Martin sits on a blue bleacher seat

Meet Martin M. Correia | Real Estate Consultant, Principal of MMC Real Estate San Diego’s Favorite Son

Big thanks to Shoutout Social! Here is the local story they wrote featuring San Diego’s Favorite Son.

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We had the good fortune of connecting with Martin M. Correia and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Martin M., is there something you believe many others might not?
Ever since I entered the real estate industry, I always heard how you needed to do this or be that to be successful. Professional coaches and their strategy of coaching constantly hammered the notion that you needed to make a shit load of calls to achieve success and to finally get deals done. Or they would give you these stupid roadmaps, charts and pyramids of trying to force a person to practice behavioral activities declaring that you would became the master of your industry through repetition and through the law of numbers. Essentially telling everyone who you are wasn’t enough!

I’ll never forget about 12 years ago at one of these “work lunches” put on by a local vendor, that I had had enough and chose to stand in front of my colleagues to express a different point of view than what was being presented. I challenged everyone to not fall into the trap of doing what the “herd” was doing but to first figure out what you’re good at and play to those strengths. If anything you’ll enjoy what you’re doing a lot more, which clients will appreciate being around and hire those that can do what you don’t do very well to fill in the gaps. Drop the ego at the door and realize that we aren’t perfect and can’t be expected to wear every hat that is required by every entrepreneur. I am so thankful for the amazing team that supports me day in and day out and try to remind them they were hired for who they are and that’s all I want.

What should our readers know about your business?
I am the acting Principal of a real estate business/team headquartered in America’s finest city, San Diego, Ca. We actively represent our clients throughout California with the lion-share occurring in Southern California. We primarily serve a family of clients that have been formed through an amazing referral network as well as our relocation vertical here in San Diego. What sets us apart from everyone else is our ability to execute our clients needs in a honest and clear strategy that makes the experience stress free no matter the type of the real estate transaction.

I got to where I am by taking a grass roots approach to creating my business. It was never my intent to “buy” leads or put myself on bus benches because I wanted a sustainable business model that would stand the test of time. Was it easy? Hell no! I lost much of my financial reserves due to the recession but by sticking to my vision, my goal of investing in my clients first has now allowed me to enjoy relationships that feed the beast and for the long term better margins to be quite honest. In times when the market takes a dip, having a client base that is committed to you is essential and they know that I have their best interests in mind. We simply realign the strategy and advise an aggressive strategy that allows them to enjoy long term gains through a smart real estate portfolio.

Being San Diego’s Favorite Son is more than a catchy phrase. I want everyone no matter who is involved in the real estate experience to enjoy working with us. We pay is forward before making any type of personal or professional request. We don’t believe that by being nice we lose anything from a negotiation perspective. It was nice to see other “giants” like Gary Vaynerchuk feel the same way at a recent retreat I attended. This feel good attitude trickles down to my team as I challenge myself by looking for ways to improve their personal and professional lives before they either think of it or ask.

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.
Depends on the person but there are clearly spots in San Diego that are must sees: Little Italy (Barbosa is my favorite), Petco Park for a Padre Game, Del Mar Plaza or l’auberge Hotel, The Market restaurant as well as The Pony Room round out the list nicely.

But at the end of the day, if you want to focus your time/energy then do it in downtown San Diego. It’s just too amazing not too and it starts and ends with the food and energy.

Side note: Go to Point Loma for some little secrets like Pt. Loma Seafoods or The Venetian Restaurant. Ask for your pizza with Portuguese Linguicia!

Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
I would dedicate it to my parents, who although we’re on this world way too short instilled upon me the morals, importance of sacrifice, and hard work to achieve the goals and aspirations that one sets for themselves. They instilled upon me the importance of humility and the understanding that it’s wiser to not go at it alone as success shared is better than no success at all.

Image Credits
Ollie Paterson (photos at track)