Molly Hobin Williams
The Hobin Company at Bayside is a full-service boutique brokerage firm with offices in Downtown Manhattan Beach and Palm Desert. Molly Hobin Williams is the fourth generation of her family to run the firm, which was started in 1925 by her great-grandfather. She has worked in real estate for 41 years.
What is the best advice you’ve heard?
Right after college, when I was working in commercial real estate, someone told me on a Friday afternoon that I needed to learn to play golf. I realized that if I did not do it, I would be sitting in the office on Friday afternoons while the guys were out playing golf and doing deals on the golf course. I learned the sport, and it has been amazing how many clients I have met while playing golf or through our country club.
Tell us about the TV show you are on!
I recently was selected as a host of a nationally syndicated lifestyle TV show, The American Dream: Selling Southern California. I have filmed six episodes so far, and although it is completely out of my comfort zone, I have enjoyed it and am having fun coming up with the content, interviewing people in our community, and highlighting local businesses and our current listings.
How do you balance work and play?
I have always believed in “work hard, play hard.” I am available to my clients 24 hours a day, seven days a week, but I also make time for fun and traveling and spending time with my family and friends. It is a balancing act, but I love what I do—so it does not feel like work.
Tell us about a few of your passions.
I am passionate about connecting people and helping people who are new to our community. My website, justaskmolly.com, is a great resource for clients, friends and family. It has a curated list of local vendors, favorite hot spots and a calendar of events. People who are new to the area love it and use it frequently.
Describe a recent happening that restored your faith in humanity.
I recently stopped at a gas station on a road trip and got coffee, doughnuts and a newspaper. When I checked out, the cashier said, “The lady next to you just paid for your items.” I could not believe it. She said, “Pass it on, it is God’s will.” She made my day, and I could not stop thinking about how nice she was to do that! There really are good people out there, and you run into them when you least expect it.