What was your first job in the realty industry?
My very first job was a data entry clerk at a rental office in Coral Springs. I believed wholeheartedly that with the drive and determination that I have to offer, I could make a great real estate agent.
After I graduated FAU with a degree in Intercultural Communications, I landed a position as an administrative/personal assistant for a very lucrative real estate office in Aventura, FL. From that point, I grew a hunger for knowledge about real estate that Miami has to offer and as time went on, obtained the fundamentals that are now guiding me through my wonderful career as an agent in sunny south Florida.
Where did you grow up?
I grew up in Central Florida within a close proximity to the beach. My family has had a condo in South Florida since I was born so I often took trips to Miami. When I turned 18 years old, I applied to college and moved to Boca Raton, FL.
What is your favorite free-time activity?
I really love to spend time with my friends and loved ones trying new food, boating and working out. Keeping my brain and body active is a very important thing to me! As long as I am out and about, meeting new people and trying new things I am happy.
What do you do to relax when you’re stressed?
Relaxation is a vital key to being a real estate agent. I usually go to the gym or take a yoga class in order to detach from work and my thoughts. I also really enjoy having a glass of wine with my girlfriends and chatting about my day.
Growing up, what did you want to be?
My aspirations changed throughout the years. I wanted to be one of three things; a veterinarian, singer or a meteorologist on TV. During my junior year at Florida Atlantic University, I was determined to become a real estate agent and asked my mom to send me to the class to obtain my RE license. I am really glad I did.
If you could have lunch with a well-known figure (living or not), who would it be?
If I could have lunch with anyone it would be my father. I want him to know who I am and how far I’ve come as a person.
Where is your favorite place to hang out?
Miami Beach. I absolutely love it. The hotels, restaurants, coffee shops, pools and beautiful homes.
What do you love most about the industry?
My ability to meet new people. I said early on that I wanted to be a real estate agent because to me, it’s more than a job – it’s a passion. I moved a lot as a child, and it become apparent to me that being comfortable and happy in your home is essential to a happy life. Knowing that I get to help others by finding that place that does indeed allow them to feel safe, comfortable and happy, and it makes me happy in return. Whether it be a temporary rental or a life long purchase, or even an investment property, my clients rely on me and trust in me that I will find them a diamond in the rough that they are satisfied with. That makes me feel very fulfilled.
How do you distinguish yourself from the crowd of agents?
My personality and what I stand for as a person. For me, it’s necessary that I make my client happy. I build a personal relationship with them and no matter what hour of the day or night that they contact me, I respond, and if I’m near a computer, I’ll help them. I have a burning desire to become very successful and grow my vault of knowledge far beyond what it is now for the rest of my real estate endeavor.
What is the most difficult aspect of your job?
Having to be patient is the most difficult aspect of my job. As a newer real estate agent in a sea of experienced real estate agents, I feel as though learning, experiencing and continuing to grow is pertinent and I’ve always been the girl who wants everything as soon as possible! I am branding myself, building something out of nothing, and it’s definitely spanning out just the way that I would want it to – but like most anything else, good things take time!
Where do you go to network and meet new clients?
Any chance to grab a bite to eat, a cocktail or lounge by the pool I am there! I don’t go just to enjoy myself, although that is a fringe benefit. Being social is essential to being a real estate agent. Miami Beach offers an advantage because part of the lifestyle here revolves around hotel lounging and pool hopping. I keep in contact with real estate agents in the area who often send invites for networking events. I find the best clients are found by striking up a conversation in an elevator or grocery store; being friendly is most certainly the weapon of choice.
What has been your greatest accomplishment?
I believe everyday is a great accomplishment. Fighting life’s battles and growing stronger, smarter and more aware of what life has to offer. My greatest accomplishment is yet to come!
What was the last good movie you saw or book you read?
I watched Charlie St. Cloud last night. The message of the movie was to convey that life throws you curve balls and you have accept them, learn from them, forgive yourself and put your best foot forward. If we learn from our own battles, we can offer that knowledge to help others with theirs.
What is your favorite restaurant?
Scarpetta, Prime 112, Juvia, Doraku, Zuma, SugarCane and so many more. I love dining out, and I have a different experience each and everytime that I go depending on what I order and who I’m with!
What is your favorite building in Miami?
There is something about The Setai that puts a smile on my face. The serenity of the condo units, amenities, pool and views really put me at ease. Although, honestly speaking, I have many favorite buildings in Miami.
What kind of car do you drive?
A 2011 Honda Accord Coupe V6. My car is perfect for me, but I am very much into cars and speed. I imagine the further I get into my career, the more powerful my engine will become.
Smartphone, or paper?
Both. My cell phone might as well be surgically implanted into the palm of my hand, as it never leaves my sight, but I tend to remember things that I write down on paper.
What is your favorite city after Miami?
New York; I know – shocker! The city life is a trying atmosphere. Just as much bad as there is good and finding the balance between the two keeps it exciting. New York has always been in hindsight for me!
What is your advice for someone new to the industry?
Dive right in. Get in your car, go see the properties for rent and sale. Persevere – it won’t happen overnight.
Who are your favorite people to follow on Twitter?
Katrina Campins, Josh Altman, Fredrick Ecklund and Rev Run.
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