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Please tell us a little bit about your family.

I’m married to my college sweetheart since 2009, whom I met at Bob Jones University. We had our first child 2 weeks before our first anniversary, and now have two children and a mini golden doodle. When people look at it us, they frequently comment about all the “red” – the color of my beard, my wife’s and children’s hair, and our dog’s fur.

What do you love most about the real estate industry?

I love how there are so many ways to make a living in real estate, so many different niches that real estate agents and investors have. There is an unbelievable amount of variety in the job, and one day or week often looks completely different than the next day/week. And I love the lifestyle of being self-employed – that my income potential is up to me, not someone else, and that I can orient my workday in a way that is most efficient, both for me and for my clients (something that I was never allowed to do as a salaried employee).

What inspired you or led you to become a licensed real estate agent?

It was a long journey that started by reading The Four Hour Work Week, which inspired me to think about life beyond the cubicle and led to me dabbling in real estate investing, among other things. After having some real estate investment successes, people started coming to me for (free) advice to help them with their own beginning real estate ventures, and I realized that if multiple people think my advice in real estate is valuable, I should probably find a way to be compensated for it. Becoming a licensed agent was the simplest way for me to do that.

What inspired you or led you to join our C Dan Joyner Family?

In the process of purchasing my first house, I became good friends with my real estate agent, Paul Gallucci, an agent with CDJ, and when I started considering getting my real estate license, he was one of the first people I discussed the idea with. After meeting with him and Bob Morgan (his team leader), I didn’t need further convincing that CDJ would be the best fit for me.

What are a couple of your favorite restaurants in our community?

Soby’s, Latin Flavorz, Mike and Jeff’s BBQ, The Strip Club 104, Sidewall Pizza, Willy Taco, and many more

How long have you lived or worked in the upstate of South Carolina?

I graduated college and became a permanent SC resident in 2008.

What is the neatest event you have been to here in the upstate?

Artisphere – it is a must-see for me each year.

Give me three attributes that best describe YOU?

If we’re only doing positive ones: driven, efficient, consistent

What is your favorite movie of all time?

Gladiator

Do you have any advice that you consistently give to your clients?

Don’t read into things, take things personally, or get too emotionally caught up in a real estate negotiation or transaction. Emotion isn’t wrong but too much of it will frequently result in irrational decisions that at best will make your real estate transaction more difficult/stressful and at worst will result in you making a decision you’ll regret down the road.

What is something that you dream of doing one day?

Creating a board game

What would you consider to be your specialty?

As someone who has flipped houses, remodeled rental properties, and assisted dozens of real estate investors over the years, I have an eye for potential.

What is one thing about the Upstate that you believe sets it apart over everywhere else?

It has pretty much all of the amenities of a big town with the culture of a small town.

Outside of a personal family member, is there anyone that you look up to more than anyone else and is considered by you to be an inspiration?

Tim Ferriss, who is an author and content producer, is someone who has inspired me for years to take calculated chances and not settle for mediocrity.

Where would you like to be in your life in the next ten years?

Simply enjoying life with my family and friends.

What is one thing that most people do not know about you?

At the age of 20, I was offered a position to be the head pastor of a church.

Are there any places that you have visited that you would recommend for others to visit and enjoy?

Black Balsam Knob on the Art Loeb trail is one of the most beautiful vistas near the Upstate, and you don’t have to hike far to get there, since you get most of the way by car.

If you could be famous would you be an actor, a musician, a politician, a sports star or anything else you would wish to be?

A politician, but I’m not sure I could endure it.

What is your favorite time of the year?

The autumn stretch between mid-September and mid-November.

What do you wish for your clients every time you begin to work with them?

To be happy. I’ve found that metric to be more important than any others.

How do you work on being better everyday (Personal and business)?

I constantly assess where my weaknesses are and take steps to try to turn them into non-weaknesses and when possible, into strengths.

Name one thing that sets you apart from other agents in the Upstate.

I have a past as an insurance adjuster and a background in real estate investing. I look at houses from a different, more critical, analytical view than most. And I perceive paperwork and the negotiation process similarly – trying to take into consideration both the minute details as well as the big picture.

What is your favorite social media platform?

Twitter

Finally, what makes a home a home to you?

“Home” is a place where you and those you love can simply be themselves.

Stan McCune is an agent at the Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices C Dan Joyner, REALTORS® Midtown Office.

(973)479-1267 | smccune@cdanjoyner.com

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