Today’s 30 Over 30 profile is a residential real estate agent known for “her direct honest and consistent support.” She’s also the chair of the Greater Philadelphia Association of Realtors’ Young Professionals Committee on top of being a Big Sister in the Big Brothers Big Sisters program. An athlete (she loves playing polo) and career-driven woman, Jessica Dubin was a perfect fit for our series.
Name: Jessica Dubin
1) What neighborhood in Philadelphia do you call home? Society Hill
2) Tell us about what you do professionally: I make people’s dream of home-ownership come true! AKA I’m a Realtor. I have been selling Philadelphia real estate for nearly eight years now, representing both buyers and sellers, but have found that my true niche is the first time buyer. I find great joy in walking newbies through this exciting, yet sometimes scary and overwhelming process, making it as easy, seamless and transparent for them as I possibly can. Buying a home is typically the largest purchase most people ever make in their lives, so it’s my job to make sure they are investing their money wisely and taken care of throughout the entire process. I also help people build their portfolio of rental properties so that they may create long-term financial freedom for themselves and their families.
3) What makes you happy? Helping others. I have learned that helping myself only provides temporary bouts of happiness, whereas making a difference in the lives of others on a regular basis equals sustainable contentment. Ok and horses, travel, family, friends and good food are pretty nice too.
4) Who inspires you and why? My mother. I’m constantly amazed and impressed by the person she is and continues to become. I just wish I valued her advice and experience more back when I was a bratty teenager!
5) What’s your biggest regret and why? Not living in a mountain town and being a ski bum for a season after college before entering the “real world.” I love that lifestyle, but I was always too ambitious (i.e. anxious) to put forward progress on hold for a year. If only I knew about meditation back then…
6) What is your life motto? A ship in the harbor is safe, but that’s not what ships were built for!
7) Name a guilty pleasure: The ID Network. I just cannot get enough of those real life murder stories.
8) On what occasion do you lie? I only lie to myself, and almost daily, about how many calories are actually in pizza. I also tell myself it covers all the food groups… dairy, fruit/vegetables, meat & grains. ha ha
9) What’s in your purse right now? Wallet, keys, chapstick, comb, hand sanitizer, loose change, ibuprofen, spare phone charger, and some crumpled up receipts. I usually have a granola bar in there too in case of emergency hunger. But I ate it.
10) What is your greatest extravagance? My horse/polo addiction & travel. I don’t spend much money on material things and really stress and suffer from buyer’s remorse when I do. But I spare no expense when it comes to horse expenses and travel and for some reason feel MOSTLY free of guilt.
11) Where is your favorite travel destination? Argentina! Horses, polo, beaches, wine, steak, bachata, outdoor adventure & friendly people. I see no need for anything else.
12) How do you take your coffee? Half & half and Stevia. Hot as I can stand it without burning my mouth.
13) What is your most treasured possession? My teddy bear named Baby that I’ve had since the day I was born. As a kid it came everywhere with me; sleepovers, summer camp etc. and my mom used to joke with me, “Are you someday going to take Baby with you to college?” And I did. All four years.
14) What is your favorite magazine? Airline magazines in the seat back pocket. The articles are always so diverse and interesting, and they also highlight and explore in detail a variety of travel destinations around the world. Plus I can play the crosswords and Sudoku.
15) What advice would you give your 20-something self? I would tell myself that pain is part of growth, that there will always be difficult times in life, and you cannot run nor hide from them… nor should you. Facing fear, sadness and adversity are wonderful opportunities to learn and grow if you let them be your teacher.
16) Where can we find you on a Friday night? June-September I’ll be at Brandywine Polo Club. The rest of the year, probably relaxing at home.. Saturdays are big days for real estate and I need my rest to be on my game!
17) What motivates you? To feel like I have done my best at something, even if I don’t get the exact outcome I had hoped for in the beginning. So long as I know I tried my hardest and did everything I possibly could, that’s all I can ask of myself. Basically I’m motivated by not wanting to say afterwards that I could’ve done more.
18) What’s something unique that we can find on your desk or around your work-space? Wrapping paper. I give closing gifts to my buyers, so I have to have wrapping paper handy!
19) What’s the best relationship advice you’ve ever gotten? Someone once told me that relationships aren’t about finding the perfect partner, they’re about BEING the perfect partner. So if both people in a relationship have the goal of making the other person happy instead of looking to be made happy, then I think that’s as good as it can get!
20) What’s your favorite thing about Philadelphia right now? I love how much development is going on right now, and how my clients are able to buy incredible homes for such affordable prices in really awesome neighborhoods all around town. I love that people have invested in our city, and over the last two decades the improvements have really started to show. And the rest of the country is taking notice!
21) If you could be any superhero, who would you be and why? Superman. Duh. He can fly!
22) Do you have a fashion icon? No one I can think of specifically because I don’t spend enough time thinking on the subject, but I do idolize anyone who can put together smart looking outfits without paying a fortune for it.
23) If you could go back to one decade in history, which one would it be and why? The 60s! Mostly because of the music, which came in like a lamb and out like a lion during that decade. And I’m a big Beatles fan. It was also only 75 cents to go to the movies, and there was no such thing as a Selfie yet.
24) Where’s your favorite place to eat? At an authentic Argentine Asado in the countryside, with the sun setting and a cold beer in hand.
25) How do you stay sane balancing your life and career? Who says I’m sane? 🙂 But seriously, that IS how I stay sane… balance!
26) What’s your favorite drink or cocktail? Simple drinks are best. Beer, Wine or Vodka Soda.
27) What is your favorite movie? Like songs, if you watch a movie too many times it can very quickly lose its appeal. But having that said, Dumb & Dumber never loses its appeal. I also pretty much love every movie ever made in the 80s.
28) Tell us about an embarrassing moment you recently had: I do stuff all the time that most people would be mortified by, but luckily for my sake I’ve become desensitized due to the frequency of occurrence. Usually such events involve spilling food on myself at inappropriate times or bumping into things. I refer to myself as spatially challenged.
29) What’s your favorite app right now? Lumosity. I like to play games that make me feel like I’m getting smarter.
30) If you could, what would you say to yourself fives years from now? What do you mean if I could? I can! I just have to wait 5 years to hear it 🙂 Seriously though, I’d tell my future self to tell my current self what the coolest invention is in 2020 so that I can invent it now in 2015.
#30Over30PHL is a month-long series highlighting Philadelphia’s most ambitious women. Created in collaboration with Melissa Alam of Femme & Fortune and Alex Kacala ofFaymeProblems. #30Over3PHL is being presented with support from Hard Rock Cafe Philadelphia.