We had the good fortune of connecting with Hannah Safari and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Hannah, can you walk us through the thought-process of starting your business?
Since I can remember, I never pictured myself in a traditional job situation, sitting behind a desk in a cubicle, only talking to other humans face to face in the break room. Even from a young age, I knew that I wanted to do something where I was working face to face with people daily, meeting new people constantly, and working hands on with friends in the community. I’ve always been someone to initiate gatherings such as hosting people for dinner or organizing a weekend trip for my friends, it comes naturally to me. I’ve been in leadership roles as long as I can remember, especially when it came to my years of competitive volleyball, leading my team as captain to many victories.
Once I graduated college, I took off to explore other parts of the world, as well as learn more about myself as a person and challenge myself in new and uncomfortable situations. I’ve come to love being in uncomfortable situations over the years. It’s where I’ve grown the most and surprised myself in ways I didn’t know were possible.
This feeling, ultimately, led me to start my own business. It seemed scary and intimidating at first, but that made me want to do it even more, try harder, and overcome any challenges thrown my way. It’s what I’m good at. Overcoming challenges. I’ve been doing it since I was a kid. Breaking stereotypes of what a girl should look and act like, sticking to my values and morals, and pursuing a life that makes me happy and keeps my mind stimulated, even if most people are just judging me along the way. The success of my business directly reflects my personal hard work and perseverance and being my own boss is so much more rewarding to me than that traditional desk job.
Can you give our readers an introduction to your business? Maybe you can share a bit about what you do and what sets you apart from others?
As a real estate agent, my job is to guide my clients through one of the largest financial decisions they’ll make in their lifetimes. This usual comes with tons of emotions. One thing that sets me apart from others in the business, is that I have a high emotional intelligence and am able to relate and sympathize with clients while simultaneously acting as a neutral advisor with their best intentions at heart. We become friends, I get to know my clients as more than just a transaction. This allows me to understand my clients’ needs and wants without them having to tell me because when emotions are running high, clients tend to have a harder time communicating with me. I’ve learned to be patient and listen carefully which has led me to be successful with my clients and get that referral (ultimately, the best thank you a client can give).
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
Denver’s food and drink scene has some gems for sure! If they’re feeling bottomless mimosas and somewhat healthy food, I’d probably take them to brunch one day at Root Down or Linger. I also love a good patio, so I would probably take them to Happy Camper for happy hour! Then I’d probably hit a local Mexican joint for dinner such as Mister Oso in RiNo or My Neighbor Felix in LoHi. I’m sure we’ll be hungover at some point during their visit, so I’ll probably cure that with a green chile breakfast burrito from Santiago’s or Gomez. Another fun tourist day trip would be to drive up into the mountains a little bit. Maybe check out some breweries and hit Beaujo’s Pizza in Idaho Springs on the way back!
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
There are many people that contribute to the success of my business as well as my personal success. Many of those people come from my immediate network, including my mentor (and friend), my financial advisor (and friend), my relatives, and most importantly my family. All of these people trust me to guide them through some of the most important moments in their lives such as purchasing a first home, or selling a home they’ve lived in for 40 years. They’ve believed in me since day one which has given me the confidence to pursue my dreams.