6:49, Megan Clow closes out the podcast revealing that she would like to continue being a better version of herself.
22 minutes | 10 months ago
Episode 022: Tara Smyth
Introduction: Today we are fortunate to have with us none other than Tara Smyth from Pearl River, New York. Tara was a 2019 summer intern at Leasing REality, and is currently a senior at University of Delaware. A random fun fact about Tara is that her Gaelic football team once won an international championship in Ireland representing New York. Episode Notes: At 2:00, Tara Smyth discusses staying true to oneself, and how humor helps her relate and connect with others. At 3:17, Tara talks about passion, happiness, and her desire to find a job that gives her excitement everyday. At 4:39, Smyth visits the topic of “doing the right thing,” and shares some lessons learned from her parents. At 5:53, she speaks on bouncing back when faced with adversity and/or failure. At 6:56, Tara shares her “happy place” in her family lake house in New Jersey during the summertime. At 8:18, Smyth dishes on how she deals with stress. At 9:54, she dives into going off grid: putting her phone down, going for walks, drawing, painting, free writing, and listening to music. At 11:42, Tara notes her love for Gaelic football, and reminiscences of the time she travelled to Ireland to play. At 13:40, Smyth reflects on her parents instilling selflessness and putting others before herself. At 14:47, she points out what she is truly shameless about. At 15:59, Tara mentions what’s typically on her mind before going to bed. At 17:06, Smyth answers a hypothetical question on where she would go on date night. At 18:16, she speaks about “starting from the bottom,” and learning what it means to have nothing. At 19:05, Tara Smyth closes out the podcast reflecting on her collaborative Leasing REality internship experience.
11 minutes | 10 months ago
Episode 021: Nicole Hurowitz
Introduction: Today we are fortunate to have with us none other than Nicole Hurowitz from Mount Sinai, New York. Nicole was a 2019 summer intern at Leasing REality, and is currently a junior at Stony Brook University. A random fun fact about Nicole is that she has been to Disney World ten times. Episode Notes: At 1:42, Nicole Hurowitz discusses the importance of possessing a work ethic and being productive. At 2:36, Nicole touches upon waking up each day with a love for what you do. At 3:32, Hurowitz speaks about her upbringing and how she “makes a difference” for others in the community. At 4:46, she shares her “happy place,” namely that of attending concerts. At 5:43, Nicole notes that one must be selfish at times and as a result, act in its best interest. At 6:31, Hurowitz dishes on being a commuter student at Stony Brook University, and always being on the go. At 7:39, Nicole Hurowitz closes out the podcast by diving head first into her “major keys” and her definition of “success.”
15 minutes | 10 months ago
Episode 020: Katie Zampolin
Introduction: Today we are fortunate to have with us none other than Katie Zampolin from Briarcliff Manor, New York. Katie was a 2019 summer intern at Leasing REality, and is currently a junior at Wake Forest University. A random fun fact about Katie is that she can walk across a room using only her hands. Episode Notes: At 1:56, Katie Zampolin stresses the importance of staying true to yourself and not following the crowd. At 2:48, Katie believes that happiness is crucial when it comes to one’s career. At 3:45, Zampolin touches upon flexibility, adapting, and overthinking. At 4:26, she points out that humans are dependent creatures that need each other. At 5:16, Katie discusses putting your best foot forward, as you are in control of the outcome. At 5:55, Zampolin shares her “happy place” in the Aquinnah beaches in Martha's Vineyard. At 6:43, she dives into a story about how her perspective changed subsequent to her college application process. At 8:43, Katie speaks on learning, growing and lastly, why one is more than their transcript and grades. At 10:49, Zampolin answers the question: “Do nice guys finish last?” At 12:49, Katie Zampolin closes out the podcast with the message: “Laugh hard and love harder.”
16 minutes | 10 months ago
Episode 019: Ben Levine
Introduction: Today we are fortunate to have with us none other than Ben Levine from Long Island, New York. Ben was a 2019 summer intern at Leasing REality, and is currently a sophomore at the University of Wisconsin. A random fun fact about Ben is that he used to be a black belt in karate. Episode Notes: At 2:01, Ben Levine touches upon his work ethic and how preparation provides him comfort. At 3:22, Ben discusses making a great first impression during an interview. At 5:50, Levine points out being a communicative and organized person. At 6:59, he talks about planning, evaluating, and simplicity. At 8:10, Ben shares being a believer in karma, and how he “makes a difference.” At 8:57, Levine provides his thoughts on Larry Haber’s “Mo Money Mo Problems” question. At 9:46, he dives into the topic of utilizing past experiences to grow. At 11:09, Ben dishes on “subscribing to a team first mantra,” as you’re only as strong as your weakest link. At 11:46, Levine notes how he goes about mastering his craft. At 13:14, Ben Levine closes out the podcast discussing his desire to teach others about his past mistakes.
