Agent Snapshot: Carla D. Black, Realtor, Keller Williams Realty Atlanta Perimeter


Carla D. Black is a Realtor with Keller Williams Realty Atlanta Perimeter

What was your first job in the realty industry? While in college I had several jobs, working as a temp in the real estate industry back when a transaction created an enormous amount of paperwork and needed a team of people to process.

Where did you grow up? I’m from Jacksonville, Florida. I spent my summers here in Atlanta with relatives.

Growing up, what did you want to be? Growing up I wanted to be a leader in business. Eventually that clarified into being a financial analyst. I ended up as a transportation analyst before my career in real estate.

What do you do to relax when you’re stressed? Cook. I love to cook. If I’m extremely stressed I will make a full Indian meal! Although it is not my culture, making a full Indian meal is very detailed, long and will get you out of the moment. And the results are delicious!

If you could have lunch with a well-known figure (living or not), who would it be and why? The Dalai Lama. Modern life is so hectic and draining. His simply philosophy can help anyone center and come back to what is important at any moment,

Where is your favorite place to hang out? Technically, its the beach! But living in Atlanta I love to take advantage of the restaurant scene. I have a series of restaurants I frequent but Eclipse di Luna in Dunwoody is probably my favorite place to hang out, close to work and home. Everyone enjoys hanging out there.

What do you love most about the industry? I love beautiful properties and the drama that is real estate. You have to be operating at a high level constantly in real estate. There is never a dull moment!

How do you distinguish yourself from the crowd of agents? I am very detailed oriented and have a background in back office administration. That experience gives me knowledge to work efficiently with Buyers and Seller to get to a quick, smooth closing. I bring a wealth of information to the table for my clients.

What is the most difficult aspect of your job? Managing expectations. Of clients, other agents, vendors. Keeping everyone on the same page and educating clients constantly is key in managing transactions.

Where do you go to network and meet new clients? I’ve never met a stranger. I can talk to anyone, anywhere about anything. I can learn someones deepest secrets standing in line at the grocery store. I think one of the greatest aspects of being an agent is that it is our job to get out in the community, to except invitations, to live life to the fullest in order to make connections that further out business.

What has been your greatest accomplishment? My daughters, Maya and Meridian.

What was the last good movie you saw or book you read? The last book I read was real estate related, “A Joy Filled Life” by Mo Anderson. Good, quick read. My main take away was to ask big, and life takes its time.

What is your favorite restaurant? My favorite restaurant is a local haunt in my hometown of Jacksonville, Fl. Its called Biscotti’s. Its very local, Italian food in a fun laid back yet elegant atmosphere.

Architecturally speaking, what is your favorite building in Atlanta? 1180 Peachtree. I love different, I love cutting edge. I like when people take chances in life. Different is good. Also love King & Queen buildings. How could you not?

What kind of car do you drive? Honda Pilot. Perfect for my life today.

Smartphone or paper? Smartphone

What is your favorite city after Atlanta? New Orleans

What is your advice for someone new to the industry? Be prepared. In real estate you have to wear so many hats, all of which are crucial to your business. Its 24/7, and you are always playing catch up. So get your life in order and be prepared for the ride of a life time.

What’s your favorite real estate iPhone/Android app? This may sound basic but Gmail. My entire business runs through Gmail. Without its functionality, I would be much less efficient.

Who are your favorite people to follow on Twitter? Anyone that motivates me or brings clarity to my life.

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