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Subsequent Dor: From Trend to Actual Property
Emily Kahn

Meet Realtor Emily Kahn, again from NYC.

Emily Kahn spent seven years working within the fast-paced vogue business in New York Metropolis. She held gross sales positions for main manufacturers reminiscent of Ralph Lauren, Marc Jacobs, Helmut Lang and extra however by no means anticipated switching profession paths to actual property.

Kahn, 30, of Birmingham, studied attire merchandising at Indiana College. “I all the time knew I needed to work in vogue,” she explains.

As Emily was rising up, her mom, Cindy Kahn, operated a kids’s boutique in Birmingham known as Kiddlywinks that launched her daughters to the world of vogue. “I grew up working on the retailer,” Kahn says.

Later, her mom transitioned to working in actual property, and Kahn started to study in regards to the house shopping for and promoting course of, as effectively. “Gross sales has all the time been in my blood,” she explains.

Nonetheless, though her mom expressed curiosity in having her kids be a part of the actual property enterprise, Kahn was agency in her need to pursue a discipline in vogue.

Then, COVID-19 hit.

Shifting to Actual Property

Like many younger New Yorkers with household in different states, Kahn moved house to trip out the continued pandemic together with her household.

She labored remotely from her dad and mom’ house for eight months for Marc Jacobs earlier than realizing staying in Michigan and remaining within the fast-paced vogue world of New York Metropolis merely wasn’t potential.

“Shifting again right here, I knew my profession must change,” Kahn says. “I knew my vogue profession was over, however with gross sales, it’s so transferable with any form of product.

“Should you can promote a shirt, you’ll be able to promote a home,” she provides. “You’ve the talent to promote something.”

Together with her mom’s enterprise rising, Kahn determined now was the fitting time to check the waters of actual property. She took a six-week course to get her actual property license and by no means appeared again.

“Nobody can put together you for working with a mother or father, however it’s been so rewarding,” Kahn explains. “I’ve realized a lot from [my mother] and I really feel so fortunate to have her as a mentor within the enterprise.”

Kahn focuses totally on houses within the Oakland County space, notably Birmingham, Bloomfield, Franklin and Royal Oak. She maintains her personal shopper roster whereas additionally taking up joint tasks together with her mom.

From $250,000 to $6 million houses, Kahn works with a various array of properties that embrace each gross sales and leases. “We do all of it,” she says. “We don’t say no to something.”

Making a Dedication

Over two years working in the actual property business which have been among the most turbulent instances in house shopping for and promoting, Kahn has realized essential classes about what it takes to be a profitable Realtor in Metro Detroit.

Elaina Ryder, Cindy Kahn and Emily Kahn of Cindy Kahn Real Estate
Elaina Ryder, Cindy Kahn and Emily Kahn of Cindy Kahn Actual Property Emily Kahn

“There have been so many individuals who, in 2020, went and bought their license to be a part-time actual property agent,” Kahn explains. “It’s important to do it full time. It’s a seven-day-a-week job, and you’ve got to have the ability to put the time into it as a way to develop your online business.”

It’s probably the most difficult, but additionally probably the most gratifying a part of the business, she says.

“It’s important to be on name and able to leap at no matter,” Kahn describes. “It’s enjoyable as a result of day by day is so unpredictable.”

Nonetheless, Kahn says the adjustment felt pure after coming from the fast-paced world of New York Metropolis vogue. “It’s lots of work,” she explains. “It’s important to be passionate to place within the effort and time. It’s very demanding, however very rewarding ultimately.”

Exterior of labor in actual property, Kahn hosts occasions for NEXTGen Detroit, an arm of Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Detroit that strives to construct a vibrant group for younger Jewish adults. This yr, she was a bunch for EPIC, the most important annual fundraiser.

She’s additionally concerned with The Group Home in Birmingham as a part of the home tour committee, which is planning a Birmingham home tour later this yr on Sept. 14.

Along with volunteering, Kahn enjoys cooking, understanding, taking dance courses and touring. Most significantly, nevertheless, she loves spending time together with her household.

“One of the best a part of being again right here is that I’m again with my household,” she says. “We haven’t lived in the identical metropolis in about 11 years. It’s been so good for us to be again collectively.”

That is a part of a collection of younger adults who left the state and have determined to return house and plant their roots in Metro Detroit. Should you or somebody you already know wish to be featured on this collection, ship an e mail to


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