Realtor® PROfile: Kale Corey

Kale Corey

An Advocate for Future Real Estate Leaders      

It’s not unusual for a successful real estate broker to have decades of experience in the industry. For Kale Corey, real estate broker at Compass Real Estate’s Bellevue office, that career trajectory started at the ripe young age of 15, when he started interning at a local office while still in high school. 

“I reached out to multiple brokers and tried to job-shadow them,” says Corey, a recent REALTOR® Magazine 30 Under 30 Honoree and founder of the LGBTQ+ Real Estate Alliance. “One of them gave me the time of day so I started handling small projects for her while hanging out at the office after school.”

After leaving to attend college, Corey came back to the same office, joined a team (that his original mentor had started), and got into real estate sales. He was 21 at the time and ready to really sink his teeth into a successful real estate career. Now 27, Corey is working on his own for Compass. 

As he reflects on his real estate career, Corey says if he had a do-over he would not be so afraid of failure during his first few years in the industry. “I probably compared myself to others a lot and always wanted to ‘get there’ faster,” he says. “However, I think sometimes I forget to slow down and realize how far I'd come so quickly.”

Finding his Niche

When working with clients, Corey takes a hands-on approach and prefers to work with people who want to be treated as friends and create relationships for life—not just a single deal. “The more my career evolves, the more selective I become about whom I want to work with,” he explains. “I’m at a point where I’m finding my niche, and where the relationships I’ve built generate quite a few referrals.”

Within just a few months of getting licensed, Corey got involved with the Seattle chapter of the Young Professionals Network (YPN)—a move that he says was “huge” for his career. “I attended an awards banquet with my managing broker at the time and had no idea what YPN was,” Corey explains. “I saw what that group was doing and wanted to get plugged in right away; that really launched my career.” 

Fast-forward to 2021 and Corey says that being a 30 Under 30 Honoree and founding the LGBTQ+ Real Estate Alliance were both subsets of his involvement with his local REALTOR® association. An advocate for future real estate leaders, Corey serves as both YPN State Chair and as a State Director for Washington REALTORS®. He previously served as chair for the Seattle YPN. 

His Authentic Self 

These days, Corey thoroughly enjoys being able to blend his own identity with that of his career—something he kept separated for years—and create a niche around the successful convergence of the two. “It’s been so much easier to be my authentic self in my career,” says Corey, who is encouraged by the recent strides being made on the diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) front in real estate, but definitely wants to see more. 

“We've made some major strides this past year, with new blood coming in and pushing back on things, and starting to question why things are done a certain way,” says Corey. “Our generation is not as afraid to speak up and we're not going to just stand for the norm. Let’s see more of that.” 

     


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