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Agent Snapshot: Sandra Preston Mays, Associate Broker, RE/MAX Preferred, Gwinnett County

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Sandra Preston Mays is an associate broker with RE/MAX Preferred in Gwinnett County.

What was your first job in the realty industry? My first job was for a successful real estate developer in Atlanta.

What do you do to relax when you’re stressed? I take a walk or drive, talk with friends or have a glass of wine.

Where did you grow up? Monroe, Georgia – actually a community called “between.”

Growing up, what did you want to be? I wanted to have my own fashion retail store for women and have home design products as well.

If you could have lunch with a well-known figure (living or not), who would it be and why? Oprah Winfrey – she’s inspiring.

Where is your favorite place to hang out? Home with my family.

What do you love most about the industry? I enjoy meeting new people and helping people find and make their family’s dream come true, whether it’s a new home, a new city or a new land tract to build.

How do you distinguish yourself from the crowd of agents? With 31 seasoned years of experience in all categories of real estate (land, new construction, REO, short sales, regular sales, estates, commercial products), I can offer a wealth of information to help buyers and sellers in their search for their real estate needs. I can usually save a buyer or seller a lot of time and help them find their best choices available.

What is the most difficult aspect of your job? Dealing with the constant loan changes in the current market. Each loan platform or REO entity has their own set of rules/guidelines that constantly change, and I have to keep up with those constant changes for the clients benefit.

Where do you go to network and meet new clients? There is not a “place” to go to meet new clients. I do a lot of marketing and rely a lot on happy past clients for referrals.

What has been your greatest accomplishment? Thirty-one successful years at selling real estate with a long trail of happy clients is one great accomplishment, but I have to say my family is my absolute greatest accomplishment.

What was the last good movie you saw or book you read? The Other Woman – I love to laugh.

What is your favorite restaurant? Too many to mention really – Lobster Bar in Atlanta is on the top of the list.

Architecturally speaking, what is your favorite building in Atlanta? King & Queen at perimeter area.

What kind of car do you drive? A Jaguar.

Smartphone or paper? Smartphone.

What is your favorite city after Atlanta? Suwanee.

In 10 words or less, what is your advice for someone new to the industry? Wait until your children are older – this career is time consuming.

What’s your favorite real estate iPhone/Android app? FMLS listing app.

Who are your favorite people to follow on Twitter? Motivational speakers.

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