Agent Snapshot: Adrienne Madkins, Realtor, Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate

Name: Adrienne Madkins

Title: Realtor

Company: Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate (Perimeter)

What was your first job in the realty industry? I was a Realtor in the Washington, DC area.

Where did you grow up? Washington, DC

Growing up, what did you want to be? I grew up in the arts and was fascinated by law. I wanted to merge the two by becoming an entertainment attorney.

What do you do to relax when you’re stressed? I’m very much into mindfulness and meditation. Throughout each day, I take moments to zone out, pray and concentrate on simply nothing.

If you could have lunch with a well-known figure (living or not), who would it be and why? Paulo Coelho. His books on enlightenment and finding your purpose along your journey have given me a platform for success. Sometimes, we expect one thing, but our purpose is set for something totally unexpected.

Where is your favorite place to hang out? I love Krog Street Market and Ponce City Market. I often stop by there, and then head to Freedom Park for an impromptu picnic.

What do you love most about the industry? I love working with first-time buyers. They’re the reason I became an agent, for I didn’t want anyone to go through the same bad experience I did when I bought my first home. The process is easier when you have an advocate.

How do you distinguish yourself from the crowd of agents? I’m not the kind of “list them/show them and walk away” agent. I guide my clients through the process and stay in touch throughout. It’s about service, not excessive sales. Those come with great service.

What is the most difficult aspect of your job? Getting customers to trust you. People have different nuances that impact their lives, which can be quite sensitive. It’s not that they want to be dishonest, they want assurance that the intimate information that is revealed remains confidential.

Where do you go to network and meet new clients? I find many of my clients through connections made while volunteering. When you give back, you receive.

What has been your greatest accomplishment? Turning clients into great friends. Priceless!

What was the last good movie you saw or book you read? “Volunteer Simplicity” by Duane Elgin

What is your favorite restaurant? Canoe

Architecturally speaking, what is your favorite building in Atlanta? There are two: the King and Queen buildings in Atlanta/Sandy Springs.

What kind of car do you drive? A BMW

Smartphone or paper? Smartphone, but sometimes I cheat.

What is your favorite city after Atlanta? North Decatur. The homes are charming and the eclectic shops and restaurants are wonderful!

In 10 words or less, what is your advice for someone new to the industry? Find a niche and make it yours!

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

Who are your favorite people to follow on Twitter? @inmannews, @diana_olick and @HousingWire