Agent Spotlight: Joe Gilani
Aug 31st, 2020
I always tend to find the greatness in other people and it's usually the reason why I attract some of the greatest people in the world as friends. That's why "greatness" is my word.

What brought you into real estate? Tell me a bit about your past.

I was raised by a single mother, Gigi, who worked 3 jobs to support her dreams and her only child, at the time. The most promising of her 3 jobs was becoming a licensed real estate agent. With that ambition and persistence, she went on to do well for herself and eventually quit her 9-5 jobs. While in real estate, she met the guy who ended up becoming a father figure to me, Hector. He was a top broker at the time. They progressed together in life as they opened up their own office in Queens, successfully raised a mixed family and helped 60+ more real estate entrepreneurs open and scale their own brokerage offices throughout the New York region. So after years of growing up in the industry, watching my parents blossom and helping others blossom, I decided to give Real Estate a try :)

What defines you? Also, what word defines you if you were to choose one?

I define me. The quality of my experience in life is in direct proportion to the quality of my thoughts. It's up to me, at all times, to surround myself with the right content and the right people.

Greatness is my word. Simply because I always tend to find the greatness in other people and it's usually the reason why I attract some of the greatest people in the world as friends.

What do you appreciate the most in your day to day in real estate?

The old cliché goes, "I'm helping people achieve their dream of homeownership" and while that is very true what I appreciate most is to be able to wake up to a new blank canvas everyday and having the ability to paint whichever picture I want, on my time. It's unique because if you create great systems, serve your clients genuinely and lead your business with heart, Real Estate really gives you access to financial freedom and a peace of mind in a very short period of time. You can't beat that.

How do you see yourself moving forward in the next 5 years?

5 years is a lot of 'blank canvases' away but if I'm sharing the 'big picture' I'd have to say building on my current real estate sales' systems and scaling to the point where I'm no longer directly involved in day-to-day activities but still running operations. This'll give me the time and space to build a real estate internet startup business, which has been an ambition of mine for quite some time. All in all, the dream is to incessantly retain that sweet feeling of freedom and peace of mind. I'm excited. Are you!?

Do you consider yourself a New Yorker? What is the definition of a New Yorker to you?

You better believe it! You know you're a New Yorker when you travel the globe and the first thing out of a strangers mouth is, "OMG, you're from New York? Please say 'cawfee'! I love your accent!" Whether you're born and bred in New York, being a New Yorker is all about the experience you gain and stories you create during your time here. You can't walk away from New York without at least a story that involves you and a yellow taxi cab, a $1 slice of pizza, a cup of 'cawfee', those world-renowned bagels, that gorgeous skyline, or the ridiculously high rent costs. These are the story trends that keep us all as 'New Yorkers' no matter where we are in the world.