Trelle Collins Realtor

The Real Estate Gurus, Norcross

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

I have only had two jobs in my life: 20 years with BellSouth/AT&T and real estate.

Where did you grow up?

Stone Mountain

Growing up, what did you want to be?

In high school, I loved all things science-related, so I decided early on that I wanted to be a pharmacist. I started the pre-pharmacy degree at the University Georgia and quickly learned that Latin was not my friend!

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

I love reading self care books, journaling, and online shopping always is a quick fix for my stress.

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

I would love to meet Michelle Obama. She’s a person of wholly admirable intelligence, grace, kindness and dedication to making the world a better place. She seems to accept her place in history without letting it define her, dictate her or change her. On her Becoming book tour, she gave millions of women inspiration and made all in attendance excited about being an empowered woman.

What is Atlanta’s best-kept secret?

The BeltLine. To see how the 22 miles of outdated railways have evolved and converted into pedestrian-friendly walkways and hiking trails for the city is amazing. There is so much more to come!

What do you love most about the industry?

I love being apart of the “American Dream.” Honestly, my first love is still the first-time homebuyers. Seeing the look of excitement and accomplishment on a client’s face at closing is the most rewarding feeling.

How do you distinguish yourself from the crowd of agents?

I always find a way to connect with my clients. I am truthful and I always go that extra. I have a gift of remembering little things about the clients that most people wouldn’t. Most importantly, I listen to my clients. After all, they are the ones that will be purchasing the home.

What is the most difficult aspect of your job?

I could say that last year, working with first-time homebuyers was the most difficult aspect of my job. The market prevented my clients from purchasing their dream homes due to over-bidding of homes and investors sweeping up the affordable homes from the first-time homebuyers.

What’s your best advice for generating new leads?

I am big on referrals. Make a lasting impression on your last client, so that when they speak about their experience, everyone will want that same experience, and that includes working with you!

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

I recently started The Watcher on Netflix.

What’s your favorite meal in Atlanta?

I love the salmon Philly from MetroWest.

Architecturally speaking, what is your favorite building in Atlanta?

The Flat Iron Building. It is simply gorgeous!

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

One of my clients’ water broke on a showing, and there were eight Realtors and clients in line behind us! Needless to say, we all had one common goal in that home – NOT TO HAVE THAT BABY!

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

Because I am such a people person, many people will be surprised that I am really a loner and very quiet.

What is your favorite vacation spot and why?

I celebrated my milestone birthday in Mexico this year, and Atelier Playa Mujeres is now one of my favorites vacation spots.

What is your favorite city after Atlanta?

I was born in Miami, so that is my next-favorite city.

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

Keep educating yourself in your industry and find a mentor!

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

Homesnap. I have it set to find any properties (for sale/just sold) near me, no matter where I am. It’s always good to know how the market is in other areas.

Who are your favorite people to follow on social media?

My broker, Justin Giles, @topfundmanager. He is passionate about this industry, and he is very inspirational for Realtors/investors.

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