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Agent Snapshot: Deborah Blue, Associate Broker, Keller Williams Realty Atlanta Midtown

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What was your first job in the realty industry? Real estate consultant specializing in first-time homebuyers and sellers

Where did you grow up? I grew up many places. My father was in the military, which allowed me to live both in the United States and abroad.

Growing up, what did you want to be? Living abroad, I fell in love with architecture of Spain, Germany, Iran and Turkey. My favorite show at the age of 12 was “The Brady Bunch,” and I realized the father was an architect. Everything I did from that point on influenced my studies from high school to college in architecture design.

What do you do to relax when you’re stressed? My home sauna and reading! That is nirvana for me. I also love to travel, shoe shop and hang out with family.

If you could have lunch with a well-known figure (living or not), who would it be and why? Several people. But mostly in categories of visionaries, spirituality and art. People like Martin Luther King, Richard Branson and Maya Angelou.

Where is your favorite place to hang out? The Spa! Specifically a spa near the beach.

What do you love most about the industry? Negotiation, and the satisfaction of my clients

How do you distinguish yourself from the crowd of agents? I specialize in unique niches such as international real estate consulting, investors and working with military families. You have to specialize in this business; otherwise, you are just throwing a broad net. When everyone else “zigs” – I “zag.”

What is the most difficult aspect of your job? In 2016, it is finding enough inventory. It was the same difficulty of 2013, 2014 and 2015. However, I am creative in finding off-market inventory when the MLS is exhausted.

Where do you go to network and meet new clients? There are several networking groups I am part of that are not real estate related. I also have a mentor who constantly introduces me to new opportunities.

What has been your greatest accomplishment? Creating a continuous full time real estate business with repeat and referring relationships.

What was the last good movie you saw or book you read? I read “The Wealthy Spirit” by Chellie Campbell every year. It is 365 pages of wisdom, and I just start over every year and learn something about myself every time I ready it.

What is your favorite restaurant? I am not really a foodie; however, anything that is fresh.

Architecturally speaking, what is your favorite building in Atlanta? I love everything from the classics to contemporary. Some of my favorites consist of the Federal Reserve building, High Museum and the Millenium Gate in Atlanta Station

What kind of car do you drive? It is my dream board car I purchased two years ago – a Porsche.

Smartphone or paper? Both – I am an old school doodler. I journal, so my thoughts have to be written; however, for keeping track of business, my choice is a smartphone.

What is your favorite city after Atlanta? Oahu, Hawaii.

What is your advice for someone new to the industry? Focus. Have a niche. Have a written plan. Work the plan every day. Take time to celebrate small accomplishments. Have a mentor. Rinse and repeat.

What’s your favorite real estate iPhone/Android app? My health and water app. It measures my workout accomplishments and my water app reminds me to hydrate. You cannot be successful if you don’t care for yourself first.

Who are your favorite people to follow on Twitter? Forbes, Richard Branson, Oprah, Tony Robbins, Financial Times and Deepak Chopra


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