Realtor Moses Seuram took his gregarious nature and turned it into a successful and respected career.
BY JON CRONIN
After finishing school, Seuram worked for some time as an EMT at Booth Memorial Hospital in Flushing, but realized quickly that the hours were taking a toll on his health and the pay was not enough to sustain him.
Seuram, who is a native of Guyana, said that he remembered how business always seemed attractive to him. In 1992, he thought about how he would like to be in a situation in which he was able to talk with different people throughout the day and remain on the go.
“After that, I never looked back,” said Seuram, adding that he decided soon afterward to go into real estate. “The flexibility of having my own schedule doesn’t compare to the long hours on the ambulance.
I’m able to be in different places. It is a fun, social thing to do, networking and meeting a lot of people.
Networking is vital to this career.”
Today, Seuram has 25 years in real estate agent experience to share with homebuyers. He pointed out that his first eight years in the business were as a licensee real estate agent—but in in 2000, he became a full-fledged realtor.
“That’s when my career really opened for me,” he said.
Seuram is currently an associate broker within the Keystone franchise—one of the largest in the industry—in the company’s Flushing office.
The new title helped to him understand “all the aspects of real estate” and he said that it also aided in his ability to teach and lead his colleagues.
Seuram was the 2013 president of the Long Island Board of Realtors. He is currently the secretary for the New York State Association of Realtors as well as its 2018 president-elect.
He said that the association’s realtor membership has three legs—national, state and local. Seuram noted that if the local board gives you its blessing, “and if they think you’re ready, you can serve at the state level.”
Seuram cautioned first-time homebuyers to make sure when working with someone in the real estate field that the person is a realtor and not a licensee.
“A licensee may not know the resources available,” he said.
His philosophy for dealing with homebuyers is to “be transparent and be honest. I try to give as much information as possible, so the client is knowledgeable of the process.”
He pointed out that in the information age, research can be done on the internet. “But you need accurate information,” he added.
He said that there are several things that buyers should do before engaging in dealings with realtors.
“Definitely, [they should] get themselves pre-approved for a mortgage,” he said.” Do research on neighborhoods to see what you like and have a good real estate attorney.”
When not indulging his passion for real estate or spending time with his wife, Wendy, and two children, Savannah and Ethan, Seuram enjoys getting out on the links and playing golf—when time permits.
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