An Interview with Kelly Killoren Bensimon of Douglas Elliman | Star of Bravo's The Real Housewives of New York City
Hi Kelly! Tell us your story! Why did you decide to become a Real Estate Agent?
I started in the real estate industry because my mother fell ill and wanted me to help sell our family home. I immediately got my license so I could be a value ad in that transaction.
What is it that you love most about being a Real Estate Agent?
I love that I’m a part of the first transaction or the closer of the last transaction in people's lives. Finding someone their dream home means a lot to me.
Do you believe there are any advantages to being a woman in the real estate industry?
My experience in the real estate industry is that the business is very democratic. I'm proud to work with Douglas Elliman. They recognize my ability to transact.
What has been the biggest challenge for you within your career and how have you overcome it?
Real estate isn’t just fluffing a couch. You are dealing with peoples largest asset and that’s very important. I don’t think I’ve faced challenges as I take my professional relationships seriously and I’m known for being honest and trustworthy. I was raised with an amazing father who afforded me an incredible education. He taught me to be fearless, and always lead with facts.
How do you keep emotions in check and overcome the highs and lows that are inevitable within this business?
In order to be a professional, keeping emotions on a level playing field is important. I’m very straight forward in business and I take my work seriously.
What would you say is your #1 tip for others to start thriving in their careers?
My number one tip to starting a career is to maintain your integrity. How you see yourself is how others see you.
What has contributed to your success?
I am a team player and I recognize the right tool for the job. This is very important to be able to work well with others, and to trust yourself enough to ask for help when needed.
What’s one thing you wish you could go back and tell yourself on day one as a licensed Realtor?
I didn’t realize how much my background in publishing would help me.
You’ve become such an influential woman in the real estate industry! What advice would you give to empower other women within their real estate careers?
Never let anyone treat you badly, knock you down. Through every hurdle, comes achievement.
What would you say the secret to success is?
Touché! Thank you so much for sharing your story and words of wisdom with us Kelly!