5 for Friday with Erik Egelko, SVN Asset Advisory Group

Our first Five for Friday of 2019 features Erik Egelko, Vice President at SVN | Asset Advisory Group in San Diego. There,  he specializes in the office and retail commercial real estate markets.

Erik Egelko, VP, SVN | Asset Advisory Group

What advice would you provide to an aspiring advisor who is new to the industry?

Create a morning routine and stick to it. I arrive at work every morning at 6:30 a.m. and have the the first three and a half hours of my day planned out ahead of time. The goal is to get more done before 10 a.m. than my competitors will get done all day. By religiously sticking to this plan, I closed 42 transactions in 2018.

What does the SVN Difference mean to you?

My market is highly saturated with brokers and SVN’s national platform gives me a leg up on local/regional competitors. Also, it is a great company culture,  provides opportunity for growth, and has lucrative commission splits.

What learning tools (book, blog, website, etc.) would you recommend to your colleagues to further their knowledge and enhance their careers?

There are three books I recommend:

The 50th Law by Robert Greene and 50 Cent

The Millionaire Next Door  by Thomas J. Stanley

Think and Grow Rich  by Napoleon Hill


What was your most memorable deal and why?

Earlier this year, I sold a mixed use project earlier in which the seller had lived in for over 20 years. During those years, he had accumulated so much stuff that the interior and exterior of the property looked like an episode of Storage Wars. The day the escrow closed I stopped by to give the seller a closing gift. Despite the transaction being closed and recorded the seller was not even 50% moved out. I stayed at the property all night moving the client’s belongings. The next morning at the crack of dawn I rented a U-Haul truck and picked up three day laborers and by the next afternoon we had the property completely cleared out.

List a fun fact to share about yourself – something that people may not know and that they may be surprised to find out.

My younger brother and I are born on the same day exactly four years apart.

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SVN Specialty Awards: Collaborator of the Year – Tony Yousif

Recognizing the SVN Difference with Specialty Awards

Tony Yousif - Collaborator of the Year 2015If you read my recent blog post about the SVN Annual Conference highlights, you know that the SVN Specialty Awards recognize members of the SVN community who have distinguished themselves in 2015 by making significant impacts on the commercial real estate industry and beyond. The awards – which included Team Player of the Year, Ambassador of the Year, Collaborator of the Year, Trainer of the Year, Humanitarian of the Year, Prospector of the Year, Innovator of the Year, and Firm of the Year – looked beyond production results and instead focused on culture. The winners of this year’s SVN Specialty Awards each embody traits that the SVN culture values immensely: practicing collaboration, cooperation and conscious capitalism while excelling in commercial real estate.

SVN Collaborator of the Year 2015 – Tony Yousif

Tony Yousif - Collaborator of the YearJust being with SVN means you are a collaborator. And one could say that when you specialize in national accounts, you would naturally be a good collaborator. However, when you run your national accounts in a manner where nearly half the company writes in to nominate you, it means that you are the company’s best collaborator. As we are a company founded on collaboration both internally and externally, it’s with great pride that we present this award to Tony Yousif.

Tony Yousif serves as Senior Director of National Accounts for SVN | Asset Advisory Group specializing in the management and sale of investment properties.

The SVN blog will be featuring one SVN Specialty Award winner every week for the next few weeks. Subscribe to the SVN blog on the right-hand column of the blog homepage to stay up to date with SVN and CRE industry news.