13 minutes | 10 months ago
Episode 018: Nicole Sparacio
Introduction: Today we are fortunate to have with us none other than Nicole Sparacio from Brooklyn, New York. Nicole was a 2019 summer intern at Leasing REality, and is currently a junior at Lehigh University. A random fun fact about Nicole is that she runs an Instagram account dedicated to food. Episode Notes: At 1:39, Nicole Sparacio discusses “being yourself” when on an interview, and how putting on a fake act can only take you so far during the interview process. At 2:18, Nicole shares that health and wellness is her number one priority, and that grades are not the end all be all. At 4:20, Sparacio points out that she enjoys keeping busy, setting goals, and being organized. At 5:10, she highlights her time management skills and ability in finding “the balance.” At 5:46, Nicole dishes on being a big believer in working hard and earning success, and the negatives associated with taking the easy way out. At 6:41, Sparacio talks about positivity and honesty. At 7:16, she touches upon her work ethic. At 8:02, Nicole dives into being a good listener and responding when necessary. At 8:42, Sparacio provides her thoughts on evolving with the changing times while staying current. At 9:19, she reflects on giving back through tutoring at a local middle school in Bethlehem. At 10:29, Nicole Sparacio closes out the podcast with messages on dealing with change, living in the moment, and not looking too far into the future.
16 minutes | 10 months ago
Episode 017: Jack Hurkmans
Introduction: Today we are fortunate to have with us none other than Jack Hurkmans from New York, New York. Jack was a 2019 summer intern at Leasing REality, and is currently a senior at Boston University. A random fun fact about Jack is that he holds three citizenships: Dutch, German, and American. Episode Notes: At 1:39, Jack Hurkmans discusses developing an interest in the real estate industry while obtaining a salesperson license while at Boston University. At 3:11, Jack addresses previously making excuses instead of proactively searching for the root of the problem. At 3:53, Hurkmans talks about sports providing an outlet for him to stay in the moment. At 4:43, he notes that someone can avoid distractions by surrounding themself with the right group of individuals. At 5:28, Jack points out that he is a glass half-full type of person, as he always looks at the positives while learning from the negatives in any given situation. At 6:18, Hurkmans gives his take on Larry Haber’s “Mo Money Mo Problems” question. At 7:44, he shares how he reflects on the day prior to going to bed. At 8:26, Jack touches upon the benefits of staying fit and working. At 9:54, Hurkmans dives into the topics of work ethic and productivity. At 10:53, he provides his thoughts on employee empowerment and collaborative work environments. At 12:00, Jack makes known that happiness is the number one factor he seeks out during a job search. At 12:51, Jack Hurkmans closes out the podcast by sharing his goal of running his own company one day.
17 minutes | 10 months ago
Episode 016: Zack Lion
Introduction: Today we are fortunate to have with us none other than Zack Lion from Long Island, New York. Zack was a 2019 summer intern at Leasing REality, and is currently a junior at the University of Wisconsin. A random fun fact about Zack is that he skied down a mountain on one ski when he was 10. Episode Notes: At 1:39, Zack Lion shares his fascination for human psychology, and how he would like to pair this with his interest in business. At 2:26, Zack discusses how he goes about “making a difference” in the community. At 3:54, Lion touches upon maintaining a balance through scheduling and meditation. At 5:20, he points out that he is a glass half-full type of person, as he is always optimistic. At 6:19, Zack notes his attitude change towards school after his first semester at Wisconsin. At 7:23, Lion stresses that one must be present and enjoy life, as it moves at a rapid pace. At 8:19, he makes it known that “success is not given, it’s earned.” At 9:32, Zack dives into the benefits of failure and how it could be helpful down the road. At 10:42, Lion speaks on Larry Haber’s mantra of “be nice, work hard.” At 11:22, he talks about the importance of surrounding yourself with positive people (and removing the negative people) in your life. At 12:12, Zack addresses “starting from bottom” and remembering the start of your journey. At 13:43, Zack Lion closes out the podcast with a message to never stop believing, as everything happens for a reason.
