Bertha Troutman-Rambeau Real estate salesperson

Rambeau Realty LP

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

I worked as an educator in public elementary schools for more than 30 years, serving as assistant principal for 11 of those years. Before and after my retirement, I’ve owned a small business I call Bertram (my full name).

Where did you grow up?

I grew up and still live in Athens. To make this answer even more interesting, my late husband and I renovated the house that I was raised in and raised our two sons and daughter in it, and I still call it home!

Growing up, what did you want to be?

I wanted to be a lawyer or a flight attendant. I didn’t become either of those, but my life’s chapters are not complete. Coffee, tea, peanuts?

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

I try hard not to stress about anything. If I feel tension coming on, I like to go on long country rides and listen to jazz really low in my car with my sunroof open, if possible. I also like finding consignment shops to look for hidden treasures to sell at my own consignment shop. If I stay home, I love to create gifts to sell at my business. Sleep is not too far off after this and before I realize it…I am stressed free!

If you could meet a well known figure (living or dead) who would it be and why?

This is an easy one … Jesus! I want to meet the man who made this world and created me. Just wanting to talk with him and pick his brain would be interesting to me. I imagine his stories about us would be a No. 1 comedy show.

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

Barack Obama because he was so inspiring and motivational.

What is Atlanta’s best-kept secret?

ATL tells everything. No secrets in this place! But if I had to choose one thing, it would be that as a Realtor, I am always discovering some amazing, beautiful homes.

What do you love most about the industry?

As a new agent, I love my brokerage family. I have found that no question is dumb or silly, and I am learning and growing daily. I feel that my future in this industry will be prosperous and  successful. I also love meeting new clients and working to make their home dreams a reality.

How do you distinguish yourself from the crowd of agents?

I make a point to dress very professionally when attending meetings and showing homes. As a Realtor, I strive to be  knowledgeable, honest, dependable, reliable and trustworthy. I also want to stand out by displaying empathy for all of my clients in all that I do because I not only represent my company, I represent myself.

What is the most difficult aspect of your job?

Trying to find balance and not become overwhelmed trying to meet goals I have set for myself.

What’s your best advice for generating new leads?

Research and niche down. Knowing your market is essential to getting qualifying leads.

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

I am listening to other proven successful Realtors and learning about current legal real estate trends. I  try hard not to watch reality shows about house hunting or TV Realtors.

What’s your favorite meal in Atlanta?

Definitely soul food; this is the South!

Architecturally speaking, what is your favorite building in Atlanta?

The Aquarium.

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

To be honest, I’ve never had anything weird happen to me. Sorry!

What is one thing people are surprised to learn about you?

I love living a very simple life. I don’t want the name-brand things, don’t like to eat foods I can’t pronounce or even spell. Love just being a country girl.

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

I am a musician and enjoy music.

What is your favorite vacation spot and why?

I don’t have one to mention yet. When I start selling a lot of houses, I will come back and report. Right now, any place that has warmth, music, bursting colorful homes and blue water surrounded by warm white sand.

What is your favorite city after Atlanta?

Savannah, hands down!

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

Be patient, smile, and trust God, he’s got your back.

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

Supra eKey

Who are your favorite people to follow on social media?

Rambeau Realty LP, Athens Real Estate Investor and my new clients.

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