Richard Schley (pronounced “Sly”) says:
Meet Austin Broker and Realtor Richard Schley. He grew up in Dallas’ University Park and, when in high school, got a summer job at Friendly Chevrolet sweeping floors for $1.10 an hour. Well, you never know where that first job may lead you. Richard spent 40 years with General Motors opening and running dealerships in Texas, Arkansas, and Mississippi.
He made it back to Austin 19 years ago (UT grad 1970) and decided to retire 8 years ago. But after 2 months of going stir-crazy he became an Austin Realtor. What does running car dealerships have in common with being a highly-successful Realtor? Richard says, “It taught me how to match people with the right product and how to negotiate a fair deal for both parties.”
Your first car was? A 1962 Impala: 6-clylinder, 3-speed column shift and a hang-on air conditioner that froze the knee caps.
Favorite Austin restaurant? Azul Tequila by my house. Great food!
Are you a dog or cat person? Actually, both. But I have 3 cats. I call myself a certified cat socializer for the Humane Society.
What do you do for fun? Race sports cars.
What celebrity would you like to have living next door? Well, years ago I got to hang out with Paul Newman and his car at the race track. What a great, down-to-earth guy. As long as you didn’t talk about his films or his career…he was ready to be your friend. But today, I guess it would be retired race car driver Dan Gurney.
The secret of your success? That’s easy. Personal service. I personally scout out to find my clients their ideal home AND I personally handle the sale of their homes. Even during the recession, the houses I listed were sold within 2 weeks. The car business taught me it’s all about turning inventory. I want my client’s property to be on the market for as little time as possible.