Meet Top Producer Zak Allen

Favorite Restaurant: Sushi Blossom
Favorite Candy Bar: It isn’t a candy bar, but no-bake cookies.
Favorite Quote: “Be kind, be different.”
Favorite Local Coffee Place: Indaba
Favorite Charity: HRC
Favorite Vacation Place: Arizona
Favorite Lake: Lake Coeur d’Alene
Favorite NFL Team: Seattle Seahawks
Favorite Movie: Interstellar
Favorite TV Show: Peaky Blinders
Favorite Book: Relentless by Tim S. Glover and Discipline Is Destiny by Ryan Holiday Favorite Alcoholic Drink: Moscow Mule
Favorite Motivational Speaker: Jesus
Favorite Celebrity: Gary Vee
Favorite Music: Metal and rap
Favorite Car: I love Teslas but my Chevy Trail Boss has been the best car I’ve ever had. Favorite Sport: Baseball
Quick Answers
How many years have you been a REALTOR®? Four years. 2023 is my fifth.
What is your career volume as a REALTOR®? $47.3 million.
What was your total volume last year? Including my own volume, the Dream Team did $82.6 million.
What awards have you received as a REALTOR®? Rookie of the Year, and my team gave me Leader of the Year.
Tell us where you're from originally, your family and what you all enjoy doing together.
I’m originally from Spokane; this is home to me. It’s incredibly rewarding to be helping people that I grew up with and previous clients who have ended up becoming realtors on the Dream Team. I’m from a long line of farmers, so I understand what hard work is. My parents both work with people who have disabilities, and my dad is a psych major, which is what I was going to college for when I met my wife. I dropped out of school to start building a life with her, and now we have two kids, Oaklee and Obi. It’s crazy to think that it was only six years ago that I was just a college kid washing dishes at Costa Vida.

What made you decide to go into the real estate industry as a REALTOR®?  
Meeting my wife, getting close to the Lord, and meeting Melissa Murphy and then eventually Keith Riddle. God gave me all these people at the right times to help me grow. My wife was my motivation to get into a line of work that would enable me to really bless her and our kids. I also want to help other people accomplish big things—that’s what I’m all about.

What was your biggest challenge when you started in real estate?
I almost quit. I didn’t make a sale for six months, and a lot of people started a ton of drama with me. Never give up!
What is the best advice you received?
Anything that Keith Riddle has taught me. Also, any leader that has told me not to care about what cliques and the “go along, get along” guys think about you.
If you had to narrow down to just one experience, what home closing has been the most rewarding?
I was able to do a custom flip home for a friend and then buy their house when it didn’t sell.
What’s your biggest/weirdest closing nightmare story:
A client bought a house title, claiming that they had divorced their deceased spouse before the spouse had passed away, and I ended up having to make about fifty calls to find the marriage certificate from 30-40 years prior.
If you could own your dream vacation home, where would it be?
Scottsdale, Arizona.
What are the best and worst purchases you’ve ever made?
Any house that I’ve ever bought has been the best, and any car or expensive Mariners gear I get always feels really stupid.

Define success:       
Having complete control over your time. Freedom of your time is the dream life.
If you had to do it all over again, what would you do differently in your real estate career and why?           
Nothing. As cliche as it sounds, everything that I’ve done has led me to all my happiness now.
What was your first car as a new real estate agent?
Sadly, it was a Honda Fit.
When you aren’t showing or selling a home, what do you like to do?
Hangout with my wife and kids, watch sports, and make music.
How does real estate fit into your dreams and goals?
It gives me freedom of my time and generational wealth. I want nothing but options for my children.
What is a goal you want to achieve in your business for 2023?
I want the Dream Team to grow, both in Spokane and in Idaho, to build up my wholesale company, make a lot of content, and get more flips and rentals to continue to buy my time.
What do you want to be remembered for?
I want to be remembered for helping my crew, building up leaders, and changing lives—but not just with wealth. If my Dream Team doesn’t inspire people to be better, then I’ve failed. If I do all this, have fun, and am loved or hated for being truly me, then I will view that as living the life the Lord has called me to live.