Arian Azarbar is a real estate expert whose success helped him cross many international borders in pursuit of greater goals. To date, his name is noted on more than 10,000 homes that have been built by implementing light-steel and cellulose cement which exponentially reduce the costs of construction. This contributes to the residential affordability that he is able to offer in many zones with an obvious shortage of housing options. Before getting into real estate, Arian Azarbar went through a rigorous program to earn his Ph.D. in biochemistry. With this in-depth knowledge, he has been able to innovate the materials that are used by housing market developers and make it easy to cut down prices for regular folks. Additionally, Arian Azarbar is a vehement traveler who views international projects as great opportunities to expand horizons.
Many people fail to realize that real estate almost mandates constant travel. Can you describe your perspective on this?
I will have to agree with that statement. Still, the amount of traveling definitely varies based on your market and the buyers that you are targeting. For example, those who do business by flipping homes for capital gain are generally going to have low-mileage travels around their own city. This is because you do not want to buy a property that is 500 miles away as it would be impossible to oversee it in a timely fashion. On the other end of that spectrum, you also have people who work in real estate on a greater scale, which somewhat mirrors the type of work that I am in, and they generally travel further. Most of my engagements revolve around large housing projects in different cities, states, and even countries. So, although travel will happen in both cases, one group will travel a lot further than the other.
What is the hardest thing to organize when you are always on the road?
I found healthy eating habits to be somewhat hard to maintain. Spending many hours in transit makes it hard to consume macro-friendly meals, let alone prepare them. Nonetheless, I learned that the only way to avoid falling into a rut and perpetuating malicious eating habits is to make your own food. The fact that I tend to stay at hotels that offer full kitchens helps enormously. My advice for on-the-go businessmen and women is to invest in some high-quality Tupperware, temperature-holding bags and cups, small and portable freezers, and so on.
Do you ever find time to relax and do something for yourself?
Absolutely. Work-life balance is very important to me since I have passed the stage of my career where I feel the need to outwork everyone. I can easily find time to do things like go scuba diving, play football or basketball, or just relax with friends and family. A big mistake that people make is not realizing when to push their brakes and slow down. I see nothing wrong with a steep growth curve in one’s career, yet their enthusiasm will flatline very fast if they are not replenishing their lost energy with the necessary rest.
How long have you been scuba diving?
A very long time. It started as free diving in a local lake when I was a teenager. I eventually stopped doing it as time passed, yet I always wanted to explore deep-sea diving with professional gear and large oxygen tanks. After taking lessons that helped me learn the basics and earn my certifications, it was mostly trial and error from there. I must say, some of my first diving sessions ended abruptly. Regardless, being able to learn helped me go deeper under the surface while remaining calm and composed.
Are you at liberty to disclose some of your current projects?
Well, yes and no. Basically, I am not at liberty to discuss my projects as much as I would like. Presently, I am working on some prototypes that will help develop a light-weight system and hopefully lead to the first-ever prefabricated building with as many as 48 floors. There is a lot more going into this, but due to the heavy presence of provisional patents and licensing deals, I cannot share all the details.
Being an interior designer on top of your real estate work must be taxing on you. How do you juggle those two jobs?
It is not as hard as it may seem because they flow together. For instance, if I am buying a home hoping to sell it for a profit, I have to do something to it that will make that gain realistic. So, frequently redesigning the interior proves to be a great way to raise the market value while doing something creative and fun!