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Meet Spyro Kemble of The Kemble Group in So Cal

Today we’d like to introduce you to Spyro Kemble.

Spyro, please share your story with us. How did you get to where you are today?
My mom and I immigrated to Newport Beach, California from Germany in 1970. I didn’t speak any English when I arrived and in Jr. High I befriended a guy named Tom Crone. He didn’t speak a stitch of English, but he was able to somehow translate for me and helped me navigate my way through classes and sports. Forty-nine years later, he is still my best friend and brother.

In school, I excelled in sports, specifically in football and wrestling. My heart belonged to football but I soon realized when UCLA offered me a full scholarship, that the mat was my meal ticket. This lesson taught me early on to utilize the gifts and talents God gave me and to make sure I took them to the next level.

My first job out of college was selling computers and I quickly discovered the next important lesson in business: only sell something you are passionate about. I learned this lesson after six months and one computer sale to my dad. Needless to say, my boss made me available for other opportunities.

Following my not so stellar computer sales career, I became a private, personal trainer in Newport Beach. For four years, I made a killing working people out and believed with all the “easy money”, life was as good as it could get. Five years later, a friend 20 years my senior, came to me and said, “This is great but what will you do when you are 40 years old? Why not get your real estate license? I remember thinking that 40 was so far away and that my goal was to own a few gyms by then.

There is a saying, “If you want to make God laugh, tell him your plans.” So that night I went home and for the first time in my life, I truly listened to someone other than my father. Soon after, I passed my real estate exam and quit personal training cold turkey to pursue my career in real estate. I was 29 at the time and I went from making a little over 100K being a glorified jumping jack instructor to make $7,500 my first year. If I wasn’t humbled before, that certainly brought on humility.

Thirty-two years later and almost half of a billion in sales I am ever so grateful for my friend asking me to switch lanes when I couldn’t see the lanes in front of me.

We’re always bombarded by how great it is to pursue your passion, etc – but we’ve spoken with enough people to know that it’s not always easy. Overall, would you say things have been easy for you?
If you are in Luxury Real Estate or for that matter, any division of Real Estate I don’t think the road is ever smooth. In the past 32 years, I have certainly seen many changes in our market, but the key is that markets will change however, an agent’s character should never change.

My book Reality Check: Lessons learned, Candor and Consequence I believe illustrates the road I traveled for 32 years and gives agents a perspective on my lessons learned and how to succeed in any market we might incur.

I have also learned the value of branding. Whether you like it or not, you are a brand and it is up to you to make sure this brand is the best version of yourself.

So let’s switch gears a bit and go into The Kemble Group story. Tell us more about the business.
Today, in addition to being a luxury Real Estate broker, I am a featured author and speaker for Inman, Coastal OC Real Producers and have a monthly editorial for the Newport Beach Association of Realtors. I am a past President of the Board, which gave me the opportunity to serve our community from the inside.

A few years ago, Bravo came to me and asked if I wanted to anchor a spin off on Million Dollar Listing called Real Estate Wars and naturally I said yes, not really realizing the time commitment it took and the negative energy it would bring out amongst the cast members. My team consisted of myself and four female realtors, that were all top in their field – but keeping them all focused on task was like herding cats. But overall, the opportunity certainly helped my business and notoriety.

On a philanthropic level, I serve on the board of Tracy’s (my wife of 25 years) outreach for abused women called The WIN Foundation which has been helping women for the past 23 years. WIN is a women empowerment organization that celebrates women’s dreams.

What quality or characteristic do you feel is most important to your success?
Integrity and an unwavering commitment to always do what best for your client. Always evolve and never ever pretend to know it all. When it comes to communicating with your client and the other agent, make sure you check your ego at the door. Egos can be the biggest deal breaker besides arrogance. Your job is to make the deal. I never discourage an offer even a low ball offer because in order to connect the dots from offer to closing, you will need to have an offer to work with.

Contact Info:

  • Website: www.spyrokemble.com
  • Email: skemble@surterreproperties.com
  • Instagram: @spyrokemble

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