Josh DPDS (D’PenhaD’Souza) has been a realtor for two years, active in our YPN group and continues to find new ways to use social media for networking and education of his audience. Josh took some time to answer 10 of our questions so that we can get to know him better. Enjoy!
Do you find it difficult being a realtor of color? I have spoken with realtors of diverse backgrounds and they tell me it improves their work ethic and allows them to work with a variety of people including audiences who may be overlooked by other realtors.
The thought has never crossed my mind. I don’t allow my skin color to define my successes and failures. My actions and intent do.
I love that you are using Facebook Live to show others your personal and professional life. What made you decide to jump into the live streaming pool?
Honestly, the 140 people who view my content daily on Snapchat (add me: JOSHDPDS) were getting tired of seeing 2 minute long snap stories of me talking about real estate and preferred me to snap the homes I see and sell. Live streaming on Facebook allows me to post content as quick as Snapchat on a platform where I know people will be more likely to watch a 7 minute video of a guy talking to a camera. I can also be viewed and shared by people I don’t know. Snapchat is a more closed and personal medium than Facebook Live.
You are younger than the typical realtor. Who would you say your audience or client base is?
My audience/client base ranges from 16-36. A lot of what I do is educating my friends on the home buying & selling processes. We were never taught how to buy a house in school. I am responsible for sharing that knowledge with as many people as I can.
If you weren’t in the real estate industry what else could you see yourself doing?
If I wasn’t in real estate, I would be selling luxury cars. I have such a passion for cars, specifically Porsches and Bentleys. When I was a freshman in college, before I got my real estate license, I applied to be new car sales associate at Rolls Royce based on the amount I knew about the brand and its history. I got turned down. I think if I reapplied now I’d have a solid shot considering what I’ve learned selling houses.
You have been a realtor for 2 years now. What has surprised you most about the industry?
Something that has really shocked me is how dated the industry is. Realtors do many things that salespeople in other industries would find absurd in 2016. The “white space” I see, that is occupied by only a few, is in social media and using it as a strategy rather than just a marketing tool.
Who has been your biggest inspirations leadership wise?
My inspirations change as often as I change outfits. Right now my inspirations in leadership are Gina Pierce, the Director of Game Entertainment for the Frisco RoughRiders, Gary Vaynerchuk, CEO of VaynerMedia, and Dwayne Johnson, The Rock. I have worked with the RoughRiders for 2 seasons now and Gina truly is superwoman in how she leads her team of tech crew and performers to present a memorable experience for fans of the Riders. Her passion and dedication for what she does really is something to talk about. One thing I love about Gary is that even as a CEO of a 600 person company, he truly cares about every single employee. Gary established the position of “Chief Heart Officer” in his company to promote a caring culture. I believe every CEO should care as much as he does. Finally The Rock, who has been a role model for me and many others, truly embodies a leader of physical and mental health. The Rock shares his love for physical health with his fans and constantly pulls them up no matter where in the world they are. The Rock understands the climb and isn’t afraid to celebrate every step.
Let’s say you are planning a dinner and can only invite 4 people. Who would you invite and why?
The first person I would invite would be Connor McGregor. As a UFC fighter, he is one of the greats. Despite his big mouth, McGregor is very in tune with his reality. I have a lot of respect for him. Next Patrick Dempsey. When I was younger, and still today, I loved watching romantic comedies with Dempsey. He always played the same role of the highly successful man who somehow won over the girl. Dempsey now races for Porsche, and I’m fascinated by the switch from acting to racing and his success in racing world. Third would be Drake. I love his lyrics and how he decides to only raps about things that have happened to him. Hearing all of his music, I would be interested to have a dinner conversation with him to talk about his life experiences. I’m sure there would be a lot of stories. Last but certainly not least I would invite Michael McClimans. He is my friend’s younger brother and the closest thing I have to a little brother. I’m motivated by legacy and I consider Michael the part of my legacy I will get to see grow. Michael has such a great head on his shoulders at 16 and I can only imagine what fruits would come from him spending time with true legends.
Would you ever consider being on a reality show and showcasing your career?
Does it come with the “reality show Range Rover?”? ☺ If I was offered a show, I would definitely consider it. I love the show Million Dollar Listing and would be humbled to do that in Dallas.
What 3 traits would you say new realtors must possess in order to be successful?
Self-awareness on what you are good at, drive to keep you going, and the ability to adapt to changing consumer behaviors.
What music are you listening to currently?
Drake, Zac Brown Band, BB King, 21 Pilots, Aerosmith, I listen to a lot of different music. My philosophy is if it sounds good and it makes me feel good, I’m going to dance and enjoy it.