Agent Snapshot: Janei Reddick, Licensed REALTOR, Keller Williams North Atlanta

by Timothy Inklebarger

What was your first job in the real estate industry? Real Estate salesperson

Where did you grow up? I grew up in Fort Lauderdale, FL

Growing up, what did you want to be? I wanted to be an Optometrist.

What do you do to relax when you’re stressed? I love to do yoga and crafting.

If you could have lunch with a well-known figure (living or not), who would it be and why? Maya Angelou. I have a true passion with words and I truly believe our voice is powerful. The way we write and choose to express ourselves through words is quite interesting. In real estate and in our everyday interactions, communication is critical. It’s the way we can instantly express our opinion. The way Maya Angelou used words in her poetry and speeches was unprecedented, in my opinion. She was able to grab your attention from the first sentence and take you on this journey of understanding of her thoughts and views on many aspects of her life experiences and world issues. She was just amazing!

Where is your favorite place to hang out? I love to hang out in downtown Alpharetta. It’s like they’re are continuously adding new restaurants and places for families to enjoy. It’s not always practical for me to travel to midtown or downtown Atlanta with my children so it’s nice to have something within a 10-minute drive that has a little something for the entire family.

What do you love most about the industry? I love meeting new people. I know that may sound clichéd. But I come from a background with over 15 years in the retail customer service industry. So, my work experiences have involved interacting with all walks of life on a daily basis. When someone is buying or selling a home, it can be one of the most exciting or daunting experiences of their life. I love to hear their stories and go through the contract to take the journey together. I thrive at problem-solving scenarios, and I love being a “fixer” and as we all know, there is always something to fix in this industry.

How do you distinguish yourself from the crowd of agents? I love to come from a place of help. I truly believe that if you do good in the world, good will come back to you and that belief has yet to fail me thus far. From our initial meeting I let clients know that I am not a salesperson. I am here to help guide you to make your real estate dreams a reality. My goal is to help you in any and every way possible to make sure that this journey is the least amount of hassle to you. I always come from a place of being as genuine and authentic as possible and I believe my clients really see and feel that.

What is the most difficult aspect of your job? The most difficult for me is learning to balance my work life schedules. I am a mother and wife and I truly cherish my relationships outside of work. So, it has become a delicate dance in learning how to make sure that not only is my self-care cup being filled, but I am actively involved in the children’s activities and my marriage.

Where do you go to network and meet new clients? Because I am really active in my children’s PTO and sporting events my “networking” is kind of an informal setting in the school’s cafeteria or soccer field. I never really think of it as networking but conversations always lead to “well what do you for a living?” And whenever I mention I’m a REALTOR the conversation usually takes off. But outside of my children’s activities, I take every interaction as an opportunity to introduce myself. Whether I’m in Target, Hobby Lobby or the grocery store I always try to strike up a conversation with someone, never really with the intention of mentioning what I do but the conversations always lead to real estate somehow. Like I mentioned earlier, I always try to put good into the universe and the good usually comes back to me.

What has been your greatest accomplishment? Since I’m a newer agent, my greatest accomplishment is being able to really organize my operational systems and really work hard to build a solid database. We are told over and over again our database is everything in real estate and I’m extremely proud that I’ve been able to really implement some solid systems that have proven to be the foundation of my new business.

What was the last good movie you saw or book you read? The last good movie I saw was Angel has Fallen. I really love action/thriller films and I think Gerard Butler is amazing in any action film he does.

What is your favorite restaurant? My favorite restaurant is American Cut in Buckhead. I don’t eat much red meat, but when I have a craving, this is where I go. The atmosphere is amazing, the wine list is top notch and their menu items never disappoint. I’ve never had a bad meal or experience there, and their wait staff is so attentive knowledgeable. The rooftop space is truly a great date night space or just a night out with friends.

Architecturally speaking, what is your favorite building in Atlanta? Hmmm, I’ve only been in Atlanta for about two years, so I’m going to be a little clichéd and say the Flatiron Building. The history behind the building is what I find most intriguing.

What kind of car do you drive? I drive an infinti QX60. I need all the space I can get driving around two kids who are active in almost everything.

Smartphone or paper? Smartphone – save the trees! Plus, I love the fact that my smartphone is linked to all my other devices. I live by my Google calendar and I’m constantly updating it throughout the day so it’s really important to me.

What is your favorite city after Atlanta? My favorite city after Atlanta is, of course, Fort Lauderdale, FL. Not just because it is my hometown and it’s where my entire family lives, I grew up going to the beach almost every weekend, and it’s only a two-and-a-half-hour drive from Disney World. I don’t think you can get much better than that.

In 10 words or less, what is your advice for someone new to the industry? Call your database daily, and take it day by day!

What’s your favorite real estate iPhone/Android app? My favorite real estate app is my KW app. I can do a lot from this simple app, and it’s usually my go to when talking with people when I’m out and about and need to reference something about the market quickly.