Agent Snapshot: Johanna Styne, Advisor, Engel & Völkers Atlanta

What was your most interesting job before going into real estate? Manager of corporate partnerships for the Atlanta Hawks, Atlanta Thrashers and Philips Arena (now State Farm Arena).

Where did you grow up? I grew up on the Southside at Lake Spivey.

Growing up, what did you want to be? Growing up I wanted to be a businesswoman – in journalism or advertising.

What do you do to relax when you’re stressed? When I am stressed I like to read or walk.

If you could meet any well-known figure (living or not), who would it be and why? I have always wanted to meet Ted Turner! He is an icon and a pioneer in the advertising, cable, and news industries and revolutionized media as we know it today. Having worked for the Atlanta Hawks (a team he used to own), we have been in the same place at the same time, but I have never had the opportunity to meet him!

What is Atlanta’s best-kept secret? I think the Palisades West Trail near Akers Mill is a great secret right along the Chattahoochee. There are many hiking trails around the city that we can enjoy that take you out of the hustle and bustle without having to drive up to the mountains if you can’t carve out a whole day.

What do you love most about the industry? I love the amazing people that I meet and work with. I have a great group of colleagues who are so inspiring.

How do you distinguish yourself from the crowd of agents? I truly care about helping, it’s not just about the transaction. I got into real estate after I lost my mother. It was the most overwhelming thing I have ever been through, and didn’t know what to do with her estate, what the laws were, or anything for that matter. As I figured things out by skinning my knees, I realized that I wanted to help people using what I learned. I got my SRES Certification, and I really enjoy working with those clients!

What is the most difficult aspect of your job? The most difficult aspect of my job is that real estate transactions can sometimes be emotional for both buyers and sellers. I am a very empathetic person, and that can be difficult at times.

What’s your best advice for generating new leads? The best advice for generating new leads is to always be planting seeds.

What are you binge-watching/reading/listening to lately? I cannot stop watching The Office, it is almost a problem! I read lots of trade publications, and am currently listening to the 12 Week Year by Brian P. Morgan (again).

What’s your favorite meal in Atlanta? Hal’s.

Architecturally speaking, what is your favorite building in Atlanta? Mercedes Benz Stadium in my favorite building

What’s the weirdest thing that’s ever happened to you on the job? When I first started, I showed homes to a family for an entire day. At the end of the day, they told me that next time we could go and look at the houses they wanted to see. I put together a tour based upon the homes they favorited in their search and they never said anything!

What’s one thing people are surprised to learn about you? One thing that people are surprised to learn about me is that I am an only child.

What is your favorite vacation spot and why? My favorite vacation spot is Cabo San Lucas.

What is your favorite city after Atlanta? My favorite city after Atlanta is New York – the best food, culture, art and entertainment!

In 10 words or less, what is your advice for someone new to the industry? Make sure to research your options when selecting a brokerage.

What’s your favorite real estate iPhone/Android app? My favorite real estate app is RPR (Realtor Property Resource).

Who are your favorite people to follow on social media? Dave Ramsey, Everyday Millennial, The Rock

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