Realtors Row: Black realtors weigh in on why they joined the industry

By Megan Sayles, AFRO business writer,
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and Fatiha Belfakir, specifically for AFRO

The real estate industry is a constantly growing industry. While selling and buying real estate can bring stability and prosperity, the process can sometimes be challenging. Understanding and educating about home markets, government programs, and bank lending and financing is vital. Therefore, it is crucial to find a knowledgeable agent who is passionate about his work!

David Pridgen, real estate agent and founder of Realty ONE Group Excellence

David Pridgen, Real Estate Agent and Founder of Realty ONE Group Excellence. (Photo courtesy)

David Pridgen traveled the neighborhoods as a mailman and often saw “For Sale” signs on properties that caught his eye with unique characteristics. The interest was so great that he decided to leave the postal service and become a real estate agent.

Pridgen began his career at well-known real estate firms such as Long and Foster and Remax.

However, in 2016 he decided he was ready to branch out and start his own brokerage firm.

“I wanted to try to reach the mass of real estate professionals and make sure they were getting the tools and support they needed, and I couldn’t see a better way to do that than to open a brokerage firm,” he told Pridgen.

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Pridgen opened Pikesville-based Realty ONE Group Excellence in 2017. The brokerage firm serves individuals in the Baltimore metropolitan area and surrounding counties.

At Realty ONE Group Excellence real estate agents collect 100 percent of the commissions instead of having to share them with an agent. You will also have access to individual and team coaching around various facets of real estate, such as: B. The responsibility of brokers and the difference between working with buyers and sellers.

For Pridgen, home ownership is a way to create generational wealth. Individuals can use the equity they build to afford and achieve other goals, such as: B. starting a business, debt consolidation or study and training costs.

For more information on Realty ONE Group Excellence, visit

Erika S. Schwarz

Erika S. Black is a realtor who was born and raised in Rich Square, a small two-traffic-light town in rural North Carolina.

Black came from humble beginnings and was always determined to succeed so she could provide for her family and give back to her community. At 24 she was able to save and buy her first house, and by 25 she was the proud owner of two houses.

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Early on, she discovered a taste of the financial freedom of home ownership and real estate investing. She is living proof that home ownership, when given the right advice, can help build generational wealth and transform the lives of families. As a real estate agent, she helps families enjoy the same sense of independence and cross-generational wealth creation. For Black, the feeling of helping African Americans become homeowners is a reward in itself.

Along with courage and determination, Black encourages real estate agents to keep planting and watering the seeds of their business.

“Real estate is a business that real estate agents must consistently attend to in order to grow. It takes time. But it can pay off if the agent is consistent and persistent in prospecting and networking. In other words — move on,” Black said.

To contact Erika Black, call 202.670.6677 or (202) 387-6180.

Mahlon D Thomas is a real estate agent driven to help its African American clients with their real estate needs and financial goals. The licensed real estate agent dedicates his time and energy to providing his clients with the accurate information needed for the home ownership processes.

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Mahlon D. Thomas is a real estate agent based in Baltimore. Thomas is currently a real estate agent for Exit Realty Perspectives in Woodlawn, MD. (Photo courtesy)

Thomas said when it comes to barriers holding black homeowners back, the list includes limited knowledge of available programs and opportunities, income limitations, and little to no money in a savings account.

Thomas strongly believes that financial security and home security is a right that all people deserve and that homeownership should be an affordable process.

To contact Mahlon Thomas, call or text 240.398.9958.

Sebrin Adam

A native of Ethiopia, East Africa, Sebrin Adem is the owner of Sebrin Adem Real Estate Group, an agency serving the DC, Maryland and Virginia areas. (Photo courtesy)

Originally from Ethiopia, East Africa, Sebrin Adem is a real estate agent passionate about increasing home ownership among Black and Brown Americans. Adem says a top priority of her work is to help families of color build equity and live in a safe and stable environment. While the real estate industry is sometimes tough on women, Adem told AFRO it’s important to maintain professionalism, be honest and—most importantly—stay up to date with accurate information from home ownership programs.

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