Schneider Properties is a full-service residential real estate sales team powered by Compass, a Fortune 500 technology company operating in more than 50 markets. Nick Schneider started the Schneider Properties South Bay Real Estate Team eight years ago and has been working in the industry for the past 12 years.
How did you come up with the name of your business?
Schneider Properties was established to thank some very special people in my life. Our grandparents came to Hermosa Beach in 1939. My parents, Bob and Dana, raised five boys in Hermosa Beach, and my Uncle Bill raised his kids on the same block. I wanted to honor the family name because if it wasn’t for my grandparents finding Hermosa Beach in 1939, Schneider Properties would not exist here. I carry that with me every day and am forever grateful.
What’s new and exciting with your business?
I love this question! Jack Gillespie and Jim Van Zanten, whom I had the honor and privilege to start my career with, told me in my first year that this is a great industry because you learn something new every day. They are 100% correct, and I have carried that notion in my own life and career. Every day is an opportunity to learn, and that keeps this business so fun and exciting. Another exciting thing is that we recently opened our own team office in Manhattan Beach and celebrated our third year at Compass!
How do you encourage greatness in your team members?
Greatness doesn’t just come; it is earned. I try to be the best example I can be and show my team that results come from the effort you put in. Our business model is about doing the right thing for the long term, and that is the best advice I can instill in my team.
Where do you find your inspiration?
Inspiration is one of my favorite words. I’m inspired daily to be the best I can be. Loving what you do is the best way to stay inspired. Every day is a new opportunity to go after your dreams, and that specific thought is what truly inspires me.
Has fatherhood made you a better entrepreneur?
Being a dad has definitely made me a better entrepreneur. I’ve always been a motivated and driven person in my career. However, with the arrival of my two daughters, my motivation has hit levels I never knew existed or could be possible. Their zest for life and learning is an inspiration to me, and I try to mirror their energy in everything I do.
What vacation destination are you dreaming of these days?
Hawaii is my happy place. I typically work seven days a week, and I am on my phone all hours of the day and night working. I love doing it, but when I get to Hawaii, I feel the aloha spirit and can relax. My favorite hotel is The Kahala Hotel on the island of Oahu. If you haven’t been there, you should look into it!
What puts a spring in your step and keeps you feeling energized?
Helping others and coming through for my clients when the stakes are high. I’ve always been one to help anyone in need. It’s part of my nature, and I just love the feeling of being able to help someone when they need it most. Typically a home is a person’s biggest asset, so the stakes are high in our business—which means high pressure. But this is something I love and an area where I shine. It puts a spring in my step when I’m able to help our buyers beat out 27 other offers or deliver multiple offers to our sellers. And, of course, bringing them the good news and overdelivering is what makes it all worth it!
Describe your leadership style.
I lead by example and love to participate. Our team is somewhat unique in that our agents are seasoned and know the business. They are able to work on their own but come to Schneider Properties for sales support and assistance with strategy in winning and closing big deals. I love helping team members secure a listing or navigate a tricky escrow. I see our team as a family and love it when we get to work together to deliver for our clients.
How would clients describe you?
I think my clients would describe me as someone with a big heart who gets things done! I really do care about my clients and like to go the extra mile for them. I also like to make things happen quickly. Whether it’s getting the house prepared for sale or getting an issue sorted out, if we can get it taken care of fast for our clients, all the better!
What is something unique that clients may not know about you?
I’ve been a volleyball setter my whole life. I started indoors, and now you can find me setting in the four-person beach tournaments in summer. In a way, it’s a metaphor for my career. As a setter, you’re constantly in the mix and helping others by giving your hitters the best opportunity to hit the ball; as a Realtor, I do all I can to set my clients up for success and give them the best chance of realizing their real estate dreams!