Deborah Morton Realtor, Team Leader, Clareo Group - COMPASS

What was your most interesting job before going into real estate? I owned a local barber shop. My favorite thing is being immersed in my community and helping people.

Where did you grow up? Northern New Jersey! After 10 years in Texas, I ended up in Atlanta, pre-Olympics era, thanks to the hospitality industry growth!

Growing up, what did you want to be? A neuroscientist or archaeologist!

What do you do to relax when you’re stressed? I ride motorcycles in the North Georgia mountains. Pre-Covid, I was a dedicated gym enthusiast.

If you could meet any well-known figure (living or not), who would it be and why? George and Mary Washington. As part of the founders who shaped our country, during a time when all were not equal, I would like to hear their viewpoints on liberty, freedom, and personal property rights.

What is Atlanta’s best-kept secret? The state and federal parks that surround the metro area are amazing resources for us all to use!

What do you love most about the industry? The people and the adrenaline of the market. Helping people achieve their dreams of homeownership and building personal wealth is my main motivation. The satisfaction that comes with success is addictive!

How do you distinguish yourself from the crowd of agents? By being an authentic person, committed to each clients goals. It shines through quickly. No two clients are the same and none have the exact same goals. Listening well and putting a winning strategy together for each person is the most important thing I can offer.

What is the most difficult aspect of your job? Being in an industry full of salespeople who are not committed to their clients is difficult. Agents and the industry have a bad reputation. That bothers me and I go over and above as a professional to differentiate myself.

What’s your best advice for generating new leads? Be good at your job and ask for referrals!

What are you binge-watching/reading/listening to lately? Tom Ferry and Brian Buffini Podcasts (#nerdalert)

What’s your favorite meal in Atlanta? Best pizza Varuni Napoli

Architecturally speaking, what is your favorite building in Atlanta? I love the FlatIron building!

What’s the weirdest thing that’s ever happened to you on the job? UGH! I walked into a home that wasn’t prepared or expecting me

What’s one thing people are surprised to learn about you? That I was a Barber and have several motorcycles and cars!

What is your favorite vacation spot and why? I love Ft. Lauderdale – great beaches and so many good restaurants and things to do! Easier to get to than California!

What is your favorite city after Atlanta? New York – preCovid anyway!

In 10 words or less, what is your advice for someone new to the industry? Get a mentor and keep training!

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

Who are your favorite people to follow on social media? That’s tough! I like all kinds of things! Houses, cafe racer motorcycles, travel!

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