An Interview With...
Where did you grow up and what were your favorite activities as a child?
I’ve lived in several states. Let me see, I was born in Gilroy, CA and lived there about 2 years. Then moved to Suisun, CA, where I spent about 8 years. I then moved to Batavia, IL, where I lived for about 2 years. Next, I moved to Marietta, GA, where I lived for about 11 years and attended college. I have fond memories of all places, but feel as though I truly grew up in Georgia. I always wanted to move back to California though and about 3 years ago I finally got the opportunity. I grew up with 5 older brothers so I loved playing sports and being outside as a child.
What were your favorite subjects in school? Did you have any favorite teachers?
I loved math while I was in school. There were a few teachers who made an impact on my life... at least one in every state I lived in. The main reason I remember them is because I knew they were there to help me along the way. They would stay late and answer questions, come in early if I needed extra help and truly made the extra effort. If you have a teacher that you really like or admire my suggestion to you is that you tell them. It means the world to them, to hear it from their students, trust me I know!
What were your least favorite or most difficult subjects in school?
I never really enjoyed reading while I was in school. Looking back on it I wish I had done more of it and paid more attention in class. Reading is something that will be important wherever you go and whatever you do in life. My suggestion to you is to listen to what your teacher has to say. They really do know what they're talking about! I was fortunate to have such a supportive family that would help me get through any difficult subjects.
Do you speak any other languages?
Unfortunately, I have not mastered any other languages. I took Spanish in college and wish I stuck with it because it would be very helpful in my career today. I meet people from all over in Real Estate and knowing other languages is very beneficial in today's society!
As a child, what did you want to be when you grew up?
Ever since I was 15 I can remember having an interest in law enforcement. My father is a retired ATF (Alcohol Tobacco & Firearms) agent and I have always respected what he did. As long as I can remember, I have always been fascinated with what he did and I have enjoyed helping people. My degree from the University of Georgia is in Criminal Justice and I did an internship with the DEA (Drug Enforcement Administration) which I just loved. However, I met my husband and realized that I wanted to start a family and I didn't feel like law enforcement was truly where I would be best suited.
This is something that I think is important for women today to consider. I feel as though you should follow your dreams and do what makes you happy. It's also important to understand that "dreams" change as you get older and that's okay. The last thing you want to think about is I wonder what would have happened if I... So follow what makes you happy and things will work out.
I chose to get involved in Real Estate because of its flexible schedule with a family, for the fact that I'm able to help people and because I thought it would be a challenge as well as a wonderful learning experience!
What subjects most prepared you for your career?
I've always been involved in a job or career that helps others or is customer service oriented. When I was younger, I was a lifeguard and a waitress. As I got older, I worked in school districts as an Instructional Assistant for Special Education. I thoroughly enjoyed working with the kids, but realized that the income wasn't enough to help provide for a family in California. That's when real estate came into the picture. I've always enjoyed being around people and helping them to the best of my ability so real estate seemed like a perfect match.
What is the difference between a realtor and a real estate agent?
Good question! There is a big difference. A realtor is someone who has a fiduciary responsibility to their clients. Meaning they look out for their best interest at all times, while and agent has more of a functionary role. A realtor advises and consults their clients while an agent just delivers information. As a realtor I am able to educate and guide my clients through the entire real estate transaction where an agent is more likely to just tell you the information you NEED to know and try to sell you on a home.
What type of personality is most effective at this kind of job?
I’ve always been a people person. Back in elementary school, I used to get in trouble for talking when I wasn't supposed too... ALL the time. I feel as though an outgoing, helpful personality is something that is desirable for this line of work. It definitely takes someone who has the drive to do well, won't give up and genuinely enjoys other people's company. As we all know, everyone is different. You might come across a client who is very shy and wants someone who is more reserved, or shy, to work with. What I think makes a good realtor is knowing your own strengths and weaknesses and being able to communicate effectively with each client. With that said, you can still be shy, but you will be forced to face that fear because it will hold you back from your full potential.
Is this a good job for women (and moms)?
I believe so. Statistics show that women tend to do better then men in this line of work. I'm not saying that there aren't some amazing realtors out there that are men, but I think it's easier for women to communicate with their clients than it is for men.
The driving factors for me to enter into this career were because I wanted the flexibility to raise my own family as well as generating income. Being a realtor does have flexible hours, however they can be long hours and you have to be willing to work on the weekends.
What do you like most about your job?
I love that every day is different. I meet new people and learn about the community that I live in. I can work from home or go into an office. It's wonderful!
Do you have any advice for the students reading this interview?
Follow your dreams and find a career that meets your needs. Most importantly, you need to find a career that makes you happy and fulfills all of your desires. You can do whatever you put your mind to, just believe in yourself!
Do you have a favorite quote (or a favorite person) that inspires you?
I have a few quotes that I really like and a few people that have inspired me along the way. I believe people are brought into our lives for a reason. Whether we are meant to help them or they are there to help us. It's important to embrace your family, be there for your friends and enjoy life! Thank you for the opportunity to tell you about myself!
To the world you may be one person, but to one person you may be the world.
Make yourself a better person and know who you are before you try and know
Strangers are just friends waiting to happen.
- 1 May 2007
1 May 2007
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