Rags to riches story of a Co Derry man now selling luxury villas in Dubai
A man has opened up about his real-life rags-to-riches story that saw him go from working at a car sales company in Co Derry to selling Dubai’s most expensive villa in the space of five years . Conor McKay, who turns 25 next week, has become a millionaire and is one of Dubai’s leading luxury property brokers after being inspired by a real estate reality TV show.
Conor, who now works for Belleview Real Estate, broke the sales record for Dubai’s most expensive villa when a custom-built 33,300 square foot mega-mansion cost AED280 million (59.4 million pounds sterling) earlier this month. The previous record from 2015 was AED185m (£39.2m).
He was named one of the top 10 agents in the UAE by PropertyFinder and is also one of three agents in Dubai to be named PropertyFinder’s number one agent for two consecutive years.
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Speaking to MyDerry, Mr McKay said he ‘loves making money’ and would have ‘three or four people working for me at school, selling energy drinks, sweets, chocolates before landing a job in the automotive industry. It was after shifts that he would come home and watch Million Dollar Listing Los Angeles, an American reality show about young real estate agents and their attempts to sell high-end properties in the Los Angeles area, including Beverly Hills and Malibu. .
“I wanted to be exactly like one of them,” he said. “What struck me about all of this was the way they lived. It was like something I had never really been exposed to before. They all had good business sense, had nice incomes and lived lavish lifestyles.
“I was absolutely amazed to see these properties and the commission they would receive, which always appeared on the screen. I thought to myself, ‘if they can do it, then so can I.'”
Conor initially attempted to move to the United States, but found it difficult to enter the country, so he chose to move to the Middle East. He admitted he ‘harassed’ a company to get a job in the property industry, but insists it was hard work that got him the lavish lifestyle he now leads.
“I had never been to Dubai, I had never been there on vacation and I kept getting turned down by brokers because there was no one of my age for the job that I wanted to do. It was unheard of,” he said. mentioned.
“A company, after I stalked them for quite a while, gave me an opportunity. Fast forward to today and I’m living my absolute dream. I had no idea what I was doing either , I had to learn as I went and I just knew that I would have to work harder than anyone else here.
“When I started and even to this day, there are days when I start at 8am and don’t finish at midnight. It’s a lot of work and that’s what it takes to get there. “
Mr. McKay has now come full circle as he is now negotiating deals with agents who inspired him not too long ago. He added: “I actually talked to the people in Los Angeles who were on the reality show and I actually negotiated a deal with Dubai for a property in Los Angeles.
“If someone had told me a few years ago that I would set the kind of record I have, I probably wouldn’t have believed it myself. Everyone doubted me, I even sometimes doubted myself, but I have set the sky as the limit now and I want to be known as the go-to real estate broker across the planet for the next 10 years.”
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