We had the good fortune of connecting with Ashley Kennedy and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Ashley, is your business focused on helping the community? If so, how?
I feel that my business helps my community in several ways. As a Black, millennial REALTOR® I feel that it’s my duty to educate and help as many people as possible to reach their real estate goals. I’m on social media often and I use my platforms to spread resources and knowledge. There are a lot of myths and misconceptions regarding homeownership and I educate future homeowners so they can achieve the dream of owning a home. So far I’ve hosted 5 free homebuying workshops. During the workshops I’ve partnered with a financial advisor, credit repair specialist, and mortgage lender to help other millennials prepare for homeownership. During my last virtual First Time Homebuying Workshop we were able to connect with 55 millennials that aspire to become homeowners! In my opinion, that’s amazing!! I think that homeownership is one of the best ways to create generational wealth, as well as decrease the wealth gap. In the US Black homeownership rates are 30 percentage points lower than Whites, with just over 40% of Blacks being homeowners compared to 70% of Whites. Every family that I’m able to assist means that those new homeowners are creating generational wealth, better opportunities, and access for the future generations.

I also use my business to help other Black entrepreneurs grow their businesses. When clients work with me they are also supporting other Black mortgage lenders, home inspectors, transaction coordinator, and chefs for events. Whenever possible I support local, small businesses when purchasing gifts for my clients as well.

What should our readers know about your business?
I’ll start by saying that a career in real estate is nothing like what you see on reality shows! I didn’t have any prior experience in the field, so I was blessed to have had the opportunity to work with a great mentor. That mentorship allowed me to quickly learn the ropes and make great connections in the real estate world. The real estate market in Los Angeles is very competitive, there are a lot of agents.

For me it goes beyond sales, I am truly honored to be a part of the largest transaction in someone’s life. My way to help bring about change and create more opportunities for those that look like me is to educate and share resources. I’m proud of the amount of effort I put into empowering our community and future generations. I love hosting events, I had so much fun when I partnered with a lender to host a back to school supply giveaway at Darby Park. We had snacks, crafts, and a face painter, the kids had so much fun! (pre-COVID)
My husband and I recently purchased our first home. I love great design, but I’m also frugal so we do a lot of DIY projects! I recently started a blog to share our home renovations, DIY projects, and home design.

If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
I love to go eat at so many spots around LA! I miss going out and exploring like I did before COVID. I’d definitely take my friend to hang out at Venice Beach, it’s fun to people-watch there and I love the Milkybun from After’s Ice Cream! Nearby there’s Mother’s Beach in Marina del Rey, my daughters love going there. The water is shallow so it’s kid-friendly and there’s the playground as well. We’d pack a picnic and enjoy a day in the water and enjoy the sun. I love the vibe, food, and cocktails at Bicari PDR!

We’d get breakfast from Red’s Flavor Table on Market St in Inglewood, the crab omelette with etouffee sauce is delicious! We’d definitely have to pickup some lunch from the Bleu Food Truck, I love their crab egg rolls and garlic noodles! Afterwards we’d grab some cupcakes from The Good Cake Company in Inglewood, the key lime cupcake is my favorite!

Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
My husband and parents have been major supporters of me pursuing a career in real estate. This is a tough business and they keep me encouraged. My parents help out with my daughters when needed and my husband is always there to help me setup for events.

As a newly licensed agent I was mentored by a very successful real estate agent, Jason Lowery. Jason took me under his wing, poured into me, and gave me a solid foundation to be able to succeed in the industry. After seeing the level of service that Jason provided his clients with, it has made me aim to offer the same to my clients as I continue to build my business. Jason also modeled to always put the client’s needs first and always remain a student of my craft. I’m constantly attending trainings and conferences to continue to build my skillset. I think that mentorship definitely allowed me to gain experience much quicker and I’m thankful for that!

I’ve been able to partner with an amazing mortgage lender, Shannon Brailey, for my homebuying workshops and back to school community event. Her willingness to offer her time during these events and connect with the attendees afterwards has been a major part of the process to prepare the participants to qualify for homeownership.

Website: www.AshleyKennedyRealtor.com

Instagram: Instagram.com/AshleyKennedyRealtor

Linkedin: http://linkedin.com/in/ashleykennedyrealtor

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/AshleyKennedyRealtor

Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCuyvnNA4_H5-WjpgIAEqO4Q

Other: Pinterest: www.pinterest.com/AshleyKennedy0/ Home Blog: Ashleykennedyathome.wixsite.com/blog

Image Credits
Oscar Alcala, Brandon Vidal

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