It all started when…
Several years ago, Kyle Oberlin pursued a marketing career without ever imagining he would soon become a Lead Real Estate Agent for BHHS Professional Realty. Kyle graduated with a marketing degree from Kent State and went to work as the director of a local marketing company. Over the next three years, he decided to invest in eight rental units that he managed himself. Managing these properties opened his eyes to the possibilities that could come from a career in real estate. He made the decision to free himself from a 9-5 job and transition into the industry with the help of a good friend. He received support along the way from this friend who was an agent with BHHS Professional Realty. The rest is history!
The familiarity Kyle had with the industry at a young age made this transition very natural. He still owns those eight rental properties that exposed him to the idea that he could become successful selling homes. Kyle now leads our Fairlawn office in Akron maintaining day-to-day operations and recruiting agents. He provides mentorship and training to those agents he recruits while also continuing to sell homes. His real estate endeavors don’t end when the work day is done. He is currently building a new place for himself to call home in the Green area. He has given back to his community immensely as the Vice-Chair of a non-profit club in the Portage Lakes area. He is also the 2019 Chairman of the Stark County Association of Realtors Young Professional Network. He will be a Director for this organization in 2020.
Why Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Professional Realty?
The biggest benefit to being with this brokerage is the brand recognition. Berkshire Hathaway's name holds value because it is a trusted name in more industries than simply real estate. The company itself is large, but this brokerage does not sacrifice name for family culture. Being on a first name basis with everyone from operations to management is a valuable asset that not every brokerage has to offer. The resources that this company provides its agents is unparalleled.
What sets you apart from other agents?
My go-getter mentality. Unlike a lot of agents that only work 9-5 every Monday to Friday, I pride myself on never being off the clock and being willing to get you into a home as quick as possible. My sales approach is very low-pressure which is a breath of fresh air to my clients that have experienced pushy sales personnel in the past. I always tell potential clients that I am only in sales on the listing side because my job on the buying side is to find you the RIGHT house and negotiate a good price. Not to mention, my involvement in the local and state REALTOR associations is a testament to my dedication within this field.
How do you maintain a work-life balance?
I typically set aside the morning or late evenings for personal tasks like working out and doing the laundry. I find it important to schedule an off-day when possible to prevent feeling burnt-out.
What advice do you have for buyers and sellers in the market?
For buyers: Do research ahead of time to see how far your money will take you in your target area. Make sure to get pre-approved and when you see the right house, be ready to move on it quickly because inventory is very low and homes don't last long.
For sellers: Your home is in a beauty contest against every other home similarly priced in the area, so be aware of your competition. Make sure to de-cluttered and clean for showings to make your home stand out amongst others in the neighborhood.
What is one thing people might not know about you?
I'm an avid (and sub-par) karaoke singer. At least once (sometimes twice) a week you can find me and some friends singing karaoke at a local watering hole.
If you could learn to do anything, what would it be?
Sailing. It's always intrigued me seeing large sailboats out in the ocean.
Your favorite restaurant in the Akron area?
This is a tough one because I’m a foodie. My top five are: Luigi's (pizza and salad), Hanninis (subs & gyros), Kasai (sushi), Twisted Olive (Italian), and Mulligans Pub.
What three words would you use to describe yourself?
Go-Getter, Funny (at least I think I am ha!), Caring
What is your favorite space in your own home? Why?
My living room. I love having company over to entertain whether it be a holiday or simply to watch the game.
What is your favorite way to spend the weekend?
Most weekends are spent working, but if I find my schedule allows it you can find me on the boat or watching football.
What’s your ideal vacation spot?
Anywhere outdoors, whether it be on the beach or somewhere I can get a good hike in. I prefer to vacation to places I have never been to.
You cannot go a day without ______?
My phone. I hate to admit it but I am completely reliant and addicted.
What is your greatest accomplishment?
I hiked from the rim of the grand canyon, down to the Colorado River, and back in a 6 hour period without any training. My body regretted it and it was the most mentally challenging thing I've ever done, but looking back at it now I'm glad I did it.
What are your plans for the rest of 2019?
Continuing to work hard professionally. I will be spending 10 days in Italy in November (my first time overseas) so I’m definitely looking forward to that.
Do you support any charitable causes or are you a member of any organizations?
Yes, I am the vice-chair of a non-profit club in the Portage Lakes area. I'm also the 2019 Chairman of the Stark County Association of REALTORS Young Professional Network and I will be a Director for them in 2020.