Olivia Marquez Realtor and Project Management Professional

The Marquez Realty Group at Village Premier Collection

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

I was a project manager at a major tech company. One of my main responsibilities was to help various departments create their own policies and procedures. For 3 years, I worked with their global (corporate) real estate department, which fueled my desire to dive into a residential real estate career.

Where did you grow up?

I was born in Southern California and raised near Dallas.

Growing up, what did you want to be?

A speech pathologist or translator. I always had a passion for languages.

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

Kayaking and stand-up paddle boarding are my sanctuaries of choice. It’s something about the water that quiets the mind and calms my soul.

What is Atlanta’s best-kept secret?

The Lake Claire Community Land Trust. This is a neighborhood that truly fosters community in the heart of the city. Not only do they have a community garden, they also regularly host healing drumming and singing circles.

What do you love most about the industry?

It’s all about the Ripple Effect for me. Knowing that the knowledge I have shared and service I provide will enhance the lives of my clients and positively impact those closest to them. That is what makes it all worth while to me.

How do you distinguish yourself from the crowd of agents?

My background as a project-management professional is a clear advantage to my clients. I am able to listen and quickly assess their needs. My expertise in risk management allows me to readily have multiple strategies in my toolbox just in case “life happens” and things don’t go as planned.

What is the most difficult aspect of your job?

If I were Oprah, I would wave my magic wand and say, “You get a house! You get a house!” The most difficult aspect of my job has been witnessing hardworking families feel like they are getting priced out of homes that could have become the foundations for better lives. The American Dream is still achievable with the right Realtor.

What’s your best advice for generating new leads?

Determine what real estate “problem” you solve and market heavily to the people who are dealing with that problem.

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

The 12 Week Year is currently on my nightstand as my evening read, and I’m watching season two of the Australian real estate show, Luxe Listings Sydney.

What’s your favorite meal in Atlanta?

Hands down, my favorite meal is the Vegan Hunan Lamb from Harmony Vegetarian Restaurant in Chamblee.

Architecturally speaking, what is your favorite building in Atlanta?

The King & Queen buildings in Sandy Springs are classic icons that come to mind.

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

At the end of a full day of touring homes with a young family looking to buy in North Fulton, their toddler asked if she could spend the night at my house and bake cookies. She was my little helper all day and didn’t want the party to end. As you can imagine, the next time to met with the family, I had a special box of cookies for her.

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

That I wake up at 5 a.m. each morning and swim about 40 laps (half a mile) before I start the day.

What is your favorite vacation spot and why?

Jamaica, because when I’m there, I know that “every little thing is gonna be alright.”

What is your favorite city after Atlanta?

Austin, Texas.

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

Focus on service, not outcome, and stay true to your authentic self.

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

HomeSnap. Boy oh boy, has it made my life easy when I’m on the go and in need of property information.

Who are your favorite people to follow on social media?

@shoprealestatebae always has the BEST conversation-starting real estate apparel.

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