Agent Snapshot: Mary Anne Walser, Realtor, Keller Williams Buckhead, Atlanta

Screen Shot 2016-08-29 at 10.27.46 AMWhat was your first job in the realty industry? I was a commercial leasing attorney, then a closing attorney.

Where did you grow up? Houston

Growing up, what did you want to be? A broadcast journalist – which I was, for 10 years! I anchored the news for the CBS affiliate in Birmingham, AL.

What do you do to relax when you’re stressed? I love to read nonfiction!

If you could have lunch with a well-known figure (living or not), who would it be and why? Gary Keller, because he has transformed our industry and I have such admiration for his accomplishments and the company he has built.

Where is your favorite place to hang out? My home – a midcentury modern masterpiece nestled among an acre of trees.

What do you love most about the industry? I love the cool people who I get to work with from all industries and all walks of life. I learn something from everyone I work with and I enjoy them all.

How do you distinguish yourself from the crowd of agents? I am a licensed attorney and I pride myself in staying very well educated on everything that pertains to the residential real estate industry. I also have a wide breadth of knowledge of Atlanta neighborhoods in all areas and price ranges.

What is the most difficult aspect of your job? The most difficult aspect of my job is that it truly is a 24/7 endeavor when you strive to serve clients the way I do. I love the job, so I find it hard to take time off!

Where do you go to network and meet new clients? I am also an attorney. I no longer practice law, but I still belong to many lawyer organizations and go to numerous bar events.

What has been your greatest accomplishment? So far, being top of my class in law school! In the future, it will be publishing my book.

What was the last good movie you saw or book you read? I just finished “Where We Want to Live” by Ryan Gravel, which should be required reading for every Atlanta real estate agent.

What is your favorite restaurant? Lee’s Bakery on Buford Highway. I love their Vietnamese sandwiches!

Architecturally speaking, what is your favorite building in Atlanta? It’s got to be the High Museum, designed by Richard Meier and the expansion designed by Renzo Piano. So beautiful, iconic and peaceful, and the perfect setting for art!

What kind of car do you drive? A BMW X-3 that I love!

Smartphone or paper? Smartphone, but I also like to print out listings and make notes all over them. So both, I suppose.

What is your favorite city after Atlanta? San Francisco. It’s so unique and flavorful.

In 10 words or less, what is your advice for someone new to the industry? You’re not only in the business of real estate – you’re in the business of lead generation!

What’s your favorite real estate iPhone/Android app? Go FMLS.

Who are your favorite people to follow on Twitter? I’m on Twitter, but prefer Facebook!

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