Bekki Shae Smith Broker/Owner, Red Barn Real Estate Alpharetta

What was your most interesting job before going into real estate? Stay-at-home momma of three OR traveling vocalist

Where did you grow up? Early years – Nashville, TN; High School and beyond – Cherokee County, GA

Growing up, what did you want to be? A face character at Disney World, then an interior designer

What do you do to relax when you’re stressed? Walk antique malls. Super weird but I find a lot of cool stuff!

If you could meet any well-known figure (living or not), who would it be and why? I’d love to meet Mary Blair. An amazing artist and one of the first female artists to hold court at Disney.

What is Atlanta’s best-kept secret? Hmmm…I feel like Atlanta is known for its food, its hospitality, its music scene…but I’m a big fan of live music and we have some of the best concert venues! The new Roxy, the Fox, the Tabernacle, the old Masquerade (RIP), Variety Playhouse, and Ameris Bank Amphitheatre are all some of my favorites.

What do you love most about the industry? The stories. Every house has a history and every client brings its own story, too. There is nothing better than meeting a client and finding out what their story is and connecting them with the right house to continue that journey.

How do you distinguish yourself from the crowd of agents? Relationships. I make it enjoyable because I really care about the person…not the transaction. And I’m pretty goofy so I allow people to be themselves and goofy, too. I’m a lot. I know it. I’m not for everyone but that’s the beauty of this business. There is enough to go around.

What is the most difficult aspect of your job? Right now…finding houses!! But honestly, listening to my clients and gathering info to find the right home or figure out the best strategy to sell their home. No two clients are the same so I am constantly learning and re-learning how to make a transaction work.

What’s your best advice for generating new leads? Be yourself. The business will come to you if you are genuine. Do NOT fake it. Do things that show you care.

What are you binge-watching/reading/listening to lately? Lots of books stacked on my desk. Just finished watching the Undoing on Prime. Always on the lookout for new music.

What’s your favorite meal in Atlanta? Taqueria Del Sol fish tacos and salsa trio with a sweet tea. Followed by Jeni’s Darkest Chocolate ice cream. That was very specific, huh?

Architecturally speaking, what is your favorite building in Atlanta? The High. I really gravitate towards modern lines.

What’s the weirdest thing that’s ever happened to you on the job? I was showing a mountain cabin at dusk and a bird flew inside the house. I made my clients stand still and I turned off all the lights and tried to push the bird back outside. Thinking I really hoped I was not on camera.

What’s one thing people are surprised to learn about you? That I sing and traveled professionally.

What is your favorite vacation spot and why? I really love Florence, AL. It is the most quaint, beautiful little town and it is a much slower pace than here. I relax easily there and hope to retire there one day..

What is your favorite city after Atlanta? Florence, AL

In 10 words or less, what is your advice for someone new to the industry? Embrace your weird. Be generous and genuine.

What’s your favorite real estate iPhone/Android app? HomeSnap. I use it ALL THE TIME.

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