Kendra Jenkins Allotey Coldwell Banker Realty - East Cobb

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

Bar management. I managed several bars and restaurants throughout greater Atlanta. My Favorite was the Piano Bar in Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport. I had the opportunity to meet and mingle with so many interesting people from around that world.
Where did you grow up?
I was born in Florida, but I was raised in Apex, N.C. I still think of my upbringing fondly.
Growing up, what did you want to be?
When I grew up, I wanted to be a lawyer. I majored in poli-sci and took courses in high school to groom me for law and politics. Then, as luck would have it, I realized that not only did I not like the lawyers that I came in contact with, I also wasn’t a fan of the politicians I considered interning for. I think my love of people and naïve mind created a bit of my own narrative about how politicos should act and treat all people fairly.
What do you do to relax when you’re stressed?
I enjoy taking my children to the park with my husband. A smile always finds a way to sneak onto your face when watching your children play. I also enjoy blowing off steam in spin class, which has unfortunately been canceled due to covid.
If you could meet any well-known figure (living or not), who would it be and why?
This is a tough one! I look up to so many phenomenal women. That being said, it is only fitting to choose Mya Angelou. Her eloquent words, speeches and poems are absolutely timeless and embody the grace and stone-cold realism of her entire career.
What is Atlanta’s best-kept secret?
Floating the Chattahoochee! Shooting the Hooch is an absolute blast and something my friends and I do often. Floating down the river on a hot summer day after a picnic at the nature preserve entry near Cumberland Parkway is my idea of a perfect day.
What do you love most about the industry?
Helping families and individuals purchase their first home is a tear-jerking experience. The nerves and excitement all coming to a conclusion at closing is such a rewarding experience. We are in charge of helping people purchase and sell the biggest investment of their lives and walking them through that journey is what ignites me to work so hard for my clients.
How do you distinguish yourself from the crowd of agents?
While other agents shy away from first-time buyers, I am drawn to them and them to me. When I purchased my first home, I did not enjoy the experience, and I vowed to always provide an exemplary one for my clients. First-time homebuyers are often nervous with many trepidations. My job is to ease those feelings of anxiety with a friendly face and calm demeanor.
What is the most difficult aspect of your job?
The most difficult aspect of my job was balancing it with my personal life. I give so much time to my clients that I often had very little time for myself. As a more seasoned agent, I have learned how to balance both aspects of my life to the point that, now, I can manage my clients’ expectations and still spend time with my family.
What’s your best advice for generating new leads?
Social media and hitting that pavement is the best way to generate new leads. I always manage to bring up real estate in every conversation that I have, and I leave my business cards around like breadcrumbs. You never know who will pick it up and give you a call.
What are you binge-watching/reading/listening to lately?
Wanda Vision, Bridgerton and Your Honor have become my favorite binge-worthy shows, but I still love my two old faithful’s, New Girl and Kimmy Schmidt. I am reading Men Explain Things to Me By Rebecca Solnit and The Moment of Lift by Melinda Gates. I am in the market for a new podcast as well.
What’s your favorite meal in Atlanta?
Atlanta has so much Amazing food! If I have to choose, I’d say it’s a tossup between the shrimp and grits from Atlanta Breakfast Club and the lobster fried rice from Poor Calvins.
Architecturally speaking, what is your favorite building in Atlanta?
The High Museum is one of the most beautiful buildings in Atlanta in my opinion. The all-white exterior with sharp clean lines is definitely a must-see.
What’s the weirdest thing that’s ever happened to you on the job?
I had a client propose to his fiancée inside of the home they had just closed on and she said “no.” That was rough.
What’s one thing people are surprised to learn about you?
Most people are surprised to learn my age. I was told that I carry a level of knowledge and authority beyond my years. To me, it’s a compliment.
What is your favorite vacation spot and why?
My favorite vacation destination is Jamaica. My husband and I always have a relaxing and enjoyable getaway.
What is your favorite city after Atlanta?
St. Augustine. It’s a quiet beach town four-and-a-half hours from Atlanta and perfect for a quick reset.
In 10 words or less, what is your advice for someone new to the industry?
Take as many continuing education classes as you can.
What’s your favorite real estate iPhone/Android app?
ShowingTime. It makes showings, feedback and scheduling tours a breeze!
Who are your favorite people to follow on social media?
The Budgetnista has phenomenal social media content and great money-saving tips and credit-building information.

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