What was your first job in the realty industry? I started young. My dad was a builder, and at 10 years old, I was part of the clean-up crew once construction was complete. I attribute my diligent work ethic to my early work experience.
Where did you grow up? Tampa, Florida.
Growing up, what did you want to be? A psychologist, because people always fascinated me; an actress, because performing looked like so much fun; a nurse, because I always wanted to help people.
What do you do to relax when you’re stressed? Hang out with my husband – he makes me laugh a lot. I also volunteer with underserved youth as a mentor and in an after-school program. Spending time with the kids is heart opening, and it puts me in a state of gratitude.
If you could have lunch with a well-known figure (living or not), who would it be and why? Nelson Mandela and Shonda Rimes. Nelson Mandela because he lived a life of extraordinary integrity and courage. Shonda Rimes because I am curious about her upbringing and how that inspired her imagination. I also want to know what happens next season on “Scandal.”
Where is your favorite place to hang out? At any restaurant I have never tried.
What do you love most about the industry? I love helping people get what they want. People come to me in one chapter of their life, and I have the pleasure of helping them get to the next chapter.
How do you distinguish yourself from the crowd of agents? I really listen to my clients. I am a great listener and use that to understand what my clients like, want and need. After all, they are trusting me to guide, protect and negotiate on the largest purchase of their lives. I need to know what they are thinking and what their concerns and priorities are in order to best advise them.
What is the most difficult aspect of your job? The real estate business can be all consuming. I get really attached to my clients and always want to go the extra mile for them. Often, that means doing business at all hours of the day or night. Turning off the phone and Internet to be present to family and friends can be challenging at times.
Where do you go to network and meet new clients? I work hard to exceed my client’s expectations, so they in turn become raving fans and refer me to their friends and family. Referrals from happy past clients have always driven my business.
What was the last good movie you saw or book you read? I’m bringing myself up-to-speed on “House of Cards,” thanks to Netflix.
What is your favorite restaurant? Rumi’s Kitchen.
Architecturally speaking, what is your favorite building in Atlanta? The fabulous Fox Theatre.
What kind of car do you drive? Lexus SUV.
Smartphone or paper? Both.
What is your favorite city after Atlanta? It is a tie between New York City and Martha’s Vineyard.
In 10 words or less, what is your advice for someone new to the industry? Prospect, get a mentor and work on your business every day.
What’s your favorite real estate iPhone/Android app? The Keller Williams app is the best in the business.
Who are your favorite people to follow on Twitter? I am an Instagram follower and love @humansofnewyork.
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