Agent Snapshot: Colette Barnett, Agent, Redfin, North Atlanta


Colette Barnett is an agent with Redfin in North Atlanta

What was your first job in the realty industry? A buyer agent

Where did you grow up? Snellville

Growing up, what did you want to be? An archaeologist, Indiana Jones style!

What do you do to relax when you’re stressed? Unwind and read a book.

If you could have lunch with a well-known figure (living or not), who would it be and why? Catherine Coulter. She’s one of my favorite authors and writes such a wide variety of books. I would love to know what inspires her.

Where is your favorite place to hang out? Somewhere close to the water – a beach, pool or lake.

What do you love most about the industry? Helping people. It’s very rewarding to help people make one of the biggest, most important purchases of their lives.

How do you distinguish yourself from the crowd of agents? I feel like I can relate to many of my clients, which helps them feel comfortable with me as their advocate. I like to stay up-beat, while still telling my clients how it is. They know I’ll get the job done, and get it done right.

What is the most difficult aspect of your job? Being the bearer of bad news. It’s never fun to tell someone they lost out on their dream home in a multiple-offer situation, or that their dream home has serious issues (per the inspection) and they may need to reconsider the purchase. Buying a home is a very emotional time for most people, and part of my job is to help my clients through that.

Where do you go to network and meet new clients? I like to talk to people. Many of my clients were once the person beside me in line, or the stranger sitting at the next table at the restaurant.

What has been your greatest accomplishment? Balancing being a wife, mother of three and a full-time career woman without feeling like I’m having to constantly make sacrifices.

What was the last good movie you saw or book you read? Too many books to name just one; my last good movie was “Avengers: Age of Ultron.”

What is your favorite restaurant? Any steakhouse!

Architecturally speaking, what is your favorite building in Atlanta? As a kid, my dad always pointed out the King and Queen buildings as we traveled in and out of town. They’re still my favorites now, in part from the memories.

What kind of car do you drive? Ford Edge

Smartphone or paper? Smartphone

What is your favorite city after Atlanta? Cocoa Beach, where I spent my summers as a kid.

In 10 words or less, what is your advice for someone new to the industry? Don’t be afraid to ask for help.

What’s your favorite real estate iPhone/Android app? The Redfin app, of course!

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