What was your first job in the realty industry? Interning as a marketing assistant to the operating director (and now my mentor) Brandon Dixon, of Tower Developments in Philadelphia.
Where did you grow up? I grew up in Hampton, VA. However, I went to college in Philadelphia at Temple University, and that is where I truly grew up and learned the most from being in the city as a young lady.
Growing up, what did you want to be? Growing up, I wanted to be a criminal psychologist or flight attendant. I wanted to travel the world. More than anything, I wanted to help people by understanding why criminals did things to hurt others.
What do you do to relax when you’re stressed? What all women do to relax – we shop!
If you could have lunch with a well-known figure (living or not), who would it be and why? I would have lunch with Truett Cathy. He started his business at age 46. His business is not open on Sundays in honor of his principals and religion. His business added stores during the recession, where rivals’ stores shrunk in numbers. As far as business, I think I could learn a thing or two from that guy!
Where is your favorite place to hang out? My favorite place to hang out is Marlow’s Tavern on Cumberland Parkway. It’s close to home and feels like my neighborhood bar, like “Cheers”!
What do you love most about the industry? I love my ability to grow and learn all the time. My businesses limits are only determined by me.
How do you distinguish yourself from the crowd of agents? I distinguish myself from other agents by making my clients my friends and clients for life. I pride myself in the way I counsel my clients by teaching them and helping them understand the many real estate processes. I share my wealth of knowledge.
What is the most difficult aspect of your job? The most difficult aspect is not being able to help everyone. For instance, having to tell a customer you are going to have to wait to find your dream home due to unforeseen circumstances.
Where do you go to network and meet new clients? I don’t go anywhere in particular. I network and meet new clients in all of my everyday activities.
What has been your greatest accomplishment? My greatest accomplishment has been always meeting or exceeding my goals for myself that I have set. I surprise myself all the time. I cannot believe how much I have made of myself thus far, and I know this is just the beginning.
What was the last good movie you saw or book you read? “The One Thing.”
What is your favorite restaurant? I love Oceanair! Being from Virginia, I love seafood.
Architecturally speaking, what is your favorite building in Atlanta? I have two favorites: internally, I love The Fox Theater. That building is pretty cool, and has what I call flavor. It is exquisitely historical, and to build anything similar would cost tons of money. Second is the Georgia State Capitol Building; it is grand and rich in textures.
What kind of car do you drive? A Toyota Camry.
Smartphone or paper? Both: I carry a notepad and I’m always scribbling something, but I’m super tech savvy; I have an app for everything.
What is your favorite city after Atlanta? Miami – I love the mix of downtown and scenic ocean fronts.
In 10 words or less, what is your advice for someone new to the industry? Make more friends than enemies!
What’s your favorite real estate iPhone/Android app? ShoeBoxed – it saves me a ton of time.
Who are your favorite people to follow on Twitter? @AtlantaMagazine – For Everything ATL
@LaurieMarch – HGTV and DIY Counselor
@princepucci – My Yorkie
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