What was your first job in the realty industry? Realtor with Common Ground Real Estate.
What do you do to relax when you’re stressed? Wine definitely becomes my best friend when I’m stressed. It helps me to escape from reality for a period of time where I can wind down and breathe.
Where did you grow up? I grew up in Dacula, Georgia, but moved into Midtown at 18, so I am definitely more of a city boy at heart. Being in the city for so many years has allowed me to watch as the neighborhoods, buildings and overall people in the city have changed.
Growing up, what did you want to be? I always wanted to be a lawyer, actually. I started college majoring in pre-law and political science, but started a sales position and fell in love with the rush that you get from the environment. I knew then that law wasn’t what I was destined to do.
If you could have lunch with a well-known figure (living or not), who would it be and why? I’d love the opportunity to meet Donald Trump. There are so many questions that I’d love to ask him about making it to the top, losing everything and then rebuilding it all again. I’m sure there is a lot that can be learned from a lunch with him.
Where is your favorite place to hang out? When I’m not out with clients, I try to spend as much time as I can with friends in Midtown or Buckhead. Piedmont Park is also go-to spot so that my dog can make friends.
What do you love most about the industry? Psychology is a huge passion of mine. I love learning why people act certain ways or are gravitated towards certain things. In real estate, psychology is a factor that you really have to keep in mind, because everyone has different feelings about various buildings and neighborhoods, and especially about what they want or expect in a home. So I really love watching and learning how people think and react to different aspects of homes we look at.
How do you distinguish yourself from the crowd of agents? Bow ties…and youth. I know that branding is huge in this market, and I’ve always had a fascination for bow-ties. So I decided to make that my “thing.” I also feel that I’m one of the younger agents in the city that is working in the field full time. I bring a new take on different aspects of the profession, of the city and of the homebuying process that a lot of my clients find refreshing.
What is the most difficult aspect of your job? My age. It’s proven to be a double-edged sward. I’ve had a lot of clients tell me that they enjoy my youthfulness and what all it brings to the table, but at the same time there are a lot of people out there that think age equals knowledge and experience. While I understand that, I don’t necessarily agree with it, but it definitely has been my most difficult aspect to overcome so far.
Where do you go to network and meet new clients? Open houses, word-of-mouth and social media are my biggest generators of new clients and leads. I’m also looking into joining some local organizations to see what else I can learn from other business individuals.
What has been your greatest accomplishment? Having so many awesome reviews from clients that I’ve worked with. At the end of the day, this is a customer service field, and you have to remember that. Your name is your brand, and you have to have people associate your name with positive thoughts and comments.
What is your favorite restaurant? Der Biergarten is the absolute best restaurant in Atlanta. I may be a little biased, since my family is German, but the food and atmosphere are amazing.
Architecturally speaking, what is your favorite building in Atlanta? I’ve always been in love with the Symphony Tower. Whenever I think about Buckhead, that is always the building that comes to my mind. It’s just a really interesting building to look at from different angles.
What kind of car do you drive? Mercedes-Benz C250.
Smartphone or paper? It depends. For convenience, I definitely love the smartphone abilities, but at the end of the day, I still like to keep records of everything on paper just in case.
What is your favorite city after Atlanta? Miami is definitely a fun city. It’s a completely different world from Atlanta and has so much to offer. You can’t go to Miami and not have a great time.
In 10 words or less, what is your advice for someone new to the industry? Never be afraid to learn.
What’s your favorite real estate iPhone/Android app? Right now, the only one that I use regularly is GoFMLS. It’s a little glitchy, but it’s very helpful when I’m out with clients and they want to know what else is for sale in a particular building or neighborhood.
Who are your favorite people to follow on Twitter? I actually don’t even use Twitter. That just isn’t a bandwagon that I was ever able to hop onto.
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