Back to front above: Mike Dodd, Tina Griebenow, Nick Schneider, Mark Leddy, Eric Fonoimoana, Chelsea Schneider, Mary Bracewell
Nick Schneider is a lifelong resident of the Beach Cities and has worked in real estate for more than 11 years. In 2015 he founded Schneider Properties South Bay Real Estate Team, which today is a team of eight professionals. Nick is also the founding member of Giveback Homes, a network of real estate agents dedicated to building homes for those less fortunate. For every home the Schneider Properties team sells, Nick helps build a home for a family in need.
Tell us about the home you grew up in.
“I grew up in Hermosa Beach in the old Seawright family home on Hermosa Avenue. I have so many fond memories of that home with family, friends and neighbors. When I was in college, my parents purchased another house just three doors down. They developed my childhood home and split the lot to build two brand-new, single-family homes.
This was a pivotal point in my life and what started my career in real estate. I witnessed my parents go through buying a new home, developing two homes and eventually selling them both. After seeing the entire process from their perspective and hearing all the challenges they had to go through, I felt compelled to help navigate the process of buying and selling with ease and effectiveness.
My connection to the community is something I cherish dearly, and honestly I felt called to this industry. The South Bay has a unique lifestyle, and nothing makes me happier than sharing its history and my knowledge with my clients and friends.”
In what ways is the real estate industry an emotional business?
“Buying or selling a home is an emotional experience for everyone involved. Typically, a home is one of our clients’ biggest investments. It’s our job and primary goal to navigate the entire experience with tact and empathy. If emotions run high, the first step is always reminding our clients of their why. Why did they start this process in the first place? The key to transforming a stressful situation into a successful transaction is our commitment to remain empathetic to everyone’s situation and always establish and maintain a level of respect for all parties.”
What is your personal and professional advice during this unprecedented time?
“From a real estate perspective, stay informed on the market and make sure you are working with someone who knows the nuances of our local South Bay area. Real estate is a cyclical market, and over time there will be ebbs and flows. Having the right strategy in place when selling or buying is crucial.
From a life perspective, take it one day at a time. Focus on the positive and stay in gratitude. There is a lot of loss, hardship and emotion happening right now, but the key is to keep the focus on what you do have and what you can do to help others.”
What have been your proudest moments during the recent crisis?
“At the beginning of the pandemic, we received a lot of calls from clients and friends looking for more space, more bedrooms and outdoor space. With parents working from home and kids doing school at home, upgrading their spaces became a top priority. The challenge was that they would need to sell their current home and navigate the added stress of selling during a global pandemic.
Our proudest moments were pulling this off for two close family friends at the height of the pandemic and uncertainty. In one of the deals, we found buyers within the first two days of the house hitting the market. In the other, we sold their home without even putting it on the market. We hear from both families about how happy they are and how they love their new homes! These were two very proud moments that helped set the tone for us and our business this past year.”
How are 3-D home tours changing the real estate world?
“They are a great way to showcase the property and give buyers a real idea of what it’s like to be inside the home. They allow buyers to see features of the home that aren’t captured in photography, such as flow and spatial aspects, which helps buyers narrow their online search. However, with such a large investment we’ve found that buyers still want to visit the property and tour it in person. There are many aspects that photos and 3-D virtual tours are not able to convey. So when you receive a request for an in-person showing, you know it is a buyer with serious interest.”
How do you help your clients beat the competition?
“There are a lot of technical strategies we use to help our clients, but there is not a one-size-fits-all strategy. We provide a custom-tailored plan for each client based on their specific goal. Having a team has proven to be a huge asset for our clients’ success—whether it’s getting early access to properties, leveraging our different strengths or being able to service different needs.”
What are your favorite ways to unplug when you’re off work?
“Spending time with my two daughters, Stella (8) and Piper (6), is one of my favorite ways to enjoy my downtime. We go to the beach, the park or visit family when we can. Volleyball is also a big hobby of mine, so when I find the time, I love grabbing a game with my friends.”