Name: Michael Barsky
Job Title: New Construction & Builder Services
Company: Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage
What was your first job in the realty industry? Toll Brothers Residential Project Manager
Where did you grow up? Philadelphia
Growing up, what did you want to be? An architect
What do you do to relax when you’re stressed? Yoga, hanging out with my wife, Mary, of 31 years and our two Shar-Peis, Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac.
If you could have lunch with a well-known figure (living or not), who would it be and why? The Spanish Architect, Antoni Gaudí
Where is your favorite place to hang out? Starbucks and SweetWater Brewery
What do you love most about the industry? The fact that everything changes often and quickly.
How do you distinguish yourself from the crowd of agents? I am a new construction guru. I have personally built and sold over 1,000 homes in my career.
What is the most difficult aspect of your job? Managing a large sales team and client base comes with managing lots and lots of details.
Where do you go to network and meet new clients? HBA, LifeTime Fitness, neighborhood and food events
What has been your greatest accomplishment? My daughters, Claire, Alice and Abby.
What was the last good movie you saw or book you read? The last book I read was Tools of Titans: The Tactics, Routines, and Habits of Billionaires, Icons, and World-Class Performers
What is your favorite restaurant? TWO Urban Licks
Architecturally speaking, what is your favorite building in Atlanta? Richard Meier’s High Museum
What kind of car do you drive? A Classic BMW Z3
Smartphone or paper? Smartphone
What is your favorite city after Atlanta? Paris
In 10 words or less, what is your advice for someone new to the industry? People with goals succeed because they know where they’re going
What’s your favorite real estate iPhone/Android app? Homesnap
Who are your favorite people to follow on Twitter? @museumnerd, @brainpicker, @Brilliant_Ads, @HarvardBiz, @lifehacker