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Kristen Mehr Realtor, Truly Fine Homes, RE/MAX Around Atlanta, Sandy Springs 

 
 

Job Title: Realtor

Company name and office location: Truly Fine Homes, RE/MAX Around Atlanta, Sandy Springs

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

I have had a bunch of them: On-site tour representative for Spring Break in Cancun, trolley tour guide in Boston and Washington, D.C., and more seriously, director of operations for the Mayor in D.C. and working with urban young people as a youth worker.

Where did you grow up?

Amherst, Mass. 

Growing up, what did you want to be?

I wanted to be a travel agent/tour guide and travel all over the world. Now I travel all over greater Atlanta.

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

Give myself an hour to feel sorry for myself and then pull myself up by my bootstraps and keep moving. There is no time for pity parties, and life just isn’t that serious.

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

I would meet Jesus: The best salesman ever and an all round amazing being.

What is Atlanta’s best-kept secret?

Feels like the secret is out about Atlanta, but what makes it so great is that it is a big city with a country feel.

What do you love most about the industry?

When I meet great new clients. Buying and selling homes is such an intimate experience, and sharing that experience with clients is the greatest honor of all.

How do you distinguish yourself from the crowd of agents?

I just stay authentic and honest, and I care about each potential client as if they were my only one. This seems to distinguish me without doing anything but being myself.

What is the most difficult aspect of your job?

Whew … depends on the day, but mostly the things that are out of my control. You must build and sustain relationships with quality lenders, vendors and closing attorneys to ensure that they do their parts. Luckily, I have a wonderful list of partners right now, and I give them all my thanks!

What’s your best advice for generating new leads?

This year has been a year of agent referrals, and for that I am so appreciative. Creating great partnerships with out-of-state agents really has a return on investment as great as any other!

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

Damages, Handmaid’s Tale (that is an intense show with amazing acting.), YouTube motivational compilations while driving, and I drive a lot so, I guess I am motivated.

What’s your favorite meal in Atlanta?

Cashew nut stir fry and potstickers at Spoons in East Atlanta

Architecturally speaking, what is your favorite building in Atlanta?

That is a tough one. I love the skyline of Buckhead. It is as if the builders of all the buildings got together and decided to make it sparkle like diamonds.

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

A guy proposed to me at 8:15 a.m. over the phone after seeing my headshot on some site. Doesn’t he know they are photoshopped?

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

That I used to be a boxer.

What is your favorite vacation spot and why?

I am having a thing for Italy these days. Between the architecture and the romance, you just can’t beat it.

What is your favorite city after Atlanta?

New York City, always and forever, especially Lower Manhattan.

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

Be yourself. There is no one “right way” to succeed.

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

Remine, Trello and Canva. Although only one is solely focused on real estate, I could not live without the other two.

Who are your favorite people to follow on social media?

I work hard to stay away from social media, although I know it is a necessary evil. I think Taye Diggs is super funny on Instagram.

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