Fun fact: My name is actually Stephanie Meghan Nyback (which is what it shows on my license), but I have never gone by Stephanie. My parents named me Stephanie and then proceeded to call me Meghan from birth. Very frustrating when I introduce myself! Ha!
Real Estate is the only career I've ever truly pursued, and I know it's one of my greatest passions. I graduated from UC Santa Barbara in 2007 with a degree in Communications. At the time, I thought I'd be pursuing a career in the Non-Profit sector. I studied abroad in Ghana, West Africa, and throughout college, I was the Communication Intern at Direct Relief International, a non-profit that sent medical aid and supplies to disaster areas. But the economy was in a downturn at that point, and they couldn't offer me position that would pay enough for me to stay in Santa Barbara. Instead, I moved to San Diego and started attending SDCIA (San Diego Creative Investor Association) meetings and learning about investing and renovating homes.
I started a corporation with a partner in 2009, and then my own corporation in 2014. Both were used to purchase, renovate, and re-sell homes. I have done dozens of properties under those entities. I received my Brokers License in 2012, and mainly used the education to continue investing/flipping.
My most recent renovation was an 8,400 sq. ft. home that had only concrete and light framing completed when I purchased it. I finished the construction and made a very modern home with a movie theater, wine cellar, and gorgeous state-of-the-art kitchen. It was a huge renovation, and had a lot of hurdles with the city, inspections, contracting, etc. But I consider it a huge accomplishment that I completed it, and am now in escrow with a buyer on it.
I moved to Los Angeles after I got married in 2013. My husband is a musician and a contractor. He plays bass for pop artists and also builds home music studios for producers. We feel like we are the Chip and Joanna (Fixer Upper) of LA. Ha!
When I had my first son at the end of 2014, I decided I wanted to try a more stable position. It was stressful to think of waiting months to get paid as an investor when I had a family to feed. So I became a Property Manager/Leasing Consultant at a 300+ unit apartment complex here in the Los Angeles suburbs. It was a great learning experience about Fair Housing, Property Management, Multi-unit maintenance, etc. But while it was nice to get paid bi-weekly, and I was consistently a top salesperson in the company, the monotony was driving me crazy! When I went on maternity leave to have my second son at the end of 2017, I decided to join Keller Williams and become a full-time Associate Broker at their Northridge office, Keller Williams Central. It's been the perfect balance for my drive to succeed and support my family.
I believe I'm successful in sales because I can only sell what I believe in. Honesty and Empathy is key. I realize that these home transactions are some of the biggest decisions my clients will ever make in their life, and I don't take that lightly. It's an honor to be a part of the Kristan Cole Network because I can see that our values align in this way. I'm so excited to be here!