Fian Labiste has been a licensed real estate agent at DeLand for about two months, and he enters a booming field when the market is hot. He hasn’t always seen himself in real estate, but he’s now one of Bee Realty Corp’s youngest agents.
In high school, Labiste became interested in real estate, in part, he says, because he was curious.
âI was always looking for houses and I watched a lot of real estate shows,â Labiste said. The tag. “It’s just my curiosity about it, and I fell in love.”
Graduating from the University of Central Florida in December 2020, Labiste was ready to take his BSc in Sports Science with a high-caliber team like the Orlando Magic.
Then – in a twist of fate that is starting to look like a broken record – COVID-19 happened.
âTowards the end of my last semester, I needed an internship, but no one was hiring,â Labiste said. âEverything was locked, no one knew what was going to happen. I sat down and thought, ‘What are my options?’ ”
Labiste is an optimist, and in the midst of a pandemic, it is not always easy.
Rapid career change
In January 2020, Labiste decided to start taking courses to become a licensed real estate agent. In early April 2021, after months of classes and studies, he was state licensed and ready to start selling homes.
Now 23 years old and signed with Bee Realty Corp. at DeLand, he joins the fray when interest rates are low but people’s interest in owning a home soars. He works with three parties and hopes to get his first listing and sell his first property soon.
âThe average length of time for a home on the market is currently five days,â Labiste said. “If you find a house and it’s still there in a week or two, you’re in luck – or there’s something wrong with that house.”
Right now, he said, one of his clients is looking to list a house on the market. The shift in market prices from before the pandemic to now has been, in a nutshell, “crazy,” Labiste said.
“He said if he got $ 180,000 he would be lucky,” he said of his client. âI just did a benchmarking of the market because I think we’ll be listing it in the next couple of weeks. The price we quoted was $ 215,000.
With interest rates low and interest in living in western Volusia very high, now is the perfect time to move into a home, Labiste said. If you can find one, it is.
Because it is not enough in this market to see a house and offer the list price, or even just above that price. So many people are looking to buy houses that people are making offers without even seeing the house, he said.
âNow if you offer list price, that’s an insult,â Labiste said.
The chaos of the market can be a test by fire for his new career, but Labiste said it made him want to help potential buyers even more.
âThe new generation of owners will be us,â he said. âThe new children are growing up. They’re going to want to talk to people their age.
After all, the goal, he said, is to make sure buyers are happy with their new digs.
âI love helping people, I love seeing the looks on people’s faces,â Labiste said. âI am always happy and I want to see this reflected in others. It’s going to sound cheesy, but it’s what the world needs.
Labist, still smiling, said he wanted people to know his name and face and know he wanted to help.
“You’ll be fed up with my face,” he laughs. âYou will see me everywhere! ”
Labiste is happy to return to work in his hometown. With so much uncertainty around the world since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, it would not have been otherwise.
A few months ago, after receiving a non-real estate job offer in Atlanta, Labiste said he had been forced to decide if he was ready to move out of the city he lived in since his family moved out. Philippines for the United States in 2009.
And while he may not yet own his own home – Labiste lives with his cancer-fighting father – he enjoys helping new homeowners become his neighbors.
âI guess I could say my heart has always, always been in DeLand. I love this small town – I grew up here, âsaid Labiste. âEven with all the political and social tensions, you can still feel that the people here are strong and that they wouldn’t turn on you to believe in something. This is what I see in this community.