Jennifer Pino Vice President, Managing Broker, Atlanta Fine Homes Sotheby's International Realty, Buckhead Office

What was your most interesting job before going into real estate?
I was an interior designer for a special event company where we got to dream up ideas for million-dollar bar mitzvahs and other over-the-top events.

Where did you grow up?
Atlanta, 30319

Growing up, what did you want to be?
As a kid, I always loved going to the dentist because I used to get to choose a sparkly plastic ring after every visit, so I thought that is what I wanted to do!

What do you do to relax when you’re stressed?
I love to watch Spanish TV series on Netflix. The Heist for action adventure thriller and The Neighbor for silly comedy are two of my favorites.

If you could meet any well-known figure (living or not), who would it be and why?
I would love to have dinner with Pablo Picasso to hear about how the most prolific and creative artist in history remained inspired.

What is Atlanta’s best-kept secret?
I think the secret is out about Atlanta! For interesting finds, you can stop by Queen of Hearts and Designer Consignor which are next to each other on Highway 9 in Alpharetta. You never know what you will come across!

What do you love most about the industry?
I love real estate! It follows a rhythm, yet is fast-paced and ever-changing which keeps me learning and growing. I love serving my agents and seeing them succeed.

How do you distinguish yourself from the crowd of agents?
I always found it best to focus on the client and how I could best serve them. When you know what their goals and dreams are, and their pain points, you can tailor your presentation and approach to meet their needs.

What is the most difficult aspect of your job?
One of the challenging aspects of being an agent or a managing broker is giving people bad news or telling them what they don’t want to hear. It is so important to deliver information with sensitivity, tact and empathy.

What’s your best advice for generating new leads?
Deepening your relationships and demonstrating your value brings future referrals.

What’s your favorite meal in Atlanta?
My favorite restaurant is Rumi’s Kitchen in Avalon. Their sea bass with the rice with lentils and raisins is my “death row” meal!

Architecturally speaking, what is your favorite building in Atlanta?
I love the charm of the many historic homes and neighborhoods around Atlanta, from Buckhead to Ansley Park and beyond.

What’s one thing people are surprised to learn about you?
Many people are surprised to hear me speak Spanish with a proper accent from Spain. Most people here who speak Spanish are from Mexico or South America and they always ask me where I learned Spanish. Truth is, I learned it in Spain with my husband’s family, so I only know how to speak with that accent.

What is your favorite vacation spot and why?
For a quick getaway, nothing beats WaterSound Beach on 30 A. With over one and a half miles of white, sandy private beach, bordered by rare natural dune lakes along the emerald green gulf, it is a slice of heaven.

What is your favorite city after Atlanta?
I LOVE Madrid, Spain. Not only is the city a cultured European capital in its own right, but in a few hours, you can be in another region with unique cuisine, architecture and traditions. After traveling there annually for 25 years, there is still so much left to see and do.

In 10 words or less, what is your advice for someone new to the industry?
Be humble, stay hungry and have a servant’s heart.

What’s your favorite real estate iPhone/Android app?
Curate by SIR allows you to view interior design elements in a space. You can be in a vacant home, for example, and see on the screen what it would look like with furniture. Kind of fun!

Who are your favorite people to follow on social media?
Actress Jennifer Garner is fun to watch, but I really love the @goodnews_movement and @upworthy for a daily dose of inspirational content.

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