Dan McAuliffe Realtor, Keller Williams Realty - North Atlanta

What was your most interesting job before going into real estate? Property renovator

Where did you grow up? Syracuse, NY

Growing up, what did you want to be? A professional basketball player but I’m 5’10” and wasn’t that good either 🙂

What do you do to relax when you’re stressed? Hike and enjoy my kids and grandkids.

If you could meet any well-known figure (living or not), who would it be and why? Jesus and Abraham Lincoln. I admire both although not equally.

What is Atlanta’s best-kept secret? Downtown is beautiful.

What do you love most about the industry? Helping my clients make good, sound real estate decisions.

How do you distinguish yourself from the crowd of agents? I am always learning, and I use what I learn to give my clients an edge and reduce their stress level.

What is the most difficult aspect of your job? Having to work when I’m mentally shot but … when duty calls I’m there.

What’s your best advice for generating new leads? Real estate is a contact sport – find a way to meet new people and always have something of value to offer everyone you meet.

What are you binge-watching/reading/listening to lately? I’m trying to read more and be on my phone less. I recently read “Team of Rivals” by Doris Kearns Goodwin. I enjoyed it a lot.

What’s your favorite meal in Atlanta? I recently became a vegetarian, so all that has changed for me. A large salad with a lot of toppings is all I need. Ippolitos is a family favorite.

Architecturally speaking, what is your favorite building in Atlanta? I love older homes built in the Arts & Crafts style.

What’s the weirdest thing that’s ever happened to you on the job? I went to Home Depot and parked in the same place I normally do. When I came out of the store, I found my car had moved and was not inches away from the bumper of another car. It was now parked at a diagonal to the space. All the doors were locked and I could for the life of me figure out what happened. Once I get in the car, I realized that I didn’t put the car in gear (it was a 5 Speed Manual Transmission), and I didn’t pull the emergency brake.

What’s one thing people are surprised to learn about you? I’m shy. Being an independent contract/agent requires one to get out of the comfort zone.

What is your favorite vacation spot and why? Siesta Key Beach, FL. The beach is amazing and my son lives there.

What is your favorite city after Atlanta? Dahlonega GA. Small town USA.

In 10 words or less, what is your advice for someone new to the industry? Find a mentor. Don’t compare yourself to others.

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

Who are your favorite people to follow on social media? My friends and family.

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