Real estate is an industry that attracts—and welcomes—people from every walk of life. No matter where you are in your life, or your particular career trajectory, real estate maintains a certain draw for many people in the U.S. This is certainly true for former MLB player and Yankees World Series Champion Jim Bruske.
Bruske began his real estate career in 2013, some 13 years after retiring from baseball. Recently, Engel & Völkers welcomed him as a new manager of their global real estate brand at the company’s Paradise Valley, Arizona shop location. Here, Bruske chats with Housecall about his decision to start a career in real estate and why Engel & Völkers was the right fit for him:
What was it about the real estate industry that attracted you?
Real estate attracted me because I’ve always had an interest in homes from an investment perspective as well as different types of architecture.
Why did you decide to work with Engel & Völkers?
With Engel & Völkers, I saw the opportunity to become part of a global brand with a network that lives and breathes exceptional client service. Being part of such a collaborative team on a local and international level, in addition to its fresh approach to marketing, helps me enhance my offerings to best support my clients.
Do you believe your career in professional sports has given you any sort of edge?
I’ve helped several players—both current and retired—purchase or sell their homes. However, I think the biggest edge my career in professional sports has given me is my competitiveness. I don’t like to lose in anything...be it baseball or real estate!
Do you have advice for any former MLB players that may be looking to start a new career?
I think the best thing to do is to start exploring options before you finish your baseball career. I started exploring my options two years before I retired and then made a quick transition into real estate.
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