Student builds his dreams
As a child, 3L Troy King was always fascinated by houses. His less-than-ideal childhood environment led him to envision nice homes as an escape to a better life. It was that early vision that motivated King to pursue his passion for real estate by establishing his own real estate company in 2004, and subsequently pursuing real estate law with the hopes of improving the lives of others.
King grew up in a violent San Francisco Public Housing project. But even when things looked bleak, his grandmother, who served as head of the household, stressed the importance of education and convinced King that he could do anything he set his mind to do.
“I don’t know what would have come of my life without my grandmother, who instilled in me the importance of having an education. I grew up knowing that education would allow me to create better circumstances,” he said.
King went on to receive his bachelor’s degree at the University of California-Berkley and was the first person in his family to graduate from college. Although some might have thought earning a college degree to be an unachievable task, King was determined to prove that he was capable of achieving even more.
Following graduation, King entered the corporate world. It wasn’t long before he found himself longing for something more. He then made the decision to move to Atlanta to pursue his dreams of starting his own real estate company.
He first worked diligently to earn his salesperson license and then his broker’s license the required three years later. The logistics of developing his own business, however, proved to be a challenge.
“One of the things I’ve learned is that sometimes you don’t always need all the answers,” King said. “You just have to get started.”
King had to build the foundation for his company with no background knowledge to work with – something he wishes had been available to him.
“It would’ve been nice if I had, perhaps, someone who could take me under their wing and maybe teach me what to do,” he said. “But I didn’t, so I had to figure things out on my own.”
The learning process involved dealing with initial setbacks involving capital, office space, and marketing. But with hard work and persistence, King & Associates Reality, Inc. was established in 2004.
It wasn’t until King saw his first employee’s name next to his logo on her shipment of business cards that it became a reality for him. It was at that moment that he realized the impact that his company could have on the lives of others.
“Just being able to provide opportunities for other people, especially when you consider my background, is a very fulfilling thing,” King said. “My goals have shifted from just trying to make a living for myself to seeking ways to provide opportunities for others. For me, now, success is about serving others and helping them achieve their dreams.”
King knew early in his career that he wanted to tackle as many facets of real estate as possible. One way he decided to accomplish this was by attending the Moritz College of Law, with plans to open his own real estate law firm after graduation.
While it may be a challenge to balance both the company and his legal education, King found a way to make it work. With three agents currently handling most of the work back in Atlanta, along with a real estate market that has slowed down dramatically, he has been able to step away and focus on getting his degree.
“I basically toned things down before starting school because I knew it would be impossible to handle it,” King said. “And the market helped.”
As King continues to count down the days until he reaches his goal of completing law school, he is already looking ahead to the future.
After graduation, King plans to use his law degree to handle real estate closings for his real estate company, something he had to go to an outside law firm to handle in the past.
He knows that although goals are not always achieved easily, he is willing to do anything to make them work.
“I’ve learned that by setting specific goals, working hard, and being creative, you can achieve your heart’s desires,” King said.