My name is Felipe Crook. I’m a Realtor in Las Vegas. I moved to las Vegas to open the original cast of Mamma Mia the musical at the Mandalay Bay. It was such a wonderful experience getting to perform for over million people. I am still shocked at that number. Because I had my days free while doing the show, I decided to look for an investment property to purchase. I had read almost all of Robert Kiyosaki books like Rich Dad, Poor Dad-which I would recommend to anyone. The Rich Dad website has a list of all his book and coaching and games that can help you achieve financial independence. Anyway, I read that book and the primary source of his wealth came from Real Estate. At 24 I decided I would buy an investment property. I started driving around town looking at “cheap” houses called on a sign and was connected to a buyer’s agent. He showed me 4 properties and pressured me into buying, excuse my language, a “dump.” I was SOOOOO naive and clueless. He did not explain the process, in fact, he told me things that were blatantly illegal. I had no idea and he capitalized on that in order to get a quick commission and move on to the next sucker. After I closed on the property, I immediately started getting repair calls on the property. My Realtor told me I didn’t need to get an inspection because it was already inspected by section 8. What Realtor in their right mind would EVER say that to a client? Well, after that experience, I decided to get my own license and cut out the middle man. I was so angry that he used my naivety for a quick buck that I vowed to never, EVER treat a client that way. That’s how I run my business now. I treat a client’s money like it’s my own money. I tell them the pros…AND the cons. Sometimes I lose a sale because of my honesty, but I’d rather be honest than have someone feel the way I felt. 50% of my business comes from the Gay and Lesbian community as I am gay myself. If you are specifically looking to work with a gay real estate agent, or would like to refer someone to a gay agent, please give me a call. I give the same level of service to anyone, gay, straight, black, white, purple…It doesn’t matter to me. I believe in Real estate as a tool for wealth and as a means of empowerment. Owning property is the American Dream, and I still love seeing people’s faces when they sign the papers for their first home. It’s a great feeling. Best of luck with all your endeavors.