Devin Halverson Executive Sales Consultant/Mentor

The Jason Mitchell Group

What was your most interesting job before going into real estate?

Served in the United States Marine Corps as an infantryman with combat time in Afghanistan. However, after that I taught counter terrorism and explosive hazards for the Department of Defense and traveled across the nation and back to Afghanistan to help train Marines how to navigate explosives in combat.

Where did you grow up?

Beautiful sunny San Diego, California.

Growing up, what did you want to be?

I wanted to be a fireman until the end of high school when I decided I wanted to join the Marine Corps. I actually had a spot to go to the fire academy and went to Marine Corps boot camp instead.

What do you do to relax when you’re stressed?

Being a father of an almost 5-year-old boy (Jace), there isn’t much time for relaxation when I’m not working. Toddlers sometimes add to the stress, but spending time with him is the most therapeutic and rewarding thing I can imagine. I wouldn’t want to be doing anything else besides watching him grow up and explore the world.

If you could meet any well-known figure (living or not), who would it be and why?

That’s a tough question, I feel like present day living person it would be Elon Musk. He has an incredible mind, and I would love to see how he manages to do what he does in a day.

What is Phoenix’s best-kept secret?

I think there’s a much broader answer to that question than just one place or thing. Phoenix has so much to do, from hiking trails, horseback riding, farmers markets, parks and lakes, craft and antique stores, museums, art, our professional and collegiate sports teams, NASCAR, and all the big names in entertainment that frequent our valley. The list could go on and on, there is always something to do here, all year round!

What do you love most about the industry?

My love for the the industry comes from what gives me the most reward and that is helping people realize their dreams, starting a new chapter in their life or closing the last one and move to the next.

How do you distinguish yourself from the crowd of agents?

Real estate isn’t a transactional business to me, it’s a people business and homes are just a byproduct of that. We build relationships and friendships that last for years. For most people, buying a home is a cumulation of their lifetime of hard work, sacrifice and making good decisions. Everyone buying a home has worked and saved to get to that point, possibly missing out on time with family and friends. Focusing on that goal we often refer to as The American Dream, home ownership. No matter the price point or the style of home, they’ve earned this, and I’m going to help them make that dream come true. Someone selling their home is no different; I understand what it’s taken to get to that point, and I don’t take the trust someone has in me to sell their home for granted. It’s often their largest and most important asset, that again, they’ve worked and sacrificed to own.

What is the most difficult aspect of your job?

The most difficult aspect of this business for me is something that I have decided is the way I want to run my business and that’s my availability. No matter the time of day or night, I make myself available to my clients, other agents or anyone else for that matter. It’s truly a 24 hour a day, 7 day a week profession to me which is taxing at times but I feel has given me a much better rapport with my clients and other professionals within the industry who are working diligently to get these deals done.

What’s your best advice for generating new leads?

Get out there and get in the mix. There is no better way to generate new business than expanding your network, your connections. and your sphere. It’s a numbers game. Unlike a traditional business with a storefront, you are your business! Nobody is going to see your business if you’re sitting in the house scrolling social media. Pick up the phone and call people you haven’t talked to in awhile, ask then for coffee, chop it up, swing by and talk to past clients and their neighbors, get involved with your community and attend local functions. Meet people doing things you enjoy doing. Coordinate events for things you’re passionate about and get people together.

What are you binge-watching/reading/listening to lately?

Been listening to a lot of Jordan Peterson lately. Also, whatever new crime thriller is on Netflix at the moment to shut the work brain off for a little bit before I fall asleep.

What’s your favorite meal in Phoenix?

Coming from San Diego I’m always on the hunt for good authentic Mexican food. It’s probably a tie between the street tacos at La Fiesta Mexican Bakery in Buckeye or Birria tacos at Birrieria Las Marias on 83rd in the West Valley.

Architecturally speaking, what is your favorite building in Phoenix?

My favorite building is actually a home that our very own Jason Mitchell sold in 2020. Frank Lloyd Wright built it for his son and daughter-in-law in 1952. The Circular Sun House.

What’s the weirdest thing that’s ever happened to you on the job?

Being followed by a seller of one home who waited outside the home for my clients and I to finish up our tour. They followed us about 9 miles to the next showing.

What’s one thing people are surprised to learn about you?

As social and comfortable as I am talking to anyone and everyone, large audiences and people from all walks of life, I’m actually an introvert and would rather be at home with my son than anywhere else. Being social is exhausting!

What is your favorite vacation spot and why?

Avalon/Catalina Island off the coast of California and Long Beach. There’s just something about the energy there that can wash away all the troubles of the world.

What is your favorite city after Phoenix?

Has to be the hometown of San Diego.

In 10 words or less, what is your advice for someone new to the industry?

Double down on what you’re good at and keep pushing.

What’s your favorite real estate iPhone/Android app?

Has to be the Supra app because if I’m using it that means I’m working.

Who are your favorite people to follow on social media?

@jasonmitchell_jmg @thebrokeagent because I love a good industry based meme @seerenespeak @jordan.b.peterson @grantcardone @therealbradlea @hermozi @tony_giordano @ryanpineda

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