Agent Snapshot: Arvelyn Lewis, Associate Broker, PalmerHouse Properties, Atlanta

What was your first job in the realty industry? I first started in real estate as a sales agent.

Where did you grow up? I was born and raised in Los Angeles. Most of my summer was spent in the Bay Area as a spoiled beach brat.

Growing up, what did you want to be?  I thought Darren Stevens had the best job as an advertising consultant. I was sure that would be my job even as I entered college. Oddly, I think I did sort of land in the field of Marketing and creating catchy phrases – just for homes.

What do you do to relax when you’re stressed? I love cooking and baking. I might create something or use an old favorite recipe like gumbo or caramel pound cake.

If you could have lunch with a well-known figure (living or not), who would it be and why? I’d love to lunch with Michelle Obama. When she was campaigning for her husband, she made a huge impression on me and I love her thought process. I would also enjoy the thoughts of Dorothy Dandridge. What a beautiful woman with some interesting challenges of her time. I’d love to know how she handled them, and right after her, Marilyn Monroe for the same reasons.

Where is your favorite place to hang out? Honestly, my favorite place is still the beach. I love to jump on a plane and fly to the Caribbean or drive down to Savannah to watch the waves and get sand in my toes.

What do you love most about the industry? I love real estate because it gives me the opportunity to help people achieve a dream. Whether they are buying or selling a first home or their last, it’s a dream coming true for them. I enjoy the relief of getting through the process.

How do you distinguish yourself from the crowd of agents? Being different from the other agents for me is just about being the best me that I can be. I don’t focus on what the other guy is doing. The other guy has that job of being them and they probably do it well. My good deeds will make room for me.

What is the most difficult aspect of your job? The most difficult part of real estate is reminding the buyer that the loan process will always require the same documents you know you have already sent. Just send it again and don’t get frustrated.

Where do you go to network and meet new clients? Meeting new clients requires you leave the house. Well, most of the time. Because you can certainly meet new clients online these days. But, the best way is still to go out and say hello. Everywhere. Talk to people and tell them what you do. Get a business card and pass out your own. People have grown fond of living indoors.

What has been your greatest accomplishment? My greatest accomplishment in real estate can’t be singled out to one task or transaction. Every person involved is special in their needs. Whatever is required to get the smallest to the largest deal done is a great accomplishment. Some files need more thread to hold them together than others. Yet, each one is just as elated as the next when it’s done.

What was the last good movie you saw or book you read? I’m currently reading a book authored by my aunt for the second time. It’s titled “Sessy’s Journey.” I love the stories of things of old, times gone by and how things were done in the ’40s and onward in this country.

What is your favorite restaurant? My favorite restaurant besides my own kitchen is Pappadeaux Kitchen. I love the smells and sounds of New Orleans. I have not had a bad meal from there, ever.

Architecturally speaking, what is your favorite building in Atlanta? There are several that I like in the Buckhead area. I think I most enjoy the sites provided at the top of the Westin Hotel seated at the Sun Dial Restaurant. I love slow riding around Atlanta overlooking all of the skyline.

What kind of car do you drive? I’m currently driving a Mercedes Benz CLK430. I’ve loved that body style since I was a teenager. I love the “vroom” when my engine starts.

Smartphone or paper? Smartphone or paper, I’m still using both.

What is your favorite city after Atlanta? My favorite city after Atlanta is still a beach: Miami.

In 10 words or less, what is your advice for someone new to the industry? I’d suggest a new agent develop a thick skin and a great smile. Remember that some will, some won’t. Say “so what?” and “next!” often.

What’s your favorite real estate iPhone/Android app? I love RPR. It gives an abundance of information while you drive down the street.

Who are your favorite people to follow on Twitter? Well, I’m not such a big fan of Twitter.

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