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

Hi Jeremy, we’d love to hear about how you approach risk and risk-taking
I can honestly say that throughout most of my life, I’ve been a rather risk-averse individual. I always played it safe and ensured that I didn’t make too many waves. When it came to jobs and my career path, I worked my way up in companies but never really found a path that I was interested in. In college I jumped around from degree to degree hoping something would pique my interest, and while many subjects did, I never found anything I wanted to commit to. I began working for a real estate development company and I finally began to love what I was doing. Ultimately that lead to apply for graduate school at USC and making the choice to leave Detroit for Los Angeles. Stepping out of my comfort zone and taking the risk to move 2,000 miles from everything I grew up around was the best thing I ever did. I risked everything; friends, family, my bank account balance, the lack of a job when I arrived and ultimately losing what I had created my life to be. After a few months in LA, I realized that I no longer knew who I was, as everything was different. It allowed me to forge a path and create the life I wanted. After 6 years at my job, I risked everything for an opportunity back in Metro Detroit that ultimately didn’t work out. I was on my way back across the country when the opportunity fell apart. I got back in my car, turned around and drove back to Los Angeles. No job, thankfully a home, but no idea what was next. I’d received my real estate license about 6 months prior, and I took the risk deciding this was the path I was going to take. It was the biggest unknown I’d ever attempted. While I’d been in LA for years now, I didn’t have the lifelong network of people to grow my business, but even worse, I didn’t have the confidence in myself. Day after day, I risk rejection, acceptance, avoidance and fear. There are days that I doubt myself, days that I feel like I can conquer the world, and other days that I honestly don’t feel like doing anything at all. Each morning when I wake up, I get to decide which risks I’m willing to take and in most circumstances, I chose to face every last unknown. That way I ensure that I’ve moved my life and career in the direction I want to go.

What should our readers know about your business?
As a Real Estate Agent in Los Angeles, I would say what sets me apart is my passion for saving LA architecture. Being from Detroit, I grew up around amazing architecture and while there was a lot of decaying structures in the city, we as citizens love seeing the old buildings and saving them. Fast forward to my business in LA, I practice what I preach, and have just purchased my own 1900’s Craftsman home and am working with my partner to restore it. Real Estate Agents are a dime a dozen in Los Angeles, toss a rock and you’ll likely hit one. It’s not an easy business to be in as competition is fierce. The knowledge and experience I’ve acquired over the years have definitely helped me to create a competitive advantage. Not only am I able to help newcomers to the city find their way through the LA real estate market, but also assist Angelinos in preserving the history that often times gets overlooked. I’ve learned so much in my 10 years here in LA, but most of all, I’ve learned to be authentic. With all of the glitz and glamour in Los Angeles, there’s a lot to be said for a down-to-earth individual that genuinely wants to help people. I would like the world to know that my business caters to you individually, whether you’re looking to lease an apartment, sell your manufactured home, invest in a Spanish style Mid-City Duplex, or buy that dream home in Bel-Air, the size of the deal doesn’t dictate the quality of service you’ll receive.

If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
I would 100% have to do the typical LA outings; hike Griffith Park to see The Hollywood Sign, walk the Hollywood Walk of Fame, dinner at Muso & Franks, a show at The Pantages, drinks at Spire 73 at The Intercontinental Hotel in Downtown LA (The views are amazing!), take the toursity photos in front of The Beverly Hills sign on Santa Monica Blvd., Walk down the boardwalk in Venice and maybe lunch at The Ivy.

Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
My Grandmother used to consistently ask me what I planned to do with my life. I never had an answer for her, until I moved to Los Angeles. She called to check on me a few weeks after I arrived and asked what my plans were. I told her that I had to completely reinvent myself because the old me wouldn’t survive in Los Angeles. Her response was “Just keep doing that until you get it right. You’ll be just fine.”

Website: www.jeremyfurton.com

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