19 minutes | 10 months ago
Episode 015: Nastasia Nikitina
Introduction: Today we are fortunate to have with us none other than Nastasia Nikitina from Bronx, New York. Nastasia was a 2019 summer intern at Leasing REality, and is currently a sophomore at Cornell University. A random fun fact about Nastasia is that her favorite movie is “Forrest Gump.” Episode Notes: At 1:41, Nastasia Nikitina discusses showing confidence, enthusiasm, and the willingness to learn during the process of an interview. At 2:56, Nastasia touches upon the importance of happiness in one’s work life. At 3:48, Nikitina talks about focusing on her potential and capacity to grow. At 5:12, she highlights procrastination as something she would like to work on, even though she enjoys the time pressure. At 6:16, Nastasia points out that the world progresses by “making a difference” and lifting each other up. At 7:00, Nikitina shares some of the memories she has made thus far at Cornell University. At 9:10, she dives into the topic of networking. At 10:03, Nastasia makes it known that she enjoys placing herself in uncomfortable situations, as she believes that facing fears helps one grow. At 10:45, Nikitina speaks on joining The Cornell Hedge Fund community, as well as hands-on learning. At 12:01, she dishes on her love for trying new things. At 13:19, Nastasia notes that in the past she would make up excuses, and how this eventually led to an attitude change. At 14:17, Nikitina discusses why she values a well rounded education, and how she takes advantage of the diverse courses her major offers. At 15:12, she advises that one must go into networking with the understanding of what they would like to get out of it. At 16:02, Nastasia Nikitina closes out the podcast answering the question: “If you can change anything in the world, what would you change?”
18 minutes | 10 months ago
Episode 014: Adam Robbins
Introduction: Today we are fortunate to have with us none other than Adam Robbins from Roslyn, New York. Adam was a 2019 summer intern at Leasing REality, and is currently a sophomore at the University of Pennsylvania. A random fun fact about Adam is that he enjoys trivia. Episode Notes: At 1:46, Adam Robbins provides his thoughts on work ethic, self respect, and the pursuit of excellence. At 2:41, Adam touches upon “giving value” and “seeing value.” At 3:36, Robbins discusses having confidence in your goals, and being honest and clear in your presentation. At 5:25, he discusses how he takes pride in being a dependable person who is someone of few surprises. At 6:40, Adam speaks on procrastination, his “5-minute rule,” and why not to discount planning. At 8:26, Robbins addresses why he believes it is more rewarding to find work that you love versus that of being in it for compensation. At 9:20, he notes that money boils down to being a tool of exchange, and how one obtains and spends money speaks volumes. At 10:19, Adam shares the importance of remaining true to his values, calling out injustice when it presents itself, and treating people fairly and honestly. At 11:17, Robbins believes that one cannot “desire and affect without a cause.” At 12:21, he points out that failure forces assessment and rethinking. At 13:53, Adam makes known that he is a glass half-full type of person, and defines pessimism as “plain dumb and irrational.” At 15:18, Adam Robbins closes out the podcast with the message that with the right mindset, there's always room for improvement.
20 minutes | 10 months ago
Episode 013: India Burns
Introduction: Today we are fortunate to have with us none other than India Burns from New York, New York. India was a 2019 summer intern at Leasing REality, and is currently a junior at Bucknell University. A random fun fact about India is that her favorite movie is “The Graduate.” Episode Notes: At 1:35, India Burns touches upon the learning gap between generations, and that of a communication breakdown. At 2:52, India provides her thoughts on making first impressions – which include sitting back, listening, and engaging. At 4:13, Burns discusses remaining true to oneself, as well as the pressure she felt growing up trying to conform. At 6:06, she addresses the “happiness vs. money” debate, and how work can satisfy happiness within oneself. At 7:53, India attributes collaboration as being a key to business, while reflecting on the creative energy in the “intern room” during her internship with Leasing REality. At 9:57, Burns shares that she finds some comfort in not knowing her ultimate career path. At 11:54, she notes her “happy place” in spending time with family in Southampton. At 12:26, India shares getting her “ya-ya’s out” through fitness and hanging with friends. At 13:18, Burns points out how easy it is to allow time and opportunities to pass by in college. At 14:55, she believes that (the right dose of) humor is a good trait to have within the workplace. At 15:44, India makes known that she is a subscriber to the “work hard, play hard” mantra. At 17:08, India Burns shares her belief that she should leave the earth a better place than when she came into it.
