Welcome to our regularly scheduled spotlight on leading agents and brokers in the real estate community. Today, we feature Aleksandra Scepanovic, Managing Director of Ideal Properties Group.
Name: Aleksandra Scepanovic
Brokerage: Ideal Properties Group
Location: Brooklyn and Manhattan
Niche: Residential and Commercial Real Estate
Years of experience: 14 years
1. Why did you get into real estate? What were you doing before and what were your first impressions of the industry?
After being a war reporter during the Balkan Wars, I had a longing for peace and an aching internal need to rebuild through design. I came to the United States with a hunger to create.
This longing led me to pursue a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in interior design where I discovered a renewed passion for architecture and built environments. After graduating, I started off by designing the interior spaces of a 12-story development in Brooklyn. During the process, I discovered a business side of the property equation, and I was hooked. Soon thereafter, I joined a boutique real estate firm in Manhattan.
My first impression of the industry is that it’s the perfect theater for an adrenaline junkie like me. It’s incredibly fast-paced and unforgiving in terms of time and pace. There is very rarely a chance for a second attempt. I quickly learned that the New York City real estate market is one of the most exciting and dynamic industries in the US and that we were meant for each other.
2. What advice would you give to a family friend just starting out in real estate?
Get ready to learn a lot and learn every day. Get ready to jump on a planet that may be just spinning a tad too fast. Hold on tight. Remember that you work with people and not for commission checks.
Your days will be dotted with challenges, but if you are passionate and determined, you will find your unique specialty, you will discover your own particular way to persevere. Also, importantly, remember to give back!
3. Which deal are you most proud of and why?
I am not a broker at Ideal Properties Group, my role as the Managing Director is to oversee the company’s operations. I am most proud of the expansion of the Ideal Properties Group’s brand and footprint. My partner Erik Serras and I started the firm in 2007 in the spare bedroom of our townhouse and we now have over 250 agents and support staff serving clients from four of our New York City offices.
4. What’s your favorite real estate software?
We use a proprietary system that took quite a few years, a lot of people, and an enormous amount of funds to develop. Our in-house product is by far my favorite. It is a seamless tech system that is incredibly intricate yet easy to use.
5. What’s your favorite charity and how can our readers donate?
Doctors Without Borders – https://donate.doctorswithoutborders.org/onetime.cfm