We mixed things up in today’s edition of The 425 Show. Fellow Windermere agent, Elly McKenzie had a great idea to flip the script and have me be the guest of the show rather than the host. I can tell you it’s definitely different being the one answering the questions vs asking them!

After graduating from the University of Arizona with a nutrition degree, my original plan was to attend Bastyr University and become a Naturopathic Physician. I ultimately decided that natural medicine is something that interests me, but not enough to dedicate my career to it. During that time, a friend suggested real estate which seemed like a stretch, but almost 25 years later I wouldn’t want to be doing anything else! Nutrition involves a lot a math and science, and real estate feels like one giant story problem. It’s all about determining the pieces and how to best fit them together.

When asked what I love about the industry, or ‘geek’ out on, the answer is easy. It always comes back to my clients, and being able to help them start a new chapter in their lives. I consider it a huge honor ever time I help someone buy or sell a home. My commitment is always to provide all of the information my clients need to make their best decision. The best advice I have ever received was to always show up and tell clients what I really think. ¬†Clients come back to me time and time again because I was I always tell them what I think, even when it’s not what they want to hear.

My job to clear the path to help my clients achieve their dream goal.

Balancing a solid work life and home life isn’t always easy. It’s definitely something that is always evolving depending on where the market is, and what we have going on with our family. One thing that I learned early on is to partner with the best. I’ve built a solid network of lenders, contractors, my assistant, and more to ensure that everything gets done. It’s also realizing that doing the things that are important to me and make me happy like spending time with my family and traveling, make me a better agent.

Coaching is another passion of mine. Each year I teach continuing education classes and mentor a small group of agents. Helping others has always been something that brings me joy. It also keeps me at the top of my game with my clients. There is something special about helping others succeed.

Being a real estate agent is typically a very social job, however working remotely it can be quite lonely. My coaching courses are designed around bringing other agents together to share what is and isn’t working for them, along with what’s happening in the market. It’s a win/win for me as an agent to not only stay in touch with other agents but keeps me on top of the market for my clients.

Thank you, Elly for letting me chat about me, my life, and career! If you are thinking about buying or selling a home, or have some general real estate questions please contact me.

In our real estate update, I shared some helpful tips to make your home stand out, not just on the inside but outside as well. Follow these tips to make your home look good from the street, and wow potential buyers with curb appeal.