We are just absolutely in love with Alex Perry, y’all. I mean, how could we not be?! From his never-give-up attitude he inherited from his father and his grandfather, tennis great Fred Perry, to his winning smile and meteoric rise at Allie Beth Allman & Associates, Perry has earned his stripes as a senior VP in one of the regions leading brokerages. He may be young, but we wouldn’t dare confuse his age with inexperience.
Perry took a few moments to answer a few fun questions for us, and we were just laid out by his thoughtful answers! Read on to find out more about this amazing Dallas agent and why he gives every client the Michelin star treatment!
CandysDirt.com: Where are you from?
Alex Perry: I was born in Los Angeles. When I was 13 I left L.A. to attend boarding school in the northeast. I spent 6 years in Massachusetts and Rhode Island before ending up in Texas to go to Southern Methodist University. Dallas in now considered HOME.
CD: How did you get into real estate?
Perry: My father has been in real estate for 40 years. So, growing up, I was surrounded by it. I always knew that I wanted to be in the industry and therefore majored in Real Estate Finance. In the summer of my junior year (2006) I decided to get my real estate license, just in case any of my friends were looking to purchase homes after they graduated. I got in at a great time, and learned very quickly that it doesn’t always stay that way.
CD: You’re a young gun with Allie Beth Allman and an SMU grad, but tennis is in your blood. And how does the sport influence how you do business?
Perry: Tennis is in my blood. My grandfather (Fred Perry) as of the other day was the last Englishman to win Wimbledon. Having three brothers had me always competing in everything. No one ever wanted to loose and a result I always was prepared to give it my all with no excuses. I was never handed a victory. I like to think that in real estate nothing is ever given to you, you have to work hard and prove yourself in every deal, just as in every competition against my brothers.
CD: Where is home for you in Dallas?
Perry: Home for me in Dallas is Uptown. Portobello by the Creek is where I live with my twin brother.
CD: And you drive a … let me guess, Mercedes Benz?
Perry: I do drive a Mercedes Benz. I work hard and am always in the car, so I thought it was a nice reward to myself.
CD: What’s your favorite ‘hood in Dallas and why?
Perry: My favorite “hood” in Dallas is the Park Cities. I have an investment mind, and I believe that because of the great public school system, if you can afford to purchase in this area, you will always have somewhat of a protected investment. With that said, different “hoods” offer great living situations for clients and I like to be very knowledgeable in the surrounding areas.
CD: What was your best/highest sale?
Perry: I don’t have a best/highest sale. I love the deal. Each buyer/seller represents an opportunity for me to do what I love and I give them all the attention they deserve.
CD: Likewise, what was your most challenging or memorable transaction?
Perry: My most memorable transaction was my first. I had a very expensive house under contract. We went to the last hour of the option period and my client cancelled for a reason that I still don’t understand to this day. I learned very quickly a very valuable lesson that a deal is not done until it is closed at Title.
CD: How quickly have you ever turned a house?
Perry: I have marketed a house as a hip-pocket and executed a contract in less than 24 hours.
CD: How much did you sell last year?
Perry: My team at Allie Beth Allman & Associates ( Perry Schlegel Kloewer Group) sold $40 million last year.
CD: What have you learned about selling that makes you so successful?
Perry: I attribute my success to knowing the local real estate market inside and out. In addition, I am on call 24/7. I don’t look at my job as work, it something I wake up and love to do.
CD: If you ever change careers for an encore you’ll…
Perry: PGA Tour without a question.
CD: Do you have a second home? If so, where?
Perry: No second home. However, I do love to travel and not having one allows me to continually experience different places.