Fabulous People: Nick Ptak

Nick Ptak is the owner of Phoenix-based Nick Ptak Residential. “I help buyers and sellers buy and sell homes and help investors find their ideal long-term rental property or short-term rental property to maximize cash flow.” Learn about Nick Ptak…

Hometown: Phoenix

First job: Phoenix Suns ballboy back in the Steve Nash days!

Favorite ways to spend your free time in AZ:  I’m a big foodie. Going to local new restaurants, hole-in-the-wall spots, new breweries, coffee shops. Also love going to Suns games.

Your biggest accomplishment and why: Being a dad who’s able to spend time with his two young kids and have the time to be able to be there for them. Professionally, ranking in the top two percent of Phoenix realtors three years in a row from 2019 to 2021 in an industry with over 70,000 licensed agents.  

The biggest obstacle you overcame: Becoming a full-time real estate agent in the most competitive industry in Phoenix where the failure rate is over 90 percent for agents within five and seven years. 

Someone who inspires you and why: Hamdi Ulukaya, the CEO/owner of Chobani Yogurt. He gave 10 percent of his company to his employees in the form of stock. He’s an inspiration to treat the people you work with with kindness and treat them like family.

Advice to someone pursuing a career path in what you do: Become relentless at becoming an expert in the day-to-day process of helping buyers and sellers in real estate. Obsess on learning neighborhoods, what’s fairly priced/overpriced for the market, how homes are built, every little detail to make you a product expert. The details and being available are what matters in this industry.  

Favorite quote: “The details make up the big picture.”  

Something someone would be surprised to learn about you: I actually won a grand prize enter-to-win sweepstakes, the kind no one wins. I couldn’t believe it at first, thought it was a spam call, but I won a trip to Disneyworld once. No joke!

What makes someone fabulous: How well do they treat the people in their lives that they gain no benefit from. That shows a person’s character and moral compass.

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