Agent Snapshot: Amy Bubes, Realtor, Harry Norman, REALTORS, Buckhead

What was your first job in the realty industry? I’ve been with Harry Norman, Realtors since I began in real estate just about four years ago and have been incredibly successful. Their combination of reputation, investment in their agents and global reach is fantastic.

Where did you grow up? I’m from Bethesda, Maryland, a suburb of Washington D.C. where I still have a good deal of family.

Growing up, what did you want to be? I actually wanted to be a graphic artist, but as I got older, I realized my creativity was not limited to what could be put on paper. Whatever I was going to do, I always knew I had to be able to use my visual, conceptual, organizational and design skills. Real estate gives me that opportunity in every aspect of working with clients and the deal.

What do you do to relax when you’re stressed? I always enjoy a session of pilates or working out at the gym. There is a wonderful sense of accomplishment and euphoria once you’re done.

If you could have lunch with a well-known figure (living or not), who would it be and why? Not living: Maya Angelou. She had such a beautiful take on life. Living: Oprah. I admire her on so many levels and have been a huge fan since the very beginning.

Where is your favorite place to hang out? I love being at home with my family when our girls are in town and we can relax with our Wheaton terrier, Putter.

What do you love most about the industry? The ability to help my clients see and attain the vision of their desired lifestyle.

How do you distinguish yourself from the crowd of agents? I am full service, and that is unique for every client and situation. Some clients need more assistance through the buy or sell process, while others are overwhelmed at the thought of moving and downsizing. My role is not done once we close; my clients are relationships, not just sales.

What is the most difficult aspect of your job? Working with other agents and affiliations that are not efficient and responsive in the process.

Where do you go to network and meet new clients? Everywhere. My core business is based on referrals, as those who refer me know my capabilities in many different areas of life.

What has been your greatest accomplishment? Raising my three daughters to be confident, kind and productive women.

What was the last good movie you saw or book you read? “Winning Through Intimidation,” by Robert Ringer…One of my clients sent it to me.

What is your favorite restaurant? My girls and I love to have lunch at Souper Jenny. The healthy ingredients, the combinations and the thrill of trying Jenny’s latest new recipes – it never disappoints.

Architecturally speaking, what is your favorite building in Atlanta? The Georgian Terrace. It’s a gorgeous building filled with history, and from the rooftop you can see the entire city in every direction.

What kind of car do you drive? BMW 428i – it’s comfortable, small and makes being in the car a lot very pleasurable!

Smartphone or paper? Both – I will always be a list maker.

What is your favorite city after Atlanta? Washington, D.C. – not because I am from there but because it is one of the most beautiful cities in the world.

In 10 words or less, what is your advice for someone new to the industry? Draw on your life experiences to help others.

What’s your favorite real estate iPhone/Android app? eKEY – this has made showing homes so much more efficient

Who are your favorite people to follow on Twitter? Atlanta Business Chronicle (@AtlBizChron) for immediate Atlanta news
-Bloomberg for following worldwide business
-Variety of Real Estate Blogs: @RealEstatelivin, @InmanNews @CurbedAtlanta
-and a big variety of design professionals to follow trends! There is so much good information out there!

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