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Meet Rich Brecklin

Today we’d like to introduce you to Rich Brecklin. 

Hi Rich, it’s an honor to have you on the platform. Thanks for taking the time to share your story with us – to start maybe you can share some of your backstories with our readers?
I never thought I would have left my dream job, and end up where I am today. I had always wanted to be a police officer, and I did just that. I was hired by the Peoria (IL) Police Department in 2005. I worked in patrol for most of my time and as a field training officer. I eventually moved over to Violent Crimes Investigations. 

While I loved my career, I always wanted to do my own thing. I had obtained my real estate license, but I did not do much with it. However, I took a deeper look at what I could create in real estate, and still be able to help others. I then decided I would walk away from a six-figure income, and go all-in with real estate. When I made this decision, we just had daughter number 2, and my wife stays home. I thrive on pressure and big goals. I left the PD in July of 2018. I sold 34 homes that year. 

I was able to put to use skills I acquired from 13 years in law enforcement and investigations. My work ethic and discipline became my biggest assets in helping me stand out in a crowded industry. I have relied on not being afraid to fail, paying attention to innovation, and understanding I may have to work harder than most to get ahead. 

Alright, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
Absolutely not. If it were smooth, I probably would have become complacent, and dropped out of the industry, like so many do. The biggest obstacle was learning how to market myself. I came from a career, where I kept a low profile. I did not put myself out there and wanted to remain unknown. However, I understood, people want to do business with those with whom they know, like and trust. My goal became, to make strangers feel like they “know, like and trust” me, before ever meeting me in person. 

We also expanded from Illinois, into Arizona. If there is one thing the Phoenix area is not short on, it is real estate agents. It is a highly saturated field and almost everyone is an agent, or so it seems. I knew, that I needed to work even harder, to stand out in the market. Thankfully, I am used to high standards I set for myself, and this allows me to give my clients the best experience possible. 

Alright, so let’s switch gears a bit and talk business. What should we know about your work?
I am a real estate agent, serving the Phoenix Metro. I am not a traditional real estate agent, and my background differentiates myself from other agents. I like my clients to have fun in the process, and also make sure they are protected at all costs. I love technology. When the latest technology is available, I love to see how I can implement it into my business. 

A lot of my clients are relocation clients. As someone who moved his entire family and German Shepherd, 1600 miles, I understand the obstacles they will face. My YouTube channel is geared toward relocation clients and those looking to make Arizona home. I have been blessed with the ability to figure things out on my own. I had no clue on the workings of video or editing, but aught myself. Thankfully, I now have an editor who takes that task off of my plate. 

Initially, I went from an agent, selling a few homes a year, to a single agent selling over 50 homes a year. I set high goals and standards for myself. I believe you should make the most out of the 168 hours you have available during the week. I am not afraid to tell people know, and protect my time, and to make sure I am as efficient as possible. 

Again, my background as a police officer and detective taught me communication and negotiating skills, which you cannot learn from reading a book. My job then was to solve problems, and that is how I approach my real estate career today. Albeit, in real estate, most “problems” are not life or death issues. 

Let’s talk about our city – what do you love? What do you not love?
I love how much there is to do here. You can find activities indoors, or head to the mountains. I have always been someone who only trained in the gym; however, I recently took up trail running. I absolutely love it. Running in the mountains, having beautiful views, and having the ability to challenge myself are things I do not take for granted. 

One thing I do not like is the traffic. It gets busy, and it seems like people are always in a hurry and there are far too many accidents. 

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