17 minutes | 10 months ago
Episode 012: Arjun Saluja
Introduction: Today we are fortunate to have with us none other than Arjun Saluja from Syosset, New York. Arjun was a 2019 summer intern at Leasing REality, and is currently a sophomore at Cornell University in the Dyson School of Applied Economics and Management. A random fun fact about Arjun is that he is a dual citizen in the United States and England. Episode Notes: At 1:44, Arjun Saluja discusses the importance of being yourself, being confident, and how first impressions last a lifetime. At 2:53, Arjun touches upon happiness and money when it comes to his career, and being passionate about work. At 4:00, Saluja talks about how Cornell opened up his eyes, and how he goes about making a difference for others not as fortunate. At 5:19, he addresses the topic of rejection, learning from mistakes, and his personal growth. At 6:27, Arjun explains how he differentiates from his peers. At 7:56, Saluja dives into how he finds the balance through prioritizing and keeping organized. At 8:48, he dishes on education, specialization, and “investing in yourself.” At 9:51, Arjun points out the need for one to exude kindness in all facets of life. At 10:35, Saluja believes that one can't expect to be handed things in life, as one must work for it. At 11:33, he notes how being hyper focused aids him in his pursuit to master his craft. At 12:30, Arjun speaks about there being a “time for everything.” At 13:31, Arjun Saluja closes out the podcast with his thoughts on education being a stepping stone to success.
11 minutes | 2 years ago
Episode 011: Lindsay Gordon
Introduction: Today we are fortunate to have with us none other than Lindsay Gordon, a graduate of The Baldwin School in Villanova, Pennsylvania. Lindsay is currently a sophomore at the University of Pennsylvania, and the founder of the non-profit Strut for Scoliosis. During her internship at Leasing REality in the summer of 2018, Lindsay played an integral part in leading brainstorming sessions focused around Leasing REality’s growth and marketing efforts. When Lindsay is not making a difference for others, she enjoys working out and spending time with her friends. Episode Notes: At 2:36, Lindsay discusses making a memorable first impression on an interview with a potential employer and on a business pitch. At 3:48, Gordon informs us of Strut for Scoliosis, a charity she founded to help others with scoliosis. At 5:30, she touches upon weathering the storm and remaining positive as there is always light at the end of the tunnel. At 6:24, Lindsay talks about finding the balance in life by staying focused and separating work from pleasure. At 8:36, Lindsay closes out the podcast with a message on the importance of family.
15 minutes | 2 years ago
Episode 010: Aerin Pasik
Introduction: Today we are fortunate to have with us none other than Aerin Pasik, a graduate of Trinity High School in New York City. Aerin is currently a sophomore at Cornell University in the College of Arts and Sciences, and is a member of Cornell’s women’s club soccer team. During her internship at Leasing REality in the summer of 2018, she was a vital force in the early stages of the development for Leasing REality’s 32-Hour and 48-Hour Certificate Programs, and her initial research helped lay the foundation for Leasing REality’s future online continuing education offerings. When Aerin is not hanging out with her Delta Gamma sorority sisters or honing her craft in the library, she enjoys treating herself to her favorite food … ice cream! Episode Notes: At 1:57, Aerin touches upon situations where a communication breakdown can arise due to technology. At 3:19, Pasik discusses having a work ethic while making an analogy to practicing for sports (i.e., if one doesn’t constantly practice, come game day, they will never see the field). At 5:58, she dives into how she goes about solving problems. At 7:36, Aerin shares how she is going about preparing for success in life and business, and notes that she is still trying to figure out what success means to her. At 10:20, Pasik speaks about her ideal happy place of being outdoors in the mountains of Colorado eating ice cream. At 12:09, Aerin closes out the podcast sharing her mantra of “no guts, no glory.”
