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Episode 265 – Nina Dosanjh, Director of Strategic Alliances and Technology, Vanguard Properties


Episode 265: 



Our guest today has a real passion for serving her clients. She facilitates her clients in the navigation of real estate in the San Francisco area. Our guest today is Nina Dosanjh, Director of Strategic Alliances and Technology at Vanguard Properties, and most recently the President of the San Francisco Association of Realtors. 

In this episode, join Nina and me as we navigate some of the Bay Area’s biggest misconceptions and how the Bay area real estate world acts as a trendsetter for the nation. We also discuss the importance of volunteerism and some future predictions for MLS regulations! 

Top Takeaways: 

  • Nina Dosanjh’s Advice for New Agents
  •  “Set up systems and set them up early. If you take the time to do that from the beginning, everything else will fall into place. You have to have a system because it’s easy to get lost in the day to day and do a lot without really doing a lot. Set up the system, time block, create a program for yourself that you’re going to stick with.” 

“When I first got into the business, my manager at the time said to me, ‘You have two things in this business: you have your time and your reputation. You decide what those two things are going to mean for you.’… I took that into my real estate journey, and I’m glad that I did. I think I wouldn’t be here today and I wouldn’t know the people who I know across the country and have built the relationships there if I had not stepped up.” – Nina Dosanjh [10:44]

“That’s the misconception that people have, and technology is going to replace me. I like to look at it like it really isn’t going to replace you because this is a relationship business, we’ve learned that in the middle of this pandemic. We learned that the relationship does matter, you can automate a lot of things, but you can’t automate that person-to-person.” – Nina Dosanjh [22:14]

Episode Highlights:

[00:22] Intro 

[00:48Meet Nina Dosanjh – Strategic Alliances and Technology Director 

[01:33] Native to North Carolina and Drawn to the Bay Area 

[02:34] Biggest Misconceptions About the Bay 

[05:05] First Job After College, REO Marketing Manager  

[08:06Mastering the Basics and Building Strong Relationships 

[10:14Why Volunteerism Is So Important to Nina 

[13:56] Transitioning to Vanguard Properties 

[15:44Director of Strategic Alliances in Technology 

[17:20MLS Associations and the Future for MLS Regulation 

[21:40] The Good and Bad of Technology Use in Real Estate 

[25:29Nina’s Advice for New Agents 

[26:47] Connect with Nina 

[26:54] Closing Thoughts 

[27:06] Outro 

Episode Notes: 

Joining us today is Nina Dosanjh, Director of Strategic Alliances and Technology at Vanguard Properties. A native of Northern California, Nina grew up in a small central valley town called Ceres, where her family still resides. Nina Dosanjh later relocated to San Francisco for the city life and the connection the city holds with her grandfather. He landed in the city in the early fifties after emigrating to America. 

Nina shares one of the biggest misconceptions of the Bay Area is that everyone is super progressive. Although it is a very progressive city, there are varying degrees to the area’s progressiveness. After graduating from San Francisco State University, Nina started at Coldwell Banker as an REO Marketing Manager. This position allowed Nina to build relationships with asset managers around the nation as she attended REO conferences. After a few years with the company, Nina attained her real estate license. She worked an additional nine years with Coldwell Banker sharing that the company believed mostly in growing from within. 

In late 2017, Nina Dosanjh accepted a position as the Director of Strategic Alliances and Technology at Vanguard Properties, where she embraced incredible leadership. As Director of Strategic Alliances and Technology, Nina focuses extensively on building industry relationships and staying alert to industry changes. 

For Nina Dosanjh, giving back and volunteering is incredibly important as she shares that stepping into leadership roles allows you to make the most impact. Nina has held and still holds many volunteer positions, such as The President-elect of the San Francisco Chapter, Women’s Council of Realtors, President of the San Francisco Association of REALTORS®, and Vice-Chair of the Federal Technology Policy Committee for the National Association of REALTORS® to name a few. 

Nina Dosanjh’s advice for new agents is to set up systems and set them up early. Nina advises that if you take the time to set up your system correctly from the very beginning, everything else will fall into place. Setting up the proper system, time-blocking your day, and creating a program that works for you will be incredibly beneficial to the new agent!

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Bill RIsser, Bill Risser

Bill has been producing The Real Estate Sessions Podcast since July 2015. Passionate about learning the backstories of Industry Leaders, Bill seeks out established professionals as well as up and coming stars in real estate.

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