Today we’d like to introduce you to Ali Malmkar.
Ali, let’s start with your story. We’d love to hear how you got started and how the journey has been so far.
I was born and raised in Nebraska, where I also attended college. While I was finishing up my bachelor’s degree in psychology, my husband got his Nebraska real estate license. I was so focused on school and what my career was going to be within the field of psychology, that I NEVER even thought about real estate.
After we got married, we decided to move to Denver, Colorado for a year just to enjoy the city. He didn’t do real estate in Colorado because his license didn’t transfer states and we honestly didn’t know how long we were going to live there. In Denver, I worked with special needs children – which was directly related to my psychology degree. I enjoyed this job very much and I loved working in a school setting with the kids.
After our lease was up we decided to move again. We chose Tucson, Arizona. At the time, I was working on my master’s degree in psychology and had found a job as a behavior technician here in Arizona. After about a month, I woke up one day and realized that this was not what I wanted to be doing. I’ve always been good at school, but I’ve never thoroughly enjoyed it and definitely knew that I did not want to be doing it for another two years.
At this point, I felt very lost. For the first time in my life, I had no idea where I wanted to work or even, what I wanted to do at all. We had just moved to Arizona and barely had any money. My husband and I talked and all he has ever wanted to do is real estate; he asked if I wanted to do it with him. From that conversation on, we have never looked back. That same week, we signed up for two months of real estate school. We took weekend and night classes together and studied every single day. My husband and I drove to Phoenix to take our real estate licensing exam and we both passed on the first try.
After months of interviewing different brokerages, we decided to hang our licenses under Long Realty. It seemed to be the best fit for what we needed and for what worked for us. We are now a husband and wife team in the field of real estate. Luckily, for me, my psychology degree ties in quite perfectly with being a realtor. Real estate is a relationship business and it is hard to move forward with clients if you can’t build rapport and a relationship with them. I am helping people with the biggest purchase they’ve ever made and all of the emotional stress that goes along with it. And I LOVE it. I didn’t know that real estate was going to be my career; I didn’t plan this. But, it happened and it’s exactly what I’m supposed to be doing.
We’re always bombarded by how great it is to pursue your passion, etc. – but we’ve spoken with enough people to know that it’s not always easy. Overall, would you say things have been easy for you?
Not at all, which I think is a good thing. I have had to work super hard to be where I am right now. I am able to appreciate what I am doing more because it has been such hard work. We didn’t have any money when we started real estate classes. My husband and I have worked multiple jobs, seven days a week, all day long for months and months. We just kept telling each other that it was not going to be like this forever and if we had to work really hard now that it was eventually going to pay off. Luckily, for us, we are finally starting to see that.
My advice for other young women who are just starting their journey is to not give up and to keep pushing forward. I have woken up more days than I can count where I wanted to quit. I couldn’t help but think, is all this actually worth it? It is. Trust yourself and what you’re doing. If you’re enjoying it and you’re happy, it’s definitely worth it. I’m also a firm believer in big, bold goals. If you are thinking and working at a high level, your life and business will absolutely reflect those goals. And finally, be patient – this has been the hardest part for me. I have never been a patient person, but I HAVE to look long term. Everything will work out how you are picturing it to; you just have to wake up every day, CHOOSE to work hard and remain patient when working towards the outcome.
Please tell us more about your work, what you are currently focused on and most proud of.
I am a realtor! I work in residential real estate with my husband in Tucson, Arizona. We are really proud to be such a young, husband and wife team. My husband and I complement each other very well; his strengths are my weaknesses and vice versa, which is totally great for our relationship and our business. We are both listing and buyers’ agents and we really specialize in social media in relation to real estate; it comes so naturally to us because we have grown up with it and know the best ways to use it. We are known for doing out-of-the-box videos and posts on social media, like Instagram and Facebook. We also pride ourselves in being so aware of the market – how it is, where it’s going, etc. We love remaining up to date and knowledgeable within our field. We love to work with all kinds of people, but we are very interested in working with first-time homebuyers because they are usually around our age, which is exciting! I think our age sets us apart as realtors. We’re young, we have a lot of energy, we learn things extremely quickly, and we are genuinely interested in helping people with their biggest investment.
Looking back on your childhood, what experiences do you feel played an important role in shaping the person you grew up to be?
I had some challenging experiences growing up – my family dynamic has never been easy. The situations I had to face as a child has definitely set the foundation for my current and future success. I have had to learn to be very independent; I did not have anyone telling me what I needed to do or how I needed to do it to become successful. I had to learn a lot of things on my own.
By going through difficult situations as a child and becoming so independent, I was forced to focus on my future. I was constantly asking myself, “How am I going to get out of this small town, create my own path, and become successful? What do I need to do to make this happen?” Based on my experiences growing up, my personality, and my focus I have been able to become successful and achieve all of the goals that I have wanted to reach. I am excited to see what the future holds for me and my husband and our career here in Arizona.
- Address: 1890 East River Road, Tucson, AZ 85718
- Website: TeamMalmkar.LongRealty.com
- Phone: 308-520-7040
- Email: TeamMalmkar@LongRealty.com
- Instagram: malmkarlongrealty
- Facebook: facebook.com/teammalmkar