12 minutes | 2 years ago
Episode 009: Chris Hembach
Introduction: Today we are fortunate to have with us none other than native Long Islander Chris Hembach, a junior studying business at Loyola University Maryland. Chris cultivated an understanding of the nuts and bolts of commercial leasing during his summer 2018 internship at Leasing REality, and also played an integral role in brainstorm sessions and developing future content for Leasing REality. When he is not enhancing and accelerating his business learning curve, he enjoys traveling and spending time with his family and friends. Episode Notes: At 2:12, Chris Hembach discusses the importance of having a work ethic, and his belief that a work ethic can be contagious. At 4:36, Chris attributes there sometimes being a communication breakdown between him and older generations to misunderstandings and misinterpretations on both sides. At 6:58, Hembach dives into the topic of problem solving, and trying to be part of the solution. At 8:20, he touches upon how he personally manages change by keeping an open mind and stepping outside of his comfort zone. At 9:29, Chris closes out the podcast with a message of appreciation for family, friends, and the opportunities he has been given, while noting that there is always room for improvement.
11 minutes | 2 years ago
Episode 008: Jessica Pasik
Introduction: Today we are fortunate to have with us none other than Jessica Pasik, a graduate of Trinity High School in New York City. Jessica, currently a sophomore at the University of Pennsylvania, studies philosophy, politics and economics, and is a member of the Wharton Undergraduate Real Estate Club and women’s club lacrosse team. During her internship at Leasing REality in the summer of 2018, she strategized on how Leasing REality should pursue its growth, and also played a starring role in various short video “educational skits.” When Jessica is not mastering her craft in the library, she enjoys the company of her friends and raising awareness for scoliosis through her best friend’s charity, Strut for Scoliosis. Episode Notes: At 2:07, Jessica Pasik notes that there are a ton of opportunities in the world, and why one must experience and try new things, take chances, and fail forward. At 3:16, Jessica touches upon getting involved, being engaged, and learning more about the world around you. At 4:08, Pasik discusses the importance of making a difference for others, and also mentions the Strut for Scoliosis initiative she is involved in. At 5:05, she informs that a work ethic is everything, and one must drive itself to do better and push others. At 6:42, Jessica shares that one needs to lean on others for help in the process of growing. At 7:47, Jessica closes out the podcast with a message on why one needs to see the positives in life, while looking beyond the negatives in life.
13 minutes | 2 years ago
Episode 007: Jon Kohan
Introduction: Today we are fortunate to have with us none other than Jon Kohan from Great Neck, New York. Jon is a junior at the University of Pennsylvania, majoring in urban economics and finance and minoring in urban real estate development. During his 2018 summer internship at Leasing REality, Jon was instrumental in laying the groundwork for various initiatives Leasing REality was developing. When he is not studying and hanging out with friends, he enjoys staying up-to-date on current events in the ever changing world of real estate. Episode Notes: At 2:25, Jon Kohan talks about the preparation process for an interview. At 3:51, Jon touches upon what he foresees his management style will be when he is older, and the connection at work between being treated well and motivation. At 6:31, Kohan speaks on the topic of teamwork in the workplace. At 8:35, he stresses the importance of evolving with the times. At 10:01, Jon closes out the podcast, sharing that his personality has changed dramatically over the last few years, as he is now going with the flow a bit more and not stressing over the little things.
13 minutes | 2 years ago
Episode 006: Verdon Gupta
Introduction: Today we are fortunate to have with us none other than Verdon Gupta, a sophomore at Fordham University - Gabelli School of Business. Verdon played an integral role in helping with the launch of Leasing REality’s 32-Hour and 48-Hour Certificate Programs during his 2018 summer and fall internship at Leasing REality. When he is not busy building a foundation of knowledge and mastering the fundamentals so that he can excel in law school upon graduation, he enjoys spending time with his family in his hometown of Jersey City, New Jersey. Episode Notes: At 1:53, Verdon Gupta touches upon making memorable first impressions, and in particular, showing an employer that you are a willing person eager to learn and grow. At 2:51, Verdon advises that one should not be afraid when they hear the answer “no.” At 3:02, Larry Haber shares the story of Verdon’s relentless passionate pursuit of Leasing REality’s summer internship opportunity at multiple Fordham career fairs. At 5:34, Gupta discusses starting out each day with a plan of what he would like to accomplish. At 6:59, he speaks about his family and how they help him “find the balance.” At 8:18, Verdon notes a great lesson learned from a previous boss. At 9:57, Verdon closes out the podcast with a message on family and working hard.
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