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Meet Hannah Safari of Compass in Cherry Creek

Today we’d like to introduce you to Hannah Safari.

Hannah, let’s start with your story. We’d love to hear how you got started and how the journey has been so far.
I’ll go back a few years to give you an idea of how I ended up where I am today. My journey began when I graduated from CU-Boulder with a degree in Finance. After that, I took some time off to travel through Southeast Asia and eventually landed in Melbourne, Australia, where I lived and worked for a year. When I returned to the US, I pursued a career in restaurants, as a chef, even though I had no technical background. I learned so much about cooking and how restaurants operate behind the scenes, something that I hope to use someday to open my own place. In December of 2018, I was put in a cast to fix an old injury from my collegiate volleyball days which took me off my feet for about four months, meaning no restaurant work.

During that time the injury depression set in which finally gave me time to follow my dreams of getting licensed as a real estate broker and venture out into the wild world of real estate. I began my journey at Madison & Company Properties in May of 2019, but after just a month, and my first sale of a home, I was offered a position at Compass, a company I had been following since they entered the Colorado real estate market just earlier that year since they were making big moves. I quickly jumped on board and now work side by side with many of the top producing agents in Colorado. The tools and support Compass offers have allowed me to grow my business significantly in one year and I’ve met so many amazing, hard-working individuals along the way. In Compass Colorado’s first year in the Colorado market, they rose to the top of the charts as #1 Top Producing Office in Colorado, which is an impressive accomplishment. Something I’m proud to be a part of.

Some fun facts… I love to travel (have been to 6 out of 7 continents!). I love to cook and anything having to do with food… plans to open a coffee shop/breakfast spot. I love the outdoors, hiking, camping, off-roading… really any outdoor adventure involving sunshine. I love to host parties and events that bring people from all different backgrounds together.

Overall, has it been relatively smooth? If not, what were some of the struggles along the way?
I briefly mentioned something in the previous question that plays into this as well. One of the struggles I faced, which eventually led me down the real estate path was getting a cast put on my lower leg, which took me off my feet for about four months. I wasn’t able to work as a chef in the restaurant I was working in at the time or even do much cooking at home, something I’m passionate about. If you’ve ever had a serious injury, the depression that comes with it, not being able to complete normal daily tasks, having everything be a struggle, definitely takes a toll.

During this time, taking the real estate licensing course and having something to occupy my time saved me from just laying in bed all day feeling sorry for myself. Another bump in the road was when I was approached to switch companies after just one month of being in the business. In that month, I sold my first home which was awesome, but I was just finally learning how to do things and switching all of that up was kind of scary. But, I knew that Compass was an amazing company and they made the onboarding process easy and took away all of the stress of moving companies. Looking back, I’m so glad I made the leap, it has helped me grow exponentially since then.

Please tell us more about your work. What do you do? What do you specialize in? What sets you apart from competition?
The company I work for is called Compass. They are an independent real estate brokerage headquartered in New York, with offices all over the US, including Colorado. I work specifically out of the Denver office in Cherry Creek. My real estate license is associated with Compass as a whole, but I operate as an independent contractor, so self-employed. My business is solely dependent on my own actions and work ethic. Compass just provides the tools and support to get me where I need to go.

I specialize in residential real estate, buying and selling homes. I’m known for my attention to detail, strong negotiating skills, and overall high energy I bring to each transaction. I love what I do and I think that shows when you meet me. I treat each transaction the same, whether it’s a $1 million home or $200,000 home, taking pride in my professionalism, organization, and thorough research of each property, no matter the size or condition.

I think what sets me apart is my background in volleyball. I’ve played competitive volleyball since I was 13, which eventually led to playing Division 1 in college. Throughout all those years, I was put in situations whereas the captain or even as the youngest player on the team, I needed to bring the team together, despite all differences, to compete at a high level and win games, all in a high-stress environment. I came out of that world with strong leadership skills, discipline, and management skills as well, which translates directly to the real estate world. Being self-employed means that no one is telling you what to do or when to work, so being disciplined is imperative to being successful in this business. The goal of each transaction is to bring the selling side and buying side together, respectfully, with terms that satisfy both parties, something I take very seriously.

Something else that sets me apart is that I am a Colorado native meaning I have a strong local network and extensive knowledge of Denver and Boulder streets, neighborhoods, and the best bars and restaurants. I love this state and everything it has to offer, all I can do is tell everyone else how great it is to live here!

Any shoutouts? Who else deserves credit in this story – who has played a meaningful role?
There are a few people that deserve credit. The first, my mom and dad. They have supported me through this whole process of changing jobs and finally finding something that I enjoy and am good at. They have pushed me to take risks and work harder than I ever have before. They were always there to calm me when my stress levels were at an all-time high when I was questioning every decision I made. They also provided creative, out of the box ways to do better business. I wouldn’t be here today without them.

The second, my aunt. She is a realtor in New York and visited me while I was in the cast. She inspired me to take the leap of faith and get licensed. Without her advice, support, and overall excitement about what she does, I probably would’ve chosen a different path. The third, my mentor, Megan Mayfield. She was my first contact at Madison & Company and was also one to advocate for me in the transition to Compass. She was and is always available to answer questions I have about contracts or inspections, but is also there to talk about general life struggles or the struggles of being new in the real estate business. She is one of the tops producing agents in Denver, has extensive knowledge of the business, and also knows how to have fun and keep things exciting!

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