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Agent Snapshot: Shantel Martin, Realtor, Keller Williams Atlanta Midtown, Atlanta

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Shantel Martin is a Realtor with Keller Williams Atlanta Midtown in Atlanta.

What was your first job in the realty industry? My first job in the real estate industry was in Orlando, Florida, where I practiced as a plaintiff’s foreclosure attorney. Working for the largest real estate firm in the state of Florida, I quickly familiarized myself with the foreclosure and home-buying process.

Where did you grow up? I grew up in Jacksonville, Florida.

What do you do to relax when you’re stressed? When I’m stressed, I indulge in a bubble bath, a glass of bubbly and loud music.

Growing up, what did you want to be? Growing up, I wanted to be a police officer. There is something about a uniform and a car with sirens that screams power!

If you could have lunch with a well-known figure (living or not), who would it be and why? I would like to have lunch with Joel Osteen. I am so curious to know where he draws his inspiration from each day to write his “Today’s Word.”

Where is your favorite place to hang out? My favorite place to hang out is a shoe store…any shoe store. I’ll admit it – I have an addiction!

What do you love most about the industry? What I love most about the real estate industry is the empowerment that both parties, sellers and buyers, enjoy. Sellers are able to let go of their past, while buyers are walking into their future.

How do you distinguish yourself from the crowd of agents? What distinguishes me from any other agent is the fact that I wear myltiple hats. In addition to being a Realtor with Keller Williams, I am also an attorney. As an attorney, I practice real estate law, contract negotiation and estate planning – all of which are of service to my buyers and sellers.

What is the most difficult aspect of your job? The most difficult aspect of my job is delegation. I like to do it all. My clients can rest assured that the same person meeting them at the listing appointment will be the same person hosting the open house and the very same person at the closing.

Where do you go to network and meet new clients?  I network everywhere I go. If I’m not wearing my jeweled name tag, I’m telling someone about the going interest rate. The great thing about networking is most of my clients are either friends or business affiliates, as I like to maintain relationships with all of my clients, even when the work is done.

What has been your greatest accomplishment? My greatest accomplishment was jumping out of an airplane and accomplishing what I believed to be my greatest fear.

What was the last good movie you saw or book you read? The last good book I read was The One Thing by Gary Keller.

What is your favorite restaurant? Anything that serves seafood. I go bananas over steamed lobster and snow crab legs.

Architecturally speaking, what is your favorite building in Atlanta? The King and Queen buildings are everyone’s favorites.

What kind of car do you drive? I drive a black Honda Accord coupe. It’s efficient, reliable and a bit sexy….just like me.

Smartphone or paper? I prefer paper…I’m an old woman in a young lady’s body.

What is your favorite city after Atlanta? My favorite city is New York. I absolutely love the hustle and bustle.

In 10 words or less, what is your advice for someone new to the industry? My advice for anyone new or old to the real estate industry is to talk to everyone. You never know who needs your service.

What’s your favorite real estate iPhone/Android app? I love the Keller Williams app. My clients use it all the time to find available properties in the neighborhoods they are driving.

Who are your favorite people to follow on Twitter? I’m the least Twitter-savvy. Sorry, but I’m working on it!

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