Welcome to Ankeny Jake!
What is your name, where are you from, and where do you currently live?
My name is Jake Dagel, I grew up in Sheldon, IA and currently live in Ankeny.
Tell me about your family.
I am the oldest of four. I have two younger sisters and a brother. I also have two young nieces. My father owns a life insurance company with a handful of field agents he trains and manages. My mother is a social worker working with individuals with intellectual disabilities.
When you’re not busy in real estate, what do you enjoy doing?
One of my favorite things to do is travel. I love learning about new cultures and often find traveling is one of the best ways to clear my mind and learn new things. I also love watching documentaries, check out new restaurants with friends, or just spend time outside in nature at places like Jester Park or Ledges.
What did you do before being a REALTOR®?
Before I was a REALTOR, I worked in politics for nearly six years. I did so by working for various non-profits and campaigns, including a Presidential campaign. I was able to work closely with highly influential people and even was able to drive the Presidential candidate around on a few occasions. What drew me to politics is the ability to be a part of social change and feel like you are making a significant difference in people’s lives.
Why did you choose C21®?
I chose C21 because of their commitment to culture and mentorship. I am transferring from another company and was strongly seeking these two things with my change of company. I believe I was able to find a place to call home at C21.
What do you like about the culture here at C21®?
What I like about the culture at C21 is their commitment to family and teamwork. I feel that everyone here is dedicated to helping each other succeed. I also see many of the agents believe and live by a work hard, play hard philosophy.
What is your favorite neighborhood in Des Moines/Ankeny/Ames?
My favorite neighborhood in the Des Moines metro would be West Glenn in West Des Moines. I love how the area is used for work, living, and play. It is a vibrant part of our community that attracts new business often and offers many great places to hang out with friends and meet new people.
What are 3 words your clients would use to describe you?
Dedicated, hardworking, personal.
Any advice for new agents?
Don’t be afraid to take a risk and do the things others aren’t willing to do. This is your life and only you get to choose the outcome. Don’t take yourself too seriously and remember to have fun.
Why are you passionate about being a REALTOR®?
I am passionate about being a REALTOR because I am able to be a part of a very intimate and personal decision. It is important to me to always know I am making a difference in the lives of the people around me. Some of my most memorable and rewarding experience as a REALTOR so far would be when I had a single mother in my office with tears telling me, “I earned this,” or the couple I worked with from another country who just bought their first home here in the States.
Anything else you’d like to include about yourself?
If you know anyone that has any questions about Real Estate, even if they are not looking to buy and sell right now, please introduce me to them. I would be more than willing to answer any questions they may have and be sure they are taken care of.