By Jano Tantongco
Liam Rosenberg was initially planning to attend Florida Atlantic University in Boca Raton, Florida, to pursue a major in business and a minor in real estate.
But the 18-year-old Dix Hills resident, who graduated from Commack High School in June, had a change of heart in February when he began watching videos of entrepreneurs speaking about their life experiences. He realized that some billionaires did not go to college.
“It was either go to college, study real estate and wait four years,” said Liam. “I felt like I would learn more by experience than by formal education.”
His parents were against his decision to skip college, but eventually accepted it.
“It wasn’t like I was going to sit at home and eat potato chips instead,” said Rosenberg, who last month joined Syosset-based Homes by Mara Realty as their youngest member on staff after taking 75 hours of classes and passing the New York State real estate exam in October. “Every day is a lot of hustle.”
Rosenberg was initially attracted to the freedom inherent to the profession, but also delights in helping families find homes and seeing the advancements in architecture.
“It’s great to have a front seat watching a pile of sticks transform into a beautiful home and then be given the chance to bring these types of homes to our clients’ attention for helping them achieve their mission in finding that right home,” he said.
Rosenberg also works for the Starbucks on Crooked Hill Road in Commack, where he has developed his customer-service and sales skills.
He has met with a few prospective real estate clients so far, and his age has not been an issue, he said.
“Whenever it comes up, I tell them my story,” said Rosenberg. “I don’t think they really have a problem with it. People say I’m mature for my age.”
Rosenberg first established a connection to Homes by Mara Realty when he met Meryl Feuer, another agent for the company, at an art opening at in September. Speaking with her put the company at the top of his list of agencies he wanted to work with.
After finishing his classes at the end of October, he met with Mara Navaretta, the owner and president of Homes by Mara Realty, who saw potential in him.
“Liam is an ambitious young man who has great sales sense with a strong customer service understanding and appreciation,” said Navaretta.
“I definitely saw potential, and he’s a hard worker,” she said. “And, I know he could do it. If I sense that the person is a good person, the rest I can teach them.”
Navaretta aims to help Rosenberg secure 10 to 12 listings in 2016, which could mean a six-figure income for him. She aims to capitalize on the fact that Rosenberg is from Dix Hills, since she was looking to expand her market share in that area.
“You don’t really need that brick and mortar anymore,” she said.
For Rosenberg, working as part of the Homes by Mara Realty team is his first step toward his goals of forming a real estate trust with his father.
“My plan is to help out buyers and sellers. My real goal is to flip houses.”