What was your first job in the realty industry? My first job at the age of 16 was an office assistant for a residential real estate brokerage in my hometown.
Where did you grow up? I grew up in a small farm community in Northern Indiana.
Growing up, what did you want to be? When I was very young, I wanted to be the first woman president. By the time I made it to college, I had found a passion for marketing.
What do you do to relax when you’re stressed? I enjoy reading, long hot baths and spending time with my rescue pets.
If you could have lunch with a well-known figure (living or not), who would it be and why? Eleanor Roosevelt
Where is your favorite place to hang out? Anywhere outdoors
What do you love most about the industry? To me, real estate is a helping profession. Real estate transactions are often complex, and moving is high on the list of stressful things to do. So when I’m able to ease the stress and burden for my clients and to help them get where they want to go, it feels good.
How do you distinguish yourself from the crowd of agents? Education and knowledge are incredibly important, in my opinion. Each day is something new, and you should never stop learning. Having the ability to honestly and accurately inform buyers and sellers of market conditions, and to set expectations up front, helps to avoid problems down the road.
What is the most difficult aspect of your job? Making time for myself. I truly love my job, and I love being busy. So, I tend to have a hard time turning it off.
Where do you go to network and meet new clients? Everywhere and anywhere. I am always looking for people to talk to about real estate, and most people are interested in hearing about current market conditions.
What has been your greatest accomplishment? Having a wonderful family is my greatest accomplishment.
What was the last good movie you saw or book you read? I am currently reading “Make Today Count,” and recently finished “Good to Great.”
What is your favorite restaurant? Sundial – I love the view
Architecturally speaking, what is your favorite building in Atlanta? The Hyatt Regency Atlanta – the atrium is beautiful.
What kind of car do you drive? Subaru Outback – I have to have room for my huskies!
Smartphone or paper? My smartphone allows me to always be connected with my clients, but a hand written “Thank You” note is the only way to go.
What is your favorite city after Atlanta? Destin, FL – the water is so beautiful
In 10 words or less, what is your advice for someone new to the industry? Be prepared for hard work and long hours.
What’s your favorite real estate iPhone/Android app? CBx
Who are your favorite people to follow on Twitter? The National Association of Realtors always has great informational posts.
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