Isaiah Dunn Licensed Real Estate Salesperson, Compass

What was your most interesting job before going into real estate? Being a college football player and competing against the best

Where did you grow up? New York City and Atlanta

Growing up, what did you want to be? Growing up, I had dreams and aspirations of being the in the NFL. Knowing the odds of making it came a lot of hard work and dedication that no one ever sees.

What do you do to relax when you’re stressed? Listen to calming music.

If you could meet any well-known figure (living or not), who would it be and why? If I could meet anyone it would probably have to be Sean Combs. I would want to meet to meet him because he is from the same area I grew up, and I would like to know how he put himself in positions and around the right people to not only be presented with opportunities but then capitalize on them. I want to know how he was able to separate himself from the rest of the guys and pack that were trying to come up the same way.

What is Atlanta’s best-kept secret? Atlanta’s best kept secret may have to be the Waffle House Museum. Everyone in atlanta eats waffle house or has tried it and not everyone knows there is a museum.

What do you love most about the industry? What I love most about the industry is the grind, hustle and unpredictability of it all as a whole. You really have to work and nothing is just given to you. When you think you are going hard you must go 10 times harder. Also, I love the process homes in general from the architecture, to the interior design, to selling and finding buyers. There is so much that must happen and fall in place for a deal to be successful. It’s like a different puzzle every time but you can never not have all the pieces fit together or you will not have a deal.

How do you distinguish yourself from the crowd of agents? I distinguish myself from the crowd of agents by having access to tools and technology that most brokerages don’t have and if they do have it they’re implementing it from my brokerage. Nevertheless, my market knowledge and keeping up to date on what is happening in the industry that way my clients are best serviced, being accessible at all times, being one of the youngest people in my industry forces me to think outside the box being that most top agents usually have triple my experience. I started in arguably the most competitive market in the country — that being Manhattan — so I’ve always been in competition with the best of the best.

What is the most difficult aspect of your job? Managing client expectations

What’s your best advice for generating new leads? Staying consistent on your business model, knowing your audience, doing good business, and knowing the platforms that your use to generate leads.

What are you binge-watching/reading/listening to lately? Money Heist and Atomic Habits

What’s your favorite meal in Atlanta? Lemon pepper wings, wings from JR. Crickets

Architecturally speaking, what is your favorite building in Atlanta? 3891 N Stratford Rd NE

What’s the weirdest thing that’s ever happened to you on the job? Not so much weird but something I hadn’t done before but i had client who wanted to do a walk through with a fly in family member who was only here for the weekend but weekend walk throughs weren’t available at this building. So I wrote a nice letter to the current tenant, added a tip, and gave the letter to the doorman to give to the tenant. She later called me and allowed me to show her apartment on the weekend which typically wasn’t allowed.

What’s one thing people are surprised to learn about you? My age

What is your favorite vacation spot and why? My favorite vacation spot so far has been Cozumel, Mexico the water is crystal clear and the people were amazing.

What is your favorite city after Atlanta? New York City

In 10 words or less, what is your advice for someone new to the industry? Keep the consistency and stay motivated.

What’s your favorite real estate iPhone/Android app? Compass

Who are your favorite people to follow on social media? Michael Rubin, Vogue Living, The Real Deal, Modern Luxury, Diddy, Meek Mill

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