Agent Snapshot: Melissa Hale, Realtor, Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Georgia Properties, Atlanta

Where did you grow up?
I moved around quite a bit when I was younger, so really grew up in three different states on the East coast. This probably explains why I enjoy the real estate industry today. I grew up in Galion, Ohio; Johnson City, Tennessee; and finally ended up in Orlando, Florida, where I graduated from both high school and college.

Growing up, what did you want to be?
I took dance lessons everywhere we lived when I was growing up; my mother thought that dance was something that would help me meet friends in a new city. I always wanted to work on Broadway or open my own dance studio when I was grown.

What do you do to relax when you’re stressed?
I actually enjoy spending time with my kids and husband in the evening, when we all have some down time. We watch movies, tell jokes, play card games and laugh a lot.

Where is your favorite place to hang out?
My favorite place to hang out is Beer Girl in Hapeville. Beer Girl is a beer growler- and bottle-shop that has a small town vibe, and a local, creative feel. It is a comfortable place to hang out with friends, or simply by yourself.

What do you love most about the industry?
I have always loved looking at houses. My parents used to take my brother, sister and me to open houses on Sundays just for fun. I have always had a love for decorating, designing, painting and remodeling so this industry just seemed like a natural for me. Walking through a house with a client and talking them through what they could do to make it their own is an amazing feeling.

How do you distinguish yourself from the crowd of agents?
I know it sounds trite, but I really do want to provide the best customer service to my clients. I want to take away as much of the stress as I can to help the client during the buying or selling experience. This is an emotional time for everyone involved and letting the customer know I will do everything I can to make things run smoothly is my hallmark for success.

What is the most difficult aspect of your job?
The most difficult part of my job is when a client is disappointed by losing out on a deal or a closing that has a few bumps.

Where do you go to network and meet new clients?
Anywhere I go, I consider a networking opportunity — to the grocery store, the YMCA, the gas station or a formal meet-and-greet.

What has been your greatest accomplishment?
I have two beautiful girls, one in middle school and the other just started high school. Both of my girls are strong, smart, funny and kind. I would like to think that I am a large contributor to who they are turning out to be. I have also been able to teach my dog to growl. All of these accomplishments make me smile.

What was the last good movie you saw or book you read?
This is not a new movie but is one that we just watched again — for about the 10th time — The Heat with Melissa McCarthy and Sandra Bullock. My girls and I can recite or act out most of the movie. The Heat never gets old and contains everything I need in a movie: questionable language, laughter and great chemistry between actors.

What is your favorite restaurant?
My favorite restaurant in Atlanta has to be Harry & Sons, hands down.

Architecturally speaking, what is your favorite building in Atlanta?
I love the Porsche Cars North America building in Hapeville. It is an amazing structure.

What kind of car do you drive?
I drive a Toyota Sequoia with 8 seats.

Smartphone or paper?
I use my smartphone more, but I like the definitive nature of paper.

What is your favorite city after Atlanta?
My favorite city after Atlanta would definitely be Asheville, North Carolina. With its diversity, artists, and creative culture, Asheville actually reminds me of Atlanta, only much, much smaller.

In 10 words or less, what is your advice for someone new to the industry?
Don’t give up. Remember why you got into the industry.

What’s your favorite real estate app?
I use GoFMLS almost daily.

Who are your favorite people to follow on Twitter?
I am a big Ricky Gervais follower. I also love Anderson Cooper, Joe Scarborough, Doggie Style Atlanta and Jon Stewart.