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Agent Snapshot: Hilary Walker, Realtor, PEMCO Realty, Atlanta/East Metro

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Hilary Walker is a Realtor with PEMCO Realty in Atlanta/East Metro

What was your first job in the realty industry? I began as a leasing agent and excelled within one year to lead property manager, overseeing four leasing agents and managing more than 200 residential units.

Where did you grow up? I grew up in London, England.

Growing up, what did you want to be? Interestingly, I recently figured out the rationale for wanting to be a secretary when I grew up! I learnt early in life that helping the boss (my mom) manage the family and house was rewarding, and I still enjoy ‘project management’ by helping people manage and achieve their goals.

What do you do to relax when you’re stressed? I don’t get stressed very often, but if I do feel stressed (which usually amounts to being overworked), I take time away from the tasks to listen to music, catch up on what is going on with family/friends or go for a long walk.

If you could have lunch with a well-known figure (living or not), who would it be and why? Oprah Winfrey – she defied the odds; no one believed in her, but she had faith and persevered.

Where is your favorite place to hang out? At home or with family. I love the comfort of being in a place that is peaceful.

What do you love most about the industry? Every day is different. No two deals are the same. My motto is “Real estate is not just about property; it’s about people,” and so I enjoy the interactions I experience everyday with different people.

How do you distinguish yourself from the crowd of agents? Over the years, I have learned that being yourself is valuable. I am uniquely me, passionate about my integrity and treat every person with respect. I suppose I should say the British accent is quite distinctive too!

What is the most difficult aspect of your job? Having to tell a buyer they are not under contract with an offer for the house they have fallen in love with.

Where do you go to network and meet new clients? Social events (such as Toastmaster clubs), community events and shopping while wearing my name badge!

What has been your greatest accomplishment? Helping a nonprofit organization to establish a 500-strong volunteer team for a three-day festival. Recruiting and training those volunteers was the most rewarding part, as I was able to meet and share experiences with a diverse group of people.

What was the last good movie you saw or book you read? The Bible – it is inspiring and uplifting, yet complex and intriguing.

What is your favorite restaurant? Mary Macs Tea Room, Atlanta.

Architecturally speaking, what is your favorite building in Atlanta? 3344 Peachtree Rd. It’s a mixed-used building, part of which is the Sovereign condos. It has an interesting architectural mix of curves, angles and reflections.

What kind of car do you drive? An SUV.

Smartphone or paper? Smartphone.

What is your favorite city after Atlanta? London, England. It’s 10 years since I lived there, but it will always be considered home!

In 10 words or less, what is your advice for someone new to the industry? Develop a system for working with your clients.

What’s your favorite real estate iPhone/Android app? RPR Mobile – the Realtor Property Resource App – is easy to use while out in the field.

Who are your favorite people to follow on Twitter? Richard Branson, Barbara Corcoran and Kim Kiyosaki.

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