Kendra wilkinson, famous for her role on reality TV shows from “Kendra on Top” to “The Girls Next Door” at the Playboy Mansion, is now learning what it takes to be successful in real estate in her new Discovery + series, “Kendra Sells Hollywood “.
On the show (premiere Wednesday), Wilkinson documents his new career working for the first real estate agency Douglas Elliman in Los Angeles. Curious about how it goes, we chatted with Wilkinson about what she’s learned, her biggest challenges, and her top tips for buyers and sellers entering this crazy market. She even revealed how her real estate businesses dated back to her time in the Playboy Mansion!
Here is more than you will be surprised to know.
What’s the hardest part of being a real estate agent?
To get started, you just need to sign your first contract and it has been a challenge! Fame certainly doesn’t help in this world of real estate, as I’ve discovered. You really have to learn the trade and the real job and, you know, earn it. It’s not just about going in and selling a house. People want to trust you with the biggest buy of their life or the biggest sale.
It’s just very important to take this seriously, but have fun at the same time and make sure people are smiling.
What made you interested in pursuing a career in real estate?
I have been preparing for this job for much longer than it was just a year ago. I started working when I was 16; I was flipping pizzas. Then I went straight to dental assistance. And then I jumped into Hollywood and sold a bunch of things, from books to shows and everything.
By the way, in those few years at the Playboy Mansion, I actually invested in a few properties that no one really knew about. In fact, I have always loved the real estate game. But now I’m going into it as a business. You know, I should have done it a long time ago!
But it’s all about the timing, and today I’m in the business and it’s really exciting for me. I am trained by some of the best real estate agents around the world, and I couldn’t be more grateful. You’ll see it on my new show.
You will see the two main players; there’s kind of a battle between who I’m going to go with, and they have completely different styles. And then just getting to know some of the agent team, that was a blessing and they were really helpful.
You know, everybody kind of thinks that agents are all cold, that’s not true. Everyone has a story, and everyone has a heart and a family to nurture. And that’s what you’re going to see on my new show.
I would love to hear your advice for buyers and sellers. What mistakes do you see they are making today?
People need to know that they are on the biggest purchase of their life. [They should] know where they are going, know their goals. It all depends on how they see their life unfolding. I just met a buyer who wants to buy in Calabasas, and he’s a little nervous about the idea. And I say to myself: “It’s a very family neighborhood, do you have a family? Are you looking to start a family? Are you more of a social person? “
You have to really know yourself and know what kind of life you want to live.
You just need to make a really big decision for yourself and make sure you are using the right real estate agent. The biggest mistake you can make is using the wrong real estate agent.
Do you have any tips on how to make a home stand out and get the best price if it’s for sale? Something you personally like to see in a home?
Right now the only thing I’ve learned is that setting and decorating is everything, it makes a huge difference. And be sure to take your time and design your home well. It all depends on your personality, at the end of the day. For me, I like simplicity, a more contemporary style, and I think that’s where we’re going.
Do you have any takeaway advice for anyone new to this crazy market?
Just know yourself. Don’t look at anyone else. It’s so easy to get distracted, but I think it’s important to stay focused on yourself, on what you’re doing, and on your own life. It’s a competitive world, and the only one you’re competing against, at the end of the day, is yourself.