We had the good fortune of connecting with Lilli Schipper and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Lilli, is there something that you feel is most responsible for your success?
From a young age, my father always told me, “Do as you would be done by.” It is such a wonderful core value that really helps guide me to do the right thing. I provide the quality of service to my clients that I would want to receive. Many of my clients comment how I am always available, super communicative, and constantly get them as much information as possible. I simply respond, “If it was me, I would want to know everything too!” My job as a realtor is to be there for my clients and to help them, which is why customer service is always my top priority.
Alright, so for those in our community who might not be familiar with your business, can you tell us more?
I have been a residential realtor since 2004, and I am currently a Broker Associate with LoKation Real Estate in Hollywood. In my 16 years of working in real estate, I have personally completed over 200 transactions and closed over $85 million in sales volume. What sets me apart is that with all of the business I have done, I make sure that every one of my clients, regardless of price, feels like they are my number one priority. Being in real estate this long, I have been with a few companies. Many agents don’t realize that every brokerage company has strengths and weaknesses, and not every one will be a good fit for you, though it may be a good fit for others. I have been with big brands and smaller boutique brands. I learned something at every company I was with, which helped me know what to look for moving forward. This year I had a wonderful opportunity to help LoKation open an office in Hollywood, and I jumped at the chance! As for the challenges along the way, I feel that everything happens for a reason, to help get you where you need to be. Because of the lessons I have learned and the experiences I have had, I feel that it makes me a better real estate agent. I love what I do because I get to meet so many wonderful people to help them with the major life decision of buying or selling a property. I make sure all of my clients get the most out of their real estate experience, in the most positive way possible.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
I work with a lot of second home buyers and relocations, so I often give people top lists of where to go. In Dania Beach, I send people to visit Dania Beach and the pier, check out shopping and restaurants at Dania Pointe, grab a bite at Artesano Cafe, and have some ice cream at Jaxson’s. For Hollywood, people should walk along the Hollywood Beach Broadwalk, visit shops and restaurants in Downtown Hollywood, enjoy the Arts Park at Young Circle, and see some shows, gamble, eat, and have fun at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino. Heading to Fort Lauderdale, people can eat and shop on Las Olas Blvd, see Fort Lauderdale from the water on the Water Taxi, and enjoy a show at the Broward Center for the Performing Arts or the Parker Playhouse. I always stress to my clients that you can buy a house anywhere, but you have to love where you live. We are so lucky to live in such a wonderful area with so many incredible places to visit. I always enjoy showing all of these fantastic places to my clients!
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
I definitely have two very important people to thank for my success. Roger Washburn and George Hayek (my brokers for 12 years) made me the agent that I am today. Many real estate agents don’t realize how important a quality broker is. I began as a new agent at a big firm, and was so lost there. I was just a number and didn’t have anyone to give me personalized guidance. I was lucky enough to find Roger and George, who welcomed me with open arms into their brokerage. They trained me, mentored me, and pushed me to become the agent that I am. They instilled in me important values and skills, as well as how to go above and beyond to provide excellent service to every client. They were always there for me, as a broker and as a friend. They taught me how to learn from every situation, so I could improve and grow as an agent. I am lucky enough to say that they are still like family to me and I am forever thankful to them for the role they had in my career.