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Agent Snapshot: Carol Cahill, Realtor, Harry Norman Realtors, Inman Park

What was your first job in the realty industry? I was a DIY flipper for years. Then I got licensed in 1995 to lease homes and apartments during the 1996 Olympics.

Where did you grow up? Atlanta

Growing up, what did you want to be? Anything that would allow me to dress like Ginger from Gilligan’s Island!

What do you do to relax when you’re stressed? Drink and yoga

If you could have lunch with a well-known figure (living or not), who would it be and why? Brad Pitt. We’re the same age, he supports a lot of initiatives that I believe in (like sustainable green housing and financing independent films that focus on human rights), he has interesting friends in great places (Lake Cuomo) and he might need help looking after the children now that he is getting divorced. He’s quite handsome as well. There are many deceased people I admire, but I hope I could have an impact and help a living person with shared beliefs further their message.

Where is your favorite place to hang out? My front porch

What do you love most about the industry? The flexibility. I often work 80 hours a week, but many of those are from home. I also love to travel and I don’t have to ask anyone for time off. I just have to make sure I have great agents to cover for me.

How do you distinguish yourself from the crowd of agents? No one else at Harry Norman or perhaps any other firm in Atlanta has a realtor with 20 years of experience leasing homes specifically oriented to the film industry for accommodations AND for use as locations for filming. On the side I buy and sell the inventory of clothes used in films and have a Facebook page called Clothes from Shows. I now own 100+ racks of clothes from The Hunger Games.

What is the most difficult aspect of your job? The massive amounts of paperwork required to make sure all parties are protected in a transaction

Where do you go to network and meet new clients? Everywhere I go, I am open to meeting new people and broadening my sphere. I’m getting involved with the Tri-Cities area and I just went to a business networking event in East Point. The area is on fire with opportunities.

What has been your greatest accomplishment? Raising two children who are caring, conscientious and free-thinking adults

What was the last good movie you saw or book you read? I attended the Rome International Film Festival last weekend and saw a slew of movies. “Love Bite” is an unforgettable documentary about an American artist. Her work is poignant and powerful. Her attitude regarding her life’s calling as an artist and how it was informed by a tragic event as a child is to be admired.

What is your favorite restaurant? The one I’m in at any given moment, usually something casual and ethnic.

Architecturally speaking, what is your favorite building in Atlanta? The High Museum of Art as a commercial building, and the private home of Michael and Lisa Ladisic.

What kind of car do you drive? A Subaru Forrester. At heart, I am a collector of many things and needed something practical.

Smartphone or paper? Smoke signals. I yearn for the day when everything happened telepathically.

What is your favorite city after Atlanta? Cape Town

In 10 words or less, what is your advice for someone new to the industry? Prepare to work hard and look presentable at all times.

What’s your favorite real estate iPhone/Android app? eKey

Who are your favorite people to follow on Twitter? Grant Henry (Sister Louisa of Church Bar) is one of the only people I follow. I like Mental Floss, Dwell, NY Times Art and the Leakey Foundation. I’m a big NPR Podcast fanatic.


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