Gabi Lavelle On-site agent, The Providence Group, Atlanta

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

I am the oldest of five girls in my family. We came up with so many business ideas. One of our best was called “Sitter Sisters” for babysitting and pet sitting. We made flyers to hand out and everything.

Where did you grow up?

Raleigh, N.C.

Growing up, what did you want to be?

I always wanted to be in real estate, but never thought I would be able to push through the first years of a commission-only job as a young college graduate financially on my own. It is a lot of work but can be done!!

What do you do to relax when you’re stressed?

My pup Nala and I are regulars at Fetch Dog Park in Edgewood. We also LOVE Morningside Nature Preserve and their hidden dog beach.

If you could meet any well-known figure (living or not), who would it be and why?

Probably Princess Diana. I loved her friendly and casual nature even though she was royalty.

What is Atlanta’s best-kept secret?

Easily the unpaved Beltline. SO much exciting potential for growth. I think the little pockets of the Morningside Nature Preserve are super cool too; a whole forest and river right in the middle of the city!

What do you love most about the industry?

I love the hustle! Connecting a client with the perfect new home for them is such a gratifying feeling. I also love walking first time buyers through the experience, recently having bought my first home!

How do you distinguish yourself from the crowd of agents?

My current project, Pratt Stacks, sits right on the unpaved Southside Beltline Trail next to the Beacon and down the street from the Atlanta Zoo. I strictly work for the seller (my builder, The Providence Group). I distinguish myself through my approach to buyers. I try to stay casual and easygoing while still giving them the right information.

I know looking for a new home is a very stressful process, so have made it a priority to help buyers feel comfortable. I want them to interact with me as a friend, not just a professional helping them through the transaction. I also know the Eastside Intown Atlanta area like the back of my hand and am a resident of Edgewood. I feel living in the area you are focused on selling has lots of advantages, from local knowledge to building trustworthiness.

What is the most difficult aspect of your job?

Construction delays, hands down! In the current market, we are experiencing all kinds of crazy material delays that are out of our control.

What’s your best advice for generating new leads?

Using every opportunity as a networking opportunity. Being outgoing in social settings and starting conversations with strangers. I have met so many clients that later buy from me this way!

What are you binge-watching/reading/listening to lately?

Binge watching the show Startup on Netflix. So good.

What’s your favorite meal in Atlanta?

The Ramen Burger from Ruby Chow’s is one of my favorites in the city.

Architecturally speaking, what is your favorite building in Atlanta?

I think the Swan House is absolutely beautiful.

What’s the weirdest thing that’s ever happened to you on the job?

I was with a client once and they literally just left in the middle of the conversation. It was very confusing.

What’s one thing people are surprised to learn about you?

I have an introverted side as well.

What is your favorite vacation spot and why?

Hilton Head Island — absolutely beautiful scenery.

What is your favorite city after Atlanta?

I’m going to have to go with Raleigh, home of my Wolfpack!

In 10 words or less, what is your advice for someone new to the industry?

Don’t let anyone tell you that you can’t do something.

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

I love the Go MLS app.

Who are your favorite people to follow on social media?

@fortheloveofoldhouses @theluxedesigner

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