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Posted by Ronilo Palama on May 20, 2020
  • Where are you from originally?

    I am originally from Owasso, OK. I was born and raised there and then moved to Norman to complete college at the University of Oklahoma, BOOMER SOONER! After graduation and living in Dallas and San Antonio, I FINALLY made my landing in Houston and haven’t looked back since.
  • What was your first job in the industry?

    In my first job in the industry, I was working as a non-licensed transaction coordinator. Honestly, I think that is how everyone should start out in real estate… the number of things that I learned in such a short time! i.e. It’s not ‘Ernest’ money… it’s ‘EARNEST’ LOL it also made real estate school a breeze!


    I also figured out extremely quickly that my strong suit is not being organized enough to be a transaction coordinator… I am more of a talker.
  • What is one of your favorite things to do in your city?

    To be a tourist for a day!
  • How did you get into real estate?

    Well, it was kind of a fluke really… when I was about 15 years old, my dad had an old car to sell and couldn’t do it for the life of himself, so he told me that if I could sell it, I could keep all the money. Well, I sold it in a weekend. After that, he always told me that I needed to get into sales! Fast forward 10 years to when I was in San Antonio, I happened to get laid off my recruitment job. Of course, I was extremely upset and of course, called my parents and low and behold – my dad brought up my “sales” experience LOL. He told me that I should really consider real estate and that timing was perfect. Soon after, I found myself walking into Coldwell Banker asking how to get my real estate license and it’s been a heck of a ride since!

  • How do you distinguish yourself from the crowd of agents?

    ALWAYS THINK OUTSIDE THE BOX! It’s something that Nimesh tells me daily and quite frankly if I had a dollar every time he told me that, I wouldn’t have to work 😉 anyhow, it’s something that I am constantly thinking about – how can I be different than what everyone else is doing, whether that is on social media, flyer design, how we communicate with potential, past and current clients – the list really goes on and on. Something new always catches people’s eyes.
  • Where do you predominately sell real estate?

    Predominately Sugar Land, Missouri City, Richmond, and Rosenberg. But of course, real estate agents can sell anywhere!

  • Which Home Builders have you had a great experience working with in the last 12 months?

    Oh, this is a hard one!!!! Highland Homes, Perry Homes, Lennar, Village Builders, Chesmar Homes, Shea Homes, Saratoga Homes… I judge a great experience based on how they communicate with my clients, consistent updates, and how they communicate with myself. Customer service is KING in this business and that starts with COMMUNICATION.
  • What do you love about the industry?

    It’s always changing. When I worked in staffing, it was the same thing day in and day out – very little change and nothing to really keep you learning! That is what I love most about this industry is that there is always something new to learn and I mean DAILY. This industry will never let you be complacent otherwise you won’t make it. The days are always different and that is truly what I love. Outside of loving the people I meet daily and helping others into the American Dream.

  • In 10 words or less, what is your advice for someone new to the industry?

    Do not try to reinvent the wheel.
  • Tell us an interesting detail about you that many might not know?

    I played softball for 11 years.
  • What is the best advice you have ever been given?

    Not everyone is going to like or love you all the time, the important thing is that you love yourself always.
  • What are 3 adjectives that describe you best?

    Ambitious, Fierce and Thankful.
  • What is your favorite Model, Floorplan, or Feature?

    I have to say the Highland Homes 80′ model in Cane Island – the 292. I mean, EVERYTHING is good about that model. Not a thing I would change… and that KITCHEN!! I don’t even cook, but dang I would figure it out for that kitchen. You also still have all the amenities that people are wanting and all within ONE STORY! Actually maybe the one thing that I would change would be to slap double doors on the entry!
  • What lights you up in life?

    When something that I have been working on or towards starts coming to fruition and I can see the light at the end of the tunnel. Also, when I see someone reach new heights and levels whether that’s financially, spiritually, personally, whatever the situation may be. Oh, and traveling and a nice martini can do the trick too! 🙂
  • Do you have someone in your life that has been an exceptional mentor? Who? Why?

    Oh, I have many at this point in life, but I’ll go into two. My dad has always been an exceptional mentor – I remember as a little girl when I would want something he would make me come to him with a spreadsheet of why and how it was going to be achieved. I call him all the time when I have issues or I’m stumped on something and 90% of the time he has a wonderful answer waiting for me. Also, Nimesh is a HUGE mentor for me – I have to give it to him. If I wouldn’t have joined his team, there is NO WAY I would be where I am today without him. He is ALWAYS pushing me (and sometimes I push back) but he is only doing that because he wants me to reach a new height in my career. Also, the amount of people that I have met through him is always overwhelming when I think about it.

Rachel Borgsmiller

The Nimesh Patel Group at RE/MAX Fine Properties


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